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Purbasthali Pakhiralay (Chupir Char)

Purbasthali Tour Guide

Purbasthali Pakhiralay: Welcome to Purbasthali Pakhiralay, a serene destination nestled amidst nature's embrace in the heart of West Bengal, India. Our enchanting retreat offers a perfect blend of tranquillity and adventure for travellers seeking a peaceful getaway. Wondering about our opening hours? Curious about how far we are from your location? Or perhaps you'd like to secure your stay with us? Look no further –contact details and booking information are readily available to make your experience seamless. Explore the hidden gem of Chupi Char, indulge in the scenic beauty of Purbasthali, and uncover the myriad of tourist spots waiting to be discovered. Join us for an unforgettable journey where every moment is a cherished memory waiting to be made.

Nestled in the heart of nature, Purbasthali beckons those seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Situated beside a serene lake, the resort offers a plethora of activities and amenities designed to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. From birdwatching to village walks, and fishing to nursery visits, there's something for everyone amidst the idyllic surroundings of Purbasthali.

Postal Address

The Purbasthali region boasts a rich tapestry of history and spirituality. Within a 15-kilometer radius, you'll find renowned towns such as Nabadwip and Mayapur, each brimming with cultural significance. Temples and remnants of pivotal historical events are strewn across the landscape, inviting exploration and reflection.

Address: Chupi Kasthashali Pakhiralay, Purbasthali, East Burdawan, Pin Code: 713513

Activities to Reconnect with Nature:

Boat Safari of Purbasthali

boat safari in Pyrbasthali

Boat Ride:

Looking for a relaxing weekend? Why not hire a boat for a few hours during the serene early mornings or late afternoons? Drift along the calm lake, feeling the gentle breeze and swaying waters. Ask your boatman to row you to the middle of the lake for a beautiful view of the sunset. Boat safaris start at 6:30 am and run until 3:00 pm. The cost of a boat safari in Purbasthali is ₹150 per hour for one Person.

Bird Watching at Sunrise: Chupir Char

Begin your day by immersing yourself in the melodious symphony of chirping birds as the first rays of sunlight caress the tranquil waters of the lake. Embark on a serene boat ride accompanied by expert boatmen who will guide you to the best spots for birdwatching. From majestic Ospreys to graceful Teals, witness a diverse array of avian species in their natural habitat.

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Birds in Purbasthali 

birds in Purbasthali

Purbasthali is not just a haven for relaxation but also a paradise for bird enthusiasts. With its diverse ecosystem and abundant natural beauty, the region attracts a wide array of avian species, making it a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike. More than 90 different species of migratory birds and more than 130 different species of residential birds can be seen throughout the year at Purbasthali.

Below is a comprehensive list of 10 famous residential bird species and 10 migratory birds that can be spotted in and around Purbasthali

Top 10 Residential Birds in Chupir Char (Purbasthali)

1. Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) - Majestic and Colorful

With its vibrant plumage and imposing size, the Alexandrine Parakeet is a sight to behold. Measuring an impressive 53 cm, this majestic parakeet graces the skies of Purbasthali with its distinctive calls and graceful flight.

2. Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis) - A Delicate Beauty

The Ashy Prinia, with its subtle hues and melodious song, adds a touch of elegance to Purbasthali's landscape. At just 13 cm in size, this dainty bird may be small in stature but leaves a lasting impression with its charming presence.

3. Ashy Woodswallow (Artamus fuscus) - Graceful in Flight

Graceful and agile, the Ashy Woodswallow glides effortlessly through the air, its sleek silhouette a testament to its mastery of flight. With a wingspan of 19 cm, this aerial acrobat is a common sight in the skies above Purbasthali.

4. Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) - Herald of the Monsoons

The Asian Koel, with its distinctive call heralding the arrival of the monsoon rains, holds a special place in the hearts of many in Purbasthali. Measuring 43 cm, this charismatic bird captivates observers with its glossy plumage and evocative song.

5. Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) - A Stately Presence

With its imposing stature and distinctive bill shape, the Asian Openbill commands attention wherever it goes. Standing tall at 68 cm, this majestic bird is a common sight along the waterways of Purbasthali, where it forages for its favourite prey.

6. Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) - Master of the Skies

Swift and agile, the Asian Palm Swift soars effortlessly above the treetops, its streamlined form cutting through the air with precision. At just 13 cm in size, this aerial marvel is a testament to the beauty of avian flight.

7. Asian Pied Starling (Gracupica contra) - A Study in Contrasts

The Asian Pied Starling, with its striking black and white plumage, cuts a dramatic figure against the backdrop of Purbasthali's landscapes. Measuring 23 cm, this charismatic bird adds a touch of elegance to the local avifauna.

8. Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) - The Urbanite

Adaptable and resourceful, the Bank Myna thrives in the bustling environs of Purbasthali's villages and towns. With its distinctive calls and gregarious nature, this 23 cm bird is a familiar sight in the local landscape.

9. Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - Guardian of the Night

Silent and mysterious, the Barn Owl emerges from the shadows of the night to hunt its prey in the moonlit fields of Purbasthali. With its ghostly appearance and haunting call, this 36 cm bird embodies the enigmatic allure of the nocturnal world.

10. Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitato) - A Hidden Gem

The Barred Buttonquail, with its cryptic plumage and elusive nature, is a true hidden gem of Purbasthali's avian diversity. Measuring just 15 cm, this ground-dwelling bird blends seamlessly into its surroundings, making it a challenge to spot for all but the most observant birdwatchers.

Here is the PDF of 130+ Residential Birds in Purbasthali (Chupir Char) Pakhiralay source: www.purbasthali.com

Top 10 Migratory Birds in Chupir Char (Purbasthali)

migratory birds in Purbasthali

Out of 90+ Migratory birds, we are exploring only 10 popular migratory birds that can be spotted in Purbasthali:

1. Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) - 29 cm

2. Baillon's Crake (Zapornia pusilla) - 17-19 cm

3. Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) - 71-76 cm

4. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) - 18 cm

5. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) - 42 cm

6. Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) - 15 cm

7. Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) - 27 cm

8. Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) - 15 cm

9. Black-winged Cuckooshrike (Lalage melaschistos) - 24 cm

10. Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) - 38 cm

birding in Purbasthali

These migratory birds add to the vibrant avian diversity of Purbasthali, attracting birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. For more details in pdf visit  www.purbasthali.com

Exploring the Village:

view of Purbasthali

Take a leisurely stroll through the quaint village of Purbasthali and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of rural life. Visit the weekly village market, known as "Haat," where locals gather to sell their produce and wares. Experience the warmth of rural hospitality as you interact with villagers and witness their daily routines.

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Country Biking Adventures:

Channel your inner adventurer and embark on a thrilling biking expedition through the picturesque countryside. Feel the wind in your hair as you traverse verdant paddy fields, fragrant mango orchards, and meandering dirt tracks. Let the rhythm of the pedals lead you on an unforgettable journey of exploration and discovery.

Fishing Excursions on the Oxbow Lake:

Indulge in the tranquil art of fishing amidst the serene waters of the Purbasthali Oxbow Lake. Cast your line and await the thrill of a bite as you try your hand at angling for prized catches such as Rohu, Kalbaush, and Katla. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of nature as you unwind by the tranquil lakeside.

Nursery Visits:

Delve into the vibrant world of horticulture with a visit to the nurseries of Purbasthali. Marvel at a kaleidoscope of colours as you explore flower beds adorned with Roses, Camellias, and Marigolds. Discover an eclectic assortment of plants, from exotic indoor species to medicinal herbs, and take home a botanical treasure to adorn your own garden.

Savouring Local Delicacies:

Barbecue Delights:

Cap off your day with a culinary adventure as you unleash your inner chef with the barbecue set. Gather around the grill with your loved ones and savour the succulent flavours of freshly prepared chicken kababs. Let the aroma of sizzling spices tantalize your senses as you bond over a shared love for good food and great company.

Authentic Culinary Experience:

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Bengali cuisine with the delectable food packages. Indulge in a gastronomic journey of flavours, from traditional Luchi and Sabji for breakfast to mouthwatering Chicken Curry and Fish Bhaji for dinner. Delight your taste buds with an array of savoury snacks and sweet treats crafted from the freshest local ingredients.

