Gorbhanga village in Nadia district is the home of Fakirs - makers of soulful, mellifluous music. The village symbolises a quiet celebration of peace and free flowing music - the elementary essence of the village, practised in the age old Baul tradition.
The singers from this village are now making ripples across Europe, Asia and Africa. It is also evolving as a community led cultural tourism destination. The Fakiri Utsav is held every year in middle of November and the visitors may listen to Baul-Fakiri songs in its natural habitat.
Tourists may also come to Gorbhanga throughout the year to enjoy the soulful music of the Fakirs. The other fairs and festivals throughout the year in Nadia like Raas Mela at Shantipur and Nabadwip and Lalonmela at Kadamhkali village at Asannagar are also major attractions for the tourists.
From Kolkata one can take a bus or train to reach Krishnanagar. From there, take a bus or hire a car and reach Nazirpur. On reaching there take a left turn and travel 5 km to reach Gorbhanga. One can also travel on their own by road and reach Gorbhanga in 5 hours from Kolkata.
There are lodges and guest houses available in Karimpur and Nazirpur. The Resource Centre in Gorbhanga has 2 guest rooms with basic amenities. Home stay at the artists' houses is also available with prior intimation.
There is a community Resource Centre in Gorbhanga to preserve the tradition of Baul-Fakiri songs. It is also a seat of learning where Bauls from other parts of Nadia and Murshidabad come to learn and exchange.
The Bauls and Fakirs of Gorbhanga organises an anuual festival known as Fakiri Utsav. The festival will be celebrated this year on November 17 to 19, 2017.