Welcoming 2022 – sharing my journey experience in pandemic year

After a year gap, I have started writing on my blog. When I first started my blog in 2009, I thought to share it with you as a traveler and entrepreneur. I have shared my entrepreneurial and traveling experiences through various posts.

Today, on 31 December 2021, I have felt that my work profile has been changed and veered from entrepreneur towards Academic. Last few years, I have spent time in academics and pursued Ph.D. in management from IIT Kharagpur. I become a professor from an entrepreneur.

Hence, today I plan to share experiences as a teacher but traveler by heart. Starting from 2020, we all faced tough challenges and times due to pandemics. I have faced challenges in professional and personal fonts. However, we managed to sail through all the difficult times. I shared my experiences as a traveler, professional, and family man.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Kolkata, we visited in April 2021

1) Traveler life in last two years: since 2020 January, we stopped traveling due to pandemic. Moreover, I have visited a few places for the previous five years as my daughters are preparing for jee and neet exam. Hence, family travel was restricted. I have seen only Yelagiri and Mandarmoni in the last two on very short tours. No weekend journey, no long tours for last few years as daughters were busy preparing exams.

In 2021 December, I just visited Mandarmoni for a short break. Hope in 2022, we can explore more areas, as my daughters have already cleared the exams.

Visit to Yelagiri (vellore)

2) Professor life: last two years, since the onset of the pandemic, I have taken classes on the online mode. I am teaching marketing subjects to MBA students, hence, facing challenges in engaging students in online classes. After all, online classes are boring missing interactions with students.

Hope, 2022, classes will be offline once the pandemic is over.

Mandarmoni beach tour at Resort Dream hut in September 2020

A quick meeting with my students

I am with Students on 25 December 2021

3) life as a parent: my twin daughters are preparing for competitive exams. The exams were postponed due to a pandemic, we were really anxious. Children were under tremendous tension. As a parent, we were sharing the pressure with our daughters. Even we could not think of any leisure travel during that time. Finally, my daughters cleared NEET 2021 and JEE  mains 2021. We are a bit relieved now.

Now, I feel we can get time in 2022 for travel and put more time into my Academic research.

Next 2022 would be equally challenging as the world yet to come to terms with Covid, and I hope we can be more prepared to covid in 2022.

With that hope, I am ending this post and wishing you a happy new year 2022.

Mandarmoni tour- resort beach of West Bengal

I have written this travel blog after a gap of years. Because of the pandemic, we stopped leasure traveling with family for the last two years. This time we have decided to visit Mandarmoni becasue of its serinity and less crowd at the beach location. We started for Mandarmoni beach resort at morning 6:30 pm from our residence at Kolkata and reached the location by 11 am.

It is being a weekend (18-20 December 2021), the price of resorts/ hotels were at higher side. If you like to stay at Mandormoni during peak season, the minimum rate starts from INR 2000. We checked in Hotel Nilkantha Resort. We booked 2 rooms for four family members for two days. Hence, we bargained it at INR 3000 per night per room. Two rooms were sea-facing rooms. Food prices are reasonable.

Our hotel at Mandarmoni

Beach view from our hotel room. It is a new hotel and the private
sea view beach is under beautification process

If you like to eat crab at the beach, better you walk along the beach at reach makeshift restaurant on the beach, we can order crab at a cheaper rate. We tried that option and found crab curry was really delicious.

We are at Mandarmoni Beach

The morning walk was really refreshing. While walking, we spotted a date juice seller. They are making patali gur from the date juice. We enjoyed the date juice and purchase patali gur for making rice pudding at home.

Sunset at Mandarmoni Beach. View from our hotel
Selling date juice and patali gur near the beach
Night view of Mandarmoni beach

Yelagiri tour

This year, October was a special month, as we planned for Vellore trip for medical check-up. During our stay at Vellore, we managed to get one day free time for sightseeing around vellore. We checked in hotel Palar Residency near Vellore city center through OYO. Since, we got a one day time, we selected Yelagiri for a day long tour outside vellore.

Way to Yelagiri hill

Way to Yelagiri hill

Yelagiri is a small hill station tucked away 90 km from Vellore City. It is located along the highway connecting Vellore to Bangalore. It is situated off the Vaniyambadi-Tirupattur road at an altitude of 1700 meters above the sea Level and spread across 30 km.

Along the hilly road toward Elagiri

Along the hilly road toward Elagiri

The Yelagiri village located on the hill top of Yelagiri hill (also spelled Elagiri) is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys. From the national highway it was 20 km drive along the hilly track to reach the hill top.

We booked a AC Sedan for a day long tour and started from Vellore at 8 a.m. After an hour drive, we took a breakfast near a hill view restaurant. When we reached Yelagiri village town it was 10 am. I found it as a small town on a hill top. You can find few hotels here. Driver parked our car in a tourist spot called “natural park”. From here we started our day long sightseeing at Yelagiri.

  • Nature Park: This is big park located right at the center of hill top town. This park was established in the year 2008. Entry fess is 15 Rs. Per head and car parking 20/-. It consists of an aquarium, rose garden, an artificial water fall, and a musical fountain. We located the artificial water fall at the end of the park. But, they only operate it on Sunday. The entire part is nicely maintained. If you come from metro city, you can compare it with a big park in your city. We spent about 40 minutes in the park.

At Nature Park Yelagiri

At Nature Park Yelagiri

  • Murugan temple: It was 2 km drive from Nature park. You can have short stay here for vising temple.
  • Fundera Park- From the Murugan temple, it is again 1 km drive to reach this park. I find this place really interesting. It is a privately maintained park at the lap of verdant hill. Entry fees- 200/- per head. However, I find it worth to spend for this 30-45 guided tour in the natural park. You can feed all animal there. I like the most is “Bird aviary”. Superb experience. Our guide was very courteous and eager to explain everything. I also like the walking through the rain forest.

Fundera park - natural beauty

Fundera park – natural beauty

Fundera Park Yelagiri

Fundera Park Yelagiri

I am in Big Bird Avairy

I am in Big Bird Avairy- Fundera Park Yelagiri


  • Punganoor Lake Park: When we finished our tour at Fundera park. It was 2 pm. We quickly finished our lunch there. And returned to our last spot “Punganoor park”. It is one of the most popular landmark in Yelagiri Hills just located opposite of nature park. It is an artificial lake 25 feet deep with an adjoining park. Entry fee is Rs 10 per head and car parking rs 20/- Best part of this park is enjoy boating in the lake. We paid rs 200/- ( 4 person) for 20 minutes boating in the park.  Another nice experience we had when we made round across the lake boundary by walking. The views of hills surrounding the lake was awesome. You can easily spend 1 hours time in the park.

Boating in Punganoor Lake

Boating in Punganoor Lake


Punganoor Lake -quite and clam environment

Punganoor Lake -quite and clam environment

It was 4 pm when finished our tour at Yelagiri tour and set out for return journey to Vellore.

Evening views from Yelagiri hilltop

Evening views from Yelagiri hilltop

Few important information for tourists:

Cost of hiring cab for Yelagiri- you may not get any public bus service for yelaigiri from Vellore. Better book a cab for day long tour. We booked Swift Desire (AC Sedan) at 2800/- and toll charges (130 two way) extra. If you book Artica and similar cab, they may charge you between 3000-3500/-

Best time to go Yelagiri: I feel you should above rainy season. Best time could be September- February.

Restaurant: I found limited option available there for fine dining. We have taken food at a restaurant named “Food Corner” near the gate of Punganoor Lake Park. Very tasty food. They also provide lodging facility at “Yelagiri Residency”(04179-235313)

Pros of Yelagiri tour: Close to Vellore city, very quite and clam environment, cheap foods

Cons of Yelairi tour: It may be good for 1-2 night stay as the hill station yet to be developed. Not many sightseeing places.

However, I found Yelagiri is perfect destination for 1-2 days break from hectic city life.

Visit to Haridwar and Rishikesk

It was a chilly morning in IIT Roorkee campus on 2 December (Sunday) 2018. A canopy of fogs envelopes the entire campus. My phone is ringing as our driver, Ashasan bhai has been waiting at the reception of Kshola international guest house in IIT Roorkee campus. After 2 days of PANIITIMC 2018 conference, today our team ready to explore some important places to visit in Haridwar and Rishikesh in a day long tour.

Haridwar- holy land of Maa Ganga and Shiva updated

Patanjali peth

From IIT Roorkee, it is 35 km drive along national highway 58. After breakfast, we started for Haridwar. After 12 km drive from IIT Roorkee, we stopped at Patanjali peth on the way. It is a big campus with hostel, Ayurveda research center, Patanjali hospital etc. It was nice experience to enjoy the good ambience inside the campus. Especially, impressive status of Munni rishi (saints) inside the campus reminded us the rich heritage of our contribution in Ayurveda. We spent about 15 minutes inside the campus.

Patanjali peth entrance

Patanjali peth entrance

Patanjali hospital in the campus

Patanjali hospital in the campus

Way to from Haridwar to Rishikesh

Our first destination is Rishikesh. Hence. We take the bypass to avoid jam inside Haridwar city. While crossing the Haridwar city through bypass, we see the divine views of gahts also along the river. Big Shiva statue gives us Holly remainder that we are in the holly city. In the left side, we could see the Manasa temple and Devaki temple on Neel Parbat. We didn’t stop there, as we have plan to cover these places in the return journey.

