Bhojpur-Bihar

Bhojpur, Bihar – Known for its historical richness has many spots to visit

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Situated in the north of Chapara and Ballia and south of Rohtash District of U.P the present Bhojpur came into existence in 1992. Earlier this district was part of old Sahabad district. Bhojpur is historically quite rich. Even in the pre-historic days also there is evidence of the area being inhabited.

Bhojpur-BiharOne of the subdivisions of Bhojpur district Ara, derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘ARANYA‘, which means forest. It suggests that the entire area around modern Ara was heavily forested in old days. According to mythology, sage Vishwamitra, the Guru of RAMA, had his ‘Ashram’ somewhere in this region.

In the medieval period the pioneer of the Mughal Emperor Babar proclaimed his sovereignty over Bihar, after his victory over the Afghan rulers. The place where he made his declaration came to be called Shahabad, which literally means ‘the city of Emperor ‘.

Even during the British era also Bhojpur had a very uneventful history when Kunwar Singh revolted against the Britishers in line with the Mutineers.

The history of “Quit India Movement” in 1942 is also written by the blood of the virtuous revolutionaries of this district. If you love history then make a visit to this place fully laden with historical incidents.

Places to see at Bhojpur: Bhojpur known for its historical richness has many spots to visit.

The SunTemple at Dev

The Dev village of Tarari block has statue of the SUN GOD besides several other deities. These statues are said to be of 14 th century or even before.

Veer Kunwar Singh Kila, Jagdishpur

The great warrior of 1857 belonged to Jagdishpur. His fort is still there to reminds us of the great son of the soil who fought for the freedom till his last.

 Shahi Masjid

This five Gumbad mosque, the second of its kind in India was constructed by Shahjahan in 1623 AD. This is situated near Aranya Devi temple.

Karbala  mosque of Maulabagh

This mosque was built around 1817 with Aurangzeb’s assistance. It is situated at Maula Bagh muhalla at Ara.

Aranya Devi Temple

This is famous temple of Aranya Devi  ( Forest Goddess ). She is  said to be the deity goddess of Ara  town . Here one statue is of ADI SAKTI and the second is established by the PANDAVAs . The temple is very old and draws  many devotees every day. It is situated at the top of stone boulders.

Chaturvuj Narayan Mandir

This very ancient statue of Laxmi -Narayan is situated at Chaturvuj village of Piro block.

Jagadamba Mandir

Here is an ancient statue of Goddess Jagdamba at Mukundpur village of Charpokhari block.

Parswanath Mandir

It is a century old JainTemple located at MasadhVillage.

Mahamaya  Mandir

This temple is at Ekwari village of Sahar block. This was made during Mughal period.

Mahathin Mai  Mandir

This is located at Bihiya, draws lots of women devotees.

Jain Sidhant Bhawan

It  has a such library which contains unique collection of materials related to Jainism.

Paihari Jee Ka Ashram

It  is an ashram at Dhrampur village at Sahar block.

Lakar Sah Ki Mazar

It is situated at Sahpur, it a famous mazar of a local muslim saint.

Kurwa Shiv

There are some ancient statues related to Banasur. It  is situated in  Shahpur – Billoti Road.

Venkatesh Mandir

This temple situated at Perhap village has a statue of Southern architectural style.

Shahi Jama Masjid

This  mosque built by Shersah is located at Garhani Bazzar.  Renovation work is in progress here.

Baba Yagyeshwar Dham

A Shiv temple is situated in Jagdishpur which is said to be made by ‘lord Shrikrishna’ under supervision of ‘maharshi yagyavalkya’. ‘Hanumaan mandir’ of jagdishpur has also a fame among Hindu deities in bhojpur district

Aranya Devi

Aranya Devi Mandir has been located in Ara Town. The Town’s name Ara has been  based on this Deity .

Jain Bala Bishram

Jain Bala Bishram is one of the famous site of the town and a girls school also.

Jal Mandir

Jal mandir is one of the finest madir to visit.

Gaytri Mata

Gayatri Mandir is situated on the main Ara-Bihiya road. It is just near to Ara collectorate. One can visit this place on foot within 10 minutes from Ramana Maidan.

Gangi Nadi

It is a very good site to visit.

Things to do at Bhojpur: Trace the footsteps of history hither and thither while wandering in Bhojpur.

Best time to Bhojpur: You can visit Bhojpur throughout the year.

How to go ?

One can reach Bhojpur by roadways and the railways as the district is well connected by both the medium.

By Road

By road, Bhojpur is efficiently linked with Patna, Buxar, Aurangabad, Rohtas.

By Rail

By railway, Bhojpur is linked with Howrah-Patna-New Dehi main line.

By Air

The nearest airport is at Patna from where regular flights are available to all important towns and cities across the country.

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Where to stay ?

There are some accommodation facilities at Bhojpur. You can find those on arrival.

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Vaishali

Vaishali, Bihar – An archaeological place with large number of visiting destinations

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Today a small village surrounded by banana and mango groves and with extensive rice fields, Vaishali was once a famous historical place. The excavations made in the area have brought forth an impressive historical past. The epic Ramayana tells the story of the Vaishaliheroic King Vishal who ruled here. It is believed by the historians that one of the world’s first democratic republics with an elected assembly of representatives flourished here in the 6th century B.C. in the time of the Vajjis and the Lichchavis. Pataliputra, the capital of the Mauryas and the Guptas, became very powerful politically to exert its influence over the Gangetic plain. At that time Vaishali was the center for trade and industry.

Lord Buddha visited Vaishali frequently and at Kolhua, close by, and preached his last sermon. This occasion, was celebrated by Emperor Ashoka, in the third century B.C. erecting one of his famous lion pillars here.

VaishaliA hundred years after the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha – Vaishali hosted the second great Buddhist council. Two stupas were erected to commemorate this event. Jainism, too, has its origins in Vaishali, for in 527 B.C., Lord Mahavir was born on the outskirts of the city, and lived in Vaishali till he was 22. Vaishali is then twice blessed and remains an important pilgrim center for both Buddhists and Jains, attracting also historians foraging for the past.

Places to see at Vaishali: This is an archaeological place with large number of visiting destinations.

Buddhist Monastery 

At the outskirts of Vaishali stood the grand double storied Buddhist monastery. Buddha often discoursed here. It is here where Lord Buddha announced his approaching Nirvana and preached his last sermon.

Bawan Pokhar Temple

An old temple built in the Pala period stands on the northern bank of Bawan Pokhar and enshrines beautiful images of several Hindu gods.

Jain Temple

Behind the Bawan Pokhar temple is this Jain temple that is famous for its image of the Trithankar.

Lotus Tank

Just a bit far from these temples is the Lotus Tank. It used to be a picnic spot of the Lichchhavis.

Ashokan Pillar

Emperor Ashoka built the Lion Pillar at Kolhua. It is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by a bell shaped capital, 18.3 m high. A life-size figure of a lion is placed on top of the pillar. There is a small tank here known as Ramkund. This pillar beside a brick stupa at Kolhua commemorates Buddha’s last sermon.

Buddha Stupa-I

The exterior of this stupa which is now in a dilapidated condition has a plain surface. One eighth of the sacred ashes of the lord Buddha were enshrined here in a stone casket.

Buddha Stupa-II

Excavation at this site in 1958 led to the discovery of another casket containing the ashes of the Lord Buddha.

The Lichchhavis came a long way to bid him farewell on his way to Kushinagara and finally, they were stopped by a river created by Buddha. He once again paused to have a last of his much loved city. As a piety for Vaishali, he had already given his alms bowl which remained here for long time.

Abhiskek Pushkarini (Coronation tank)

It contains water that was believed to be sacred in the old days. All of Vaishali’s elected representative were anointed here before their swearing in. The Lichchavi stupa was located near here.  The stone caskets of the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha were enshrined here in Vaishali.

Kundalpur

It is believed to be the birth place of Lord Mahavira. According to the local people Jain Tirthankar, Lord Mahavira was born over 2550 years ago. He is said to have spent the first 22 years of his life here.

Raja Vishal ka Garh

A huge mound with a circumference about one kilometer and walls nearly 2 m high with a 43 m wide moat around them, is said to be the ancient parliament house. Over seven thousand representatives of the federal assembly gathered here to legislate and discuss the problems of the day.

Shanti Stupa

On the south bank of the coronation tank, built by Buddha Vihar Society.

Things to do at Vaishali: Vaishali mahotsava is held to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Jain Tirthankar, Lord Mahavira on the full moon day of the month of “Vaisakh” (mid-April). This is worth enjoying. If you visit during the summer don’t miss this celebration.

You can also make a visit at several villages around Vaishali that make delightful home made toys. Sikki Work, the humble blade of grass is hand-woven into delightful baskets and mats. Lac bangles, these handmade lac bangles come from nearby city Muzaffarpur.

Nearby attractions at Vaishali:

Sonepur fair: Sonepur just 35 km is situated on the confluence of river Ganga and Gandak, hosts perhaps Asia’s biggest animal fair, from Kartik full moon day (Oct-Nov). The Fair lasts for almost a fortnight. Millions of visitors come to this typical fair.

Best time to visit Vaishali: The ideal season to visit Vaishali is during winter. The temperature remains mild and soothing during winter. The summer is however scorching. The temperature rises around 45°C. So it is better to avoid that time.

How to go ?

There are three ways to reach Vaishali:

Air: The nearest airport is Patna (70 Km).

Rail: Hajipur on the north eastern railway station (35 Km) from Muzaffarpur Railway station (40 Km)

Road: Vaishali is well connected by road to Patna (56 Km), Muzaffarpur (36 Km) and Hazipur (35 Km).

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Where to stay ?

There is a government Tourist Bungalow at Vaishali. For booking details you may contact: +91-0622-285425.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Darbhanga

Darbhanga, Bihar – Among the oldest cities of Bihar with many ancient remains

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Darbhanga is among the oldest cities of Bihar. Being a municipal corporation and the Town of old Darbhanga Raj and present headquarters of Darbhanga district and Darbhanga Division in the state of Bihar, India, Darbhanga is experiencing rapid development.

Darbhanga-1The name of Darbhanga can be traced during the Ramayana and Mahabharata periods. Darbhanga was an ancient city of Mithila, which is an ancient cultural region of North India lying between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and the Ganges River. The famous king was Janak Sirdhwaja, father of Sita was once the ruler of the place. The name Darbhanga is the mutated form of “Dwarbanga”. That is, it is the combination of words “Dwar”(Gate) and “Banga” (Bengal) which means the “Gateway of Bengal“.

The scholars however assumes that Darbhanga was named after Dar (Dwar) and Bhangaa meaning the broken gates. The gates of the Qila (at Qilaghat probably) are supposed to have been broken (by cannons or elephants) in 1326 AD when Tughlak forces attacked the last independent North Indian Hindu king.

Hindus began to flock to this town since the beginning of 19th century when the Maharaja of Darbhanga shifted his residence to this town and was granted the title Maharaja by East India Company. The Nepal border cuts across the top fringe of this region. The Gandak and Kosi River are rough western and eastern boundaries of Mithila.

Places to see at Darbhanga: Darbhangha comprises of numerous tourist destinations.

