How safe are Ghatsila and Ranchi for tourists?

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We are planning to visit Jharkhand(Ghatsila or Ranchi).
Can anybody let us know how safe it would be?
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Originally Posted by ghosh.ruchira View Post We are planning to visit Jharkhand(Ghatsila or Ranchi).
Can anybody let us know how safe it would be?
I would suggest to avoid Ghatshila due to recent Naxalite activities.
Can't say anything about Ranchi though. If you need suggestion on places to visit just let me know the number of days available to you and the max distance of the place you are willing to go. May be I or anyone else in IM can help.
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Don't know about Ghatshila, but Ranchi should be fine.

I have some relatives in Ranchi & they haven't said anything so I am assuming its all good. I know Maosists have been active in Ghatshila in the past.

Why do you think Ranchi may be unsafe? Is that cos of President's rule in Jharkhand?
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Originally Posted by LilBoy BigTown View Post Don't know about Ghatshila, but Ranchi should be fine.

I have some relatives in Ranchi & they haven't said anything so I am assuming its all good. I know Maosists have been active in Ghatshila in the past.

Why do you think Ranchi may be unsafe? Is that cos of President's rule in Jharkhand?
4 years ago I visited Ranchi, Netarhaat, Betla. The Naxalites were active in Netarhaat and Betla at that time. We had to take police escort while crossing some roads. Didn't mind at that time as we were 5 friends and no family member (no lady with us too). Can't say about present situation.
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Originally Posted by Dibs View Post I would suggest to avoid Ghatshila due to recent Naxalite activities.
Can't say anything about Ranchi though. If you need suggestion on places to visit just let me know the number of days available to you and the max distance of the place you are willing to go. May be I or anyone else in IM can help.

Hi Dibs,

I am from Kolkata and planning for a 4 days trip on mid September.
Please suggest some places that can be visited within 4 days.
The place should not be very costly, the trip should not cost more than 10-12K for 2 people in 4 days.

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Ranchi is safe - other parts of Jharkhand are questionable

Just FYI, Ranchi city has a pretty huge security presence and in the 2+ years I've lived here, there's never been any Naxal activity in the city - go 20-30km outside, especially at night and it's a whole different story.

The other 4-5 main cities are similarly secure, but getting there is the key - travel in daytime, especially in southern Jharkhand.
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Both ranchi & ghatshila r safe.

Hi ruchira,
both ranchi & ghatshila r safe for tourists.
Remembr that people r still living there,business is as usual. The NH is buzy. There is nthin to worry abt.
Its only 1 or 2 odd incidnts in a year.never heard of any tourist gettin in trouble there.
The risk factor is much less than crossin a street in delhi,mum or kolkata. So my suggstion is go fr it.
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hii.. i travel every week to JHARKHAND.. I have been to RANCHI and GHATSILA.. this year now its quite safe for tourists..
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Hi all,

Can anyone say something about NETARHAT ? Man I'm dying to visit this place and also have posted on Jharkhand forum seeking information regarding the same area. Can any one say about that place ? like how long is the journey from Ranchi, bus timings, hotel availability at Netarhat and the safety of the place ? Please somebody response.

Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by ghosh.ruchira View Post We are planning to visit Jharkhand(Ghatsila or Ranchi).
Can anybody let us know how safe it would be?

Ruchira, we visited Ghatshila 5-6 years ago (probably in March-April). We went by car and reached by afternoon. First we tried to find accommodation near Subarnarekh. A good no. of houses were there but all were closed. In one or two there were some boarders. Then we moved to market area and, local people there discouraged us staying near Subarnoreka.We came to know that most of the caretakers live outside and as and when they get intimation of tourists booked their Guest Houses, they come with all necessities. There were scarcities of water, electricity and even food, as we were told.

Now about the place.

I myself have a fondness about river and I liked Subarnorekha too. The sluggish river with vast blue image of sky within it, big and small white stones here and there and green banks, locals crossing the river in small boats.... all were like-worthy. But, but..... the place was/is used as 'morning clearance' place by the locals and the unbearable smell all around was there.

Don't know the present picture.... but we found no sign to think of a change.

We stayed by the hing way side... there are few lodges... either too good or too bad ... we found no moderate one.

Besides Subarnorekha, we visited Tatanagar, Dimna, Rankini Temple, Burudi lake, Phuldungri. Bibhuti Bhusan's house was closed. Except the staying and 'Subarnorekha-smell' we enjoyed all other..You can visit Dharagiri Fall and Galudi too.

Roaming or visiting Ghatshila, I think will be no problem. But reach there early and opt for staying at Station or Highway area. There are Holiday Homes too.



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Originally Posted by Aritro View Post Hi all,

Can anyone say something about NETARHAT ? Man I'm dying to visit this place and also have posted on Jharkhand forum seeking information regarding the same area. Can any one say about that place ? like how long is the journey from Ranchi, bus timings, hotel availability at Netarhat and the safety of the place ? Please somebody response.

