A luxury weekend destination with a rich heritage in a beautiful location of Jhargram.
Jhargram, a picturesque town in West Bengal surrounded by Belpahari hills and rivers like Subarnarekha, Kangshabati, has a rich cultural and historical heritage dating back to the Mughal dynasty and even further back. The undiluted form of some of the oldest tribal traditions and customs co-existing here with the major communities; as well as the lush greenery of the thick canopy of Sal, Teak and Mahua has been bewitching the tourists for ages. The Nomadic Royal Heritage Palace Jhargram is part of that rich historical heritage as it still is the current resident of the Malla Dev Royal Family, the rulers of the land since late Mughal period in the sixteenth century. The gothic architecture, which is a combination of Italian and Islamic styles, as well as carefully laid gardens and vast lawns coupled with the groups of rooms on the ground floor give the visitors a chance to experience first-hand the glorious royal hospitality.
Accommodation: Can accommodate up to 30 adults with an extra cot.
Check In: 12.00 PM
Check Out: 11.00 AM
Village walk: The property arranges local guides for truly rustic experiences in the villages of Belpahari and Gopiballavpur, to walk and relax in the mud huts, to soak in the ambiance, discover and interact with the local people to know the vibrant rural Bengal on the banks of the rivers like the famous Subarnarekha and Kansai.
Camping: Under the constellations, camping along with personalized barbeque and dinner arrangements can be organized along with khaat or hammocks as per choice.
Hiking: Trekking through the forests of Belpahari to Gurrasini Hill along with Khandarini Lake with Ketki Falls can offer a breath-taking view. This place is an abode for migratory birds.
Fishing: There are a number of nearby village ponds and small streams which is often frequented by anglers, who are determined to release the fish they catch, often!
Bird and wildlife watching: In the early morning around sunrise, 10 km away from the property, JhilliPakhiralaya is the perfect place for birding, especially for migratory birds. Paddle boats can be availed to get close to the groups which include pintail, various kingfishers, moorhen, lapwings, pygmy-goose, gadwalls etc. In Kendua, various Orioles and Egrets can be seen. Khandarani Lake is a habitat for the bird of prey like shikras, along with purple heron and little grebe, while in Dalma is famous for elephants, bears, boars and porcupines.
Tribal and Raibenshe Dance: The tourists may get a chance to observe the performance by the Santhals of Jhargram who are skilled dancers and singers, in vibrant costume, jewelry alone with indigenous musical instruments. Raibenshe is another of Indian folk martial dance performed by men only, which involves acrobatic movements, using a Raibansh (a long bamboo stick), weaving a sword, wearing a brass anklet on their anklet, and it is performed by Bagdi community. Both of these dance forms are cultural heritage here.
Sabitri Mata temple: The ancestral deity of the Malla Dev Dynasty of Jhargram, she is worshipped in the form Durgarga here, under patronization of the royal family.
Belpahari: A valley, 35 km from Jhargram. The 35 km road towards the valley is covered with Sal, Mahua, Teak and Eucalyptus forests, and the rocky roads which lead to the occasional waterfalls like the one in Ghagra add to its beauty.
Mayuri Jharna: The only elephant reserve in eastern India, on the border of West Bengal and Jharkhand, about 70 km from Jhargram, which has more than 110 elephants as per the latest counting.
Chilkigarh Sacred grove: A biodiversity heritage site in West Bengal. A traditionally protected forest maintained in the social and religious ground in Jamboni, 15 km from Jhargram, occupying 60 acres of land, with the historically eminent temple of Kanak Durga, the ancestral deity of Royal family of Jamboni, and largest sacred grove in West Bengal.
Mukutmanipur: 3 hour drive from Jhargram, this serene place is perfect for relaxation, surrounded by lush green forests and a huge water body.
Jhargram Eco-tourism centre and tribal museum: 2 km outside the property, this complex houses a museum displaying the indigenous tribal culture of the district.
Mughalmari: 100 km away from Jhargram, the archaeological remains of Mughalmari represents the most extensive evidence of early medieval culture in this region, and the existence of monasteries in this place was described by famous Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited Bengal in the seventh century.
Ghatsila: 65 km from Jhargram, one can visit the beautiful town of Ghatshila along with Burudhi Dam and Dharagiri falls.
Topovan: Ashrama of the mythical Rishi Valmiki, writer of the epic Ramayana where was enlightened from dacoithood.
Rameswar Temple: A temple near Gopiballavpur, whose mythological origin claims that Lord Ramachandra of Ayodhya came and established the Sivlinga here.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit the place is October to end of February as the temperature stays low and the nature can be enjoyed to the fullest. To see the rivers in their full glory, as well as the green forests, the rainy season is great, but heavy monsoon should be avoided.
How to Reach:
Rail: Nearest rail station is Jhargram, from there it is 3 km away.
Air/Road: The nearest airport is Dumdum (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport) and major city is Kolkata. From there, the distance is 180 km approximate and it takes 4 hour by car to reach.
Classic Deluxe: INR 3000, Premium Deluxe Room: INR 3500, Family Deluxe: INR 4000, Executive Suite: INR 4500, Royal Suite – INR 5500, Royal Guest House: INR 7000.
Extra Cot Charges: INR 500
Child Policy: Complimentary for a child under five years.
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