Ahilya Asthan

It is famous historical temple, situated about 3 Kms. South of Kamtaul Railway Station in Jale Block. This place is known as Ahilya gram. There is a well known in the Ramayan about Ahilya. According to Ramayan when Lord Ram was his way to Janakpur his feet touched a stone and it turned into a woman who was non-else but Ahilya. Her husband Gautam Rishi cursed the Ahilya to fun into stone. The temple is dedicated to Ahalya, wife of Gautam Rishi. Large fairs are held every year on the occasion of Ramnavami in the Hindi month of Chaitra and Vivah Panchami in Agrahayan. There are various other temples and mosques in the village.

Brahmpur

The village is situated about 8 km away from Kamtaul and 19 km south east of Jogiara. The village is noted for the Gautam Kund and a temple of Gautam Rishi, which are located very close to it. According to the Puranic tradition Lord Brahma appeared before Gautam Rishi at this place after the chastity of his wife, Lord Indra and Chandrama had violated Ahalya. The village derives its name from this occurrence. In regard to the Gautam Kund, it is believed that God Brahma himself created the tank by piercing the earth with seven arrows, so that Gautam might not have to travel a long distance for bathing in the Ganga. Kamtaul. The village is a rail head in Jale block. The village has a Khadi Gramodyaog centre and a Khadi store. It is the rail head for visitors to Ahalyasthan and Gautamsthan.

Chhaprar

The village is situated in Bahadurpur block, at a distance of about 10 Km from District Headquarters. It has a temple of Lord Mahadeva on the bank of the Kamla River around which fairs are held on the occasion of Kartik and Maghi Purnima.
Dekulldham. The village falls in Biraul block and is noted for is large temple of Lord Shiva. Devotees congregate here every Sunday. A large annual fair is held on the occasion of Shivaratri.

Kusheshwar-asthan

It is an important religious place, situated about 16 Km east of Singhia and 22 km  north east of Hasanpur Road railway station on the Samastipur, Khagaria Branch line of North Eastern Railway. It is noted for the temple of Lord Shiva known as Kusheshwarasthan. Pligrims visit this place all the year round for worship. The origin of this temple is traced to the epic period.

The water logged fourteen villages of Kuseshwarasthan block covering an area of 7019 acres and 75 decimals, due to their greater ecological, faunal, floral, geomorphological and natural importance has already been declared as Kuseshwarasthan Bird Sanctuary under Wild Life Protection Act 1972 (as amended upto 1991). The following table shows the names and status of some important migratory birds seen in Kusheshwarasthan Bird Santuary and their native countries.

Mahinam-Mahadeo-sthan

It is temple of Lord Shiva situated at a distance of about 5 Km from the Darbhanga-Biraul pucca road. Large annual fairs are held here on the occasion of Kartik and Maghi Purnima.

Makranda

Situated about 5 Km,  south of Manigachhi railway station, the village is known for its old temple called Baneshwaristhan.

Newri

The village likes about 13 Km. west of the block head quarters at Biraul and contains the remains of an ancient fortress associated with Raja Lorick.

Nawadah Durga-sthan

It is famous temple of Goddess Durga Located on the Majkora Nawadah Road. The place is visited by hundreds of devotee’s everyday. The Dussehra festival is celebrated here with great enthusiasm.

Raghopur

The village is situated about 5 km south of Sakri railway station. It is noted for its earthen mound, known as Sheosingh-garh, which is believed to cover the ruins of a building, built by Raja Shiva Singh.

Shyama Temple

Shyama Temple is just 1 km west of Darbhanga Railway Station. It is situated in the picturesque and peerless Lalit Narayan Mithila University. In fact it is private graveyard of Darbhanga Raj Royal family and temples have been build upon the graveyard of the ancestors of the Royal family. Shyama Temple is one of them. It was built in 1933. A huge statue of Goddess Kali is enshrined in this temple. This temple is famous not only for its grand our beauty and lively men but also for the faith that people here get there in desire fulfilled if they worship with holy heart.

Sati Asthan

Sati Asthan is situated in the famous graveyard of Subhankarpur, which is about one km west of Darbhanga Maharaji bridge. Maharaj Rameshwar Singh who was also a great Tantrik used to visit here daily in mid night for his Tantra Sidhi. Late Pandit Harinandan Mishra father of Late Lalit Narayan Mishra, Ex, Railway Minister, Government of India, also held in this premises. Now a days people use to visit this place on every Monday and Friday.

Manokamna Temple

Manokamana Temple is situated in the University Campus just beside Nargauna Palace. This temple has constructed with the Marvel. In fact it is a Hanuman temple where a little but most beautiful statue of Hanuman is build of marvel. A lot of crowd came to visit this place every day.

Malechchhed Mardani Temple

Malechchhed Mardini temple is one km south west of Darbhanga Railway station. It is temple of the Godden who destroy the faints. This temple is of utmost importance for Shakti people.

Kankali Temple

Kankali temple is two km north west of Darbhanga Railway station in the premises of Qila of Darbhanga Mahraj. This temple is of utmost importance for Shakti people.

Kaitholic Church

It was old type of Baungla Church established in 1891 where training is to given to Christen Pandit.. It is just situated one km north form the Darbhanga Railway Station. This building was demolished in the earthquake of 1897 and later on it was constructed. The pray was started in this building from 25 December 1991. The name of this church is Holy Rosary Church. A lot of crowds were assembled on every Friday. Here Christmas festival is organized between Dec 25-31 and Anand Mela is organized on October 7 on each and every year. In the front of Church a most attractive symbol of Isamashi is also situated.

Bhikha Salami Majar

It is situated at one km southeast from Darbhanga Railway station on the bank of Gangasagar pond. A fair is to be organized between 12th and 16th day during the Ramzan.

Masjid at Darbhanga Tower

It is situated at two km west from the Darbhanga Railway Station and just neat at Darbhanga Tower. It is the most attractive and religious place for the Islam religion. A crowd people are assembled on every Friday for pray their Namaj.

The Mazar of Makhdoom Baba

It is situated at 2 km northwest from Darbhanga Railway Station and just between the both universities. It is the very popular secularism place. Here daily people from Islam religion as well as Hindu religion assemble for offering their prayers.

Maharaja Laxmiswar Singh Museum

Maharaja Laxmiswar Singh Museum was established on 16th September 1977. Royal family of Darbhanga is well known for its love and affection with art and culture. Prince Subheshwar Singh gifted the invaluable and immemorial items and Durlabh Kalakritiya in order to establish this museum. This unique museum is situated on the eastern bank of Mansarover Lake. There is rare collection of a number of objects and weapons made of Gold, Silver, Tusker teeth all collection has been scientifically organized and placed into eight different chambers.

Chandradhari Museum, Darbhanga

This museum was established on 7 December 1957 on the north  bank of Mansarowar Lake. Late Chandradhari Singh of Ranti Dyordhi (Madhubani) donated all the artifact and other rare objects. On the basis of arrangement and materials of the Museum it can be devided into eleven type of Halls. These are Glass Gallery, Textile Gallery, Miniature Painting Gallery, Modern Paintings, Stone Sculpture Gallery, Wood Gallery, Mother of Pearls Gallery, Natural History Gallery, Ivory Gallery, Brass Gallery, Special Gallery, Strong Room, Library.

Things to do at Darbhanga: Sight seeing can be a major activity of the tourist at Darbhanga. The place is dotted with plenty of tourist spots. You will enjoy your visit thoroughout.

Best time to visit Darbhanga: Winter is the ideal season to visit Darbhanga. The temperature remains soothing and extremely comfortable during this season. It is in this season that you can enjoy the real beauty of nature.

How to go ?

Darbhanga is well connected by both rail and road.

By Road

Darbhanga is 14 km from Belwa, 26 km from Jila Missrouli, 60 km from Pokhraira, 70 km from Dumra, 129 km from Patna, 144 km from Chhpara, 185 km from Nalanda, 191 km from Siwan, 210 km from Bhojpur, 262 km from Buxar and is connected via Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) and some private travel services.

By Train

It has its own Railway Station named as Darbhanga Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Bihar. It is situated on the major New Delhi-Howrah railway line and is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Puri, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Patna and Gaya.

 By Air

The nearest Domestic Airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna, roughly three hour drive from Darbhanga. Patna has daily flights to many cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ranchi, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Goa and Vishakhapatnam.

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Where to stay ?

There are many hotels at Darbhanga. Some options are:

Shyama Regency:  +91-6272 246807, + 91 9973 011112, +919973 283108

Hotel Rama Regency: +91-06272 233 241

Arvind and Agarwal Hotel: +91-096 08 045333

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Nalanda

Nalanda, Bihar – An ancient and renowned center of higher learning

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An ancient and renowned center of higher learning in Bihar, Nalanda is located about 88 kilometres south east of Patna. It was a religious centre of learning from the fifth century AD to 1197 AD. Nalanda flourished between the reign of the Śakrāditya (whose identity is uncertain and who might have been either Kumara Gupta I or Kumara Gupta II). In 1197 AD, it was supported by patronage from the Hindu Gupta rulers as well as Buddhist emperors like Harsha and later emperors from the Pala Empire.

The whole complex was built with red bricks and the dilapidated complex occupies an area of 14 hectares. (488 by 244 metres). The university attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet, China, Greece, and Persia. Nalanda was plundered and destroyed by a Turkish Muslim army under Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193.

Places to see at Nalanda:

Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex: The total area of the excavation is about 14 hectares. All the edifices are of the red brick and the gardens are beautiful. The buildings are divided by a central walk way that goes south to north. The monasteries or “Viharas” are east of this central alley and the temple or “Chaiyas” to the west. The Vihara-1 is perhaps the most interesting with its cells on two floors built around a central courtyard where steps lead up to what must have been a dais for the professors to address their students. A small chapel still retains a half broken statue of the Lord Buddha.

The enormous pyramidal mass of the Temple no .3 is impressive and from its top commands a splendid view of the entire area. It is surrounded by smaller stupas, many of which studded with small and big statues of the Lord Buddha in Various poses or “Mudras”.

Nalanda Archaeological Museum: Opposite the entrance to the ruins of the university and houses, there is a small but beautiful collection of Buddhist and Hindu bronzes and a number of undamaged statues of the Lord Buddha that were found in the area. Two enormous terra-cotta jars of the first century stand intact behind the museum in a shaded enclosure. The collection includes copper plates and stone inscriptions, coins, pottery and samples of burnt rice (12th century AD) found among the ruins here.

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara: Nava Nalanda Mahavihara is devoted to study and research of Pali Literature and Buddhism. This is a new institute, where students from foreign countries also study.

Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall: A new construction in memory of the great Chinese traveler, Hieun Tsang.

Things to do at Nalanda: Though in ruins Nalanda still stands as a glorious emblem of the Buddhist period reminding us of the rich cultural heritage. Explore this esteemed destination. It gives a feeling of reverence.

The shop aholics can buy Local Arts & Craft, Stone Sculptures and Madhubani Paintings from here. These things are priceless and worth keeping at the showcases at your house.

Nearby Attractions from Nalanda: You can visit Rajgir(15km), Pawapuri(25km), Gaya(95 km) and Bodhgaya(110 km) from Nalanda, Patna(95 km).

