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Ahmedabad, Gujarat – Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is a startling metropolis with a long history of India’s freedom struggle

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Ahmedabad, is the largest city and former capital of the western Indian state of Gujarat. Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, it is 30 km from the state capital Gandhinagar. The city was built by Nawab Ahmed Shah in 14th century and hence derives its name.

Places to see at Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions. These includes:

Gandhi Ashram

Gandhi Ashram is established by Mahatma Gandhi on a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati river in 1917. During the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the center of India’s freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous “Dandi March” to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. ‘Hridaya Kunj’, the simple cottage where he lived, is preserved as a National Monument. A Gandhi Memorial Centre, a Library and a Sound-and-Light spectacle offer an interesting display of the Mahatma’s life and work.

Science City

Located at the Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway, Science City is an ambitious initiative of the government of Gujarat to trigger an inquiry of science in the mind of a common citizen with the aid of entertainment and experiential knowledge. Covering an area of more than 107 hectares, the idea is to create imaginative exhibits, virtual reality activity corners, and live demonstrations in an easily understandable manner. Currently the 3D Imax theater, musical dancing fountain, energy park and simulation rides interest visitors.

Jumma Masjid

Jumma Masjid of Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It was built in the year 1423 by the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, and is located in the old city. Built in yellow sandstone, this monument is capable of outshining any other monument of Ahmedabad. Jama Masjid is a fine example of Indo Saracenic architecture, with the special touch of the Sultan himself. It presents an extraordinary blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.

Rani Roopmati Mosque

Named after the Hindu wife of Sultan Mohmed Beghara, Rani Rupmati’s Masjid in Mirzapur was built between 1430 to 1440 A. D. It has three domes supported by pillars with the central dome slightly elevated so as to allow natural light into the mosque. The mosque has richly carved minarets, balcony windows and perforated stone lattices. Its three domes are linked together by a flat roof. However, the mosque and tomb of Rani Sipri at Astodia surpasses it for its planning, structural arrangement richly carved minarets. Popularly known as Masjid-e-Nagina, this mosque is the most exquisite gem of Ahmedabad.

Jhulta Minara

Known as Shaking Minaret or Jhulta Minar, this is an epitome of historic architecture. When one minarets is shaken the other one begins to vibrate. The mosque was built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that causes the vibration is still a mystery.

Sardar Patel National Memorial

Sardar Patel National Memorial is one of the most important buildings in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is a museum as well as an exhibition center, dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is located in the Moti Shahi Mahal, in Shahibag area.

Vaishnodevi Temple

 A popular temple of goddess Vaishno devi located on S.G.Road (Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway). It is modeled based on Vaishno devi temple situated in Jammu & Kashmir. It can be seen crowded everyday, and on weekends devotees from all over the India visits this temple. Located on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway Vaishno Devi temple boasts of huge crowd round the year that includes devotees and tourists as well. Principle deity being Vaishno Devi the temple is considered to be a true replica of the famous temple in Jammu & Kashmir for what devotees of Goddess Vaishno Devi flocks here round the year. The only difference between the two is that one at Ahmedabad can be visited with in a couple of hours. The Vaishno Devi temple of Ahmedabad also remains flooded with followers during Navaratri and is decorated beautifully when the devotee offers coconut, clothes, fruits, rice etc. The temple draws huge crowds of devotees from all over India.

Hutheesing Jain Temple

This remarkably elegant temple created out of white marble has been sacred to many Jain families, generation after generation. It was built in 1848 A.D. at an estimated cost of 10 lakh rupees by a rich merchant Sheth Hutheesing as a dedication to the 15th Jain tirthankar, Shri Dharmanatha. Traditional artisans working in stone belonged to the Sonpura & Salat communities. The Salat community constructed masterpieces of architecture ranging from forts, palaces to temples. The work of the Hutheesing Jain temple is attributed to Premchand Salat. One scholar has remarked, “Each part goes on increasing in dignity as we approach the sanctuary. Whether looked at from its courts or from the outside, it possesses variety without confusion and an appropriateness of every part to the purpose for which it was intended.”

Kankaria Lake

Kankaria is one of the most popular and favorite tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. It is a circular lake constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutubub-Din. In the center of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation center, surrounded by parks, ‘Bal Vatika’, an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo. The local authority has recently done wonderful changes to the surroundings with the whole perimeter blocked for vehicular traffic to make it wholly a walkway for the tourist to enjoy.

Nearby attractions from Ahmedabad: You can organize short trips to places like:

Lothal City

80 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization and is one of the primary sites of archaeology. Lothal was an important trade destination till 1900 BC. The most interesting sites here is the dockyard famous for maritime architecture of ancient world and the Sabarmati river just before its meeting with the sea in Gulf of Cambay. It is an example of Harrappan town planning.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary situated at a distance of 70 kilometers from Ahmedabad represents a pleasant lake with clear blue waters, named Nal Sarovar and a marshy plot which serves as the docking site of an entire caboodle of migratory birds that undertake a sojourn from Siberia to reach this wonderful locale in the winter.

Ranchhodraiji Temple

Dakor, 50 km from Vadodara and halfway to Ahmedabad, is famous for its Temple of Ranchodrai, a manifestation of Lord Krishna, and is a sacred place for the followers of Lord Krishna. The shrine of the Ranchhodraiji Temple has been enclosed in a huge square shaped complex, having four gates to the outer walls. The main door faces the Gomati River of India. The doors to the main Ranchhodraiji shrine remain open throughout the day, except for the afternoon time.

Things to do in Ahmedabad: The sight seeing is the primary activity worth enjoying in Ahmedabad.

Best time to visit Ahmedabad: The best time to visit Ahmedabad is during the winter season.

How to go ?

By Air

Ahmedabad Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. Airport is connected with all major cities in India and also with many cities in abroad, like Muscat, New York, London and Colombo. Pre-paid taxis are available in Airport.

By Train

Ahmedabad railway station is connected to many major cities including Mumbai and Delhi. It is connected to all major cities in Gujarat.

By Road

The closest metro is Mumbai. Bus services are available from Mumbai and also from all major cities in Gujarat.

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Where to stay ?

There are both budget and luxury hotels in Ahmedabad. Some options are: 

Toran Hotel: +91-079 -2755 9342
Ginger Hotels: +91-079 -6666 3333  Website: www.gingerhotels.com
The Pride Hotel: +91-079 3011 5555  Website: www.pridehotel.com
Hotel Balwas: +91 79 25507135  Website: www.hotelbalwas.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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Bhedaghat

Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh – You will never have a single dull moment, during your stay at this exquisite location

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Lying by the side of River Narmada Bhedaghat is situated at the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat are a dazzling magnificence. It rises to a height of hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The placidity and the Bhedaghatloveliness of the site will steal your heart. The sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters. These white rocks with views of black and dark green volcanic seams are truly majestic, and produce a magical effect on moonlit nights. The holy river flows by tranquilly flanked by the towering cliffs which reflect in it like a mirror the changing moods of nature. A little distance away, it becomes turbulent as it plunges in a mighty water fall known as Dhuandhar.

