Purulia Tourism
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Purulia Tourism

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Purulia Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Purulia is a tropical district of West Bengal, which lies in the westernmost region of the state. Spread over an area of 6,259 sq km, the district shares its boundary with Bankura, Paschim Medinipur, Bardhaman, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Ranchi, West Singhbhum and East Singhbhum districts. This westernmost district of West Bengal provides access to the industrial belts of West Bengal.

Purulia is identified as one of the 16 Mahajanapadas in the Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra of circa 5th century AD. Besides, the region was a part of Vajra-bhumi in ancient times. After obtaining Diwani of Bengal, the Jungle Mahals District was formed in 1805 as per Regulation XVIIII.

The district was bifurcated in 1833, called Manbhum, the headquarters of which was transferred to Purulia in 1838. Later in 1956, the Manbhum District was partitioned as per the States Reorganisation Act and West Bengal (Transfer of Territories) Act 1956, during which Purulia District was formed.

Over the years, the district has become a popular tourist destination surrounded by the forests of Ayodhya, Matha and Kuilapal. The prominent attractions of the district are the tribal habitat in Ajodhya Hills and the heritage testaments like Panchakot Raj Place.

The spiritual centres such as Sharisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram and Dharmaraj Temple are situated in the vicinity of the district headquarters. Adventure enthusiasts have an opportunity to trek on the range of Matha, Pakhi Pahar and Joychandi Pahar.

Biswa Karma Puja, Christmas, Durga Puja, Id - Ul - Fitr, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja and Saraswati Puja are some of the festivals celebrated throughout the district. The famous folk dance of the destination is Chhou which is accompanied with the beats of dhol and dhumsaa. Jhumur song is the popular folk song of Purulia. Shiva and Shakti are the foremost deities worshipped in the religious rituals.

Purulia is located in proximity to Kolkata. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata serves as the nearest airport to the destination. Trains are available from Howrah Railway Station to the destination. Moreover, state and private buses render services from various cities of the country.

As the summer months are extremely hot and humid, the ideal time to visit Purulia is between October and March. The weather during these months is cool and pleasant for exploring the destination.
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Arko Banerjee
  • Arko Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"The perfect weekend gateaway from Kolkata Crowd - Ayodhya Hills"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In the biggest lacking lies the greatest advantage of this place. Ayodhya Hills , in the Purulia district of West Bengal (about 260 kms from state capital Kolkata) is such an underdeveloped tourist destination and yet this very aspect offers such peace and tranquility. No fancy restaurants, no luxurious hotel accommodations, no crowd of sellers to bother any tourist away from enjoying the place.

Visiting the place between January and March is recommended, when its mildly cold and perfectly enjoyable. One needs to reach Barabhum Station in Purulia (connected by trains from Howrah Station, West Bengal) and therefrom, take a trekker (on shared or reserved basis) to Baghmundi. There are a couple of places to stay in Baghmundi More or the stoppage just before that (better known as Ayodhya Pahar More). Shabby looking eateries on both sides of the road, serving kachori - and - dal, or small stalls may provide street-side food like eggrolls and chowmein in the locality. Sweetdishes are particularly good and is a must-try.

One needs to hire vehicles for travel in the daytime. Three seater autos to seven seater vehicles are available for going around to places like Bamni falls 11km, Hydel power project 14km., Pakhi pahar 8km., Mayur pahar 4km., Sita kund (hot water spring) 7km and Turga Waterfalls. The main attraction is a three-phase hydel power project situated in the hills. If prior permission can be arranged for, a tour inside the project would be the best thing about the trip. A visit to the neighbouring village of Chordha (famous as Mukhosh Graam) is also highly recommended : this is the place where face-masks for Chhou Dance is made.

Overall, this makes an ideal holiday for bunch of friends for a two-day tour.
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Prasenjit Dey
  • Prasenjit Dey
  • Lives in Raghunathpur
  • 1 Review

"Lots opportunities for industrialist"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2014
Its a city of good peoples and there are many hills and the peoples are down to earth they are very hospitable. The area is on western part of Bengal and is hilly areas mostly. The two developed cities of the district are Purulia and Raghunathpur. There are ample opportunity for industrialist. Thanks to the people of the area.
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Asish kumar Chatterjee
  • Asish kumar Chatterjee
  • Lives in Seba
  • 1 Review

"To visit sight-seeing"

  • Posted Mar 27, 2012
Visit garpanchakot and all other sight-seeing places etc in Purulia .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Non-veg food & no shopping.

Activities & things to do: Sight-seeing and photography.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Kolkata to Purulia.
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Khokan Ghoshal
  • Khokan Ghoshal
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Ajodhya Pahar - an ideal trekking route"

  • Posted Oct 18, 2009
Ajodhya Pahar, situated in Purulia, border of Jharkhand and West Bengal, is really an unexplored beauty of nature. Medium dense forest with beautiful overview of nature. An ideal destination for trekking. At a height of 1700 ft. above the sea level, it is a gift of god. With some great terrain, it is nature's unmatched beauty.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Some hotels are there which can provide you good food according to your requirement, at an affordable rate. Epecialy one dhaba called Hemlal's hotel. Surrounding of the top of Ajodhya Pahar many beautiful spots are there like Bamni falls 11km, Hydel power project 14km., Pakhi pahar 8km., Mayur pahar 4km., Sita kund (hot water spring) 7km., another a very good waterfall is Turga also there about 16km. Towards the hydel project are very beautiful spots for roaming around.

Activities & things to do: Ajodhya pahar is ideal for trekking through the lush green forest, but without taking any alcoholic substance. And mind it that without any unnecessary noise. Be very quiet and maintain the peace in the forest while trekking.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nearest station is Purulia. From Purulia, bus services are there to Sirkabad. You can hire a car also from Purulia till Ajodhya pahar top - it is a motorable road. But best is from Sirkabad by trekking. It is 17km. from Sirkabad. Another way is there from Baghmundi. From there 19km. till top. Due to forest area, don't take any unnecessary risk towards the terrain area, otherwise route can be lost by unknown people.
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