Ajodhya Hill and Forest Reserve Area

Ajodhya Hill and Forest Reserve Area

Ajodhya Hill and Forest Reserve Area
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debayan2015
Bokaro Steel City, India54 contributions
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Jan 2021
The area is beautiful. Especially the lower dam. You would mostly need a car. The roads are beautiful. Mainly there are three prominent things to see here. Bamni falls, lower dam and Upper dam. I found the lower dam to be the most beautiful. Bamni falls is also good but the steps are not made properly and it takes time to go down. Upper dam is also very beautiful.
Written February 2, 2021
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Tamalika M
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This was my first trip to Ayodhya Hill area, and I was literally blown away by the natura beauty of the place. Travelling during the Durga Puja, entire area is filled with "Kash Phool", the scenery was green, and the falls were at their best.

We visited the Muruguma Dam, Marble Lake, Lower Dam, Upper Dam, Bamni falls etc. I liked the Marble Lake and Upper Dam the most.
Written November 4, 2022
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Hawk_On_Lose
Kolkata (Calcutta), India10 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Couples
AYODHYA HILLS

1. How to reach

If you are driving all through, from Durgapur to Ayodhya Hills, the route can be divided into 3 parts:

a. Durgapur to Bankura (Bardhaman Bankura Rd. SH-9) – Excellent road condition (mid Jul 2015)

Durgapur - Barjora - Beliator Forest - Fulberia - Beliator - Bhedua - Bikna - Mithila - Bankura

From Durgapur (city center area) we started around 7:30 AM. Filled the fuel-tank from the petrol pump near Big Bazaar, crossed over to the other side of the GT Road to take the Bardhaman Bankura Rd. or the SH 9. The road condition is excellent (mid of July 2015) with a little city-traffic at the beginning, say during the first 30 mins till the Durgapur Barrage. After crossing the barrage the road condition is very good and I could comfortably drive at steady 70 KMPH. The road takes you straight to Bankura. Some important villages enroute are Barjora-Fulberia-Beliator-Bhedua-Bikna-Mithila then to Bankura. You can stop in these villages/localities for tea/snacks/etc. After crossing Barjora the road took us through the Barjora-Beliator Forest, which is an excellent streatch of drive and absolutely green all around. Since it is in the middle of Monsoon, it was raining almost all along the route. Except a few small stretches of bad-roads lasting for a couple of minutes each time, it was a very easy and pleasant drive.

b. Bankura to Puruliya – Excellent road condition (mid Jul 2015)

Dhaldanga - Bankura Unnayani Institute of Engineering - Pohabagan (Take right) -
Dulalpur - Bishpuria (Take left to catch NH 60A) – Indpur, Nabin Pukur, Belut, Puncha, Lalpur -
Hura – Gurda – Bauridih – Surulia – Namopara – Puruliya

We wanted to go by the above route taking left from Bishpuria to catch NH60A but by mistake continued on to Indpur. This route is a longer one, however ultimately connects with Hura. The road condition is excellent and the view on either side of the road is beautiful, with nature in its best looking form. The villages on the way are smaller with almost no shops or stalls to stop for a tea/snack. We road led us straight to Purulia Rail Station from where we took the National Highway connecting to Ayodhya Hills. Since we did not book lunch at our Guest House in Ayodhya Hills, we had our lunch in a road-side dhaba.

c. Puruliya to Ayodhya Hills (Most part is in plane, last 1 hr uphill, road condition is mostly good)

