If a traveler loves period film and added to it the person is also a fan of places which are ideal shooting locations of period films, you need to take a day tour to Somra Bazar. There are two small hamlets in the locality. One is Sukharia and the other is Sripur. Reaching these two places one gets the feeling that time has stopped here. Old mansions, 17th – 18th century temples, big water bodies with an abundance of varied kinds of trees around give the feeling of being transported to a different era. Enlightened by the information that famous director Mrinal Sen shot his film classic “Akaler Sandhane ” here, a curious tourist tries to locate the exact shooting locations as highlights of the day outing to Somra Bazar. In case the traveler is hungry for more after taking a tour at Sukharia and Sripur, the boat making hub at nearby settlement of Balagarh may increase the appetite.
When we say that while taking a tour at Somra Bazar – time stops here, it is not always the built heritage we talk about. There is a silence around these heritage structures which is often broken by chirping of birds, local kids having fun plunging into the ponds, bees humming around. The locals around here stroll as they have ample time in the world. No one is in a hurry and suddenly one gets an urge to sit down on the green grass in front of an age old temple and enjoy the moment. If the visitor taking a weekend break at Somra Bazar is a Westerner, then almost unintentionally a phrase comes out – “Ah – this is east.”