Bhalki Machan may not be a name known to many people , but this upcoming weekend destination near Bardhaman is worth a visit. Not only for the people of Durgapur, Bhalki Machan is in fact a good picnic and as well as a weekend gateway option for the people of Kolkata as well. Nearness to Durgapur makes it easily accessible and provides an easy option of having a calm weekend amidst greenery and natural surroundings.
How to Reach
If you are traveling by your own vehicle or a hired vehicle, take on National Highway 2 (NH 2) and proceed towards Kolkata upto Galsi. On reaching Galsi turn left and the freshly tarred road leads to Mankar. On reaching Mankar, ask any local people to know the exact way to reach Bhalki Machan. You can also opt for private and state transport buses to reach Bhalki Machan from Durgapur. Board on to any bus going to Mankar; get down at Mankar railway station. From there hire a rickshaw to reach Bhalki Machan.
One has the option of reaching Bhalki Machan by train as well. Board any local train going to Bardhaman and get down at Mankar station. From there hire a rickshaw to reach Bhalki Machan.
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