Bangriposi – Weekend outing with friends
Bangriposi is a quiet and peaceful small tribal town situated at the foothills of the Thakurani hills in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. This place is only around 230 k.m. away from Kolkata and well connected by road and railway. Bus services are available to Baripada from Kolkata Dharmatala bus terminus. You have to take a bus for Baripada and descend at the Bombay Chawki which is just 14 k.m. away from Bangriposi. It takes about 4.5 hours by road to reach there. From Bombay Chawki trekkers are available for Bangriposi. The nearest railway station is Balasore which is 110 k.m. away. The best suitable train is 12821 Dhauli Express which departs from Howrah at 6:00 a.m. daily. It is a 3.5 hrs. journey. You will reach Balasore (231 k.m. from Howrah) at around 9.30 a.m. Trekkers are available from here as well to reach Bangriposi. If you have plenty of time in hand (as all the hotels check-in time is around 12:00 p.m.) you can avail the 78013 DEMU passenger at 10.05 a.m. from Balasore which is the only train (does not run on Sundays) that terminates at Bangriposi at 12:30 p.m. Bangriposi is a good place for people who want to spend some time in the solace of nature, away from regular city life.
This year planning an annual holiday was miserable for me! At first, we planned to go for a trek to Roopkund during the month of September with my friend Deep and my wife Priyanka. But we had to cancel that program as suddenly in September my mother’s glaucoma operation got scheduled. Then I planned to do a trekking to Rathong La in Sikkim with my wife during the first week of the November. My boss asked me to postpone the dates and told that we can avail a foreign trip somewhere in southeast Asia, like last year we went to Bangkok. Again due to some personal issues and the problem with leave in Priyanka’s office, we have to cancel that plan too! And finally, we decided to visit Bangriposi and Simlipal forest for four days in Odisha (in spite of the fact that just a couple of years back we have visited the Satkosia Tiger Reserve located in the Angul district of Odisha) with Deep, another friend Dhriti, and Priyanka. How pathetic :(. Earlier we have visited the Satkosia
I would not say that all of my frustrations were wiped out once we reached the location, rather I became more frustrated. The place was made much popular by the famous Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha in his small story book “Bangriposir Dui Rattir”. As the place got popular, lots of hotels, tea shops etc. surrounded the place. There are a couple of local houses as well in front of the bungalow where we stayed, the Hotel Bangriposi . All these distractions destroyed the natural beauty a bit of the place.
Journey from Bangriposi to the Simlipal National Forest
On the second day, we left Bangriposi early for a visit to the Simlipal forest. We hired a Mahindra Bolero Plus SUV for us. You can bring your own car as well if you have an SUV because to enter in the Simlipal forest the car must have to be an SUV.
We must have to take a local person from the checkpoint who works as a forest guide. We have to pay the entry fees of Rs. 1260.00 for entry of five persons (including the driver) into the forest [Rs. 40.00 x 5 = Rs. 200.00], entry of one SUV car into the forest [Rs. 100.00], for carrying two digital cameras [Rs. 50.00 x 2 = Rs. 100.00], charge for one guide [Rs. 400.00], a meal for six persons (including driver and guide) [Rs. 50.00 x 6 = Rs. 300.00], and charge for four plastic water bottle [Rs. 40.00 x 4 = Rs. 160.00].