Jhargram located at a distance of around 169 Kms from Kolkata and 40 Kms from Kharagpur in West Midnapore. Jhargram is a most fabulous weekend destination, where you can enjoy the beauty of jungle, verdant villages, hillock, and waterfalls at the same place. The Saal and Mohua forests couple with the fragrant red soil to give this place its distinct flavour of Tribal Bengal. Jhargram has the heritage of a royal past and the temples and palaces here testify to it. Situated between the Belpahari and Kakrajhol ranges, this place abounds in natural beauty as well. This place is mostly famous for the Jhargram Raj Palace, a palace turned heritage tourist accomodation and the other prime attractions of this palace is the Radha Krishna Temple. One can also visit the Kanak Durga Temple and the Chilkigarh Raj Palace, located around 12 km away from Jhargram. . The Chilkigarh Raj Palace is clearly a witness to immense glory and the Jhargram Palace, the seat of the Malla Deb Royal family is a fabulous place to halt at. The gardens, the architecture, the mysterious surroundings all make for a grand retreat.
Among others one of the prominent attraction of this place is the Deer Park that is located 3 km away from Jhargram Town. Located between Jhargram and Lodhasuli is the Jungle Mahal that has a rose garden. The Sabitri Temple is also a popular attraction and has a naturally formed stone resembling Devi Sabitri, instead of an idol.
Jhargram is a total must-see especially if you are a back-packer or a lover of road-trips. Following are few list of tourist destination near Jhargram.
The Jhargram Raj Palace is located right inside the city, and it 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. Jhargram raj Palace is like a heritage hotel. If you stay at their lodges, then you can get entry pass. Whereas, Chilkigarh raj palace is purely a natural tourist spot to enjoy moments with nature and history. Entry is free for all.
Note: In Jhargram Raj Place, do not spent much of your time, only visit rajbari from gate and have a quick walk around a garden in front of the palace. Instead you can spent more time at Chilkigarh raj palace which is more attractive for natural lover.
Deer park (is also known as Jhargram Mini Zoo) is famous for the deer. It is situated 2 kms from Jhargram towards the east of the railway station. It is an exclusive big area is kept only for deer park. The park is so congenital that animals seem to be out in their natural livelihood, means unlike other zoo in this place most of the animals are kept in very natural environment in the bigger spaces. It’s not like zoo where animals are fighting for their own space.
This place located in the Old jhargram. The Savitri temple is 350-year-old and perhaps the oldest structure in Jhargram (inside city). Legend has it that Savitri Devi inspired Rajput warrior Sarveshwar Singh to stay back at Junglekhand. The stone idol of the Devi is being worshipped for several centuries. The rituals of the Durga Puja are still organized and performed by the Royal Family of Jhargram.
This place located about 12kms away from Jhargram town. While travelling towards Kanak Durga Temple from Jhargram you will see dense Jamboni Forest in both side of the road, this forest is also known as Kanak Aranya.
The temple was made by King Samanta (also known as King Gopinath), 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. You see various types of medicinal plants and many big trees are nicely labelled. Not only plants but monkeys, poisonous snakes and other wild animals are also found which gives this place a natural ambience of a forest.
King Gopinath was a popular king in Jangle (now called Jamboni) around 500 years ago. He got her only daughter married to Jagannathdeb Dhabaldeb, who becaome king of Dhalbhum after defeating previous Chilkighar’s king . After this marriage, relationship between Junglemahal and Dhalbhum become stronger. It was a golden age of Jamboni. History narrated that Devi Durga came in dream of king Gopinath and order him to build the temple.
This place situated distance of 12 Kms from Jhargram and 1 Km from Kanak Durga Temple. It is a historical place and located other side of Dulung river. This is most historically rich place after Kanak Durga Temple.
Chilkigar place is just like big building showing but its wounds due to negligence of local authority. In that vast complex, left side on the entrance, you can see another beautiful Shiva temple. Opposite of the Shiva temple, there is a beautiful temple depicting cultural richness of jungle mahal and puri Jagannath temple. This temple is extremely beautiful, and old architecture on this temple showed richness of the local culture.
The Kendua Village and Garshalboni is famous for bird watching and village walk (you can call it Jungle Walt).
It is 12 Kms away from Jhargram town and situated on the way to Chilkigarh. Migrating birds come here in the month of May, presence of these birds indicate monsoons ahead. By mid November they fly away for once again to return back in Kendua.
How to reach: After 10 km car drive from Jhargram, you would find Shalboni forest on both sides of the state highway, then look for a big cement factory ( Reshmi cement factory). That means you are close to Garshalboni. Ask any one for Kendua village and medicinal plant garden.
This place is near Garshalboni, you can ask any one for “vessaj uddan“. This place is commonly known as Amlachoti Medicinal Plant Garden (Vessaj uddan). This conservation site has been maintaining around 900 species of medicinal plants collected mainly from surrounding districts in Sount West Bengal.
You have to take jungle path to reach the entrance gate. Along this path you will see many famous medicinal plant garden cultivating. It is a big medical plant garden nested in a deep jungle. It is Very well known spot among local people.