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Shankarda, Jharkhand – 15 kms from Tatanagar...

There are few places on earth where you get a chance to find yourself – Shankarda is one of them. A four-hour journey from Kolkata to Tatanagar and another 15 kms on the dark snaking roads through tribal villages and paddy fields will take you to this little known village of Shankarda in Jharkhand. Surrounded by lush Narwa and Dalma Hills and crisscrossed by tributaries of Subarnarekha River, this picturesque village boasts of a fascinating eco resort, where your children get a chance to pick vegetables from kitchen gardens and run around in swaying paddy fields. You can spare some time to visit local attractions like Chandil Dam, Dimna Lake, Dalma Hills and Jubilee Park but the real attraction here is the valley at Pahar Bhanga Hills. It is simply mesmerizing! BOOKING DETAILS OF SHANKARDA Places to see in Shankarda, Jharkhand: There is something about Paharbhanga Hills and Rankini Mandir just 07 kilometers away. Here two rivers meandering through tribal villages meet the Subarnarekha River on a remote valley. It is a sight to behold! The villages are lined with mud houses decked with colourful paintings on their walls. The rich culture of some of the oldest tribes of India still survives in these villages. Click here for more photos of Shankarda Nearby attractions of Shankarda: Just 52 kms from Shankarda is the Chandil Dam built at the confluence of Subarnarekha and Karkori Rivers. The dam and its adjacent lake surrounded by dense forests and hills is one of the most scenic spots in Jharkhand. A museum and some temples border the lake. On the way to Chandil, you can cover the Dimna Lake (32 kms from Shankarda) and Jubilee Park (24 kms from Shankarda). If you are planning to stay a couple of days at Shankarda, then you can keep a visit to Dalma Hills just 32 kms away in your itinerary too. The forests surrounding the Dalma Hills are famous for wild elephants and you can catch a glimpse of them if you are lucky enough. Few other popular destinations like Ghatshila and Galudih also fall within 40 kms of Shankarda. Things to do at Shankarda, Jharkhand: Take a walk in the nearby villages and capture the daily life of the villagers, arrange a picnic in Paharbhanga Hills or enjoy a cockfight in the local market. If bird watching and hiking is your new-found love, then the hills and forests around Narwa can be very rewarding. If photography is something you have always cherished, then you can get some of the best glimpses of tribal life in and around Shankarda. The resort also arranges for local tribal programs in the evenings on request. You can try fishing in the resort’s pond or rent a bicycle and paddle your way through the paddy fields and villages. It must have been long since you felt the wind on your face! Best time to visit Shankarda: The dark clouds roll down the Narwa hills and green paddy fields during monsoons and it makes for a sight to behold. The winters bring in a chill and you would enjoy the mid-day sun, wild flowers and the many tribal festivals. Shankarda can be visited anytime of the year and especially when you are stressed out. How to reach Shankarda, Jharkhand: There are regular train services to Tatanagar from all parts of the country. Shankarda is 15 kms from Tatanagar Railway Station. Pickup service from Tatanagar Railway Station or Jamshedpur is also available....
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McCluskieganj, Jharkhand – 92 kms from Ranchi...

Bada Sahib, Memsaab, bungalows, pastries, village churches and memories of everything that brings back the days of the British Raaj can still be traced in McCluskieganj – lovingly called “Chota England” in the past. The little snaking Dugadugi rivulet, churches hidden amongst trees, a picturesque railway station, hills on the horizon, rundown grand British bungalows with their red roofs and rose gardens make McCluskiegunj an ideal weekend spot for time – travellers. The pleasant weather, the untainted nature and the flavour of the colonial past – it is a different experience at McCluskieganj. After the departure of Anglo Indian and British from McCluskieganj during the 1950’s, the township started loosing its charm and in the next five decades, with no further developments, Mcluskiegunj turned into a nondescript village with a grand colonial past. However, with the recent shifting of Don Bosco School to McCluskieganj, this little town has started regaining its past. The dilapidated British bungalows have been taken up by the school, renovated and turned into student hostels. Local employment has increased and safety of travellers is no more an issue now. The school has generated local tourism too. BOOKING DETAILS OF McCLUSKIEGANJ Places to see in 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. Images of McCluskieganj For more photos of McCluslieganj click here 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 in 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. How to reach McCluskieganj: Shaktipunj Express is the only direct train from Howrah to McCluskieganj, but it reaches McCluskieganj at around 11:30 pm. However, the most convenient way to reach McCluskieganj is via Ranchi. There are numerous trains connecting Howrah and Ranchi and you can hire a car or take...
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Netarhat, Jharkhand – 160 kms from Ranchi...

