WEEKEND ESCAPE TO JHARGRAM
Canonized with some of the most fetching beauties – Jhargram is located just a site of 182 kms. away from Kolkata endowed with all the natural artefacts like rivers, hills and a natural forest of Sal, Simul, Mohua, which makes it a travellers paradise for a change of weather.
Places of Interest
1) Eco-Tourism Centre : The Jhargram eco-tourism centre lies 5 km outside Jhargram town. Situated on the state highway, SH5 – enroute Kolkata to Jhargram, this beautiful forest retreat welcomes you to embrace the essence of nature. This complex also houses a tribal museum displaying the indigenous tribal culture of the district. Tribal folk performances are also held on weekends and visitors can enjoy food at the in-house restaurant.
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.
3) Jhargram Raj Palace: The Jhargram Raj Palace is the current residence of the Malla Deb Royal family, it is a structure combining the Gothic and Muslim architectural modes. About 20 of the rooms in the ground floor have been converted into a Heritage Hotel in collaboration with West Bengal Tourism. The Main Building and the Domes of the Palace are impressive. The Jhargram Raj Palace is an opulent Gothic structure, set in carefully laid lawns and gardens. Built-in 1931 AD, this Palace was designed by the Calcutta Improvement Trust during the reign of Raja Narasingha Malla Deb Bahadur. In the Palace campus, it is so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. It has also been a host to many dignitaries right from its inception.
4) Sabitri Temple: Goddess Sabitri is the ancestral deity of the Malla Deb dynasty of Jhargram, she is worshipped in form of Durga. There is no specific idol kept in the temple but a stone believed to have divine embodiment of Goddess is worshipped here. There are many fables and myths regarding Goddess Sabitri and the temple among the local people. Goddess is worshipped strictly according to Puranas the ancient Hindu religious texts during the Durga Puja as Brahmins recite hymns from the scriptures from the Devi Mahatmyam (Chandi Path) for ten days from Mahalaya to Dashami followed by the Maha Aarti on Durga Ashtami the eighth day of this orthodox worship and the Ritual drummers(dhakis) carrying large drums( dhaks) to show off their skills. The rituals of the Durga Puja are still organized and performed by the Royal Family of Jhargram.
5) Chilkigarh Raj Palace and Kanak Durga Temple: The temple was made by King Samanta, here Goddess is worshipped in form of Kanak Durga and she is also the ancestral deity of the Chilkigarh Royal Family. Goddess is worshipped with great pomp and splendor during Durga Puja.The river Dulung gushes in between the temple and the beautiful Raj Palace of Chilkigarh. This area is surrounded by 375 different species of plants and trees many of them are unique and are used for botany research. This place is about 12kms away from Jhargram town.
Morning arrive Jhargram by train from Howrah/by car and check in at Hotel After lunch visit the Eco Tourism Complex, Zoo, Rajbari and Sabitri Temple. Back To Hotel – Dinner.
Morning Bed Tea with Breakfast – visit Kanak Durga Temple. Dulung river, Chilkigarh Rajbari ) and Belpahari. – Launch Break – Checkout 03:30 p.m. and return to Kolkata.
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