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Nako, Himachal Pradesh – This is a fairyland in Kinnaur district named after the picturesque Nako lake

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Located along the Tibet border, at an altitude of 2950 m, Nako is a small hamlet in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is an important pilgrimage of the Buddhists. The place shares its name with the lake which is also named as Nako. This picturesque lake forms the boundary of the village. As per the popular belief, the site is the heavenly realm of fairies. You will prominently find the footprints of these fairies in the nearby caves. This picturesque location consists of the green paddy fields and the houses are traditional mud houses.

Places to see at Nako: The sightseeing destinations at Nako mainly include:

Nako Monastery

The monastery stands at the western edge of this little village. The simple outside appearance will surprise you completely with its contrasting intricate sculptures inside. There are total four temples of which the two temples are of prime importance here, the Main temple and the Upper temple. These two temples are considered the oldest of the structures, still preserving their original clay sculptures, murals and ceiling panels. The main and the largest temple temple is also known as the Translator’s Temple. This is the oldest monument in the village too. The third structure in the monastery is the Small White temple, though almost broken, is worth a visit for its wonderful wooden door-frame depicting the different scenes of the Life of the Buddha carved over it. The fourth structure is almost of the equal size of the Upper Temple and is situated beside. The temple is today known as the Temple of Wide Proportions.

Nako lake

An oval shaped lake, Nako lake is encircled with mountains, valley and whitewashed village thus making it a picturesque spot. The tourists can enjoy boating in the summer season here along-with the marvellous scenic beauty. In winter this frozen lake makes an ideal base for ice skating.

Things to do in Nako: Just unwind yourself completely and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Best time to visit Nako: The best time to visit Nako is from April to October, at this time its scenic beauty is at its height.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is at Shimla. Shimla airport is connected to Delhi and Kullu. Taxis are easily available from Shimla to Nako.

By Rail

Nearest railway station is also Shimla and it is around 283 km from Nako. Taxis are available from here to Nako.

By Road

Daily buses and regular taxi services are available from Shimla and Rampur to Nako. You can also reach Nako from Lahaul and Spiti.  Malling Nullah near Nako on the route is landslide prone.

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Where to stay ?

There are very few accommodation options at Nako. Some of these are:

Kinner Camps: +91-09805841273  Website: www.kinnercamps.com
Amar Home Stay: +91-094186-23453, 01785-236080
Lake View Home Stay:  094187-59493, 01785-236041

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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Araku Valley

Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh – Breathtakingly beautiful valley on the eastern ghats at an altitude of 3200 ft. with rich greenery & pleasant climate

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Just 115-km from Vishakhapatnam, Araku Valley is close to the Odisha State border. This place attracts the tourists throughout the year for its pleasant weather, hills and valleys. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive with its rich landscape. Located on the eastern ghats at an altitude of 3200 ft., it has valley, water falls and streams flowing by the side of the railway track and roads. The journey to Araku Valley is the most enjoying as the rail passes through tunnels, hill sides and streams. It is better to go to Araku by train and return by road.

Places to see in Araku Valley: The place offers a number of beautiful sight seeing destinations. These include:

Anantagiri Hills

Anantagiri is a breathtakingly beautiful resort sheltered in the lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats. The Ananthagiri perches at an altitude which unfolds some stunning viewpoints. Driving through picturesque coffee plantations the road to Anantagiri with its ups and downs on the Ghat route is literally enveloped with mango groves, waterfalls that gush and flow into the ravines.

Damuku View Point

It is a natural slip where one can take the fun of slip with running water. Though worth enjoying, the place is dangerous too. Any moment a mishap can occur so you have to be alert.

Padmapuram Botanical Garden

The Padmapuram Botanical Garden is a garden of considerable historic significance, situated on the Araku Road. The garden originally served the purpose of supplying vegetables to the soldiers who fought the Second World War Today known better as the Botanical Garden, it serves as a nursery for horticulture and is home to several rare varieties of flowers and trees.

Government Silk Farm

This place is famous for its mulberry gardens and the tribal museum.

Nearby attractions of Araku Valley: You can organize tours to some of the prominent locations around Araku Valley. These include:

Borra Caves

47KM from Araku Valley, the caves open with 100 meter on horizontal plane and about 75 meters on vertical plane. These caves spread over an area of 1 sqkm. Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the area are a visual feast. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically. One can see different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Paravathi, Mother-Child, Rushi’s Beard, Human Brain, Crocodile, Tiger and Cows udder.

Chaaparai

Chaaparai is a well known picnic spot in Araku valley. A scenic place with water falls and surrounding forest area makes people relax and spend their holiday joyfully. Usually people who visit Araku valley won’t miss this place as it is very nearer to the main Araku valley place. During winter season the water flow is less. Landscapes and gardens are located surrounding this place. One can experience the beauty of water gushing through natural rocks.

Things to do in Araku Valley: From exploring the spectacular countryside, and trekking in the nearby hills to excavating in the ancient limestone Borra Caves, Araku Valley offers a number of activities to the tourists. Mingle with the tribals in the surrounding villages, buy old silver jewellery from them to take back home or visit the Tribal museum that traces their history in this area.

Best Time to visit Araku Valley: Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is a year round tourist destination having moderate climate but the best time to visit Araku Valley is in winter months between October and February.

How to go ?

By Air

Araku Valley does not have an airport. The nearest air link is at Vishakhapatnam, placed 112 Km away. Visakhapatnam has a major airport which is well connected to most major cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Tirupati.  From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Araku Valley. The buses are also going from Visakhapatnam to Araku.