Purulia – Tamna – Jhunjka – Baghmundi - winding roads uphill – Ayodhya Hills

After having lunch at Purulia we continued on through the National Highway. Normally one should reach Bagmundi before driving uphill. We instead took right turn from Tamna and started uphill. The view changed drastically and the nature here is at its best. Beautiful lush green on either side of the narrow road (very good condition, you can do 70 KMPH), then suddenly the range appeared at the distant horizon. Fade behind rainy clouds, the view is mind-blowing. Very soon we reached the bottom of the hills, and the road started to change. Now we were driving uphill, initially in 4th gear, then 3rd gear, then very soon we faced winds where only 1st gear worked. The breadth of the winding road is sufficient for a city-driver to drive uphill. There is very little traffic, and unlike the roads to Darjeeling or Sikkim, there is almost no car coming from the other direction. We traveled during full monsoon this time, hence crossed many a parts of the road that had small brooks running across it. It is safe to drive even smaller cars like Maruti Zen, however it is important that it is not burdened with luggage and passengers. We drove 1200CC engine with luggage for 2 people and could do the uphill comfortably. Smaller the car (and CC), lesser should be the luggage.

One can also reach Purulia by train/bus and hire car from there to Ayodhya Hills. Daily buses ply from Purulia to the Govt. Guest House here in Ayodhya, which is also a famous option.

2. Where to Stay and Eat

The best and safest place to stay at Ayodhya Hills is the Niharika and Malabika Guest Houses under WBFDC. We came across a few other privately run guest houses, but it seemed to me that those are not safe enough or are not likely to be that comfortable, however cannot guarantee on that as we watched those from the car on our way around. The WBFDC Guest Houses Niharika and Malabika are within the same campus. There are several cooks, caretakers and other workers in the campus to look after the guests. There is an army establishment right next to the campus, giving us an additional assurance for safety.

The guest houses are in great demand, hence you need to book rooms in advance. May-June-July are considered lean seasons and you will be offered 20% discount for it. To book you room, you need to visit the 9th Floor of ‘Arya Mansion’ at Raja Subodh Mullick Square, Calcutta 700013. Ph (033) 22377041/43. If you are traveling by metro, get down at Chandni Metro Station and ask for ‘Hind Cinema’ (a 10 minute walk). From Hind Cinema simply walk across the crossing diagonally to reach ‘Arya Mansion’. Reach the 9th floor and enquire there. The lady is very gracious and willing to help with all information. You need to pay for your rooms in full advance. Keep the receipt carefully, as you need to produce it once you reach Ayodhya Hill Guest Houses. The room rent is about nominal Rs.500 per day for Non-Ac and Rs.1200 for AC (Mid July 2015). There are many room options to choose from.

Food is simply basic here in Ayodhya Hills. There is no restaurant/food joint (not even for a cup of tea) outside the Guest House. The cook here needs your order at least half a day in advance. Rice, Roti, Chicken, Dal, Vegetable and Posto Vada are commonly available at very good price. Carry some biscuits/wafers/chips as snacks with you as your emergency supply when hungry. If you do not want to have water here, you must buy packaged water / mineral water from Purulia as there is no shop once you are on the hills. We carried packaged water and loved the food cooked at the guest house.

3. Places to see around

It is important to have your guide arranged from the Guest House to see places around, as there is every chance that you will get lost in the hilly roads as there is no road signs anywhere and all hilly winds look the same. Most places are deserted and no one to ask for direction. Our guide ‘Khrishto-da’ is a gem of a person, always smiling and very gently. A half-day guide will charge you a nominal Rs.200 and take you around to the following beautiful places you must never miss:

a. Pathar-Khadan : A man-made lake in the middle of no-where, an absolutely quite place, a must visit for all
b. Bamni Falls : You need to walk down hilly steps through a forest to reach the bottom of the fall, a lifetime experience
c. Turga Falls : Similar to Bamni but a much smaller one
d. Chorida Village : Visit the people who make traditional ‘Chhou Dance’ Masks. We met Falguni Sutradhar Babu at ‘Adarsha Mukhosh Dokan’ right at the entrance of the village. His brother’s son is learning Rabindrasangeet and sang a song for us. We bought several masks of various sizes at very good prices (did not even need to bargain as the price offered is already comfortable)
e. Dam – a high dam with good view
f. Pakhipahar (Murra Buru Hill) – We did not go there
g. Gorshabru, Mayur Hill - Highest Pick of Ayodhaya Hill – We did not go there

The road condition for these see-around places is not always good. The stretch between Bamni Falls to Tugra Falls had some really challenging stretches. My Non-SUV car was already struggling during this stretch and many a times the rocks hit the bottom. There was a time when ultimately all others in the car left the car leaving it light enough to drive through the broken stretches, and they themselves (including our guide Khrishto-da) walked along. Unless you are driving one, an SUV booked for the sight-seeing is the best option. Phone the Guest House guys to check if they can arrange one, or that you need to book one from Purulia as a package tour to Purulia-Ayodhya-SightSeeing-Ayodhya-Purulia.

