A trip around Ghatshila to enjoy the Christmas holidays


Want to take a tour to feel fit and fresh? Do you want to enjoy the holidays in the lap of the mother nature? Then Ghatshila is the ideal place for relaxation. Read on to know more what to see in Ghatshila and where to stay

Away from the maddening crowd of the city, Ghatshila is situated at East Singhbhum district of the state Jharkhand. The scenic beauty and fresh air of this town is always an attraction to the tourists and there are mountains, dams, rivers and forests to spice up your holiday trip during Christmas. Ghatshila has a railway station of the same name and it is around 50 Km from Jamshedpur, the steel city of India. You will love the chill during December-January and can relax in your own way along with friends and family. The town is located on the banks of the Subarnarekha River and possibly got its name from the rocky land of the quay of the river. Ghat is a Bengali term means quay and Shila is also a Bengali term that means rocks. There are many places to visit in this town and you will be amazed by the beauty of each one.

Ratmohona

If you reach there late in the afternoon, then start with Ratmohona. There you can observe the sunset which will mesmerize you. Ratmohona is a hillock and is famous for viewing sunrise and sunset. A little trekking is required to reach the spot and you will enjoy the surroundings while climbing up.

Burudi Dam

It is just a few kilometers away from Ghatshila where you will enjoy the serenity of the lake. It's an artificial lake constructed on the dam and the surroundings of this lake are always a special attraction where you will find the hills and jungles. Relax there for some time and proceed for Dharagiri Waterfalls. Though during December-January, you will not find the waterfall in full flow but the route is no less enjoyable. Around 3 Km from Burudi Dam, the Dharagiri Waterfalls is situated. You have to trek for about 10-15minutes through the forest and believe me it's an adventure.

Phuldungri Hillocks

The view of Ghatshila from the top of Phuldungri hills is fascinating. If you enjoy trekking then this is going to enthrall you.
Phuldungri
Try to imagine how you would feel to climb up the hills through deep forest. The hill is situated on NH 33 and it is covered with Sal & Mohua trees. If you feel a little tired after trekking, take some rest at the hilltop.

Gourikunja

The famous Bengali author Bibhutibhusan Bandhopadhyay stayed in Ghatshila and his house, Gourikunja, is a tourist attraction. Many of his novels and short stories were adapted into films and one of the famous among them is Pather Panchali. The author breathed his last at this house. The house was almost crumbling but after many efforts restored in 2008. Here many cultural activities take place throughout the year. Visit this place to feel the nostalgia associated with this house.

Rankini Temple

It is an ancient and famous temple among the locals and the goddess is known as Rankini Mata locally. King Jagannath, who belonged to the Dalbhum dynasty, built this temple devoted to Goddess Kali. It is said that humans were sacrificed to offer the Goddess during ancient times but later this practice was stopped by the administration.

Galudih

It is another health resort near Ghatshila. Take a stroll around the places to feel the beauty and to see the activities of the local tribal people. A very old and traditional Haat, kind of a wholesale market, opens there two times a week where you will find the natives selling and purchasing their daily requirements.
Galudih

Other than the destinations mentioned above, you can explore this small town by hiring a car and can trek to many other hillocks nearby. Since this is a small town it will not take much time to cover all the destinations during the Christmas holidays and there are many small villages nearby where you can experience the tribal culture of the Santhal tribe.

How to go to Ghatshila

You can go there by road, rail or air and the nearest major cities to Ghatshila are Jamshedpur, Ranchi and Kolkata. If you go by road, the distance from Kolkata to Ghatshila is 245 Km, by train, it is 215 Km. From Ranchi to Ghatshila, the distance by road is 150 Km, by train, it is 200 Km. The distance from Jamshedpur to Ghatshila is 50 Km by road and 36 Km by train. If you plan to travel by air, then the nearest would be Ranchi Airport. After alighting there you need to go to Ghatshila by train or bus according to your suitability. The best way would be to travel by train. The railway station Ghatshila is situated on the Mumbai-Howrah line and all the major express and passenger trains stop at this station. After reaching there, go to the hotel and hire a cab for touring the town.

Where to stay in Ghatshila

Since it is an attractive tourist destination, you will find many hotels there. It is always advisable to book the rooms before planning the trip and here details of 3 hotels are provided.

Bibhuti Vihar Ghatshila: This hotel is maintained by JTDC and offers good accommodation and food.
Address: Bibhuti Vihar, New SDO Post, NH - 33, Ghatsila, PIN - 832303
Mobile no: +91 9693998636

Hotel Snehalata: This hotel is absolutely near the railway station and they provide lots of facilities.
Address: Station Road, Ghatshila
Telephone: 0658225767
Website: www.hotelsnehalata.com

Hotel Meridian
Address: Dhaigora, River Side Road, Ghatshila,
Telephone: 06585225624


Article by Sankalan Bhattacharya
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