Traversing a narrow, dusty trail along the mighty Kangsabati River had been a thrilling escapade. We were on the verge of losing patience when a series of temples appeared, as if out of nowhere, on the horizon. We realised that we had arrived at our drive destination – Pathra. Boasting some of the most exquisite terracotta temples and relics of West Bengal, Pathra is a rare site that has been ‘rediscovered’ and is a must-visit for all history lovers. Also fascinating is the tale of a man who fought single-handedly to preserve this heritage, not allowing even his professed religion to come in the way of his noble mission.
Enter Kona Expressway through Vidyasagar Setu and continue straight ahead. At the end of Kona Expressway turn left into NH-16 (NH-6). Follow NH-16 (NH-6) and cross Dhulaghori Toll Tax, Uluberia, Kolaghat and proceed towards Kharagpur. At trip 111 km, go onto a flyover on left to proceed towards Kharagpur Chowranghee Morh (do not proceed straight on NH-16 towards the underpass to Odisha).Once you reach the huge traffic roundabout at Chowranghee Morh in Kharagpur, get into the third exit to enter NH-14 on extreme right and proceed towards Chandrakona and Bankura. At trip 118.2 km, look for Birendra Sasmal Setu on River Kangsabati. Immediately after the bridge, at a junction named Amtala Morh on NH-14, take a hair-pin bend towards right, leaving the highway. The road narrows down and goes through Kadamtala Bazar towards Hathihalka