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PASCHIM MEDINIPUR

Paschim Medinipur district or West Midnapore district is among one of the biggest districts of West Bengal. It was formed on January 1, 2002 after the Partition of Midnapore into Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur.
Medinipur district is much enriched in its archaeology. Pre-historic features of this region can be proved from its Stone Age evidences, which are collected from the river-beds of Subarnarekha, Kansavati and Tarapheni.
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    Khirpai
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    Khirpai

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    In the 18th and 19th century, Khirpai was a big and famous trading place. Cotton and handicrafts of this area were exported in the foreign lands. In British periods Khirpai became famous for indigo plantation. Now it is a small town of 12 sq km with 11,000 dwellers. Radhamadhab Temple of Malpara on Ghatal-Khirpai Road is an age old ‘Pancharatna’(ratna means pinnacle) temple where terracotta works still exist with glory.

    How to Reach :
    Khirpai is well connected by roads/highways with other nearby cities like Midnapore, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Howrah,Ghatal, Burdwan, Panskura, Kanthi, Tamluk, Hooghly. For local transportation bus, taxi, minibus, cycle-rikshaws are available. Panskura and chandrokona road railway stations are two nearest railway station.

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    Chandrakona
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    Chandrakona

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    11 km to the north of Salbani is Chandrakona Road. Midnapur is 36 km. Gorbeta 11 km and Bishnupur 36 km from Chandrakona. There is Barduary, ruins of the fort of the Hindu kings of the past and numerous temples. 4 km from the Chandrakona Road railway station, one can reach the Kharagpur-Raniganj connecting road by auto or taxi to visit tourists' paradise Airabat Banabitan. There are toy train, rose garden, bird sanctuary and aquarium in the Banabitan. Boating can also be arranged. Accommodation can be made at the cottage type rooms of Banabitan, shaded with sal, mahogany, mahua, asan trees, developed by the joint venture of Sonali Agro Industries Resort Limited and Garbeta Gram Panchayat in 1992. This flower and fruit garden is spreaded over 100 acre of land. There is also an Inspection Bungalow at Chandrakona.

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    Garbeta
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    Garbeta

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    11 km away from Chandrakona on the banks of river Shilabati, the land of red soil and sal forest, Garbeta is associated with the history of Layek revolt. 6 km away from Garbeta railway station on the bank of river Shilabati, is the red laterite soiled field of Gangani. In the early 19th century, the Chuar Revolt against the British was held on this dry red field. According to history, the revolt was named as Layek revolt of Bagri or Paik revolt. Their leader, Sardar Achal Singh was hanged by the British. In summer days, the air becomes heated here. Hence, the name of the field is Gangani, i.e., heated. Today the Raikota fort of the Bagri Kings is in a dilapidated condition. There is also a temple of Sarbamangala at Garbeta. There are some ordinary hotels and lodges near Garbeta railway station. In the town, there is a PWD Bungalow for accommodation. Bungalow Booking : EE, PWD, Midnapur.

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    Karnagarh
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    Karnagarh

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    12 km to the north of the town via Bhaputala is Karnagarh. In 1760 Queen Shiromoni ascended the throne of Karnagarh. She led the Chuar revolt against the British. The blood-stained Paik or Chuar revolt was suppressed by the British in 1800. The queen was interned in her palace. The British killed her in 1813. Though the past is of faded away with the death of the queen, the deity of the royal family Mahamaya, is still worshipped in Rarh Bengal. Behind the Mahamaya temple is the holy Shiva Kunda. There is also Khargeswar Shiva Temple, and Dandeswar Shiva Temple without deity.

    The Karnagarh Temple has been renovated. The entrance to the temple built in Odissi style, to the south of the garh spread over 3 km, is Howakhan Toran. A gorgeous fair is held on Poush Sankranti day. A thin river Parang has made a moat surrounding three sides of the ruins of the garh built by King Mahabir Singh. One should visit Karnagarh to ruminate the past.

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    Pathra
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    Pathra

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    On the outskirts of the town, 12 km on the bank of Kansai, is Pathra- Debagram of the past (250 yrs). There are stones strewn all around - hence the name is Pathra. According to history, Nawab Alibardi convicted the Musmadar or Nayeb (rent collector) Dayandana and ordered to kill him under the feet of a mad elephant for building a temple at the expense of royal treasury. But at the place oi execution the elephant remained still, Alibardi became spellbound and freed Dayananda unconditionally. Moreover, he awarded him the zamindari of Katanchawk Parganas. Hence the name Pathra derived from Pautra (getting down of elephant's feet). Freed Dayananda built the temple with fresh enthusiasm. Even Nawab himself rendered his assistance. But all of it has gone to extinction. 34 dilapidated temples with enriched terracotta artwork reminded the past form the deities in the temple are Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva. Of them, the Nabaratna Temple with exquisite artwork, Kachchari Mahal, Rashmancha, Dalan of Kalachand, Durgeswar Temple and Pancha Shiva Temple are worth mentioning. Various evidence of Buddhist culture have been traced in Pathra. To the opposite of Pathra on the southern bank of Kansai river is another reminder of the past- Jinshahar. The word is derived from Jain sages who lived here in the 12th century.

