Trip to Netarhat - Maromar - Betla Forest

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gopinathbanerje,

Good pictures.

I also have a plan to visit Netarhat with my family but not sure of the Maoist activities over that region.
Will it be safe enough to plan with family?
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Thanks. The pics posted in Post #15 are not visible.
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Hi Friends,

I am giving a try to write first ever travelogue of my recent trip to Netarhat, Maromar & Betla Forest. I will share many pics and all key information about Netarhat, Maromar and Betla Forest which I am sure will be beneficial for all of us. Hope everyone will like this.

Thanks! Here it goes..................

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”. Traveling is the best remedies to me to rejuvenate and be closer to life. The most exciting phenomena of my life is when I get an opportunity to travel, these are few days stolen from our daily routine to live a life without any agenda. Probably this is the feeling what separates from traveller and tourist .

It’s been quite some time that we were trying to pack our bags and become traveller again. Finally, last week of March, blessed with extended week end of Holi and Good Friday, we started off our small but memorable trip to beautiful & mesmerizing forest in Jharkhand. During this trip we were in ‘Queen of Chotonagpur’ Netarhat, ‘Unforgettable’ Maromar and ‘Famous’ Betla Forest.

Although, I never plan for a trip in well advance and every time it was out of chit chats that we decided to go somewhere without any prearrangement, this is the real thrill of travelling to me, those who are ‘used to’, can feel it. I have some unforgettable memories of such trips in Mysore to Mukteshwar to Mussorie to I don’t know how many such places. This time I had to pre-plan because my fellow traveller was my wife (I let my unplanned travel freedom go in last year November), 2 of my sis-in-law and one of our best buddy.

I did lot of web researches to look for destinations (preferably not a tourist place), that’s how I came to know about IM (what a wonderful and informative travel forum, kudos!!!) and find out some places around Sikkim, Dooars , Orrisa and Jharkhand. But while I was trying for hotel and train booking during that time, there were no space anywhere. Everything has been full with traveller and tourist. Finally, from IM I have seen some post of our fellow member Asishda about Netarhat & Betla Forest. Forest is dream destination for me, I have travelled to mountains, sea beaches, heritage places but nothing attracts me like forest.

I finally decided to Netarhat and Betla forest and started gathering information around this. Unfortunately, there are not much of information available of accommodation in terms of booking details in these places apart from Jharkhand Tourism’s accommodation and there was even a bigger ? marks about security issue. Although, I have travelled to Ranchi and Hazaribagh few time in recent days on my official tour and didn’t notice any such incidence. My wife was really tensed about the increased Maoist tension in these areas and more importantly our destination was in Latehar district and Jharkhand – Chattisgarh border area which are highly infected by Maoist in any case. My continuous counselling was on to convince her and meanwhile I started for booking formalities.

As per available information, I spoken to few of the tour operator for booking and found those bit costly, specially the car rental and moreover, as Holi being a big festival in Jharkhand I was not getting enough response from these tour operator and everyone was advising to reschedule the plan post Holi. But, I have made my mind that come whatever may, I will not drop this plan as I was so excited to spend few days in midst of the forest. I visited Jharkhand Tourism office (it’s in Camac Street, Kolkata) for booking in Netarhat and Betla, but again there were no room availabe in Betla Forest and in spite of best effort, the officer was not able to confirm my booking in Netarhat too. The biggest problem is mobile tower as most of the area in Netarhat doesn’t have mobile network. It was not possible to go there without any booking as there will be three lady with me accompanying, so I had to dig down more to find an accommodation. In the meantime, I have booked my train reservation on 26th March in Howrah – Hatia express to Ranchi.

After a long search with help from few of my known source from Ranchi, I got to know that in Maromar, there is place called Palamu Dak Banglow (name you can find in different forum in internet) which is run by DC office Latehar district and the oldest dak banglow in that region with best scenic view (I heard the same from Asish da also in a post), so I got the telephone number from forest division website ( a detail telephone directory available there with all key office contact number of Latehar district) and called them up. They gave me a fax number and asked me to fax the booking request. I did the same but again didn’t get any confirmation from them about booking, I have followed up with them several time and they didn’t able to confirm my booking as they were not able to get in touch with the ‘chowkider’ there. I must mentioned that, the staff at DC, Latehar office are very cordial and extended their full cooperation and assured me that they will do some arrangement for us. I was very happy that now my tour is on, even if I don’t manage any accommodation in Betla, we can still stay at Netarhat and visit Betla from there (although practically not possible). But if we don’t stay at Betla then what will happen to my long carried dream to stay at a Forest ?

