Tucked away beside the legendary National Highway 10, forever etched in memory by the Bollywood thriller “NH10,” and nestled within the sprawling Dagapur Tea Estates of Salbari, there exists a hidden treasure—a coconut grove village that often escapes the hurried gaze of passersby.
Taking a step inside, crossing the tracks of the Darjeeling Toy Train, transports you to a realm where the ceaseless activities of daily life unfold amidst serene tranquility.
The village, aptly named Naya Basti, translating simply to “new village,” is home to approximately 400 people. Naya Basti, despite its unassuming name, practices the art of dignified and serene living as a captivating microcosm of cultural diversity, offering a valuable lesson for all.
A pervasive sense of serenity envelops the village, amplified by the gentle sway of coconut trees, their leaves rustling in the breeze. On the opposite side, the vast expanse of Dagapur Tea Gardens completes the idyllic scene. Nestled near tea gardens, a modest stall attracts a diverse crowd seeking solace and sustenance following hours of labor. Upon entering the village, an intricately crafted Tazieh, originating in Iran, symbolically reenacts the tragic events of the Karbala massacre.
The village’s landscape is characterized by a long, undisturbed stretch of tranquility flanked by verdant foliage. The journey along the heavily potholed roads is a unique experience, punctuated by saffron and green flags adorning homes, fluttering gently in the breeze.
In Naya Basti, the past and the present coexist seamlessly, creating an atmosphere of cultural coalescence and tranquility—an embodiment of harmonious living for all to appreciate.
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