Places to see at Bhedaghat: At Bhedaghat the marble rocks are really a visual delight and are a must watch. You can avail the boating facilities here. Boating in a moonlit night is a thrilling experience.

The Chousat Yogini Temple is located near the marble rocks is also an important tourist spot which you must visit. It is believed that the temple has a Secret Underground Passage Leading to Palace of Gond Queen Durgavati.

BhedaghatThe Dhuandhar falls is another place worth seeing. The Narmada Falls makes its way through the marble rocks and then plunges into the Dhuandhar falls or Smoke Cascade.

The soap stones artifact are a unique architecture of the place. These soap stones are uncovered by the NarmadaRiver. It provides occupation to the families of carvers of gods and goddesses, lingas, crosses, madonnas, ashtrays and trinket boxes.

Nearby attractions at Bhedaghat: From Bhedaghat make a trip to the Bargi Dam which is 50 km from Bhedaghat and the beautiful city of Jabalpur which is just 25 km away.

Things to do at Bhedaghat: You will never have a single dull moment, during your stay at this exquisite location. The adventures of boating on the heart of Narmada, the marvellous Dhuadhar falls will make your itinerary fun filled. Don’t forget to carry an item of soapstone artifact. These soap stones are revealed by the river Narmada. It is then carved to make different beautiful things.

Best to time to visit Bhedaghat: The best time to visit Bhedaghat is from November to May.

How to go ?

By rail: Jabalpur, on the Mumbai-Howrah (via Allahabad) main line, is the main railhead. All mail, express and passenger trains halt here.

By road: Jabalpur, on the Mumbai-Howrah (via Allahabad) main line, is the main railhead. All mail, express and passenger trains halt here.

 By air: Jabalpur (23 km) is the nearest airport connected to Bhopal & Delhi with regular flights.

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Where to stay ?

There are no such accommodation facilities at Bhedaghat. The tourist can stay at Jabalpur which is only few kilometers from Bhedaghat. Some options are:

Hotel Rishi Regency: 0761-4046001, 0761-5046464, 094251-51520, 09301273125
Hotel Prestige Princess: 2627550, 2627551, 2627552, 2627553

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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Diamond Harbour

Diamond Harbour, South Bengal – Try for an exciting day out or a weekend tour

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Resting in the Southern suburbs of Kolkata Diamond Harbour is an exciting day out or a weekend tour. This picturesque destination is located within a short reach from Kolkata (50 km), and is absolutely perfect for a leisure trip. The site is close to the deltaic region of the city. Diamond Harbour was known as Hajipur in the past and is actually located at a point where River Ganges turns southward to conflux with the sea. The industrial town of Haldia is located on the other side and the road skirting its way keeping the mighty Ganges on its side is just awesome.

Diamond HarbourPlaces to see at Diamond Harbour: Diamond Harbour was the nucleus of the Portuguese pirates in the past. Thus, the site features some ruins associated with the pirates, the most notable being the remnants of the Chingrikhali Fort, built in the 16th century. According to the locals, the fort was inhabited by the Portuguese pirates. Tourists also visit the Sarisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, another prominent highlight of the site. Diamond Harbour also houses an age-old lighthouse, which is also a major tourist attraction. However, the best thing to do in Diamond Harbour is to sit beside the river and watch the passing boats.

Things to do at DiamondHarbour: Diamond Harbour being a serene riverside spot is ideal for picnic. Shrouded with tranquility the place is also ideal for rejuvenation, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. You can enjoy a leisure walk along the riverside, savouring the panoramic view offered by the small boats and large vessels passing by. The unpolluted pleasant breeze will enchant your mind and soul. However, the best activity offered by Diamond Harbour is the exquisite boat tours by locals, which are truly memorable. You can also take a ferry ride to Haldia.

Best time to visit DiamondHarbour: Diamond Harbour attracts most of the tourists all round the year, to savour the scenic beauty of the destination.

How to go ?

It hardly takes two hours to reach Diamond Harbour from Kolkata by car or bus. You can also board train, running to Diamond Harbour from Sealdah Railway Station.

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Where to stay ?

There are many accommodation facilities at Diamond Harbour. Some options are:

Punyalakshmi Hotel: 9231663678. Website: www.hotelpunyalakshmi.com

WBTDC owned Hotel Sagarika is another option:
For booking and reservation you may contact:
Tourism Centre (Kolkata)
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : 033-2243 6440/ 2248 8271
Website: www.wbtourism.gov.in

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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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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Mukutmanipur

Mukutmanipur, South Bengal – A huge water body surrounded by hills and forests that changes its colour in different seasons

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Mukutmanipur is an ideal retreat of escaping to the ultimate serenity perfectly. To spend a weekend in this beautiful place for complete relaxation of souls is worth. A huge water body surrounded by hills and forests that changes its colour in different seasons is the main attraction of the place. Mukutmanipur is the right place for those people who want a combination of some Mukutmanipuradventure along with relaxation. It rests at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, Kumari and Kangsabati, in the Bankura district of the state of West Bengal. This beautiful destination is also an ideal picnic spot that attracts hoards of picnic crowds. This serene place is also renowned for housing the second largest water barrage across India that canalizes Kumari and Kangsabati Rivers into the 3 districts of West Bengal – Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura facilitating irrigation during the summer time.

A boat ride in this huge water body almost gives you the feeling of being in the middle of ocean.  Enjoy the exquisite beauty of nature along with different species of seasonal birds in the Bonpukuria Deer Park. Mukutmanipur is also equipped with proper lodging facility that makes it a perfect tourist hub.

Places to see at Mukutmanipur: Boarding on a small boat, to enjoy the serene ocean-like beauty in the middle of the water body formed by the union of Kangsabati and Kumari River is really charming. There are some tiny rocky islands in the water which gets submerged in the rainy seasons. You can hire a motor boat and a van rickshaw to visit the Bonpukuria Deer Park nearby which Mukutmanipuris often flanked by varieties of seasonal birds. The entire length of the dam is 11 km. A trekker or auto rickshaw can be hired to travel over the dam top road for 6 km to visit the confluence of River Kumari and Kansabati. This earthen dam was built with the sole purpose of providing irrigation facilities to agricultural land. The dam measures 38 meters in height with a lake spanning 86 Sq km. Thick virgin forest and verdant hillocks flanking the azure lake create a breathtaking view at the site. Owing to its splendid spectacle, the area has developed into an attractive weekend spot. This colossal dam nestles 2 km away from the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest.