So, again tried to find out some arrangement there and I got a contact of a travel agent in Kolkata, Fun Trip. The person I talked to Mr. Sanjib and told my situation and my intense wish to stay at forest. Considering the security angle, he suggested for Maromar Forest Rest House which is around 30 km from Betla forest. He told me that FRH is in the midst of dense forest and one can really enjoy the stay there. But this facility doesn’t have electricity, so no running water, and one has to bring own ration for cooking. For me this was like winning a lottery, so I confirm the booking.

I booked a travera for 3 days through an online portal easycab, I found they have cheapest car rental among all. Now, I am done with all arrangement and in couple of days we are out for our trip.

Coincidentally, during that time, there were few Maoist disturbance reported in newspaper and internet, they have burnt a public bus near Latehar and my wife again got panicked. She manage to dig more information about Maromar and shown me that it was attacked by the maoist few years back and blown the tree house there. So, after a long counselling see finally agreed and we started our journey.

Day 1: Ranchi – Netarhat

Five of us gather at Howrah station on 26th evening to catch the Howrah – Hatia express to Ranchi. All of us was very happy and excited (and ladies bit worried too!) that we are on our way to long awaited and ‘planned’ (and too adventurous according to my wife!) trip to Netarhat and Betla forest. We reached Ranchi around 8.30 AM delayed by an hrs, on 27th March. We quickly freshen up and had our breakfast in station, the car was waiting for us. The booking was for AC cab, but we found that travera doesn’t have AC, anyway, the driver was very cordial although, we started around 10 o clock to Netarhat. We found most of the shops were close because of Holi and people were enjoying themselves with different shades of colors. The driver told us that it will take around 5 hrs to reach Netarhat which is about 160 km from Ranchi. Throughout the journey the road was very good until we started climbing to Netarhat, it’s basically a hill station and the road was broken a bit, nonetheless we enjoyed the journey to fullest.

The moment we cross Ranchi city, the real Jharkhand greeted us. Its all greenery everywhere, not only green, there were different shades of color in the trees both the side of the road, I have never seen such colourful forest ever (although not very thick on the way). In some places its absolutely red with ‘Lal Polash’.

















Soon after we cross Netarhat mod, we first seen the koel river, although, during this time it was more of tiny stream l, but still its KOEL and I am sure every Bengali has romanticism about Koel, I was really fascinating about seeing koel, although not able to click a pics due to broken road condition and we were bit hurry too. The moment we started climbing to Netarhat, every now and then we have seen ‘Jaan denge par jamin nahi denge’ slogan on the rocky wall and that triggered the panic among the group and my wife’s stare at me translating that ‘…. I was repeatedly told you not to come’ 

We reached to Palamu Dak Bunglow around 2 PM and hopped that we having a booking (although didn’t disclosed that there is a ‘but’ somewhere to my group) and met with the care taker Ahmedji. He confirm me that he got the message and our room is ready. After seeing the building and location of Palamu dak Bunglow all of us agreed that, just to stay here one can come to Netarhat. It was very nice and well maintained property in spite of a structure of British era. There are basically 3 rooms in the old bunglow named after few popular river, one is koel and I am forgetting the name of two other rooms (there is another extended building in back side of the bunglow made for tourist, we are lucky that we got accommodation in the main bunglow), 2of them they allow tourists and 1 is kept for govt. official (the day we reached, chief justice of Jharkhand checked out in the morning).


















To be continued.....
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Excellent start !!
Enjoyed reading the report.
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@ nadreg : Hi ! I was trying to upload pics in my gallery, but since yesterday evening I am getting a message " Status: You have exceeded your maximum upload limit for the day." I tried today morning also, but same message, can you please help on this. Thanks !
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Gopinath!

It's wonderful. your narration is bringing back my old memories...it is nostalgic!
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thanks Asishda ! Would share many more such instances around these places. Unfortunately, not been able to upload pics, without these pics the journey will remain untold. Have written to moderator about upload issue, hopefully will get the help soon. Thanks !
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travelogue continued....