Netarhat in Jharkhand is one of the most beautiful weekend getaways, nestled on Chhotanagpur plateau. Covered with thick emerald forest, lush hillocks and barren rocks, it is aptly called the “Queen of Chhotanagpur.” Located at an elevation of 3,700 feet above sea level, Netarhat is truly refreshing during summer with its cool bracing breeze. The breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset that one can savor from the hills and viewpoints of Netarhaat is truly adorable. Netarhat was one of the favorite getaways of the British and the pear orchards, manicured gardens, churches, colonial buildings and numerous sunset points keep the memories of the British Raaj alive. BOOKING DETAILS OF NETARHAT Places to see in Netarhat: Netarhat is primarily known for it picturesque landscape, serene ambience and wonderful climate. There are patches of sal and simul forests dotting the region with occasional pines and cypresses planted by the British reaching out to the sky. Seasonal flowers are grown all through the year and the weather and soil of this region is apt for growing fruits like peaches, lemons and even apples. The beautiful Koel River and its tributaries – Amanat and Auranga skirts its way through Netarhat creating beautiful landscapes. A number of winding small streams also bound the region. The sunrise and sunset seen from the viewpoints of Netarhat is truly fascinating. For more photos of Netarhat click here Nearby attractions of Netarhat: Netarhat is admired with a number of nearby tourist attractions. The Upper Ghagri Water Falls, located 4 kms from Netarhat is a major picnic spot. The Netarhat Dam also creates a nice small waterfall. The Lower Ghagri Water Falls located 10 kms away from Netarhat is a delight to watch. The stunning waterfall leaps from a towering height of 320 feet. If you want to savor the excellent view of sunset, make a trip to Magnolia Point, located some 10 kms from Netarhat. You can also travel to the Koel View Point, located 3 kms from Netarhat. However, to savor the beauty of the highest fall in Jharkhand, Lodh Falls, you need to travel almost 60 kms from Netarhat. The Sadni Falls located 35 kms from Netarhat is also equally appreciable. Destinations like Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Ranchi, Daltongunj and Rajgir are also closer to Netarhat. Things to do in Netarhat: Explore the entire region of Netarhat, full of natural resources. Do not miss the spectacular sunrise and sunset. If you are an adventure lover, you can hike the Burhaghagh, the second highest fall of Jharkhand. Less adventurous souls can visit the local Netarhat public school established by the British, visit any local fruit orchard or take a long nature walk. How to reach Netarhat: Netarhat is located at a distance of 160 kms from Ranchi. So you can avail bus services from Ranchi and Daltonganj to Netarhat. You can also drive from Ranchi along the NH23 to Sisai and then cross Ghaghra and finally reach Netarhat. Best time to visit Netarhat: You can visit this Netarhaat any time of the year. However, the summer at Netarhat is quite cool offering a pleasurable climate. It can well be said that Netarhat is the coolest region in the entire state of Jharkhand. Lodging and dining facilities in Netarhat: In Netarhat, Jharkhand Tourism’s Prabhat Vihar is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation. It has one of the best sunrise points in Netarhat and offers excellent views of the surroundings. We arrange booking for Jharkhand Tourism’s Prabhat Vihar directly...
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Betla, Palamau – 170 kms from Ranchi...