The famous Bangopalpur Reserve Forest is the home of different species of flora and fauna and is worth exploring. You will find the ancient town of Ambikanagar, around 4km away from the dam. In ancient time, this town was the pilgrimage centre of the Jains. Remnants are still found at the site. The place also houses the Ambika Devi Temple, where shondha-arati(evening-worship) begins at 7 p.m. Set out early, so that you can also visit the Rajbari(king’s Palace) of Ambikanagar. Ambikanagar is also famous for its exotic tribal handicraft. Local tribes make wonderful handicrafts using bamboo sticks and grass, which you can buy as gift or souvenirs.

MukutmanipurA visit to the Bonpukuria Deer Park will allow you to watch some of the rare seasonal bird species. Among the places of interest in the town, the Palace of King Raicharan is also mention worthy.

Nearby attractions from Mukutmanipur: Among some nearby places of attraction are the palace of King Raicharan, Parshwanath Tila and the Statue of Pareshnath. Pareshnath Hills have quite a number of stone statues on top of it. Another very important landmark near Mukutmanipur is Ambikanagar which is a very old centre of Jain culture. You can make a trip to Jhilimili from Mukutmanipur, another attractive tourist spot. Covered by the nature the beauty of Jhilimili offers feast for the eyes. The place attracts plenty of tourists every year.

Things to do at Mukutmanipur: The town of Mukutmanipur is like a perfect scenery providing rest to the eyes of the urbanites. A small boat ride in the river is an excellent idea to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the surrounding. Moreover, a visit to the Bonpukuria Deer Park can help you see some rarest of seasonal bird species. Savour the local Bengali cuisines served at many eateries of the place. Enjoy drinking the authentic date juice, if you are visiting Mukutmanipur in winter. The exquisite Dokra and earthen work of the place is very famous and you can always buy them at pocket-friendly price.

Best time to visit Mukutmanipur: You can visit Mukutmanipur any-time of a year. During the monsoon (July and August) the lock gates of the dam generally remain open.

How to go ?

The closest railway station of this destination is Bankura. You can board the Rupashi Bangla Express from Howrah to reach Bankura from where you can either take a bus or hire a car to reach Mukutmanipur which is only 45 km away. By car, you can take left from Durgapur to reach Beliator which is 26 km away, from where you should take the Bankura Bypass to reach Mukutmanipur via Khatra crossing. You can also take a direct bus to your destination leaving at 9 in the morning or 9 p.m from Dharamtalla in Kolkata. It takes around 7 hours from Kolkata to reach Mukutmanipur by bus.

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Where to stay ?

WBTDC runs three lodges in Mukutmanipur namely Pancha Pally Tourist Complex, Sonajhuri Prakriti Bhraman KendraThe West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Resort. For booking details you may contact:

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

There are also some private hotels and resorts available for tourists. These places of stay also offer decent dining facilities. The accommodation at Mukutmanipur is equipped with facilities like bar, dining hall, lawn, gardens, 24 hour power supply, car parking and other standard facilities. The spacious and airy rooms are facilitated with attached western bathrooms, hot water geysers, wardrobes, TV, AC. There are double bed and triple bed rooms available at Mukutmanipur hotel. Few options are:

Peerless Resort: +91 099 32 292869  ( www.peerlesshotels.com )
Hotel Aparajita:(+91)-3243-253355, +91-9434224674

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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Falta

Falta, South Bengal – An ideal weekend tourist destination on the banks of River Hooghly

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Falta is just 51 km from Kolkata on the banks of River Hooghly. History is filled in the air of Falta, this place is an ideal tourist destination. The British took refuge here after Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah captured Kolkata and the Dutch had a factory here long before Indian Independence. But much before that, about 1000 years ago Tamluk near Falta was a renowned Buddhist centre. Falta can be appropriately be called a river town, just few kilometers to the south of Falta, River Damodar meets River Hooghly (River Ganges is called by this name here) and few kilometers to the north River Rupnarayan meets River Hooghly. Beside the riverside beauty, the beautiful farmhouse of the famous Bengali scientist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose is also located here. Falta also plays host to business guests and it falls under SEZ (Special Economic Zone).

Places to see at Falta: The whole of Falta town has grown along the banks of River Hooghly. There are parks and walkways all along the river bank for you to enjoy your long-cherished evening walks along the river banks. The Bose Bigyan Mandir is the farmhouse of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose. It is a beautiful farmhouse with a lovely garden and lots of trees.

Picnics are also allowed on the grounds of this farmhouse. You can visit the Falta Jetty and watch the ferries carrying passengers the whole day. However,  the best thing to do in Falta is to take long walks along the riverside.

Nearby attractions of Falta: Diamond Harbour is only half hour’s drive from Falta and Raichak can be reached in minutes. The riverside towns of Gadiara and Geonkhali are located on the other side of the river and take less than an hour. You can also visit the riverside town of Nurpur, just 30 mins from Falta. The historic town of Tamluk in East Midnapore on the bank of River Rupnarayan is also not far and so is the Industrial town of Haldia.

Things to do at Falta: You can spend your evenings taking long walks along the coast of River Hooghly, take a boat ride on Ganges from Falta or arrange a picnic in any spot along the river bank. Bird watching and village walks are other activities to enjoy in Falta.

Best time to visit: Falta can be visited anytime of the year. It is a nice weekend river destination for a family getaway.

How to go ?

Falta is located on the banks of River Hooghly around 51 kms from Kolkata. If you are availing public transport then take the bus SD9 or SD9/1 from Esplanade heading towards Nurpur. Another bus SD14 leaves from Taratolla and also reaches Falta. If you are availing train, then you have to get down at Diamond Harbour Station and catch a minibus to Falta. Most buses and trekkers from Diamond Harbour would reach Nainnan More. From Nainnan More (Crossing), you would get shared Auto Rickshaws to reach the hotels.

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Where to stay ?

There are some accommodation options at Falta. Please check the details of two hotels  given below having accommodation facilities.

Ritz Riveria: (+91)-9331930782
Hotel Rajhans: (+91) 33 32574052, (+91) 9339557529

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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Deulti

Deulti, South Bengal – An ideal weekend destination on the bank of River Roopnarayan

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The small village of Deulti, is a romantic escape, far away from the bustling city life. The atmosphere is covered with utmost serenity. The place is located 6 km towards the western part of Bagnan, in the district of Howrah in West Bengal. An ideal weekend destination, the place rests on the bank of River Roopnarayan.