....The rooms at Palamu Dak Bunglow are very spacious, very well maintained with all facilities (except telephone & TV, trust me , these are perhaps the right things not too have these here ). These rooms has fire place also. It will give you real heritage feeling when u see yourself staying in such an old building.





Although not informed about our lunch, Ahmedji made some quick simple but delicious lunch for us with rice, daal, sabji and alu bhaji. We were really hungry so enjoyed the food to fullest. We check with him about site seeing around Netarhat, he gave us some spot (which we were aware before coming) but we were not in hurry. We took some rest and then gone for famous sun set point called Magnolia point, the journey towards magnolia point is very enriching as both the side there was thick forest. We have seen many special force guarding the road to magnolia point as there was some heavy weight govt. officer was visiting with family. The location is really great but unfortunately that was cloudy evening, and we were bit sad about our luck and started enjoying the place which itself is great surrounding to be with (minus the special force, at least 50 in that small area, but my wife was very happy about security, although I told her its more dangerous to be with security force in this area than be alone ).

After some photo session among us, what we seen was astonishing !!!!!!, by that time, nature was kind to us and show her beauty for about 10 mnts which I can not describe in words. To witness this 10 mnts, one can travel to Netarhat even from another side of the world. The dignity of quietness, the curves of distance hills, with some smokes around those curves making it less visible though extreme romantic, shaded with green and light sky blue colour in dusk background and above all, its seems that liquid gold is dropping all around. The entire environment become so beautiful that 'heavenly' is the closest word that can be used to describe such a memorable moment. I did tried to capture few such moment, but it is nothing compare to what we have capture through the best lenses god has created – our eyes. Have a look –

















After this once in a life time kind of experience we moved to our dak bunglow and on the way we stopped at a local market to have some tea and pakora. It was full moon night and the entire environment was so beautiful that we forget every fear and started dancing within our own soul along with rhythm of the moon lit forest. We walked around the jungle path and listened to the tribal music coming from far off – they were enjoying the Holi.
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"The dignity of quietness, the curves of distance hills, with some smokes around those curves making it less visible though extreme romantic, shaded with green and light sky blue colour in dusk background and above all, its seems that liquid gold is dropping all around. The entire environment become so beautiful that 'heavenly' is the closest word that can be used to describe such a memorable moment."

Oh, superb, excellent narration!! Yes, we all had experienced dignified silence sometime or other in our life, but we somehow missed it, but you had captured the moment. Beautiful!!
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@ life1style1 : Thanks for your appreciation ! Sorry for delayed response to your earlier query on security issues. Netarhat is very safe place, no disturbance at all and you can go there anytime during the year. The overall climate is very charming and its quite cold during evening and night, its a hill station, you will surely enjoy the place. Maromar, I would suggest not to pursue with family, although its very beautiful forest house to stay but its in very remote area, in case of emergency you will not get anything nearby. Betla Forest is quite popular but always overcrowded. Please do read my travelogue whenever you get time, it will give you all the information. Thanks!
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Thanks Asishda for your encouragement !
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travelogue continued....

Few spans of Magnolia Point...







Netarhat Bazar...





Full Moon @ Netarhat




We came back to dak bunglow around 8.30 pm and quickly freshen up. By this time, it was quite cold and we have to pull out our light woolen wear that we were carrying. Ahmedji arrange some chairs in the portico from where we can see the hills covered with thick forest and it was like ‘fireflies’ stuck on these hills – actually the lights of local villages was appearing like fireflies. Apart from us, there was a family staying on the main duk bunglow and a group of friends on the extended part of the duk bunglow at the back side. They have occupied the watch tower and enjoying themselves. We sat for about an hour’s time on the portico, everything was so blissful…. Apart from few noises from the inside jungle everything was absolute silence… I was deeply realizing the meaning of a very frequently used phrase…..’ back to basic’. Those few moments was really very peaceful. A very cherishing and long lasting memorable day comes to end with real testy ‘desi chicken and roti’ as our dinner and we retired early.