Almost 170 kms from Ranchi and surrounded by lush green forests, hills, valleys and waterfalls, Betla is a serene tribal village located in the Palamau District of Jharkhand bordering the jungle. You will fall under the spell of this mesmeric destination, famous for towering Sal trees, bamboo groves and Betla Tiger Reserve. Belta is one of the most ancient forest areas in India spanning 226 sq. km. stretching from Kechki till Neterhat. The forest boasts 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. BOOKING DETAILS OF BETLA Places to see in Betla: Betla is renowned for its wildlife reserves. You will be truly charmed 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. For more photos of Betla click here This 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 savor the splendor 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: If you want to explore further afield, visit the confluence of Koel and Orga rivers, popularly called Kechko Sangam, located 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 in Betla: The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Betla National Park to spot wildlife and birds is truly 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...
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Sahibganj, Jharkhand – 376 kms from Kolkata...

Cradled on the southern bank of the river Ganges, the picturesque town of Sahibganj or Sahebganj located in the northeastern region of Rajmahal subdivision of Jharkhand is a place where time has stopped. The town is valued by the tourists for its historical significance. From the notes of Megasthenes to the decisive battle of Sher Shah and Humayun and finally to the Santhal Rebellion of 1855 and Freedom of India, Sahibganj has played a very important role throughout. Here erstwhile palaces of royals and riches are littered everywhere and the landscape boasts of 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. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAHIBGANJ Places to see in Sahibganj: The sightseeing places at Sahibganj truly offer a visual pleasure. There is a natural twin lake at Sahebganj, called Udhwa Lake attracting tourists to savor 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 winding view of the River Ganga flowing next to this edifice offers a visual splendor. 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 admired by a number of historical attractions. An experience of visiting the historical city of Rajmahal near Sahibganj is truly enduring, which was established by Emperor Akbar long back in 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 neighboring 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...
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Deoghar, Jharkhand – 373 kms from Kolkata...

This weekend if you are looking ahead to some soul searching then make a trip to Deoghar, one of the most revered religious centers in India. It’s the best place for understanding religion and culture in its simplest forms. Deoghar literally means “the abode of gods” but it is not only temples, ashrams, gods and immortality here, Deoghar is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations endowed with hills, rivulets, serene lakes, forests and colonial buildings of Zamindars and Seths. Though a popular destination to tourists from Kolkata and nearby cities, Deoghar still holds a unique ‘old world charm’ once prevalent in small towns. BOOKING DETAILS OF DEOGHAR Places to see in 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. Tousands 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: Deoghar is also admired by a number of nearby attractions. 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 nestled 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 Nava Durga Temple 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 in Deoghar: Sightseeing to various temples and ashrams is a major activity of the people...
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Ranchi, Jharkhand – 400 kms from Kolkata...

The picturesque town of Ranchi nestled in the Chota Nagpur Plateau is endowed with abundance of hills, lakes, waterfalls, forests and religious destinations. Covered with emerald hilly areas, barren rocks and lush green valleys, Ranchi is often called the ‘city of waterfalls’ for the number gushing cascades you can visit from here. You can make Ranchi your hub and visit nearby destinations like Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls and Dasham Falls. Ranchi is the present capital of Jharkhand state in India. The term Ranchi has been derived from a local word “Archi,” which means bamboo forest. BOOKING DETAILS OF RANCHI Places to see in Ranchi: Ranchi, blessed with serene natural beauty is admired with a number of tourist attractions. The Rock Garden, located near the Albert Ekka Chowk is a must visit for all tourists in Ranchi. Spend some quality time in seclusion at the top of Tagore Hill, named after the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Visit the Divyayan and Agararian Vovational 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.   The 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 savor 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 vigor 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 admired 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 favorite 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 splendor of the Johna Falls. The marvelous sight of the Panchgagh waterfall, comprised five waterfalls cascading in a row offer ultimate visual pleasure.   Tourists can also make a trip to Birsa Zoological Garden, located near Ormanjhi on the Ranchi-Patna National highway, close to Ranchi. This eco friendly tourist spot is a safe haven 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...
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Giridih, Jharkhand – 326 kms from Kolkata...

