Every year, the period from January 23rd to 26th is a long weekend for the Bengalis as the former, Netaji’s birthday, is a holiday here. So, taking a day or two off from work, all the lazy souls rush to some nearby destination for basking in the winter sun.
Finding out a less-crowded tourist destination at this time of the year is really challenging. However, having travelled to Chaibasa several times for office work, it appeared to be a not so bad place to visit. The route passes by some tourist spots very popular among the Bengali travellers – Jhargram, Ghatshila.
We boarded the Barbil Janashatabdi at Howrah railway station. It was foggy almost till the end of the journey. Glimpses of the train route from the earlier journeys are also shared here, which are no less scenic and acted as catalyst to this tour.
Bridge over the misty Rupnarayan at Kolaghat
The Subarnarekha in the monsoon, after Ghatshila
Barrage over the Subarnarekha at Galudih
Monsoon cloud looming at the horizon
This rail bridge with its arches is very fascinating.
After checking in the hotel, we went out for visiting the local places of interest. The first one is the falls at Lupungutu, where ground water comes out below Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) trees. Although it is known as a natural spring, there is no apparent source of this perennial flow of water. The locals believe that the water has medicinal value, and they collect it every day for consumption, particularly as a cure for diabetes. Located among the tribal area, and being surrounded by a lot of trees, it serves as a picnic spot also. People were washing clothes and bathing in this water. However, as it was winter, the water was just trickling below the trees. Nonetheless, it was an interesting natural wonder.
Our next stop was the dam over the river Roro.
Children playing in the canal water
Next we visited GEL church, which was established in 1845.
Flowers in the church compound
After having lunch at a restaurant, we went to Jubilee lake.
Last destination for the day was Rungta garden, which is a private property, but can be visited easily after obtaining permission from the headquarters of Rungta Mines Ltd. It is a beautifully maintained garden with a lot of flowering plants.