Accommodation and Facilities:

Lakeside Retreat:

Experience unparalleled comfort and luxury in the thoughtfully designed cottages and rooms, nestled beside the shimmering waters of the lake. Unwind in spacious accommodations featuring king-size beds, modern amenities, and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Whether you choose an air-conditioned cottage or a cosy non-AC room, rest assured of a serene and rejuvenating stay.

Modern Amenities:

Enjoy a seamless blend of comfort and convenience with the range of modern amenities. From plush sofas and televisions with DTH to attached western bathrooms with geysers, we ensure that every aspect of your stay is tailored to perfection. Indulge in a cup of freshly brewed tea from the comfort of your room or quench your thirst with purified RO water. With CCTV surveillance and secure wardrobes, your safety and peace of mind are the top priorities.

Tariff and Booking Information:

Per Person Budget:

  • - Enjoy the freedom of exploring Purbasthali without any entry fees or camera charges.
  • - Experience the beauty of the surroundings with a boat safari, priced at ₹150 per hour.
  • - Enhance your birdwatching experience with a knowledgeable guide for ₹100 per hour.

  • - Expect accommodation and food costs to range between ₹2000 to ₹3000 per day for a double occupancy room.

Contact Details:

  • - Contact the representative at 9073565723 (Monday to Saturday, 11:00 am to 06:00 pm) for inquiries regarding the booking of lakeside cottages and lakeside mango orchard rooms.
  • - All cottage bookings must be made in advance through the Booking Office in Kolkata.
  • - For general queries, refer to our "FAQ" section and "Accommodation" link to determine the most suitable tariff plan.
  • - Submit your enquiry via WhatsApp to 9073565723 or fill out the following enquiry form.
  • Visit https://www.purbasthali.com/purbasthali-booking/ for more updates.

Affordable Luxury:

Experience the pinnacle of hospitality at Purbasthali without breaking the bank. The competitive tariff rates ensure that luxury and comfort are accessible to all, with special discounts for longer stays and additional guests. Whether you opt for an AC deluxe room or a charming non-AC cottage, the accommodations offer unbeatable value for money.

Booking Made Easy:

Reserving your slice of paradise at Purbasthali is a breeze with a user-friendly booking process. Simply fill out the enquiry form on our website, and the dedicated team will promptly respond with availability and terms. Secure your reservation with ease and convenience, knowing that your tranquil retreat awaits.

Accommodation Rates:

  • - Double Bed AC Cottage/Room: Rs. 2500 (Discounted Rate: Rs. 2000) per night
  • - Double Bed AC Deluxe Room (First Floor): Rs. 2700 (Discounted Rate: Rs. 2160) per night
  • - Double Bed Non-AC Cottage/Room: Rs. 2000 (Discounted Rate: Rs. 1600) per night
  • - Double Bed Non-AC Deluxe Room (First Floor): Rs. 2200 (Discounted Rate: Rs. 1760) per night
  • - Additional person above 10 years: Rs. 400 per head per day
  • - Driver’s accommodation (Non-AC): Rs. 350 per night

Food Packages:

  • - Food Package: Rs. 600 (includes 1 lunch, 1 evening snack, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast)
  •   - Breakfast: Luchi, sabji, sweet, tea
  •   - Lunch: Rice, dal, bhaji, sabji, fish (1 pc), chutney, papad
  •   - Evening: Veg pakora, tea
  •   - Dinner: Rice/Roti, dal, sabji, chicken curry (4 pcs), salad/sweet

- Any additional food item is extra chargeable.

What to Pack

  • - Prepare for cold winters by packing appropriate clothing.
  • - Ensure you have enough cash on hand as ATMs may be distant. Cash is essential for transactions with local hotels, boatmen, guides, and transportation.
  • - Don't forget to bring any necessary personal medications.
  • - Remember to carry photo identification.
  • - Protect yourself from mosquitoes by packing mosquito repellent.
  • - Include a torch in your essentials for emergency situations.