Giridih, a very old and pristine small town nestled in the central part of Jharkhand attracts lots of visitors, particularly from West Bengal. In Giridi there are age-old temples, meandering rivers and quaint tribal villages. It is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimages and if you are an adventure seeker then Giridih offers opportunities like rock-climbing, kayaking, parasailing and boating. The beautiful lake of Khandoli is visited by migratory birds and the nearby Parasnath Hill – the highest hill in Jharkhand helps to savor the magnificent panoramic views of the rock strewn plateaus and lush jungles. Cradled amidst hills and hillocks, Giridi would surely make you fall under its charming spell. BOOKING DETAILS OF GIRIDIH Places to see in Giridih: Giridih admired with a number of exotic locations is a delight to explore. You can visit the village of Madhuban, housing a famous temple of 200 years old, the Samosharan temple, Bhomiyaji sthan and a Jain Museum. You can savor 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 in 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. How to reach Giridih: 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....
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Ashanboni, Jharkhand – 240 kms from Kolkata...

Ashanboni is a stopover town located just 17 km from Jamshedhpur at the foot of Dolma Hills. This unspoiled destination nestled amidst green mountains, hills, rivers and streams attract lots of tourists. You will truly fall under the spell of the breathtaking natural beauty of the location. You can also reach the peak of Dolma Hill just 9 kms away. Ranchi is around 120 kms from Ashanboni. BOOKING DETAILS OF ASHANBONI Places to see in Ashanboni: Ashaboni is admired with a number of sightseeing destinations like the Chandil Dam, Dolma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jayda Temple and the Sai Baba Temple. The Chandil Dam boasting a colossal height of 220 meter is built on River Subarnarekha. The location is also ideal for boating. The Karkori River, which originates from the Hundru falls blend with the Swarnarekha River at Chandil. The ideal time for visiting the place is November to February. The dam featuring a huge water reservoir is a nice place to spend a winter afternoon enjoying boating. You can also visit the museum located near the Chandil Dam. The museum showcases some valuable collections of 200 years old scripts, inscribed on rocks. A visit to the open air Sheesh Mahal Auditorium near the Chandil Dam should also feature in your “to do list.” You can also organize a day trip to the Dolma Wild Life Sanctuary from Ashanboni. The sanctuary is famous as the refuge of Deer and Elephants. However, you need to acquire an entry permit to Dolma Sanctuary from the checkpost by paying a minimum Entry fee. Another popular attraction is the nearby Sai Baba Temple. This renowned religious temple of Sai Baba stands for universal brotherhood, peace and unity. The nearby Jayda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is another popular attraction nearby. A huge fair is held every year at the site on the eve of Makar Sankranti. Nearby attractions in Ashanboni: If you want to explore further, you can take a tour to Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand located around 130 km from Ashanboni. Visit the Dassam Falls across the Kanchi River, located some 80 km from Ashanboni and it takes around 1.5 hrs to reach the destination. Other notable nearby attractions are Jubilee Park, Dimna Lake and TISCO complexes. Things to do in Ashanboni: You can enjoy a nature walk, while savoring the breathtaking natural beauty of the destination, enjoy boating in Chandil Dam Lake and take a nature walk in forests of Dolma Hills. How to reach Ashanboni: The nearest railway station of Ashaboni is located at Tatanagar, just 17 kms away. Moreover, Ashanboni is also connected with Ranchi, Jamshedpur and West Bengal by NH 32 and NH 33. Best time to visit Ashanboni: Though you can visit Ashanboni any time of the year, the best time to visit is from November to February. Lodging and dining facilities in Ashanboni: Decent accommodations are provided by a number of private resorts located in Ashanboni. Dining facilities are also offered by these resorts. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Rajgir, Bihar – 490 kms from Kolkata