By Train

Visakhapatnam located at a distance of 112 km from Araku Valley has an important railway station lying on Chennai – Delhi main line. This station is connected with all cities in India by rail. Tourists can get direct trains from Delhi (Samta Express), Mumbai (Konark Express), Kolkata (Coromandel Exp), Chennai (Dbrg Ypr Expres) and Bangalore (Hwh Ypr Express). From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Araku Valley. The buses are also available from Visakhapatnam to Araku.

By Road 

From Visakhapatnam the APTDC buses shall take you to Araku. You can also avail private cars from Vizag.

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Where to stay ?

There are plenty of accommodation options in Araku. You may stay at:

Haritha Mayuri Resort (APTDC): +91-08936-24920

For further informations on hotels of Araku Valley you may visit: www.arakuvalleyhotels.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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Chungbung

Chungbung, Sikkim – Enjoy the essence of a simple village life in its fullest

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The Chungbung village located in West Sikkim is a tourist attraction from where the majestic views of Mt.Kanchenjungha really will create an enchanting effect on you. It also facilitates paragliding. Enjoy the essence of a simple village life in its fullest. On its eastern side the Chungbung village is guarded by Zoom, whereas the western side is emboldened by Sombaria, Soreng and the renowned Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. It is bordered by the Rothak River in the North and Tangbang River in the south. One of the most influential community namely the Rai community of Sikkim dominates the place along with few Lepchas and Bhutias. Chungbung is a happening tourist spot in Sikkim with excellent home stay facilities.

Places to see at Chungbung: The place is loaded with various tourist attractions. Durpiney Dara meaning the telescopic hill is one of the main attractions here. You can savour an amazing telescopic view of the surrounding place from the Durpiney dara. Locally, the place is also called “gadi,” which means fort. Long back, there was a fort in the region. Even now, you can see the ruins of that old fort, which has lately, became the take-off spot for para-gliders.

The Tanki Dara nestled amidst trees is one of the most preferred picnic spots located just above the Chungbung village. The place is a heaven for the avid bird watchers. The place is also known as Hinguwa Tar, which means a tree similar to a tea-shrub. Chungbung is dotted with such shrubs throughout the region.

The inhabitants of Chungbung are religious in nature. They worship “Nag Dewta,” a deity in the form of snake at the nearby spot of Nag Dhunga. They have shaped a huge stone like a snake.  The place is also called ‘Alley’.

Yesoltsoling Monastery is a nearby ancient and holy Buddhist monastery. The Noobling Gumpa is another holy monastery near Chugbung, which is said to be the haven of the Tantrik Lamas’ in the olden times.

The house of the first Chief-Minister of democratic Sikkim, L.D. Kazi, is also near Chungbung. The house was built out of mud in the traditional architectural style and it is endowed with a special feature. The interior of the house cools down naturally in summer and heats up naturally during the winter.

Nearby attractions of Chungbung: You can organize trips from Chungbung to other parts of Sikkim like Pelling, Pemyangtsey, Temi Tea Garden and all other parts in the Western district of Sikkim.

Things to do at Chungbung: You must try out paragliding, a major attraction of the tourists visiting Chungbung. The upcoming International Paragliding Festival 2011 will also be hosted at Chungbung. Chungbung faces the white snow capped mountains and the beautiful view of the tea-estate sprawling on the other side in the Darjeeling district in the West Bengal state. Paragliding lovers could head straight to Durpiney Dara for the take-off. Chungbung is well developed for a long distance paragliding up to Jorethang, covering an aerial distance of 6 km.

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Best time to visit Chungbung: You can visit Chungbung any time of the year but paragliding can be enjoyed mostly during winters only.

How to go ?

The nearest railhead of the region is located at New Jalpaiguri and the closest airport is Bagdogra. Hired cars are available at the railway station and airport, carrying visitors to Chungbung. The entry point to Chungbung is through Jorethang, which is around 13 kms away.

Where to stay ?

There are some excellent home stay facilities available in Chungbung for lodging and dining.

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Baiguney

Baiguney, Sikkim – A quaint destination tucked in a remote corner of the Himalayas in Southern Sikkim

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Baiguney, a quaint destination is tucked in a remote corner of the Himalayas in Southern Sikkim in the banks of River Rangeet. This once unknown village is now the most exciting place to be in Sikkim. The luxurious Hotel Zuri, here makes it from non-de-script to one of the most exciting place in Sikkim. It is a picturesque location, the resort on the banks of the river Rangit, is shrouded by Baiguneylush green and scenic views. The resort is just midway to Pelling and Darjeeling that is just two hours drive from the property. The Retreat consists of 21 luxurious rooms. It creates an aura to enjoy the ultimate serenity. Each room consists of a balcony that opening out to the most spectacular view of the hills beyond.

Places to see at Baiguney: The main attractions of the place are the Zuri Retreat Hotel, Rangeet River and the mountains all around creating a totally different ambience for you. The local attractions include Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Museum and St Joseph’s College. The scenic surrounding at The Retreat by Zuri offers a great ambiance all around. You have a lovely Swimming Pool and Pool Cafe at the retreat where you can laze the whole day.