Thanks in advance.


Aritro, Netarhat is a place for which you can 'die'. Our Netarhat tour in 1996 was an memorable one.... I can't say you more of today's Netarhat. There were Panchayet's guest house and one hotel then. Hotels may be there, but safty may not be.

We visited an awesome spot then..... Kechki, the spot of shooting Satyajit Ray's 'Aronnyer Din Ratri'. We spent an unforgettable sunset at the confluence of Kechki and Auranga river.... there is Railway bridge on Auranga.... a train was crossing then, the vast sandy banks in between two rivers, the crimson sun was setting with all it's glory and deep green jungles all around...... a picture-perfect moment to remember. Till today, I dream of the moment.

There was an CESE Banglow at Kechki, I don't know it's present situation.

Aritro, if you get the chance to visit Netarhat, have a visit to Kechki.... you must enjoy.

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Wow, Finally I got a response Onek dhonnobad jajabor. I'll definitely make this trip and will visits Kechki. I will a dumb to ignore that. Can you recollect any hotel named "Hotel Pravat Vihar" back then at Netarhat ? Thanks again for your generous response.
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Hotel Pravat Vihar was Govt-run Hotel those days in Netarhat. I got it booked from Bihar (those days Netarhat was in Bihar State) Govt. Tourist Office located at Camac Street. It was a moderate Hotel with very basic facilities. Most attractive plus point of this Hotel is its location. The Hotel is located at the most convenient point from where the famous Netarhat sunrise can be seen at its best. The Hotel had an attached kitchen. But...we experienced a very peculiar situation in Netarhat. At the time of check in we found a Notice right at the Reception, which said, not to venture out of the Hotel unless Police Escort accompanies the tourists. We asked about the reason for such an unusual Notice and was told that law & order situation is so bad that nobody other than locals are safe. We had practically escorted to Sunset Point (Magnolia Point?) by two armed Police Guards! We left in a huff next day although we were booked for 2 nights there. Netarhat is one of my fav place, but after that incident, I did not even try to go there. I will not be able to comment on present situation. I only hope things have improved!
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So Asishda you have also explored those places.

We spend a good time in that zone, centering Purulia during 1995-97. I've so many nice memories that it may take a complete thread to share.


We traveled through Jalda ...Dogolvitta... Raghunathpur... Kankrajor jungle, Lakhaisini hill.... we explored Ajodhya hill, cute Bamni fall.... Muruguma dam... Pakhi Pahar.. so many excellent spots!!! All these are now out of reach, perhaps. I can recall the springtime there- the burning Palash, Simul all around ... amazing. The blissful beauty makes me forget the scorching heat there!! I miss Purulia too much.

Centering purulia, we also visited Netarhat, Betla, Ranchi, Daltanganj, Tope-Chachi, Pareshnath, Tata and so many nice places.


Purulia really has very good potential to attract tourists having great love for nature....

I wish at heart if someday it could be tourist's paradise.


Sorry guys, I was lost !!!

Now, Netarhat... Aritro, we don't know Pravat Bihar, but can recall a good hotel (yes, Govt. run, in good position) and with this I remember of the beautiful Netarhat residential School... It was so nice that you should think of re-studying there. A stone made female statue in front yard, the green lawns and well maintained garden, the neat and clean classrooms surrounded by wide corridors and overall, the awesome natural beauty around !!! mesmerizing... It's also worth visiting Aritro.

Then there is upper ghagri, lower ghagri.. don't know if they are accessible now or not. The nashpati gardens, very common in Netarhat is also attractive.

Aritro I heartily wish your happy trip there and so keen to know of the places of my good days from you.


Sorry Ruchira, perhaps it's

How's your Ghatshila plan?
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I went to Ranchi around seven years back to one of my friend's place . It was absolutely safe . The place was so beautiful ! Oneday we went for a picnic near some dam ,i dont remember the name.

Before that around perhaps 15 years back i went to Chaibasa to attend a marriage ceremony . DJ , your description reminds me that beautiful journey through the hills and jungles... and guess what !! We got storm and rains on the way... it was afternoon .... the green , rain washed jungles beckoned us from the hills ...the small villages, the tribals.... I was truly mesmerized by the wilderness...

Jharkhand is a beautiful place, I stayed in Jharkhand since my childhood . Mugma,nirsha, panchet,maithon etc. I used to cross Maithon dam everyday to go to my school and the beauty changed in every season ...

Betla, Netarhat are now only read in books . It is very pity that due to political disturbances we cannot visit these places freely , tourism would have developed like anything in these beautiful places had these places been in normal condition and jharkhand forum of IM would get some excellent trip reports

DJ , you visited so many places in jharkhand ,why dont you share some photographs with us ?


sorry ruchira for being ... i could not control myself...

all the best for your planning....i will patiently wait for a report.
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Again Rachi

Again

Thanks aditi, it'll be good to start a new thread to share our past experiences.

Meanwhile you can say something here...

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