Surrounded by hills and drenched in history and myth Rajgir is a 3000 year-old city still holding strong to its roots. Here, Lord Buddha stayed and preached and even initiated the mighty king Bimbisara whereas Lord Mahavira spent fourteen years of his life preaching in Rajgir. World travellers like Hiuen Tsang (650 BC) and Fa-Hein (400 BC) visited Rajgir and meticulously recorded its daily life and people. Rajgir is even older than history – still today believers visit a dilapidated wrestling ring where the Pandava prince Bheema, is said to have fought and killed Jarasandha. Strange marks on the rock are believed to be the chariot wheel marks of Lord Krishna and an un-deciphered script on a rock face is said to contain the code to open the store of gold of a mythical king. Lakes hidden within hills, ropeways leading to peace pagodas located on hill tops, hot springs and horse cart rides make Rajgir a mixed bag of surprises. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAJGIR Places to see at Rajgir: The caves of Gridhakuta was home to Lord Buddha for three months of the year 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 Lord 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. For more photos of Rajgir click here 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 perfected his knowledge on Buddhism can still be seen 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 a beautiful building where   Holy town of Pawapuri: Just 38 kilometers from Rajgir is Pawapuri – 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...
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Bodhgaya, Bihar – 470 kms from Kolkata

Very different from the rest of the temple towns in India, Bodh gaya is very clean, hassle free, safe and beautiful. Waking up to the early calls of the Buddhist prayers, visiting the 2200 year-old Mahabodi Temple beside the Bodhi tree and watching the thousands of Butter lamps flickering in the wind can be the best stress-buster of your life. Being one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists throughout the world, this little town buzzes with believers of peace and harmony. Bodhgaya is the site where supreme Enlightenment was attained by Gautama Buddha under the Mahabodhi tree and you can still feel the place where one of the greatest human beings to ever walk on the face of the earth attained enlightenment. Located beside the Phalgu River and near to another very-different pilgrimage town – Gaya (famous for the Vishnupada Temple) Bodhgaya is easily reached in an overnight journey from Kolkata. BOOKING DETAILS OF BODHGAYA Places to see at Bodhgaya: The Mahabodhi Temple and the Mahabodhi tree are the main attractions of Bodhgaya. In 2002, the temple was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that the original Mahabodhi temple was founded by Emperor Ashoka. Various stupas and remains of earlier temples are spread throughout the temple complex. The temple with its ‘Chhatravali’ and an elongated spire crowned by a miniature stupa has a very different appearance. Buddha images are contained in the moldings on the spire, in niches. With the decline of Buddhism in India, the temple almost got lost amidst soil and sand. In late 19th century, it was excavated and restored by Sir Alexander Cunningham, who tried to restore it to its former glory. For more photos of Bodhgaya click here The temple also houses the holy Bodhi tree and the Diamond Throne. The present Bodhi tree is possibly the fifth succession of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The stone platform below the Bodhi tree is known as Vajrasana and is supposedly the seat of meditation of Buddha. A small structure just beside the entrance of the main temple marks the point of ‘Animesh Lochan Chaitya,’ which is the place where Buddha supposedly spent one week looking towards the Bodhi tree. Another sacred area is the walkway called ‘Chankramana’ which is believed to be the place where lotus flowers sprang up, wherever Buddha placed his feet. The Mahabodhi temple Complex also houses the Muchalinda Sarovar (tank) where the snake king saved Buddha during a thunderstorm. Other sacred sites within the temple complex are Ajapala Nigrodha Tree, Ratanaghara and Rajayatna Tree. Bodhgaya is also home to various other monasteries representing different countries like Burma, China, Japan, Thailand and Bhutan. There is also an Archaeological Museum and an 80 feet high statue of Buddha. Nearby attractions of Bodhgaya: You can visit a number of places from Bodhgaya like the Vishnupad Temple located on the banks of Falgu River in Gaya, just 12 kilometers away comprising a 30 meter high octagonal tower. The ‘Pind Daan Pretshila’ Hill houses the Brahma Kund and the Ahilya Bai Temple. The Barabar Caves is considered an important archaeological site and the rocks are engraved with details of Buddha’s life. You can also opt for excursions to nearby places like: Rajgir (75 kms from Bodhgaya): Surrounded by hills on all sides, Rajgir is closely associated with the lives of Buddha and Mahavira. The erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Magadha (5th Century BC), Buddha...
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Maharajpur, Jharkhand – 457 kms from Kolkata...

