( DRAPPED IN RED PALASH OR FLAME OF THE FOREST)
BY DEBASHREE CHAKRABORTY
KOLKATA, 6 FEBRUARY 2023
The state government has planned eight new projects in Purulia district to boost the tourism sector of this district of red soil and red palash.
The biggest tourism destination in the Purulia district is the Ayodhya
Hills. A mega tourism project has been undertaken for the entire Ayodhya
Hills under the Incredible India’s Bharat Darshan Project. Incidentally, Sitakund in Ayodhya Hills is related with the epic Ramayana.
( cottages @ Jaichandi Hills)
In the state’s mask village of the district, Charida, a mask museum will be set
up. Charida is the birth place of India’s first padma shri awarded
chau dancer, late Gambhir Singh Mura who has captivated the audience
with his epic dance skills all over the country and in the world.
Chau dance of Purulia is UNESCO recognised and world famous. Even a large number of
foreigners visit this village.
Mr. Rajat Nanda, District magistrate of Purulia said that to further boost the name of Purulia, in the tourism map of the state a host of new projects have been planned.
Handicrafts hub will be set up in Purulia town which will showcase the various handicrafts of Purulia, including the famous masks of Charida. The handicrafts hub will be modelled on the grame en hut of Shantiniketan.
( Rama Temple, Baghmundi)
Purulia district tourism officer, Koushik Bhattacharya has informed The Travel and Tourism Times that the district has a lot of cultural diversity. “ We are trying to
separately showcase several tourism attractions like the religious, cultural and adventure tourism destinations. Tourists come here for the hills and the forests and
wildlife and to spend a few quality days away from the hustle and bustle of daily life,”he said.
Mr. Mohit Lata, President of Purulia District Hotel Association said that
the rooms of most of the hotels in Ayodhya, Jhalda, Garpanchkot, Purulia are booked during the winter season. Few more hotels are also coming up in the district at popular
But the most significant development in the tourism project is the proposed mini film city in Bandwan. It is the brainchild of chief minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee.
The CM has already announced plans to set up a mini film city, a la Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad to boost film tourism in the state. In the past, shootings of many films from Bollywood to Tollywood have taken place in the picturesque locations of Purulia district.
Oscar winning director Satyajit Roy shot his famous Bengali feature film, Hirak Rajar Deshe in Joychandi hills in 1980. The area has already become a favourite tourism hotspot as tourists flock here to see the place where Ray and his favourite characters Goopi and Bagha used to roam in the Joychandi hills some four decades ago.Already cottages and eco tourism resorts have come up in Joychandi Hills.
( Migratory Birds @ National Lake Saheb Bandh in Purulia)
The Purulia district police have also launched a Sahay App to help the tourists coming to this district.
( Gar Panchakot Pancharatna Temple)
For wildlife and nature lovers there have been recent added attractions , a leopard couple and their cubs have been located last year in Jhalda, and now an Indian
striped hyena and a sloth bear has been spotted on the roads by a tourist who has already shared its pictures with the wildlife department and in social media . In recent times there has been an increase in green patches in Purulia district making it also a permanent habitat of residential elephants.