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Tourism circuit in Ayodhya Hills

October 28, 2013

Dr. B.C. Roy, the second Chief Minister of West Bengal had dreamt of setting up a Hill station (town) on Ayodhya Hills. However, it could not be converted into reality due to various reasons. Today, this hill is now a well known rock-climbing training center.

The name Ayodhya has been derived from Zaminder Ayodhaya Singh. The land here is characterised by undulating hills of red soil and lush green woods of Sal, Mahua, Sirish, Teak and many other species. At some places, the jungle is so dense that no person can enter in it. There are innumerable peaks and waterfalls here and there on the plateau.

Different tribal communities live on the slopes of the hill and engage in agricultural activities. There is a good number of wild animals like leopard, elephant, deer, wild hog, wolves, rabbit, etc., found in the forest. Tribal communities here still practice hunting in the region with bows & arrows.

The most important festival of the region is Disum Sendra (Sikar Utsav), held on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. The highest peak of the hill is Gorga-Buru (855 m).

Boost for Tourism

A tourism circuit stretching from Ayodhya and Jaichandi hills in Purulia district in West Bengal to Kolkata is being set up, the state's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced during one of her district tours last month. An ambitious project, this could change the landscape of tourism in the region.

The circuit, which would also pass through Bankura and West Midnapore districts, had begun for which a sum of Rs. 3.10 crore had already been disbursed out of a total estimated cost of Rs. 4.80 crore.

Ayodhya Hills in Purulia district is an extension of the Dalma Hills of Jharkhand. An altitude of 610 m, the hill is ideal for rock clambering & trekking. It is popular because of its scenic beauty. A visit to beautiful waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages, Gorshabru and Mayur hill are sure to captivate your senses. The presence of a variety of wild animals in the forests makes this place more adventurous.

What to see at Ayodhya Hills?

•    Gorshabru, the highest peak of Ayodhya Hills is situated at a magnificent 2850 feet. There are various deep forests and numerous waterfalls located amidst the hill. Several tribal villages are also situated on the hill. A  trip to Mayur hill will provide a spectacular view of Ayodhya Hills, just like it has been portrayed on a canvas. You can either visit the numerous waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages or can explore the beauty of the hill by taking a walk around it.

•    The Forest of Matha Hill, near Ayodhya Hill is about 45 km from Purulia town. Matha, known for its scenic beauty is also good for rock climbing & trekking. Rock climbing courses are conducted here between November and March.

•    Pakhi Hill (Hill of birds) nearby is famous for birds.

•    The forests are home to Leopard, Pangolin, and Madras Tree Shrew. Elephants migrate seasonally from neighbouring Jharkhand.

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Comments (4)
amit ghosh Reply
May 16, 2014
looking forward for some day train to barabhum from howrah and some hotels near baghmundi,the place can be a popular tourist spot...the life style of the people of purulia will also increase..
Dipankar Ghosh Reply
October 28, 2013
Went to the hills once during the Sikar Utsav. It was a great experience.
Tirtha Reply
October 28, 2013
A lot of places are being developed for tourism in the state. The huge potential for tourism also means a lot of revenue from tourists, which would be very welcome.
Abhijit Ghosal Reply
October 28, 2013
The Ayodhya Hills present a vast stretch of unexplored territory. This area has a huge tourism potential.
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