I must say, at the end, that all your plans, hard-work in arranging the tour, long drives, difficult terrain, all will be worth if you can finally do the trip. Its beautiful, its new, its adventurous.
Written September 6, 2015
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Shekhar Gangopadhaya
Kolkata (Calcutta), India109 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Couples
Travel Tips:-
1) We, a group of of 3 families (all 50+)visited Ajodhya Hills in mid March 2016 for 3 nights & 4 days.

2) We travelled from Kolkata by train up to Purulia Station. Then Ajodhya Hills Hotel (Niharika / Malabika) sent a vehicle to pick us per our request. Travel time from Purulia to Ajodhya Hills (40 Km) via Baghmundi town was around 1 hour 30 minutes. Road condition is good.

3) Duration of this trip should be 2 night 3 days - or at best max 4 days like our trip.

4) We stayed in Malabika (Niharika & Balaka are in same compound). This property is managed by West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation. Advance booking (available from Kolkata) is a must.

4b) Food available in Niharika are basic, tasty & reasonably priced. You need to place order at least 4 hours in advance. Drinking water is supplied from Aquaguard water filter.

4c) For mobile phone connectivity, please see point #14 below.

5) There are many hotels available. But, from out side look, none attracted us. Only a new hotel Pahari Kali attracted our attention which is located on a hill top with good views from room. However, we understood that food is not available in Pahari Kali Hotel. Interested traveller may contact Purulia's Akash Sarobar Hotel for details. We understand that they manage Pahari Kali.

6) For food, you may also check Ajodhya Rani Yatri Nibas & Restaurant close to health center / zila parisad office & walking distance from Niharika / Malabika.

7) We hired the same vehicle for local sight seeing & visited the followings:-

7a) Bamni Falls - walk down a large number of hilly steps through forest for seeing the falls with a good view. Then come up to your vehicle.

7b) Then continue travel to Tunga Falls which is much smaller than Bamni Falls.

7c) Piradi Lake - a natural lake formed in a plateu on hills on 2 sides. This lake is a man made reservoir for storing irrigation water. Road is too bad, unpaved portion for about last 5 Km stretch might be very difficult during rainy season. Many tourists are not aware & don't visit this place.

7d) Upper Dam & Lower Dam - A high place with a good view. We visited upper dam again on 3rd day evening for sun-set & spend some time there after sun set as well.

7e) Chorida Village - Chou Dancers live here. If interested, buy Chou Mukhos.
Referred shop - Prasenjit Mukhos Ghar, Sanjay Sutradhar. Saniay's uncle is Falguni Sutradhar, Falguni has certificate at national level & is a bit more famous, his shop's name is Adarsh Mukhos Ghar)

7f) Road conditions to all places are good except the road to Piradi Lake. We covered all the above spots in one day (09:00 AM to 02:30 PM).

8) Additional nearby tourist spots that we didn't visit are:-
8a) Pakhi Pahar aka Murra Buru Hill.
8b) Gorshabru & Mayur Hills - Highest peak of Ajodhya Pahar Range.
8c) You can also arrange for trekking taking help from local tour guide.

9) Recommended Local Tour Operator - Mr. Benu Sen (Mobile - 70763 05030 / 8972 288 225). Mr. Benu Sen also arrange for package tour starting from Purulia Station to Purulia Station.

10) While returning to Purulia station on our 4th day, we travelled via Jaipur & saw Murugam Lake & Deulghata temple near Jaipur. It took us total 4 hours to reach Purulia.

