Paschim Medinipur district or West Midnapore district is among one of the biggest districts of West Bengal. It was formed on January 1, 2002 after the Partition of Midnapore into Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur.
Medinipur district is much enriched in its archaeology. Pre-historic features of this region can be proved from its Stone Age evidences, which are collected from the river-beds of Subarnarekha, Kansavati and Tarapheni.
At a Glance
District Head Hq-
9,345 Sq Kms
59,43,300 (Ref: Census 2011
Best time to visit-
October - February
Places of Interest-
Khirpai, Khargeswar Shiv Mandir, Umapati Shiv Mandir, Chandrakona, Pathra, Malancha, Jhargram, Chilkigarh, Kankrajhor.
Distance from Kolkata-
Belpahari, 35 km from Jhargram, is a major tourist destination in Midnapore District. It is a forest paradise under the Dolma Hills, located at a distance of 45 km from Jhargram. Foothills at Belpahari are thickly forested by a variety of tropical trees. Shaal, Mahua, Piyal, Sonajhuri, Shirish and Eucalyptus are some of the common hardwood trees.
How to reach
Jhargram is located around 30 KM away from Belpahari so if visitors travel at the consistant speed of 50 km per hour can reach Belpahari in 0.61 hours.
Bus timings from Jhargram to Belpahari is around 0.51 hours when bus maintains an average speed of 60 km per hour. The estimated travel time from Jhargram to Belpahari by bus may vary or it will take more time than the above mentioned time due to the road condition and different travel route. Bus fare from Jhargram to Belpahari may be around Rs.24.
Kankrajhor, 253 km from Kolkata and 73 km from Jhargram, is a trekking wonderland in the tropical, hilly forestlands of Midnapur. Kankra means while jhor means jungles and forests. Kankrajhor comprises of 9,000 hectares of hardwood trees including kusum, shaal, segun or teak, mahua and akashmani. Cashew nuts, coffee and oranges are cultivated at Kankrajhor.
Jhargram from Kolkata 181 km, is the paradise of nature lovers with beautiful forests of sal, mahul, wild elephants, deer and birds. The ancient temples, royal palaces, folk tunes and rhythms of tribal make it all the more attractive destination of tourists who love to discover the unknown and unaffected beauties of nature.
How to reach
By Train: The distance from Howrah to Jhargram station is 157 Kms and the journey takes three hours by train from Howrah.
Jhargram Railway Station is on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line which is an express train route.
By Road: Jhargram is also very well connected by roads / highways with other nearby cities like Medinipur, Kharagpur, Durgapur, Asansol, Bankura, Purulia, Haldia, Contai, Digha, Kolkata / Howrah.
In the 18th and 19th century, Khirpai was a big and famous trading place. Cotton and handicrafts of this area were exported in the foreign lands. In British periods Khirpai became famous for indigo plantation. Now it is a small town of 12 sq km with 11,000 dwellers. Radhamadhab Temple of Malpara on Ghatal-Khirpai Road is an age old ‘Pancharatna’(ratna means pinnacle) temple where terracotta works still exist with glory.
How to reach
Khirpai is well connected by roads/highways with other nearby cities like Midnapore, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Howrah,Ghatal, Burdwan, Panskura, Kanthi, Tamluk, Hooghly. For local transportation bus, taxi, minibus, cycle-rikshaws are available. Panskura and chandrokona road railway stations are two nearest railway station.
Deer Park (Jhargram)
About 3 km away from the town, at Krishnagar a Deer Park as well as a mini zoo has been developed on a plot of 34.5 hectares in 1983. The mini zoo has a large tank inside. There is a Tribal Cultural Council at Raghunathpur.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: The nearest International Airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.
By Train: It has its own Railway Station named as Midnapore Railway Station which is connected to all the major cities of West Bengal.
By Road: Midnapore is connected through West Bengal State Bus services and some private travel services to the rest of West Bengal.