Nearby Attractions of Baiguney: One of the main gateways of Sikkim – Jorethang is just 20 mins by car from Baiguney. The Akar Suspension Bridge and small and beautiful Sisne Mandir of Mahadev would satisfy any photographer’s soul. A few kilometres north lay the hot springs which are becoming an added tourist attraction. The natural Sisney Rock garden, the pristine banks of Rangeet along the village of Majhigaon and the nearby villages of Chakung and Chunbung with their majestic views of BaiguneyMt.Kanchenjungha are few other nearby attractions of Baiguney. Regional points of interest also include Samdruptse and Raj Bhavan. Baiguney The offers plenty of options for our guests including Paragliding, River Rafting, River Camping, Mountain Camping, Jungle Hiking, Village Trekking, Short Trek (2 days), Tea Garden Excursion, Guided Bird Watching Excursion and Monastery Trails.

Things to do at Baiguney: You can raft in the waters of Rangeet or arrange a picnic on the banks of Rangeet. You can also take long nature walks along Rangeet through local villages. When you feel like relaxing the whole day the spa at Zuri Retreat would be ready to pamper you. The Maya Spa is Zuri’s premium wellness brand. The facility features two individual treatment rooms and a twin- treatment room along with a gymnasium, Jacuzzi and sauna. The facility also boasts a wilderness treatment area overlooking the river inside a gazebo. The hotel also has a fabulous theme bars, a multi-cuisine outlet and lounge, The Jalapa – Pool Café and Zen, resort’s banquet hall. Paragliding from nearby destinations of Chakung and Chungbung are also possible. Added to the picture-perfect, serene settings, there are plenty of recreational activities to keep guests entertained. Entertainment is a short throw away at the amphi theatre next to the Pool café. A walk path takes guests on a comfortable trek along the river. Guests can also visit the Organic Garden at the property.

How to go ?

From Siliguri, you have to reach Jorethang first and then Baiguney. The resort is centrally located with Pelling and Darjeeling just a two hour drive away from the property.

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Where to stay ?

The Retreat by Zuri, Baiguney features just 21 rooms comprising of single, double rooms and suites with an average size of 250 square feet each.  All rooms are tastefully done-up to blend with the spectacular natural surroundings. The in-room amenities include 24 hour Room Service,  Complimentary Wi-Fi, 32 inch LCD TV, Mini Bar, Tea/Coffee making facility and Split A/C. The resort offers a choice of dining options which feature a mouth watering array of cuisine and beverages. The resort’s A multi-cuisine outlet and lounge, Papillon offers both indoor (24 covers) and outdoor (20 covers) seating with a choice of sumptuous cuisine and beverages. A splendid Lil Green Bar with a grand view is one place where the ambience itself is reason enough for a heavenly high! Situated beside the wellness centre and adjacent to the pool, Jalapa – Pool Café offers a serene ambiance with a choice of exotic, healthy food and beverages as one lounges by the pool. Other facilities at Zuri Retreat includes Valet Parking, Tour Assistance and Currency exchange facilities.

For booking details you may contact: Tel: +91 3595 276575, 18001037007(toll free), you may also visit their official Website: www.thezurihotels.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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Garpanchakat

Garpanchakat, South Bengal – A nature’s wonderland that rests amidst the splendid woodland and hills

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Garpanchakat or Garpanchakot is a nature’s wonderland and an ideal tourist spot to enjoy a perfect weekend holiday that rests amidst the splendid woodland and hills. The location of the place is its main attraction that is easily accessible by car and rail. It also facilitates all modern requirements.

GarpanchakatPlaces to see at Garpanchakot: This place features a number of sites with historical values that are worth visiting. You can visit the remains of ancient palaces of kings, who used to rule the region. The site also houses the Temple of Pancharatna, the very name from which the name of the place has been derived. Lake of Murarodi also offers some spectacular views of the surrounding.

Nearby attractions from Garpanchakat: The Panchet Dam which is some 5 kms from the place is the biggest nearby attractions. Panchet Dam offers great opportunities for bird watching.

Things to do at Garpanchakat: If you are not much of an outdoor person, spend your day just sitting in the forest bungalows, enjoying the scenic natural beauty of the surrounding. You can also go for bird-watching at the Panchet Dam.

Best time to visit Garpanchakat: You can visit the place any time of the year. However, rainy season makes is lush green.

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How to go ?

GarpanchakatIf you are travelling by train, get down at the stations of Barakor or Asansol and take a trekker to cover an hour long path to reach Garpanchakat. You can also take the car route by driving along the National Highway 2. After crossing Asansol, turn left and take the road leading to Raghunathpur. After reaching the Satbari stop, your destination is few kilometers away by the village path.

Where to stay ?

Garpanchakat has accommodation developed by West Bengal Tourism. For booking details you may contact:
West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
Address: 6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : +91-033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549
Website: www.wbfdc.com

There is also a private accommodation.
Palash Bithi Lodge: +91-8001702087, 9932610350

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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Duarsini

Duarsini, South Bengal – Pack your bags this weekend if you want to mingle completely with nature

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Want to mingle completely with nature then pack your bags to visit Duarsini in the next weekend. The variety of trees like Shal, Teak, Mahua, Pial, Kusum, and Bahera stand in a row here. The mountain river Satgudum leading to the tribal villages will mesmerise you by its serpentine moves. The adventures in the forest will make your trip to Duarsini a full package of excitement.

DuarsiniThe sudden descend of darkness in these jungle areas is very interesting to see. The silvery night lighted by soothing moon, the rhythmic beats of drums coming from the tribes amidst the jungle can be quite a thrilling experience for the tourists.

