Cultural Tourism

Culture is way of life. It shapes our beliefs, customs, arts, and unique identities. TourEast celebrates these subtle nuances through tours woven around culture. We promote cultural destinations of rural West Bengal offering an experience of heritage and traditions of rural life. It is done through active partnership with local communities, ensuring economic benefits and strengthening their community identity and pride. It results is increased local ownership. Tourism here is a great leveler and culture the sap of sustenance.

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Destinations

We offer unique amalgamation of diverse cultures and natural beauty of myriad hues.

Sunderbans

The coastal areais known as the land of folk traditions like Bhatiyali songs, Jhumur songs & dance and Bonbibir Pala.

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Bamnia

Enjoy the colourful Chau performances at Bamnia.

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Muragachha

Bengal has a tradition of puppetry locally known as Putul Naach which is accompanied by songs. Muragacha, near Krishnanagar in Nadia, is the main string puppetry (Suto Putul, in Bengali) hub in Bengal.

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Sabang

In Bengal, the word Madur is a generic for floor mats. Mats are an integral part of Bengal’s lifestyle. Madur is a tradition and pride of Medinipur. Women of the households are involved in weaving this beautiful craft.

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Burwan

Raibenshe is a traditional martial dance that combines acrobatic movements and balancing tricks. As the original performers were soldiers, the dance was traditionally performed with spears, in accompaniment with vigorous body movements.

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Darjeeling

The northern part of West Bengal namely Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts are replete with traditional performing art forms which are brilliant in their content, presentation and musical richness.

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Alipurduar

Bhawaiya is a genre of folk song from northern part of West Bengal. Bhawaiya folk songs reflect the experiences of rural life, occupations, joys and sorrows of the people and express their harmony with nature.

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Nanoor

Kantha for the Bengalis means embroidered quilt. It is a very familiar household item in Bengal. Kantha is unique as much for its traditional appeal as its contemporary allure. The craft is practised by rural women.

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Ghurni

The clay dolls of Ghurni in Nadia are the integral part of Bengal's culture. These clay dolls are famous for their perfect detailing of forms, realistic features and marvellous expressions - making them a collector's item.

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Dariyapur

Dariyapur in Bardhaman district is a hub of Dokra craft and is home to some marvellous craftsmen.

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Bikna

Families of tribal metal-ware craftsmen are keeping alive the age-old tradition of Dokra, breathing life into their creations. The hallmark of this art form is its rustic beauty that depict unique folk motifs that have evolved over time, remaining virtually unchanged.

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Pingla

Scroll painters (Patachitra, Pata = scroll & Chitra = painting) tell tales of yore through their unique paintings and Earthy folk tunes (Pat-er gaan, Gaan = song). Their paintings are known for the use of bright hues – vibrant colours of the Earth in the way they occur in nature.

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Charida

Charida is home to the Chau Mask makers. Chau is an acrobatic martial art based dance form and is inscribed in UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The vibrant, colourful and elaborate masks convey the vigorous intent of the art form that portray animals or characters from the epics.

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Gorbhanga

Gorbhanga is the village of the fabled Fakirs - makers of soulful, mellifluous music. It symbolises a quiet celebration of peace and free flowing music, practiced in the age old Baul tradition. From fields thriving in rich harvests to the eclectic chants of birds, Gorbhanga also has a rich treasure of nature’s bounty.

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Panchmura

Panchmura the face of Indian handicrafts – the terracotta horse – comes home to roost. Steeped in tradition, the village has been molding clay to give vent to their creativity, following a calling that is passed from one generation to the next since time immemorial.

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Ghughumari

Villagers are weaving a relentless battle to save the tradition of Sital Pati (Sital = cold, Pati = mat) made from murta plants, their art, already a globally acknowledged epitome of sustainability and craftsmanship apart from being a grassroots enabler.

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Tepantar

Literally the far horizon, it is an open air theatre village - a confluence of local art forms, including those of the celebrated Bauls, the mystic minstrels of Bengal. Tepantar is fast emerging as the epicenter of a cultural resurgence – a journey of art in search of its roots.

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Kushmandi

A hot bed of cultural heritage, both built and natural, where the legacy of wooden mask making continues to flourish, even as the womenfolk weave little ditty’s of art in their Dhokra mats known for their vivid colours and patterns that are exclusive to the region and the art form.

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Natungram

Dedicated families are helping revive their legacy of wooden doll making. Curved from a single block of wood and painted in bright colours of the Earth, their trademark creation, the Owl, being synonymous with the traditional art of Bengal.