Statue of Maharshi Patanjali inside the campus

Statue of Maharshi Patanjali inside the campus

Leaving behind the Haridwar city, we are speeding across the NH 58. On the way we crossed few dried rivers. We located a tiger reserve forest at the left. If you have time, you can explore this area and try your luck to meet tiger in Shivalik Himalayan range. One of our team members, narrated his experience for closer encounter with a wild beast while he was in project in Tehri dam area. He narrated the area, its geography, and people. And we other people are listening. Time has been passing by…

On the way from Haridwar to Rishikesh, distant view of Haridwar city from road

On the way from Haridwar to Rishikesh, distant view of Haridwar city from road

Tiger reserve Area on the way to Rishikesh

Tiger reserve Area on the way to Rishikesh

After few minutes, driver informed we reach Rishikesh market area. Our car crossed the congested city. I am looking for divine feeling with the darsana of shadus. However, it is city are. Shivalik Himalayan starts from here. Big mountain range came close to our vision. Now on the right we could Ganga River.

Rishikesh tourist places

Our first spot in Rishikesh is Laxman jhola. Driving from Haridwar towards Rishikesh, we first spot Ram jhola. Since, we like to visit the farthest point first, we don’t stop at ram jhola, keep it for the return journey from Laxman jhola.

1) Laxman jhola:

After 3 km journey in the uphill from Ram Jhola, we reached the Laxmon jhola. It was really awesome view when we reached entry point of the hanging bridge. Nice view of Gangas, Shivalik Himalayan range, and device presence of the temples in the slope of the mountain range mesmerized us.

At Laxman Jhola - our team members

At Laxman Jhola – our team members

I am at Laxman Jhola, distant view of temples at the other side

I am at Laxman Jhola, distant view of temples at the other side

What to see there in Laxman jhola

A) Walk on the hanging bridge: it was an awesome experience to walk and feel the divine blessings of nature and Maa Ganga. You can enjoy nice views of hilly valley on both side of the bridge with Maa Ganga flowing under the bridge. You can see rafting teams are enjoying their rides in the river.

Walking on the Laxman Jhola- an awesome experience

Walking on the Laxman Jhola- an awesome experience

Beautiful view of Laxman Jhola

Beautiful view of Laxman Jhola

B) Shiva temple: After crossing the bridge, you take left turn to reach 14 story pagoda style temple, popularly known as Shiva temple or Antiriksha pati Shivalaya. I urge to go to the top of the temple for Darshan of Lord Shiva. You can get best view of Laxman jhola and surrounding mountain from the temple top. just superb experience.

Shiva temple at Laxman Jhola

Shiva temple at Laxman Jhola

C) Parvati or Maa durga temple. You can visit similar temple nearby just opposite Shiva temple.

Parvati or Maa durga temple

Parvati or Maa durga temple

Top view of Laxman Jhola from Shiva temple

Top view of Laxman Jhola from Shiva temple

D) River rafting: we go the nearby ghat to touch the divine river (stream of Maa Gangs). You can book a boat for the family.

River Rafting in Laxman Jhola

River Rafting in Laxman Jhola

If you time, you can hire a guide at Rs 100 for 45 min to 1 hrs.

Top view of Laxman Jhola from Shiva temple

Top view of Laxman Jhola from Shiva temple

Top view of Laxman Jhola from Shiva temple

Top view of Laxman Jhola from Shiva temple

Near Ganga River bank at River rafting place

Near Ganga River bank at River rafting place

The time required for converting this place: about 2 hours.

2) Ram jhola:

When we finished our tour at Laxman Jhola, it was 1 pm. We immediately started for Ram jhola. It is a bit crowded place. We parked our car in the parking lot. It is 5 minutes’ walk from the parking zone. It looks bigger and stronger than Laxman jhola.

At Ram Jhola, more concrete bridge

At Ram Jhola, more concrete bridge

What to see here?

A) Hanging bridge: it is a bit busy bridge, security people would not allow you to stop on the bridge. Hence, we took some quick snaps of the bride and reached the other side of the bridge. Since there are many famous temples in this side of the river. For better guidance, we hired a guide at Rs. 50 for 30 minutes tour to visit important places and sham near Ram Jhola.

Walking on the Ram jhola bridge

Walking on the Ram jhola bridge

Awesome view of Ram Jhola from Ganga River bank

Awesome view of Ram Jhola from Ganga Riverbank

B) Gita Bhavan: Our guide narrated the history of Gita bhaban, temple, rudrakha tree. Inside the campus, we see hundreds of accommodations for devotees. Guide informed us that visitors can stay free inside upon pre-registration.

Gita Bhavan at Ram Jhola

Gita Bhavan at Ram Jhola

  • Inside the temple, we see a single page manuscript which contains all slokas of Gita.
  • On the back of the temple, we see an old lady is sharing bhatki lesson with other devotees.

C) Paramartho Niketan asram:

It is a big ashram. Very nice view all around especially the view of adjacent Ganga ghat. We took few snaps here. You can take lunch here (lunch meal Rs. 75) in this ashram.

Paramartha Niketan at Ram Jhola

Paramartha Niketan at Ram Jhola

Beautiful campus inside Paramartha Niketan

Beautiful campus inside Paramartha Niketan

We couldn’t cover the following points in this trip

  • Swargasram
  • Shivananda Ashram
  • Few other temples

Note: you need at least a day to cover all the ashram in this area.

We spent about 2 hours to cover 3 ashram in Ram Jhola.

After completion of site seeing tour in ram Jhola, we finished our lunch in a reputed river facing restaurant near the parking area.

Mystic evening at Ram Jhola, beasutiful sight of River Ganga and surrounding valley

Mystic evening at Ram Jhola, beautiful sight of River Ganga and surrounding valley

Ram Jhola vs Laxman Jhola

Again, this is my perception. Laxman Jhola is located at the outskirt of the city Rishikesh. Hence, I found less crowd and more feeling of closeness with nature. Whereas, Ram Jhola is located right inside the city, and more crowded bridge. You can’t even stand on the bridge. Really a lot of rush on the bridge.

Since Laxman Jhola is the narrow hanging bridge, we could feel the undulating of the bridge. However, we couldn’t feel that on Ram Jhola.

Third, I feel views of hills, river rafting, distant views of temples in the valley in Laxman Jhola are more mesmerizing than Ram Jhola.

Fourth, we found ghats in Ram Jhola are more spacious and safe than Laxman Jhola.

Time planning: I feel that for better coverage of Rishikesh ghats and ashram, we could spend 2-3 hours in Laxman Jhola and 4 hours in Ram Jhola.

In my next trip, I will keep 2 complete days for Rishikesh as I love to spend time in the ashram.

3) Haridwar:

This is the most sacred place for Gangs darshan and offering Puja to Ganga Maa. After Rishikesh darshan, it was 3:30 pm we started for Haridwar. Our plan was to see cover the following points

Harke Pouri Ghat at Haridwar, evening time, pilgrims are gathering for Sandha Arti

Harke Pouri Ghat at Haridwar, evening time, pilgrims are gathering for Sandha Arti

A) Mansa Devi Temple and enjoying ropeway journey

B) Chandi Devi temple on Neel Parbat

C) Evening prayer at Harke pouri ghat – most sought after event in Haridwar.

Harke Pouri Ghat at Haridwar, evening time, before Sandha Arti

Harke Pouri Ghat at Haridwar, evening time, before Sandha Arti

We were looking at the clock to reach Haridwar as early as possible. However, we stuck in a traffic jam while returning from Rishikesh and wasted 40 minutes time in a traffic jam. We lost hope in visiting Mansa Devi temple.

Finally, at 4:30 pm, we reached Haridwar, we noticed that the preparatory chanting for evening prayer was started. Without wasting time, we rushed to Harke pouri ghat for securing our space for Gangs Maa arti and prayer.

We found already devotees occupied the space near the river stream. Anyway, we purchased a sitting mat for sitting on the abode for arti darshan.

I observed the same arti 12 years back with family. I was a divine feeling to hear the chanting of mantra in the sacred ghat.

Arti started at 5:30 pm. All devotees are raising hands and the following chanting with pujari. All diyas are lit up along the ghat and all devotees are chanting song with sandha arti. It was really a divine feeling. I feel I have been waiting for this moment in today’s trip.

Harke Pouri Ghat at Haridwar, Arti Going on- a Divine feeling

Harke Pouri Ghat at Haridwar, Arti Going on- a Divine feeling

Arti is over by 6 pm. Now it was time to return IIT Roorkee campus. I couldn’t feel how the time has been passing by. When we reached IIT Roorkee guest house it was 7: 30 pm. Not really exhausted, rather feel relaxed and day-long memory still afresh in mind.

Hope I will come to this holy place again with more time and plan.

Some facts

1) Car rental: we booked a swift desire for the whole day trip at 2000. And car parking charges were extra. Car parking cost: Laxman Jhola 50 rs; ram Jhola – 150 rs, Haridwar : 50 rs. Hence the whole travel cost is 2250. (From IIT Roorkee)

2) Lunch: we took lunch at a good restaurant; per head lunch cost 200. However, you can have lunch at the ashram at 50-70 rs per head veg thalli. You can take lunch Dada Boudi hotel in Haridwar.

In my last journey, I found many Dada Boudi hotels and they all are claiming they are original. I also don’t know who is original. Did some research and select the one for lunch.

Best time to visit: I visited in December, my last visit was in May 2005. But, summer is good for touring in the hills. However, I feel during Durga puja vacation, you can visit this place.

Hotels in Haridwar: this time stayed in IIT Roorkee guest house, hence no specific information to share about hotels in Haridwar. However, on my last trip in 2005, we stayed in Haridwar. There are many hotels with different price budgets available there.