Rajgir

The ancient capital of Magadhan empire which flourished in the 6th century BC. Its association with Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira hallows the place. The first Buddhist council immediately after the Mahaparinirarvana of Lord Buddha , to pen down his teachings , was also held at Rajgir. There are a number of Hot Springs. The hill town of Rajgir, surrounded by seven hills is in the midst of lush green forest.

Gaya

It is a very sacred pilgrim centre for the Hindus. Oblations are offered for salvation of their dead parents and forefathers. The temple of Vishnupad on the bank of river Falgu, attracts a very large number of pilgrims from all over the world.

Bodhgaya

 It is the holiest amongst holy places of Buddhist World., where Prince Sidharaha attained the supreme enlightenment and became the Buddha , the enlightened one. The Buddhism was born here. The present Bodhi Tree is fifth in succession of the original tree under which Lord Buddha had attained the enlightenment. The ancient Mahabodhi Temple, the railings and the Ashokan pillar are of great historical as well as architectural importance. The modern monasteries of Japan, Thailand, China, Tibet, Mayanmar, Bhutan and Sri Lanka built in their national architectures are very colorful and remain humming with religious activities.

Pawapuri

A sinless city it is a great pilgrimage centre of the Jains. Lord Mahavira, the greatest propounder of Jainism had delivered his last sermon took Mahaparinirvana and was cremated here. Jalmandir and Samosharan are two beautiful temples here of exquisite architecture built in white marble.

Patna

The ancient city of Patliputra, where the capital of Magadhan empire shifted from Rajgir, is situated on the main line of eastern railway and is well connected with air services. The ruins of the ancient Patliputra have been excavated at Kumrahar, Patna saheb is also famous for being birth place of the tenth and last Guru of the Sikh, Guru Govind Singh. Harmandirji consecrates his birth place. The museum, Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Martyr’s Memorial, Golghar and Khuda Baksh Oriental Library are other places of tourist interest at Patna.

Best time to visit Nalanda: You can visit Nalanda anytime of the year but the summer months of May and June are a bit scorching. Winters and monsoons are great for visiting Nalanda.

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How to go ?

Nalanda can be reached by rail, road and air also.

Air: The nearest airport is at Patna89 km. Indian Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Ranchi, Bombay, Delhi and Lucknow.

Rail: Though Rajgir (12 km) is the nearest railway station to Nalanda yet the nearest convenient rail head is at Gaya95 km.

Road: Nalanda is connected by good road with Rajgir 12 km, Bodh Gaya 110 km, Gaya 95 km, Patna90 km, Pawapuri 26 km, Bihar Sharif 13 km etc.

Where to stay ?

The tourists prefer to stay at Rajgir (15 km. from Nalanda). There are also state tourism department guest houses at Nalanda namely

Tathagat ViharAjatshatru Vihar, Gautam Vihar: 06112-255273

There are also some private hotels at Nalanda. One option is:

The Siddharta Hotel: +91-9431069053, +91-9199017971.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Queen of Chotanagpur

Netarhat, Jharkhand – The Queen of Chotanagpur

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Netarhat, resting on the Chotanagpur plateau in Jharkhand, is an ideal weekend getaway for its charm and beauty. The lush green vegetation of the place, the hillocks and the barren rocks justifiably makes the place “Queen of Chotanagpur”. It is located at a Netarhatheight of 3,700 feet above sea level. This place will rejuvenate all your senses with its cool refreshing breeze. The mesmerizing sunrise and sunset from the hills and viewpoints of Netarhaat is really enthralling. Netarhat was truly a favourite spot of the British. One can still recollect the memories of the British Raaj as one gets the view of the pear orchards, manicured gardens, churches, colonial buildings and numerous sunset points here that keep the memories of alive.

Places to see at Netarhat: Netarhat is primarily known for its panoramic landscape, calmly ambience and wonderful climate. There are patches of sal and simul forests dotting the region with occasional pines and cypresses planted by the British reaching out to the sky. Seasonal flowers are grown all through the year and the weather and soil of this region is apt for growing fruits like peaches, lemons and even apples. The beautiful Koel River and its tributaries – Amanat and Auranga skirts its way through Netarhat creating beautiful landscapes. A number of winding small streams also bound the region. The sunrise and sunset seen from the viewpoints of Netarhat is truly a wonderful experience.

Nearby attractions of Netarhat: The place includes a number of nearby tourist attractions. The Upper Ghagri Water Falls, located 4 kms from Netarhat is a major picnic spot. The Netarhat Dam also creates a nice small waterfall. The Lower Ghagri Water NetarhatFalls located 10 kms away from Netarhat is a delight to watch. The stunning waterfall leaps from a towering height of 320 feet. If you want to savour the excellent view of sunset, make a trip to Magnolia Point, located some 10 kms from Netarhat. You can also travel to the Koel View Point, located 3 kms from Netarhat. However, to savour the beauty of the highest fall in Jharkhand, Lodh Falls, you need to travel almost 60 kms from Netarhat. The Sadni Falls located 35 kms from Netarhat is also equally appreciable. Destinations like Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Ranchi, Daltongunj and Rajgir are also closer to Netarhat.

Things to do at Netarhat: Explore the entire region of Netarhat, full of natural resources. Do not miss the spectacular sunrise and sunset. If you are an adventure lover, you can hike the Burhaghagh, the second highest fall of Jharkhand. Less adventurous ones can visit the local Netarhat public school established by the British, visit any local fruit orchard or take a long nature walk.

NetarhatBest time to visit Netarhat: You can visit this Netarhaat any time of the year. However, the summer at Netarhat is quite cool offering a pleasurable climate. It can well be said that Netarhat is the coolest region in the entire state of Jharkhand.

How to go ?

Netarhat is located at a distance of 160 kms from Ranchi. So you can avail bus services from Ranchi and Daltonganj to Netarhat. You can also drive from Ranchi along the NH23 to Sisai and then cross Ghaghra and finally reach Netarhat.

If you travel by train then you have to reach upto Ranchi station which is connected with all major rail routes in India.

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Where to stay ?

In Netarhat, Jharkhand Tourism’s Prabhat Vihar is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation. It has one of the best sunrise points in Netarhat and offers excellent views of the surroundings. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Indian cuisine. However, Western styled food is also served here. For booking details you may contact:

Prabhat Vihar: (6569) 277628 /9431528751. Kolkata Booking: Tel: 22259639.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rajgir

Rajgir, Bihar – A 3000 year-old city still holding its tradition strongly

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Rajgir is a 3000 year-old city still holding its tradition strongly. It is emboldened by hills from all sides. It seems after visiting the place as if history is still making its presence feel. It is here where Lord Buddha stayed and preached and even encouraged the Rajgirmighty king Bimbisara. Lord Mahavira also spent fourteen years of his life preaching in Rajgir. World famous travellers like Hiuen Tsang (650 BC) and Fa-Hein (400 BC) also made their visit in Rajgir and thoroughly recorded the daily life of the place along with its people. Rajgir is older than history even, the believers visit a dilapidated wrestling ring where the Pandava prince Bheema, is said to have fought and killed Jarasandha. The strange marks on the rock are found which are believed to be the chariot wheel marks of Lord Krishna. There is un-deciphered script on a rock face that is the code to open the store of gold of a mythical king as believed by the followers. The lakes hidden within hills, ropeways leading to peace pagodas on the hill tops, hot springs and horse cart rides make Rajgir a bag full of surprise gifts.

Places to see in Rajgir: The caves of Gridhakuta was the home to Lord Buddha for long three months and from this hilltop he preached some of the most precious sermons to his disciples. The Venuvan garden marks the site which King Bimbisara offered RajgirLord Buddha to reside. A ropeway leads to the Vishwa  Shanti  Stupa, built by the Japanese on a hilltop to spread Buddha’s message of peace. The Ghora Katora lake just 7 kms on the outskirts of Rajgir within the hills and forests is another great place to do some boating and wind up. Rajgir finds a very important place in the life of Lord Buddha and Mahavira. Here, you can still locate the dispensary of the royal physician Jivak where Lord Buddha was once brought to have his wounds treated. Then, there is the Jarasandh Ka Akhara where it is said that the Pandava prince fought against Jarasandh. The sulphur hot springs of Bramhakund, the mythical chariot wheel marks of Lord Krishna and the 40 kilometer long pre Mauryan Cyclopean Wall whose remains in few areas can still be traced supposed to have encircled ancient Rajgir. Various caves, temples and remains of ancient jails and fort walls dot Rajgir.

Nearby attractions from Rajgir: The most popular nearby destinations of Rajgir are Nalanda, Pawapuri and Bodhgaya.

Ruins of Nalanda University:

The remains of the 2500 year old university where Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) and others stayed as a student and developed his knowledge on Buddhism can still be found today. At its height, this residential university attracted 2000 teachers and 10000 students from Persia, Tibet, Greece, China and other countries. However, everything came to an end, when the invader Bakhtiyar Khilji beheaded thousands of monks and burnt the royal library for six months in 1193 AD. Today, you can take a tour of the ruins of this massive university complex and view the remains of the granaries, students’ quarters, classrooms, monasteries, teachers’ quarters, gardens, libraries and stupas. The newly built Xuanzang Memorial Hall is also a beautiful building.

Holy town of Pawapuri:

Located just 38 kilometers from Rajgir, Pawapuri is the holy site for Jains where Lord Mahavira, the last of the 24 Tirthankaras was cremated. It is said that the frenzy to collect his ashes by his followers resulted in the removal of so much soil that a lake was created. Presently, a beautiful Jalmandir (water temple) built in white marble stands hear within the lotus lake. There is another nearby site called Samosharan, where Lord Mahavira delivered his last teachings.

The peace pilgrimage of Bodhgaya:

This is the holiest place on earth for Buddhists from all over the world because it is here Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in 500 BC. After three days of meditation, Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the Bodhi tree. The seat where he meditated under the Bodhi tree, the Bodhi tree itself (this is the 5th generation of the original tree), and all the spots where he meditated during the seven days after his enlightenment are marked within the Mahabodhi Temple Complex. The primary attraction of Bodhgaya is the Mahabodhi Temple Complex probably built by King Ashoka in 250 BC. The temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

RajgirThings to do in Rajgir: While going to Nalanda from Rajgir, you can stop at Silao to enjoy some local snack called Khaja. You can take the local sightseeing trip in a horse cart too. You can also do boating at Ghora Katora Lake, take the chair lift ropeway to the Peace Pagoda and enjoy a hot bath at Bramhakund Hot springs. As Rajgir is surrounded by hills on all sides so a short trek to any temple located on a hilltop is really enjoyable.

Best time to visit Rajgir: You can visit Rajgir anytime of the year but the summer months of May and June are a bit scorching. Winters and monsoons are great for visiting Rajgir.

How to go ?

Rajgir rail is well connected from all parts of the country. You can also get down at Bakhtiyarpur Station and then take a car to Rajgir (55 kilometers). The buses are available from Patna(110 km), Gaya(28km), Pawanpuri(38 km), Bihar Sheriff(25km), Nalanda(12km) to Rajgir. Rajgir is also well connected from Gaya Airport (78 kms) and Patna Airport (109 kilometers).