Best Time to Visit Purbasthali (Chupir char)

Winter Season (December to March):

Purbasthali welcomes visitors year-round, but the winter season holds a special allure, especially for bird enthusiasts. This time of year marks the arrival of migratory birds from Central Asia, Russia, Europe, and beyond, making it the prime season to visit.

From mid-November onward, these winged travellers embark on a journey spanning thousands of kilometres along the Central Asian Flyway (CAF), gracing Purbasthali with their presence.

Throughout the winter months, temperatures typically range from 10°C to 15°C for the average minimum and between 25°C to 30°C for the average maximum, offering comfortable conditions for exploration and birdwatching adventures.

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Photography Tips:

photography in Purbasthali

  • - Equip yourself with a telephoto lens, preferably with a focal length of at least 500mm, to capture stunning bird photographs.
  • - Don't forget to bring along a wide-angle lens to capture the expansive landscapes of Purbasthali.
  • - While on a boat safari, leave the tripod behind as it won't be practical.
  • - Ensure you have extra camera batteries and memory cards to avoid missing out on capturing memorable moments.
  • - Binoculars are invaluable for spotting distant birds, so be sure to include them in your gear.
  • - Consider carrying a birdwatching field guide if needed, although boatmen are often knowledgeable guides who can assist you in identifying various bird species.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Booking and Cancellation Policies:

How do I book the cottages?

To book your stay at Purbasthali, simply fill out the enquiry form on our website, and a team will assist you with availability and payment details.

Submit Your Form Here

What are the cancellation rules?

Cancellation policies are as follows:

  •     - 10 days before arrival: 90% refund
  •     - 6-9 days before arrival: 75% refund
  •     - 3-5 days before arrival: 50% refund
  •     - Less than 48 hours before arrival: No refund

Transportation and Sightseeing:

Do you provide transport for local sightseeing?

Yes, a caretaker can arrange local sightseeing tours for you at an additional charge. Alternatively, you can explore the area at your own pace with your vehicle.

Is parking available?

Yes, designated parking is available near the cottages for your convenience.

Arrival and Departure:

How do I reach Purbasthali? 

You can reach Purbasthali by train or road. There are frequent trains from Howrah and Sealdah stations to Purbasthali Station. If travelling by road, detailed directions are provided below.

By Train:

- Accessible local and passenger trains run to Purbasthali Station from Howrah and Sealdah Stations. Check train timings on erail.in for more details.

By Road (from North Kolkata):

- Take the Kalyani Expressway to Jhulonia More (Bansberia) on State Highway 6, then proceed via Kalna, Dhatrigram, Samudragarh, Parulia Bazar, Kasthshali Market, and finally reach Pakhiralay Cottages.

By Road (from South Kolkata):

- Cross the Second Hooghly Bridge (Vidyasagar Setu) and continue onto the Kona Expressway. Follow the route through Dankuni to Gurap via AHI (Durgapur Expressway), then proceed to Kalna, Dhatrigram, Samudragarh, Parulia Bazar, Kasthshali Market, and finally reach Pakhiralay Cottages.

Do you provide pick-up services from Purbasthali Railway Station?

Totos are available at the railway station to transport you to our resort. Alternatively, we can arrange a Toto for your pick-up upon request.

Recreation and Activities:

Can you arrange boats for us?

Yes, boats can be arranged through the caretaker for leisurely rides on the lake.

Is fishing allowed in the lake?

Yes, guests can enjoy angling in the lake during their stay. Fishing equipment is not provided, so guests are advised to bring their own gear.

Culinary Experiences:

Can a barbecue be arranged?

Yes, barbecue arrangements can be made upon prior request. Enjoy a memorable evening grilling under the stars with a barbecue set.


Escape the monotony of everyday life and embark on a rejuvenating journey to Purbasthali, where nature's beauty awaits at every turn. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, the resort offers the perfect blend of serenity, comfort, and hospitality. From birdwatching to village walks, and culinary delights to cosy accommodations, Purbasthali promises an unforgettable retreat amidst the splendour of nature. Book your stay today and discover the enchanting allure of this hidden gem in the heart of Bengal.

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