Jharkhand: Ghatsila

 

Ghatsila is situated at the banks of the River Subarnarekha (Ghat means banks). Enjoy a walk on the banks of the river to feel the serenity of the beautiful city. This picturesque small town can be an ideal getaway for all those who love impulsive and unplanned breaks.


The rocks dotted on the valley look like an elephant from far away places in moonlight. The city is encircled by the hilly landscapes.

Moubhandar is well known for the Hindusthan Copper office. The Hindustan Copper Limited factory in Ghatsila offers you a peek inside its gates on certain days. Apart from Mosabani there are many places where coppers are available. Ghatsila is very rich in minerals.

Take a walk down through the scattered tribal villages around Ghatsila. Don’t visit the place with an expectation of a packed sight-seeing schedule. Plan a trip for a peaceful outing to enjoy the calmness of the city for seven days. It is worthwhile to drink the water of the small well, which has a medicinal power, inside the forest.

Enjoy the scenic beauty around Subarnarekha River while traveling by train. Gourikumja, the residence of the writer Bibhutibhusan Bandapadhyay, is the place where he breatheed his last. But the matter of the fact is that his resident was in ruins but due to the initiative of the state government, the house is now well preserved and freshly painted. There is a library nearby dedicated to the author.

There are many more beautiful and interesting sites to visit in and around Ghatsila. One such destination is the Pancha Pandava Tila. According to the belief of the local people, Pandava brothers had stayed there for a while during their exile. A kali temple is also there on the Pandava hill nearby. The surrounding hills resemble a structure of 5 dolls.
Visit Dohijora and Mosabani forest to enjoy the temperate atmosphere. The forest is bounded by pebbly hills and Subranarekha River. The blue water of the River looks fascinating.

Don’t forget to sip piping hot tea and take crunchy snacks from the local shops while enjoying the spectacular sunset at Ratmohana, situated 1 km away from Mosabani/Dohijora.

A dilapidated raj bari (The palace of the king) tells the tales of its long lost glory. Major portions of the palace are broken and neglected. But a part of the property is being used and maintained by the civil court of the town.

Another pleasant and enjoyable drive all the way through a forested area will take you to Jadugorar Jungle where the illustrious Rankini Temple (dedicated to a tribal deity) is situated. Not just tourists, tribal from near and far places are congregated in the premises of this temple. They believe that the deity has a spiritual power to fulfill their wishes. It is said that the children sacrifices were a well known custom previously but the British government has stopped that ritual.
Sri Ramkrishna and Vivekananda temple at Dohijora, Bibhuti Sangaskriti (cultural) Parishad, Fuldungri tila are the other nice places which deserve a visit. The natural backdrop of Fuldugri in the middle of Shal and Mahua is really pretty.

A tract through an intense forest crossing Subarnarekha River by a bridge will take you to Shiva and Parbati temple in 5 hours. According to the rituals devotees come to this temple carrying water from the River Subarnarekha.

One can also take pleasure in an auto ride through the beautiful lash green landscapes to the artificial Burudih Lake and dam, located 9 km from the town. An auto will cost you 200 rupees.

Dharagiri falls, about two and half km away from Burudih, can also be visited to watch animals strolling on the landscapes amidst the enthralling and gripping greeneries. A glimpse of the adjoining Kali temple will offer you a divine feeling. Arranging a picnic here is definitely not a bad idea. Take a guide alongside from the Basadera village and walk another one km to enjoy the charm of the mystic nature.

How to reach: Take a train from Howrah railway station, Kolkata. You can try the Ispat Express, which leaves at 6.55 am or the Steel Express at 5.30pm.You can also take a car. Auto rickshaws, rickshaws and private cars are available for traveling in and around Ghatsila.

Where to stay: Budget hotels and guest houses are available in Ghatsila. You can check out Bibhuti Vihar, Anandita Lodge, Hotel Akashdeep, Hotel Jyoti Palace, Hotel Oasis, Hotel ajoy, Hotel aranyak, Suhasita Resort and Hotel River View.