East India

 Ayodhya Pahar

Ayodhya Pahar

Ajodhya Hills is a hill located in the Purulia district of the state West Bengal, India. It is a part of the Dalma Hills and extended part of Eastern Ghats range. Highest peak of Ajodhya Hills is Gorgaburu. The nearby populated town area is Bagmundi.It is a popular place for young mountaineers to learn the basic course in rock climbing. There are two routes available to reach Ajodhya Hills. One is via Jhalda and the other one is via Sirkabad. There is a Forest Rest House here. Gorgaburu (855 m), Mayuri etc. are some of the peaks of Ajodhya hills range. The area forms the lowest step of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The general scenario is undulating land with scattered hills. The area around Baghmundi or Ajodhya Hill is an extended plateau. Located about 250 KMs from Kolkata, Ajodhya Hills or Ayodhya Hills are part of Dalma Mountain range between West Bengal and Jharkhand. Legend has it that Lord Rama and Sita had stayed in Ayodhya Hills during their exile.

Ayodhya Pahar

Ayodhya Hills is great spot for trekking in the deep forests and around lakes in the hills, witness some wildlife, bird-watching and to experience local tribal culture. Ayodhya Hills is perfect place for nature lovers and photographers. Gorshabru and Mayur hills are the two main hills here. It is a popular destination for mountaineers starting up in rock climbing. Turga Dam and a waterfall formed by River Bamni are nearby places that can be visited. September to March is the best time to visit Ayodhya Hills as there are clear skies and a little chill in the wind. Stay options are available in village of Baghmundi, there is also a Forest Rest House here. Ayodhya Hills is 42 KMs from Purulia.

 Bakkhali

Bakkhali

Bakkhali is seaside hamlet in Namkhana (community development block) in Kakdwip subdivision of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans forests. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. It has a 7 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj.

Bakkhali

Bakkhali is unique in many ways. The windmills in Frasergunj serve as a power generating location.The rickshaw van is the only form of local transport. . Fishing is the primary occupation of the people all. Agriculture is almost non-existent because of the extreme salinity of adjacent sea which indundates the land heavily affecting the fertility of the land. There is a fishing harbour at Frasergunj and Benfish, a wing of the state government has a presence nearby. Bakkhali and Frasegunj are unadulterated by urbanisation. One can still hear the cock crow at dawn and watch ducks puddle around muddy pools in the backyards of houses. One can see fishing nets spread everywhere. Country boats carrying sackfuls of dried fish is a common sight.

 Bakreswar

Bakreswar

Bakreshwar (also spelt Bakreswar) is a pilgrimage centre in Birbhum-Murshidabad in India. The recently constructed Bakreshwar Thermal Power Station is located at some distance from the temple-complex. It is around 230 km fom Kolkata. Bakreshwar is located on the Siuri-Dubrajpur Road. Ther are two such roads - one via Chhinpai (near which is the power station) and the other via Bakrehwar. The latter is the lesser used and slightly longer route. Buses ply on this route. Both Dubrajpur and Siuri are on the Andal-Sainthia branch line.

Bakreswar

Off late, many tourist groups are organizing a combined trip covering both Bakreswar and Shantiniketan, as Bakreswar is not too far from Shantiniketan. You can also visit Massanjore if you can afford some extra time, as the distance between Shiuri and Massanjore is 40 km. Bus services and rented cars are also available to facilitate the tourist in reaching Massanjore.Though Bakreswar invites tourists all through the year, but the ideal seasons for visiting the place are monsoon, winter and spring.

 Bankura

Bankura

Bankura district one of the seven districts of Burdwan Division in the Indian state of West Bengal. The district has been described as the "connecting link between the plains of Bengal on the east and Chota Nagpur plateau on the west." The areas to the east and north-east are low-lying alluvial plains while to the west the surface gradually rises, giving way to undulating country, interspersed with rocky hillocks. The climate, especially in the upland tracts to the west, is much drier than in eastern or southern Bengal. From the beginning of March to early June, hot westerly winds prevail, the thermometer in the shade rising to around 45 °C (113 °F). The monsoon months, June to September, are comparatively pleasant. The total average rainfall is 1,400 millimetres (55 in), the bulk of the rain coming in the months of June to September. Winters are pleasant with temperatures dropping down to below 27 °C (81 °F) in December.

Bankura

Bankura is the headquarters of the district. Bishnupur (or Vishnupur) is a subdivisional town of Bankura district. It was the capital of the Mallabhum kingdom, once the most important Hindu dynasty in Bengal. This town famous for the Terracotta Temples made by the local red soils. This city often called as the 'Temple City' of Bengal. Susunia hills and Beharinath hills are located in the district. Mukutmonipur dam and Sutan are notable tourist spots. Gouripur leprosy hospital is Asia's largest leprosy hospital. Mejia power plant is the only thermal power plant of this district. Darakaswar, Gandheaswari and Kansabati are the major rivers flow through the district. Jaipur forest is the only forest in the plains of Southern Bengal. Bankura Sammilani Medical College is the oldest medical college in this area.

 Baharampur

Baharampur

Located in the state of West Bengal, Berhampore is a culturally rich place and is the fifth largest city of the state. Being the dwelling place of Brahmin families, the place is known by the name of 'Brahmapur'. It is the civil headquarters of the Murshidabad district. Berhampore City Guide is incomplete without a mention of its rich cultural heritage. Some of the popular historic places of interest in close proximity to Berhampore include Old Cossimbazar Palace, Kathgola palace, Char bangla Temple and Katra Masjid etc. Many buildings of the late 1600s can still be seen in Berhampore. A distinguished type of metal known as "Khagrai Kansha", used in making bells comes from this city. Berhampore is also recognized for special type of sweets, "Chenabora", "Manohara", and "Khaja". The place was also known as "Golden Bengal" by the Britishers. The stylish arts of the region are very popular among the tourists. Berhampore is also very popular for the handmade carpets, baskets and the miniature painting made up of jute takes one by surprise and makes one wonder that can jute be utilized so beautifully. The major industries situated here include ivory carving, rice and oil-seed milling silk weaving and precious metal working.

Baharampur

The Festivals are celebrated with great zeal in Berhampore. The Festivals of the city are extremely colourful and promote unity and feeling of brotherhood.

Durga Puja: Durga Puja, dedicated to the Goddess Durga is one of the most awaited events in Berhampore city. It occurs twice every year and is celebrated with much pomp and show. This eve symbolizes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the devil Mahishasura. It is a wonderful experience to be a part of these festivities in Berhampore.
Charak Puja: An exclusive festival of West Bengal, Charak Puja is a festival celebrated for saying good-bye to the passing year. It is believed that the celebration leads to affluence in the coming year. Charak Puja is celebrated on the midnight of Chaitra Sankranti.
Some of the notable places to visit around Baharampur are – Hazarduari Palace, Katra Masjid, Barrack Square, British Town Hall, Nizamat Imambara, old British Barracks, British Administrative houses, Central Jail, Krishnath College, British Town Hall, Saidabad Palace, Old Cossimbazar Palace, New Cossimbazar Palace, Nashipur Palace, Home of Jagat Seth, Jafarganj Cemetery, Kathgola Palace, Fauti Masjid.

 Barrackpore

Barrackpore

Barrackpore, or Barrackpur, is the headquarters of the Barrackpore subdivision in the North 24 Parganas district, and is situated in North Kolkata. Barrackpore is a part of the area covered by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority in the Indian state of West Bengal. Historically, the town was a military and administrative center under British rule, and was the scene of several acts of rebellion against Britain during the 19th century. The oldest cantonment in India and the Police Training Academy in West Bengal are both located in Barrackpore. Barrackpore is also the seat for the Sub-Divisional Court of Northern 24 Parganas District. The Barrackpore Police Commissionerate is responsible for law enforcement in the city. Barrackpore is located at 22.76°N 88.37°E, in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta region in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal state. It has an average elevation of 15 metres (49 ft). The city is about 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Kolkata (previously Calcutta), and 115 kilometres (71 mi) from the Bangladeshi border. The city is situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges River.

Barrackpore

Barrackpore was home to a number of significant members of the Indian independence movement, many of whom have memorials in the subdivision. Rastraguru Surendra Nath Bandyopadhyay, who was called the father of Indian Nationalist Movement, lived in Barrackpore. The house of Surendranath at Monirampur of Barrackpore has been converted into the Rastraguru Surendranath Institute and Netaji Open University. Bengali author Bharat Chandra Ray Gunakar, known for writing Annada Mangal in the medieval period, lived at Mulajore. Ramprasad Sen, who authored many religious songs, was born at Halisahar in this subdivision. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya, the author of India's national song "Vande Mataram", was born at Naihati, in Barrackpore subdivision. Gallantry Award winner Army Captain Shekhar Ghosh is also from Barrackpore.
Bengali festivals such as Durga Puja, and Kali puja are celebrated every year. There is a month-long fair each December–January (Bengali month of Pushya) at the temple of the goddess Kali at Shyamnagar on the bank of the Ganges.

 Bishnupur

Bishnupur

Bishnupur (the distance from Kolkata is 132 km), now the headquarters of the subdivision of the same name in Bankura district, is a seat of crafts and culture.
Bishnupur being a temple town, the focus is on temples, all built of terracota during the reign of the Malla kings, who ruled over the area prior to the arrival of the British. Please note that Archaeological Survay of India (ASI) maintains most of the sites of Bishnupur. So it levies a minimum entry fee for the sites. The amountis Rs 5 for Indian citizens and Rs 100 (Probably) for foreigners. It also levies a fee for video photography (still photography is free). The good thing is that with a single ticket, one can visit all the sites of Bishnupur maintained by ASI. The counter is located near the entrance of Rash Mancha. So it is better to start from Rash Mancha. The sights other than temples are also listed below: Jorbangla Temple, Nandalal Temple, Radhamadhab Temple, Kalachand Temple, Radhagovinda Temple, Sarbamangala, Mahapravu Temple, Rasmancha, Dalmadal Caman, Chinnamasta Temple ect.

