Jhargram shares its unique culture with both West Bengal and Jharkhand states. Jhargram is a perfect tourist destination for spending a few days of one’s holidays in unmatched natural and peaceful surroundings that too at an affordable budget.
A tour to Jhargram reveals huge, verdant and dense natural forests of the tropical hardwoods, giving the visitors an exotic feeling and being one with the nature. The forest of the Jhargram abounds with piyal, mahua, shaal and cashew trees. Adding to the natural charm of the verdant forests of the Jhargram are the many beautiful seasonal variations.
Jhargram is a city and the administrative headquarters of Jhargram district located in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a municipality which is a popular tourist destination known for its forests, ancient temples and royal palaces.
Jhargram has an average elevation of 81 metres (265 feet). The weather, like much of Bengal, is extremely humid and tropical. Temperatures can reach as high as 46 °C in the hot and dry months of May and June but can plummet to 4 °C in the chilly nights of December and January.
Winter in Jhargram is pretty pleasant. But so it the summer season, as during this time the mahua trees of the region get loaded with fragrant flowers. The monsoon season is equally lovely as during this time the shaal trees get coated with beautiful blooms. Further, moonlit nights seem to carry the aura of woody fragrances from shaals and piyals and red gravel pathways elegantly encircle the trees – all of which give the Jhargram Forests picture-perfect looks and make them excellent natural wonder and a tourist destination par excellence.
Jhargram is an interesting tourist place for its unique location and natural beauty. There are several tourist-attracting places throughout the Sub-Division.
Jhargram Raj Palace
The Jhargram Raj Palace is the current residence of the Malla Deb Royal family, it is a structure combining the Gothic and Muslim architectural modes. About 20 of the rooms in the ground floor have been converted into a Heritage Hotel in collaboration with West Bengal Tourism. The Main Building and the Domes of the Palace are impressive. The Jhargram Raj Palace is an opulent Gothic structure, set in carefully laid lawns and gardens. Built in 1931 AD, this Palace was designed by the Calcutta Improvement Trust during the reign of Raja Narasingha Malla Deb Bahadur. In the Palace campus, it is so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. It has also been a host to many dignitaries right from its inception.
It’s 79 kms from Jhargram. Way out for Kankrajhore is from Jhargram to Belpahari, then to Bhulaveda and Siarbindha. The dense forest is covered with trees like Sal, Pial, Kendu, Simul, Bohera, Haritoki etc. The beauty of the forest keeps you so mesmerized that you don’t get to know when you have crossed 18kms within the dense forest. There you get the village house where you can stay.
Jhargram Mini Zoo
It is situated 2kms from Jhargram towards the east of the railway station. The park is so congenital that animals seem to be out in their natural livelihood. It is also known as Deer Park.
Chilkiharh Raj Palace & Kanak Durga Temple
The temple was made by King Samanta, here Goddess is worshipped in form of Kanak Durga and she is also the ancestral deity of the Chilkigarh Royal Family. Goddess is worshipped with great pomp and splendor during Durga Puja. The river Dulung gushes in between the temple and the beautiful Raj Palace of Chilkigarh. This area is surrounded by 375 different species of plants and trees many of them are unique and are used for botany research. Not only plants but monkeys, poisonous snakes and other wild animals are also found which gives this place a natural ambience of a forest. This place is about 12kms away from Jhargram town.
Ghagra waterfalls lies 49kms from Jhargram and 9kms from Belpahari bus stop. This waterfall is found on the river Tarafeny. You can go ahead and will found Tarafeny Barrage which is 4 kms from here.
Eco-Tourism Centre & Tribal Museum
The Jhargram eco-tourism centre lies 5 km outside Jhargram town. Situated on the state highway, SH5 – enroute Kolkata to Jhargram, this beautiful forest retreat welcomes you to embrace the essence of nature with 3 cottages and 6 rooms. This complex also houses a tribal museum displaying the indigenous tribal culture of the district. Tribal folk performances are also held on weekends and visitors can enjoy food at the in-house restaurant.
49kms from Jhargram is Tarafeni and from Belpahari it is just 9 kms. You can see mud huts of the tribal on two sides of the road which reminds you of the extreme of Bengal border. The soil over here is red in colour which only adds up to the scenic ambience of the tribal village. Migrating birds also come over here.
The tranquility of this place leads you to the calmness of mind. This place is just 49kms from Jhargram. Temple of Lord Shiva is being created in the year 1999. A Bengali’s popular festival “Poush Sankranti” is being celebrated by the local people every year in the mid of April. From the peak of the mountain when you see Tarafeny flowing – your heart confines you at those peaks.
The Laljal Mountain
Lalbasha in Belpahari which is 63kms from Jhargram. From there you cross the Singhal mountains which is about 3kms, here lies the Laljal hills. The roads are enchanted with Sal, Simul, Pial. There are tree house where you can make a night stay which is not only romantic on a full moon night but also adventurous. As the hills, are red, the water flowing from here seems to be red which is very fascinating.
The Spring of Ketki
In the hills Cherang which in the edge line of Singhadoba and Burijhor village flows the Ketaki fountains in its own rhythm. It is 11kms from Belpahari and 55kms from Jhargram. After reaching Odolchua you keep ypur feet on red soil and walk for 4kms. Walking down 7kms from Ketki lays Kakrajhor.
Hills of Kanaisor
Belpahari is 40kms from Jhargram, from Belpahari it is just 14kms. The fetching beauty of these hills has bought you step by step infront of these white beauties, which is none other than “Quartz”. A religious festival is held for 5days in the season of autumn by the aboriginals. They gather in thousands and have fun. Abundant jackfruit and mangoes are available. Migrating birds called “Shamukh Khol” named by the inhabitants, comes here in the month of May-June.
Khutighat is actually the name of a river bank during the British periods, currently known as Rantua. Some saints used to live here in the past; some of them still live and have links with the saints of Rameshwar. People celebrate the festival of Goddess Kali here.
This place is sited on the frontiers of three states Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa. Over here you get a well equipped Govt. bungalow with all the necessities. The enchanting beauty of the place leaves you with a mind out of the world. You can even stay on tents which is very thrilling on a full moon night.
It is about 10kms from Belpahari and 50kms from Jhargram. After 7 kms from Belpahari to Bhulabeda Road, turn on left from Domohani Bridge and go 3 kms in the forest red soil road. During winter Birds are special attraction.