Hope you this post useful. Please share your view.

Raigarh Tour – exploring cultural city of Chhattisgarh

Raigarh, the cultural capital of Chattisgarh, is also known as a famous tourists destination for exploring culture, mythology, the natural environment at the same place.

My travel blog related to Raigarh is linked to my service posting in Riagahr. I have joined a few months back in O. P. Jindal University as an Assistant Professor (marketing). I always love to explore nature in my own ways. As usual, I did an online research to find top tourists places in Raighar.

My family also joined me after Diwali vacation. We booked an AC cab (Maruti Artica) for the whole day trip for visiting famous tourists’ destinations in Raigarh. Online details were not enough to select the right tourists’ places for a day-long sightseeing and nature exploration in Raigarh. However, based on the recommendations from my colleagues, I have selected the following tourist’s spots:

  1. Banjari Mata Mandir
  2. Kelo Dam
  3. Gaja Mar Pahari Mandir
  4. Suraj Garh bridge
  5. Chandrahasini Devi Temple, Janjgir
  6. Ram Jharna
  7. Rabo Dam

Frankly speaking, if you like to cover all these places in a single day, you need to keep 8-10 hours’ time and have to travel over 200 km in your car. This is November month, hence we started our journey at 7:30 AM in the morning, and plan to complete the journey by 5:30PM.

Let us move to narrate my journey experience.

1) Banjari Mata Mandir: This is one of the famous temples in Raigarh, located along the Raigarh- Ambikapur road via state highway 1. Since I am staying at Punjipatra Jindal Officer Colony, it is hardly 3 km from my housing. This is our first tourist spot. However, if you come from Raigarh city, you have to drive 20 km towards Ghargoda. While driving towards Ghargoda, after Grewani, you will find Banjali Mata Mandir on the right side.

Banjari Mata Mandir - main gate

Banjari Mata - main temple

Banjari Mata Mandir- sorrounding temples

Banjari Mata Mandir- surrounding temples

We reached mandir about 7:45 AM. Being it a morning time, there was no rush. We immediately reached the main Mandir. Local pujari informed it is a very old temple, new temple premises was built in 2003. The present structure you see now, become ready for darshan, was built in 2011. Inside the temple. We have seen the various avatar of Maa Durga. I feel that Banjari Mata is also an avatar of Maa Durga. In every Navaratri, there used a big celebration in this area.

We have found many small temples inside the temple ground. We have spent about 20 minutes in the temple. Purari Ji also offered Prasad. With the blessing of Banjari Mata, we started our day-long site seeing tour in Raigarh.

2) Kelo Dam

After Banjari Mata darshan, our next destination is Kelo dam, this man-made dam was built over the rivel Kelo. If you come from Raighar City, Kelo dam comes first, afterward Banjari Mata Mandir. Since we are moving towards Raighar City to cover the other spots, hence Kelo Dam came after Banjari Mata Mandir.

Driving on the Kelo Dam

Driving on the Kelo Dam

After 10 Km drive from the Mandir, we spotted the big barrage of Kelo dam.

The Kelo dam was set up as a part of irrigation project covering areas like Kharisia, Pussore and Raigarh blocks of Raigarh district and Dabhara block of Janjgir-Champa district. Kelo dam in Chhattisgarh built on Kelo River — a tributary of Mahanadi River main basin is targeted to be completed by the year 2018.

Nice view of reserviour, lock gate and sorrounding hilltops

Nice view of reservoir, lock gate and surrounding hilltops

Kelo Dam -lock gate

Kelo Dam -lock gate

We drove on the dam till the lock gate. It looks that the driving pathway on the dam is not well supported by the concrete road. When we reach the lock gate area, we found it entry path was closed for the visitor. We walked down to the side of the lock gate and took some snaps. The whole area is covered with small hillocks. Before Durga Puja festival (Navaratri), the whole dam and nearby by hillocks used to be covered with Kash flowers. The Kash flowers declare the advent of Durga puja. While going from Punjipatra towards Raigarh town, I used to enjoy the envelope of flowers covered the hill and surrounding area.

What to see here? Dam and natural surrounding; if you enter the small village down the bank of the dam, you can find a small garden for visitors.

How much time to spend at this place: 20 minutes; maybe the whole day for picnic goers.

3) Gaja Mar Pahari Mandir

Our next destination is Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mandir near Gaj Mar Pahar, popularly known as the “Pahari Mondir”. This is located right inside the Raigarh City. Hence, our car crossed the Kelo river bridge inside the Raigarh City. I feel that this place is 4 km from the Raigarh Railway station.

Way to Gaj Mar Pahari Mandir

Way to Gaj Mar Pahari Mandir

In my opinion, this is one of the best places to spend quality time during your day-long tour in Raigarh. Our car stopped right outside the entrance to Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mondir. The long gateway welcomes us to visit Bajranboli over the hilltop.

Ariel View of Raigarh city from Pahari Mandir

Ariel View of Raigarh city from Pahari Mandir

Pathway towards Pahari Mandir

The pathway towards Pahari Mandir

Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mandir

Finally, we reached the Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mandir on the hill top

Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mandir and Shiv Mandir on the hill top -side view

Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mandir and Shiv Mandir on the hill top -side view

I found nicely build stair steps welcoming us to the hilltop. The whole path has good stairs and covered with sunshade all the way to the hilltop. After riding up about 400 steps, finally, we reached the Sankat Mochon Bajranboli Mondir at the hilltop. We took Prasad and set there about 30 minutes.

Shiva Temple on the hilltop

Shiva Mandir on the hilltop

Hilltop view of Raigarh City from Pahari Mandir

Hilltop view of Raigarh City from Pahari Mandir

What to see there?

  • You can see the nice aerial view of the Raigarh City
  • I observed the rail tracks and the views of 2-3 trains running on the track (entering and leaving Raigarh Railway station)
  • Very nicely build Shiv temple on the hilltop

How much time to spend at this place: 30 minutes; very quiet and calm place.

4) Suraj Garh bridge

This is an offbeat location outside Raigarh city. If you love nature and like to enjoy the vastness of Mahanadi (where you can see how island inside the river is the major source of cultivation), then you go for a drive to reach Suraj Garh Bridge and local people fondly called as Nodigaon.

Suraj Garh bridge on Mahanadi

Suraj Garh bridge on Mahanadi

After visiting Pahar mandir, we took the state high – Sarangar road towards Raipur. The is the main road connecting Raigarh with Saraipali. After 10 km drive from the city, we took left From Koratarai chowk to reach Suraj Garh. If you go straight instead of taking the left side, then you would reach Chandrahasani Mandir. But, we take left turn to see the beauty of Suraj Garh Bridge which is about 2 km long, the longest bridge in Chattisgarh.

Awesome view of Mahanadi and island

From koratarai chowk, it was another 15 km journey we reached the foot of the bridge. We paid Rs. 20 as a toll. On the bride, we stopped our car near an island inside the Mahanadi. We see a big island and many farmers are engaged in cultivation. There are no huts on the island. I feel local farmers use boats to reach the island from the mainland. We spent 10 minutes on the bride.

What to see there?

  • The cool drive on the bridge.
  • Spend times on the bride and look panoramic view of the river and small series of islands.
  • Vast nature around filled with fresh air and water body
  • If possible talk to river waves and surrounding

Note: It is good for the nature lover. Other passengers can skip this place

How much time to spend at this place: 10-15 minutes

5) Maa Nathaldai temple at Timralgaon

Instead of coming directly from Raigarh, we are heading towards Chandrahasani Mondir via Suraj Garh. Before crossing the Mahanadi, we took a left for car parking and heading towards Maa Nathaldai temple at Timralgaon. The temple is looked like a chariot on the riverbank. We visited the temple for Devi Darshan.

Maa Nathaldai temple at Timralgaon

On the river bank, there are nice sitting places under the tree. You can see the distant view of Maa Chandrahasani Mandir located on the other side of Mahanadi.

In fact, Chandrahasani mondir and Maa Nathaldai temple are just opposite of Mahanadi.

What to see there: Maa Nathaldai darshan and the nice view of Mahanadi

Distant view of Maa Chandrahasani Mandir located on the other side of Mahanadi

Distant view of Maa Chandrahasani Mandir located on the other side of Mahanadi.

How much time for being there: 20 minutes.

Our Family at Maa Nathaldai temple at Timralgaon

Our Family at Maa Nathaldai temple at Timralgaon

6) Maa Chandrahasini Devi temple

This is the most famous tourist spot in Raigarh. This is located in Chhattisgarh ‘s Janjgir-district and 30 km off the Raigarh City. The location is known as Chandrapur, surrounded by Mahanadi and Mand River.

Maa Chandrahasini Devi temple

Maa Chandrahasini Devi temple-main gate

After paying the visit to Maa Nathaldai temple, we crossed the Mahanadi River to enter the market adjacent to Maa Chandrahasini temple. We parked our car at flowers stall and purchased flowers and coconut for offering puja to temple.

It was 12:30 pm, we just crossed the temple gate to reach the main temple area. There was a jam-packed pathway with devotees standing before the entrance to the main temple. We stood for 30 minutes in the queue. Finally, we got darshan of Maa Chandrahasini. Maa idol almost resemble the idol of Maa Nathaldai. Some reference quoted that Maa Chandrahasini is an avatar of Maa Durga.