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Where to stay ?

Private accommodation facilities in every budget are available in Rajgir. The hotels are well facilitated and hotel menu comprises veg and non-veg items. There are hotels suitable for every budget. Here are some of them:

Siddharth Hotel :  +91-9199017971  Website: www.siddharthrajgir.com
Hotel Vijay Niketan: +91 9031 507 047, +91 9835 620 220  Website: www.hotelvijayniketan.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ranchi-Tagore Hill

Ranchi, Jharkhand – The city of hills, waterfalls and forests

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The term Ranchi has been derived from a local word “Archi,” which means bamboo forest.  It is a quaint destination resting in the Chota Nagpur Plateau and surrounded by different beauties of nature like hills, waterfalls and forests. It is also endowed with Ranchivarious religious destinations. It is shrouded with emerald hilly areas, barren rocks and lush green valleys. Ranchi is also called the ‘city of waterfalls’ for you will find a number of gushing fountains from here. From here you can visit the nearby destinations like Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls and Dasham Falls. Ranchi is the present capital of Jharkhand state in India

Places to see in Ranchi: Nature has bestowed Ranchi with endless natural beauty. A number of tourist attractions furnish the place. The Rock Garden, located near the Albert Ekka Chowk is a must visit for all tourists in Ranchi. Spend some quality time in utter desolation at the top of Tagore Hill, named after the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Visit the Divyayan and Agararian Vocational Institute and the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram nestled at the foot of the Tagore hill. You will truly admire the majestic sight of the Kanke Dam in Ranchi nestled at the foothills of the Gonda Hills. The serene atmosphere, unpolluted air, secluded ambience and pleasant weather makes this lake a favorite spot for tourists yearning for seclusion and relaxation.

RanchiThe religious minded tourists can visit the temple of Lord Shiva, locally known as Pahari Mandir, located at the top of Ranchi hill, boasting an altitude of 2140 feet from sea level. You can savour an enchanting view of the entire Ranchi city from the temple premises. At the base of this colossal Ranchi hill, you will also find a pristine lake. You will be amazed to find that the Jagannath Temple of Ranchi features the same architectural style of the renowned Puri Jagannath temple. Tourists are mainly attracted to this temple during the festival of Rath Yatra, celebrated with much vigour and pomp. The Deer Park of Ranchi is also a central tourist attraction, which is home to hundreds of different species of deer. The park is decorated with splendid gardens, parks for children and well laid pathways. You will truly enjoy the park safari at the location.

Nearby attractions of Ranchi: Numerous waterfalls are located near Ranchi, the most popular being Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Dasham Falls, Hirni and Panchghagh Falls. River Subarnarekha features many waterfalls on its course among which Hundru Falls is the most admirable, falling from a towering height of 320 feet. Hundru Falls makes a scenic landscape and is a favourite picnic and resting spot of tourists in summer. The picturesque Jonha Falls formed by Kanchi River is popularly known as Gautam Dhara named after Gautam Buddha. Other nearby waterfalls includes Dassam falls and Sita falls. However, you need to step down around 500 steps to admire the natural splendour of the Johna Falls. The marvellous sight of the Panchgagh waterfall comprised five waterfalls cascading in a row offer ultimate visual pleasure.

Tourists can also make a tour to Birsa Zoological Garden, located near Ormanjhi on the Ranchi-Patna National highway, close to Ranchi. This eco friendly tourist spot is a safe retreat of several wild life including tigers, lions, monkey and deer.

Angrabadi temple complex, placed amidst a calm and tranquil atmosphere is a legendary temple complex in Khunti, located nearby Ranchi. Tourists visit this temple to uplift their spirituality by offering prayers to Lord Shiva, Ram-Sita and Hanuman.

Things to do in Ranchi: Boating in the Ranchi Lake or in the pool made by the Hudru falls is a real wonderful experience. You can also organize picnic near the Kanke dam or the Hudru falls. Enjoy a park safari at the Deer Park. Visit the fair organized near the Jonha Falls on every Tuesday and Saturday. If you are adventurous, experience the challenging hilly safaris. Above all, savour the eternal beauty of this exotic location.

Best time to visit Ranchi: Ranchi welcomes tourist all throughout the year. However, you can avoid the peak summer season.

How to go ?

Ranchi airport is situated at Hinoo, nearly 7 km from the city centre. The closest international airport is at Kolkata, located 400 km from Ranchi. Ranchi railhead is well linked with all important rail routes of the country, the nearest station being located at Hatia. Ranchi is well connected with bus routes from Bokaro, Chaibasa, Dhanbad, Patna and Jamshedpur.

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Where to stay ?

A number of hotels, lodges and guest houses are found in Ranchi suitable to all budgets. The accommodation also arranges for decent dining facility. Few options are:

Radisson Blu Hotel: (91) (651) 6602222, 800 180 0333, 800 616 1263 (Toll-free) Website: www.radissonblu.com
Hotel Ranchi Ashok: (91) (651) 2480759-765 Website: www.hotelranchiashok.com
Capitol Residency: (91) (651) 6607777 Website:www.capitolhotels.in
The Pinnacle Hotel: (91) (651) – 2212348, 2212384, (91) (651) 2212348 Website:www.hotelthepinnacle.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Sahebganj

Sahibganj, Jharkhand – A place where time stands still

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The picturesque town of Sahibganj or Sahebganj rests on the southern bank of the River Ganges in the north eastern region of Rajmahal subdivision of Jharkhand. It is a place where time stands still. The town has some historical significance. From the notes of Megasthenes to the decisive battle of Sher Shah and Humayun, from the Santhal Rebellion of 1855 to the Freedom of India, Sahibganj has played a very crucial role. Here the ancient royal palaces with the riches are full of dirt and the landscape is dotted with twin lakes, bird sanctuaries and the mighty Ganges. Moreover, the exotic landscape of the region features plenty of fossil remains of flora preserved as casts, impression and petrifaction.

Sahebganj-Udhwa-Bird-SanctuaryPlaces to see in Sahibganj: Sightseeing in Sahibganj is truly a visual pleasure. There is a natural twin lake at Sahebganj, called Udhwa Lake attracting tourists to enjoy the charm of its beauty. The lake is a safe refuge for different exotic species of birds. Moreover, migratory birds from as far as Siberia also visit the lake every year in huge number. You can also visit the Udhwa Bird Sanctuary, the sole bird sanctuary of Jharkhand nestled in the nearby village of Udhwa also known as Patauda.

On your way to Sahebganj, you will find the beautiful ruins of Sangi Dalan built under the benefaction of Raja Maan Singh between 1580 and 1600 AD. The meandering River Ganga flowing next to this edifice offers a visual splendour. There is a historical well in Sahibgang, built in 1915, which is locally called ‘Bhagwa Kuan,’ constructed to commemorate the memory of Edward VII. You can also visit nearby Mandro to see the fossils of trees and animals.

Nearby attractions around Sahibganj: Sahibganj is ornamented with a number of historical attractions. An experience of visiting the historical city of Rajmahal near Sahibganj is truly a pleasure to watch. It was established by Emperor Akbar long back Sahebganj-lakein the 15th century. The place is a major witness of a number of significant battles. The town houses some remarkable monuments, which include  Akbari Masjid, Singhi Dalan,Tomb of Maina-Bibi and Tomb of Miran. Nearly 13 km north-west of Rajmahal town there is a serene village called Kanhaiyasthan, which owes its name to the shrine of Lord Krishna (Kanhaiya). It is said that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on his way to Brindavan from Bengal stayed at this place and received the vision of Lord Krishna. The impression of the step of Chaitanya  Dev has been preserved at the site.

You can also visit the ruins of Jama Masjid at Hadaf in Rajmahal, built under the reign of Raja Maan Singh in 1592 AD, which was once recognized as the most elegant building of Gaur (Bengal). In close proximity from the location, you will find Bara Darwaza, a unique fort located at the top of a hillock. The fort features 12 identical doors. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared the remaining of the fort as a heritage site.

You will also find a number of temples in the neighbouring areas of Sahebganj. The temple of Shiva in Barhait is truly adorable. The place is frequented by disciples during the month of Shravan and the Mahashivratri. You will also admire the Binduvasini Temple near Barharwa railway station. Thousands of devotees assemble at the place during Ram-Navami when a grand fair is also held for nine days at the site. There is also a temple at Mirzapur village, known as Shukravasini Temple.

There are ruins of an ancient fort called Teliagarhi near the Karamtola station. It was named after its builder Teli  Zaminder. Do not miss a trip to Bhoganadih, the historical village of Sido and Kanu, the two legendary brothers who triggered the Santhal revolt in 1855. The village is considered as a sacred location by the tribes. The village also houses a memorial to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the brothers. You can also visit Panchkathiya, the place where these siblings were hanged by the British. Moreover, Malda in West Bengal is around 2.5 hours away from Sahibganj.

Things to do in Sahibganj: Sightseeing is the major activity of the people visiting Sahibganj. Try to visit the mela held on every full moon of Magh month at Rahmahal. The mela is mainly dominated by the tribals gathering from all over the district.

Best time to visit Sahibganj: You can visit Sahebganj any time of the year.

How to go ?

To reach Sahebganj you have to travel upto Ranchi by rail or road .

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Where to stay?

Decent accommodation and dining facilities are available in Sahibganj. Some options are:

Hotel White House: (06436) – 223355/9798117311 Website: www.hotelwhitehouse.yolasite.com
Priya Hotel: 06436 223 369

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ashanboni

Ashanboni, Jharkhand – Surrounded by green mountains, hills, rivers and streams

AshanboniAshanboni is just 17 km from Jamshedhpur at the foot of Dolma Hills. It is like a halting town. This quaint destination is surrounded by green mountains, hills, rivers and streams which are the tourist attraction. The spectacular natural beauty of the location is breath-taking. Dalma Hill which is just 9 kms away is also worth visiting. From Ashaboni, Ranchi is around 120 kms.

Places to see at Ashanboni: Ashaboni is admired for a number of sightseeing destinations like the Chandil Dam, Dolma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jayda Temple and the Sai Baba Temple.

AshanboniThe Chandil Dam boasting a colossal height of 220 meter is built on River Subarnarekha. The location is also ideal for boating. The Karkori River, which originates from the Hundru falls blend with the Swarnarekha River at Chandil. The ideal time for visiting the place is November to February. The dam featuring a huge water reservoir is a nice place to spend a winter afternoon enjoying boating.

You can also visit the museum located near the Chandil Dam. The museum showcases some valuable collections of 200 years old scripts, inscribed on rocks. A visit to the open air Sheesh Mahal Auditorium near the Chandil Dam should also be a part of your itinerary.

You can also organize a day trip to the Dolma Wild Life Sanctuary from Ashanboni. The sanctuary is famous as the refuge of Deer and Elephants. However, you need to acquire an entry permit to Dolma Sanctuary from the checkpost by paying a minimum Entry fee. Another popular attraction is the nearby Sai Baba Temple. This renowned religious temple of Sai Baba stands for universal brotherhood, peace and unity. The nearby Jayda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is another popular attraction nearby. A huge fair is held every year at the site on the eve of Makar Sankranti.

