Ghatshila The Fortifying Natural Beauty

ghatshila-The fortifying natural beauty
Written by Banani Chakraborty

Ghatshila the fortifying natural beauty is still an offbeat weekend destination between Ranchi and Kolkata. Moreover, it is between Jamshedpur on one side and Jhargharm on the other side.

In case we are an adventurist and nature-lover and choice to spare a weekend in the lap of nature amidst city surroundings?  Then Ghatshila is probably the quality area in east India.

 Ghatshila: The fortifying natural beauty. 


To begin with, it is a very attractive place for a weekend tour. Additionally, it is on the bank of the beautiful Subarnarekha river.

In the first place, Ghatshila has its own variety with rivers, mountains and hillocks, valley, forest, dams and etc. As a matter of fact, all these make Ghatshila a place of fortifying natural beauty.


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Ghatshila is a pleasant city at the bank of the Subarnarekha River in Singham District, Jharkhand State. Besides its 230km from Kolkata, 46.6km from Jamshedpur and 114km from Kharagpur.

Most importantly we can see hillocks, evergreen forests, springs, mines and of course the wonderful Subarnarekha within a frame which makes it so beautiful a tourist spot. To tell the truth, we will enjoy the river Beas even better from Manali.

Therefore it is a must-go place for tourists not only to Indians but even foreigners to visualize the fortifying natural beauty of Ghatshila.

Ghat means’ River’ and Shila approach’ Rocky land’. Ghatshila actually means “rocky harbour of a river”.

Ghatshila is associated with the memories of splendid Bengali novelist Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay because he stayed here for a significant time of his life and most importantly wrote some famous novels while he stayed here. Besides he made River Subarnarekha and Ghatshila famous and worthy to the tourist for its natural beauty.


The view of Ghatshila from close by hill-pinnacle looks as if an artist draws a colourful surrounding together with his very own creativeness besides you could see twisting   Subarnarekha flowing apart from the Ghatshila town.

Some most famous traveller spots located in and across the town, which can be also popular for sightseeing and a few have historic importance.

We may see lots of birds and various insects of which butterfly and black drongo are observed in numbers. They will certainly catch our eyes. In fact, we will get many birds when we visit Kolakham and Rishop. Besides, we will see birds if we visit four unique places to visit from Kolkata.


Places to visit in Ghatshila-

Phuldungri Hill-

phulldungri hill (ghatshila)

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This is actually a series of hillocks, which are close to Tatanagar. It is around 2 km and takes 10 minutes to reach. The masses of tall Sal trees and red pebbles entice the tourists. The stunning aerial view of Ghatshila from the top of Phuldungri Hills and the beautiful dawn and sundown will continue to be clean to your reminiscence for the long term.

The view at night is really scintillating when the lights of the town are on. We can see that they are widespread out and shining like stars all sides of the landscape.  While these vistas are mesmerising and unique,  treak trail amidst the forest is also alluring.

A stroll through the densely wooded area offers us a wonderful, out-of-the-world entertainment.

Rankini Kali Temple

Rankini Kali Temple

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Raja Jagannath of Dhulbhum dynasty built this temple. This temple is very famous to the local people. They consider the power and effect of Mata Rankini. This is a very popular temple and remains busy all round the year

We can also go to Jadugora hills, opposite to this temple.

We can also visit Adi Katyayani shakti peeth temple in Delhi.

Bibhuti Bhusan Library

It is constructed in 1950 in recognition of the notable Bengali writer Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay. He visited Ghatshila and Galudih in 1930. Since then he came here several times and became a native. After his death in 1950, his house became a library with the assistance of local government.

He appreciated this place a lot and wrote about the beauty of this place in his novels.

However, we will get a similar library of Swamiji when we visit Mayabati Ashram on our way to Chaukori

Burudih Dam-( 6 km)

Burudih Dam(ghatshila)

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This is an artificial lake.  It is 4km away from the city. Green hills and dense forests surround the lake. It is a very good place to enjoy and relax and have some photography.

If any group is looking for a picnic spot in Ghatshila, then it is an ideal location. In fact, the local people Picnic here in Winter. you could enjoy boating.

Binda Mela which is held here for 15 days in October,  is a completely well-known festival of the Santhals.

Dharagiri Waterfall -(9km)

This is an excellent picnic spot with a hill, spring, and woodland. First, we will go to Burundi Dam.  Then visit Dharagiri waterfall. It is a little fall with a small stream. You will definitely revel in the adventure thru the jungle route.