History of Chandrahasini Devi temple

Chandrahasini Devi temple is one of the 52 Shaktipeeths and here Durga Mother is immortalized as a moonhasini (smiling moon). Due to the face of the Moon, its fame is known by the name of Chandrahasini and Chandrasini mother.

Hindus have great faith and deep reverence on Mother Moon. Devotees are worshiping maa with coconut and agarbatti. By worshiping maa with the flowers, Mother fulfills all the wishes of her children with selflessness. All devotees who come here to fulfill their desired wish. There is no limit to the faith of the devotees on the mother, as it is no limit on the compassionate devotees of the mother.

Ashwani Navratri and Chaitra Navratri are worth seeing to see on the holy feet of the mother. People turn on the occasion of Jyotikshal Navaratri for the fulfillment of their desires. Many devotees sacrifice sacrificial goats and poultry here to fulfill their wish. Here are mystical and religious tales of lakes, sea churning, Mahabharata’s gambling, etc.

Inside the temple premises, we have found many rides of the amusement park for children. I could not understand why so many rides (from haunting house to other children rides) are located close to the main temple.

We have found the famous landmark of Chandrahasini Devi temple near the main temple. It was a big statue: half Lord Shiva and half body are Maa Parboti. You can see this statue even from the other side of the Mahanadi River.

Half Lord Shiva and half body are Maa Parboti

The famous landmark of Chandrahasini Devi templeHalf Lord Shiva and half body are Maa Parboti

You will find a few good restaurants here. You can finish your lunch here. However, we started for Raighar City for Lunch at Restaurant ChappanaBhog near Raigarh Station.

What to see here: Chandrahasini Devi temple, nearby temples, children rides, boating in Mahanadi

How much time: 60-90 minutes

7) Ram Jharna

It was noon when we completed our puja at Chadrahasani Temple. We decided to return Raigarh city for lunch. As for the next tourist destination Ram Jharna, you need to cross the city to reach the spot. Hence, we started for Raigarh, 30 km ride from the temple.

Ram Jharna Entrance

Ram Jharna Entrance

We finished our lunch at the famous family restaurant Chappana Bhog, located near the Raigarh Railway station. Our next destination Ram Jharna is about 20 km from the Railway station. On the way to Ram Jharna, we see the main entrance cum campus of Jindal power and steel factory. On the right, we see the biggest and famous Jindal School in Raigarh. After a few km drive, we found the hilly trail on the right side.

Path in Eco park at Ram Jharna

Path in Eco park at Ram Jharna

I was early waiting for a splendid view of Jharna (fall) at the next destination. In Google search, we found it a Niagra type fall. I thought there must a big jharna at the spot. After few km drives, we reached the main gate of Jharna. We paid Rs 40 as entry fees with the car.

My expectation reached a high level. I tried to listen to the sound of the waterfall behind the woods. Inside the park, I found many picnic parties are doing the picnic. But, with the utter surprise, I could not find any so-called jharna in the spot. Ram and Sita Mata statues are there. There was artificially made Kumbha. Yes, we found a small pond like Kumbha and water is flowing out a pipe and dancing down on a hilly track. I tried hard to match this tiny trace of water track with Jhrana. Again, I could not found imagine any Jhrana. I do not why people are calling it Ram Jhrana. Maybe in another era, there was Jhrana here.

Eco trail and park at Ram Jharna

Eco trail and park at Ram Jharna

However, I found that the area abounded with monkeys who are chasing picnic goers for food. I am very disappointed with the mismatch between the name of this place and actual reality. I feel this could be a good place for picnic parties.

Artificially made Kumbha

Artificially made Kumbha- water is flowing out a pipe and dancing down on a hilly track-what we call as Jharna

8)Rabo Dam

To meet the consumptive water requirement for the 1000 MW thermal Jindal power plant, this Rabo dam has been constructed about 25 km away on the River Kurket.

Rabo Dam

It was 4 p.m. in the evening. It is a winter season, the sun is on way for the day’s off. The driver told us we can have the nice sunset view behind the hilly range in Rabo dam. From Ram Jharna, it is about 20 km journey and normally take 30-40 minutes time. We promptly agreed. Our driver took a narrow road through the jungle. He informed it is the shortest route to Dam. Road condition was excellent, however, there are many twists and turn through the jungle. Hence, we could not drive fast. But, the journey experience through the jungle road was awesome. On the right side, we see the lush green hilly range and left side we see the valley covered with deep jungle. It was a 30 minutes ride. We came out of the jungle and took the village road and meet a river that goes to the river. It was about 5 p.m., we reached the bank and saw sun is already hiding his face behind the hill.

Finally, we reached the Rabo dam. It is just like the other dam. It was not vast like Maithan or Panchet dam in West Bengal. The water catchment area is not big. However, we find the scenic beauty awesome. Sun already set behind the hill. Still retreating sunlight make the whole area more mystic. The left side we see the hilly range and right side over the dam catchment area we see the landscape vanishing into villages.

Awesome view of Reservior at Rabo Dam

It was almost evening, we started returning to my Jindal colony at Punjipatra. This time we made a round of the water reservoir and went to the village side. We saw the Jindal bus was standing there. Actually, this dam is maintained by Jindal Power. I find this dam more clean and beautiful than Kelo dam. Near the lock gate of the dam, you can locate a temple on the hilltop just opposite the lock gate area. It was closed when we arrived there. But, the good place to spend quality time in this place

Few important facts about Rabo Dam:

  • Catchment area: 783 sq km
  • Submergence area: 681 ha
  • The top level of dam: RL 261.50 m

(Source: Jindal Power)

After Rabo dam visit, we returned Punjipatra about 6 p.m. The road condition from Rabo dam to Punjipatra was not good, as took the shortcut road.

Some factors about Raigarh tour

Best Time to visit: I find that Raigarh is full of industrial activities, hence lots of pollution through our the year. In that sense, the rainy season is good for fresh air and weather. However, winter is the best time for a sightseeing tour in Raigarh.

How to travel during a sightseeing tour in Raigarh? I strongly advise taking AC car even in winter. Because of mining activity, you would find dusty air all over the Raigarh. Hence, for dust-free travel, take AC car.

How much it cost for one-day car rental? I have paid Rs. 2700 for the whole day tour in Maruti Artica AC car. We are four members. Hence, it was quite spacious for the whole day travel and sightseeing. Car charges are like this

Swift desire: Base fare (only car with our fuel): 800/- + 10/- per km

Scorpion: Base fare (only car with our fuel): 1200/- + 10/- per km

Maruti Artica: Base fare (only car with our fuel): 1200/- + 10/- per km

Innova: Base fare (only car with our fuel): 1400/- + 10/- per km

All car are for 12 hours tour in a day.

How to book a car? I have booked my car from a Start-up Company Chalbo in Raigarh. I have spoken to CEO Amit Patel. They provided me with excellent support.

I Hope you find this blog post useful. Please let me know your view.


The rules of games on the Internet are changing at the rapid pace. The rapid development on the internet creates the opportunity for many entrepreneurs to test his/her business idea by either opening a shop online or promoting his/her idea online. However, the game for the throne is the same. If you like to build your presence online, your need is creative in promoting your ideas/product online, and at the same time be passionate about what you are doing, and developing content, knowledge, and product/service based offering which meets customer demand profitably.

I was looking for a person or entrepreneur who can share her/his ideas about the rule for the game of throne. While teaching in my MBA marketing class, I shared stories of many successful entrepreneurs whom I met in my professional life. An idea immediately stuck in my mind, why not to call Dr. Rebecca Harwin to share her ideas/rules/experience with the students.

I called Dr. Rebecca Harwin who is a successful entrepreneur and doctor. I have worked with her on several projects in my corporate/industry days. I requested her to take a guest lecture via Skype with my Students on the following theme and topics

  • Sharing experience of her entrepreneurship journey
  • Challenges in building the online venture
  • Ideas in designing the effective digital marketing plan
  • Building brand in the highly competitive global market
  • Sharing some of your marketing tips with the students and participants

The Guest lecture was conducted at OPJU, Raigarh Campus on 10 October 2018. The whole session was very engaging. The enlightened speech of Dr. Rebecca was imbued with lots of case examples and sharing a personal experience she had during her decade-long journey as a doctor cum entrepreneur cum renowned author.

Author brief biodata

Dr. Rebecca Harwin is a Chiropractor, speaker, international author, and experienced clinician and writer, and has been helping people improve their health for many years. Using her marketing knowledge she grew her patient number from 50-60 to 160-180 visits per week within 18 months. She is also the founder of www.ConquerYourPCOSNaturally.com

She has appeared in magazines such as USA Today, Channel Nine Coach, SBS Life, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire, Fitness First, Women’s Health & Fitness, Men’s Muscle & Health Magazine, Body and Soul, CEO Magazine and Cleo, and on Today Tonight.

Her work has been frequently mentioned in Indian top leading newspapers like Time of India (in 2014), Bangalore Mirror, Deccan Herald, etc.

She is successful not only as a Doctor but also as an entrepreneur in helping thousands of women suffering from PCOS.

Key takes ways from the guest lecture

Guest Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Harwin over the Skype

Guest Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Harwin over the Skype

A) The journey of entrepreneurs:

  • Entrepreneurship journey is full of challenges, meeting with unexpected outcomes, meandering through the path of uncertainty. However, one should focus his/her vision to build something which she like most in her life.
  • Working hard to build knowledge and content surrounding your products/services. Her service to provide medical advice to women suffering from PCOS. She has developed her time in building content in the form of
    • PCOS book and blog
    • Course creation & more books
    • Creating a community
    • The study, study, seminars, webinars, books…
    • Hence, the journey is to establish credibility in her domain to help her patients. There is no shortcut route, but hard work and dedication can shorten your journey time to realize your vision.