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    JHARGRAM
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    JHARGRAM

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    Jhargram, 181 km from Kolkata, Jhargram is the paradise of nature lovers with beautiful forests of sal, mahul, wild elephants, deer and birds. The ancient temples, royal palaces, folk tunes and tribal rhythms make it all the more attractive destination of tourists who love to discover the unknown and unaffected beauties of nature.

    How to Reach:

    By Train: The distance from Howrah to Jhargram station is 157 Kms and the journey takes three hours by train from Howrah.
    Jhargram Railway Station is on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line which is an express train route.

    By Road: Jhargram is also very well connected by roads / highways with other nearby cities like Medinipur, Kharagpur, Durgapur, Asansol, Bankura, Purulia, Haldia, Contai, Digha, Kolkata / Howrah.

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    Jhargram Royal Palace
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    Jhargram Royal Palace

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    3 km from railway station on the outskirts of the town, the palace was built around a rectangular courtyard. The ground floor of the palace has now been turned to a hotel. Special permission is required to visit the entire palace. There are also temples of four-faced Shiva, Lokeswar, Bishnu and Manasa Devi.

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    Chilkigarh
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    Chilkigarh

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    About 2 km away from Jhargram, Chilkigarh bound bus route turning right and moving ahead 11 km is Jambani and further 5 km ahead is Chilkigarh.  Royal Palace of Dhalbhum kings is at Chilkigarh after crossing Dulung river.  The king participated in the fist mass revolt against the British. There are many deities in the palace premises.  It is also famous for its Jangal Mahal Fort and temples.  Inside the forest Kanak Durga Temple was built in Pit style.  The deity with three eyes , four hands, riding on horseback is made of eight metals.  Recently deity was looted by Bhaskar Pandit.   The ancient deity of 300 years installed in the temple. It is said that human sacrifices used to be held here.  At Navami night goat and buffalo sacrifies are made before Kanak Durga. It is an ideal picnic sport.  Accommodation is also available here. 

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    CHILKIGARH RAJ PALACE
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    CHILKIGARH RAJ PALACE

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    Chilkigarh Raj Palace is situated at distance of 12 kms from Jhargram and 1 km from Kanak Durga Temple. It is a historical place. Long wall around the Palace was build to protect from Borgi. It is the main tributary of the Subarnarekha. It originates in the north-west portion of the division near Dulungdiha (J.L.No. 100, P.S.Binpur) and runs generally in a southern direction near the western boundary of the division till it enters Jamboni Police Station. While passing through this police station from north to south it is joined by the Kupon River, Bashi Khal, Polpala Khal, Deb River and Putrangi Khal. Thereafter, it enters Gopiballavpur Police Station where its general direction is from west to east and then Sankrail police station where it again runs in a southerly direction and joins the Subarnarekha.

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    KANKRAJHOR
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    KANKRAJHOR

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    Kankrajhor, 253 km from Kolkata and 73 km from Jhargram, is a trekking wonderland in the tropical, hilly forestlands of Midnapur. 'Kankra' means missing while and 'Jhor' means jungles and forests. Kankrajhor comprises 9,000 hectares of hardwood trees including kusum, shaal, segun or teak, mahua and akashmani. Cashew nuts, coffee and oranges are cultivated at Kankrajhor.

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    Deer Park
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    Deer Park

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    About 3 km away from the town, at Krishnagar a Deer Park as well as a mini zoo has been developed on a plot of 34.5 hectares in 1983. The mini zoo has a large tank inside. There is a Tribal Cultural Council at Raghunathpur.

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    BELPAHARI
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    BELPAHARI

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    Belpahari, 35 km from Jhargram, is a major tourist destination in Midnapore District. It is a forest paradise under the Dolma Hills, located at a distance of 45 km from Jhargram. Foothills on Belpahari are thickly forested by a variety of tropical trees. Sal, Mahua, Piyal, Sonajhuri, Shirish and Eucalyptus are some of the common hardwood trees.

    How to Reach: Jhargram is located around 30 KM away from Belpahari so if visitors travel at the consistant speed of 50 km per hour can reach Belpahari in 0.61 hours.
    Bus timings from Jhargram to Belpahari is around 0.51 hours when bus maintains an average speed of 60 km per hour. The estimated travel time from Jhargram to Belpahari by bus may vary or it will take more time than the above mentioned time due to the road condition and different travel route. Bus fare from Jhargram to Belpahari may be around Rs.24.