Places to see at Duarsini: The villages of the tribes like Santhal, Munda, Shabaradh, and Kheriya are the main attraction of the place. The jungle is another interesting place to visit, where you see wild animals like bears, wild pig, and herds of elephants, hyena, and wolf, along with some known and unknown birds that can be seen here.

Nearby attractions from Duarsini:  From Durasini you can visit the place like, Galudi and from there you can further travel to its nearby destinations. Another place is the Bhalo Hills, located some 3 km away from Duarsini. The remnants of the culture of some past civilization are found here.

Things to do at Duarsini: In Duarsini, you can travel to the various tribal houses in their villages, of course guided by some local. In the jungle you can even spot some wild animals. Sitting by the river Satgudum is also an option. In the evening you can also sit in your bungalow and enjoy the sound of drums coming from the tribal villages.

DuarsiniBest time to visit Duarsini: The jungles are safe throughout the year except the rainy season.

How to go ?

The easiest way to reach Duarsini is by travelling 12 km from Galudi and crossing the border of West Bengal and entering Purulia district. Duarsini can be arrived at both from Purulia as well as Bandowan.

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Where to stay ?

The best arrangement for lodging is the cottages maintained by WBFDC. Dining comes as a part of staying in these cottages. For booking details you may contact:

DuarsiniWest Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549.
Website: www.wbfdc.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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Biharinath

Biharinath, South Bengal – The highest hill in the Bankura District

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Biharinath is the highest hill in the Bankura District located near the famous Joychandi Hills. It is covered by Purulia on the one side and River Damodar on the other side. The hill is of 451 meters altitude. It is recognized as a popular tourist destination in the recent years. The place is shrouded in thick forests, and is rioted with colours with the blooming of Kash Phool, Shimul and Palash during the seasons. The villagers decorate their mud homes with Alpona here. It is not quite difficult to catch the glimpse of the wild boar, hare, fox and some unknown colourful birds when they cross your path. It is quite surprising that Biharinath Hill is the highest hill in the sub-Himalayan terrain in West Bengal (1480 feet).

BiharinathPlaces to see at Biharinath: The primary attraction of Biharinath is the lush nature all around and Biharinath Hill. The unforgettable experience of watching the rising and setting sun over Ledhi and Sharpahari Hills and the winding village paths would compel you to extend your stay. Another popular attraction here is temple dedicated to Shiva, popularly known as the Biharinath dham and a small tank located at the foothill.

Nearby attractions at Biharinath: Visit the Ureshwari Temple, which is just a walk away and located to the West of the Biharinath Hill. The Binodpur Dam and Joychandi Hill (where Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshey was shot) is also nearby.  Boranti Lake is located just 15 kms from Biharinath. Other attractions that can be covered within a couple of hour’s journey are Maithon, Panchet, Shaltora and Sushunia.  Biharinath is just 66 kms from Durgapur.  Boranti is also nearby, just 15 kms.

Things to do at Biharinath: The adventure lovers will have a great time in Biharinath. Biharinath hill is ideal for trekking and you can scale the hilltop in just one and half to two hours. You can also explore the region, which boasts of an exotic range of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy boating at the lake located nearby the Biharinath temple. Enjoy a nature walk along the scenic natural landscape of Biharinath. Biharinath also hosts a whole range of religious fairs and festivals throughout the year. Huge fairs are organized during Shivrati and Saraswati Puja.

Best time to visit Biharinath: The place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, if you are looking for a peaceful weekend gate away then try to avoid the seasons when fairs and festivals (especially Shivratri) are held. If you love palash flower then February/March should be the ideal season.

How to go ?

There are a number of options to reach Biharinath. You can drive along the Durgapur Expressway, bypassing Panagarh, Durgapur and Ranigang. After crossing the Damodar River Bridge, drive straight towards Madhukunda. After bypassing the Madhukunda railway crossing, go straight to Biharinath (16 kms). You can also avail trains running to Asansol. Biharinath is located at a distance of 46 km from Asansol, which you can commute by hiring a cab from the Asansol Railway Station. However, the best way to reach Biharinath is by train to Raniganj and then to Biharinath by hired car (22 kms).

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Where to stay ?

There is not much accommodation facilities in Biharinath. Biharinath Tourist Point is an option.
Ph No : +91-(033) 6954 7111, 8017202499, 9732861020

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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Susunia Hills

Susunia Hills, South Bengal – Spend some time of your own in complete seclusion

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Tired of cacophony and hectic schedule of urban life then pack your bags to visit Susunia hills this weekend to spend some time of your own in complete seclusion. This quaint destination is still not much explored by the tourists and hence the natural beauty of the place is pure and unspoiled. It is located just in the middle of Bankura and is about 1500 feet high. There is a believe that Raja Chandra Varma had once built his fort on this hill. Adorned with adequate natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, plenty of greenery and river Gandheshwari flowing down the hill, gives the place a complete picturesque look.

Susunia perches at the northwestern part of Bankura district. This weekend destination will greet you with its exotic natural beauty, rich flora, beautiful holy spring and the rock faces on which the eminent mountaineers of the regions commenced their journey. The Susunia hillock are the rich reserves of medicinal plants.

Places to see at Susunia: A stone edict that belongs to the period of Raja Chandra Varma is the main attraction of Susunia Hills. It is believed that Susunia hills once had the fort of the Raja. Moreover, the Gandheswari River flowing down the hill is another great place to watch out for. The mighty Susunia hill boasting a height of about 1500 feet is a wonderful site of historical inscriptions, by Raja Chandravama. The hill is also a renowned archeological site, yielding Stone Age tools. Susunia Hill is also a noteworthy site for tourists, who visit the destination to see “Dhara” (Natural Spring) & Silislipi.

