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Old 17th July 2014, 11:22   #1
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I am planning to visit the Ayodhya Hills in Purulia, West bengal and stay in the WBCADC guest houses (Niharika, Manasi, Malancha, Anamika, Balaka, Bibhabari, Upekhita etc.)

But, till recent past, this area was severely under Maoist red zone.
I don't know about the current situation, but still wouldn't risk a holiday pleasure for this.

I would like to have inputs regarding

1) the current situation there? Is it risky?

2) the best route to take from Kolkata.

Any inputs would be much appreciated.
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I am planning to visit the Ayodhya Hills in Purulia, West bengal and stay in the WBCADC guest houses (Niharika, Manasi, Malancha, Anamika, Balaka, Bibhabari, Upekhita etc.)

But, till recent past, this area was severely under Maoist red zone.
I don't know about the current situation, but still wouldn't risk a holiday pleasure for this.

I would like to have inputs regarding

1) the current situation there? Is it risky?

2) the best route to take from Kolkata.

Any inputs would be much appreciated.

The road condition till April 2014 at Ayodhya Hills was really good. Cant exactly say the current condition's after the rain.

The road will be-
1) Dankuni - T.N- Mukherjee road-Arambagh- Kotulpur- Bishnupur- Hura- Purulia- Bolorampur-Bagmundi - take the relief road over the dam to go up to Ayodhya Hills. Should be around 300kms. Please check google maps for exact distance.

2)Dankuni - Purulia town- Sirkabad - Ayodhya hills. 35kms shorter but via Sirkabad road is not good.

Now the biggest question is how is TN Mukherjee road? Till October 2013 it was horrible, road work was under progress. So there is a possibility the road work is done by now. But cant guarantee you 100%.

3) Tried and tested and longest route. I will prefer this route any day- Kolkata- Durgapur-Bankura Dholdanga-Pua bagan engineering college - Purulia. In this route Dankuni to Purulia will be approximately 290-300kms. Dankuni- Durgapur- 150, Durgapur- Bankura via durgapur barrage- 60kms, Pua bagan to Purulia 80kms. Road through out is good. Add another 50kms from Purulia to Ayodhya hills via Bolorampur. So you can expect anything around 350kms with an approximately 6-7 hours drive.

As of now there is no problems of Maoist attacks. If still you want to be cautious for the night stay you can choose Bolorampur or Purulia town.

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As of now, would prefer Ranigunj - Bankura to Durgapur - Bankura.

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Thanks! Samba and Sutripta da.
Going by the reply count in this forum, I guess not many people has been there recently.
Far off place, let's see how it turns out.
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See if you can throw in Purulia - Jhalida - Ranchi (well at least to Johna/ Gautamdhara) also. And report back.

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Thanks! Samba and Sutripta da.
Going by the reply count in this forum, I guess not many people has been there recently.
Far off place, let's see how it turns out.
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See if you can throw in Purulia - Jhalida - Ranchi (well at least to Johna/ Gautamdhara) also. And report back.

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This 3 days long weekend, covered:

Joypur Forest
Bishnupur
Susunia Hill (via Chatna)
Maithon Dam (via Raniganj)

Will compose the travelogue and post the route details.

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See if you can throw in Purulia - Jhalida - Ranchi (well at least to Johna/ Gautamdhara) also. And report back.
Dear Sutriptada,
Reviving this thread because Last weekend went to Ayodhya Pahar (in Purulia). Also covered all the places like Jonha, Jhalda and Purulia. The road is excellent all the way. Very decent in West Bengal and excellent in Jharkhand. Took the slightly longer Niyamatpur-Purulia route, which was also excellent throughout. Only problem was on NH-2 between Panagarh and Asansol, with lots of road development work going on. But I was satisfied to see that the Panagarh bypass route was fast coming up. So far I could see, much of the work was already complete.
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Yes, I believe 40 cars went to Dalma to show the elephants who's boss!

Johna/ Gautamdhara one of the few places where I prefer watching from a railway coach to being in a car.
Did you go upto Ranchi?

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Visited Ayodhya hills during the peak last winter. Ranchi-muri-purulia route is a 2 lane highway which is very scenic with forests and twisty ghats. The surface is excellent and traffic is minimal. Just what the doctor ordered for a BHPian!

Ayodhya hill is a beautiful place, however I believe it is still under heavy Naxal influence. Better to plan for it on an extended weekend when it sees more tourists than regular days. Plan to stay in purulia which is a safer option. You can visit the saheb baandh in purulia which is a nice small park beside the dam.
En route to Ranchi, there is the Jonha fall and a little detour can take you to Hundru falls as well. Be prepared for stair climbing if you plan to visit these falls(600 plus stairs each side) ; however the beautiful waterfalls are more than worth it. Also, advise to avoid travelling on this highway after dark due to Naxal issues. No problems whatsoever during the day.
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The road looks really inviting. Any good hotels on this route?
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The road looks really inviting. Any good hotels on this route?
Ranchi to muri is about 60 kms and the route as I said is very scenic. But do not expect good hotels on the route as it mainly is through forests, ghats and small villages. But you shall get good hotels in Purulia. If you are planning to visit Ayodhya hills, then if required, you can mark your base in Purulia and visit Ayodhya hill as a day trip.
The road upto the foot of the hill is fairly good but it deteriorates as you go higher on the hill. By the time you are on the top of the plateau, it simply is non existent. You will be driving on rocks. There are numerous spots of interest on the plateau like Sita kund, bamni falls, beautiful views of dam, etc but I found the foot hill to be among the most beautiful spot.

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Ranchi to muri is about 60 kms and the route as I said is very scenic. But do not expect good hotels on the route as it mainly is through forests, ghats and small villages. But you shall get good hotels in Purulia. If you are planning to visit Ayodhya hills, then if required, you can mark your base in Purulia and visit Ayodhya hill as a day trip.
The only option of staying at Ayodhya Pahar is to book the accommodation provided by the Department of CADP (I guess it stands for comprehensive area development project) of the West Bengal government. I stayed there twice in last couple of months. While the rooms as well as the foods are really inexpensive, have basic amenities and are fully secured, they can not be booked online. You have to physically reach their office at Wellington Square, either personally or through someone. Please let me know if you need further details.

But on the downside, they do not offer room service (except morning tea) and you have to reach their dining hall for all meals. The room ACs do not run on generators at daytime during power-cuts (which is frequent). And though the food is tasty and cheap, they offer a limited menu.
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The only option of staying at Ayodhya Pahar is to book the accommodation provided by the Department of CADP (I guess it stands for comprehensive area development project) of the West Bengal government. I stayed there twice in last couple of months.
I saw a few hotels run by WB tourism and a few privates lodges too on the plateau, but since it is a heavily naxal invested area, I was not sure how safe they are esp at night. Hence, was a little wary to advise for them.
Frequent travelers to the place may be in a better position to advise on the same.
Thanks for shedding some light over it.

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I saw a few hotels run by WB tourism and a few privates lodges too on the plateau, but since it is a heavily naxal invested area, I was not sure how safe they are esp at night. Hence, was a little wary to advise for them. Frequent travelers to the place may be in a better position to advise on the same.
I guess that the security environment has improved considerably in last few years. The accommodations offered by the West Bengal government, known as Malabika lodge, Niharika lodge, etc, are located in a very secured fully fenced compound, complete with a battalion of armed forces housed just behind it in the very same complex. And you are allowed to park your car inside in the designated parking area.
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