Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House So You Can Experience All That Manoharpur Has to Offer


What does it take for someone to step off the same old shuttle between the usual work and home? It is as if we are inwardly chained to a place that doesn't even feel buzzing anymore. And we keep on wondering about what we could perhaps do to feel lively all over again.


(Yes, it takes only a moment to answer the above question. You all, like me, would probably say COVID19. It is better not to step out of your home and give travel a break for now. However, we are all hopeful that these hard times would also pass. The post is for future days when the pandemic is behind us. It is thus meant for tomorrow, written as a heartfelt memoir to a wonderful stay previously. FOR THE TIME BEING THOUGH, STAY PUT, STAY SAFE AND DO NOT TRAVEL OUT. ) 


Now picture yourself drinking up your morning brew amidst tall green trees. A picture that is so familiar on the Instagram feeds. A vast solitude engulfs the surrounding, refreshing the air. Pure air laden with fresh oxygen from the nearby forest creates an ideal ambiance to relax. Simply the healing you needed, right! Rejuvenating retreat of the tired mind and body as well. Time and again, we need this elixir.  And that's just your daybreak at Santoor Guest House- the homestay located at Manoharpur to provide the perfect gateway to the famed Saranda forest. 





    A Weekend Staycation by Asia’s Largest Sal Forest

    A stone's throw away from the Manoharpur Railway station, this is one among the many destinations that boost the last-minute weekend getaways given the easy access and picturesque landscape. Santoor Guest House offers a decorous comfort amidst Nature to understand that life is all about finding inner peace.


    The routine at the guest house is quintessentially subtle and low-key. You can start off your day basking in the warmth of the pleasant weather (if be so, avoid the summers) in the garden or snuggle down at a comfy spot of your choice, pondering over the amicable oomph that unites Nature here. Simply inhale in the fresh air and feel alive! The guests may also choose to pay off the entire time humouring in any kind of pastimes like photography or reading books; plenty of which is available at the very in-house library of Santoor. Take my word, these delights will never fall short to rinse away the city delusions out of your soul.


    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House So You Can Experience All That Manoharpur Has to Offer
    These delights will never fall short to rinse away the city delusions out of your system.



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    The foundation stone was laid by Late (Dr.) Baidyanath Ganguly.  However, his elder son, Late Abhijit Ganguly was to be attributed to the modernization of Santoor- right from the conceptualization to planning and the subsequent designing. Everything in the design is so geared that it reflects his deft aesthetics and creativity.

    The practice is now being taken forward by his wife Smt Manjusha Ganguly, an ex-Headmistress of the senior Girl’s High School, and a revered name by herself.


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    Accommodation

    There are two cottages in the resort. One of the cottages is equipped with 2 double- bedded rooms with attached baths. The other cottage provides a dormitory, with 8 cots facing each other and 2 attached baths. 

    Lately, the accommodation has been expanded which includes 2 rooms with three beds in one and four in the other, washrooms attached. So if you are visiting with family and friends, you would not be disappointed. There is also a generator available to survive through the recurrent power cuts if any.


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    You wouldn’t consider it as a guest house, you will call it a home away from home. You will be spoilt by their hospitality, great food, and impeccable service.



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    The cottage with attached bath. Picture Courtesy: Soumya Chattopadhyay


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    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    The main building and the interiors of the room with four beds (with attached washroom)



    Gunjan: The Dining

    This unit is absolutely going to appease you. Why? The name itself says a lot. Walking into the dining greets you with the whiffs of the breakfast banquet, arranged for you to feast on. A weekending is indeed incomplete without good food and togetherness, and here you can reach out for both. The tables are so arranged that you face each other while having your food. While you bargain your appetite, you communicate and equate with people here, known and unknown, amidst the chitter-chatter of the birds outside and hence the name. Literally meaning “the humming of the birds”, this shed is an unbarred, brick-walled supported thatched roof, allowing for the winds to breeze in. Besides, the food will always calm you down here.


    gunjan Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    Literally meaning “the humming of the birds”, this shed is an unbarred, brick-walled supported thatched roof (picture courtesy: Kamalendu Ray), allowing for the winds to breeze in. The tables are so arranged that you face each other while having your food.



    Food

    Half the remedial curing was done by the food. A typical day’s menu starts with the pampering bed tea.  For breakfast, one has options of plain or stuffed paratha, puri or poha along with suitable curry or sabzi, followed by egg and fruit and a tangy pickle. Lunch is either plain or fried rice, daal, potato or brinjal fry, mixed vegetables, chutney, salad and sweet. Non-vegetarian platter includes a fish or chicken preparation. Snacks include samosa with tea. Dinner is the same as lunch with an added option of mutton preparation depending on availability.





    The Garden

    Once you are past the gates, you are apparently worlds away from the pandemonium of the city. The first thing that would strike you, is the absolute lushness of the place. The garden bloomed in layers of various colors. Seasonal flowers greet the visitors comforting the eyes, metaphorical to the healing.


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    Seasonal flowers greet the visitors comforting the eyes, metaphorical to the healing.


    Certainly, you would be away from the mayhem of the city and be thrown into orderly mayhem of colours. Provided the time is ripe, the garden flowers with a variety of seasonal blossoms. The garden also houses a shaded "adda" with the caned chairs as seatings. A stepped well, although not of use now, is there to pose for your camera. Be careful enough, by its curves.


    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    The garden also houses a shaded "adda" with the caned chairs as seatings. A stepped well, although not of use now, is there to pose for your camera (Picture courtesy: Soumyo Chattopadhyay). Be careful enough, by its curves.



