Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa

Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa

Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa Keonjhar is a land locked district  situated in the northern part of Odisha. It is surrounded by Singhbhum district of Jharkhand in the North, Jajpur in the South, Dhenkanal and Sundargarh in the West and Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak in the East. Baitrani river originate from Keonjhar plateau. To the West is a range of lofty hills which contains some of the highest peaks of Orissa namely Gandhamardan (3477 ft.), Machakandana (3639 ft.), Gonasika ( 3219 ft.) and Thakurani ( 3003 ft.). About half of the area of this district spreading about 4043 sq. km. is covered by forests of Northern tropical moist deciduous type and contains Sal, Asan, Piasal, etc. The river Baitarani comes out of Gonasika Hills and flows to the north touching the border of Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. It again flows East entering Anandapur Sub-division and the district of Bhadrak. How To Reach :- By road:Total distance from Kolkata to Keonjhar is 360 km. The popular route is  take NH6 via Kharagpur,Baharagoda, Bangriposi, Bisoi , Jashipur , Rajanagar, Keonjhar. By Rail: You will get train from Howrah, Shalimar as well as Sealdah. Best option is Dhauli Express or Falaknama Express. Get down at Jajpur Keonjhar Road. Then have to hire car to move around. How to plan for Keonjhar trip:  For Keonjhar you need 3-4 days. First of all decide which places do you like to visit. What are your priorities. I will suggest you to focus on mainly four places 1. Sanaghara, 2. Baraghagara, 3. Gonashika , 4. Khandadhar falls. Tour Plan Of Keonjhar :- Day 1 : Start early from Kolkata and reached Keonjhar...
Bhutan(Travelogue)-A Road Trip From Kolkata to Bhutan by Self Driven Car

Bhutan(Travelogue)-A Road Trip From Kolkata to Bhutan by Self Driven Car

Bhutan(Travelogue)-A Road Trip From Kolkata to Bhutan by Self Driven Car Introduction The mystical land complete with Tales of Shangri-La & Dragons with an abundance of wildlife with forest cover almost everywhere; abode of peace at the ‘Lakhang’ with age-old practices of Tibetan Buddhism; curvy and picturesque mountain roads dotted with ‘Chortens’ ( You have to cross them from the left; high mountain passes with white flags against the blue mountains and snow caps; the magnificent ‘Dzong’( Monastic Forts) for administration and justice; men and women dressed in ‘Gho’ and ‘Kira’ respectively… Yes!!! That’s a small glimpse of the small Himalayan kingdom known as Bhutan. Initially we planned to cover the country from the West (Phuntsholling/Jaigaon entry point) to East (Trashigang), but for  time constraint we restricted our plan till Bumthang valley in central Bhutan. 21.12.2014 – Kolkata to phunsholing We started at around 12.30 AM from our residence in Kolkata and took NH2A towards Guskara/Bolpur. The road surface here is pretty good with some occasional narrow bridges. The only place where it is still broken is where the road passes below the rail line. Just before Bolpur the road goes straight towards Sriniketan road to take a bypass of the Bolpur town. The road after Sriniketan has a good surface, other than an under construction bridge for a very long time now. After crossing the bridge, we stopped somewhere in a heavily wooded area with the river running beside for some tea and biscuits that we were carrying with us. After a while the road reaches Purandharpur and here we took a left turn towards Siuri town. After...
Travel Bhutan by own car- Immigration,Permits and Tips

Travel Bhutan by own car- Immigration,Permits and Tips

Travel Bhutan by own car-  Immigration,Permits and Tips Introduction The mystical land complete with Tales of Shangri-La & Dragons with an abundance of wildlife with forest cover almost everywhere; abode of peace at the ‘Lakhang’ with age-old practices of Tibetan Buddhism; curvy and picturesque mountain roads dotted with ‘Chortens’ ( You have to cross them from the left; high mountain passes with white flags against the blue mountains and snow caps; the magnificent ‘Dzong’( Monastic Forts) for administration and justice; men and women dressed in ‘Gho’ and ‘Kira’ respectively… Yes!!! That’s a small glimpse of the small Himalayan kingdom known as Bhutan. Initially we planned to cover the country from the West (Phuntsholling/Jaigaon entry point) to East (Trashigang), but for  time constraint we restricted our plan till Bumthang valley in central Bhutan. Immigration & Car Permits For this trip we needed two types of permits – firstly the immigration permits for people to enter and travel through Bhutan and another permit for an Indian Motor Vehicles Registration to be allowed to be driven inside Bhutan. The permits for the travelers can be arranged from Kolkata itself and is easy to obtain without any cost involved in the process. For this one has to go to the Royal Bhutan Consulate located at Mall Road. Permit procedure for People & Vehicle From Phuentsholing Part 1 Phuentsholing to Paro/Thimpu Individual permit —————– Note : Minimum 2 people are required to get permit, permits not easily issued for lone traveller Time : Between 30 minute to 1 hour ( depends on crowd) Location ——— Permit office ( Immigration office as its called )...