Maharajpur is a less popular small village nestled at the Bengal – Jharkhand border, is an ideal destination for a weekend trip. This is where time has stopped – you can still board a tanga here and visit the erstwhile palaces of the Maharajas to see a few Mughal era paintings and you can take a dip in a non perennial pool fed by and underground stream. Boasting of an unspoiled natural beauty, a waterfall and the River Ganges nearby – the place truly offers visual and sensual pleasure to the tourists. It is located around 9 km. east of Sahibganj district of Jharkhand. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MAHARAJPUR Places to see in Maharajpur: There are not many places for sightseeing in the village of Maharajpur. The entire region is dotted with small hillocks made of modified rocks and basalt. You can visit a picnic spot called Moti Jharna located near Maharajpur, which has a waterfall. Nearby attractions of Maharajpur: A number of spots of tourist attractions are found in the nearby destination of Rajmahal. Board the train to Rajmahal from the Maharajpur station and then take a tanga from the Rajmahal station to explore the destination. The Singhi Dallan, built by Mansingh in around 1600 A.D. is a major tourist spot. You can savor a spectacular view of the Ganges from the site. The Singhi Dallan also houses a number of Mughal paintings. Another tourist attraction is the Jama Masjid.  You can also visit the mines found around the mosque area. You can also see some remains of an old mint on your way. Ask your tanga driver to take you to the Kathghar. The route to Kathghar is truly amazing because it is covered with stones of shapes and colors like wheat, rice and dal. The site also has a shrine of Lord Krishna. Things to do in Maharajpur: You can enjoy a trek along the jungle of Maharajpur to visit a nearby village and a falls known as Moti Jharna. The place is also admired by a narrow stream coming from about 80 ft to a small lake, where you can take a bath. How to reach Maharajpur: The Maharajpur Railway Station is located on the Sahibganj – Tinpahar rail route. First, you need to reach the Rampurhat Station by Gour Express. Then board the Sahebganj Local to reach Maharajpur.  The nearest airport from the site is the Ranchi airport. Best time to visit Maharajpur: You can visit the place any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Maharajpur: No luxurious lodging or dining facilities are available in Maharajpur. Few hotels are found at Sahebjang. However, you can spot a forest bungalow at Maharajpur. Very simple vegetarian meal is prepared by the local shops around the railway station on request. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Hazaribagh, Jharkhand – 340 kms from Kolkata...

The term Hazaribagh literally means a place admired with thousands gardens. The district is situated on the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand. You will be amazed by viewing the scenic natural beauty of the destination, nestled amidst lush green dense forest, enriched with exotic flora and fauna. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO HAZARIBAGH Places to see in Hazaribag: Popularly known as a health resort, Hazaribag is dotted with a number of tourist attractions. The Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the low hilly region is worth visiting. The site spans an area of over 184 sq. km. of plains, steep hills and nullahs, covered with lush green grass meadows and tropical forest. The sanctuary is refuge to a number of wild animals like Nilgai, wild bear, Chital, Sambhar, tigers and panthers. The sanctuary features several watchtowers to facilitate a close encounter with the wild. Another popular attraction is the Hazaribagh Lake, which is also a sought after picnic spot and a popular site for water sports. You can also pay a visit to the Canary Hill, lying adjacent to the town, which is admired with a nice park and three small lakes and a watchtower. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the town from the top of the hill. Nearby attractions around Hajaribagh: The breathtaking view of Parasnath (90 km.), the highest hill in Bihar admiring the eastern margin of the Hajaribag plateau, is truly mesmerizing. The hill located in the Giridih district is also home to the Parasnath Temple, frequented by the Jain pilgrims. You can also visit the temple of Rajrappa, renowned for housing the idol of Ma Chhina Mastika. The site is also famous as the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhera. The Tilaiya Dam, located 52 km from Hajaribagh is another spot of tourist attraction, which was built by the Damodar Valley Corporation across the River Barakar, mainly for controlling floods. Tourists are really enthralled by viewing the extensive reservoir and the spectacular hillocks. You can also drive along the GT road to Hari Har Dham, located at Bagodhar, renowned for housing a Shiv Ling measuring 52 ft. Hundreds of tourists also visit Surajkund, 65 km from Hazaribagh, famous for hot water spring. Conducted tours are also organized by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation. Things to do in Hazaribagh: The Tourist Complex built few kilometers away from the Tilaiya Dam, is a perfect place for the sport enthusiasts, where they can enjoy several water sports and boating as well. The Hazaribagh Lake is also a popular place for water sports. You can also enjoy a nature walk, savoring the spectacular view of the town. How to reach Hazaribagh: There are a number of options to reach Hazaribagh. You can avail buses from Ranchi and Patna heading to Hazaribagh. Luxury coach services are also operated by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation via Hazaribagh. Kodarma is the nearest railway station from the destination. If you want to avail flight, the nearest airport is Ranchi. Best time to visit Hazaribagh: The best time to visit Hazaribagh is between October and April. Lodging and dining facilities in Hazaribagh: You can spot a number of private hotels at Hazaribagh. Dining facilities are also offered by most of the hotels. If you are a street food lover, you can try out snacks like bada, aloo chop, samosas, tikki chat, matka kulfi or steaming maal pua. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Massanjore, Jharkhand – 270 kms from Kolkata...