11) When in Purulia, you can take lunch in Balaka Hotel at Purulia Station which is a moderate clean eating place bustling with local diners. If you are interested in up beat dining place (AC), then you may dine in Akash Sarobar Restaurant in Saheb Bandh area. We took our lunch in Akash Sarobar while returning. Food is good but costly. Better to place order in advance.

13) If you go in your own vehicle, then try to get a local guide (maybe Rs.300-Rs.400 Reference name "Khristo Da"). If your vehicle is not a light SUV, then it's better to hire local Tata Sumo.

14) Most of the time, mobile net work will not be available or signal will be too weak in Ajodhya Hills area. This scenario is applicable even inside Malabika / Niharika compound except a few spots. We were told that Vodafone & BSNL work in Ajodhya Hills compared to other telecom operators. Though we all have Vodafone, Airtel sims, we didn't notice any good improvement. Getting 3G will be very difficult. So you have to be satisfied with basic Whatsapp & FB. Similarly, GPS also did not work well due to network connection & also for the fact that the destination points are not that well defined in Google Maps.
Written March 29, 2016
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Shantanu D
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Sep 2016 • Family
Team of us:

Along with two of my family friends we have started for Ajodhya Hills on 1st Sep 2016 and came back on 4th September 2016. It has been a thrilled trip for us and enjoyed each others assignations. Thanks to my friends and family for a nice weekend.

ABOUT:

The Ayodhya Hills is a part of the Dalma Mountain range. At the border of JHARKHAND. You can visit Water Dam ( upper /lower ) , tribal dance ,lakes, jungles and walking in the village. Gorshabru is the highest pick about ( 2700 ft ) from plain land.Mayur Hill and Pakhi Pahar are the added attraction to feel the view of the natural beauty. You can trek on the hills and enjoy the feel of it. Specially in the rainy season lots of flower can be viewed.mountains are beautifully with the greenery that Purulia is famous for.

Points:

According to Hindu mythology, At the time of exile Lord RAMA stay here for two days.

Explore:

To arrange tribal or Chow dance you can contact Mr. Asutosh Mandi ( 9647944555 ). He can arrange the dance for you. Unfortunately we had missed the opportunity due to heavy rain. they will arrange in their place where you can relax and enjoy the dance.If anyone goes and upload the dance photograph then will be great-full.

Best Time to Visit:

Rainy and winter season.

By Rail:

The closest rail route is Barabhum Station or Purulia Station.
The Lalmati Express, Howrah Chakradharpur Express and Howrah Ranchi Intercity Express associate Barabhum to Howrah.
The town of Baghmundi (one of the fundamental doorways to Ayodhya Hill) is only a couple of kilometers from Barabhum.

By Road:

Total kilometers ( Sinthir More to Ajodhya Hills ) - 320 apprx
Straight to Durgapur via shaktigarh and burdwan. ( Panaghar roads are bad , rest are very nice )
Durgapur to purulia via Raghunathpor/adra. ( Cool Road )
Purilia to Ajodhya ( 40 Kms ) via TATA more ( beautiful road even up hills).
Approx time to reach 8 hours.

Stay:

A nice stay only at WBCADC bunglow. Two are ( NIHARIKA and MALOBIKA ). Awesome stay with nice hospitality.

NON AC - 800/- per day
AC - 1200 /- per day ( Not required except summer )

Rooms are big and clean. Outside are surrounded with tress and flowers. All the amenities are available.Big campus for playing and adda. Open air lunch and dinner.