B) An entrepreneur whether you are developing venture online or offline, you may often face some common challenges in building an online brand. Here she shared some challenges…

– Trying all the options and the feeling of overwhelming– initially, you are a single person CEO. Hence, there are “there’s so much to do”. You need to have a plan to focus on your core area and outsource some non-core activities.
– Ways to make it work: Find your own comfortable ways to work, but do not push hard to reach your goal. Set a target with reasons.
– Finding the right team (and communicating clearly with your team members. You are the entrepreneur, not them).
– Discovering what works for you! What works for other, may not work for you. Hence, open to learn from mistakes and be adaptive in finding the best workable solutions.
– Content creation: Whether your product is IT software, apps or medical consulting services. The main challenges to developing relevant contents to engage your prospects online.

– If you find people are asking the same question on the similar topic in your area, it’s a good time to develop a video or generate detailed infographics.

– Balance: need to focus on the quality of life, health (don’t burn out as I did in practice). Stop doing for sometimes, and take a break and be effective.


C) Share ideas in designing an effective digital marketing plan

– Start with your BIG idea (it may not be 100% failure proof idea! However, keep chasing it and be open to learn from mistakes and make changes accordingly)
– Aims, goals, your why (it’s hard work, remember your why or you won’t implement any plan)
– REALLY consider where you want to end up (a huge billion dollar business requires more than a lifestyle business, for example).
– RESEARCH… what need exists in the market? It is sometimes, you become enslaved in your own idea, look from your customers’ perspectives. Learn from observing your competitors. Do some competitor analysis.
– What needs to be done? If you love it, schedule it. If you don’t or can’t, outsource.
– You must TEST, MEASURE, TWEAK again and again (A/B split testing)
– Retargeting – knowing who are the guys looking for the products in your niches. Reach out to them with great products/service based content on regular basis.
– Be active on and interact with your social media community (no-one loves a dead site)
– Joint ventures: Who can you work with to grow your reach? If you a doctor, possibly you can volunteer for a social cause for improving social health conditions.
– Always opt for quality (but also progress over perfection)
Learn the value ladder… Freebie (report, video) -> Low paid (book, small video series) -> Middle level option (course, higher level video series) -> Higher price point (personal coaching, intensive course) -> Highest price point (Mastermind group, or done for your option)
Pay to get in front of your ideal, hot client who needs and can afford your service.
– Direct response is important online (I remember mentioning Dan Kennedy – Direct Response Guru – in my MBA marketing course. The lecturer hadn’t heard of him. Know there is a difference between online and traditional marketing approaches).

D) Building a brand in a competitive environment

  • Don’t be a me too!
  • Create a unique framework or offering with oodles of perceived value.
  • Educate your community, give a lot of value, bring yourself/your brand to the table
  • Share your journey

E) Some marketing tips for budding entrepreneurs

What works for you?
– Similarweb
– Clickbank and Amazon for successful companies you can model
– Funnel hack
– Help Out a Reporter   (get media coverage and then use it everywhere)
– Re-Use and repurpose
– Guest post on influential and less influential sites (for the exposure and the backlink)
– Follow Google best practices, always
– Focus (multitasking only scatters)
– If you’re getting started and need to do a lot yourself, work out the priorities, plan your path, get affordable and free tools to help (canva, picmonkey, schedule on social media (i.e Hootsuite)
– Link to a media story where appropriate and ethical to do so.
– My good friend Ben Angel says some people will love you, others will hate you, and that’s great. Because if you’re not polarising, people aren’t noticing or talking about you… He was advised by his dad if it doesn’t make you nervous, it’s not worth doing
– You will fail at something at some point. It’s only failure if you don’t learn and adapt.
Be stubborn.

Note: (The above views are shared by Dr. Rebecca Harwin during the Guest Lecture; we have taken her permission to post this information on my blog)
Dr. Harwin has also developed and maintained a strong social media presence, through Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ConquerYourPCOS), Twitter (http://Twitter.com/ConquerYourPCOS), Pinterest (www.Pinterest.com/ConquerYourPCOS) and YouTube.

Santiniketan tour – a journey to feel the blessing of Kobi Guru Rabindra Nath Thakur

I have written the blog post of about “Santiniketan tour”  after 9 years of our family tour to Santiniketan in the Month of September 2009. If you plan for 2-3 days week end tour from Kolkata, Santiniketan icould be a top choice for travel lovers.

Our journey to Santiniketan – long drive experience 

We took road journey to reach Santiniketan. It was a nice driving experience in rainy morning in September. We started from Kolkata in the morning around 6 pm. Though it was September month, one round of morning rain made the journey cool.

We took National Highway 2 (NH2) to reach  Panagarh, after Panagarh we took right turn from the Darjeeling more towards Illambazaar. On the way, after crossing Illambazaar, we drove through a Sal jungles. It was 9 am. We are listening the famous song of Rabindra Sangeet. Melody of Sangeet mixed with the beauty of nature, made my car driving memorable.

After few minutes of drive, we reached Sir niketatan. We booked our stay at Poushali lodge inside the Santiniketan campus. Our lodge was located next to Prof. Amarta Sen’s house. In fact, in my knowledge, it was only lodge located right inside the campus.

Sightseeing inside the campus

We visited many memorable places inside the campus. Just to name a few,…

Campus tour:We visited many memorial buildings and exhibition centres inside the campus.

Memorable experience to spend morning time in the Amra kunja (mango gandel). My wife was singing a Rabindra Sangeet, and my little daughter Richita was dancing to that song. I  writing this blog post after 9 years, still that time, song, dancing sequence and tranquillity of green campus are afresh in my mind.

The whole day, we spent in the campus. We also visited a mini zoo inside the campus.

Upasana Griha at Santiniketan

Upasana Griha at Santiniketan (dated September 2009)

a) Amar Kutir

b) Vidya Bhavana

c) Kala Bhavana

Prakriti Bhavan Nature Art Museum

Prakriti Bhavan Nature Art Museum


d) Partha Bhavan

Patha Bhavana Bolpur

Patha Bhavana Bolpur

e) Sriniketan

Santinikatan Building

Santinikatan Building

Pathsala under the tree in Santiniketan

Pathsala under the tree in Santiniketan

Amra Kunja - My daughter was engaged in drawning

Amra Kunja – My daughter was engaged in drawning


Santiniketan mela just opposite Partha Bhavan- local studnets sold home made foods and crafts

Santiniketan mela just opposite Partha Bhavan- local studnets sold home made foods and crafts

F) Ballavpur wildlife sanctuary (Deer park)

Inside the deer park

Inside the deer park

Second day: we visited places outside the campus

1) Kankalitala Temple (The Shakti Peethas): it was about 5 km from the campus.

At Kankali Tala Mandir on 17-09-09

At Kankali Tala Mandir on 17-09-09

On the way to offering puja at Kankali Tala mandir

On the way to offering puja at Kankali Tala mandir

2) Kopai nadi: it is really awesome place for nature lover. You can walk through the nature, see the brids chattering over the tree. Spend some time near a lonely river kopai still bearing the memories of Kobi Guru Rabindanath Thakur.

Kopai Nadi , Site seeing

Kopai Nadi , Siteseeing

Khoai -Nadi -canyon

Khoai -Nadi -canyon

3) Prakiti bhraman kendra: it shows the marvellous creation of arts.

Praktiti Bhavan -Near Khoai Nadi

Praktiti Bhavan -Near Khoai Nadi

Praktiti Bhavan -Near Khoai river

Praktiti Bhavan -Near Khoai river

4) Village tour for kutir Shilpa.  I couldn’t not recollect exact name of the village. Based on the guidance from local people, we drove 30 minutes through the village road to reach that nondescript village to see the Bengal tant work in that report. It was day of Vishwakarma puja. When we reached the village, the whole area was decorated with flowers and pandel. We were tourists there, still they treated us as special guest. They invited us to have prasaad in a makeshift tent.

We spent the whole afternoon in that village, and returned to lodge before dusk.


Return to Kolkata

It was our last day (3rd day) in Santinikatan.

Someone told us there was tribal mela near kopai nadi on every Saturday afternoon. We couldn’t miss that chance. We waited till 4 pm to enjoy mela.

Purchasing crafts in the Tribal meal near Kopai Nadi

Purchasing crafts in the Tribal meal near Kopai Nadi

Crafts at display in the fair

Crafts at display in the fair

After mela, we are now ready for returning to Kolkata

After mela, we are now ready for returning to Kolkata

Baul song near the kopai nadi, made the afternoon nostalgic.   we left Santinekaton, it was 430pm. We started for Kolkata carrying with sweet memories of Santiniketan and Kobi Giru Rabindran Nath.

Lucknow tour- very short tour to explore city of Nawab

It was a conference tour to present my paper at prestigious PAN-IIM conference in IIM Lucknow. Our research team from IIT Kgp started our journey from Kharagpur to board Kolkata -Lucknow Indigo flight. It was about 2 hours flight journey to reach Lucknow airport at 11 am on 14 December, 2017 (our tour was 14-17 December 2017). We reached our destination IIM Lucknow in 40 minutes car drive and checked in International hostel inside the campus.

