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Located in Bankura district, 152km north-west from Kolkata.
Vishnupur was found by king Raghunath 1, of the Malla dynasty. It flourished as the capital of the Mallas till the early 19th century. Since there is no stone in the area, the traditional building material was brick. The exquisite craftsmanship of the terracotta artisans is evident in the terracotta temples of Vishnupur. The potters here derive their inspiration from the glorious history of kings, soldiers and wars.
A music school, root of the Vishnupur Gharana, was established here in 1370A.D.
Vishnupur is also known for silk (tussar), particularly the Baluchari Sarees. Woven on unusual ‘punch-card’ looms, these sarees have episodes from the Mahabharata woven into the border and pallu.
Bellmetalware, conch-shell jewellery and pottery (the famous Bankura Horse) are available here.
Vishnupur may be reached by both train and bus. There is a snake festival in August and the Vishnupur fair in December.
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The best time to visit West Bengal is October to March
October-March is relatively less humid and is the time of the 10 day Durga puja festival. Sunderbans is also opened at this time for visitors. In summers the temp goes to 38 degrees, and the humidity levels are very high. In winters the temperatures may fall to 10 degrees. Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival is held in November.
The hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong is best visited from March to June. June to August is the rainy season here.