Nearby attractions at Ashanboni: If you want to explore further, you can take a tour to Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand located around 130 km from Ashanboni. Visit the Dassam Falls across the Kanchi River, located some 80 km from Ashanboni and it takes around 1.5 hrs to reach the destination. Other notable nearby attractions are Jubilee Park, Dimna Lake and TISCO complexes.

Things to do at Ashanboni: You can enjoy a nature walk, while savouring the breathtaking natural beauty of the destination, enjoy boating in Chandil Dam Lake and take a nature walk in forests of Dolma Hills.

Best time to visit Ashanboni: Though you can visit Ashanboni any time of the year, the best time to visit is from November to February.

How to go ?

The nearest railway station of Ashaboni is located at Tatanagar, just 17 kms away. Moreover, Ashanboni is also connected with Ranchi, Jamshedpur and West Bengal by NH 32 and NH 33.

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Where to stay ?

Decent accommodations are provided by a number of private resorts located in Ashanboni. Dining facilities are also offered by these resorts. Some options are:

Hill View Resort:  9831095234
Tenth Mile Stone Resort:  9830203973

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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McCluskieganj

McCluskieganj, Jharkhand – A destination where the time looks back recalling history

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McCluskieganj also called “Chota England” in the past still brings back the fragments of British Raaj with the presence of bungalows, pastries, village churches. McCluskieganj is an ideal weekend destination where the time looks back recalling history. The prime attraction of the place is the meandering Dugadugi rivulet, hills on the horizon, the almost exhausted British bungalows McCluskieganjwith their red roofs and rose gardens, the churches hidden amongst trees, and the panoramic railway station. The weather is quite pleasant here alongwith the pristine nature and the essence of the colonial past. McCluskieganj offers a unique experience. The place lost its charm during the 1950′s, after the departure of the Anglo Indian and British and in the next five decades, there were no further developments, turning McCluskieganj into an undistinguished village having a grand colonial past. With the recent shift of Don Bosco School to McCluskieganj, this little town has started regaining its past. The dilapidated British bungalows have been taken up by the schoo, reconstructed and turned into student hostels. The local employment opportunities has increased and safety of travellers is no more an issue now. The school has developed local tourism too.

Places to see at McCluskieganj: Travellers visit McCluskiegunj to spend a peaceful weekend in a quiet colonial village. You would find some elegant British bungalows like Gordon Sahib’s bungalow, few churches and a very interesting monument in the nearby Duli village where a temple, a Gurudwara and a mosque is built side by side.

McCluskieganj McCluskiegunj is a typically hilly region within the Chota Nagpur Plateau with a beautiful natural landscape dotted with hills, rivers, jungles and villages. Another popular local spot is the Jagriti Vihar built by the Swedish Government for people interested in nature study. The Don Bosco School and its sprawling gardens and bungalows turned into student hostels are few other attractions. The small Railway Station, which services only two trains every day, still holds some interesting features of its colonial past.

Nearby attractions of McCluskieganj: This little colonial township is surrounded by forests and hills on all sides. The Dugadugi River just 4 kms away is a popular local attraction here. Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand is only a 3 hours drive from McCluskiegunj. You can keep sightseeing in and around Ranchi like Tagore Hills, Rock garden, Kanke Dam and markets of Ranchi in your itinerary too. If you have a day in hand, you can also stay back at Ranchi and take a day tour to Dassam Falls, Hundru Falls and Jonha Falls. Another interesting place on the outskirts of McCluskieganj is Kothari – a dense patch of jungle with a beautiful landscape littered with hills and streams. You would also find some open-pit coal mines around McCluskieganj.

Things to do at McCluskieganj: Take a walk around the local villages and visit the grand British bungalows and their gardens. You can hire a local car and do some local sightseeing in local churches, jungles, Duli Village and nearby coal fields. You can also enjoy a riverside picnic on the banks of Dugadugi River just 20 mins drive from the township.

Best time to visit McCluskieganj: This little township has a sparkling weather with warm days and cool evenings. This is one of the main reasons why the British loved this “Little England” of theirs. The daytime during summers is quite hot and dry but the evenings are cool. Winter and rainy season are the best times to visit McCluskieganj.

How to go ?

The most convenient way to reach McCluskieganj is via Ranchi. There are numerous trains from all parts of India that connects to Ranchi and you can hire a car or take a bus from Ranchi to McCluskieganj. It hardly takes 3 hours (92 kms) from Ranchi to McCluskieganj and the road is very scenic.

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Where to stay ?

This colonial village has a well-equipped guest house with standard facilities for guests. Located close to the facilities, this guest house offers good food, clean and well-maintained non AC rooms with attached Western bathrooms and a patch of open space and garden. There is a dining area and a small lobby for the guests too. This nice cosy guest house and its friendly staff also arrange cars for local sightseeing and pick-up and drop from the station. Food served is essentially Indian cuisine and simple. For booking details you may contact:

Ushanjali Guest House : 09334700427, 0651-2560027

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Massanjore Dam

Massanjore, Bihar – The huge water body of Mayurakshi River

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The huge water body of Mayurakshi River and its colossal dam makes Massanjore a perfect tourist destination, for a weekend trip. The place really has an unpolluted environment that having a good effect on the health of the tourists.

Massanjore-3 Massanjore-1Places to see at Massanjore: The biggest attraction of Massanjore is the Massanjore Dam that was built in 1955 with assistance from Government of Canada. The dam is standing with a height of 155 ft and a length of 2170 ft. Besides, the surrounding forest areas and hills offer some great views of nature at its best.

Nearby attractions from Massanjore: Try to make a visit to Bakreshwar, highly famed for hot spring, which is easily accessible from Shiuri by road.

MassanjoreThings to do at Massanjore: The main attraction of the region is the huge dam built on the Mayurakshi River. Explore the exquisite natural surrounding of Massanjore by enjoying a leisurely walk throughout the region. You can also visit the nearby picturesque villages inhabited by the tribals. Plus, the boundary of Jharkhand is also not very far from Massanjore.

Best time to visit Massanjore: Massanjore attracts tourists all through the year.

How to go ?

It is about 31 km from Dumka in Jharkhand and is about 35 km from Siuri in West Bengal. You have to reach either of the two spots to reach Massanjore

It is on the Siuri-Dumka road. Buses ply on this road.

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Where to stay ?

The best accommodation facilities in Massanjore are offered by the government-organized guesthouse. Beside this, you will also find a number of hotels in the area. Dining facilities are available in most of the guesthouse and hotels. Some options are:

Youth Hostel :  (033) 22840626
Mayurakshi Bhavan :  (03462) 255229, Ph: (033) 23212259/5206

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Betla, Jharkhand – Shrouded by lush green forests, hills, valleys & waterfalls

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Located at a distance of 170 kms from Ranchi, Betla region is shrouded by lush green forests, hills, valleys and waterfalls. It is a tranquil tribal village located in the Palamau District of Jharkhand bordering the jungle. The mesmerizing beauty of the Betladestination, famous for towering Sal trees, bamboo groves and Betla Tiger Reserve will cast a magic spell on you. Belta, the most ancient forest areas in India spans over 226 sq. km. stretching from Kechki till Neterhat. The forest is an abode to 970 species of plants, 174 species of birds and several other species of reptiles and animals including tigers. The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Belta National Park to spot wildlife and birds is truly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals. Nearby Daltonganj, Lodh Falls and the ruins of Betla Fort are few other things.

Places to see at Betla: Betla is well known for its wildlife reserves. You will be truly overwhelmed by visiting the famous Betla National Park, situated on the Ranchi-Daltonganj Main Road. The park boasting an exotic collection of flora and fauna spans an area of around 1026 sq. km. It is regarded as one of the first National Parks across India, which later became a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Basically, Betla National Park was an extension of the Hazaribagh National Park during 1960s, which was later developed under Project Tiger as one of the prime Tiger Reserves of India. Palamau Tiger Reserve, which is an integral part of the Betla National Park, was also developed under this project.

BetlaThis reserve is a safe haven of around 45 tigers, along with other animals like wild dogs, horned antelope and jungle cats. Moreover, since 1989, Betla National Park also incorporates around 63 sq. km of the Mahuadar Wolf sanctuary. This national park is well accessible through Belta Village. You can savour the splendour of the wilderness by availing the jungle safari or jeep safari, organized by the local forest authorities at this national park. The northern part of the Betla village is flanked by the Koel River and its tributaries. The ruins of Betla Fort located within the Betla National Park are another great destination. It is one of the early forts ruled by the Chero kings.

Nearby attractions around Betla:  Want to explore further afield, then you must make a visit to the confluence of Koel and Orga rivers, popularly called Kechko Sangam, that is 18 km from Daltonganj. Nearby Daltonganj, there is a place called Barwadih, which houses an age-old temple of Shiva. You can also visit the Suga Bandh or Dam, located at a distance of 60 km, featuring an attractive reservoir. The breathtaking views of the famous Lodh Falls and Mirchaiya falls are truly enchanting. The picturesque green surroundings of the waterfalls are ideal for a day’s excursion. Another sought-after destination around Betla is the Talah Hot Water Spring, renowned for its remedial properties.

Things to do at Betla: The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Betla National Park to spot wildlife and birds is Betlatruly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals. The ruins of the ancient Betla Fort built in the 16th century by the Chero rulers are worth exploring. You will truly admire the converging point of River Koel and River Orga, popularly called Kechko Sangam. The place is ideal for organizing picnic. You can also indulge in swimming and boating here. The enchanting surrounding of Lodh Falls and Mirchaiya Falls are also perfect for a day’s excursion.

Best time to visit Betla: The ideal time to visit Betla for exploring the Betla Tiger Reserve is between October and April. The weather also remains pleasant from November through March. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season, which stretches from June to September. The most popular time to make a trip to Betla is during the months of October and November.

How to go ?

There are several options to reach Betla. The nearest airport of Betla is located at Ranchi, which is facilitated by frequent flights from Kolkata. You can avail taxis from the airport to reach Betla. Bus services are also available from the town of Barwadih to Betla National Park. However, you can also travel to the destination by train. The nearest railhead is located at Barwadih. The other alternative is the Ranchi railway Station.

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Where to stay ?

There are several rest houses and hotels available including the Government Forest Bungalows. For booking details you may contact:

Betla Tiger Project Bungalow, Forest Rest House
Phone: 06567-222650

Some other options are:

Van Vihar tourist complex ( Jharkhand Tourism Hotel )
Phone: 06567-226513

Hotel Naihar ( Betla National Park )
Phone: 06567-286505

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Bodh_gaya

Bodhgaya, Bihar – Where early morning Buddhist prayers give a feeling of ultimate serenity

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Unlike the other temple towns of India, Bodh Gaya is very clean, free from hustle and bustle, safe and beautiful place. Here the early morning Buddhist prayers give a feeling of ultimate serenity. Visiting the 2200 year-old Mahabodhi Temple with the Bodhi tree adjacent to it and watching the flickering flames of thousands of Butter lamps really gives a devotional feeling that you will always cherish. This is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists throughout the world. This little town is always crowded with believers of peace and harmony. This is the place where were Gautama Buddha achieved the supreme Enlightenment under the Mahabodhi. Walking on the place where one of the greatest human beings to ever walk on the face of the earth and attained enlightenment gives a unique feeling. It is located beside the Phalgu River.  Another very-different but renowned pilgrimage town – Gaya (famous for the Vishnupada Temple) is nearby it.

