Netidhopani Watch Tower lies on the edge of the Buffer and Core Area of the Sundarbans National Park. The Netidhopani Watch Tower was earlier easily accessible to Tourists, but now only restricted tourism in allowed at Netidhopani. As of now (April 2020), only twelve boat permits (no advance booking) are issued everyday. We, at India Beacons arrange Netidhopani Permits and Netidhopani boat for tourists who participate in our Netidhopani Tour.
Netidhopani Watch Tower is another watchtower in the series of several watchtowers and is associated with the legend of Behula and Lakhindari. Legend has it that Behula, while accompanying her dead husband on his last journey on the boat, was passing the bank of what is now called Netidhopani, saw an interesting thing.
A woman was washing clothes and a child was continually disturbing her. Annoyed, she sprinkled some water on the boy. The boy became lifeless. The woman finished her laundry and then again sprinkled some water on the boy, chanting some mantras, to bring him back to life. Behula decided in a flash that this was the person who could bring her husband back to life. She rowed the boat to the bank and asked the lady (Netidhopani) to teach her the verses. This lady was instrumental in bring back Lakhindari . In fact Behula reached heaven from this Ghat.
Today this watchtower offers one a view of the ruins of a 400 year old Shiva Temple, popularly called the Netidhopani Temple. It is also believed that there is a road on the extreme right of the forest which was built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal area. It is now covered with earth. A lot of archaeological finds, mainly terracotta wares have been found in and around the Netidhopani Temple and are displayed as specimens at Netidhopani. There is also a sweet water pond at Netidhopani. This watch tower has a capacity to host 20 persons at a time. The serenity of the Netidhopani Watch Tower is worth enjoying.
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