The colossal dam of the Mayurakshi River and the immense water body has made Massanjore an ideal tourist spot, which is perfect for enjoying a weekend tour. You can locate Masanjore in the way from Shiuri to Dumka. It is specially the unpolluted environment of Massanjore, which has a positive effect on the health of the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO MASSANJORE Places to see at Masanjore: The biggest attraction of Massanjore is the Massanjore Dam that was built in 1955 with assistance from Government of Canada. The dam is standing with a height of 155 ft and a length of 2170 ft. Besides, the surrounding forest areas and hills offer some great views of nature at its best. Nearby attractions from Massanjor: Try to visit Bakreshwar, highly famed for hot spring, which is easily accessible from Shiuri by road. Things to do in Masanjor: The main attraction of the region is the huge dam built on the Mayurakshi River. Explore the exquisite natural surrounding of Massanjore by enjoying a leisurely walk throughout the region. You can also visit the nearby picturesque villages inhabited by the tribals. Plus, the boundary of Jharkhand is also not very far from Massanjore. How to reach Massanjore: The distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is nearly 40 kms. Regular bus services and rented cars are available to facilitate the guests to reach Massanjore from Shiuri. Best time to visit Massanjore: Massanjore attracts tourists all through the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Massanjore: The best accommodation facilities in Massanjore are offered by the government-organized guesthouse. Beside this, you will also find a number of hotels in the area. Dining facilities are available in most of the guesthouse and hotels. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Galudi, Jharkhand – 235 kms from Kolkata...

For years, Galudi has remained a favorite weekend spot for Bengalis, who want to go out, to bring some changes in their mind and body. Though Galudi has now become densely populated, this place still holds its attraction, like the early days. The atmosphere of Galudi works like medicine for people suffering from indigestion. The cool breeze of the Rocky hills is pleasing to every traveler. BOOK A TRIP TO GALUDI Places to see at Galudi: Galudi dam, the rocky hills, Shalpial forest and landscape surrounding River Subarnarekha are the main highlights of this place. 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 in Galudi: Traveling 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. How to reach Galudi: You can travel on road by taking the Bombay Road; you have to cross Kharagpur, Balibhasha, Chichira and Baheragora. After traveling for 5hrs and 30 mins on the National Highway 33, you can reach Ghatshila and then arrive at Galudi. You can also take the morning Ishpat Express from Howrah and reach Ghatshila after a 3hrs 20 min journey. From here you can hire a car or auto-rickshaw and travel 11 km to reach 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. Lodging and dining facilities at Galudi: 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. BOOK A TRIP TO...