Bishnupur

The Bishnupur Mela is held every year around the last week of December, in Raj Darbar. Later on Highschool Ground. A recent addition is Bishnupuriya Ustav, held immediately after the Mela. It is a classical music and dance festival in recognition of the 'Bishnupur Gharana' in music. But the Bishnupur Utsab has been stopped due to some financial problems and other matters.
There is a snake festival in August, Ultorath and the Bishnupur fair in December. Also durga puja and kali puja or diwali is celebrated with pomp here. The Rajbari Durga Puja (also popular as Mrinmoyee Maa er pujo) was started on 994 AD, which makes it the oldest Durga Puja in entire Bengal region including today's Bangladesh, Assam & Tripura.

 Arabari

Arabari

Arabari forest Range is the one in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, India contiguous with the Dalma range of East Singhbhum, Jharkhand. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the political atmosphere in parts of the eastern state of West Bengal was tense. There was tremendous pressure on the state forests. Communities had no alternative but to cut trees to meet their basic needs. The forest department of the state sought police support to protect remaining forests, but they were met with considerable resistance from the local communities. Violent confrontations even resulted in deaths on both sides.
The centre of the range is 30 km from Midnapore town. The predominant tree of the forest is sal. A number of elephants also travel down from the Dalma range into Arabari and often encroach and attack villages in West Midnapore. The forest can be classified as part of the Upper Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests. Arabari is notable as being the location of the first Joint Forest Management scheme in Indian started in 1971 by the forest officer, A.K. Banerjee.

Arabari

At around this time, in the Arabari range of Midnapore district in southwest Bengal, an Indian Forest Service officer had started several experiments on some plots. Local communities often trespassed upon these plots, in their search for fuel wood, and for cattle grazing. The officer, realizing that fences alone would not work, began discussions and negotiations with communities of eleven villages surrounding the Arabari forest experimentation area. An informal agreement was reached which benefited both the parties. Villagers would have to stop grazing and grass-cutting on the field plots and in nearby areas. In return, they would get 25 per cent of revenues from the sale of timber from these plots and all rights to non-timber forest products. A comprehensive employment programme was also offered to the communities by involving them in plantation work. This agreement paved the way for natural regeneration, resulting in substantial increase in biomass productivity and enhanced availability of fuel, fodder, fiber and other non-timber forest products. With this, the first forest protection group in West Bengal recognized by the Forest Department was formed. This was in 1972. More such informal arrangements started emerging in other parts of West Bengal in the Arabari, Midnapur, Bankura and other Purulia districts.

 Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Lesser Himalaya at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m). It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. It is also a popular tourist destination in India.
Darjeeling has a temperate climate with wet summers caused by monsoon rains. The annual mean maximum temperature is 14.9 °C (58.8 °F) while the mean minimum temperature is 8.9 °C (48.0 °F), with monthly mean temperatures ranging from 6 to 18 °C (43 to 64 °F). The lowest temperature recorded was −5 °C (23 °F) on 11 February 1905. The average annual precipitation is 309.2 cm (121.7 in), with an average of 126 days of rain in a year. The highest rainfall occurs in July. The heavy and concentrated rainfall that is experienced in the region, aggravated by deforestation and haphazard planning, often causes devastating landslides, leading to loss of life and property. Though not very common, but the town receives snow at least once during two winter months of December and January.

Darjeeling

Nearby attractions: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Observatory Hill, Happy Valley Tea Garden etc.
The culture of Darjeeling is diverse and includes a variety of indigenous practices and festivals as mentioned above. Many of the Nepali Hindus, as well as the various Buddhist and other ethnic groups such as the Lepchas, Bhutias, Kiranti Limbus, Tibetans, Yolmos, Gurungs and Tamangs, have their own distinct language and culture and yet share a largely harmonious co-existence. Colonial architecture characterises many buildings in Darjeeling, exemplified by several mock Tudor residences, Gothic churches, the Raj Bhawan, Planters' Club and various educational institutions. Buddhist monasteries showcase the pagoda style architecture. Darjeeling is regarded as a centre of music and a niche for musicians and music admirers. Singing and playing musical instruments are common pastimes among the resident population, who take pride in the traditions and role of music in cultural life. Darjeeling also has a Peace Pagoda built in 1992 by the Japanese Buddhist organisation Nipponzan Myohoji.

 Diamond Harbour

Diamond Harbour

Diamond Harbour is a small town of 33,000 in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal in India. It is situated on the banks of the river Hoogly, 51km south of Calcutta. It is located at the point where the Ganges River turns south toward the Bay of Bengal. There is a ruined fort here, alleged to date back to Portuguese pirates. This name has been given by the British. The old name was Hajipur. It can be reached by train or bus from Calcutta. Visitors to Ganga Sagara usually pass through Diamond Harbor.
The Diamond harbour Fort or Fort of Chingrikhali was built sometimes in 16th Century on the bank of the Holy River Ganges, most probably by the Portuguese or by the French as it was gateway to the Village Calcutta (then), and the capital of Bengal Murshidabad. They came as traders, were allowed to settle or build forts at many places on the banks of the Ganges as it was the main route via bay of bengal. This fort was also one of them, built for the Traders and as Warehouse to store merchandise befor loading on the ships to Europe. They used to come here for Silk, Spices, Muslins and Of course Gold!!!
Kolkata Port Trust is considering construction of cargo handling jetties at Diamond harbour.

Diamond Harbour

This small town with a picturesque setting is the gateway to the south-western part of the district leading to such places as Gangasagar, Kakdwip, Namkhana and Bakkhali. Gangasagar is a Hindu pilgrimage site where Hindus perform ablutions to wash away their sins. Bakkhali is gaining in popularity as a beach resort. There is a five star hotel with a magnificent panoramic view of the river at Raichak. Jetties at Diamond Harbour, Raichak and 'Nurpur' provide steamer service to the other bank of the wide river estuary.
Diamond Harbor attracts most of the tourists all round the year, to savor the scenic beauty of the destination.

 Durgapur

Durgapur

Durgapur is a city of emotions in the Bardhaman District, in the state of West Bengal, India. Durgapur is the third largest in West Bengal. Durgapur is the second planned emotional city of India after Chandigarh and has the only operational dry (inland) port in Eastern India. It is one of the six Municipal Corporations in West Bengal.
Durgapur experiences a somewhat transitional climate between the tropical wet and dry climate of Kolkata and the more humid subtropical climate further north. Summers are extremely hot and dry, lasting from March to the middle of June, with average daily temperatures near 32 °C. They are followed by the monsoon season with heavy precipitation and somewhat lower temperatures. Durgapur receives most of its annual rainfall of around 52 inches during this season. The monsoon is followed by a mild, dry winter from November to January. Temperatures are quite moderate, with average daily temperatures near 20 °C. There is a short autumn at the end of October and a short spring in February, both of which have relatively moderate temperatures of around 25 °C.

Durgapur

Places of interest : Benachity-It's a traditional Business Centre that has the feel of a market place. The road about 3 km in length is lined with traditional shops on both sides. Small merchandise, handicrafts and whole sale items are sold here.
Durgapur Barrage-One of the prime attractions of the city, the barrage is built to control the overflowing Damodar River in the monsoons. The barrage also connects Durgapur with Bankura.
Deul Park-If you're a nature's child, then your trip won't be complete without a trip down Deul Park. Take a bus and head down this expanse of green forests that have been turned into a resort.
Kumaramangalam Park-The park is one of the biggest in the region with Musical fountains and Boating facilities. Located on Tilok Road in Durgapur, the park has two entrances.

 Digha

Digha

Digha is a seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies in Purba Medinipur district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach. It is the most popular sea resort in West Bengal.
There are mainly three seasons in Digha, namely summer, monsoon and winter. Summer starts in April and continues to till June with an maximum temperature of 37 °C (99 °F). Although cold wind from sea keeps the weather pleasant in this time. Next comes monsoon in July and lasts till the end of September. Digha generally experiences an average rainfall with high humidity in the monsoon season. Winter sets in October and lasts till February with a temperature range from 24-3 °C. July to March is considered as the best time to visit Digha as weather stays most pleasant in these times.

Digha

Digha's old beach is not as wide as it used to be due to heavy soil erosion. Big stones and concrete steps are used to hold together the beach. Another problem is the record number of storm surges that have caused many of the unplanned shacks and smaller hotels to succumb to the sea. Since it is one of very few popular beaches in West Bengal, it gets overcrowded, especially during the cooler winter break.
Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC): It was established in the year 1989 during the Seventh Five Year Plan. The major objective of the Centre is to display the marine biodiversity of the region and impart its values to the common people and to carryout the research activities.
Lord Shiva Temple At Chandaneswar: This place is only 8 km (5.0 mi) away from Digha the century old Temple of Lord Shiva at Chandaneswar, near Bengal and Orissa Border. Chandaneswar is part of Odisha. During the Bengali month of Chaitra, a popular annual fair is organised here. Nearly half million people and pilgrims visit the temple.

 Falta

Falta

Falta is a town with a Special Economic Zone and a police station in Diamond Harbour subdivision of South 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal.
The whole 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.You can spend your evenings taking long walks along the coast of River Hooghly, take a boat ride on Ganges or arrange a picnic in any spot along the river bank. Bird watching and village walks are other activities to enjoy here.

Falta

Diamond Harbour is only half hour's drive from here and Raichak can be reached in minutes. The riverside towns of Gadiara and Geonkhali are located on the other side of the river and takes 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.

 Ganga Sagar

Ganga Sagar

Sagar island is an island in the Ganges delta, lying on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 km (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata.This Island under South 24 Parganas District in India State West Bengal. It belongs to the Republic of India and is governed by the State government of West Bengal. The island is large — with an area of 224.3 km², lying between 21°36' to 21°56' north latitude and 88°2' to 88° 11' east latitude. It has 43 villages and a population of over 160,000. The largest village is also named "Ganga Sagar" or "Gangasagar". Although Sagar island is a part of Sunderban Administration, it does not have any tiger habitation or mangrove forests or small river tributaries as is characteristic of the overall sunderban delta.
This island, also known as Gangasagar or Sagardwip, is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers (puja) in the Kapil Muni Temple.