5Th Pan IIM conference 2017 at IIM Lucknow Campus

5Th Pan IIM conference 2017 at IIM Lucknow Campus

Since, we went there for conference, most of the time we were  busy in attending relevant sessions and lecturers. Meanwhile, we roam around beautiful IIM Lucknow campus in the afternoon. By 16th December morning, my presentation got over. Now free for the  city tour. Since, Lucknow is a city of Nawab, hence, we plan to see most important historical places in Lucknow.

Beautiful IIM Lucknow Campus

Beautiful IIM Lucknow Campus

Normally, I used to read a lot about history and directions before visiting the places. But, time was limited due to conference activities. But tempo was high after I finished my presentation, as only limited time left for touring.

Some quick facts about Lucknow:

Lucknow is popularly called as city of Nawabs. Nawabi culture and foods make this city distinct from other cities in India.

It was a kingdom of nawab of Awadh.  The rulers of Awadh (anglicised as Oudh) governed the states in north India during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Nawabs of Awadh belonged to a dynasty of Persian origin from Nishapur, Iran.

The top most historical places to see in Lucknow are 

1) Bara Imambara

2) Rumi Gate

3) Chota Imambara

4) Clock towers

5) Moti Mahal

Places to enjoy and shopping

  • Lucknow kebab
  • Chikan sari/garment

Journey started at Bara Imambara 

Our team set out to visit Bara Imambara from IIM Lucknow campus. When we reached the venue, it was 12 noon. Being it Saturday, there are many school teams and picnic parties inside the premise. We entered through the mail gate, and got mesmerised to see the vast and beautiful architecture of Imambara. We took ticked and price is Rs. 50 per head for entrance to old and new Imambara, and art gallery.  So single ticket is enough to visit there top 3 locations.

Bara Imambara gate

Bara Imambara gate

At Bara Imambara, it it better take a guide. They charge Rs 150 per team of 3-5 people. But it’s  worth to spend on it. Without guide you cannot feel the history of Imambara. We took a quick tour inside the main tomb of this beautiful structure. There we found samadhi of Badshah Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh .

Main entrance to Bara Imambara

Main entrance to Bara Imambara

First guide handed our team to second guide to explore bholbhuliya (labyrinth). This located on the top of tomb. Seeing through the secret window and sensing riddle of narrow path inside bholbhuliya could made you nervous. Without using permutations and combination, our guide  narrated that there  are hundred of ways you can get stuck inside the maze.

Ariel view of Lucknow city from the top of Bara Imamabara

Ariel view of Lucknow city from the top of Bara Imamabara

While walking though narrow dark lane, guide informed us to put ear on the left side wall. We could hear that someone was whispering from different chamber in the maze. Popular proverb, “deoler kan ache” (wall can also listen your talk) was originated from here. Following guide direction, we reached on the top of the bara imambara. We took some photo session on the top. From, here you can see distant view of clock towers, Chota imambara, rumi gate. All are located in a km distance.

After coming out from bholbhuliya, we were handed over to the third guide to explore Bouli. It located inside  the bara imambara campus. In Bouli, our guide explained how if some enter through the main gate, can be captured as a image on pond located beneath the fort. We took a quick round inside Bouli.

Chota Imambara

Chota Imambara

Chota Imambara

After Bara Imambara visit completed,  we now moved to visit chota imambara. It a nice, but small  structure. Which entering, one self appointed  guide asked us: what is meaning of big metal fish near the entrance? What is the meaning of statue in the garden? What there are the purpose of  certain hooks fastened on the main gate? “These are really top secret. If you like to know you have hire me as your guide at a fees of INR 100.” he exclaimed. But, we refused take guide here.

Magnificent view of Chota Imambara

Magnificent view of Chota Imambara

When we entered  the main mosque, a young man explained history and significance of this place.  He also explained the answers of the  3 questions that the first guide asked. We gave them Rs 30 as a tip  He was very courteous.

Clock towers and rumi gate

Clock tower near Rumi Gat

Clock tower near Rumi Gat

After Chota Imambara, we walked back to clock towers and spent some time near rumi gate.

Rumi Gate -famour landmark in Lucknow

Rumi Gate -famour landmark in Lucknow

It was 4 pm by that time. We took an auto to reach the nearest junction for shopping. Lucknow is famous for chikan garments. I purchased chikan sari for my wife from Aarohi market. We finished our lunch in this area. It was 5:30 pm. We booked another OLA  cab to return to IIM Lucknow campus.

It was a quick tour. We, in fact , need more time to explore Lucknow old city and Moti Mohal etc. However, we managed to see few  important places in Lucknow in a half day tour. Hope, in our next tour we would explorer cultural heritage of Lucknow.

Why I am not taking any resolutions on the new year day!

It is a popular habit or custom among us to take major resolutions on new year day ( first January) every year.

In fact, we keep our all plans on plate to be self-approved on the new year’s day. Some of us takes 1-2 week time to plan about what resolutions to be considered for final approval on the D day.


Photo credit: Funny new year resolutions 

I feel this habit makes me lazy to take faster decision throughout the year. Hence, this year I take a resolution not to take any resolutions on 1st January. Rather, I plan to take decision on every first day in every month.

While spending time in a new year party, one of my friends informed me that he was quite excited to take major resolutions after lot of planning. On the contrary, I informed him that I quit this habit of taking resolution on the first of January. Hence, now I am more relaxed to enjoy my time with family. Yes, my planning has been started from second January. And I have another 11 new month’s days for planning and executing my personal and professional tasks.

Happy new year wishes to my friends!

Jhargram tour – a journey to the land of Malla Dev in Junglekhand

Monsoon sets in July 2017 with full force; flood inundated in many part of west Bengal. We are not sure where to venture out during this monsoon. I feel the God makes some places suitable during manson for travellers. Jhargram is one such weekend destination, where you can enjoy the beauty of jungle, verdant villages, hillock, and waterfalls at the same place. News paper (ABP) also reported many tourists flocked to Jhragram for a short week end tour in Jhargram.

Our Journey to Jhargram though Shalboni Forest along state highway 5

Our Journey to Jhargram though Shalboni Forest along state highway 5

I also did same during this monsoon, but I have taken different route to reach Jhargram. I have planned my visit first to IIT Kharagpur with my family. And we planned Jhargram Tour from IIT Kharagpur campus. We reached KGP on 11Th August 2017 and checked in Visveswaraya Guest House. As usual, we checked Google for all possible tourist destinations in Jhargram.  In fact, I have visited Jhargram 2 years back. But this time I planned tour with my family.

We are at Visveswaraya Guest House, IIT Kgp campus ready to leave for Jhargram Tour

We are at Visveswaraya Guest House, IIT Kgp campus ready to leave for Jhargram Tour

Jhargram tour plan from Kharagpur: I have checked few travel agents. And finally, I selected four seater Swift Desire (AC) car for day long tour in Jhargram. The cab cost me INR 1900 for day long tour Jhragram.

We booked our cab for tour on 12Th August (Saturday). We made our Google Map ready. We ate ready with all possible information of tourists’ destination (known and little known) in and around Jhrakhand.  Our Journey started from IIT Kharagpur campus around 8:30 AM. After few km Journey, we crossed Nimpura area to reach National Highway 6 (NH6).  We take left towards Lodhasuli.  It was 30 Km journey to reach Lodhasuli bus station along the highway. During the journey, we observed jungle on both side. After reaching bust stop, we took right turn to take State Highway (SH5) towards Jhargram. Jhragram is about 18 km from this junction.  Driving is very pleasant through highway and view of country side relaxed our mind. On the way, we found long stretches of Shalboni forest.

We reached Lodhasuli bus stop along NH 6, from here we have to SH5 towrads Jhargram

We reached Lodhasuli bus stop along NH 6, from here we have to take SH5 towrads Jhargram

Our plan is to cover few important places inside Jhragram City first, then covers tourists places outside city. Here is the list of tourist places in Jhragram

  • Eco-Tourism Centre & Tribal Museum (outside city)
  • Jhargram Mini Zoo (Inside city)
  • Jhargram Raj Palace (Inside city)
  • Sabitri Temple (Inside city)
  • Kanak Durga Temple (outside city)
  • Chilkigarh Raj Palace (outside city)
  • Kendua village tour (outside city)
  • Medical Plant garden (outside city)

1) Eco-Tourism Centre first:  We first planned our visit to Eco-Tourism Centre as it comes before entering Jhargram city from Kolkata (Kharagpur side). But local people could not tell the exact location of this place. We are actually interested to see the Tribal Museum. I know many things are written on Internet, but when you actually look for the place and ask local people with that reference, you may not find good direction. Even our Google Map could not locate this place. Hence, we could not visit that spot. Anyway, after some search we left for the next tourist spot Jhargram Mini Zoo which is 2 Km from city centre.

2) Jhargram Mini Zoo:  It is famous for the deer park. An exclusive big area is kept only for deer park.  When we entered the park, it was raining; a peacock was spreading his wing before us. An important point about this place is that most of the animals are kept in very natural environment in the bigger cases (spaces). It’s not like zoo where animals are fighting for their own space. I mean we find this quite spacious. We spent about 40 minutes in the Zoo.

We are at Jhargram Mini Zoo

We are at Jhargram Mini Zoo

We found a peaock in happy mode in the Zoo

We found a peacock in happy mode in the Zoo

Inside the deer park, we feel that we are in the middle of jungle. Very spaicous

Inside the deer park, we feel that we are in the middle of jungle. Very spacious

(Important notes: Zoo is closed on Thursday, Timing: 9AM to 5 PM, enter fees : 20/- for each Adult)

3) Kanak Durga Temple: This my favourite sightseeing places in Jhargram. You should keep at least 2 hours for this place. This is really a nice place to hang out with your family. In my previous post Jhargram tour,  I have narrated history about Kanak Durga Temple. In this post, I have highlighted some additional information about this place.