    Places to Visit at Manoharpur:  In and Around Santoor Guest House

    Santoor Guest House is not just another name in your staycation appendix though. Should you ever feel to venture out in the wild, all you need is to step out and go for a safari through the Saranda Forest or might take a walk by the banks of Koel and Koyena rivers. Just so much as you are of the outdoorsy kind, Santoor aids by arranging guided tours to the forest- Jeep Safaris to Saranda- yet again a perfect reason to get your Go-Pros out.




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    The drivers are trusted and well-experienced persons who are associated with Santoor for a long time. Guides from Santoor accompany the tourists carrying packed lunch along with them.



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    The raw and the picturesque beauty of the Chota Nagpur Plateau will draw you in. There are a number of tribal villages that one could visit near the forest.  A safari through the Saranda forest is pretty much the tourist attraction. The aroma of the jungle will gulp you up along with the eerie sound of the silence.  Amidst the greens, you would find coves running through. Waterfalls with a fractured craggy backdrop, webbed with roots of trees, are frequent eye candies here. One might stop at the Jhingri and Pachera falls, or contemplate the view of the flowing Karo River at Pundul. The Kiriburu viewpoint is famous for reasons quite obvious. It offers an admirable 360-degree view of the surrounding seven hills. The entry to the Bolani Iron mines is restricted and can be viewed from outside only. The landscape of Roam has the heaviest Quartz deposition, and arrests all the colors it could, to offer a kaleidoscopic view. Also, a quick peek into the caves is a catch in Tholkobad.


    Also Read: A Quick Guide to Manoharpur- Getway to a Unique World of Nature


    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    The raw and the picturesque beauty of the Chota Nagpur Plateau will draw you in. There are a number of tribal villages (picture courtesy: Soumyo Chattopadhay) that one could visit near the forest.


    Best Time to Visit

    The summers here are unbearably heated while the winters are the perfect time to roam around. Monsoons, better are avoided, to avoid the patchy atmosphere. The into the forest jeeps would be a big no-no then. However, if you are up for just the staycation, then so be it.
    November to mid-April is the best time as the flower blossoming would be a delight to the sore eyes. 


    Tariff

    The tariff is inclusive of the following facilities:

    • Free Transport / Pick-Up from Station to Santoor Guest House and Back to Manoharpur Station
    • Hot Water is provided for taking bath at the Guest House
    • Food (breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, evening snacks, dinner)

    Tariff Break-up: Per Head Per Day

    • Age up to 3yrs: No Charge
    • Age between 3-12 yrs: Rs. 900
    • Age above 12 Yrs: Rs.1800

    Check-Out Time:  24 hrs.

    For Safaris, usually, 5 adults can be accommodated in the vehicle comfortably, while 6 wll be a compact number (1Front + 4Middle +1Back). A total of Rs 3000 per Vehicle (Non-A/C Scorpio) per Day inclusive of fuel is charged for a full day. A companion from Santoor will escort the tourist carrying lunch. If one wants to visit Sameej Ashram, the vehicle of choice is Tata Magic with charges Rs 1500 per vehicle.


    Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrive Manoharpur before noon. After having lunch at the immediate afternoon visit Sameej Ashram and return by evening

    Day 2
    Visit Kiriburu and Meghataburu and return by evening. On the way visit Jhingri and Pacheri Falls.

    Day 3
    Start off for Tholkobad or Roam and back by evening. 

    Day 4
    Local sight-seeing. Have lunch at set off for the station to board the train.




    Book Your Next Stay With Santoor Guest House Manoharpur @doibedouin
    A watchtower made out of logs in the Saranda Forest

    Requirements

    • Photo ID Proof both Original and Photocopy ( Mandatory )
    • Shorts / suitable bathing clothes (for bathing in Spring/Water Fall/River if so desired)
    • Sandals
    • Winter wears if visiting in winters

    Booking Procedure

    In order to avoid the rush, it is better to book the accommodation beforehand. Most likely, a non-refundable 50% of the total tariff is to be advanced one month prior to the visit. The hosts can be connected through their Facebook Page or phone number.

    Contact person: Shri Somnath Bhattacharya, Santoor Guest House, Manoharpur

    Contact Number: 08850555027/ 09820128389

    Email: santoormou@gmail.com




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    12 comments

    1. The santoor guest house is really best place to stay and visit the amazing sal forest. Great post very much supportive for travelers.

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    2. It's so tempting to go here. Hope situation improves and I can get here soon. Lovely pics

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    3. Woow, never heard this place and the location. I would love to visit and stay there for a few days to explore local villages. Thanks for sharing

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    4. This place looks worth visiting,it is peaceful and serene. Probably when we need a break, we can always keep it as a good option.

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    5. Wowww now that's the staycation that we crave for. It looks splended and must to visit in my bucketlist

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    6. The craving for travel is growing bigger and bigger and the list getting longer. your description and photos definitely put Santoor Guest House and Manoharpur on top of travel wish list

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    7. I really love the fact that this guest house is surrounded by so much greenery. I will definitely add this to my list of properties to stay at and try to see if I can visit them.

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    8. Now this is what I call a staycation. Places like these intrigue you. I never knew such a place even existed. Thanks for all the information.

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    9. Very very informative and useful. Thanks a lot for such detailed writing. I would love spend quality time here with my friends and family.

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    10. The best part about this guesthouse is the flora and fauna they maintained around its premises, it enhances its beauty and simplicity alot.

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    11. Bookmarking this article for when we can travel again... it sounds breathtaking.

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    12. Asia's largest sal forest!? Woah I had no idea that it existed in India, nor have I ever heard of Manoharpur. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful gem with us! Hopefully I'll visit one day for sure!

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