Ganga Sagar

Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the middle of January every year. Pilgrims from all over the country get together at Gangasagar for the sacred dip at the convergence of the river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. On the festival of Makar Sankranti, Gangasagar Mela is conducted in this island, which is one of the biggest fairs of the state.

 Gadiara

Gadiara

Gadiara is a small town in Howrah District of West Bengal, India. In the 18th century, the British build a fort at this place to guard the entrance by the river against river pirates. However the fort is now in ruins. It is situated at the confluence of the Hoogly and Rupnarayan Rivers. A good place for a day's outing.
Visitors can enjoy boating in the Rupnarayan river. Both sunrise and sunset in Gadiara are really worth seeing because of its vast waterfront resembling a sea. But, today, the calm and quietness of Gadiara is gradually disappearing and becoming congested. There are regular ferry services to the other side of the river i.e., to Geonkhali in Midnapore and to Nurpur in 24-Parganas.

Gadiara

The river is extremely wide here and the surroundings have a typical village atmosphere. Picnic spots are available in the tourist complex.

 Gumbadara

Gumbadara

When you come to think of it Gumabadara Village, nestled in Kalimpong, is not exactly one of the leading tourist destinations in this part of the hilly terrain of Bengal. But boy, you would make a great mistake if you never visited this place at least once in your life when you had the chance to do so. In case you have been to Kalimpong before you would be well conversant with the destination known as Lolegaon.
Before you make the trip to Gumabara you need to be aware of the fact that the accommodation that you shall get here is mostly village style facilities. It is 12 km from Lava and 10 km from Lolegaon. It is situated at a height of 6500 feet and is regarded as a virgin beauty of sorts. The hamlet is dotted with trees such as oak, pine and trees known in Bengali as jhau. It is a really wonderful site for the tired souls. It is like a riot of blue and green over here – the natural beauty will simply take your breath away.

Gumbadara

Nearby Gumbadara is located the Kafer Village (Also known as Loleygaon or Lolegaon). You know, what the best part of this journey is – the jungle that you need to pass through in order to get to Gumbadara from Lolegaon! For each day the cost for one person would be in the range of INR 1000. This includes both food and lodging. However, if you are not going alone then there is a good chance that the costs could come down. This place is known as the land of cloud fairies and not without reason. The greenery here is mind-blowing as well and you could jolly well spend at least a couple of days over here.
A monastery is building up in this village. A big Buddha statue and a lama school are here. In downhill there is a nice village is there. A newly set up high school and doctor's dispensary are also there.

 Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri is the name of a town as well as a district in West Bengal. The district treasures some of the best natural forests in the region. It is spread over 6,200 square kilometer out of which about 30 per cent is forest land.
The major forests of the region including Jaldapara, Gorumara, Chapramari etc. falls under the Jalpaiguri district. A number of large and small rivers pass through the district including Teesta, Jaldakha, Diana, Torsha, Neora, Murti etc. The district is also famous for its tea gardens. There are a large number of tea gardens producing the famous 'Dooars Tea'.

Jalpaiguri

The Jalpaiguri town is approximately 45 km. from Siliguri. It is the district headquarter and is located on the confluence of rivers Karala and Teesta. A wide spread of river Teesta and the garden alongside the river is where you will find your time worth spending.
Jalpaiguri is famous for its tea gardens. Danguajhar tea estate is the nearest tea garden to the town. A beautiful roman catholic church setup by Italian priests spread over a huge campus also is a tourist destination.

 Jhalong

 Jhalong

Jhalong or Jhalang is a village in the Kalimpong district in West Bengal, India. This tourist spot is 99 km from Siliguri.

nother lesser-trodden offbeat wonder of Dooars Himalayan foothills, Jhalong is situated on the bank of Jaldhaka on the way to Bindu in Kalimpong Sub-division. Jaldhaka Hydro electricity project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction here.
The Jhalong market is the largest marketplace in the area and villagers from all over the area congregate here. Just across the Jaldhaka river is Bhutan. Even the nearby Bhutanese villagers depend on Jaldhaka Market for their day to day purchases. The market is a cauldron of cultural diversity with Nepali, Bengali, Marwari, Adivashis, Rajbanshis and the Bhutanese people all come here for their daily requirements.

Jhalong

The large reservoir provides a great opportunity for the bird lovers to enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fouls. Eurasian Wryneck, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Hodgson's Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktail, Little Forktail, Rufous-necked Laughing thrush are some of the recorded species found here.
The hill station is situated near the Indo-Bhutan border on the banks of the Jaldhaka River, on the way to Bindu. Jaldhaka Hydro Electricity Project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction in this area. Bird lovers can enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fowl here.

  Jaigaon

Jaigaon

Jaigaon is the main gate for entering Bhutan through India. The other side of the boarder is known as Phuentsholing. The twin cities of Jaigaon and Phuentsholing are almost continuous with a Bhutan Gate separating the two towns. Tourists visiting Bhutan by road mostly spend a night on either side of the border as the entry passes are given in the morning from Bhutan.

Jaigaon is the commercial hub of the area. From transporters to wholesalers and distributers flocks the local market catering mainly to Bhutanese clientele. The town itself does not have much to offer in terms of tourist attractions. But one can cross the border and visit the Bhutanese town which is more peaceful and better organised.

Jaigaon

The town is small and can be covered on foot, though an autorickshaw is recommended for the journey from the main bus terminal, which is located slightly out of town. Jaigaon lacks quality infrastructure, and during the rainy season the streets are muddy and difficult to negotiate on foot.
During evening time you can find many stalls at the road side where you can have a delicious fast food such as Momo's, Chowmin, Egg roll, Pani puri, Non- veg Chops and many more things in cheaper rate.
Two of the most important forests of Dooars, Jaldapara and Buxa are quite close to Jaigaon. Jaldapara is about 30 kms and Buxa is about 35 kms. Other places of tourist attraction nearby include Garuchira, Bandapani, Raimatang etc. For more options about travelling to the area, please get in touch with us by filling the form below.

  Junput

Junput

Junput located about 40 Km towards north east of Digha. Junput is another beach resort of West Bengal, hugged by casuarina trees. Although not known in popularity, Junput is a lonely destination enjoyable for newly wed couples.

Geographicallylocated between 21 degrees 43.23 minutes north latitude, and 87 degrees 48.88 minutes East longitude, the beach is extremely calm and quiet, with gentle breeze brushing across the visitors, to provide for a peaceful and tranquil environment. Junput , although was chosen to be developed as a beach resort, Digha was chosen afterwards as a substitute. The destination hosts a scientific research industry, besides a renowned centre for studies in marine biology. There is also a farm for breeding ducks. Employment in the location is sustained by brackish water fish cultivation.

Junput

If you go there having the sea in your mind then you will be quite disappointed. The water has shifted far off from there and the only thing left is white muddy sand. The sand too is only visible at either Gopalpur (not the one in Odisha, this one is about 2km from Junput) or Haripur. At Gopalpur, one could find a beautiful beach with fir trees and red crabs along the beach. Be sure to go during the high tide. The fir trees provide an wonderful place for picnic. The beach is really deserted and is very tranquil.

  Kolkata

Kolkata

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. In 2011, the city had a population of 4.5 million, while the population of the city and its suburbs was 14.1 million, making it the third-most populous metropolitan area in India. The gross domestic product (adjusted for purchasing power parity) was estimated to be US$60 to US$104 billion, which was the third highest among Indian cities, behind Mumbai and Delhi.

Kolkata is subject to a tropical wet-and-dry climate that is designated Aw under the Köppen climate classification. According to a United Nations Development Programme report, its wind and cyclone zone is "very high damage risk".

Kolkata

There are innumerable places that are of interest to tourists. The old building structure of the British Raj is still a very admirable work. Visit the salt lake stadium, which is the second largest stadium in the world. The Victoria memorial is a very stunning beauty. The other places are the Marble Palace, Eden Garden cricket Stadium, Esplanade, Park Street, Zoological Garden and Botanical Garden etc.

  Mayapur

Mayapur

Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Nabadwip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata (Calcutta). The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

Mayapur

A main attraction in Mayapur is Srila Prabhupada's Pushpa Samadhi Mandir, a memorial to ISKCON's founder. The main shrine is surrounded by a museum depicting Srila Prabhupada's life, using fiberglass exhibits. In 2002, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness was planning to construct a garden in memory of George Harrison. Another must visit is the Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir. This temple has 3 main altars, Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Panca-tattva and Lord Narasimha Deva. This Pancha Tattva deities are the Largest Deities of Pancha tattva in the world. The Panca-tattva comprises Sri chaitanya mahaprabhu, nityananda prabhu, advaita acharya, gadadhara pandit and srivas thakur.

  Mandarmani

Mandarmani

Mandarmani declared as a virgin beach resort. Mandarmani is located in the Purba Medinipur , one of the Southern districts of West Bengal. Separated from Kolkata, by a road distance of 180 Km, the destination at the end of March 2012, is yet to be explored to its' fullest potential as a tourist destination. Approximately, about 14 Kms from Chaulkhola, the tourist beach is very near to Digha and Shankarpur, otherwise famous tourist spots in West Bengal.

Mandarmani beach is very popular for its' serenity and calmness, well equipped with silt coloured sand, and has one of the largest motorable beaches which extends to almost more than 15 Kms.

Mandarmani

The beach is the primary attraction offering tourists to enjoy the sea from early morning to late afternoon. From 3 PM onwards, people head out near Mandarmani Sun City Resort where beach bikes, ropeway etc. can be availed. There are also a string of local shops selling shells, handmade jewellery and handicrafts. A few locals also offer groups to take trip towards the mohana (Estuary) during sunset.

  Mukutmanipur

Mukutmanipur

Mukutmanipur is a town in Bankura district of West Bengal, India. It is located at the confluence of the Kangsabati and Kumari rivers close to the Jharkhand border.