Places to see at Bodhgaya: The main attractions of Bodhgaya are the Mahabodhi Temple and the Mahabodhi tree. In 2002, the temple was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that the original Mahabodhi temple was founded by BodhgayaEmperor Ashoka. Various stupas and remains of earlier temples are spread throughout the temple complex. The temple with its ‘Chhatravali’ and an elongated spire crowned by a miniature stupa has a very different appearance. Buddha images are contained in the moldings on the spire, in niches. With the decline of Buddhism in India, the temple almost got lost amidst soil and sand. In late 19th century, it was excavated and restored by Sir Alexander Cunningham, who tried to restore it to its former glory.

The temple also houses the holy Bodhi tree and the Diamond Throne. The present Bodhi tree is possibly the fifth succession of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The stone platform below the Bodhi tree is known as Vajrasana and is supposedly the seat of meditation of Buddha. A small structure just beside the entrance of the main temple marks the point of ‘Animesh Lochan Chaitya,’ which is the place where Buddha supposedly spent one week looking towards the Bodhi tree. Another sacred area is the walkway called ‘Chankramana’ which is believed to be the place where lotus flowers sprang up, wherever Buddha placed his feet. The Mahabodhi temple Complex also houses the Muchalinda Sarovar (tank) where the snake king saved Buddha during a thunderstorm. Other sacred sites within the temple complex are Ajapala Nigrodha Tree, Ratanaghara and Rajayatna Tree.

Bodhgaya is also home to various other monasteries representing different countries like Burma, China, Japan, Thailand and Bhutan. There is also an Archaeological Museum and an 80 feet high statue of Buddha.

Nearby attractions of Bodhgaya: You can visit a number of places from Bodhgaya like the Vishnupad Temple located on the banks of Falgu River in Gaya, just 12 kilometers away comprising a 30 meter high octagonal tower. The ‘Pind Daan Pretshila’ Hill houses the Brahma Kund and the Ahilya Bai Temple. The Barabar Caves is considered an important archaeological site and the rocks are engraved with details of Buddha’s life. You can also opt for excursions to nearby places like:

Rajgir ( 75 kms from Bodhgaya )

Guarded by the hills from all sides Rajgir is closely associated with the lives of Buddha and Mahavira. The former capital of the kingdom of Magadha (5th Century BC), Buddha stayed and meditated here. Lord Mahavira spent fourteen years of his life at Rajgir and Nalanda too. Rajgir is also holy to Hindus due to the hot springs (Bramhakund). The major attractions of Rajgir are the Griddhakuta Hills where Lord Buddha spent many years of his life delivering his teachings. Then there is the peace pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, the beautiful GhoraKatoraLake amidst the mountains, Bimbisar’s Jail, the Ajatshatru’s Fort, Jarasandh’s Akhara, Cyclopean Wall, Jivak’s Hospital and venuvana.

Nalanda ( 100 kms from Bodhgaya and 25 kms from Rajgir )

Nalanda University was founded in the 5th century AD during the reign of the Gupta rulers and supported by later Buddhist emperors like Harshavardhana. At its height, this residential university attracted 2000 teachers and 10000 students from Tibet, Persia, China, Greece and other countries. The Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) left detailed accounts of the university in the 7th century. Nalanda was destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193 AD. The great library of Nalanda University was burnt down and monks were murdered in thousands.

Pawapuri ( 94 kms from Bodhgaya and 16 kms from Nalanda )

In 468 BC, Mahavira, the last of the twenty-four Tirthankaras achieved Moksha at Pawapuri and was cremated here. It is said that the great rush to collect his ashes resulted in so much soil being removed from the place of his cremation that a pond was created. Presently, a beautiful marble temple – the Jalmandir stands in the middle of a lotus pond on a rectangular island.

Things to do at Bodhgaya: You can visit the MahabodhiTemple complex and explore the divinity and history of the place in Bodhgaya’s museums and monasteries. If you have few days in hand, then try to visit Rajgir, Nalanda and Pawapuri to witness the other places associated with the life of Buddha and Mahavira.

Best time to visit Bodhgaya: Bodhgaya can be visited throughout the year.

How to go ?

From Kolkata, you can avail a train to Gaya, the nearest railway station to Bodh Gaya. The journey takes around 8 hours. Taxis and buses can be availed to reach Bodh Gaya from Gaya.

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Where to stay ?

Private lodging facilities in every budget are available in Bodhgaya. As Bodhgaya experiences a regular footfall of international tourists, so its hotels are well facilitated and hotel menu comprises veg and non-veg items. There are guest houses, resorts and hotels suitable for ever pocket. Here are some of them:

Bodhgaya Regency hotel:  +91-9199192534,  +0631-2200415

Hotel Lumbini International:
0631-2200351(24*7 service)
Mob.: +91-7870964380 , 9386740184
Tel: +91-631-2200351

Hotel Delta International : Phone:0631 220 0854

Niranjana Resort
Mob : +91-8434025499, 92334456434,8434025501-05
Tel No : +91-631-2200007, 9234455187

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Deogarh

Deogarh, Jharkhand – The abode of gods

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A trip to Deoghar, which is one of the most esteemed religious centres in India is really worth for enjoying complete solace. It’s the best place for understanding the religion and culture in its simplest forms. Deoghar literally means “the abode of gods”. The temples, ashrams, gods and immortality are not the only factors here. Deoghar, the most naturally beautiful destinations is adorned with hills, rivulets, serene lakes, forests and colonial buildings of Zamindars and Seths. The place is a popular tourists hub that holds a unique ‘old world charm’ that was quiet common in old days in small towns once.

Places to see at Deoghar: There are a number of sights of religious importance in this holy town of Deoghar. One of the most remarkable tourist interests is the age-old temple of Baidyanath Dham, named after Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple, especially in the month of ‘Shrawan,’ particularly on ‘Mondays.’ The earliest educational institution of Ramakrishna Mission, known as Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, established in 1922 is also located in Deoghar.

Moreover, you will truly admire the enchanting beauty of the Nandan Pahar, also known as the Nandan Hill Park, edging the town of Deoghar. The hill also hosts the famous Nandi Temple and flanked by a beautiful lake attracting tourists. The beautiful Navlakha Temple housing the deity of Radha-Krishna and boasting its sheer architecture is a worth visit for all tourists. Satsang ashram in Deoghar is one of the most sacred sites as Thakur Anukul Chandra, spent the last 25 years of his active life here.

Nearby attractions of Deoghar: A number of nearby attractions adorn the place. Tapovan located 10 km from Deoghar houses a temple of Shiva, called Taponath Mahadeva, which is the prime attraction of the place. The internationally famed Rikhia Yogashram established by Swami Satyananda Saraswati is perches at a serene hamlet called Rikhia in Deoghar District. The ashram is mainly visited by the tourists during the annual fair held in the months of November or December.

Just 43 km from Deoghar, there is a beautiful temple of Shiva at Basukinath, where holy water is offered by the visitors to Lord Shiva. Trips are also made by pilgrims to Trikut, located 24 km west of Deoghar. This hill temple is made of huge boulders. You can also visit the temple of Kundeshwari, located one kilometer away from Chandi Hill. Idols of Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva, Lakshmi and Ganesh have been preserved here.

The Ashram of Pagla  Baba located 8 km from Tower Chowk is also worth visiting. Idols of Radha-Krishna made of eight metals are installed in this ashram. In the east of Deoghar you will find a small hillock called Hathipahar or Mahadevatari. The hillock is called Hatipahar because from a distance it appears like an elephant. Nearby the hillock, there is a small stream, the water of which is believed to contain medicinal values.

A tour to the Devasangha Math, located 2 km from Deoghar railway station is also quite refreshing. The NavaDurgaTemple at Devsangha Math houses a deity of Goddess Durga in the Bengali style. Bulk of devotees visits the place mainly during the Durga Puja celebration.

Those who want to explore further afield can make trips to Dumka (65 km), Massanjore Dam (98 km) and Giridih (112km).

Things to do at Deoghar: Sightseeing to various temples and ashrams is a major activity of the people visiting Deoghar. Pilgrims visit in thousands to Deoghar during festive times. You will experience a spiritual enhancement while visiting the religious places dominating the district. Some recent trek routes have also opened in this area like the 110 kms long trek from Kanwar of Sultangang to Deoghar.

Best time to visit Deoghar: You can visit Deoghar any time of the year but the month of Shravan in Hindu Calendar (which corresponds to July and August) there is a huge rush of pilgrims to the Baidyanath temple.

How to go ?

Deoghar is well accessible by roadway from Kolkata (373 km), Patna (281 km), Ranchi (250 km), Dumka (67 km), Shimultala (53 km) and other places. Regular buses also run to Deoghar from surrounding towns. The closest railhead of Deoghar is Baidyanath Dham. The nearest main railway station to Deoghar is Jasidih around 10 kms on Howarah – Patna – Delhi line. There is another Railway Station named Baidyanath Dham (Deoghar) which is a terminal station of a 7 kms branch line originating from Jasidih Jn. There are regular trains from Howrah to Jasidih and connecting trains from Jasidih to Deoghar Station. You would also get trekkers, buses and auto rickshaws from Jasidih to Deoghar.

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Where to stay ?

In Deoghar, you can stay at the Jharkhand State government accommodation managed by Jharkhand Tourism or in some private hotels located all around. For booking details you may visit their official website www.jharkhandtourism.in

Some other options are:

Hotel Yashoda International : 090 51 211105
Hotel Yatrik: 9234742759
Hotel Mahadev Palace: 06432 292 739

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Galudih

Galudih, Jharkhand – An ideal place for rejuvenating your senses

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Galudi is one of the Bengali’s favourite weekend destinations. This place is ideal for rejuvenating your senses. Galudi has really become densely populated now and the place has eternal attraction. The atmosphere of this place is like medicine for people suffering from indigestion. The cool breeze of the Rocky hills is really soothing and refreshing.

GaludihPlaces to see at Galudi: The prime attractions of the place are Galudi dam, the rocky hills, Shalpial forest and landscape surrounding River Subarnarekha.

Nearby attractions from Galudi: The places you can visit from Galudi are Ghatshila, Panchapandav Mountain, Burudi Lake, Temple of Rukminidevi, Dharagiri Falls, and the night view of the point where the river meets the sea.

Things to do at Galudi: Travelling the nearest tourist spots and taking walks near the waters of Galudi are the best things to do here. You can even take ample rest in the calm atmosphere of Galudi.

Best time to visit Galudi: Autumn is a lovely time to visit Galudi, due to the cool breeze, which will make you shiver. Though strong chilly winds play a major role in Galudi, winter is also a nice time to visit.

How to go ?

You can travel on road from Kolkata by taking the Bombay Road (NH-6) you have to cross Kharagpur, Balibhasha, Chichira and Baheragora and then you need to take NH-33. After travelling for 5hrs and 30 mins on the National Highway, you can reach Ghatshila and then arrive at Galudi. You can also take the morning Ishpat Express from Howrah and reach Ghatshila after a 3 hrs 20 mins journey. From here you can hire a car or auto-rickshaw and travel 11 km to reach Galudi.

