My trip to Ghatshila is an amazing experience. After Durga Puja, I went there to see the Apu’s place. Ghatshila in Purbi Singhum District of Jharkhand, is mostly a tribal and Bengali settlement area has many attractions to see. It is a perfect one day trip with Rice and chicken at a tribal bistro near Burudhi Lake in the lunch.
Ghatshila becomes amazing mostly in the evenings. The sun set here from the shore of Subernarekha will be an awesome experience.
Mostly forested area and the formerly the kingdom of Dalbhum, once Ghatshila was the residence of many rich Bengali families. But all are now fading due to the lack of infrastructure in urbanization. Ghatshila is only a few kilometers away from Jhargram of West Bengal.
Now Ghatshila is offering only the mystic glance of Subernarekha, dense jungle of Narwa and Kakrajhore, rural belt of Galudih, city of Tatanagar, Jhargram and the Dharagiri Falls. Every one says Ghatshila is open as an winter destination, but if you go in monsoons, it will be beautiful to see the Dharagiri falls and the Burudih lake.
Here I enjoyed the trip for only one day, by hiring an auto of Mongol Gharui (Ph: 9973562260). He charged Rs. 1200 for the local sightseeing and Dharagiri falls, Burudih Lake and Narwa Forest. It will be best, if you see the rate chart of local sightseeing.
The tribal dhabas near Brudih Lake offer the best lunch with rice, brinjal, alu vaji and the skinned chicken. This will be under Rs 200 for two people. You can also have the bathing there. The road to Dharagiri offers hilly tracts along with the scenic beauty. While you visit Dharagiri Fall, the local tribal people will guide you to reach near the falls. They charge you Rs. 20 to Rs. 30.
The local sightseeing covers Phuldungri hills, Chitrakoot hills, Rankini Temple, Dhalbhum Palace, which is now converted into a local court by the Government of Jharkhand, The House of Bhibhuti Bhusan Bandhopadhaya, Hindusthan Copper Limited, Raatmohana and Subernarekha River.
How to reach
Ghatshila can be reached with railways, airways and roadways. I went to Ghatshila by Ispat Express (6:55 AM) from Howrah Station. Ghatshila is connected with Bihar and Jharkhand. Jamshedpur is located at a distance of 45 km (by road) and 37 km west of this town. Lalmati Express is an alternative train to reach Ghatshila.
Where to stay
Aakashdeep Hotel: 09431543968
Galudih Resort: 09199868541/ 08935903117/ 09570200268
Suhasita Resort: 033 2223 4651
Bibhuti Vihar: 06585-226506
Anandita Lodge: 06585-225624
Hotel Snehalata: 06585-225767