We made the plan of visiting Garpanchakot forest all of a sudden. It was our Puja trip, and a weekend trip as well. What made me so excited was the thought of spending two nights in a mud house, located in such an adventurous place, so far from Kolkata.
On Astami morning, we took the Black Diamon express from Howrah, our destination was Kumordubi. From Kumordubi, Garpanchakot is just one hour driving. The place was very calm and quiet. We stayed in the Palasbithi resort; the accommodation was good.
Next morning, We went for sightseeing. First we paid a visit to the Birinchinath Shiva temple. The temple had a serene atmosphere, it also had a small waterfall; rumors have it that its water never dries up. The flow of the water was weak.
Our next destination was Muradi Lake. Its water was turquoise blue in color. The scenery around the lake was soothing. There’s dam in the lake for storing water. The area is called Baranti.
After lunch, we headed for Garpanchakot. It’s a ruin. In 1740, a Maratha cavalry ransacked this place and their fierce rule continued for next 10 years. The Marathas were called Bargi…remember the lullaby “Sona ghumalo para juralo, borgi elo deshe?”
Joychandi Hill was our next destination. We climbed 500 steps up on the hill, and reached a temple on the hilltop. We were not in a rush, so we were climbing very slowly.
There were plenty of places where we could sit and rest. Since up in the mountain, the whole place looks remarkable from stop-off points. We finally reached on the top. We were damn hungry by then.
The famous film Hirak Rajar Deshe was partially shot in the mountainous area.
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.”
– – Samuel Johnson
Next on the list was the Maithon Dam, which is located at Maithon and from Dhanbad, it’s 48 km away. There’s an power station, underneath the dam. In the whole South Asia, there’s no other dam similar to it. We rode down below, the scenery was too good from there. The structure of the dam was a bit weird, we inquired and came to know it was built to prevent flood.
Pachet dam was our final destination…but that was a different story.
Tour Summary :
Date – 22/10/2012
Tour Members : 5
Kolkata to Garpanchakot short Tour plan :
Day 1 : Kolkata to kumardubi, Purulia. Station to resort
Day 2 : Garpachakot sightscene
Day 3 : Sightscene Maithon and Panchet and Back to Kolkata
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