Purulia, often known as the land of “Lal Mati” or the “Chou Nrittyo” (traditional folk dance of West Bengal), is the westernmost district of West Bengal known for its numerous tourist destinations.
This place is dotted with a number of hills such as Joychondi Hills, Garpanchokot, Gajaburu Hills, and Ajodhya Hills.
One of the most popular destinations in Purulia is the panoramic ribbon of hills known as the Ajodhya Hills (or Ajodhya Pahar).
These hills are the ideal weekend escape for weary city dwellers because of their lush green landscape with sporadic stretches of rocky and undulating terrain.
Although one of the state’s most isolated regions once, this place is now one of Bengal’s most popular travel destinations.
In this article, you will get to know the following points about the Ajodhya Hills,
- How to reach
- About Ajodhya Hills
- Things to do
- Best time to visit
- Places to stay
- Nearby attractions
Let’s see each of these points in detail…
Location of Ajodhya Hills
|Distance from Kolkata
|Nearest Railway Station
Ajodhya Hills is a famous hill located in the Purulia district. It is a part of the Dalma Hills and an extended part of the Eastern Ghats range.
The highest peak of Ajodhya Hills is Gorgaburu. Baghmundi is the nearest populated town.
How to reach Ajodhya Hills
There are various ways to reach Ajodhya Hills from Kolkata.
The Urma, Barrabhum, and Suisa Railway Stations are the closest rail stations to Ajodhya Pahar.
Howrah and Barrabhum are connected by the Howrah Chakradharpur Express, Lalmati Express, and Howrah Ranchi Intercity Express.
On the other hand, Jhalda Station provides access to the western section of Ajodhya Hills.
You can also get down at Purulia Station and then take a bus that will reach Ajodhya Hills.
Regular buses travel from Kolkata to Purulia along SH5, passing through Kharagpur and Balarampur. From Purulia, Ajodhya Hilltop is around 40 km. It takes 1 hour to reach by cab from Purulia station.
The distance from Kolkata to Ajodhya Pahar is 320 kilometers. You can take a cab or your personal car to Ajodhya Hills.
The shortest route is via SH5.
Once you reach Ajodhya Hills, you can take the road via Sirkabad, which is located at the foothill, to reach the top. There are another two roads that lead to the hilltop – one is via Baghmundi and another one via Jhalda.
About Ajodhya Hills
Ajodhya Hill is a breathtakingly beautiful hideaway, tucked with hills, dales, dense forests surrounding the hill, springs, placid lakes, a river, and aquamarine skies.
The vast extent of lush greenery and serpentine roads are a treat to the eyes.
Beautiful cascading waterfalls, dense forests, tribal communities, Gorshabru, and the adjacent Mayur hill will undoubtedly captivate your senses.
Wide varieties of animals can be spotted in the woodlands adding to the thrilling atmosphere of this location.
Ajodhya Hills is a treasure trove for photographers and environment enthusiasts.
Trekking around turquoise lakes surrounded by hills, experiencing local tribal culture, bird watching, and village walks is something to cherish for a lifetime.
History of Ajodhya Hills
According to Hindu Mythology, Sri Ram and Devi Sita stayed in Ajodhya Hill during their exile. This place is also popularly known as Sita Kunda.
Once Sita was extremely thirsty, so Lord Ram pierced an arrow through the Earth’s crust, and water sprung out and Ma Sita quenched her thirst.
Things to do in Ajodhya Hills
There are a lot of things that you can do in the Ajodhya Hills. Here you can,
- Enjoy adventure sports like trekking and rock climbing.
- Click pictures of the amazing nature and the migratory birds.
- Mingle with the lovely tribal community.
- Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the picturesque hills.
- Witness the heavenly beauty of the wild hilly flowers of Palash, Krishnachura in spring.
- Enjoy a wonderful night camping.
- Spot wild boars, deer, and other wild creatures in the dense natural habitat.
Best time to visit Ajodhya Hills
The best time to visit Ajodhya Hills is from the months of September to March. It is the time when you would notice clear blue skies and pleasant weather.
During the autumn you will get to see the ”Tula Megh” along with a slight chill in the wind filled with the freshness of a Sarodiya aroma.
Winters are associated with chills and a layer of Fog and mist surrounds the hills.
With the advent of spring in March, the trees of the valley blossom with fire red, orange, and yellow flowers of Krishnachura, Palash, and many more flowers.
Places to stay near Ajodhya Hills
There are a number of resorts and hotels near Ajodhya hills where you can stay.
Hotel Jiva, Pearl Tree Hotel & Resorts, Kushal Palli Resort, and Ayodhya Guest House are some of the amazing staying options in Ajodhya Hills, Purulia.
Other attractions near Ajodhya Hills
Ajodhya Hills is one of the best destinations in the Purulia district blessed with almost all of the natural wonders such as waterfalls, hills, forests, and a rustic community.
So if you are tired of the busy schedules of the city, then escape to this beautiful destination to revive yourself.
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