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Thanem

Apart from its natural beauty, Thanem has two unique hidden treasures; its traditional bamboo craft and folk dance called Dhalo.

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Ibrampur

The lush green fields and splendid view of the Western Ghats from St. Vincent Pallotti Chapel, makes Ibrampur a perfect day long getaway for the nature lovers. The place is known for its Bamboo handicraft and folk dances.

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Gulem

Gulem is famous for its rich repertoire of folk traditions and home to the largest number of folk artists in South Goa. The women of the village perform traditional Dhalo and Fugdi dances which are the celebration of Mother Nature and include songs about nature and local deities.

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Avedem

Avedem is an interesting sneak peek into the traditional Goan Christian community lifestyle. The place is known for its cultural traditions such as the Christian Dhalo, Fugdi, Kalsi and Kannar Kher dances. Lavo Mandri, a traditional grass based mat weaving, is found in this place.

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Upcoming Events

Baul Fakiri Mela

Baul Fakiri Mela, Tepantar, Bardhaman

Soulful voices of the Bauls and Fakirs, the tunes of the Dotara, earthy touch of the village, all makes Baul Fakiri Utsav of Tepantar, Bardhaman an ideal setting for the music lovers. Since the last 2 years the Baul-Fakirs of Bardhaman, Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad and Nadi...

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Madur Utsav at Sabang, Paschim Medinipur

Medinipur is known for the beautiful tradition of  Madur weaving - an integral part of Bengal’s lifestyle. Sarta village of Sabang is known for the intricate weaving of Madur mats. In 2018, Madur  received the Geographical Indication (G.I.) tag. Come and witness the f...

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Chau Mask Festival at Charida, Purulia

The Village Festival of Charida organized by the local artist community is a celebration of the age-old craft of Chau Mask making. Each house of Charida becomes a studio where you can find the artists busy in making some beautiful pieces of art. Chau Mask has also received t...

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Chau Jhumur Utsav at Bamnia, Purulia

Purulia is the place of Chau & Jhumur. About 5000 artists practice these forms on a regular basis. Rural Craft & Cultural Hub is being developed in Purulia in association with MSME&T department of Govt. of West Bengal, supported by UNESCO. This year Chau-Jhumur U...

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Sunderban Festival

Sunderbans is the largest mangrove forest of world, crisscrossed by countless rivers and rivulets. There are over 100 Bhatiyali singers, 17 Jhumur dance troupes and 22 teams of Banbibir Pala, an indigenous theatre form, in the part of Sunderbans in West Bengal. The Departmen...

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Madur Utsav, Digha, Purba Medinipur

Medinipur is known for the beautiful tradition of  Madur weaving - an integral part of Bengal’s lifestyle. Ramnagar I, Patashpur I, Bhaganbanpur and Moyna Block is known for the intricate weaving of Madur mats. Madur weavers of Purba Medinipur will hold the 2nd edition of...

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Patachitra Mela, Chandipur, Purba Medinipur

Bengal's Patachitra is now admired around the world. The artists of Naya village in Pingla of West Midnapore have made it famous internationally. The Patua village of Chandipur in East Midnapore is now ready to follow the footsteps of Naya. They too have learnt how to work t...

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Wooden Doll Mela, Natungram, Bardhaman

Wooden Doll is known for vibrant colour, intricate design and ethnic style. Owl of Natungram is a signature of Bengal’s handicraft. The Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises & Textiles (MSME&T), Govt. of West Bengal in association with UNESCO has develo...

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Bhawaiya Mela

Bhawaiya Mela will be organized at Alipurduar under Rural Craft & Cultural Hubs (RCCH), an initiative by the Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles (MSME&T), Govt of West Bengal in association with UNESCO. The folk festival is supported by ...

Basanta Utsav

Basanta Utsav, Nimdih, Purulia & Tepantar, Bardhaman

Like every year, the festival of colour - Basanta Utsav will be celebrated at both Tepantar and Nimdih on Mar 20 - 22, 2019. The colourful folk performances are part of this festival. Stay at simple and cozy cottages and tents, and enjoy the fresh, authentic, traditional cu...

ArtFill

Artfill seeks to bridge the gap between creation and appreciation by bringing the creators out of the confines of remoteness to their aficionados. The idea is to enable visitors to appreciate art as an experience by bring the process of Art making to the hospitality and other establishments through customized events and workshops.

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