DeultiPlaces to see at Deulti: Deulti is rich with its heritage and culture. The neighboring village of Deulti called Samtaber is popular among the tourists for being the abode of the famous author Late Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

You will truly be amazed by savouring the panoramic view of the natural surrounding of this serene village of Deulti. The charming calls of different kinds of birds from behind the foliage will offer you great pleasure. You will also enjoy a stroll along the narrow clay path cutting through the paddy field that will lead you to the bank of river Rupnarayan. The mesmeric view of the River Rupnarayan will definitely captivate your mind.

You can also visit the temple of Radha and Madanogopal, beautified with terracotta decoration. This ‘atchala’ or eight-roofed temple was constructed in 1651 AD by the Zamindar of Mangalhat Pragana, called Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury.

Nearby attractions around Deulti: Kolaghat is just a few minutes drive from Deulti. Garchumuk and Gadiara is also nearby.

Things to do at Deulti: You can enjoy a nature walk along the clay pathways of this small village. Interaction with the locals of Deulti is also quite interesting, for they can enrich your knowledge about the history of the place. You will become oblivious about time, while sitting on the bank of River Rupnarayan, offering a visual treat.

Best time to visit Deulti: Deulti attracts tourists round the year, though it is good to avoid the monsoon season for River Rupnarayan may get flooded. The summers are also quite harsh. Winters would be the best time to visit Deulti.

How to go ?

Deulti is accessible by car from Kolkata. Drive along the Vidyasagar Setu, popularly known as the second Hooghly Bridge and take the route of the Kona Highway. After driving for few hours, you will reach the National Highway 6. Drive along the NH6 to pass Panchla, Uluberia, Kulgachhia, Chandpur, Bagnan and finally you will reach the Deulti crossing. The village of Deulti lies at a short from the Deulti Railway Station.

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Where to stay ?

Accommodation facilities are offered by a number of hotels and resorts found in Deulti, which also has the provision for dining. Some options are:

Nirala Resort: (+91) 9831620901
Prantik Retreat:  (+91) 9732535248, 9735545816

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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Garchumuk

Garchumuk, West Bengal – The spectacular view of the Ganges makes the place a popular weekend destination

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Garchumuk is situated on the Howrah district of West Bengal at the intersection of River Hooghly and River Damodar. The spectacular view of the Ganges makes the place a popular tourist destination that is perfect for a weekend trip. The scenic beauty of the location is increased by the rivers Damodar and Hoogly.

Garchumuk-BungalowPlaces to see at Garchumuk: The beautiful barrage, popularly called 58 No. gate or Atanna Gate is the prime attraction of Garchumuk. It is the gate consisting of 58 lock gates. Visitors flock at the site to view this extensive barrage. Garchumuk also features a nice deer park. You can also spot irrigational canals connecting the rivers Damodar and Hooghly. Above all, it is the breathtaking natural beauty of the river Ganges and its surroundings that fascinate the visitors.

Nearby attractions around Garchumuk: Gadiara located at a distance of 22 km is a major tourist attraction from Garchumuk. It is also a popular picnic spot.

Things to do at Garchumuk: Garchumuk is an ideal picnic spot for the tourists amidst the natural splendour. There are also provisions of boat riding on the river Hooghly at Garchumuk. You can also explore the region, preferably in groups.

Best time to visit Garchumuk: Garchumuk is ideal to visit round the year.

How to go ?

You can avail a number of options to reach Garchumuk. Trains are available from Howrah, which takes around 45 minutes to reach Uluberia. From Uluberia, you will find jeep, bus, ambassador and trekker to reach Garchumuk.

Garchumuk is located at a distance of 60 kms from Esplanade and takes around 2.5 hours to reach the destination. Avail a bus heading to Gadiara from Esplanade, and drop down at the 58 No gate stop. You can also drive along the Bombay road to Uluberia and then take the local road to reach Garchumuk.

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Where to stay ?

Lodging and dining facilities are provided by two Bungalows, run by the Howrah Zilla Parishad. Among the two bungalows, the newly built is situated in close proximity to the confluence of the rivers Damodar and Hooghly. For booking details you may contact:

Zilla Parisad Bhawan, Howrah: +91-033-26384633, 26384634

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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Gadiara

Gadiara, South Bengal – An ideal weekend at the meeting point of River Hooghly, Damodar & Rupnarayan

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Located at the meeting point of River Hooghly, River Damodar and River Rupnarayan, Gadiara is an ideal weekend spot. After meeting here the rivers form a huge water body with towns like Haldia, Geonkhali and Nurpur on their banks. In the evening, the view of the glittering lights of these towns across the river from Gadiara is really a wonderful experience. Want to spend an idle Gadiaraweekend watching the boats passing by and the sun setting on the river, then Gadiara can be your choice. Here you will enjoy fresh and sumptuous Bengali food, river cruising, hotel with swimming pool and village walks during your stay. Gadiara is an ideal weekend experience rejuvenating all your experience.

Places to see at Gadiara: You can still seem some ruins of an old fort built during the rule of Lord Clive mostly submerged in the river. You can also take a boat ride to the other side of the river to another tourist spot called Geonkhali.

Nearby attractions at Gadiara: The major nearby attraction from Gadiara is Garchumuk. You can also visit nearby Geonkhali by crossing the river by regular ferry service..

Things to do at Gadiara: Savour the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the vast expanse of water. Take a walk along the riverside and spend some quality time taking a boat ride on the river. Idling along the river bank and taking lazy village walks are the best things to do in Gadiara.

Best time to visit Gadiara: You can visit Gadiara any time of the year. The evenings are usually cool with winds flowing over the river.

How to go ?

You can drive to Bagnan and then take left. Cross the level crossing and head towards Shyampur to reach Gadiara. Gadiara is 8 km from Shyampur and 33 kms from Bagnan. If you are driving along the Durgapur Expressway from Kolkata, then it will take around 1 hr to reach Bagnan from Kolkata. If you want to avail train services, then board a local train from Howrah heading to Kolaghat, Mecheda, Panskura or Kharagpur that will drop you at Bagnan Station. You can catch a bus from Bagnan to Shyampur. You would get auto rickshaws from Shyampur to Gadiara. There are also direct CSTC buses leaving Kolkata from Dalhousie (Esplanade) – opposite to KC Das Sweet shop for Gadiara. The first bus leaves Esplanade around 5:30 am and the last CSTC bus leaves Gadiara at around 4:00 pm. There is another way of reaching Gadiara through ferry services from Nurpur. There are direct buses from Esplanade to Nurpur too.

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Where to stay ?