The twin-villages of Hadal-Narayanpur, nestling on the banks of the Bodai River, are renowned for the Mandal family terracotta temples, including Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf. At the entrance of the Barataraf temple, there is a big Rasmancha. The other two temples of Mejotaraf and Chhototaraf are beautifully studded with wonderful terracotta panels, which include a brilliant representation of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture. You can also visit the other notable temples of Bankura, while touring Susunia, which include Gokul Chand Temple, Saileswar Temple, Temple of Radha Damodar Jew, Temple of Ratneswar and Temple of Shyam Sunder.

Nearby attractions at Susunia: The other major tourist attractions of Bankura District like the terracotta temples of Bishnupur and the Kansabati Dam at Mukutmanipur can be visited from Susunia. Biharinath Hills, which lies on the north of Saltora Block is also nearby. Biharinath is tallest hill in the Bankura district and a popular site of tourism. Another notable nearby sightseeing destination is Jhilimili, located 70 km away from BankuraTown. The place offers spectacular sight of forest. The famous historical site called Betur is also situated here.

Things to do at Susunia: Apart from enjoying the serenity of Susunia, you can indulge in trekking or rock climbing. Susunia village is famous for beautiful stone carving and you can buy them at affordable prices. There are two villages in the vicinity of Susunia, Netkamla and Bindhyajam, which are home of Dhokra craftsmen. Again, Bankura is famous for artistically designed terracotta items, which are readily available all across the district and worth buying. The famous Bankura horse has now become a symbol of Indian handicrafts. Besides buying, also indulge in eating the special sweets of Bankura, like the famous mecha sandesh or the pera. If possible, you can also taste Mahua, the popular local drink of the region.

Best time to visit Susunia: You can visit the place throughout the year.

How to go ?

Board a Purulia bound train from Howrah and get down at Chatna. From there, Shushunia is only 9km. Apart from this, you can also board Susunia bound buses from Bankura, Kharagpur and Durgapur.

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Where to stay ?

There are government accommodation and other private guest houses available there. Few options are:

Aranyak Guest House: 03242-234201
Radhakrishna Lodge: 9474630192

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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Sillery_Gaon

Sillery Gaon, North Bengal – A ideal Himalayan village for escaping in the romantic world

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Sillery Gaon is a Himalayan village that rests at an altitude of 6000 ft. and is an idyllic for escaping in the romantic world. Only 25 families reside in this landscaped destination. This heavenly place offers a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and its related peaks. The place creates an ambiance of tranquillity. The only interruption is caused by the chirping of birds. The pine trees that adorn this serene village are nowadays being lovingly called New Darjeeling nowadays. Sillery Gaon is 96 km from New Jalpaiguri via Kalimpong.

Places to see at Sillery Gaon: Tin Chuley is a wonderful hilltop near Sillery Gaon, providing a 360 degree view of the legendary Himalayas, the towns of Sikkim, Jeep La and Nathula. The place is accessible by car or you can also trek to Tin Chuley. Another amazing spot of the location is Ramitey, a well-known view point, offering an extensive view of River Teesta with around 14 turns along with the majestic Kanchenjunga range.

You can also pay a visit to Damsang Fort, located 4 km. away from the Sillery Gaon. This fort locally was constructed in 1690 by the Lepchas. However, it was invaded by the British after the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864. The ruins of the fort only exist now. You can conclude your day tour by enjoying the exquisite beauty of the Silence Valley, a small forest area with grassy land, offering the ultimate serenity.

Nearby attractions of Sillery Gaon: Sillery Gaon is surrounded by Pedong, Reshi and Aritar. A major attraction of tourists visiting Sillery Gaon is Sangchen Dorjee Monastery near Pedong. This 300-year-old monastery was built during the reign of Bhutanese in Pedong. The old section of the monastery is admired with some exquisite wall paintings depicting Tantrik Buddhism. The major attraction of the new section is the mummified body of a most revered Bhutanese priest. The annual “Chyam” dance is also held at this place in April-May.

You should also visit Cross Hill near Pedong, built by Fr. Augstine Desgodins in 1882. It stands grandly, overlooking Jelep-La and Nathula and is considered as a place of Pilgrimage for the local Christian Community. Another “must visit” location is the ShahidPark located 2 km from Pedong bazaar. A memorial stone has been laid at the park to commemorate the memory of a local young soldier of Indian army, Let Palender Raj who sacrificed his life at Thangdhar J & K sector (Kargil War). The park offers clear view of Sikkim on the opposite side.

A visit to the Rikisum, a majestic viewpoint on the way from Algarah to Lava is also rewarding. You would also appreciate the natural splendor of Kashyone village, located 8 km from Pedong bazaar. Relish the majestic view of the union of Rongpo Khola and Teesta River, behind this village. The village is dotted with Cinchona plantation. Walk a little ahead to visit Ranibon that has been declared as a preserved forest. You will also find a 300-year old Lepcha house here, which is the sole specimen of the rich Lepcha craft works.

Many tourists also make trip to Reshi Bridge and Reshi Khola, located 15 km from Pedong Bazaar. Rishi and Mudum Khola merge to form Rishi Khola just before the bridge. The place nurtures a romantic natural atmosphere. The Aritar Lake or Lampokhri is an amazing eco tourism spot, located 16 km from RishiBridge in East Sikkim. The top point here, popularly known as Mankhim offers a spectacular view of Mt.Kanchenjungha on the southwest and Jelep La and Nathu La towards the north-east. Another major viewpoint at Aritar is Love Dara.