Contact :

Kolkata:

WBCADC
6 Raja Subodh Mallik Square, 7th Flr, Kolkata -13
Near Hind Cinema Inox
Contact No : 033-22377041

Direct Contact:

Manager : Mr. Sujoy Singha ( 8001934058 )
Can take my reference ( Shantanu Das , tour on Sep 2016 ).
Written September 6, 2016
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sayansur
kolkata331 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Friends
I visited Ajodhya hill in mid of Aug'17. On 11.08.17 started from howrah by chakradharpur passenger, boarded at purulia junction on 12th morning. we have a pre-booked car there which was with us during tour & dropped us at purulia station again on 14th.
we went to our hotel akash hill top which is the best private hotel till date at the hill top. its just beside the govt. accommodation. Manager & staffs are very good. Rooms are also pretty good. nice view from the roof. on that day we visited murguma dam, upper dam, lower dam. in the evening we went to krishak bazar at baghmundi for necessary vegetables & meat purchase.
next day we started after bf & visited marble lake, bamni falls, turga falls, turga lake, pakhi pahar, khairabera dam, chorida village. we had lunch at sonkupi cafe.
next day morning we checked out hotel after bf at 10.00. on the way to station we visited usuldungri sunrise point. its a must visit place i suggest. from there we took a different road called ghati bera road which was earlier affected by maoist activity. but the road has a very nice scenic beauty. at last we reached station & catch our train lalmati exp.
for car booking you can contact Mr. Sankar Mahato 9800611522 (can refer my name), very nice person.
Written August 18, 2017
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Shibaji D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India241 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Friends
It is monsoon now in West Bengal, time ripe for a short vacation to a place nearby. Triggered by a suggestion from Aditi ( a friend and avid traveler), it was time for a pack of 10 of us to go on a journey to Ayodhya Hills in Purulia district of West Bengal.
Train tickets in hand, off we were to Ayodhaya Pahar, travelling overnight by the Howrah Chakradharpur Passenger (the train has 3 AC-III compartments), leaving Howrah at 23:05 and arriving Purulia the next morning at 06:30.
We were greeted by a waft of fresh air immediately on alighting from the train - a rarity for a city dweller.
Our contact guide (Mr Benu Sen +917076305030 / +918972288225) greeted us at the station, ready with 2 immaculate XYLOs for the team. (It’s important that we had the Xylos and not any other SUVs as we had insisted on vehicles that could negotiate roughs, had good Air conditioning and could seat all of us facing front, instead of the visitors on the back seat spending the journey time in discomfort).
Some tea later, off went the cars with us – Mr Sen had to be accommodated on the front seat of a vehicle due to his physical disability (this did not deter him from being with us all through).
The first pit stop was at Sirkabad – the foothills of Ayodhya Hills area. A sumptuous short eats of local fries (Samosa and Potato fry) with mouth watering Jalebis and Masala Tea and we were climbing the hills, taking in the breathtaking views of unending vistas that unfolded as we ascended the Chota Nagpur Plateau. A couple of photo shoot stops on the way, before we entered the sprawling accommodation complex of CADC (A government initiative for the development of the local area) – green all around with the plants and trees in bursting greens wetted by the monsoon rains! The landscape and vegetation is totally unlike the stories we heard of a parched Purulia.
The complex houses 3 sets of accommodation in buildings named NIHARIKA, MALABIKA and BIVABHORI. NIHARIKA’s the best (and new) with a couple of suites and rooms housed in 2 floors; BIVABHORI (though situated on the back side of the complex) is a 2 storied building that has 4 suites (a master bed room, a smaller room, a sitting area, toilet and a small kitchenette); MALABIKA’s in the middle with 4 AirCo Rooms and a few without and also housing a dorm. We were allotted rooms all across (a suite room and a normal room in NIHARIKA, a couple of Aircon Rooms in MALABIKA and also a suite at BIVABHORI). The verdict from the group is “stay only at NIHARIKA”. We understood that there’s a lot of demand for quality accommodation and hence, it’s good to plan in advance and book early to ensure rooms at NIHARIKA. Airconditioned Accommodation costs between Rs 1500 and Rs 3000 a night depending on the building and accommodation type.
The front office staff are quite affable, trying to help within their limited means; of particular mention would be Mr Sujoy Singha (+918001934058; +913252225726), the Manager of the Complex – a young gentleman, always cheerful.
The complex houses a large garden with a greenhouse, for growing vegetables and fruits (we could see a Mango Orchard too); this more than makes up for the glitches in accommodation quality.
A contingent of special armed police is housed within the complex, giving a feeling of security in a well -guarded complex.
Drinking alcohol in public in the complex is a strict “no-no” – boards strung from trees loudly proclaim this request.
Lovely places under the trees double up as eating areas (there’s a regular restaurant too)
Perhaps, a take over by the Tourism Department could give this place a professional facelift, making it the most adorable of places to stay at Ayodhya Pahar.

