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They also hold the Geographical Indication (GI) for the Wooden Mask art form. Explore the Community Museum at Kushmandi and enjoy the evening folk festival on all 3 days of the festival. This will be the 6th edition of this village mela. Entry to the Mela is free and open to all.\r\n\r\nHow to reach\r\nNearest railway station is Kaliyagunj. Kushmandi, Mahishbathan is 17 km from Kaliyagunj. \r\nOther option is to reach Kushmandi by road via Malda, takes 2 hours.\r\n\r\nTour Package\r\nWe provide 1 night 2 days \/ 2 nights 3 days tour package including stay and hot cooked Indian food (breakfast, lunch, dinner). \r\n\r\nTourists can also visit Kushmandi any time of the year.\r\nNov 8 \u2013 Reach Kushmandi by overnight train, visit village, Community Museum, local haat. Mela inauguration at 5 pm, Folk Programme till 9 pm. \r\nNov 9 \u2013 Visit Dhokra weavers village in the morning, wooden mask making workshop in the afternoon. 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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. ","image":"http:\/\/toureast.in\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/04\/IMG_9631.jpg","latitude":"23.6041114","longitude":"88.13462909999998","package":[{"_destination_package_title":"Natungram: village of doll makers","_destination_package_image_id":219,"_destination_package_image":"http:\/\/toureast.in\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/04\/5356420442_718919a535_b.jpg","_destination_package_description":"Natungram is the hub of the wooden doll makers. Carved out of a single piece of wood, these dolls from ancient folklore and mythology are characterised by their vibrant colour and ethnic style. \r\n\r\nOne can plan for 1-2 nights tour packages staying at Natungram or at Tepantar, a theatre village with a 4-acre eco-campus in Panagarh, covering visit the village of doll makers, Baul music at Joydev, dokra village of Dariyapur. 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All are welcome.\r\n\r\nHow to reach: Nearest railway stations are Agradwip & Katwa. It is about 1.5 hours drive from Bardhaman or Santiniketan and takes 4 hours from Kolkata.","events_date":"18 Jan 19","events_image":"https:\/\/toureast.in\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/11\/Wooden-Doll-Mela-1-1-150x150.jpg"}]}]