Duarsini -- Little known eco spot in WB

#1 Aug 27th, 2008, 20:33
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Hi folks,

I recentky visited Duarsini a small tribal village in Purulia district of West Bengal. It is hidden among virgin forests of Dalma Hills which is a range in Chhotanagpur Plateau. It is very calm and superb for weekend getaway from Kolkata or Jamshedpur or Ranchi. Duarsini has no electricity, accomodation except 3 cottages of WBFDC, no vehicle apart from a few motorcycles though a very rough motorable road exists which is mainly used by forest officials.You have to take auto/trekker from either Ghatsila(Jharkhand) or Bandowan(Puruliya). Villagers employed by WBFDC will take care of your food and other needs.
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Thankyou Winrider. This looks interesting, and I saw your photo of the Forest Dept accommodation too. It seems there is a weekly market on a saturday - did you visit that?

My problem is that the WBFDC cottages can only be booked in person in Kolkata, but I would want to book by phone from Ireland! (I'd be hoping to get a train from Delhi to somewhere like Dhanbad or Asansol, then spending a few days in the hills / forest before going on to Kolkata). I ran into the same problem with Garpanchakot, but it was fully booked for the time I'd want anyway.

The WB Tourism website mentions some guest houses run by WBCADC (what is this?) Ajodhya Hills Project at the top of the hill. Do you know anything about these guesthouses, and how far would they be from the village?

Would it be possible to stay in a nearby town and visit Duarsini for the day?

I'd really appreciate any information, or advice on other forest places in this part of WBengal.

Thanks, Julia
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Thankyou Winrider. This looks interesting, and I saw your photo of the Forest Dept accommodation too. It seems there is a weekly market on a saturday - did you visit that?
it is held on every saturday. I was fortuante that it was a Sat.
It is fully tribal in nature. Nice to see other side of our civilisation.

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My problem is that the WBFDC cottages can only be booked in person in Kolkata, but I would want to book by phone from Ireland!
this is a problem, I have also faced. Though I live in Kolkata, i'm not used to book by person. Anyways, I had to go there. U should try with some travel agency in Kolkata like wayfarers etc.

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Would it be possible to stay in a nearby town and visit Duarsini for the day?
It is possible but u should stay there to feel the charm of being far away from city life. Otherwise you can stay at Ghatsila or Galudi. These places have accomodation but not very world class. Rather Duarsini has fantastic bungalows and nice view. Try with some travel agent in Kokata, though they are saying that very soon there will be a online booking system in operation.
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Can anyone let me know if Duarsini is safe for tourists now, it seems to be in the Naxalite prone area
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This decision depends on appetite of risk the traveler can take.

Chances of Maoist disturbances cant be ruled out as it lies in the heart of the junglemahal.

But no place in this world is safe and you will die only once whether u like it or not. Terrorists can strike you even in Delhi or Mumbai or NY or London or in running train or in a flight. Though it is a good rural getaway but certainly not to die for.
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Roadtrip suggestions needed ...

Folks,

I am planning a roadtrip from Kolkata to Duarsini. Basically I am planning to start early morning on a Fri, reach Duarsini at lunch, idle around for the day. Next day(Sat) go around places near Ghatsila/Galudih and return by evening. Checkout on Sun post lunch, and reach Kolkata by late evening.

Do anyone have any experience on such an itinerary? If anyone could provide his/her inputs, however small it may be, would be of immense help.

Thanks.
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Santanu, had you gone to this place and if yes what is your experience about this place?

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