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Where to stay ?

Many resorts and hotels are available on the way to Galudi and Ghatshila. Dining facilities are also available in these hotels and resorts of Galudi.

Galudih Resort is an option. For booking details you may contact: 09570200268 , 09199868541.
Website: www.galudihresort.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Giridih

Giridih, Jharkhand – A very old and pristine small town

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Giridih is a very old and pristine small town that is located in the central part of Jharkhand and attracts lots of visitors. This place is mostly favoured by the tourist of West Bengal. There are several age-old temples, meandering rivers and quaint tribal villages in Giridih. This place is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimages. Those having adventurous bend of mind may visit the place to Giridih - Parasnath Hillenjoy the opportunities like rock-climbing, kayaking, para sailing and boating. The beautiful Lake of Khandoli is inhabited by many migratory birds. Near to it is the Parasnath Hill – the highest hill in Jharkhand from where you can savour the marvellous views of the rock strewn plateaus and lush jungles. Emboldened by hills and hillocks, Giridi would surely make you fall under its charming spell.

Places to see at Giridih: Giridih is  admired for a number of exotic locations which is a delight to explore. You can visit the village of Madhuban, housing a famous temple of 200 years old, the Samosharan temple, Bhomiyajisthan and a Jain Museum. You can savour a clear sight of Parasnath Temple from the balcony of the museum using a telescope. You should also make a visit to Baidadih for its large well whose water contains vital minerals having medicinal values. A huge fair is geld here during the celebration of Lakshmi Puja. Visit the quaint village of Dalgando, known for hosting a huge fair during Shivaratri.

Nearby attractions of Giridih: The majestic view of the towering Parasnath Hill, the highest hill in Jharkhand, boasting an altitude of 4480 feet truly offers a visual splendor. The Parasnath Temple is considered one of the most sacred destinations of the Jains. A trip to Harihar Dham located around 60 km South-west of Giridih is worth visiting as the temple houses the largest Shiva Linga across India. Amidst the ranges of the famous Parasnath Hills, the Ushri River streams down from a steep gorge. The spot is located about 14 km from east of the Giridih town. Around 8 km Northeast of Giridih headquarters there is the Khandoli water reservoir, which is one of the best sites for bird watching and water related adventures. The place features a hillock of 600 feet and a watch tower, offering a pleasant view of Khandoli site. The Langta Baba Samadhi Sthal is another notable nearby location, where chadars are offered to the Samadhi of Langta Baba by pilgrims seeking his blessings. While returning from Langta Baba Samadhi, stop at the Surya Temple mirzaganj, which is a nice temple built in the pattern of a lotus flower, nestled in the middle of a lake. You can also make a trip to Deoghar, a notable pilgrimage centre, located 112 km from Girdih.

Things to do at Giridih: Make a trip to Khandoli to enjoy some water related sport activities. The camel and elephant safari is truly enjoyable there. You can also try rock-climbing, kayaking, parasailing and boating at the location. The place is also a heaven for avid bird watchers. Explore the jungle near the Parasnath temple and you can also trek the Christian hill. Visit the Beniadih coal mines and enjoy a trek from Bengabaad to Pachamba through the forests. The site of the Ushri Fall is an ideal location for picnic.

Best time to visit Giridih: You can visit Giridih any time of the year. It has pleasant climate throughout the year.

How to go ?

Madhupur located 294 km from Kolkata has a branch line to Giridih. There is a single passenger train running five times a day through this line and it takes about an hour to reach Giridih. Parasnath railway station is located 48 km from Giridih. You can also avail regular buses connecting Giridih, Dhanbad, Munger, Koderma, Bhagalpur and other places. Dumri on Grand Trunk Road is around 45 km from Giridih.

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Where to stay?

You will find a number of budget hotels as well as comfort hotels at Giridih, equipped with all kinds of modern amenities. The hotels provide decent dining facilities and you would also find some local eateries at the place offering meals at affordable rate. Some options are:

Hotel Ashok International: 6532-250700, 9204856846
Hotel Manosarovar: 6532-227516, 8084802492
Swagat Hotel: 6532-226207

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Hazaribagh

Hazaribagh, Jharkhand – A place that is adorned by thousands gardens

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The literal meaning of Hazaribagh is a place that is adorned by thousands gardens. The district lies on the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand. The panoramic natural beauty of the destination located amidst the lush green dense forest and enriched with exotic flora and fauna will amaze you.

Places to see at Hazaribag: Hazaribagh which is primarily a health resort is admired by a number of tourist attractions. The HazaribaghHazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the low hilly region is worth visiting. The site extends over an area of over 184 sq. km. of plains, steep hills and nullahs, covered with lush green grass meadows and tropical forest. The sanctuary is refuge to a number of wild animals like Nilgai, wild bear, Chital, Sambhar, tigers and panthers. The sanctuary features several watchtowers to facilitate a close encounter with the wild.

Another popular attraction is the Hazaribagh Lake, which is also a sought after picnic spot and a popular site for water sports. You can also pay a visit to the Canary Hill, lying adjacent to the town, which is admired with a nice park and three small lakes and a watchtower. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the town from the top of the hill.

Nearby attractions around Hazaribagh: The magnificent Parasnath (90 km.), the highest hill in Bihar located in the eastern margin of the Hajaribag plateau, is truly charming. The hill located in the Giridih district is also home to the ParasnathTemple, Hazaribagh-Wildlife-Sanctuaryfrequented by the Jain pilgrims. You can also visit the temple of Rajrappa, renowned for housing the idol of Ma Chhina Mastika. The site is also famous as the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhera. The Tilaiya Dam, located 52 km from Hajaribagh is another spot of tourist attraction, which was built by the Damodar Valley Corporation across the River Barakar, mainly for controlling floods. Tourists are really enthralled by viewing the extensive reservoir and the spectacular hillocks.

You can also drive along the GT road to Hari Har Dham, located at Bagodhar, renowned for housing a Shiv Ling measuring 52 ft. Hundreds of tourists also visit Surajkund, 65 km from Hazaribagh, famous for hot water spring. Conducted tours are also organized by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.

Things to do at Hazaribagh: The Tourist Complex built few kilometers away from the Tilaiya Dam, is a perfect place for the sport enthusiasts, where they can enjoy several water sports and boating as well. The Hazaribagh Lake is also a popular place for water sports. You can also enjoy a nature walk, savouring the spectacular view of the town.

Best time to visit Hazaribagh: The best time to visit Hazaribagh is between October and April.

How to go ?

There are a number of options to reach Hazaribagh. You can avail buses from Ranchi and Patna heading to Hazaribagh. Luxury coach services are also operated by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation via Hazaribagh. Kodarma is the nearest railway station from the destination. If you want to avail flight, the nearest airport is Ranchi.

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Where to stay ?

You can spot a number of private hotels at Hazaribagh. Some options are:

Hotel Satkar Guest House: 9431153830
Ganga Palace: 6546-234457, 9835789987
Devi Rest House: 9234078888,9234019380
Hotel Aranya Vihar: 9234043037

Dining facilities are also offered by most of the hotels. If you are a street food lover, you can try out snacks like bada, aloo chop, samosas, tikki chat, matka kulfi or steaming maal pua.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, in Jharkhand, the clean & green steel city

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Situated in the southern end of the state of Jharkhand, Jamshedpur is bordered by Orissa and West Bengal. The cleanliness and greenery of the place is striking. It is said that Jamshedpur is known as the “GreenCity” first and then the “SteelCity”, thanks to its visionary founder, Jamshedji Tata. Jamshedpur is surrounded by the beautiful Dalma Hills.

Dalma Hills

The exotic Dalma Hills are located at a height of 3000 feet above sea level. It is just 13 km from the main city of Jamshedpur. The lush green forests, the swift flowing Subarnarekha River and the vast reserve of wildlife in the wildlife sanctuary represent the beautiful Dalma Hills.

The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode for several rare and endangered species of wild life like barking deer, leopards, sloth beers, elephants, porcupines and tigers.

Dalma Hills provide the tourists with a heart touching view of the surrounding areas. The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary offers the tourists with an opportunity to explore the natural habitats of the wild creatures. The good weather along with the rich natural beauty of the Dalma Hills creates spell effect on the tourists.

Dimna Lake

Nestled at the foot of the hills is the vast Dimna Lake, about 13 km from the city. The scenic beauty is enchanting. The hills in the distance, the clear blue rippling waters and the greenery make Dimna Lake an ideal retreat for the metropolis-weary traveller. The Dimna Lake is important for the city, as it serves like a water reservoir for the steel plant and the main drinking water source. This lake is half an hour drive away from the main city and can be visited by a cab or a bus. The lake was constructed by the Tata Steel. Tourists can visit this place in winters between November and February.  The lake has facilities for boating and water sports like jet skiing and rowing.

Jubilee Park

Within the city, there are many places of interest. Jubilee Park is a favourite haunt of the local people and tourists are also enraptured by the sheer beauty of the park spread over 237.75 acres. The Moghul Garden of Jubilee Park has been modelled on the lines of the Brindavan Garden of Mysore which displays about thousand rare kinds of roses of different colours and sizes. The most attractive feature of Jubilee Park is the colourful fountains, which is situated at the middle of the Park. In the evening the spectacular musical fountains and a laser show attract many tourists.

The other prominent tourist attractions within the Jubilee Park are Jayanti Sarovar, Foliage Park, Tata Steel Zoological Park and Smriti Udyan. The Upvan of Jubilee Park is an ideal spot to spend some time with family and friends.The Jubilee Park is decorated on the birth anniversary of the founder of Jamshedpur, Shri Jamshedji Tata. The place is designed by the famous architects, Mr. B.S. Nirody and Mr. G. H. Krumbiegel.

Hudco Lake

Situated in the midst of enchanting landscape of Telco Colony, Hudco Lake is another prominent tourist attraction in Jamshedpur. The spot is accessible from all parts of the city, and draws several tourists who are mesmerized by the captivating sight of the place.

Far from the hustle bustle of the busy streets of Jamshedpur, the calm and pleasant ambience of the beautiful lake relieves the tourists from the stress and strains of routine life.

The beautiful Hudco Lake and the Sumant Mulgaonkar Park is a perfect place for nature lovers. The tourists can explore the natural scenic beauty of the place by boating in the crystal clear water of the Hudco Lake. The luxuriant garden of the Sumant Mulgaonkar Park is an ideal place for organizing picnics.

There are also many devout places in Jamshedpur.

Bhuvaneshwari Temple

Bhuvaneshwari Temple is popularly known as Telco Bhuvaneshwari Temple because of its location on Telco hill top. The temple name can be spilt into two, Bhuvanam meaning the universe and Easwari depicting the ruler. Thus, Goddess Bhuvaneshwari is called as the ruler of the universe. There is a famous Guruvayur Temple inside the Bhuvaneshwari Temple complex.

The temple is situated on a mountain at about 500 ft. The location at the backdrop of a flowing river gives a scenic view of the city including the TELCO factory. The officials of the temple have also launched a Vedic learning project which includes informal classes.