Day 2: Netarhat – Lodh Falls – Sugabandh – Maromar

We wake up around 5.30 in the morning to witness the sun rise, but this time luck was not favorable to us. It was very cloudy in the morning. We went to watch tower but even after waiting till 6.30, sun didn’t appeared. We were very upset and rest of our team went for an extended nap. I was not feeling like sleepy so stayed at watch tower to feel the first morning breeze. Around 7.30, when the cloud disappeared a little bit, I got my regards in terms of some spellbound ‘reflection show’ between sun and cloud.
























We have to say ‘good bye’ to Netarhat for this time and had long path to travel to reach our next destination… ‘The Adventures Maromar’. So, we quickly finished our breakfast and paid the bills and thanked Ahmedji for all his services and warm hospitality towards us. Our plan was to do the local site seeing around Netarhat like Upper and Lower Ghagri falls, Koel view point, Naspati garden etc. After checking the probable route with Ahmedji, we got to know the lower ghagri falls is about 12 kms and its require trekking in side deep forest, so we had drop the plan for lower ghagri partly because of time constraints and our readiness (may be fitness !!). We left dak bunglow around 9.30 toward upper ghagri falls, but our driver was not aware of those roads hence wasted a lot of time to find the location, but once reached there, it was more of a tiny stream, we were disappointed, same with Naspati Garden and Koel view point.
We didn’t not able to separate the garden from the usual forest. Koel view point also has surrounded with thick forest as during this time there was no water in koel, so not able to see that stream also. But, the entire area was covered with thick forest of pine trees and I didn’t hear such a ‘sound of wind’ ever that I have hear in that area. And, more importantly, there was relaxing fragrance of pine everywhere.



It took about two hours to complete that site seeing which according to me was nothing special. It was same as everywhere in Netarhat. Way back to the main road, we visited Netarhat Forest Rest House. It is one of the best place to stay at Netarhat apart from dak bunglow. Maintained by forest department and looks like a resort. The location is very beautiful, again the main care taker here also is Ahmedji. This is very well maintained property (far above the expectation of government maintained facility, although I don’t know about the services), they have tent available for tourist also. Next time, I will definitely stay at this place.










We have said good bye again to Ahmedji and started towards Lodh Falls. After a lot of discussion and debates, we finally decided to visit the Lodh Falls. Although, our travel agent (who booked our accommodation in Maromar) told me not to pursue Lodh Falls because of maoist tension and this fall is inside deep forest of Jharkhand – Chattisgrah border area. I was fade up listening to these things and thought if we adhere to these plans then 90% of Jharkhand’s beauty will remain unseen. And, I must mention, it’s Ahmedji who help us to decide on Lodh Falls, his statement ‘….. aap kanhi bhi jao, khani bhi tahero, koi problem nahi hai…. Aap log nischint ho ke jao, kuch nahi hoga….’ Boosted up our confidence and courage.

So, our next destination was Lodh Falls – the highest water falls of Jharkhand. It took us about 2 hours to reach there from Netarhat. As our driver was not familiar with these places, so we had to stop frequently to ask about the direction. Biggest problem is, you will hardly find anybody on the road to ask for direction as miles after miles there are hardly any inhabitants, its only forest in both side. We have been told that it is about 20 km from a place called Mahuadanr, a semi town. From there our actual thrilling journey started. We have taken the final direction from Mahuadanr and after going about 5 odd kms, the real truth comes up. There was nothing but a broken road that we were following and thick forest in both side but we kept going. After crossing 2 – 3 villages, we were sort of confused which way to go….like god’s blessing a tempo carrying local passenger crossed us appeared from literally nowhere, we stopped him and asked for the Lodh Falls, he guided us for about 3 kms and show us the road which was going to even a thicker forest. Till now, it seems that we have already crossed 30 kms, but we didn’t know that what is waiting for us was nothing compared to what we have crossed.

The stretch of about 15 kms from the point that tempo left us is actually a trail, not a road, and the entire trail is zigzag shape. The more we are going further the thickest the forest appeared to be. It was not easy to believe, that during this entire stretch, there was not even a single point when you can take your car back. Honestly, this time I was also quite afraid and thought I has become too adventurous as there were 3 lady with me. There was absolutely no one in this trail to check whether we are on right way, even after crossing about 12 kms, we didn’t find the falls and we thought we have lost inside forest. As you don’t have any option to take your car back, so we had to continue to move forward to find a place to take our car back (by this time we all decided no further adventure, let’s go back to Maromar). Then we found a young adivasi lady carrying some Woodstock and asked her about falls, I seems she is not well versed with hindi, she told us something which we couldn’t comprehend. Then finally we encountered with a forest guard who told us that we have almost reached, it’s hardly 200 meter from where we had stopped.