There are different types of hotels and guest houses in Gadiara. However, only few are equipped enough to keep family guests. Most of the hotels in Gadiara face the river and some are located near the bus stop while others are located in seclusion amidst nature beside the river. You would get rooms according to your preference and budget starting from basic rooms to Deluxe AC rooms.  You can also stay at the WBTDC guest house named Rupnarayan Tourist Lodge at Gadiara. For booking details please view the details given below:

Tourism Centre (Kolkata)
(For reservation & detailed information)
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : 033-2243 6440/ 2248 8271
Website: www.wbtourism.gov.in
New Chalantika Hotel: 03214-263108/127, 9732583213

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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Machranga Dweep

Machranga Dweep, South Bengal – A lonely island is an ideal location for a fun-filled day trip

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Situated between the Ichamati River and Bhasa River Machranga Dwip or Kingfisher Island has Bangladesh on its one side and India on the other. This lonely island is covered by trees and is considered an ideal for a fun-filled day trip. You can reach Machranga Dwip from Hasnabad or Taki by hiring a local boat. This island is ideal for the nature lovers. Walk over the green fields and in the distance you can see the villages of Bangladesh. The spectacular view of the setting sun over River Ichamati is a feast for the eyes from the Machranga Dwip.

Places to see at Machranga Dwip: It is a small island in the middle of Ichchamati River from where you can have a spectacular view of the setting sun over the river. The island is nice for a nature walk over the green fields and in the distance you can the villages of Bangladesh.

Nearby attractions of Machranga Dwip: Taki, which is another popular day trip destination, is just 20 mins from Machranga Dweep. Hasnabad is also nearby.

Things to do at Machranga Dwip: You can arrange a picnic, take a boat ride or have a swim on the river. Exploring the island  is another great way to have fun.

How to go ?

From Kolkata, you need to reach Hasnabad, by means of bus from Dharmatala or train from Sealdah. You can even travel by car for your convenience. The distance between Kolkata and Hasnabad is 75 km. After reaching Hasnabad, you need to avail the option of vans to reach the ferry dock, from where motor boats should be availed in order to reach Machranga Dwip. You can also reach  Machranga Dwip by hiring a boat from Taki’s ferry ghat.

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Where to stay ?

Accommodation facilities like guest houses are available in nearby Taki. Dining facilities are usually provided by the guest houses.

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Geonkhali

Geonkhali, South Bengal – Spend an idle weekend on a riverside

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Spend an idle weekend on a riverside watching the boats pass before you where the queue of people waits for hours to catch the ferry and the spectacular sunset over Rupnarayan then you must drop at Geonkhali, where time seems to stop for a while. The distance of Geonkhali from Kolkata is 130km. The place is nestled at the confluence of River Rupnarayan, River Damodar and River Ganges. Here the rivers become extremely wide and appear like the sea thus making a breath-taking view. A green wilderness of babala, sirish, akashmoni and mango trees flanks the river front. The country boats from the ferry ghat will take you to Gadiara or nearby Nurpur. Located in the Mahisadal Block of East Midnapore district, Geonkhali has developed primarily due to the establishments of water treatment tanks. It supplies fresh water to Haldia, since water over there is saline.

Places to see at Geonkhali: Geonkhali is a riverside village and the beauty of the sea-like river is Geonkhali’s main attraction. Other than the rivers, you can visit the nearby Mahisadal palace and nearby Kolaghat. The Radha Krishna temple in Mahisadal is another nice place to pay a visit.

Nearby attractions around Geonkhali: You can visit Gadiara, nestled on the other side of the river. Diesel powered boats are available to cross the river in around 15 minutes. From Geonkhali you can also catch a boat to visit Nurpur. Haldia is also nearby – it takes around an hour from Geonkhali.

GeonkhaliThings to do at Geonkhali: Geonkhali is simply an amazing place to move around. You can drive down by the road or take a leisurely stroll by the riverside. The confluence of the three mightiest rivers of Bengal gives it the appearance of a sea at Geonkhali. The good thing about this place is that it is still not crowded, which offers an ample scope for savouring the natural beauty of the region in isolation. You can also check out the remnants of launches and steamers by the riverside. There is a ferry ghat from where you can enjoy boat rides to nearby destinations and there is a small park and lake near the water treatment plant where you can enjoy boating too.

Best time to visit Geonkhali: You can visit the place any time of the year.

How to go ?

You can catch bus from Esplanade to Nurpur, located nearby Geokhali. The distance is about 52 km. Then you need to take a launch from Nurpur to reach Geonkhali. You can also visit Gadiara and catch a ferry to cross over to Geonkhali. The most convenient rail station to Geonkhali is Bagnan from where you can catch Auto Rickshaws to Gadiara. From Gadiara you can catch a ferry to cross the river for Geonkhali. Alternatively, if you want to go by car then reach for Kolaghat and take the NH 41 heading towards Haldia. Soon, you would reach the Nandakumar crossing from where you can take the road towards Mahisadal and then to Geonkhali.

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Where to stay ?

Geonkhali Resort is a nice retreat in this fishing village, offering decent accommodation facilities overlooking the river. The resort has AC deluxe, non AC standard, non AC economic and four bedded rooms. The resort also offers impressive conference facility. It has spacious lawns. The riverside cafeteria is also known for serving delectable cuisines. For booking details you may contact:

Triveni sangam tourist complex:  +91-(03224)255929 / 255930

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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Meen Dwip, South Bengal – A picturesque river island is located off the coast of Haldia

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Meen Dwip at Nayachar, a picturesque river island is located off the coast of Haldia. Nayachar may seem to be a mere muddy island at a first glance on the Haldi riverbed. It extends over an area of 40 sq. km. After the exploration of this serene island, you will find the nature’s wonder here. The place has immense natural beauty. Enjoy the spectacular view of the River Haldi here that bounds the island and truly offers visual pleasure. The mobile networks are not available here which might cause some inconvenience to the tourists. But the true travel lovers like you would love to get a day or two off from the tension of the city life amidst such exotic natural splendour.

Places to see at Meen Dwip: The picturesque island of  Meen Dwip is dependent entirely on fishing and fisheries. Sunset over the Haldi River and its estuary (Mohona), endless green fields to soothe your eyes, huge bheris (fishing ponds) and the Haldi River are few things you would love to see in Meen Dwip

Nearby attractions of Meen Dwip: The town of Haldia is admired by a number of nearby tourist attractions, which you can visit on your way to Meen Dweep or while returning from this River Island. Some of the destinations of Haldia, which you love to visit from Meen Dwip are Kukrahati, Moynagarh, Tamluk Rajbari, Gopalijew Temple, Muktidham temple, Haldia Dock and Balughata River Side Sunset Point.  Destinations on the other side of Haldia like Raichak and Daimond Harbour can also be visited from Meen Dwip.

Things to do at Meen Dwip: Carry with you some outdoor sports equipment like badminton, which you will truly enjoy playing amidst such scenic natural surrounding. You can explore the island whole day and also have picnic on the banks of Haldi River.  Enjoy a steamer ride or hire a country boat to sail through Haldi River, enjoying the cool and refreshing breeze.

