A journey to the British Era – Chotta England in Jharkhand

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After a long period of hibernation due to the birth of my son I got a proposal to visit a beautiful place in Jharkhand which is famous as Chotta England of Jharkhand. Yes… the place is McCluskieganj, a beautiful small village about 60 km northwest from the capital town Ranchi.

Previously we have planned to visit Netarhat, during the Holi vacation in March 2016. But we decided to stay at Palamu Dak Bunglow, and not in Prabhat Vihar ( A Jharkhand Tourism Property). As per plan we talked to the DC Latehar, and as usual he told us to contact in the first week of March. When we contacted in first week of March, he told that some conference of Forest Officials will be held in that period, so no booking is allowed for the ordinary guest. Immediately we rushed to the Jharkhand Tourism office, but alas……all the rooms are already booked in Netarhat and Betla.

But we did not want to cancel the trip. Moreover no other option was available as the train ticket is not available. So we started to search the alternative place nearby Ranchi. Hence the name McCluskieganj emerged out. Now we started to gather information about the place. Firstly which information we gathered that the place is remotely located inside forest and the total zone is under MCC (Mao) coverage. So it is better not to travel with family. But we were determined so we stuck to our decision.

There is not much information available in the internet about the place. But we got the information of a guest house named Gordon Guest House the owner of which is Mr Bobby Gordon. I called him up regarding the booking of 3 rooms, as we were three families. Luckily the room was available, so we booked the room. Now the countdown stated.

Our journey date was 22nd March in Kriyajoga Express. Assuming a long traffic jam on the way to Howrah Station, I started early and reached Howrah Station timely. Now I called one of my friends who were coming from Teghoria, and he told he was stuck under heavy traffic jam and not sure whether will reach station in time. Now I got quite upset and thinking of cancellation of tour. But by God’s Grace he reached station just 5 minutes before the train time and we met in the train compartment. Another friend was also arrived then. Now the real journey begins……
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Next day moring at 7 am we reached Ranchi. Mr Gordon sent a Bolero to Ranchi Station. We started our journey towards McCluskieganj.
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Took some snaps of us in the hotel at Ratu where we took breakfast...
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Reached Gordon Guest House at 9:30 am. It is a beautiful guest house with a huge compound full of trees and variety type of flowers. Met Mr Gordon, a nice gentleman, resides here from a long period with his family. I loved the Guest House in the first sight, and started to explore the garden with camera
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Lovely start and the photos are promising. Waiting for the next update :-)
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We placed the order for lunch, the menu was very simple, (Rice, Dal, Alubhaji, and Egg Curry)

Now we booked an auto for the local side seeing namely Dugadugi River, Jagriti Vihar and Duli Village. The rate fixed at Rs 800/- and time fixed at 4 pm, because we thought to take a small nap after lunch.

The auto came exactly at 4 pm and started to blow horn, hence we woke up and within 15 minutes we got ready. Our first destination was Dugadugi River. The road is totally broken and goes inside the forest. But the place is very beautiful..
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Here goes the story of yet another offbeat destination, very rarely explored, but beautiful none the less. You reminded me of our visit to this beautiful, tiny, hidden gem of a piece of land in Chotonagpur region, long, long time back. It is hearening that you had a successful trip to this place, specially with your wife and kids and this very fact had destroyed the myth about the so-called insurgency, unrest, disturbances etc. Please pour all the details so that people start exploring this as well as other adjoining places more and more. Congrats Soumik & your team for your kind of pioneering job. Thanks for sharing.
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Next we visited Jagriti Vihar and Duli Village..(Duli Village is the place where a Temple, a Mosque and a Gurdwara is situated side by side)

On the return journey nothing was photographed because it was completely dark then, only gain is the Full Moon (Dol Purnima) and a moonlit night on a huge dark forest, the feeling cannot be described in words..
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Here goes the story of yet another offbeat destination, very rarely explored, but beautiful none the less. You reminded me of our visit to this beautiful, tiny, hidden gem of a piece of land in Chotonagpur region, long, long time back. It is hearening that you had a successful trip to this place, specially with your wife and kids and this very fact had destroyed the myth about the so-called insurgency, unrest, disturbances etc. Please pour all the details so that people start exploring this as well as other adjoining places more and more. Congrats Soumik & your team for your kind of pioneering job. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much for your nice words..
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Originally Posted by Paglaghora View Post Lovely start and the photos are promising. Waiting for the next update :-)
Thanks Subhajit..
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Great going partner.....nice snaps and crisp write up... It was indeed a refreshing trip..... A trip to the land of sal, mahua, palash.... green and crimson orange going side by side.... The cute little station with few trains passing by, the remnants of the british bungalow, the fool moon night, and the intoxicating smell of mahua brings us the memories of Buddhadeb Guha's novels of our college days.....The sleepy little hamlet, Mccluskieganj is really a fresh air from our daily hustle and bustle of city life......
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Originally Posted by hazra_amit View Post Great going partner.....nice snaps and crisp write up... It was indeed a refreshing trip..... A trip to the land of sal, mahua, palash.... green and crimson orange going side by side.... The cute little station with few trains passing by, the remnants of the british bungalow, the fool moon night, and the intoxicating smell of mahua brings us the memories of Buddhadeb Guha's novels of our college days.....The sleepy little hamlet, Mccluskieganj is really a fresh air from our daily hustle and bustle of city life......
Thanks a lot for your nice words...I require your inputs also in this thread
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Next day morning we started at 6:30 am to explore the place on walking. It was a cold but lovely morning. We went towards McCluskieganj station. There is no platform, no over bridge, though the station is very picturesque.
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Some more snaps on the way to return back from station to guest house:
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Brilliant report @soumiksett!

I wanted to go to this place for a very long time now.
Two things stopped me.
1. No travel partner
2. I was unsure about the safety of the place.

Your report has completely laid to rest the second point.

] You travelled there with your family ! Hats off! Seriously!
Also full praise to your family too!
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