So Near Yet So Far

#1 Oct 12th, 2014, 19:34
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This is a totally new destination reachable at a short span of time from Kolkata, yet which has not been frequented as evident from the threads available in this forum.
Yes, I am talking of Koderma,in Jharkhand.
Seven of us stared our journey to Koderma on Navami i.e. on 5th October,this year by Black Diamond Express.We were to go to Asansol and catch the weekly 03517 Asansol -Anandvihar Express for Koderma.We reached Asansol in time to find that the Anandvihar Exp. was to leave late. It started 1hr.beyond its scheduled time (10.30am) and reached Koderma at 14.50hrs instead of 13.48 as scheduled.On reaching Koderma, we booked an auto (8 seater) to proceed to Urwan Tourist Complex,where two rooms were already booked from the Jharkhand Tourism Office at Camac Street,Kolkata. It was a 14km journey from the station and we were to pay Rs250/- for it. On reaching the tourist complex, the allotted rooms were opened for us ,so that we could refresh ourselves and then have our lunch as ordered on arrival.
The rooms were one on the ground floor and other on the first floor.They were basic with attached baths; however the glass panes on the windows were missing. Water was in abundance and the bedroll were clean.The room tariff was Rs. 300/- only.
After refreshing ourselves we came down to the restaurant to have our lunch.It consisted of rice,dal and green vegetables. We were told that because of Dussera festival fish was not caught in the nearby dam;otherwise the same would have been available. After late lunch, we walked out of the sprawling tourist complex(of 11 Acres of area) and took a side street to reach the dam to find a few boats tied to the bank. We soon found a young boy who agreed to row the boat in the late evening for about 30min. for Rs.40/-.As it was dark by then, two of us stayed back and others embarked the boat to make the ride; the hillock at the background presented a picture -post card like scene,with the setting sun.
After the boat ride, we came back to the tourist complex.
Next morning before I got up from sleep, four of us had left to a nearby place in search of fish, but they returned with only one Rohu bought from a local market.We had our breakfast and hired an auto to go to the Tilaya Dam at a distance of 6km from the tourist complex.After taking a right turn at Urwan Chowk,we crossed the famous Tilaya Sainik School to reach the DVC complex at Tilaya Dam. We found a no. of coaching centres which have sprung around for preparing students for admission in the Sainik School.There were boats for ride, but we discarded the idea for the scorching sun.The lodges built at the precincts was on a flat top with the dam in its vicinity- certainly a very good to live -distant from the city/town life.
Then, we came down to know that booking was not available as the staff were on Dussera holiday. We met with one official in the DVC office and then went to a nearby shop and had hot "jilabi" and "Singara".Then we proceeded to other side of the town to reach Barhi, which is about 11km from our tourist complex; it is a hustling market place and we intended to do our shopping of fish,chicken and vegetables for the day and next. The journey beyond the tourist complex was really awesome- the dam on the left and the hillocks on the right of the highway which led to Barhi; we crossed a bridge over the river Barakar and the newly built railway bridge by the side at a slight distance; the spot was terrific; unfortunately none of us had camera to catch the spot. After crossing the COBRA training complex, we reached Barhi. We bought 3 Desi chickens@Rs.250/kg at a stall on Hazaribag Road, at Barhi. Fish, vegetables,fruits were bought and then we started our return journey. On the way we found a closed Bungalow on a serene spot by the side of the dam, which appeared to be I.B. but without any sign-board.On return we paid Rs.500/- to the auto driver for the entire journey.
Interestingly, we were allotted 3 new rooms on the first floor each having an adjacent balcony(small) at a tariff of Rs.300/- each. Though electricity was not regular, provision is there for supply overnight by means of generators.
The restaurant has the facility to cook food out of the vegetables/fish purchased by the tourists @Rs.110/-/kg.In the morning we found variety of birds on the branches of the trees all around ,black cormorant(pankouri) and egrets(bok) in particular.
As my return ticket by Delhi Exp. was not confirmed on the third morning,my self and another member of our group proceeded from Koderma by Jammu Tawai Express to disembark from the slow train at DumDum station to reach home by 5pm.
A few information:
1)Quite some information of Koderma is available at "jharkhaddarshan.com" ;
2)DVC has total three thermal power stations, in the regions of Bokaro, Chandrapura and Durgappur respectively with the total installed capacity of 1755 mw. The power station built in the Bokaro is the Biggest in the country. Damodar Valley Cooperation consists of four multipurpose dams at Tilaiya, Maithon, Panchet and Konar. It has three Hydel stations appended to Tilaiya, Maithon, and Panchet dams with the capacity of 144mw ;
3)In the heart of Jharkhand lies the Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary (36sq km), bordered by a stretch of small historic hills associated with Jain and Buddhist history. A typical monsoon climate prevails over this region full of tropical dry deciduous forests. The sanctuary is rich in leopards, hyenas, barking deer and nilgais. The neighbouring Gautam Buddha Sanctuary (259sq km) in Gaya has similar climes.Furthur south, en route to Hazaribagh is the Koderma Wildlife Sanctuary (177sq km) situated on the Patna-Ranchi highway. Besides its rich wildlife, the place is famous for its scenic beauty. The most popular one amongst these is the Fhwajadhari Hillock.
Tilaiya Dam
It is the first dam and hydro-electric power station constructed by DVC on Barakar river.The dam is 1200 feet long and 99 feet high with a reservoir of 36sq.km area.The hydro-electric station produces 4 MW of power;the main road from Barhi on G.T. Road through the reservoir and hillocks is a sight beehold.
Booking at Urwan Tourist Complex:
From the Tourism office of Jharkhand at Camac Street,behind Industry Bldg. at Camac Street,Kolkata;
one can contact,Mr.Tripathy,Manager (U.T.Complex):A very helpful person with pleasing personality, originally from Rishra,W.B.:09430725647;
Those who may prefer a cosy place to stay,they may opt for G.B.House of DVC :
Executive Engineer(Electrical)-In charge,
DVC,THPS,Tilaiya Dam,Koderma 825413.
Cell:09939505202.
Koderma is accessable directly from Howrah by train on Grand Chord Route;
We found a newly built Koderma-Hazirabag track (not to the present Hazaribag Road station, on the grand chord route, which is 40km from the town)which will run upto Ranchi and shall have a station at Urwan,close to the Tourist Complex, in near future.
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#2 Oct 18th, 2014, 11:35
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Dear Bhutnath Sahab,
An excellent and informative travelogue from you, as usual. Enjoyed it thoroughly.


Here is also a picture from my side, of the Jhumri Telaiya lake, taken from NH-31. Of course, the picture quality may not be good as it was shot from a moving car.

Warm regards,
Rahul Biswas,
Cossipore,
North Calcutta.
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post Dear Bhutnath Sahab,
An excellent and informative travelogue from you, as usual. Enjoyed it thoroughly.


Here is also a picture from my side, of the Jhumri Telaiya lake, taken from NH-31. Of course, the picture quality may not be good as it was shot from a moving car.

Warm regards,
Rahul Biswas,
Cossipore,
North Calcutta.
I do agree that this should have been posted in the forum dedicated to Jharkhand;in fact, my primary intention was to post this TR in the forum WestBengal but with the thread "a nice week-end destination" instead; the error is regretted.
Thanks for your kind response& posting your nice picture.
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The thread has already been shifted to Jharkhand Forum by the mods.


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