Best time to visit Meen Dwip: You can visit the place any time of the year.

How to go ?

Nestled in the riverbank of Haldi at Nayachar, this quaint island of Meen Dwip is connected with Haldia by Ferry Service. In order to reach the destination, firstly, you need to travel to Raichak either by train or by car or bus. After reaching Raichak, you need to avail the ferry service for Kukrahati, which is the gateway to the port city of Haldia. Haldia Municipality operates ferry services at a regular interval of 30 minutes and it takes around 15 minutes to reach Kukrahati. From Kukrahati, take a cycle van for Patikhali and then again enjoy a ferry service on the river Haldi to Meen Dwip at Nayachar. You can also drive to Haldia (around 150 kms away) directly from Kolkata and then catch a ferry to Kukrahati.

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Where to stay ?

There is only one guest house at Meen Dwip managed by Fisheries Department offering decent accommodation and dining facilities. Relish some fresh shrimps and varieties of fish preparation at the local eateries. For booking details you may contact:

“Tourism Centre” 
3/2.B.B.D Bag (East), 1st Floor, Kolkata – 700 001,
Mobile:- 98310-33181

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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Raypur Budge Budge Resort

Raypur, South Bengal – Spend absolute idle time watching the endless skies meeting the river Ganges over the horizon

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Raypur, is a riverside destination located across the green paddy fields from the city’s heart on the banks of mighty Ganges. Here, you can spend absolute idle time watching the vast endless skies meeting the river over the horizon. Numerous country boats and the ships criss-cross the river everyday. You can take a ferry ride across the Ganges, make a visit to the local temple in the evening, check some local tidbit in the village market, take a stroll in the village and spend the evening watching the sun go down.

Places to see at Raypur: The  mighty Ganges River is the main attraction at Raypur. Here, the river takes a bend and gives a panoramic view of the horizon. You would also find a pier sticking out to the river to moor ships and boats. A water-treatment plant, the riverside road, the surrounding villages and local tea shops filled with gossiping folks gives a perfect ambience to idle away your day.

Nearby attractions of Raypur: A ferry ride to the other side of the river to Uluberia is worth enjoying. There is a local Radhakrishna Temple where you can visit in the evenings. One of the largest water treatment plants is also located nearby. The local Panchayat has also beautified a children’s park beside the river, where you can sit in the Ghat or on quay and watch the boats passing by.

Things to do at Raypur: You can take a village walk in the nearby villages to witness farmers ploughing their fields, local shopkeeper selling groceries and fisherman casting their nets. You can take a long walk along the riverside and visit the local temple during evening Aarti. However, the best thing to do at Raypur is to sit beside the mighty Ganges and witness its changing colours, the passing boats.

Best time to visit Raypur: Raypur can be visited any time of the year. The monsoons bring in the rolling dark clouds across the river’s horizon, the winters bring sparkling weather and the summers are washed with cool river winds giving Raypur relief from the scorching heat.

How to go ?

Raypur is around 35 km from Kolkata near Budge Budge. It is well connected by railways as well as public bus services. If you are going by train, then the most suitable Railway Station would be Budge Budge. From Budge Budge, you can take any local shared vehicle like auto rickshaws to Birlapur and then to Raypur. There are few bus services which directly go to Raypur from Babughat.

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Where to stay ?

You can stay at resort River Side Holiday Inn
Website : www.riversideholidayinn.net

Booking Office : 257 Kalitala Link Road, North Purbachal, Kolkata – 700 078
Thana – Kasba, Near – E. M. Bye Pass, Spencer’s.

Hotel Address : Vill. Madhya Raipur, P. S. Nodakhali, P. O. Dakshin Raypur, Dist – 24 Pgs.(S), Pin No – 743 318

Phone No : +91- 033 2484 1189, 2480 6022
Mobile No : +91-7278271313, 8697802875, 9038098506, 9038098509

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Purbasthali

Purbasthali, South Bengal – The birds watchers will thoroughly enjoy here

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A small town Purbasthali is just 120 km from Kolkata. It is located in the district of Bardhaman, between Katwa and Nabadwip. This town perches on the banks of a beautiful oxbow lake that is created by the River Ganga. The length of the lake is 2 to 3 km and it attracts lots of migratory birds during the winter season. The birds-watchers will thoroughly enjoy here. Purbasthali also known as chupir chor, is covered with fruits and flower garden and profuse vegetation. The place is too small to allot tourism but it is littered with many Zamindar palaces.

Places to see at Purbasthali: There is a small oxbow lake by the side of the Ganga and is known for its clear water and heavy growth of sweet water plants. This lake attracts a lot of migratory birds during the winter months and becomes a favourite place for bird watchers. Besides, there are some fruit and flower gardens to check out for.

Nearby attractions Purbasthali: There are some places of attractions like Nabadwip, Krishnanagar and Mayapur located nearby. Nabadwip is famous as the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a Hindu Saint and also as a onetime great seat of learning in Bengal. Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON.

Things to do Purbasthali: You can enjoy boat ride on the clear water of the lake. The water is so transparent that you can see the underwater vegetation for a long distance.

Best time to visit Purbasthali: The best time to visit the place is during the winter months of October to February. You must go for bird watching either during the early mornings or late afternoon.

How to go ?

Purbasthali is located towards the north of Kolkata and you need travel till Krishnangar. From there, you have to cross the Chaitanya Bridge over the Hooghli River to reach Nabadwip. Follow the same road that will take you to Purbasthali Bazar and a right turn from the railway station will take you behind the station from where, after a drive for sometime, you will reach the place where boats are available. You can also visit Purbasthali by taking a direct train from Howrah heading towards Katwa. It would take around 2.5 hours to reach Purbasthali Station. Catch a rickshaw from the station to reach the Chupir Chor area.

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Where to stay ?

At Purbasthali there are no such accommodation facility. You can stay at Nabadwip having plenty of refuge for the tourists. Some options are:

Nadia Lodge: 9434450710
Bibekananda Hotel & Boarding: 9932297098
Chaitanya Bhawan: 9337441517

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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Dhauli

Dhauli, Odisha – Considered as sacred and has been site for pilgrimage over centuries

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The Dhauli Hills or Dhavalgiri on the banks of River Daya which is considered as sacred has been a site for pilgrimage over centuries, and is a halt station frequented by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. It is only 10 kms from Bhubaneshwar, and was the famous battlefield of Kalinga War which proved to be the turning point in the life of Emperor Ashoka. The hills are marked with Dhaulia number of rock cut caves and ancient Hindu temples. The numerous pillars, stupas and monasteries are also worth exploring. The rock cut elephant carving located at the base of Dhauli Hills is one of the earliest Buddhist themed carvings in Orissa.  The most famous among them are the set of rock edicts left by the Emperor Ashoka in about 260 B.C. Dhauli or Dhaulagiri is mostly visited by the tourists on a day tour from Puri or Bhubaneshwar and hence they miss the joy of experiencing the true beauty of Dhauli. A night spend will make you feel the actual serenity of this pristine place of Dhauli. You must enjoy the experience of the magnificent sunset and sunrise over the endless sea of paddy fields. You can also take a walk along the Daya River on the same road which is ornamented by the footsteps of the greatest kings of history – King Ashoka.