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    HATIBARI
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    HATIBARI

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    Hatibari, 62 km from Jhargram is situated amidst Forest about 24 km. besides River Subarnarekha is Hatibari. It is surrounded by different types of trees. Few tents are strewn in this place for tourists. It is a beautiful place. From here about 3 km far is Jhilibandh. Sunrise and sunset can be seen from this place.

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    PARIMAL KANON
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    PARIMAL KANON

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    Parimal Kanon is a picnic spot. It is situated near Chandrokona Road Railway station and few km away from Kolkata.

    It is located about half km from Chandrakona Road railway station. The park is spread over 30 ha with small forests. There is rose garden, flower garden,Aviary, medicinal plants garden, arboretum, boating, Aquarium,children garden,toy train and picnic sheds.Two cottages(4beds),one dormitory (16beds),8 rooms(16beds) and one meeting hall(100 capacity)with parking facility available.

    Wonderful place to spend a day with family and friends. However, there are lot of rooms for improvement which will make this place more attractive to the visitors.

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    Arabari Forest

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    Across the boundary wall of Airabat Banabitan, the model forest Arabari Jungle was formed in 1972 with dense forest and hills spreading over 134 sq km. Elephants move about in the forest of akashmani, eucalyptus and sal trees. Trapping the wild elephant with the help of kunki, i.e. pet female elephant, is full of adventure and romance. Massive trunks of sal trees are stacked in tiers one upon the other and the elephants are forced to stay engaged in the enclosure. Accommodation is available at the Forest Bungalow. AB : DFO, East Midnapur Divn, West Midnapur.

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    GHATAL
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    GHATAL

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    Ghatal is a Block in Paschim Medinipur District of West Bengal. It belongs to Burdwan Division. It is located 59 km towards East from the District head quarters Midnapur. It is a Block head quarter. Ghatal has its old history of civilization, business, struggle for freedom of India, Many patriots, social reformers, freedom fighters were the sons of this area. Rivers Darakeswar and Shilabati meet with rivers Jhumi and Damodar at a place named as Bandar (Port) 3 kms (2 mi) east of Ghatal PS. This is the Subdivision of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Patriot Pradyot Bhattacharya, Patriot Pravangsu Paul, Patriot Mohini Mondal, Raja Narendralal Khan, Patriot Manabendranath Roy and many other-memorable persons. In ancient times Tamralipta was an important port for shipping for export and imoprt between Bengal and other countries including Sri Lanka. This Bandar of Ghatal was also used as a port for anchoring boats and ships with goods. Ghatal had once become famous for manufacture of cotton, tusser silk, bell-metal utensils, earthen ware etc. and was so important that the Dutch had a factory in the headquarters town, which is still used as a sub divisional courts and in the early days of British occupation three Commercial Residents were located in the locality to supervise local trade. The old industries like cultivation and weaving of silk and cotton for which Ghatal and his nearest areas were famous from ancient times were systematically wiped away by the policy of the East India Company's administration. Withdrawal of the Company's investments, shrinkage in the marketability of textile goods at home and abroad and heavy competition of the foreign goods were responsible for the decline of textile industries in Ghatal and his nearest areas like Radhanagar, Khirpai, Chandrokona, Khrar. This area was also famous for sugar industry (mainly in Radhanagar areas) in ancient times. In 2002, Medinipur District was divided into two parts-Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur for the sake of administrative efficiency and expediency. Paschim Medinipur consists of four sub-divisions - Kharagpur, Medinipur Sadar, Ghatal, Jhargram. Ghatal sub-division now consists of five blocks- Chandrokona-I, Chandrokona-II, Daspur-I, Daspur-II, Ghatal and five municipalities- Ramjibanpur, Khirpai, Chandrokona, Kharar and Ghatal.

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By Air: The nearest International Airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.

By Train: It has its own Railway Station named as Midnapore Railway Station which is connected to all the major cities of West Bengal.

By Road: Midnapore is connected through West Bengal State Bus services and some private travel services to the rest of West Bengal.
wbtourism Accommodation
  • Jhargram Tourist Complex

    Jhargram, Paschim Midnapore, Post Office: Midnapore, Pin: 721101
    Contact No.: 9732100930
    Email: jhargramtouristlodge@gmail.com

  • Rangamati Youth Hostel

    Post Office -Vidyasagar University, Paschim Medinipur, Rangamati, Pin-721102.

    Nearest Railway Station : Midnapore
    Contact No.: 03222275720

  • WBTDC Rani Shiromoni Paryatak Abas

    Dakbungalow Road, Post Office & District: Medinipur (West). Pin - 721101
    Contact No.: (03222) 266588,
    Mobile - 9732510074
    Email: rspa1manager@gmail.com

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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