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#1 Aug 12th, 2008, 18:53
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Guys,

Just a few hours from Kolkata by train/bus/car we have some amazing places that are yet to be completely known to the tourist world(thats a good thing actually).
Lets put forward any such places u know with complete details so that fellow-travellers can use it as a guide.


to start i suggest 'Kankrajhor' :

From Jhargram, Belpahari is 45km on the busroute.
10km past Belpahari is Bhulabheda where from one can trek a stretch of 18 km to Kankrajhor. For accommodation, there is a Forest Bungalow and a Tourist Hotel.One can also walk to Ghatshila, just 22 kms from Kankrajhor.

Kankrajhor is a trekking wonderland in the tropical, hilly forestlands of Midnapore. It comprises 9,000 hectares of hardwood trees including kusum, shaal, segun or teak, mahua and akashmani. Cashewnut, coffee and oranges are cultivated at Kankrajhor.
The Dolma Hills of Kankrajhor are frequented by animals from Bihar, including tigers, leopards and elephants. Bears and wild boars regular stray to the hills in search of mahua tree sap. The sap is a potent intoxicant in the region and is used to make country liquor.

The rhythmic beats of the Adivasi drums make the nights here vibrant. This sound and the remote atmosphere add real enchantment and mystery to the night.


This is one of those very few places where u come face to face with Santhals living their life in the traditional way.

We stayed at this 'Mahato Lodge' which was a mud-hut owned by a 92yr old Mahato a former dacoit staying there with his 2 wives. The evenings were like heaven as then there was no electricity at the place then..and there was this eerie feeling of being surrounded by ancient trees

We went there on a Ashtami day and in the evening there was a festival in the santhal villages. Young santhal guys were dressed as girls and they were going from house to house singing/dancing and drinking country liqour. The sound of those drums and that santhal song .. it felt like a dream...

I strongly recommend Kankrajhor to all the nature lovers.

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#2 Aug 13th, 2008, 17:36
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Thanks. .i think very few knows about this place..i want to know some more info//
Transport from kolkata *time takes *is that a forest department area? *any forest lodge?
*any contact info? *which time is best 4 visit *2 day is enough?
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Originally Posted by arindamdhar0 View Post Thanks. .i think very few knows about this place..i want to know some more info//
Transport from kolkata *time takes *is that a forest department area? *any forest lodge?
*any contact info? *which time is best 4 visit *2 day is enough?
: The best way to reach the place is to reach Jhargram(by train: 3 hrs) and then hire a car from there(3 hours). The last 75 kms from Jhargram takes such long because one has to travel through hillocks and jungles.. no proper road..but more of trails)
The other way to reach the place is to walk down from Ghatshila..which is a walk through the beautiful Dolma pahads.

One can book for the forest lodge from Jhargram or just come straight to Kankrajhor and stay in the village lodge or camp at the site.

Its good to travel anytime of the year, but avoid rain for obvious reasons.. the trails gets washed away..but then thats the best time to catch nature at its best..

But my personal favourite is the winter..as Dolma looks awesome in the morning fog... and then the lovely chilly evening and starlit nights..
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yes, that area is beautiful, but it's now really infested with maoists. i wonder how safe it will be to go there.
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Guys..suggest some new places.....
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murshidabad, taki, bankura-bishnupur-mukutmanipur, henry island, garpanchokot
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Originally Posted by mousourik View Post murshidabad, taki, bankura-bishnupur-mukutmanipur, henry island, garpanchokot
Please provide the details of henry island !!
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it's near Bakkhali.
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Mandarmani

I would like to mention about MANDARMANI, though it is known to many now a days. It is just 3-4 hrs car drive from Kolkata on Digha road, but before Digha. There is a place known as CHOULKHOLA, from there you will have to take left & go furhter 15-16 km ( may be little less or more).By DIGHA bound bus you will have to get down at Choulkhola .
Mandarmani is having 7-8 km long beach, on which you can drive also ( the beach is so wide). Very less crowded place , liked by those who love calm & cool. There is a SUNSET POINT to view excellent sunset.
Accomodation- lots of private hotel - like Rose valley,Sana resort, Sumadrabilas, Sumadrasakhi,Trangamala,sindhu kanya, Sinjini & at the very beginning ( I forgot the name) of the beach.
note:- when I visited January 2008 there was no electricity at that time, but do not worry all hotels are equiped with generators & they run it.
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What about Sundarbon.Visited 3 times.Beautiful place.Only 4 hr journey from kolkata.night stay on boat was a thrilling experience 4 me.You wont find any tiger over their but natural beauty ........
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can anyone suggest a good hotel in Bakkhali ??
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Originally Posted by Sujit View Post can anyone suggest a good hotel in Bakkhali ??
In Bakkhali i would suggest 2 hotels

a) Hotel Deepak (Sea Facing) Rs. 450/- to 850/-
b) Hotel Dolphin (Chowrasta) Rs. 400/- to 1200/-


Hotel Deepak has a swimming pool ..and a good enough bar.... and has a good number of sea-facing rooms..
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what about the booking details ? is deepak better than tourist lodge ?
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Originally Posted by mousourik View Post what about the booking details ? is deepak better than tourist lodge ?
Yes... Hotel Deepak is better than tourist lodge... please find further details of the hotel in

http://www.sensonmedia.net/hoteldeepak.htm
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thank a ton.
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