A popular weekend getaway for Kolkata locals, Mukutmanipur in the Bankura district of Kolkata is a serene town with lush green forests, clear blue water and green hills in the backdrop. Sharing borders with Jharkhand, Mukutmanipur is located at the confluence of Kumari and Kangsabati. A small serene town that it is, it attracts many tourists who come here in the search of a peaceful vacation. Mukutmanipur dam is said to be the second largest dam in the country while the man made barrage here which canalizes the river water of Kumari and Kangsabati for irrigation purposes in the nearby districts of Bankura, Purulia and Medinipur during summers is also the second largest of its kind.

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. Cradled in nature's bounty, the natural beauty of Jhili mili offer feast for the eyes. The place attracts hoards of tourists every year.

  Murshidabad

Murshidabad

Murshidabad district is a district of West Bengal, in eastern India. Situated on the left bank of the river Ganges, the district is very fertile. Covering an area of 5,341 km² (2,062 sq mi) and having a population 5.863m (according to 2001 census), it is a densely populated district and the ninth most populous in India (out of 640). Baharampur town is the headquarters of the district.

Murshidabad has a tropical wet-and-dry climate. The annual mean temperature is approximately 27 °C ; monthly mean temperatures range from 17 °C to 35 °C (approximate figures). Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the low 30's and during dry spells the maximum temperatures often exceed 40 °C during May and June. Winter tends to last for only about two and a half months, with seasonal lows dipping to 9 °C – 11 °C between December and January. On an average, May is the hottest month with daily average temperatures ranging from a low of 27 °C to a maximum of 40 °C, while January the coldest month has temperatures varying from a low of 12 °C to a maximum of 23 °C. Often during early summer, dusty squalls followed by spells of thunderstorm or hailstorms and heavy rains cum ice sleets lash the district, bringing relief from the humid heat. These thunderstorms are convective in nature, and is locally known as Kal baisakhi.

Murshidabad

The district, especially Murshidabad town is very important in Bengal's history. The place draws a good number of tourists every year.

Interesting Places of : Hazarduari Palace, Nizmat Imbambara, Wasif Manzil, Madina, Jafarganj Cemetery, Khosh Bagh, Nasirpur Palace etc.

  Medinipur

Medinipur

Midnapore is the district headquarters of Paschim Medinipur district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated on the banks of the Kangsabati River.

Midnapore is located at 22.25°N 87.65°E and is 23 metres above sea-level. The climate follows a hot tropical monsoon weather pattern. Summers last from April to mid-June with diurnal highs ranging from the upper 30s°C to the mid 40s°C and lows in the low 30s°C. Daily heat is often followed by evening rains known as kalboishakhis or dust-storms (loo). Monsoon rains can last from mid-June to late August or even September with rains from the southeast monsoon contributing the lion's share of the annual rainfall of around 1500 mm. Winters last for 2 to 3 months and are mild; typical lows are from 8 °C – 14 °C. Allergies are common in winter and spring due to the high content of particulate dust in the air.

Medinipur

The Chapaleswar and Mahamaya temples at Karnagarh built in the Odisha style of temple architecture, 10 km north of the town, are two of the most popular temples. Both were built in the 10th century by Karna Keshari of Keshari/Soma Vamsi Dynasty of Odisha. This temple is also of historic importance as being a hotspot of the Chuar Revolt during the Indian Independence Movement. Outstanding Hindu and Jain temples are also located in the village of Pathra, a few kilometres from the town. Hundreds of small temples dating back into antiquity are located here but many are in a state of disrepair due in part to lack of any sort of preservation, succumbing to the waters of the Kasai River, and theft of bricks by locals. An NGO Pathra Archaeological Preservation Committee, founded by Yeasin Pathan, has successfully persuaded the Archaeological Survey of India to restore the temples.

  Raichak

Raichak

Raichak is a small town in Diamond Harbour II CD Block in South 24 Parganas district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located on the bank of the Hooghly river, some 50 km south of Kolkata. It is about 15 km from Diamond Harbour.

The proposal for a bridge across the Hooghly River from Raichak to Kukrahati, which will connect Haldia to Kolkata, had been hanging fire for many years. In earlier years, it was thought that the 2 km long cable bridge costing over Rs. 3,000 crore would be built with Malaysian support. Thereafter, the Japanese came into the picture. Subsequently, the Japanese were replaced by the Indonesian Salim Group.

Raichak

The fort gradually fell into ruins and was converted to a lively 5-star hotel, Raichak on Ganges, formerly Radisson Fort. The hotel has a scenic view of the river. Those who are more adventurous can make also use the Raichak jetty or the nearby Nurpur jetty and take a ferry across the river to go to Kukrahati in East Midnapore district or Gadiara in Howrah distric.

  Shankarpur

Shankarpur

Located in the eastern district of Midnapore Shankarpur is a small village, surrounded by a nice beach. Mostly, still undiscovered, Shankarpur is not such a popular destination like Digha or Mandarmoni. Instead, the small village happens to be serene, cut off from the tourist crowd,

Crowded by the local inhabitants, mostly fishermen and other such natives. The beach harbours one of the main fishing harbour project which supplies fish to the local hotels, as well as important state markets across West Bengal. The beach holds attraction for a beautiful sunset, at a point where two rivers meet ( viz. The Mohana ). Large leafed casurinas and eucalyptus trees welcome remote tourists, here and give them an opportunity to enjoy the true culture of rural as well as Bay Of Bengal.

Local economy here is based on fishery, agriculture and tourism, besides local handicrafts.

Shankarpur

After you get on the beach, you will see an endless stretch of sea meeting beach. On the left side about about a 45 min walk, you will reach Mandar Mani- a small beach. But do not take your car on the beach because you may get trapped in the quicksand. At night the normally deserted beach is quite tranquil.

The Sea Beach near Hotel Sandy Bay is not crowded - unfortunately it is not a great beach with stumps of trees scattered all over the place. At places the beach is muddy. The beach near the Benfish Tourist lodges is better.

  Sajnekhali

Sajnekhali

Located on the world largest delta, well known for its mangrove vegetation, Sunderban, Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge is an affordable property that offers gracious hospitality and personalized services at its best. This property is an ideal pick for spending a peaceful vacation in nature lap, away from the city din. The nearest airport to the region is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. Guests can avail sight seeing at various places like Sunderban Tiger Camp(11 km) and many more. To ease the stress of travel, the hotel offer conveniences like front desk and many more that fortifies delightful stay for guests. The bright and airy room has classic furnishings with rich colours and delightful decorative touches. All essential conveniences are offered by the hotel, along with homelike hospitality. Well maintained attached bathrooms here are equipped with essential toiletries. The service is prompt, making stay in hotel a pleasurable experience for guests. The property is located at a distance of 42 km from Canning Rail Station and 26 km from Sundarban Chowmatha Bus Stop. Ease out and have a pleasant stay at Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge.

Sajnekhali

This watchtower is the most popular among all watchtowers because of its proximity to most of the resorts in the Sundarban area. and is also the Head Office of the Forest Department. Permission to enter the Sundarban Tiger Reserve is required to be obtained from here. This watch tower has a capacity to host 20 persons at a time.

There is also a Mangrove Interpretation Centre, a Bono Bibi Temple as well as a Crocodile Park in the Sajnekhali watchtower complex. This watchtower provides one with the opportunity to view wildlife from close quarters. The most sought after sights by a bird watcher are seven colourful species of the Kingfisher, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Plovers, Lap-Wings, Curfews, Whimprel, Sandpipers and the occasional Pelican. The West Bengal Tourism Department Corporation's Tourist lodge is also situated at Sajnekhali.

  Shantiniketan

Shantiniketan

Santiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, and approximately 180 kilometres north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, while on a boat journey to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and meadows of lush green paddy fields. Rows of chhatim trees and date palms charmed him. He stopped to look, decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Shantiniketan (abode of peace). Shantiniketan became a spiritual centre where people from all religions were invited to join for meditation and prayers. He founded an 'Ashram' here in 1863 and became the initiator of the Brahmo Samaj.

Shantiniketan

Santiniketan is a University town and a centre of learning. The Uttarayan complex where the poet lived consists of several buildings such as Udayana. Konark, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi which reflect the architectural genius of the poet's illustrious son the late Rathindranath Tagore. In addition there are Kala Bhavan (College of Fine Arts and Crafts). Sangit Bhavan (College of Music and Dance), Vidya Bhavan (College of Humanities), Siksha-Bhavan (College of Science) and Vinaya Bhavan (Teacher's Training College), Cheena Bhavan and Hindi Bhavan. The Santiniketan campus of Viswa Bharati has grown up to be a centre for learning with a bias towards art, music and humanities. At Shriniketan, mainly a Centre for Rural Service and Studies (Palli Samgathan Bibhaga), there is a college of Agriculture (Palli Siksha Sadan) as well.
The places of interest are mainly on the campus and have a distinctive feature of some of the best in Indian art and culture.

  Siliguri

Siliguri

Siliguri is a city which spans across the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is located on the banks of the Mahananda River and the foothills of the Himalayas.

This city serves as the base for exploring the other places of tourist attraction like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Dooars, Gangtok and many more. If you want to sweep away off your feet by the breathtaking views of nature, then travel Siliguri. One of the key cities in northern West Bengal, Siliguri is a sprawling urban settlement. Although the city is a fast developing modern one with little tourist attraction in it, people travel to Siliguri since it serves as a base to explore Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Dooars region in West Bengal as well as Gangtok and other places in Sikkim. Siliguri is also a good place for Shopping or accommodation at the beginning or the end of a tour to this region.

Siliguri

Strategically located on the northern part of West Bengal, Siliguri is one of the main cities in the state. Siliguri serves as the communication hub for northeastern states of India.

Places to Visit in Siliguri: Kanchanjunga Stadium, Hong Kong Market, Jaldapara, Garumara, Coochbehar, Mirik, Kalijhora, Mahananda Weir Sukna etc.

  Sukhiapokhri

Sukhiapokhri

Sukhiapokhri is a small hilly locality in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It is located 11 km from Ghum on the way to Mirik.