Way to Chilkigar Kanak Durga Temple

Way to Chilkigar Kanak Durga Temple, road direction helping us amidst the jungle. From Jamboni more (on SH5) we need to take road to reach the temple

Since this our first family trip, I ensured that I would spend quality time here. There 3 important things to see in and around Chilkighar and kanak Durga Temple area:

Way to Kanak Durga temple through dense Jamboni Forest

Way to Kanak Durga temple through dense Jamboni Forest, Some sources called it Kanak Aranya

We entering Kanak Durga Temple nested in a deep jungle

We entering Kanak Durga Temple nested in a deep jungle

a) Forest with medicinal plants: We have to reach Kanak Durga Temple through a brisk jungle walk. We parked our car in parking lot. Then we started our jungle walk towards temple located other side of the jungle. From Parking lot to mandir, it’s a 300 meter journey though jungle (but nicely maintained in garden like environment) on the both side of the road, you see various types of medicinal plants and many big trees are nicely labelled. Many places you find deep jungle both sides, and many roots are coming from tree tops and winding other trees. My Daughetrs told me that this place may be perfect for shooting Hobbit movie. On the way you will cross a bridge over a deep narrow canal. If you look through, you feel like a mini Amazon basin. In fact, I would not be surprised, if I locate an anaconda near the canal. Now you understand the nice 300 meter walking experience through the forest before reaching the Temple premises.

We are entering through medicinal plant forest to reach Kanak Durga Temple

We are entering through medicinal plant forest to reach Kanak Durga Temple

Dense Kanak Aranya consitsing of medicinal plant near temple

Dense Kanak Aranya consitsing of medicinal plant near temple, my daughter looking into the forest.

b) Chilkigarh and Kanak Durga Temple: The main attraction of this place is 500+ years old Chilkighar Kanak Durga Temple. Chilkigar was a part of Dhalbhum. I have read history about this place. But as a traveller I share a very short historical description of this place. Few researchers believed that king Jagatdeo from Suryavansh dynasty hailed from Madhya Pradesh assumed name King Dhabaldeb after defeating Chilkighar’s king. He later assumed another name “Jagannathdeb Dhabaldeb”.

Old Chilkighar Kanak Durga Temple popularly called as Baramahal

Old Chilkighar Kanak Durga Temple popularly called as Baramahal

King Gopinath was a popular king in Jangle  (now called Jamboni) at that time. He got her only daughter married to Jagannathdeb Dhabaldeb. After this marriage, relationship between Junglemahal and Dhalbhum become stronger. It was a golden age of Jamboni. History narrated that Devi Durga came in dream of king Gopinath and order him to build the temple (old temple).

Old temple popularly was known as “Baramahal”. It was believed that there was stone idol covered with gold and was worshipped as kanak Durga temple. Local folklore narrated that God Chandi was kin to Kanak Durga. You may idol of God Chandi in nearby forest and she was worshipped by the local tribal.

Some quick facts  about Devi Kanak Durga temple for travellers:

Location of Temple: Kanak Durga temple is located in the Jamboni area, a Jhargram sub-division. It was known as ‘Gateway to Bengal” as it is located in border area between Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Devi Kanak Durga – is a symbol of Energy and Power. New idol is made of Kanak (gold)

Old temple made by king Gopinath, King of Jungle Mahal

Shifting of temple: Historian said that  king Kamalkanta planned to shift the temple, but Devi came in dream and oedered not to shift. Iold was there in that old temple for 300 years.

Pujari of this temple: Sarangi (Brahmin) family is main pujaro of this temple

New Temple: Another folk lore said, after a long drought in Chilikigar, there was sudden deluge in area and save the region from further prolonged draught. But deluge did not harm local population. Local aged people felt that Devi Mahamaya saved local people. And local people erected a new temple near 400 years old banyan tree. You can locate the same in temple ground.

Sacrifice of men (norobali): As per some historical account, there was a tradition of Naraboli (sacrifice of men) offered to Deity. It continued till the blood reached Dulung river (following down the temple).

Kingdom: Chilighar was a part of Samantabhum kingdom

General population: As per website update from folkgods.in, This is located in Village Dubra and general population is consists of Bhramin, and local tribal population. Though it’s part of Jhargam (West Bengal), but culturally it is close to Jhargram tribal culture.

Now Our journey experience to Kanak Durga Temple :

When we reached Kanak Durga Temple, it was 11:15 AM. We have kept about 2 hours time for this place as this is really nice place to enjoy.  This time while walking through the medicinal plant garden, we observed many labels were pasted on the various trees. This helped us to identify various types of trees.

New kanak Durga temple, recoonstructed near old mandir

New kanak Durga temple, recoonstructed near old mandir

When we reached main temple ground, we observed few small concrete shops are selling local foods and puja items. In my last visit, we found here many kaccha shops (huts) selling food items. Most of them were local people. That time, we ordered lunch in a makeshift food stall. They cooked food in their home located other side of Dulung river. They carried foods from there and served us at temple ground,

This time Mandir committee only allowed licensed few shops (about 6 shops) to sell puja flowers. Local people kept some precooked luchi-ghugni and chops as a lunch/ breakfast for devotees. They informed that temple committee does not allow any fire (for cooking) was near the temple premises. I am avid tea drinker, hence looking for tea stall. But, no sign of tea stall nearby. One local shop owner informed that I could get tea from a tea seller near Dulung river.

We located the old Kanak Durga Temple , and It’s remained in same condition as I saw 2 years back. Puja was going on in the New temple. Hence we rushed to new temple premises for Devi Durga darsan. It was really a hooly envirenemnt insde the temple and we felt relaxed and tranquiled after Devi darshan.  Mandir was closed by 12 Noon. Pujari was on a bike for retrunig to his home. Hence, visitor plan to visit this place make sure you reach before 12 Noon.

Greenery covering Kanak Durga Temple

Greenery covering Kanak Durga Temple

After puja we are free to jumgle darshan in and around the temple. As mentioned in historical accounts,  you would find many old trees guarding the temple ground. You can locate the most important big banyan tree near the near the old temple. This tree is supposed to be bridge between old and new Kanak Durga Temple.

c) Dulung river trip

When we finished the Devi darshan, I felt strong urge for tea break. On left side of the temple, you find a way taking you down to jungle path. Since I already visited this place, I guided my family to follow the jungle trail to reach the bank of Dulung river. Through a narrow step, we reached the river bank. Last time we observed a knee-deep water in the river in December. But, this is rainy season, hence river take full strength to refrain you from crossing the river. Many devotees are taking bath in the river.

Dulung river following the temple, nice view of jungle around

Dulung river following the temple, nice view of jungle around

We found a old man with a kerocine stove making tea and serving tourists. I placed order for 4 cup teas. We sit under a big tree near the river bank. While sipping the tea, we were hearing drum beats are coming from other side of the river. Tea stall owners informed that some tribal ritual was going on. Last time, we crossed the river and ventured into village walk on the other side of the rivers. As per legend, Devi Chadni temple might be nearby in the jungle. Norobali was tradition long back. Hope nothing is existing  now. I was narrating a tale of noroboli with my kids. Just to bring a sense of uncanny feeling of jungle and old rituals. Some kids from other tourists team was guzzling our story. Tea was finished by that time. Dulung river acknowledged our presence with a mind wave in the stream, It was sudden, but we found for a moment that water level was in Dulung river. It was 1:30 Pm by that time. Now time to reach temple compound on the up-slope of river bank. We come out from Chilkigar temple about 1:45 PM and boarded the cab for next destinations.

Dulung reiver bank, on the other side of the river you can enjoy village walk and bird watching

Dulung river bank. On the other side of the river you can enjoy village walk and bird watching. Last time crossed this river to walk into the village

4) ChiliKIgar raj palace: it is located 1.5 km away from kanak durga temple and located other side of Dulung river. In my last trip I missed this place. That time ee returned back from chilkigar kanak durga maandir. But after visiting this place, I felt that this is most historically rich place after kanak durga temple.

Chilkigar Raj bari located on the other side of Dulung river

Chilkigar Raj bari located on the other side of Dulung river

Main entrance to Chilkigar Raj bari

Main entrance to Chilkigar Raj bari- no description of this place. No historical account maintained here for tourists

We have kept 30 min for this place. We started for this place from kanakcdurga temple around 13:24  pm. We took the main road and turned  right . On the way we found lush green field and distant jungle. Our car took road in the down slop and crossed Dulung river over a rocky bed type bridge. Local tribal people were taking bath in the river. Herds of cows were bathing while crossing river. It was such a beautiful bucolic life; it was immediately framed in my mind. Car started ramping up upslope. After crossing this valley, we saw the main entrance of chilkigar raj place. It looked like historical monument counting it’s day before lost into oblivion. We entered into the palace ground, had 360 views of this place. Chilkigar place is just like big building showing its wounds due to negligence of local autthority. We have located a west Bengal government office placard pasted on the building facade. But there was no sign of people around. A big rath (lagannath dev rather) was parked inside a hall. In that vast complex, left side on the entrance, we found beautiful Temple, local people called it Shiva temple.

Inside Chilkigar raj bari, this temple is counting its day for geeting into oblivion

Inside Chilkigar raj bari, this temple is counting its day for getting into oblivion, jungle is threatening its presence. It is locked by iron gate. Entry is not allowed. No description of this place.