Things to do at Sillery Gaon: You can enjoy boating at the Aritar Lake (Lampokhri) or step down the Reshi Bridge to join the adventure camping site, where fishing and camping is arranged for the tourists. Make short treks to various sightseeing points around Sillery Gaon like Tinchuley, Ramitey and Damsang Fort. The place is also a heaven for the bird lovers. You can also enjoy nature walk around the picturesque landscape of the village. However, the best thing to do is to sit idle and watch the mighty Kanchenjungha changing colours.

Best time to visit Sillery Gaon: The place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season. In the winters, you would get an excellent view of the entire range of Mt.Kanchenjungha.

How to go ?

You need to drive for about 30 minutes to reach Sillery Gaon from Pedong.  From New Jalpaiguri Railway station or BagdograAirport, you can hire a car to reach Pedong via Teesta Bazar and Alagarh. Alternatively, you can also take shared cars or buses to Kalimpong and catch shared taxis to Pedong.

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Where to stay ?

Decent home stay is offered in Sillery Gaon, which comes with furnished rooms, an attached Western bath and basic necessities like electricity, hot water, transport arrangement facilities and guides for local treks. Sillery Gaon is a very small village and the homestay facility overlooks the village, the forests and Kanchenjungha. Food here is essentially home cooked and completely fresh. Some options are:

Sillery Heaven Valley Home Stay :  +91-9933390937 / 9635052623
Thapa Home Stay :  +91 9365005410
Renu Home Stay :  +91 9800486608
Phumpa Home Stay : +91 9933167214

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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Yangyang

Yangyang, Sikkim – An ideal place to spend the weekend in the lap of nature

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Yangyang is an ideal place to spend the weekend in the lap of nature. It is covered with lush green jungles on one side and the rolling mountains on the other side. Resting on the edge of a hill the Yangyang Bungalow overlooks the  Bhaleydunga Hill (it appears like a Bear’s Nose) and the deep valleys of Teesta River. The lush gardens, manicured lawns, a huge lobby, extra-spacious rooms, fireplaces in every room and modern facilities like hot water geysers makes this British-style bungalow one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Sikkim. The place is located at the base of the Maenam Hills, and the popular tourist destination of Ravangla is very near to it. The local sightseeing options include the Tig-Cho Lake, a helipad, a Buddhist rock-painting and endless stretches of jungles, hills and river valleys. The nearby destinations Ravangla, Solophok, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden and others are quite near to it.

Places to see at Yangyang: The little village of Yangyang has a Lepcha Heritage Centre with a museum dedicated to Lepcha art and culture. There is a helipad just 3 km from Yangyang Bungalow surrounded by the beautiful Tig Cho lake and dense forests. A rock painting of Guru Padmasambhava and a local monastery are few other things you can visit in a day trip. Being at the foothills of Maenam Hills, Yangyang is covered in dense forests, which is home to numerous bird species. The nearby Teesta River is another attraction of Yangyang.

Nearby attractions of Yangyang: Ravangla, which is just 24 km away, is the most popular tourist attraction near Yangyang. In Ravangla, you would find a local monastery, the newly-built Buddha Park and the trail to Mainam Hill. Solophok – famous for its Chaardham Temple Complex, the Samdruptse Monastery near Namchi and  Tendong Biodiversity Park are all located within 65 km. from Yangyang. Temi Tea Garden, the only tea estate of Sikkim is around 40 km from Yangyang and can be visited in a day trip.

Things to do at Yangyang: Yangyang is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The nearby Teesta river valley and the dense forests surrounding Yangyang is home to some of the rarest birds of Sikkim. Another great activity to be enjoyed by tourists in Yangyang is riverside picnic and camping. The meandering Teesta river with its wide valley is a great spot to spend an idle morning picnic time with friends and family.

Best time to visit Yangyang: You can visit Yangyang throughout the year. The winters are not that biting at Yangyang and the summers are cool and pleasant. Bird watching can be enjoyed throughout the year.

How to go ?

The village of Yangyang is around 53 kms from Gangtok through Singtam and 115 km from Siliguri. The Yangyang Bungalow is located further 1 km ahead of Yangyang town in a secluded hilltop.

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Where to stay ?

The majestic Yangyang Bungalow overlooks the Bhaleydunga Hill and the rolling valleys. Perched on the edge of a hill top and Yangyang Bungalowsurrounded by forests, this British plantation style bungalow has two majestic rooms and a huge lobby with ceiling to floor windows. There are fireplaces in every room and all bathrooms are equipped with hot water geysers. The Yangyang Bungalow has a nice lawn, few park benches and a nice garden. The word “tranquility” best describes the experience at Yangyang Bungalow. It is a great hideaway for travellers wanting to spend a few days far from the din. Food is necessarily Indian cuisine and served by the staff in the bungalow.

For booking details you may visit: www.heritagebungalows.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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martam sikkim

Martam, Sikkim – A virgin village, an ideal retreat for the true nature lovers

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Martam is a virgin village located in the East Sikkim. This place is an ideal retreat for the true nature lovers and the adventurous minded people. Far away from the discord and pollution of the city, Martam Village offers a serene refuge to the tourists. Also known for its breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys Martam has an exotic array of flora and fauna.

martam sikkimPlaces to see at Martam: Martam is known for its lush vegetation, majestic views of the Mountains, quaint villages, nature walks and forests harbouring thousands of birds, butterflies and orchids. Martam and its surrounding areas are excellent locations to view birds and butterflies. The place truly offers visual splendour to the naturalists.