Places to see at Dhauli:  The Japanese Peace Pagoda, set amidst a number of ancient monasteries and stupas is truly marvellous. This wondrous structure is truly worth visiting. It is a notable Buddhist structure built jointly by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh in the year 1972. Beyond the Stupa, there is an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Dhavaleshwar.

DhauliYou can savour a magnificent view of the surroundings from the top of the Dhauli Hill. The green stretch of paddy fields along with cashew eyes trees offer visual splendour. You will also admire the beauty of the winding and sparkling Daya River. You can also see inscriptions and engravings in Dhauli, which can be traced back to the Ashokan era. The place is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Dhauli is admired with many stupas, which were once built by Emperor Ashoka himself.

Nearby attractions of Dhauli: You can also visit Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa and the temple town of Puri from Dhauli. The handicraft town of Pipli (famous for its appliqué work) and the temple of Konark are also located nearby.

Things to do at Dhauli: Apart from visiting the Dhavaleshwar Temple and Stupa, you can hike along the Daya River and take long walks around the ruins of various structures of Dhauli Hills. Also, take a stroll along the forest track of Dhauli hills, which is truly an exciting outdoor activity.

Best time to visit Dhauli: You can experience the true essence of Dhauli, if you are visiting the destination during the winter months, starting from October and extending up to March. Summer is extremely hot in Dhauli, hence, it is better to avoid the summer season.

How to go ?

The town of Dhauli is easily accessible by buses from the neighbouring regions of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The nearest airport of Dhauli is in Bhubaneswar, which is well connected from Kolkata. There are no direct trains to Dhauli, so you need to drop down at Bhubaneswar railway station.
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Where to stay ?

The Govt. Tourist Lodge at Dhauli is the only well-equipped accommodation here. The lodge is located very near to the famous stupa and overlooks the Daya River and miles of paddy fields. This tourist lodge has a dining hall and nice well-equipped double bedrooms with attached bathrooms. We arrange booking for Tourist Lodge at Dhauli directly from Kolkata. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Indian cuisine. However, Western styled food is also offered here. While visiting Dhauli, do not miss the chance of savouring the Oriya cuisines, which are delicately spiced. Relish seafood like shrimp or crab and other fish preparations, which are quite popular in the region. For booking details you may contact:

OTDC Central Reservation Counter : 1800 208 1414 (Toll free)
Official website: www.panthanivas.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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Rikissum

Rikissum, North Bengal – A village like a bit of paradise on earth at an altitude of 6,000 ft

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Perching atop a hill Rikissum provides the longest views of Mt.Kanchenjungha. It is located on the Pedong-Lava Road. This village is like a bit of paradise on earth. The attractions of Rikisum are the Kanchenjungha, a deserted (some even say haunted) half – burnt British Bungalow, Elaichi farms and the nondescript villages. Near to it are Pedong and the Ramitey View point which is famous for views of Teesta River. It is located at an altitude of 6,000 feet and offers some of the best sunset and sunrise experiences on the Eastern Himalayas. The distant mountains covered with thick virgin forest, the low-lying valleys and deep slopes will give you a heavenly experience.

Places to see at Rikkisum: Rikkisum is package providing impressive attractions. A trek to the Rikisum View Point and abandoned Forest bungalow along the thick pine forest is truly rewarding. A spectacular view of the sunrise with a distant sight of a Rikissum-2part of Sikkim, Nepal and the snow covered Mt.Kanchenjungha offer a visual delight. Atop the View Point, you will find the remains of an old lofty bungalow, which was built by the British in 1902. It is popularly known as the Rikkisum Forest Bungalow offering an extensive panoramic view. The dwellers of this village are simple natured and happy smiling lot. Round the day, they are engaged in farming of ginger and elaichi. Animal husbandry is another occupation of the villagers. The villagers also share a trading relation with nearby Algarah market.

Nearby attractions of Rikisum: Rikisum is very near to Pedong, the place is admired for amazing sunrise and sunset points. One very popular nearby sunrise point is Tinchuley. However, you need to hike for around 45 minutes to reach Tinchuley to savor the sunrise along with a splendid early morning view. As for sunset, nearby Crosshill is another ideal place for the tourists.

Rikisum is a nice base for exploring the neighboring destinations. The nearby tiny hamlet of Chuikhim is gradually gaining popularity for home stay tourism. Many tourists also set out to relish the visual splendor of the nearby Lava, Rishop and Lolegaon from Rikisum. The Buddhist monastery atop a hill at Lava is ideal for offering prayers. Pedong itself as a destination is incredible. The place admired for dense pine forests and meandering rivers and terrace fields offer a perfect ambiance for tourists. Ramitey view point offering the longest view of River Teesta is another popular nearby destination.

You can also make trip to the picturesque Silence Valley, admired for thick pine trees. The place is also perfect as a picnic and a camping spot. A visit to the ruins of Damsang Fort, the sole fort in the Darjeeling district, which was the abode of the last Lepcha King-Gyabo Achuk and the nearby Sangchen Dorjee Monastery in Pedong will definitely arrest your attention. The inner walls of the monastery are admired for some stunning fresco paintings depicting Tantric Budhism. The Franco-SwissMissionaryMuseum set up at Pedong on 20th January, 2005 is also a must visit for all travelers.

Make a trip to Crosshill, to savor the sight of the Chinese border and magnificent sunsets. Visit the Reshi River to unwind yourself. You can also enjoy bathing in the river or simply sit on a rock by the riverside. A trip to the Sillery Gaon, a village in the heart of the forest, consisting of 30 families is an enduring experience. Nestled at an altitude of 6000 ft, the place offers ultimate serenity to tourists.

Things to do at Rikissum: Rikissum boasts immense travel potential. The place is ideal for nature lovers, who could explore the thick forest, savoring the chirping of some most exotic birds. You can also enjoy rafting in River Teesta or chill out by the riverside. The Reshi River nestled on the border of East Sikkim and West Bengal is ideal for swimming, fishing or picnicking. A village walk is must for all tourists while in Rikissum.

Best time to visit Rikisum: Rikisum welcomes tourists round the year. However, visit the place in March and April, to view the Rhododendrons in full bloom. The peak tourist season starts from October to February, when the Mt.Kanchenjungha is visible best.

How to go ?