BUCKET LISTS
Breakfast over (we had made arrangements for the food with Mr Sen; it’s not mandatory – one can order a ‘la carte too from the restaurant at NIHARIKA), we were to be on our First “bucket list” visit point, driving through good roads and slush a good 15 kms off to a man made lake named “marble lake”, amidst a torrent of rains that stopped in 10 minutes of our arrival. We were told that the hill here was mined to get rocks that help build the Dams for the prestigious “Purulia Pumped Storage Project). The Lake’s not huge, but the beauty of this water body surrounded by the rock cut faces of the hills is mesmerizing. (If travelling in monsoon, it’s must to travel in a SUV as any other vehicle risks the possibility of getting stuck in the slush).
The next on the List were the waterfalls at BAMNI and TURGA. Bamni is the larger of the two, accessible in all its glory only to the bravehearted who can risk a flight of 600 steps; we didn’t and couldn’t even if we planned – a flash flood (harka ban locally)at the entrance channel to the steps was enough to desist us from the adventure. The rain water from all over was gorging down this entrance channel, carrying with it tonnes of soil.
Turga’s more genteel, but the mud getting discharged into the water made it impossible to bathe; the water here is available all the year round – post monsoon, the water is clean and the bathing enjoyable.
Time for Lunch – the road back was a new one, meandering through the Lower and Upper Dams of the Hydro Power facility.
The afternoon was planned for a visit to another Dam – MURUGUMA – about 18 kms from the CADC accommodation – again through roads that was good in patches, narrow at places and slushy for a part. Along the way, with some view of the Dam and Lake, Mr Sen suggested we trek uphill a short distance (about 800 mtrs) through the forest to reach the peak. A reluctant trudge through thick vegetation and we were to witness beauty in all glory – a pristine vantage point with a 360 Degrees View all around – the sprawling lake with its clear water, the Hills of the Plateau and the gentle Sun biding its time to say good bye for the day – the best that no money can buy.
We had no words to describe the beauty – the trek was worth the penny many times over. Apparently, it was Mr Sen who had accidentally discovered this trek route a few years back and insists on all who engage him as the guide, to do this short trek.
It was dusk by the time we left this place for the Dam – we were nearly 300 metres above the Dam level on our trek.
Back at the hotel, it was time for adda followed by dinner – rice and goat meat cooked in earthen vats with wood as fuel, made it double delicious (country chicken, quail etc available).
An early morning rise was good enough a reason to rev up for a brisk walk along the villages – some did 2 kms, some 4 – one amongst us (the fittest Amitabha) did 6 kms before the eldest of the group summoned all for a session of “free hand execrcise” on the lawns of the guest house – making us hungry enough to gobble up the “luchis” (Bengali Puris), aloo sabji and hot Jalebis made at the Guest House itself.
We were to have a long day today, beginning with a short photo op on the Upper Dam, before reaching the famous Shiva Temple at LOHORIYA at the foothills. There’s a Dam close by, which, we were told, accommodates the excess water from the Lower Dam of the Hydro Power Units for use in drier seasons.
The Shiva Temple seemed to be quite famous, going by the number of pilgrims we saw and the accompanying infrastructure.
We moved on to the next destination – PAKHI PAHAR. Enroute, a short trek in the jungles of MATHA Forest was welcome relief to legs that had tired sitting in the vehicle. The forest is quite dense and full of SAL trees; apparently, the place has been made famous due to the shooting of a Bengali Film here.
PAKHI PAHAR is the tireless handiwork of Mr Chitta Dey who took pains to etch and paint BIRDS (PAKHI in Bengali) on the rock face. The efforts have found recognition at the Government level; one has to stare and gaze in admiration of the herculean work done by Mr Dey, taking pains in climbing up the rock face to give life to his creation.
Time for Tea now – at a quaint roadside Café named SONAKUPI, before heading to our next destination an hour away – the KAHIRABERA DAM and Eco Adventure Resort.
On the way, we passed through Baghmundi and Charida (made famous for the Purulia Masks); we decided to come back to Charida after Lunch which was scheduled at Khairabera Dam.