Nearby attractions of Martam: The most popular destinations near Martam are the Rumtek and Sang monasteries. You can visit the Rumtek Monastery, located around 6 km from Martam. There is also the Nehru Botanical Park, near the monastery. Then you can also visit the Sang Monastery, located in a village town called Sang, 6 km away from the resort.

Gangtok is also nearby and you can make a day trip to this capital city for enjoying its colourful culture. Gangtok is admired by a number of sightseeing attractions, including Chorten Monastery, Ropeway, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Tashi View Point, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok and others.

martam sikkimA day tour to Temi Tea garden is also admired by the tourists to Martam. Drive for around two hours from the resort towards south Sikkim, to locate the sole tea garden of Sikkim, Temi Tea Garden. A tour of the Temi tea factory is also worth enough, where you can watch the processing of tea leaves into tea. You can also take a day trip to the Tibet Border – Changu Lake and Nathula Pass.

You can also enjoy a day-trek into the Fambong Lo Wild Life Sanctuary along the forest area of the village featuring varieties of trees and vegetation. While trekking, you can savour the sight of some beautiful birds, butterflies and some wildlife, which include monkeys, barking deer, caveats, pheasants, mountain goats, wild rabbits, porcupine and more. There is also a lake and a viewing tower on the hilltop offering a majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range. After leaving the forest, you can walk along the Bhutia villages and visit the local monastery.

Things to do at Martam: Enjoy a nature walk along the picturesque scenic landscape of the Martam village. You can also hire a local guide who will acquaint you to different herbs and plants used by the village folks in their daily lives. Observe the farming technique and the animal husbandry practice of the villagers.

You can also spend some time trying your hand in angling at the rivers or streams with bamboo fishing rods. You can also organize picnic by the riverside. There are also arrangements of mountain cycles to move around the village.

The serene surrounding of the village resort is ideal for conducting meditation, retreat or religious courses. You can also invite the Buddhist teachers to your place to offer you an introduction into Buddhism.

Best time to visit Martam: Tourists are welcomed at Martam throughout the year.

How to go ?

The quaint village of Martam located in East Sikkim is 34 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. You can reach Martam from Rangpo via Ranipul and Rumtek.

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Where to stay ?

Martam Village Resort offers excellent accommodation at Martam in 14 thatched cottages built in traditional style to blend with the surrounding village. The cottages have twin bedded rooms with large picture windows framing the spectacular countryside. Each room has attached bath with modern facilities. Great care has been taken to blend the resort into the village, to maintain the ethnic style and culture of the area. To remain rustic, yet, provide for a pleasant and comfortable stay.  The rooms do not have any TV because the resort wants to encourage outdoor activities associated with nature.  At the attractive and cozy dining hall and bar of Martam Village Resort, local food and drinks are served. The guests are offered the opportunity to taste the forest produce such as nettles, ferns, bamboo shoots, mushrooms etc. (seasonal), which are gathered by the local people, fresh from the forest, combined with the locally grown rice. The local drink “Chang” is also served in freshly cut bamboo. Besides this, Indian, Chinese, Continental cuisine is also on the menu. Transport arrangements for guests to and fro from Martam can be arranged by the resort on prior notice. Local guides for the local treks and village walks are also arranged if required. Guests can also enjoy facilities like Laundry, Currency Exchange, Travel Desk, Library, Car Parking and a gaming room with a TV. For booking details you may contact:

Martam Village Resort:  (+91) (3592) 203314, (+91 )9434023314
Website: www.sikkim-martam-resort.com

Another option is:
Dhungay Homestay: 97332-69413, 919593776391, 917602279252

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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Barbing_Resort

Barbing, Sikkim – At a height of 5000 feet, shrouded with a thick virgin forest

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Resting at a height of 5000 feet Barbing is located on the ravine of the hill beside a monastery. You can enjoy a spectacular view of Gangtok at night from Barbing. The place is shrouded with a thick virgin forest from all sides, and is a perfect tourist destination for romancing the nature. The newly constructed Amusement Park with toy trains, simulators, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, video game parlour, joyrides, musical fountains, planetarium and children’s park has made the place more renowned and attractive to the tourist. There are also accommodation facilities inside this park from where the marvellous views of the slopes and the Gangtok city clearly seen.

Places to see at Barbing: The major attraction of Barbing is the recently developed Amusement Park. Here, children can enjoy different types of joyrides and indoor games and have some fun at the Kids’ swimming pool too. There are some great activities for adults too like bowling, swimming, snooker and card parlour. When you are not in the amusement park, you can visit the nearby Lingdum Monastery. The monastery is just one hour drive from Gangtok. Another popular tourist destination of the place is the Ban Jhakri Waterfalls, located around 5 kms away. The song of this wild stream will never allow you to feel the least stress of your journey.

Nearby attractions of Barbing: All sightseeing attractions of Gangtok are also near to Barbing. The most popular tourist attraction is the Rumtek Monastery, situated 20 km from Barbing. Popularly known as Dharmachakra Centre, it is a Tibetian Barbing_ParkBuddhist monastery in Sikkim and one of the most sought-after destinations of the place. Another popular sightseeing option just 15 km from Barbing located along the North Sikkim highway is the Tashi View Point. From here, you can savour an amazing view of the snow clad range of Mt.Kanchenjungha.