Sukhia Pokhari is a small but scenic town lies between Ghoom Johrbonglow and Mirik. Situated around 2000 meters from the sea level provides an excellent Mountain vistas in clear sunny days. Remains mostly cloudy as it lies on ridgeline of Balasan River Valley to the south and Rangeet River to north. Weather remains perfectly blissful during the spring (April/May) and in autumn (October/November). From Sukhia Pokhri one can go to different tea gardens via Pokhariabung Bazaar and other small towns or villages. Johr Pokhri is the home of the Himalayan Salamander (Tylototriton verrucosus), the most elusive and endanger animal in the world. There are several towns & villages nearby and on the India-Nepal border such as Manebhanjang, Simana, Mirik, Pokhriabung, Plungdung etc.

Sukhiapokhri

Johr Pokhari : The two words "Johr" means two (2) and "Pokhri" means the "pond", Johr Pokhri is marked by two natural water ponds and a beautiful landscapes setting a gorgeous view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest in the world. Lies on the hilltop (2500 meters from the sea level) surrounded by lush pine forest, this point provides a breathtaking views of Darjeeling and Kurseong on one side and the entire Kanchenjunga range on the other side. This place is said to be the home of the endangered Himalayan Salamanders, during monsoon you may catch a glimpse of these elusive animals.

Johr Pokhari is only 2 km from Sukhia Pokhari and 2 & 1/2 km from Simana Bazaar. Mirik is just an hour drive from this point and Darjeeling is only 21 km away from Johr Pokhari.

  Tarapith

Tarapith

Tarapith is a small temple town near Rampurhat in Birbhum district of the Indian state of West Bengal, known for its Tantric temple and its adjoining cremation (Maha Smashan) grounds where sādhanā (tantric rituals)are performed. The Tantric Hindu temple is dedicated to the goddess Tara, a fearsome Tantric aspect of the Devi, the chief temples of Shaktism. Tarapith derives its name from its association as the most important centre of Tara worship and her cult.

Tarapith is also famous for Sadhak Bamakhepa, known as the avadhuta or "mad saint", who worshipped in the temple and resided in the cremation grounds as a mendicant and practised and perfected yoga and the tantric arts under the tutelage of another famous saint, the Kailashpathi Baba. Bamakhepa dedicated his entire life to the worship of Tara Maa. His ashram is also located close to the temple.

Tarapith

Interesting places of : The temple town of Tarapith is surrounded by many ancient shrines of Bengal which are equally significant and prominent for their historical and mythical past like Shaktipith in Nalhati and the birthplace of Byamakhapa in Atla village and nearby Gonpur forest.

  Tarakeshwar

Tarakeshwar

Tarakeswar (pronounced Tarokeshshor) is a town and a municipality in Hooghly District in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is also one of the police stations under Chandannagar subdivision. Tarakeswar is a place of pilgrimage and a centre of the Shaiva sect in West Bengal. 58 kilometres (36 mi) away from Kolkata, Tarakeswar can be reached conveniently by train.

The Taraknath temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva worshiped as Taraknath, is a major pilgrimage spot in the town of Tarakeswar, West Bengal, India. Built in 1729, the temple is an atchala structure of Bengal temple architecture with a 'natmandir' in front. Close by are the shrines of Kali and Lakshmi Narayan. Dudhpukur, a tank to the north of the Shiva temple is believed to fulfil the prayers of those taking a dip in it.

Tarakeshwar

Pilgrims visit the temple throughout the year, especially on Mondays. But thousands of pilgrims visit Tarakeswar on the occasions of 'Shivaratri' and 'Gajan', the former taking place in Phalgun (Feb-March) while the latter lasts for five days ending on the last day of Chaitra (mid-April). The month of Sravana (mid-July to mid-August) is auspicious for Shiva when celebrations are held n each Monday.

  Duarsini

Duarsini

Snatch the chance to mix with nature in Duarsini, where you will discover little peaks secured with woods. Here you see an assortment of trees like Shal, Teak, Mahua, Pial, Kusum, and Bahera. The excellence of the mountain stream Satgudum prompting the tribal towns will captivate you. The experience sitting tight for you in the backwoods will most likely make your weekend worth spending in Duarsini. The suddenness with which haziness slides in these wilderness ranges is fascinating to see. The moonlit night in the midst of the cadenced thumps of drums originating from the tribal's and being encompassed by wilderness can be truly elating for the visitors. The wildernesses are safe during the time with the exception of the blustery season.

Duarsini

Cheliama : One of the prestigious voyager spots in Perugia, Cheliama is a paradise for savants and archeologists, by virtue of its rich history. The town has remains of the contemporary civilization of the 17th century. The terracotta manikins and select carvings around the havens of the region vouch for the way that the town had been a fundamental turning point in the midst of the yesteryears. Beside this, the without a doubt comprehended Radha-Govinda Temple in Cheliama pulls in mass of vacationers and is a focal spot, outlining the Bengali society transcendent in the contemporary period.

Delight : Delight, and keeping up to its name, is the spot that is known for asylums. The spot is home to around 15 havens near to the Kansai River. The wonderment striking building outline of the haven, joined with smooth carvings, is one of the prime reasons why Delight is a standout amongst the most adored spots to visit in Perugia. The asylum reflects the standard society of the contemporary people. Notwithstanding the way that there is just destroys left in the asylum, Delight still continues being a basic guest core interest.

  Garh Panchkot

Garh Panchkot

Garh Panchkot is a ruined fort located in the eastern part of India at the foot hills of Panchet Hill in the district of Purulia, West Bengal, the ruins of the Panchkot Palace are a silent testimony to the Bargi attack during the 18th century.

The king was a Rajput chieftain who believed in Shaktism, although the temples reflect his inclination towards Vaishnavism. This could be due to the influence of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a proponent of Vaishnavism, during that period. The two distinctive architectural styles, which are evident from the temples, are the Bishnupuri style and a much older architectural style of using stone blocks. It is believed that the Bishnupuri styled temples housed Krishna and the followers were mostly vegetarians whereas the Stone Temples housed the figure of Kali and the followers were non-vegetarians and also believed in animal sacrifice. This lends credence to the fact that the King was tolerant towards other beliefs as one more Jain cave can be found in the vicinity. There is another very old stone temple, which is dedicated to Rama. This could be because it is believed that most of the Hindu Kings of India were Raghu-Vanshis or descendants of Rama the mythical and legendary king as per the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Garh Panchkot

Rani Mahal : Not much information is available but given the arches and the pillars scattered across an area of about 20,000 sq feet(the Palace alone) would have been a massive structure. As legend has it, that the king had 17 wives and they all stayed in this palace lending credence to its size. The material used to build the Rani Mahal is a bit different from that of the temples and the Guard's quarter. It uses "Choon Surki" or a paste made of lime and powered clay bricks fused using water as a base to hold the fire clay bricks. This style of masonry was quite prevalent in that particular period and it still exists. The arches on the other hand mimic the Moghul architecture which indicates that the Rani Mahal was built later, possibly during the 16th century AD compared to the stone temples which are nearby.

  Jaldhaka

Jaldhaka

At 1500ft above sea level Jaldhaka river valley is a prospective tourist destination of Dooars. The river valley is located under Kalimpong sub-division and is cut off from the rest of the Darjeeling district by a mountain ridge descending south-east from Reche-la of Neora Valley National Park and is separated from Bhutan by the Jaldhaka River.

The river valley and its surrounding hills are not a single destination but consists of a number of small villages that are interesting destinations for tourists looking for a secluded and off the beaten track vacation. The more important villages of Jaldhaka valley and its surrounding area includes Jhalong, Bindu, Paren, Gairibans, Godak, Todey, Tangta, Rongo, Maurey etc. Some of these villages such as Rongo forest, Todey Tangta etc. are not exactly on the Jaldhaka valley but on the nearby hills, but together they form part of the same tourist circuit.

Jaldhaka

Jaldhaka can be reached from Siliguri, (90Kms) and from Kalimpong (135Kms) after crossing the Coronation Bridge at Sevok and touching Chalsa, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jhalong and Gairibus on the way. Apart from the natural surrounding, the hydro-electric power project situated 5 Km from the Bazaar is the center of attraction here. There is a beautifully located forest rest house overlooking the scenic Jaldakha valley and the Bhutan hills.

Visit to the area is a common day activity for tourists staying in more popular tourist destinations of Western Dooars such as Gorumara and Samsing.

  Rangamati

Rangamati

Rangamati is a district in south-eastern Bangladesh. It is a part of the Chittagong Division and the town of Rangamati serves as the headquarters of the district. Area-wise, Rangamati is the largest district of the country.

Rangamati is located in the Chittagong Division. It is bordered by the Tripura state of India to the north, Bandarban District to the south, Mizoram State of India and Chin State of Myanmar to the east, and Khagrachari and Chittagong Districts to the west. Rangamati is the only district in Bangladesh with international borders with two countries: India and Myanmar. The area of the district is 6116 km2 of which 1292 km2 is riverine and 4825 km2 is under forest vegetation.

Rangamati

The Chakma King's residence and nearby monastery.
The Parjatan sites - motel, hanging bridge etc.
Kaptai Lake - Peda Ting Ting resort, Shubolong, Chakma Villages

There is a new private resort and park named Tuk Tuk Eco village which also provides lodging in natural wooden made bungalows hanging on hills within forest where you can enjoy fantastic natural scenery. The room rent is 1200tk. They have a restaurant where you can enjoy the natural beauty while taking your meal. Most of the boat man avoid this place but this is one of the most scenic place to visit. You can directly come to this place by shared engine boat with only 10~15 tk fare.

  Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur is a city in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Jagdalpur is the administrative headquarters of Bastar District and Bastar Division. It was earlier the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Bastar.

Jagdalpur has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw) with three main seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter. Summers last from March to May and are hot, with the average maximum for May reaching 38.1 °C (100.6 °F). The weather cools off somewhat for the monsoon season from June to September, which features very heavy rainfall. Winters are warm and dry.

Jagdalpur

Points of interest: Danteshwari Temple, Temples in Barsoor, Danteshwari Temple at Jagdalpur, Mavli temple, Jagannath temple, Hinglajin temple, Laxmi-Narayan temple, The Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Bastar Palace, Anthropological Museum, Lakes in Jagdalpur, Dalpat Sagar Lake etc.

  Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.

