Jaunting in Jharkhand : Chaibasa, Dalma

mousourik

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Day 1 : January 23, 2020 – Chaibasa

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.

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Bridge over the misty Rupnarayan at Kolaghat


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The Subarnarekha in the monsoon, after Ghatshila

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Barrage over the Subarnarekha at Galudih

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Monsoon cloud looming at the horizon

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This rail bridge with its arches is very fascinating.

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The Janashatabdi leaving Chaibasa

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mousourik

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Day 1 continued – Chaibasa

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.

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Our next stop was the dam over the river Roro.

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Children playing in the canal water
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Next we visited GEL church, which was established in 1845.

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Flowers in the church compound

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After having lunch at a restaurant, we went to Jubilee lake.

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mousourik

Who Am I
Day 1 continued – Chaibasa : Rungta garden

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.

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Smiling faces saying good bye
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mousourik

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Day 2 : January 24, 2020 – Chaibasa

Early morning temperature was below 10 degree, and it called for sipping steaming tea. So we ventured out of the hotel.

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And the cold morning ensued playfulness among some.

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There were some early birds who had already started business.

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The sun blinked behind the veil of mist.

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Chaibasa has a sizable Bengali community, and it is famous for Kali temple. So we visited the temple to seek blessings.

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After taking breakfast at the hotel, we started for Jamshedpur, and then came the favourite spot on this road – the bridge over the river Kharkai.

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Day 2 continued >>
 
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subhankar paul

And miles to go before I sleep
Congrats Soumitra for another short and beautiful trip . The brief narration and crisp clicks are excellent. Wishing to be with you on any future tour .

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