The closest railway head of Rikissum is the New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station. Try to avail the evening trains, which arrives at New Jalpaiguri in the next morning and you can reach Rikisum in daytime. You can avail hired cars from New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and Bagdodra Airport. Buses services also run to Pedong (nearest town to Rikisum) from Siliguri to Kalimpong in regular interval. Rikissum is just 1 hour journey from Kalimpong.

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Where to stay ?

Rikissum offers only one decent accommodation, named Swarnashikhar Tourist Lodge. The Cottages are with double beds and attached baths. The lodge offers nice dining facility. For booking you may contact: +91-8017008919, 9836904947

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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Chandbali

Chandbali, Odisha – The gateway to the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chandbali that serves as one of the main gateways to the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary nestles in the Bhadrak District of Orissa. Covered with the forests, rivers and distant hills, Chandbali is just the accurate medicine for stress removal. The frolicking Chandbali-portBaitarani River flows beside Chandbali and meets the Brahmani River at a distance. The place used to be a famous port during the medieval times but now it has become a popular tourist spot. The fragments of the British period are still visible like anchor and cannons out here. From Chandbali, the nearby places like Dhamra, Aradi and Nalitapatia can be visited by boat. Besides being one of the most popular gateways to the mangroves of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandbali also acts as the hub for visiting remote beaches like Gaharimatha – that is a home to one of the most popular Olive Ridley Turtle.

Places to see at Chandbali: Bhitarkanika National Park which spans over an area of 650 sq.km is 35km away from Chandbali. You can reach the place by ferry. This is one of the few marine parks of India and was founded with an aim to protect salt water crocodiles. This is the main reason behind the establishment of a salt water crocodile breeding center inside the park. There are also various other pieces of attractions including temples and monuments belonging to the period of 9th century. Chandbali also has Sri Aurobindo Dibyadham Ashram, Relics Temple and Integral Education centre.

Nearby attractions of Chandbali: One of the primary attractions of Chandbali is the Bhitarkanika River that has thick mangrove canopies on either side and gives a spectacular setting for wildlife viewing and majestic sunsets. Take a boat ride from Chandbali-anchorChandbali and catch the glimpse of the Giant Saltwater Crocodiles. If you are an adventure lover, then take an enjoying long walk through the Bhitarkanika forest that takes you through the remaining of an old village which was once inhabited by mariners. Beside, the beaches of Barunei, Ekakula and Habalikhati are not to be missed out. Bhitarkanika forest is home to a wide range of animals like Rhesus Monkey, King Cobra, Spotted Deer, Pythons, and others.

You can see a crocodile-breeding center at Dangmol where the rarest White Crocodile “Sankhua” is found. Other than animal life, a good variety of bird life including migratory birds like Open Billed storks, Kingfishers, Whistling Teals, Sand Pipers, Sea Gulls and others can also be seen. Another very exciting thing to watch out for is the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles at Gahirmatha.

Things to do at Chandbali: You can take leisurely walks along the banks of Baitarini River, enjoy boat rides over the river along the mangroves, visit local temples and experience village life. Enjoy a day trip to Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best time to visit Chandbali: You can visit Chandbali anytime of the year but if you want to see the Olive Ridley Turtles, then try to visit during the winters. It’s better to avoid visiting Chandbali during the monsoons.

How to go ?

If you are travelling by flight, then the nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar airport which is located at a distance of 125 km. This airport is well served by most of the major airlines. Chandbali does not have a railway station of its own and is served by the Bhadrak and Cuttack railway stations. Cuttack is located at a distance of 107 km. But if you are traveling by car, then you can surely reach this destination from Bhubaneshwar too just 125 km from Chandbali. Bhadrak is another major Railway station which is very near to Chandbali just 45 kms away. State Highway 5 connects Bhadrak to Chandbali. You would get regular buses and taxis from Bhabrak to Chandbali.

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Where to stay ?

The Tourism Department accommodation at Chandbali is facilitated with AC Double Bedrooms, non AC Double Bedrooms, Dormitories, Dining Hall, Lawns and all other modern facilities. For booking details you may contact:

Utkal Bhawan,
55 Lenin Sarani,Kolkata.
Tel: (033) 2244653/22164556.

Central Reservation Counter
Tel: 0674 – 2430764.
For detailed information log on to www.panthanivas.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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Murti

Murti, North Bengal – An idyllic place for spending some days in a placid environment

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Located on the banks of the Murti River in Dooars, Murti is a quaint tourist spot. This is an idyllic place is for spending some days in a placid environment. The Murti River is right place for finding some serenity and peace.  This is a place nature lovers and bird watchers. You can enjoy taking a dip in the crystal clear waters of Murti River. This river is a home of multiple fishes. So take the pleasure of fishing here whenever you like. Here camping and hiking are the most popular activities. The Gorumara National Park, which is an abode of Indian Rhinos, Wild Elephants and various bird species is just a stone’s throw from Murti.

Places to see at Murti: Murti village is located beside the banks of Murti River and it is very close to Chapramari forest and Gorumara National Park. In fact, Murti River is one of the main rivers skirting right through the middle of Gorumara National Park.

Murti-riverNearby attractions of Murti: The entire Dooars range of forests can be reached from Murti. Forests like Gorumara, Chapramari, Chukchukia, Khunia and Chalsa are located near to it. You can also visit nearby hill destinations like Jhalong, Bindu and Paren. Samsing, Suntaleykhola and few other spots like Mouchuki marking the fringes of other jungles like Neora Valley N.P are also located nearby.

Things to do at Murti: Camping, angling and hiking are the two most popular activities in Murti. This place is also ideal for the bird watchers who will have a great time too. You can also enjoy jungle safari in Gorumara N.P and other nearby forests from Murti.

Best time to visit Murti: Murti can be visited any time of the year. However, if you are planning for jungle safari then avoid the monsoons because the jungles remain closed during the rains.

How to go ?

You can reach Murti from New Mall Junction Railway Station. If you are traveling by air, then the nearest airport is at Bagdogra from where you can hire cars to reach Murti. Murti can also be reached from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) by hiring cars.

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Where to stay ?

Murti-banani-Guest-HouseYou won’t find many hotels in Murti because it is a very small village tucked within a bend of the Murti River. There are a few basic budget hotels and a couple of very nice, well maintained private hotels with all modern facilities. Food is served in the hotels which mainly comprises Bengali cuisine. There is a Government run accommodation at Murti. For booking details you may contact:
Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal
2, Brabourne Road, Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724, (033) 22436440, 22488271
Online Booking : www.wbtourism.gov.in / www.wbfdc.com

Some other options are:
Resort Murti
Ph:+91 9002626093 

Hotel Prime Murti
Ph: + 91 (33) 64540454 / + 91 9163 3927 13

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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