Bodh Gaya

Place of Interest :

Bodhi Tree - it is believed that this tree is a direct descendant of the one under which the Buddha Sakyamuni attained enlightenment, inside the Mahabodhi complex.

Other Attraction: Mahabodhi Stupa, Thai Monastery, 80-foot Buddha Statue, Royal Bhutanese Monastery, Japanese temple, Archaelogical Museum, Tergar Monastery, Phowa Center, Gendhen Phelgyeling Monastery, Karma Dhargye Chokhorling Monastery, Root Institute, Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum, Barabar caves, Taiwanese Temple etc.

  Rajgir

Rajgir

Rajgir (originally known as Girivraj) is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar.

Temperature: maximum 44 °C, minimum 20 °C. Winter: maximum 28 °C, minimum 6 °C Rainfall: 1,860 mm (mid-June to mid-September) Dry/warm season: October to March

Rajgir

Place of Interest :

The renowned Son Bhandar Caves is situated at Rajgir, Nalanda district in Bihar state. Son Bhandar group of caves has two caves known as eastern and western cave. Son bhandar caves are concerned with Jainism and considered to belong to 3-4 century AD.

According to this inscription these caves were built by inspiration of a Jain Muni Vair for Jain ascetics. Sculptures of Teerthankaras were also carved in these caves. From architectural aspect; these caves are analogous to Nagarjuni cave and Barabar Caves caves of Mauryan era. Therefore, it can be concluded that construction time should not be much differ from above mentioned caves.

Rajgir Heritage Museum is another place of Interest, recently inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar.

  Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha. It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.

Situated at an altitude of 45 m above sea level, the temperatures range between 15.7°C in winter to a maximum of 30°C to 40°C in summer. Bhubaneshwar is comfortable round the year, but the best season to visit the city is during the months of October to April.

Bhubaneswar

Place of Interest : Lingaraj Temple, Sideshvara temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar Golf Club, Dhauli Giri Shanti St upa, Ravindra Mandap, an auditorium in Bhubaneswar, Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar, Muktesvara deula, Deras Dam, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Nandankanan Zoological Park etc.

  Balasore

Balasore

Balasore or Baleshwar is a city in the state of Odisha, about 194 kilometres (121 mi) north of the State capital Bhubaneswar, in eastern India.

Balasore is a place of scenic beauty and a major tourist attraction, also because of its historical monuments, such as various temples in the area. There are a few hill ranges in the region too. It is 207 km north-east of Bhubaneswar by road.

Balasore

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Chandipur-on-sea is a seaside resort famous for its mile long beach. It is a unique beach – the tide comes to the shore only four times a day, at fixed intervals. At a distance of 30 km south-west is Panchalingeshwar, a temple and scenic spot high on a mountain. The presiding deity there, Shiva, cannot be seen. One has to touch and feel the statue as it is behind (submerged under) a waterfall. About 33 km south-west of Balasore, there is a town by name 'Santaragadia' that has a 'Biseswar temple' situated on a hill. The town is surrounded by hills on all sides. Nearby is 'Khulia' village, a settlement of aboriginals. Around 30 km south-east of Balasore is a port named 'Dhamra'.

Bhujakhia Pir, situated at sunhat at the heart of the city is the tomb of Sufi saint Aasthana Sharif Hazrat Pir named as Bhujakhia Pir.The most interesting thing that both Muslim and Hindu jointly worship pir baba.

Other Attraction : Khirachora Gopinatha Temple, Jagannatha Temple, Panchalingeswara Temple, Bhujakhia Pir,

  Chandipur

Chandipur

Chandipur also known as Chandipur-on-sea is a small sea resort in Baleswar District, Odisha, India.

Chandipur is located at 21.47°N 87.02°E. It has an average elevation of 3 m (9.8 ft). This town is 51.330 acres (0.20773 km2) in size.

Chandipur

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Similipal forest reserve- A wildlife sanctuary covering around 2750.sq. km is situated 100km from Chandipur. It is one of the few Tiger Reserves in India. It also provides shelter to leopards, Elephants, Deer, Crocodiles and Reptiles. Over 230 species of birds including the talking myna and dancing peacocks can also be seen in this sanctuary. There is an Aranyanivas of the OTDC (Tourist Office) for night stay.

Nilagiri- An attractive place on the lap of nature which is ideal for trekking. Nilagiri protects Kuldiha sanctuary. These hills are also famous for the Jagannath Temple.

Remuna- Remuna is 25km away from Chandipur, is famous for the shrine of Khirachora Gopinath. It is a seat for Vaishnavite culture from centuries.. Khira (a special milk preparation) is the most delicious offering of the temple. Champak and Kadamba trees fill the air with sweet and scented fragrance all the time. If you are looking for inner peace then this is the place for you.

  Chandaneswar

Chandaneswar

Chandaneshwar is famous for a Shiva temple in Chandaneswar, Baleswar, Orissa. A huge annual fair in the Solar New Year Pana Sankranti, the first day of the Odia calendar, is celebrated on the premises. A large number of pilgrimages from all over the country visit the temple during this period.

Chandaneshwar is in Balasore district of Orissa. Regular transport is available from Jaleswar in Orissa and Digha in West Bengal. It is very near to New Digha, One can go from Digha to New Digha Bus stand by bus/Auto then take shared auto /van rickshow for Temple.

  Cuttack

Cuttack

Cuttack is the former capital and the second largest city in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. It is also the headquarters of the Cuttack district.

The climate of Cuttack is pleasant round the year with temperatures ranging between a minimum of 22.2°C in the winter to a maximum of 33.4°C in the summers. Annual average rainfall is around 144.39 cm. It is advisable to avoid the rainy season in the months of July to August.

The most famous festival celebrated in Cuttack is Durga Puja. Due to its nearness to West Bengal and a large population of Bengali people residing here, Durga Puja in Cuttack is no less interesting than that of Calcutta.

Cuttack

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Barabati Fort- The Barabati Fort is a 14th-century castle built by the Ganga dynasty ruler Maharaja Markata Keshari. The ruins of the fort still remain with its moat, gate and the earthen mound of the nine-storied palace, which evokes the memories of past days.

Netaji Birthplace Museum- Cuttack takes pride in being the birthplace of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the prominent Indian freedom-fighter and founder of Azad Hind Fauj. The birthplace of Netaji is situated in Oriya Bazar known as Janakinath Bhawan. The place has now been converted into a museum named Netaji Birth Place Museum. The museum showcases the original letters written by Netaji along with other important materials used by Netaji.

Maritime Museum- The Odisha State Maritime Museum was inaugurated by the Odisha chief minister Shri Naveen Pattnaik on 1 April 2013.

  Chandabali

Chandabali

Chandabali (or Chandbali) is an old town in the Bhadrak district of Odisha on the bank of the River Baitarani, and a tourist stop for visitors to the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.

Chandabali

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The 650 km2 Bhitarkanika National Park is about 35 km away, accessible via ferry.The park, one of the few marine parks in India, was established to protect saltwater crocodiles, with the special status of Crocodile Sanctuary. The Odisha Government has established a saltwater crocodile-breeding center in the park. Other attractions are the remains of two 9th century monuments and a temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Another Shakti pitha Maa Patana Mangala Temple(Chhatrapada) is about 25.0 km(30 mins) away from Chandabali.One of the major famous festival for "Patua Yatra" is held at Chhatrapada from April 14th to 21st April annually.Chandabali is home to the Sri Aurobindo Dibyadham Ashram, its Relics Temple and Integral Education centre. The Baba Akhandalamani shiv temple (Aradi is around 15 km away from Chandbali and is one of the renowned saiva pitha's in Odisha.There is a famous temple of Goddess Kali at one end of chandabali market and Goddess Durga at other end.

The river bank of Chandabali is very attrac.The town is famous for its exquisite fish and dry fish industry which is also supplied to other parts of the state.

  Gopalpur

Gopalpur

Gopalpur is a town and a Notified Area Council on the Bay of Bengal coast in Ganjam district in the southern part of Odisha, India. Once a commercial port, it is now a famous sea beach and tourist destination around 15 km from Berhampur.

Gopalpur is located at 19.27°N 84.92°E on the coast of Bay of Bengal, around 160 km south of Paradip and 260 km north of Visakhapatnam. It is a natural, deep sea port on the east coast of India. Gopalpur lies on a 4 km stretch of barren coast line, with no mangrove or tropical forests. The coast line falls in the rain-shadow of the region. The climate in the region is tropical wet and dry. Temperatures range from 32 degrees in summer to 17 degrees in winter. The region receives rainfall in both advance and retreat of the Southwest monsoon. Gopalpur has witnessed notable and strong tropical storms in history, including the Super cyclone of 1999 and Cyclone Phailin of 2013, the latter hitting the town directly.

Gopalpur

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Gopalpur Beach Festival -The first Gopalpur beach festival was started in the year 1996 by Ganjam District Hotel Association to promote tourism and culture. The concept of Gopalpur Beach Festival was conceived by Mr V.Santosh Kumar and Mr Sayed Rahim Members of Ganjam district Hotel Association, Brahmapur. the Ganjam District Hotel Association and Government of Odisha have been jointly organizing the festival since 1996 in the month of December.

Gopalpur Lighthouse -There is an old lighthouse situated on the beach at Gopalpur maintained by the Odisha tourist department The lighthouse provides a 360 degree view of Gopalpur, the beach and some parts of the Chilika Lake. The lighthouse is a great place to capture some amazing photographs of Gopalpur and its beach.

  Jeypore

Jeypore

Jeypore is the second largest city after Brahmapur of south Odisha and the Sub-Division of Koraput district of Odisha, India. Along with Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur , Rourkela, Balasore, Puri and Brahmapur, Jeypore is one of the prominent places of Odisha. Jeypore pronounced in Odia as Joypur, literally means "the city of victory".

Best time to visit Jeypore The town of Jeypore experiences a tropical monsoon climate, like the rest of Odisha. The monsoon season here is not as harsh as it is in other parts of the state, and summers here are hot and winters very cold. The best time to visit Jeypore would be during the winter months, between October and February.