Dinner was tasty and off we were to beds early to be fit enough for the early morning walks and exercise.
Day 3 started gloomy – intermittent rains and a cloud cover dampening the spirits; the morning walks was still on, though the exercise session had to be called off due weather.
We left the place after lunch to board our train at Purulia and were back in Kolkata for a late dinner.
Written September 3, 2018
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Jaydeep B
Kolkata (Calcutta), India80 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Business
If you are planning to visit Ayodhya Hills do checkout the Upper Dam area and the greenery surrounding the area.
Written August 18, 2016
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Rajat B
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Jul 2016 • Friends
Visited in the month of July 2016!

We stayed at Malabika in Ayodhya hills!It is owned by W.B. Govt. The hotel is good.We booked an AC room which was spacious and big to be precise!It even had a bathtub in the washroom! But no hotel staff came for housekeeping! The food provided by the hotel was basic at a very affordable price... we can't think of if we belong to metro or mini metro cities!

The places we visited by hiring a scorpio were:-

1.Pathar Khadaan:-> It is an artificial lake.It us a rocky area from where rocks were used to build the dams in the area.Dynamites were used to break this rocks.Amazing place.Very beautiful and serene place.Out of the world..can't describe in words,the beauty of this place.

2.Bamni Falls:- A very big and grand waterfall. Worth the effort as it involved going down some 600 metres downhill to reach it.It is so beautiful a place.I will cherish this experience for a long time.

3.Turga Falls:- A smaller fall then Bamni falls .We skipped going downhill like we did in Bamni falls.But this can be seen if you just peep from the hill top!

4.Upper Dam and Lower Dam:-Very airy and beautiful place.Ideal for clicking pics.We clicked quite a few!!

5.Chorida Village:- We got to see village life here! Bought quite a few chhou Mukhos as gift items at very low rates.
Chhou dancers live here.

6.Pakhi Pahar:-No birds can be seen as I wrongly expected by the name.But it was unique for me as birds were drawn on the surfaces of this mountains!

7.Mayur Hills:-Another breathtaking spot with amazing views and serenity.Must visit! Picnic spot for nearby people!

8.Murguma Dam and Lake:-A dam built on Murguma lake .The water from this lake is put in a canal for irrigational usage!!
Very beautiful place.Picnic spot for locals.

9.Deulghata temple:-An ancient dilapidated Jain temple.Must visit if you are in Ayodhya.Unexplored history awaits for u here..durga maa and venkateshwara idols are here to be seen.

We enjoyed the trip thoroughly and have so many memories to cherish!!

Places we couldn't visit:-
Khairabera Dam.
Gorshabru Peak.

Written July 26, 2016
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DEBA1234
Kolkata (Calcutta), India72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Its an unexplored place for nature lover, distance from Purulia city to hilltop only 38 kilometer best accommodation is WBCADC's gust house like Niharika, Malobika and Bibhabori we were staying at Bibhabori Suit D4. Two room one changing room, Balcony and big bathroom with hot water, accommodation and food cost are very reasonable AC and TV also available. Main attraction are Bamni Waterfalls, Usuldungri Sunrise view point, Turga Lake& falls, Mayur Pahar, Charida for Chou musk, Khyraberia, upper and lower dam, Muruguma dam, pakhi pahar and deulghata etc.
Written July 4, 2018
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