Sai Baba Temple

The Sri Sai Baba Temple is built on 0.75 acre at a cost of around Rs 3 crore. The temple is open to all devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba irrespective of his religion. This legendary saint is held as the incarnation of Krishna by some and a pir by others. A multi-religion 13-member managing committee is looking after the centre.

Architecturally, the centre is soothing to the eyes. Designed by acclaimed New Delhi architect Chandrashekhar for free and built by Tarapore and Co for three years, it uses space and natural light effectively. The design of the main building has 60ft arches. The roof above Sai Baba’s idol is of glass to let in sunlight. There is a meditating hub, lecture halls, administrative blocks, landscaped garden and parking area.

Rankini Mandir

The temple is located in the Kadma area of Jamshedpur. This temple is an old Hindu temple and is dedicated to the Goddess Rankini. Though located amidst the busy Sakchi-Kadma road this temple is a sacred pilgrimage spot and one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.

Gol Pahari Mandir

Located just outside the city, Gol Pahari is famous for the Pahari Mandir, where Pahari Maa is the reigning deity. The temple is built on a hill near the Tatanagar Railway Station. An annual festival is organized at the Railway Loco Colony to worship Pahari Maa.

Parsee Fire Temple

The Parsee Fire Temple in Jamshedpur was constructed in the year 1960 and is situated at one corner of the Jubilee Park with lovely flowering bushes, creeps, rose and seasonal plants. It is here where the Parsees worship the holy fire.

This Parsee temple was built on 3rd March, the birthday of Jamshedji Tata. The fire has an interesting history. It has been burning in the Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff Agairy of the khades Parsee in Bombay since 1790. The trustee of the agairy, who had been facing the difficult days was finding it hard to keep the holy fire burning and approached the Parsees of Jamshedpur to establish the Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff Agairy here. The offer was accepted and the setting up of the agiary fulfilled the dream of the Parsees of Jamshedpur to have their place of worship in the Steel city.

Sakchi Gurudwara

Among the Gurudwaras, the most respected and visited is the Gurudwara Sahib located in Sakchi. The Gurudwara is crowded with people at any part of the day. The pure white structure of the Gurudwara gives a sense of peace and serenity.

Bishtupur Gurudwara

During the times of the early Gurus, Sikh places of worship were referred to as dharamshalas. They were a place where Sikhs could gather to hear the Guru speak or sing hymns. With the continuous growing of the Sikh population Guru Hargobind introduced the word Gurdwara, meaning the gateway through which the Guru could be reached. Since then the Sikh places of worship came to be known as Gurdwaras. Though there is no historical gurudwara in Jamshedpur, yet their magnificient structure attracts a large number of people of all communities.

Sakchi Masjid

Among all the mosques of Jamshedpur, the Sakchi Masjid is spectacular. The dominating white stone building speaks about the grandeurs of the mighty Mughal. The multi-domed structure with sky kissing minarets is free for visitors apart from prayer times.

Kalibari Temple

The temple of Kalibari was established way back in 1932 on December 2nd by a priest named Jaga Basishta Dev. This temple was established at the time of the construction of Steel Plant in the dense forests of Sakchi.

This temple is said to be one of the holiest place at Jamshedpur and people throng to pay their respects to the Goddess Kali for every auspicious occasion. Kali puja in the temple has been organized for the past 27 years. It is believed that Subhas Chandra Bose s mother was the first non-Brahmin to perform a yagna at the temple in the early 1940s. It is located near the LoyolaSchool, just opposite Beldih Club and attracts many devotees all over the world.

St. Mary Church

St. Mary Church located in the heart of Bistupur is one of the most visited churches of Jamshedpur. It is the oldest church in Jamshedpur. Hundreds of devotees visit the shrine. Though simple in structure, the interior of the Church has some exclusive art designs.

Apart from this devout places the other visiting spots include:

Centre for Excellence

Located near to attractive Jubilee Park in Jamshedpur, Russi Modi Center for Excellence is a complex enclosing many professional organizations in Jamshedpur. This building structure is famous for its architectural style and beauty. This was constructed under the leadership of renowned architect Hafeez Contractor.

This impressive structure was designed as the formal entrance to the Jubilee Park and presently this center houses the Archives of Tata Steel, a worthy collection of origin and evolution of one of the largest industries in the world. This is a favourite place for management students to understand the management practices required to bring up a spectacular industry and continue to be in the high echelons.

Sir Dorabji Tata Park

Lying near the Keenan Stadium of the city, SriDorabjiTataPark is one of the notable places of Jamshedpur tourist attractions. The Park draws several tourists who are enchanted with its captivating beauty.

The sprawling gardens, colourful flowers and artificial fountains represent the beautiful park of Sri Dorabji Tata. This well known park of Jamshedpur derived its name from Sri Dorabji Tata, who was one of the pioneers of the Tata Iron and Steel Company.

The local population of Jamshedpur visit SriDorabjiTataPark on weekends to refresh their mind from the stress and tensions of regular life. The illuminated fountains of the park are an added attraction for the tourists. The park is an ideal place to unwind with family and friends.

River’s Meet

Domohani or River’s Meet in Jamshedpur offers the nature lovers with a unique opportunity to experience the convergence of two swift flowing rivers of Subarnarekha and Kharkhai. Situated at the north western corner of Jamshedpur, Domohani or River’s Meet draws numerous tourists from far and wide who are fascinated and enchanted with the bewitching natural scenic beauty of the place. Encircled by luxuriant green fields, the tall trees of Eucalyptus add to the charm of the beautiful place of Domohani.

The place provides the tourists with a unique scope to experience the sunrise on the river side of Domohani. A delight for the nature lovers, the place of River’s Meet rejuvenates the mind, body and soul of the visitors with a fresh bout of renewed energy and vigour. River’s Meet is flocked by local tourists during weekends. The place is ideal for spending some time with family and friends in the midst of nature.

There are also some short stops like the Keenan Stadium, XLRI, etc.

How to go?

Jamshedpur is 251 km from Calcutta. There are many trains like Janashatabdi Express, Tata Steel Express. Bus services are also available.

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Where to stay?

There are many hotels to suit all budgets.  Some options are:

Hotel Siddhartha( government-approved)
Phone: 0657 232 0535, 2425435, 2433008.
Hotel Asian Inn
Phone- 0657 2220291, 2222170, 2226376
Hotel Ginger
Phone: +91 657 666 3333.

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Chiria Mines

Chiria Mines, in Pashchimi Singhbhum district of Jharkhand

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Chiria which is a census town in Pashchimi Singhbhum district in the state of Jharkhand has India’s largest iron ore mine with reserves of 2,000 million tonnes of iron ore. This mine is operated by Steel Authority of India Limited. Surrounded by Kiriburu, Karampada, Tupadih Rangra and Rakshi, it lies to the south-west of Manoharpur. After getting off at the Manoharpur Station you have to wait for the trucks as because there are no alternate transport options. The trucks will take you to Chiria Mines which is 30 km from Manoharpur. If you prefer to travel by car then either take your own car or hire a car before reaching Manoharpur. On the way to Chiria Mines you will come across a hamlet called Ankua, where a haat is held every Sunday and Wednesday.

During the journey you will find many paddy fields covering the hill slopes. Almost all of them had a wooden platform about 20 feet high. Villagers keep vigil on the platforms at night so that their crops are not eaten or trampled by elephants. They beat on tin cans to scare away the pachyderms.

The road takes a U-turn near the Ankua Bazar from where the route is diverged. The way that leads to Chiria Mines covers 8 km to reach the destination. The condition of the road is very bad but either side of it is rich in verdant beauty. Birdsong fills the air. In fact, Chiria Mines gets its name from the number of birds that frequent it. The area is infested with elephants. You may see the fresh foot steps on the road. The wild boars may also come into the view.

Emboldened by a boundary of hills, Chiria Mines is like an open-air factory with an intricate network of rail tracks. You will find the iron ore being carried away in wagons along a rail track. You have to take permission from the IISCO official to roam around. See how the iron ore is being extracted and transported into the plants.

The view from the hill top is heart touching. If you are lucky then you may catch the view of the elephants playing on the river below in a full moon night.

How to go?

Take any Mumbai-bound train from Howrah and get down at Manoharpur station, or take a mail or super-fast train to Chakradharpur and a local train from there to Manoharpur. If you prefer to drive, take National Highway 6.

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Where to stay?

Hotels are available around Manoharpur station. At Chiria Mines, the IISCO guest house is the only option. For bookings, contact IISCO house, 50 Chowringhee Road. Ph. No: 91 33-6609-0000 / 6455-1000.

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kiriburu

Kiriburu, at West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand

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The twin hills of Kiriburu and Meghataburu is located in the West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.

You have to get down at the Barbil station and hire a car that will take you to your destination via Barajamda. Truckloads of iron-ore coming down from Barajamda, Nuamundi, Barbil, Danguaposi mines trundle along the road. The car would pass through the Saranda forest range and Chaibasa, where Shakti Chattopadhyay composed some of his poetry, is not far. The sal forest on either side of the road looks beautiful. Sal, teak, dhaura, mahul, kumbhi, moi, harida and many other varieties of trees bordered the road. Monkeys are found swinging from the branches.

Kiriburu situated at a height of 4,300ft, offers a  mesmerizing view. The township has been developed by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The tranquil place is surrounded by hills on three sides.

As the sun sets, the electric lights are turned on, all the way up to the top of hills of Meghataburu, from where, local residents say, 700 hills can be seen from a single spot.

Mining continues in the evening. It seems as if the hills are speckled with lights. The cries of the birds can be heard from the trees till late evening.

You can enjoy a stroll in the early morning amid the mist around Kiriburu and Meghataburu. The name “Kiriburu” originated from the tribal words “kiri”, which means elephant, and “buru”, which means hills surrounded by clouds.

Pundul falls, which is 20km from Kiriburu is a visiting spot. The forest is dense here. The road is very narrow here almost covered with fallen leaves of trees.

In the middle of the dense forest there is a temple named Swapneswari Temple. The dilapidated temple had an idol of Goddess Durga and a Shivlingam. A priest conducts the daily puja.

kiriburu SAIL Guest HouseA little away is a waterfall where the Karo river descends from the hills. The river water is crystal clear here. The spray of water at the fall and the song of birds made the visit charming. Elephants visit the forest regularly. Bears, deer and boars are also found.

There is a chance of losing your way because after going for sometime you will find the road disappear into the dense forest  so be careful as you go. The next spot is the hilltop at Meghataburu from where the view of the sunset is splendid. The view of the birds returning home against the crimson sky of the setting sun is breath taking.

How to go ?

Take the Janshatabdi Express, which leaves Howrah station daily, and get down at Barbil station. It takes about two hours to reach Kiriburu from Barbil via Barajamda. If travelling by road, vehicles can reach Kiriburu via Tatanagar and Chaibasa. The best time to visit is between July and December.

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Where to stay ?

Rest houses maintained by SAIL are an option. There are lodges too. Rest houses have to be booked before arrival. Bookings can be done at Ispat Bhavan on JL Nehru Road. Contact (Kiriburu) for booking: 9430109755

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