Beautiful Chilkigar raj bari temple. Local people infored me it is Jagannath Temple

Beautiful Chilkigar raj bari temple. Local people informed me that it is Jagannath Temple.

Opposite of the Shiva temple, there is a beautiful temple depicting cultural richness of jungle mahal and puri Jagannath temple.  This temple is extremely beautiful, and old architecture on this temple showed richness of the local culture. But, this is a neglected heritage side. Whole mandir is schekeled behind an iron gate. Jungle and bushed are eating its beauty. There is no signboard about this place. I checked with a local guy, that person after scratching head informed it is a Jagannath temple.

Shiv temple opposite Jaggannath Temple inside Chilkigar Raj bari

Shiv temple opposite Jaggannath Temple inside Chilkigar Raj bari

I am delighted to this temple and its architectural richness, at the same time I feel sorry to see its dilapidated condition. There much hoopla about Jhargram rajbari. But if you like history and nature, then I feel chilikigar raj palace tour experience is more fulfilling.

My honest review: Jhargram Raj bari vs Chilkigarh raj bari

In my opinion, I prefer Chilkigarh raj bari over Jhargram rajbari. WHY?

a) jhargram raj bari is like a heritage hotel. If you stay at their lodges, then you can get entry pass. Whereas, Chilkigarh raj palace is purely a natural tourist spot to enjoy moments with nature and history. Entry is free for all.

b) If you like to enjoy architectural beauty, then visit Chilkigarh raj palace, just saunter inside the campus and visit 3 temples inside. In jhargram rajbari, at most you can see a rajbari from gate and have a quick walk around a garden in front of the palace.

c) Jhargram Raj bari is located right inside the city, whereas chilkigar raj bari is located near Dulung river and surrounded by green villages.

Hence, for nature lover, I feel Chilkigarh raj palace is more suitable for tourist.

We spent about 30 minutes in this place. It was 2 pm by that time. We felt hungry and asked driver to take us to a good restaurant nearby. In fact, you would not get any dhaba or restaurant nearby. We drove another 12 km and reached Jamboni Chowck (towards jhragram) on SH 5 connecting jhargram and Lodhasuli. In fact, from this junction, you have to take 10 km ride to reach kanak durga temple. We checked in restaurant Green view (AC restaurant). Prices are reasonable, but foods are not tasty. Anyway we are traveller now. Just finished the lunch and moved for  second phase of our journey.

5) Jhargram Raj palace:  This is the second time I visited this place. Last time (2 year back), we were allowed to enter the premises, but entry is restricted now. This time security does not allow us to enter the premise. In fact, nothing to see here except just roaming around near the gate. This becomes a private hotel and it should be not publicised as a tourist destination for general tourists. I do not like this place.

Jhargram Raj bari

Jhargram Raj bari

For history about Jhragram Rahbari, read my last blog post Chilkigar tour

6) Savitri temple:  We reached Savitri temple at 3 pm. It was closed that time. So we could not enter  the temple compound. It is located near the state highway 5 and close to Jhargram city centre.

7) Kendua village:

it was 3:30 pm,  now we kept  2 hrs time for outside city tour. Our next tour is visit kendua Village and Garshalboni for bird watching and village walk (you can call it Jungle Walt). Both spots are close to Lodhasuli and located along SH 5. Many internet websites described many things about these locations. But it was hard task locate these places. As there are no sign boards, no directions,  no Google map direction. Even locals do not recognize by these names.

Way to Kendua village and medicinal plant garden

Way to Kendua village and medicinal plant garden. We are coming from Jhargram. From here we have taken right turn to reach Kendua Village and medicinal plant garden. No signboard for village and garden. Hence, we have taken local guidance to reach Garden. If you go straight, you would reach Lodhasuli more after 5 Km drive

When we asked Kendua village or Garshalboni, many locals showed a quizzical glance. But, our driver helped us a lot to find the location. . He asked many local people. Finally we located the junction from where we should take turn to reach the heart of the village.

How to reach Kendua and Garshalboni?

Trust me; there was no sign or banner to guide us. So we got guidance based on local people’s  view. If you come from kolkata/ Kharagpur side along NH 6, and you  take SH 5 towards jhargram. You just drive about 5 km and asked someone about “veshoj uddan” (local land mark) or medicinal plant garden. You find a right turn and take gramin road (concrete road) taking you towards Labkush. It’s nice road recently build under pm gram sarak jojnya prokolpo.

If you come from Jhargram side, after about 20 km car drive, you would find Shalboni forest on both sides of the state highway, then look for a big cement factory ( I feel it is Reshmi cement factory). Now you are close to Garshalboni. Ask any one for “veshoj uddan” (medical plant garden).after 200 meter drive, you would a concrete road on the left and banner placed nearby indicating it was build under prodhan montri gram sarak jojona. Take left to reach kendua village and medicinal plant garden.

8) Garshalboni and kendua village: it was a 3km drive through jungle type village environment. When we reached there, it was drizzling. Due to rain the whole environment turned into a green hub of variety of tress. Birds were twittering over the trees. Road condition was very good. When we were driving, we could not find a single person on road or in the  fields. Only nature was our company. On left, inside the deep jungle, we found a resort. But, we moved on as our target was to enjoy the nature around.

Journey through Kendua Village towrads Medicinal plant garden

Journey through Kendua Village towards Medicinal plant garden.It was drizzling outside

After 2 km  drive, we located a person emerging from the jungle. We asked about medicinal plant garden. He pointed a distant jungle and said it was behind that jungle. Since, we are new to this jungle path; we drove slowly for reaching our next destination.

9) Medicinal plant garden (Amlachoti Medicinal Plant Garden):  Local people called it vessaj uddan or Amlachoti Medicinal Plant Garden. While driving on the way from Garshalboni, we crossed a jungle and took left turn. Then we saw tourist car on the road and we asked them for garden location. The driven informed us that we already reached the location. He pointed a jungle path and told it was a entrance gate. Believe me it was just a jungle path, hardly can you trust that this path takes you to famous medicinal plant garden cultivating 100 + plants. Anyway, we took courage and entered the path. After 15 mitre walk, we found a small gate on the left. On the others side we found series of plant tray cultivating different species of plant. We found another tourist team also roaming in the garden.

Way to,main gate of Medicinal Planr garden, it was drizzling

Way to,main gate of Medicinal Planr garden, it was drizzling

It is a big medical plant garden nested in a deep jungle. It is Very well known spot among local people, but no landmark or signboard at main road (SH5) or at main gate of garden. While walking in the garden, one official asked where we are from. I told him that we are coming for IIT Kharagpur. He immediately took interest to show us variety of plants. Also he  guided us to know various species of tulsi, lemon leaf, mixed spice leaf etc. We also identify few known plant and unknown species used for treatment of various disease.

Garden official helping us to identify the plants

Garden official helping us to identify the plants

Spetakular view of Graden

Spectacular view of Graden

Suddenly, we smell of payesh (kheer) from nearby location. I hope some may offer us payesh in a while. My wife indicated that none was there for offering payesh, smell was coming from payesh plant, cultivated in a nearby location. We found many species of plant with labels for their function. After a few turn, we observed a tourist from another team enjoying musambi under a tree. I became cautious to guesstimate like payesh last time. But he indicated  a tree and low hanging fruits. He collected musambi and enjoyed fruits that under the tree. Few more tourists also joined in searching and eating fruits in ceremonious way. In fact, we have found many good fruit are lying on the ground. But we have not tried any fruits; rather we took a sampling of rare tulsi species from nearby jungle by requesting local official. It was really an enriching experience to spend such nice time ib garden located deep inside the forest. I urge you to go there to spend time with nature and know many facts of medicinal plants.

Nice labelling on each plant

Nice labelling on each plant

It was 4:30 pm and we are now ready to return to Kharagpur. On our return journey, we also stopped at Lodhasuli for tea break. When we reached Kharagpur, it was 6 pm. We stopped at Jagannath temple near Big Bazar Kharagpur. It is a very famous and popular temple in Kharagpur. About 6:30 pm,  we returned to our Visveswaraya Guest House at IIT kharagpur campus.

Jagannath Temple near Big Bazar Kharagpur

Jagannath Temple near Big Bazar Kharagpur,

Returning back IIT kharagpur with swwet memories of Jungle Mahal tour

Returning back IIT kharagpur with swwet memories of Jungle Mahal tou

Some quick facts for tourists

1) Jhargram tour: This is a very nice weekend tour or sightseeing tour from IIT Kharagpur. Jhargram is about 47 km from IIT kharagpur campus. Hence this is an ideal one day tour from Kharagpur.

2) Tour cost: We have book AC car (swift desire) for INR 1900 . Price may be about 2000 depending on season and car type etc. If you come from kolkata, it is better to check in jhargram and take car from there. In that case,  car price would be less. From jhargram, it could be a local sightseeing.

3) How to reach Jhargram? : You can reach jhargram by train or car. Many trains are running between Howrah and jhargram. Check time table on online.

4) Other tourists places in Jhargram: since I have come this place from Kharagpur, I only managed to these local tourist spots in jhargram. But if you stay at jhargram, then you can plan Belpahari tour. If time permits, I will plan my next jhargram tour to belpahari tour.

5) Best time to visit jhargram: Winter is always the best time to visit these locations. However, you can enjoy Dulung river tour and jungle trip in rainy season. But avoid heavy mosoon season. Puja vacation is the best time to visit these tourist spots in and around jhargram.

Hope this help. Please share your comments.

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