Jeypore

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Gupteswar Cave -60 km. from Jeypore. The place is famous for the cave shrine of Lord Shiva located at the top of a limestone hill which is about 151 m (495 ft) higher than the surrounding beautiful countryside, the place is ideal for natural scenery. One can reach the cave by ascending a flight of steps. Popularly known as Gupta Kedar in the vicinity, this sacred place is associated with Shri Rama of the epic Ramayana. The nearby hill has been named "Ramagiri". Devotees from all over the country visit this cave shrine of Lord Shiva the year around. Its scenic beauty makes it a double delight for visitors. It is famous for the stalactite that is worshipped as the lingam.

Kolab dam and garden -Kolab Botanical Garden stands beside the Majestic Kolab reservoir is ideal for weekend picnic for people all over the district. This place is highly admired for its scenic beauty, attracting tourists for weekend picnic and boating. Kolab Botanical Garden stands beside the Majestic Kolab reservoir is ideal for weekend picnic for people all over the district. This place is highly admired for its scenic beauty, attracting tourists for weekend picnic and boating. The well maintained botanical garden has over 200 varieties of flowering plants. Even the night view of the reservoir is worth experiencing.

  Kendujhar

Kendujhar

Kendujhar is a city and a municipality in Kendujhar District in the Indian state of Odisha. It is the administrative headquarters of the Kendujhar district, and it is one of the 5th scheduled areas of Odisha.

Keonjhar is a land locked district with an area of 8240 km2. It is situated in the northern part of Odisha. It is surrounded by Singhbhum district of Jharkhand in the North, Jajpur in the South, Dhenkanal, Angul and Sundargarh in the West and Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak in the East. It lies between 21°1'N and 22°10'N latitudes, between 85°11'E and 86°22'E longitude and at 480 meter altitude. Baitrani river originate from Keonjhar plateau.The National Highway-215 passing through Keonjhargarh approximately bi-sects the district into two similar natural regions. To the East of this Highway are the planes of Anandapur and a portion of Sadar Sub-division.

Kendujhar

Place of Interest : Sanaghagara Waterfall, Khandadhar Falls, Murga Mahadev Temple, Gonasikha Temple, Handibhanga Waterfall, Bhimkund Waterfall, Hadagarh Dam, Brahmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Baladevajew Temple, Kanjhari Dam, Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikinia Park etc.

  Kiriburu

Kiriburu

Kiriburu is a census town in Keonjhar in the Indian state of Odisha.

The towns of Kiriburu and Meghahatuburu are contiguous, sharing many local facilities, although Kiriburu is in Kendujhar district of the state of Odisha whilst Meghatuburu is in West Singhbhum district of the state of Jharkhand. Most of the people work in SAIL Iron Ore Mines.

  Konark

Konark

Konark is a medium town in the Puri district in the state of Odisha, India. It lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal, 65 kilometers from the capital of the state, Bhubaneswar.

Being close the sea, the climate of Konark is never very harsh. With greenery surrounding the place, rainfall is heavy in Konark. The best season to visit Konark is between October and March; however, one can go there throughout the year.

Konark

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The UNESCO has listed the Sun Temple as a World Heritage Site. The structure of the temple resembles a colossal chariot, with 24 wheels, pulled by seven straining horses, and has a three-tiered pyramidal roof topped off by a fine spire. The Sun God's chariot also represents the seven days of the week and the 24 hours of the day. The temple is a brilliant chronicle in stone, with impressive sculptures. Every aspect of life is represented here, and the erotic imagery depicts the sublimation of human love manifested in countless forms. Scenes from court, civic life, and war are also done with great precision. The museum of the Archeological Survey of India is just outside the temple enclosure. The museum houses many sculptures and carvings from the ruins of the Sun Temple. The stone images of nine planet deities, the Navagrahas, which were originally set above the temple's ornamental doorways is now kept as a living shrine. Situated around 3 km from the temple is Konark beach. The beach is very picturesque and one gets the beautiful sight of sunrise over here. One can also enjoy sunbathing here.

  Lulung

Lulung

Located 300 m above sea level in the eastern fringes of Simlipal Tiger Reserve, the small village of Lulung is only 20 kilometres from Baripada in Orissa.

You can visit Lulung any time of the year but the best time to visit Lulung is during the months of November to June.

Lulung

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You can explore the Simlipal Forest and visit the beautiful 399 m high Barehipani waterfall and 150 m high Joranda Waterfall. From Lulung, you would also get a good view of surrounding peaks like the 1158 m high Meghasani peak and 1178 m high Khairiburu peak. Besides Palpala River, other rivers like Khairi, Budhabalanga and Salandi meander throughout the forest. You can also visit prehistoric sites of Kuchai (famous for remains of Neolithic age) just 28 kms away, Kulaiana (famous for remains of Paleolithic age) just 38 kms away. Other attractions like Sulaipat Dam (60 kms away), Deokund Waterfalls and Bangriposhi (40 kms) can also be visited from this place. Those who are in love with reptiles can visit the crocodile rearing centre located at Ramtirtha, near Jashipur. The nearby district headquarters of Baripada also has a few attraction like Jagannath Temple and Ambika Temple.

  Panchalingeswar

Panchalingeswar

Panchalingeshwar Temple is in Balasore district of Odisha. It named after the five Shivalinga that are enshrined inside. The temple is on top of a hillock near the Nilagiri hill (not to be confused with that of Western Ghats).

The ideal time to visit the place is during Autumn and Winter.

Panchalingeswar

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Tourist visiting Panchalingeswar can arrange for some interesting trips to nearby destinations. Chandaneswara is a prime attraction of the tourists, renowned for its pristine beach and the shrine of Lord Chandaneswara. Tourists can also visit another serene beach at Chandipur. You can also make a tour to Remuna, the site famous for nurturing the Vaishnavite culture. The place also houses a well-decorated temple of Khirachora Gopinath. Another interesting place is Khiching, popular for housing the age-old Chamunda temple and Kichakeswari temple.

  Puri

Puri

Puri has the Bay of Bengal and the rice-growing alluvial plain on its east, Khurda district on its west, Sambalpur on its south and the state capital Bhubaneshwar on its northern side.The forest area lying to the west of Puri provides bamboo and sal. The district of Puri encompasses most of the Chilika Lake, Asia's largest freshwater lake. Bhubaneshwar is also located in Puri district.

According to the Köppen–Geiger climate classification system the climate of Puri is classified as Aw (Tropical savanna climate). The city has moderate and tropical climate. Humidity is fairly high throughout the year. The temperature during summer touches a maximum of 36 °C (97 °F) and during winter it is 17 °C (63 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,337 millimetres (52.6 in) and the average annual temperature is 26.9 °C (80.4 °F).

Puri

Place of Interest : Jagannatha Temple at Puri, The Pancha Tirtha of Puri, Gundicha Temple, Swargadwar, Beach etc.

  Rambha

Rambha

Rambha is a town and a notified area council in Ganjam district in the Indian state of Odisha.

Rambha welcomes guests throughout the year. However, winter is more charming as the migratory birds visit the region during this time. Monsoons in Rambha have a different beauty with the dark clouds rolling through the mountains over the deep blue Chilka.

Rambha

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Chilka Lake : Visitors visit Ramba to view Chilka Lake. They can stay at Rambha OTDC Panthanivas and enjoy the natural beauty of Chilika lake.

The destination is admired with a number of nearby attractions. At a distance of around 22 km from Rambha, the temple of Goddess Narayani adorns the valley hilltop. This scenic site is also a preferred picnic spot. You can also make a trip to Nirmaljhara, located 11 km from Rambha. The place has gained popularity as both a picnic spot and a pilgrimage site. Many tourists also make tour to Banpur, which is a famous Shakti-pitha of Goddess Bhagabati. The place also houses a number of Buddhist images. You will also truly treasure your visit to the nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles in Rusikulya Beach near Rambha in Chilka. However, no accommodation facility is available at Rusikulya Beach. So, the tourists need to stay at Rambha, from where hired cars are available early in the morning to the Rusikulya beach. The temple towns of Puri and Bhubaneshwar are the popular getaways from here.

  Simlipal

Simlipal

Simlipal National Park is a national park and a tiger reserve in the Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha.

The high hills surround Meghasani/Tunkiburu, the highest peak in the park. At an altitude of 1,165 metres (3,822 ft), followed by Khairiburu at above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) elevation. At least 12 rivers cut across the plain area. The prominent among them are Budhabalanga, Palpala Bhandan, Kharkai River and Deo. This sprawling forest has many waterfalls such as Joranda/Jorodah 181 metres (594 ft) and Barheipani/Barhai that are a perpetual attraction, the later at an elevation of 217 metres (712 ft) gives a panoramic view of the park. It has withstood two cyclones in 1982 and 1999 without any prominent damages. Summers are very hot with temperatures around 40 °C (104 °F) whereas the temperature during winter months can be as low as 14 °C (57 °F). The rainfall ranges from moderate to heavy.

Simlipal

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Panoramic view of Barheipani and Jaranda waterfalls. The magnificent peaks of Khairiburu and Meghasani dominate the area. Crocodile farm. Glimpse of the tribal culture of the area.

  Taptapani

Taptapani

Taptapani is famous for its hot sulfur water spring.

The other attractions of Taptapani are its tribal communities and the picturesque landscape. There is also a deer park maintained by the forest department.

  Betla

Betla

Betla National Park is a national park located in the Chota Nagpur Plateau of the Palamu district of the Indian state of Jharkhand, in India. The park boasts a wide variety of wild life.

The park is open throughout the year. Wildlife sightings are highest in the hot season (May to June), when foliage is not as thick. The most comfortable time to visit in terms of climate is between November and March.

Betla

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There are waterfalls and hot springs.

Inside the park, there are two historical forts. One of them, situated near the Betla at 400 ft (120 m), was erected in the 16th century as the seat of Chero Kings. It is now deep inside the forest, but the main sentinel of the old fort is visible high up on the hill with defences in three directions and three main gates

  Deoghar

Deoghar

Deoghar is the main city of the Deoghar District in the Santhal Parganas division of the state of Jharkhand, India.