The Ganesh Tok is also worth visiting that lies on a ridge and is only 15 km from Barbing. The Hanuman Tok is 20 kms from Barbing, which hosts a Hindu temple. Tsongmo Lake, popularly called Changu lake located 50 km from Barbing is an emerald green lake surrounded by sky-kissing peaks at an altitude of 12000 ft. The Changu Lake freezes down during the winter months and offers a visual treat. Do not miss the Nathu-La Pass, the Indo-China trade route, located 70 km from Barbing.

Things to do at Barbibg: An amazing Tourist cum Socio-Cultural Amusement Park has been set up by the Sikkim Government at Barbing on 16 acres of lush valley. You can enjoy a whole lot of activities at this amusement park. The park offers truly exciting rides, ranging from striking cars, Frisbee, jumping frog, octopus and also a water chute. Enjoy a joyful ride on a toy train that breeze through a 75 m tunnel. A number of thrills await inside the tunnel,like a haunted house, an erupting volcano and a not-so-friendly Egyptian Pharao. The multi-hued musical fountain is also a visual delight. The most exotic experience is the Sikkim Panorama, presented within a semi-ellipsoid, fully air-conditioned dome. The presentation enriches the knowledge of the visitors about Sikkim, its topographical aspects and its people. Relive your childhood memories, by visiting the Children’s’ Park, presenting see-saw, swing, a merry go round, explorer and a hexa climber.

Apart from enjoying in the park, you can also explore the place, to experience a close insight of the life of its locales. Enjoy a walk along the serene pathway, wrapped with dense foliage and the cool and refreshing air will bring you relief from the dust and heat of the city. The park is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Best time to visit Barbing: You can visit Barbing any time of the year. If you are planning to see the frozen Changu Lake then January – Early March is the best time. If you want to beat the heat of the plains then visit Barbing during winters, when Barbing has a cool and breezy weather.

How to go ?

Barbing is around 14 km from Gangtok. You can hire a taxi and reach Barbing from Gangtok city.

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Where to stay ?

Premium accommodation facilities are offered at Barbing within the amusement park, where attentive service and superb cuisine will enhance your villa experience. This intimate, opulent retreat houses 10 plush cottages and 14 deluxe rooms, offering the best in accommodation options. The retreat offers all modern facilities like air conditioning, room heater, running hot and cold water, attach bath etc. The Villa Club is truly inviting, admired with an ultra-posh lounge. The club offers a plunge pool, a snooker table, a bowling alley and arcade games. There is also an Open Air Theatre, boasting a capacity of 300 guests. The place organizes traditional folk dance, theatres and cultural functions all through the year. You will truly treasure your dining experience at Cave Cafe, a multi-cuisine restaurant, nurturing a wild ambience, showcasing Sikkimese flora, fauna and bio-diversity. It is a place of peculiar charm, which has laid its spell on many visitors. The restaurant offers an exclusive fusion of taste and aroma. For booking details you may contact:

Khangchendzonga Tourist Villa: +91-9674758061. Website: www.ktcranka.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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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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Ayodhya Hills

Ayodha Hills, South Bengal – A part of the Dalma Mountain range this beautiful hill attracts a lot of tourists

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The Ayodhya Hill is a part of the Dalma Mountain range. The beautiful hill attracts a lot of tourists every year. It nestles on the boundary of Purulia district and Jharkhand. You can reach the place by car from Purulia and Birbhum stations. The place is full of excellent sight scenes. The beautiful waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages, Gorshabru and Mayur hill will cast a magic spell over your senses. This place is a home to various wild animals that makes it more adventurous.

Places to see near Ayodhya Hills: The magnificent Gorshabru, the highest peak of the Ayodhya Hills is situated at an altitude of 2850 feet. There are various deep forests and numerous waterfalls located amidst the hill. There are also several tribal villages situated on the hill.

Nearby attractions: A trip to the Mayur hill will provide a spectacular view of the Ayodhya Hills, just like it has been portrayed on a canvas.

Ayodhya HillsThings to do at Ayodhya Hills: You can visit the numerous waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages either or you can also explore the beauty of the hill by taking a walk around it. You can catch a glimpse of the wild animals residing in the forests of the hill such as elephants, wolves, wild pigs, deer, peacocks, cheetahs and numerous kinds of birds. While on a trip to forests, it is advisable to opt for a forest guide.

Best time to visit Ayodhya Hills: The months between September and March are considered to be the best time to visit Ayodhya Hills. During this period, the place provides ideal setting for camps.

How to go ?

The best way to reach Ayodhya Hills is by train. From Kolkata, a train called Rupashi Bangla is available in the morning that reaches Purulia in 6 hours. From there, you can hire a car to reach Ayodhya Hills, via Sirkabad. The distance is 40 kilometers. Alternatively, you can get off at Birbhum Station and reach the hill via Chhatatar and Baghmundi Bazar. This route is advisable for those tourists who want to do shopping or avail the local transport.

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Where to stay ?

A number of budget hotels, standard hotels and rest houses are available in this place. Some hotels also provide forest guides and organize trekking tours. Dining facilities are provided by majority of the hotels, located in Ayodhya Hills. The WBTDC accommodations are also available in Ayodha Hills. For booking details you may contact:

Tourism Centre (Kolkata)
Address: 3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone: +91-(033) 22436440 /22488271
Website: www.wbtourism.gov.in

You may also stay at WB CADC cottages. Ph: +91-03252-225726

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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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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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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