We went straight and seen an almost non-readable sign board written as “Lodh Falls” and found another zeep was parked there carrying some tourist. When we got down from the car and looked around the place, the forest is so dense all around that it’s hard to believe that people can stay here. There are villages even inside further deep, I don’t know how they commute for daily living.

Now its time for us to become spellbound again to see what a miracle nature has created. It is Lodh Falls, deep inside thickest forest, river Burha flowing from Chattisgrah and falling into Jharkhand from the height of some 470 ft to give the crown of highest waterfall of Jharkhand.

The entire forest is again so colourful and so huge that it will create a feeling that we are in a separate world altogether. This is the joy of such a beauty that modernization and globalization of our daily living can never give. I was convinced that, our hardship and anxiety to reach this place is nothing compare to what we are witnessing here. There is a stair made out rocks that we trekked to get a closure view of the falls. We have also, trekked down trough big rocks to enjoy the ice cold water of the stream. We spent about 45 minutes in that place and enjoyed a lot. We were quite late so hurried up and moved towards Maromar with an adventurous memory of the gorgeous and beautiful Lodh Falls. While coming back crossing the dense forest enjoying vastness and beauty of the forest, it didn’t take much time to reach Mahuadanr. We relearned one of the important learning of life, ‘….. fear of unknown and anxiety always makes journey lengthier and we tend to miss the charms that journey offers to us’.
























Our next destination was Sugabandh Falls which is supposed to be closer to Maroar FRH where we will halt for tonight and enjoy every moment of dense forest. We took chilkadar bye pass from Mahuadanr which is the route to Betla also. The road is very good although a single lane, in both the sides Jharkhand’s signature landscape with colorful flora and fauna, the forest changes it colors frequently, here first time we encounter CRPF camps. In almost every 3 kms, there was a camps with armed gourds and long fencing. We have also seen various government scheme’s poster to get the rebels on the main stream. These also gave us a feeling that there are something to worry about.

Anyway, we are here to be with the forest, so not missed a single opportunity to drink the enormous beauty spread across and we reached to Sugabandh. We got down from the car and seen that there was no falls anywhere, it’s a plain made with hard rock surround by dense forest, there was no sign of water as such. When we gone little further, we find a beautiful river flowing inside the rocky plain..... what a beauty to see !!!!! the natural caves water has created inside the rock is superb, the entire width of the river is quite a bit and its very beautiful. I started imaging myself sitting on bank of this river in a full moon night, surround by thick forest and moon light getting reflected from these rock plain, the melancholy sound of the river flowing ….. in a full moon light I am sure this entire plain become made of silver and dense green forest all around and reflection of moon in the river creates moment of the life time. Now it’s time for us to come to the reality, it was almost 2.30 then and we didn’t had our lunch. So we went straight to Maromar FRH which took about 20 minutes or so from Sugabandh.










Forester Mr. Bishnu Deo Ram was waiting for us ( we have spoken to him during our journey from Netarhat to update him when we can reach). He took us to the FRH and show us the bunglow. The first word came from all of us was ‘WOW’.

The FRH is about 200 meter from chilkadar bye pass and inside deep forest. There nothing apart from jungle wherever we looked, no sign of human establishment. We liked the place very much and all other team member seconded me that I made a good choice. After quickly completing the formalities, they opened the room for us. The FRH has two interconnected bedroom with attached bath. This is again quite old legacy, established in 1947. Although, we found the FRH has recently been renovated (will share the actual story little later), properly maintained, brand new bed linen given to us. Although, a proper electric wiring and pipeline available in FRH but there is no electricity so no ‘bizli and pani’ in the room, although there is generator kept for forest official but normally they provide kerosene lamp. We knew these earlier and exactly this is what we want to enjoy, the primitiveness of jungles.

Mr. Ram said bye to us as he has to leave for his home which is about 10 km from FRH. We checked with him about elephant safari at Betla Forest for tomorrow, he said he will try to send a wireless message but it will be very difficult to get booking as there is huge rush of tourist in Betla. He told, if he able to manage the booking, he will inform us. We fall in love with Maromar so much that was not worried about elephant safari.