Deoghar is a major Hindu pilgrimage and a famous health resort. It has the ancient temple of Baba Baidyanath, which is one of the twelve 'jyotirlingas' in India. Baidyanath Dham, situated in the Santhal Parganas of Bihar, is a very important piligrim centre. It's famous for the temple of Shiva-Baidyanath and the place is a popular holiday centre. Deoghar is an ancient town famous for its group of 22 temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Numerous Buddhist ruins are also located nearby. Deoghar has a hospital, a tuberculosis clinic, and a leper asylum and houses several colleges (including a teacher-training institute) affiliated with Bhagalpur University. The Muslim invader Bhaktiyar Khilji made Deoghar his capital in 1201 after the conquest of Bihar.

Deoghar

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Baidyanath Dham, Nandan Pahar, Satsang Ashram, Basukinath, Tapovan Caves and Hills etc.

  Galudih

Galudih

Galudih is a small hilly town in East Singhbhum District of the state Jharkhand. It is situated in the Chotanagpur Plateau stretches from lower land to highland of the plateau. Galudih is a pure health resort for its pleasant climate and Mother Nature surrounding with thick forest and a local river name Subarnarekha passes just a side to the city. The great Bengali writers Rabindra Nath Tagore and Bibhuti bhusan Bandyopadhyay mentioned the name of the river in different episode of their literary works. Another, Satgurum River is flowing through just out side the Galudih City. Seven streams of the river encircle seven separate hills seven times; the river is hence named as Satgurum.

Galudih is a lovely tourist destination for nature lover. It located just 9 km away from Ghatshila and about 43 km away from Jamshedpur. Walking to the hills through the jungle-path, apart from the daily busy live, will give you a great experience of nature. Elephants and deer can be spotted on the way. They come down from the mountains to drink water from the village pools. Most important hills around Galudih for trekking are Nekra Dungri, Phuldungri and the Rukmini Hill. You will found several mountain rivers gush down as waterfalls from the top of Dharagri mountain ranges in Galudih.

Galudih

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Bibhuti Bhusan Library constructed in 1950 respect to the great Bengali writer Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhya. Bibhuti Babu visited Galudih in 1930 during one of his weekend holiday from Kolkata. He liked this place very much and wrote several episode of his literature about the nature beauty of Galudih.

Phuldungiri is a small hillock located about 3 km away from Galudih on the National High Way No-33. There is spiral pathway through which one can drive up to top of the hill. The hillock is heavily covered with lots of tall Sal trees and its pathway covered with red pebbles which attracts lots of tourist.

Burudih Lake placed just 4 km away from Galudih. It was constructed during the British colonial rule. You will be facilitated here with the several speed or paddle boats for riding. A large fair named the Binda Mela is celebrated on the bank of the lake, every year in the month of October (Ashwin Month). There have a famous stone which called as Panch Pandav.

  Ghatsila

Ghatsila

Ghatshila literally means "rocky landing of a river" (here Ghat means River wharf or quay and Shila means Rocky land), is a small city on the bank of the Subarnarekha River, which located within forests area in East Singhbhum district of the Jharkhand, India. Ghatshila is famous for its refreshing natural beauty and considered as a prominent tourist destination in Jharkhand. Especially for the people of West Bengal, Ghatshila renowned as a health resort and large numbers of Bengali tourists going there for the change of weather. Ghatshila is also famous for the great Bengali novelist Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, one of his master-piece work is "Pather Panchali". Now a day JTDC (Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation) takes initiatives to promote state tourism all over the country and abroad.

Ghatsila

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Phuldungri Hill is a small hillock located about 2 km away from Ghatshila on the National High Way No 33. There is a spiral pathway through which one can drive up to the top of the hill. The hillock is heavily covered with lots of tall Sal trees and its pathway covered with red pebbles which attract lots of tourists. A magnificent aerial view of Ghatshila city from the top of Phuldungri Hills is unforgettable. It also serves as a sunset and sunrise view point. If you are an adventurer, then a short trekking through the dense sal forest gives you an out-of-the-world experience.

Rankini Kali Temple of Ghatsila was constructed to worship to Kalimata, which is known as "Rankini Mata". According to past stories Narabali was done in the temple of Ghatsila. Rankini Devi is very popular among the local people and they believe the power and influence of the deity Maa Rankini. You can also trip to Jadugora hills which located just opposite to this temple.

Burudih Dam placed just 6 km North from Ghatshila. It was built in the British rule. You can play here with the speed or paddle boats. Binda Mela is held every year in the month of October at Ghatshila on the bank of the lake for fifteen days. It is a very popular, particularly for the Santhals tribes.

  Hazaribagh

Hazaribagh

Hazaribagh is a city and a municipality in Hazaribagh district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is the divisional headquarters of North Chotanagpur division. It is famous as a health resort and for Hazaribagh National Park (17 km from city).

Hazaribagh

Place of Interest :

Budhwa Mahadev Mandir (Lord Shiva Temple)

The lake of Hazaribag is also famous as a cafeteria which is the picnic spot in the heart of the town.

Hazaribagh National Park has hillocks, deep nullahs, thick tropical forests and grassy meadows. The sanctuary has wild bears, sambhar, nilgai, chital and kakar, sloth bears, and leopards.

Konar Dam, situated about 50 km east of Hazaribag

  Madhupur

Madhupur

Madhupur is a city in Deoghar district of Jharkhand. It is considered a health resort because the water there is said to cure many stomach and digestion ailments.

Madhupur is at 24.25°N 86.65°E. It has an average elevation of 228 metres (748 ft). Madhupur is surrounded by two monsoon rivers, Pathrol Nadi and Jayanti Nadi. They feed the Ajay, which is a tributary of the Ganges, meeting it at Katwa in West Bengal.

  Meghahatuburu

Meghahatuburu

Meghahatuburu is a census town in West Singhbhum district of the Indian state of Jharkhand. The town was largely built by the Steel Authority of India Limited as it is the Raw Material Division of SAIL.

Meghahatuburu

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The towns of Meghahatuburu and Kiriburu are contiguous, sharing many local facilities, although Meghahatuburu is in West Singhbhum district of the state of Jharkhand, whilst Kiriburu is in Kendujhar district of the state of Odisha. They are differentiated by MIOM and KIOM, the two iron ore mines. Meghahatuburu is a major tourist centre of Jharkhand. It is adjacent to a very dense forest (Saranda) and has streams and mountain ranges. Megahatuburu is very rich in iron ore and many companies are excavating the ore. This place had an annual rain fall of 128 cc which has decreased because of cutting of trees.

  Netarhat

Netarhat

Netarhat is a town in Latehar district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Referred to as the "Queen of Chotanagpur", it is a popular hill station.

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.

Netarhat

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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.

  Ranchi

Ranchi

Ranchi is the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand, and now it is the most populous city of the state.

Although Ranchi has a humid subtropical climate, its location and the forests surrounding it combine to produce the unusually pleasant climate for which it's known. Summer temperatures range from 20 °C to 42 degrees, winter temperatures from 0 °C to 25 degrees. December and January are the coolest months, with temperatures dipping to the freezing point in some areas. The annual rainfall is about 1430 mm (56.34 inches). From June to September the rainfall is about 1,100 mm.

Ranchi

Place of Interest :

Rock garden and Kanke Dam (Gonda hills): Gonda Hill and Rock Garden is situated at a distance of about 4 km from Ranchi town on Ranchi Kanke Road. Rock Garden is carved out of the rocks of Gonda Hill and resembles its design to rock garden of Jaipur. At the base of the Hill is Kanke Dam.

Hundru Falls: It is 45 km from Ranchi on Ranchi-Purulia Road. Here, the Subarnarekha river falls from a height of 320 ft (98 m).

Jonha Falls: Jonha Falls is also known as Gautamdhara, is around 40 km from Ranchi. It is approachable by both Road and train. The fall can be admired by descending around 500 steps. There is a tourist rest house which contains Lord Buddha temple. The river Kanchi flows nearby.

  Saranda

Saranda

Saranda forest is a dense forest in the hilly region of West Singhbhum district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. This area used to be the private hunting reserve of the Singh Deo family (the erstwhile royal family of Saraikela). The forest covers an area of 820 km². Saranda literally means seven hundred hills. Thalkobad is a scenic village at a height of 550 m (1,800 ft) in the heart of the forest. Thalkobad is about 46 km (29 mi) from Manoharpur, and about 160 km (99 mi) from Jamshedpur.

Saranda

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Tourists visit this place form all parts of the country to worship Lord Shiva. During this month. All Passenger and Express trains halt here.

But in the Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple of Maa Giri Rajeshwari is located 10 km from Kiriburu in Saranda. Countless devotees visit this place especially during Navaratra when the site witnesses special festivity.

Kulbonga Mahadev is situated 15 km from Manoharpur in Saranda. It is a very Big Shiva Linga in the village Kulbonga and for this reason only. It is named as Kulbonga Mahadev. A special fair is organized here during Shivaratri.

  Bindu

Bindu

Bindu is a small hamlet or village in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal, India.

The small town can be used as a base for several short treks in the lower Kalimpong hills. The most popular one starts from Todey to Tangta and leads towards Nerora Valley National Park. The area around is famous for cardamom plantation. Apart from agricultural plantations, intercropping inside forest is also common. The kingdom of Bhutan is just on the other side of Jaldhaka river. There is no restriction for locals to cross boarder and villagers from nearby Bhutanese area can be seen visiting the local market to buy essentials. The principal attraction of the place is its natural beauty. At an altitude of about 800 meters, Bindu is a low altitude hill station. Local people and their culture, forests, river, the Jaldhaka dam nearby makes this place an ideal sojourn for the city dweller.

Bindu

Place of Interest :

Godak Village : Half an hour walk from Bindu, a small scenic village famous for it cardamom plantation.

Todey and Tangata Village : A village of Tamang Community, known for its serene landscape and orange and cardamom plantation.

Paren : A small village on the way to Todey from Bindu offers great panoramic view of the surroundings.

Jhalong and Jaldhaka : A popular tourist destination just 12 kms ahead renowned for its Hydroelectric Project. There is a beautiful forest bungalow in Jhalong beside the Jaldhaka River.