A Road Trip to Ajodhya Hills
West Bengal is a beautiful state. It has the beauty of Himalayas and the waves of Bay of Bengal. But, how many people know about its Eastern ghats ?
Just few days back, I travelled Ajodhya hills in Purulia district of West Bengal. It was an one day trip by road from Kolkata.
Ajodhya hills is located 350 km from Kolkata, which takes almost 7 to 8 hours to reach. It is actually a part of Dalma hills and extended part of Eastern Ghats.
We started our journey at night on a Saturday by 10:00 pm from Kolkata and reached at Baghmundi by 5:00am in the morning.
Journey at night was drowsy in the car. We took some dry fruits and yes water bottles. The weather was not that hot due to little rain. But, during summer the local temperature can rise up to 45° C.
I suggest November to February would be the best time to visit Ajodhya hills. In this particular time weather is pleasant and there is less risk of accident too.
We had no plan to stay there for a night as we had to return back to Kolkata by Monday. But, travellers who have intention to stay near Ajodhya hills, for them Bharat Sevashram Sangha could be the right place to stay as other places are not that great. One thing you have to keep in mind that you can not eat non-vegetarian foods at Bharat Sevashram Sangha.
That early morning in Baghmundi was critical for us to find a place for breakfast but we managed a road side tea stall, where the kind lady made some roties for us in return of very little money.
By 6:00 am we started towards Ajodhya hills. Its just 10 to 15 minutes by car through the red soil and green trees.
For your information, Ajodhya hills is a nice place for new trekkers. Due to our little time, we were not planned for trekking. But, yes you can do this there.
Ajodhya hills has some peaks and Gorgaburu (855 m)and Mayuri are two of them. The entire area covered by red or yellow soil, small and big plants or trees and cactus. Before visiting Ajodhya, I got to know that we can meet wild animals there. But, we met some snakes only.
The best part of this place is Turga Dam and lake. You can spend your entire day by the lake and can enjoy the romantic breeze.
There is a waterfalls too near that dam, which is formed by the River Bamni.
We spent entire day at Ajodhya hills and by 4:30pm returned back to Baghmundi. At Banghmundi we spent some times and had food and then, by 6:30pm we started towards Kolkata.
Ajodhya hills is a place where you can forget your burdens, pains and bad memories. It is a place where you can refresh yourself.