Meanwhile, the care taker was not there in FRH, he kept two of his deputy to look after us till he back in the evening. These two guys were very warm towards us and very hardworking, they gave us outstanding services. Now its time for us to have lunch but we knew that we have to carry our own ration but we didn’t able to manage the same, we were too busy with our adventure. One of the guy accompanied us to a local market about 7 km from the FRH and we brought our ration along with couple of ‘desi chicken’. There is a small kitchen in the compound of FRH and these two guys started cooking for us but soon we realize that they don’t have any idea about cooking so my wife took over and helped them with cooking. By the time we finished our lunch it was almost 5.30 in the evening and we were dam tired. We went for some rest and soon fallen asleep.

When we wake up it was already 7.30 in the evening and its pitch dark inside the room, we opened the doors and windows there was absolute silence and darkness everywhere. There was small ray of light coming from the kitchen. We called the caretaker and the actual care taker came and greeted us. We asked for cup of team for us, he gave us 3 – 4 kerosene lamp hanged in different part of the FRH. Then we went to back side of the FRH, in the portico, there were chairs and a tea table was there, it seems it had rained a bit, but by that time sky was bit clearer although it was a cloudy evening. We are in the deep forest not there is nothing within 5 to 7 km radius, I it was giving us thrilling experience, by the time caretaker served us tea (truly not very tasty, he had mixed some local herbs which was giving a lemon tea kind of flavor, but never mind), we were chatting among ourselves and was laughing imaging what we will do if Maoist came in.

My wife and sister in laws went to the kitchen to check about the cooking, it was almost 9.00 pm by that time, me with my friend was continue chatting in the portico, after around 20 minutes, the lady gang came back and looked very furious, the caretaker told them that Maoist visit this place very frequently at least twice in a month to check where about, they can come anytime, as he is a government employee, at times, they rag him for information that’s the reason he didn’t keep his wife with him etc etc etc. He told my wife that don’t worry, if they come I will inform you, don’t argue with them, they will not do anything. According to him, in 2008 or so Maoist has blasted the once famous Kusumi Tree House which was the main attraction of Maromar FRH because during insurgency, security forces has taken over these FRH (its true across Jharkhand) and from Kusumi Tree House one can see the movement of vast forest area of Garu-Gumla range. They have also poured the petrol and gunpowder in tons in the Maromar FRH to blast this also, but finally they had some discussion with forest department and spared the Maromar FRH (this is the reason of renovation, it was remained unused for quite some time before renovation). This is enough dope for my wife and sister in laws, they were so furious that made us get inside the room and almost lock and key kind of situation, all my logical argument going on vain. Moreover, she got extremely furious when got to know that caretaker stays in a quarter around 300 / 400 meter from the FRH compound and the other two guys comes from a village about km away. They all will go back to their rooms by 9.30. Suddenly all our planning to enjoy the forest turned into nightmare. Around 10.30, it’s started raining again, and every sound outside appears to be somebody knocking the door to the female brigade of our team. There was nothing much to do, so we finished the dinner around 10.30 and went to sleep. We missed the opportunity to witness the beauty of rain in the forest (not everybody is lucky enough). Our most adventures day of the trip with adrenaline at its peak comes to an end.

Next day morning we wake up little late, me and my friend was very angry with the female brigade about childish act of yesterday’s night. They have literally not able to sleep the entire night, again fear of unknown taken over the adventure of jungle. We freshen up and got ready for our day three and final day of our trip – trip to ‘Famous Betla Forest’. I don’t know, whether I will get a chance to stay at Maromar FRH again or not (as my wife dead against of the future planning to staying at Maromar FRH), but this is surely one of the best place to enjoy the calmness, vastness, tranquillity of the forest. Any fellow IMers, especially those who are bachelor must stay at this place and enjoy the true spirit of Jharkhand – the land of forest.

















......Current structure of the famous Kusumi Tree House, Maromar......



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Excellent Write up and Pictures Gopinath.
Netarhat is more beautiful place than I thought it to be.
Thanks for your pictures and description .
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@ life1style1 : Thanks ! Yes Netarhat is really a beautiful place. You must visit once you get time
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