You can also enjoy the local cultural lifestyle in Santal Village. At the time of return visit Galudih Dam. We will another breath-taking waterfall Birthi while visiting Munsyari.

Also, read about Sandakphu- A paradise to all adventure lovers


A well-known spot for the lovely dawn and sunset, on the bank of Subarnarekha. you may pass Galudih barrage on the way.

Pancha Pandav- – 5 km-

It is well-known for the natural sculpture on a stone, which appears to be heads of 5 men. Local people believed it as the natural introduction of 5 brothers of Pandava. The view from the top is very beautiful.

Raj Bari-4km– is sort of ruined.


A small town close to Ghatshila(about12km), is another lovable spot. It is a small gem of tranquillity. It is basically a health resort. you could see thick and deep inexperienced forest all-round.  Rivers Subarnarekha and Satgurum are flowing through the Galudih City.

If we have time and energy we may walk through the jungle.  As we walk, We will be thrilled by the natural beauty, that we will visualize in our way.

We may see the awesome carnival of nature. Sometime elephants and deer may be seen. Watch them from a distance on the way to our walk.

They come out of the jungle generally/mainly for drinking water. Besides, it is a very good place for bird watchers.


From Galudi Station, you will walk across the road to reach Mahulia. Subarnarekha is flowing.  See hillock Neckredungri. There is a Kali Temple at the top of it.

From there the widespread panoramic view of the river, Galudi Station and so forth. could be very absorbing.

Subarnarekha Dam

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 We visit Subarnarekha Dam.  while we watch the sunset, it seems that the setting sun is spreading ‘saffron’ all over the sky and the water.




Also, read 4 unique places to visit from Kolkata. And Visakhapatnam-The jewel of East Coast

Some other famous traveller sights in and around Ghatshila are-

the Bibhuti Memorial Bhavan


Hindustan Copper restrained,

Purna Pani,

Mosaboni Mines,




For another exciting weekend, tour visit Murshidabad

Some useful tips to visit Ghatshila-

  1. We may face a navigation problem in some places, so it will be better if we hire a cab or travel by foot.
  2. As the locals are very courteous so behave the same way.
  3. While we visit the river or dams, we will try that we shall not do anything which harms marine life. Again, we need to remember that our rivers are dying. In addition, we will anyhow damage our river.
  4. We will not leave any mark on the hills.
  5. If possible, we will take a local guide and know the rich history of this place.
  6. Next, we will have to take care of our skin as we are out for the whole day. At first, we will use sunscreen. There is every possibility that our skin will dry. Therefore, we will require moisturizer. In reality, rose water is a good moisturiser. At night, our skin also require damage control. Due to this, we will use skincare products in the right order. If any one of us has skin problems like acne, he will take special care of his skin so that acne does not aggravate.
  7. Another, the important thing is that when we travel regularly, we require a lot of money. So we need to save money. We also have to know how to create a tour fund. Further, we need fare knowledge about how to grow our savings.

How to go—

By way of train-  Ghatshila is very well related to the aid of rail or road with all the locations, especially Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, and Jharkhand. The distance between Ghatshila and Kharagpur is about 98 km.

(Galudih Railway station, simply next to the Ghatshila station) (8km)

But my advice is to use Ghatshila Station which is more convenient than Galudi Station.

Journey by way of airways –  Airport–Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.

Best time to visit – October to March because at that time the weather remains cool and so helpful for moving and seeing and enjoying throughout the day. The rest of the year it is so hot that we cannot move and see and enjoy.

Also, read about Kolakham the offbeat destination

Where to stay-

Accommodations in Ghatshila:

There are a variety of hotels

Bibhutibihar-Jharkhand Tourism (97710-34151)

J.N. Palace-8757443540

Suhasita motel-97718-31

Hotels in Galudih

Galudih motel (9570200268/9199868541)

Rajanigandha Guesthouse (9831047709/9830146921)

At first, travelling and enjoying the whole day makes us tired. Therefore, we have deep sleep at night.

A week-end tour at this fortifying natural beauty of Ghatshila will certainly refresh us and give us new energy. Not only that we will get a high level of motivation. Further, we will gain a positive energy and attitude. We will get pleasure and spend a stress-free and enjoyable weekend.

As we enjoy a few days with our family, it helps us to develop our love and relation. Besides, we can get a chance to better our role as parents.

Above all, we enjoy true happiness.


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