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Ayodhya pahar, West bengal

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Officially known as Ayodhya Hills and Forest Reserved Area, this range of forested hills is popularly known as Ayodhya hills. A famous tourist destination, this beautiful area makes up the extended part of the eastern ghats, which lie to the south. The walk in the forest to the many waterfalls spread around the reserved forest, along with the visits to rivers and the dams will make your stay amidst nature a fulfilling experience. The mythological importance of the mountains and the tribals living in the region add a mythical touch to the verdant location. Mountaineers rush to the hills to test their skills against a couple of rocky hills. Overall, these hills offer a complete gamut of thrilling experiences a tourist can look forward to. Ayodhya Hills reserved area is approached from the village of Baghmundi, 60 kilometres from Purulia, the district headquarters. Purulia is also the nearest rail station. Ranchi is the nearest airport, approximately 110 kilometres away.
Ayodhya pahar

Nearby Places to See

Mayur Pahar
It is a small hilltop 14 kilometres away from Baghmundi and has a Hanuman temple nearby. A pleasant view of Ayodhya Pahar forests can be enjoyed from here. Mayur means Peacock. Once many peacocks were roaming in this place, hence the name Mayur Pahar.
Mayur Pahar
Bamni Waterfalls
Bamni Waterfalls
There are 2 waterfalls formed by the same stream, Upper Bamni and Lower Bamni. From Baghmundi, these waterfalls are about 7 kilometres away. A short hike in different directions leads to both waterfalls. Both waterfalls are seasonal and are a favourite among tourists as they are easily accessible.
Dams
Located at about 2 kilometres from Baghmundi, Turga dam is built to generate electricity. The water storage area is surrounded by hills and their reflection in the stagnant water makes up a beautiful sight. Some distance away are the twin dams of Lower dam and Upper dam both of which are frequented by visitors. Khairbera dam, 14 kilometres away from Baghmundi is a spectacular place to spend the evenings.
Turga Waterfalls
Turga Waterfalls
Located a short distance uphill from the Turga dam site, these are twin waterfalls formed by the same stream and are called Upper Turga and Lower Turga. Lower Turga waterfall is a small cascading-style falls located close to the road. Upper Turga waterfall is about 25 feet tall and forms a beautiful pond at the base. It requires about a 15 minute hike to reach this waterfall along a forest trail. These are seasonal waterfalls.
Charida Village
Located just 2 kilometres away from Baghmundi, it is a must-visit village. The whole village is engaged in the business of making masks. These masks are highly attractive, insanely colourful and masterfully crafted with painstaking processes and methods. The types of masks and people involved in this trade would bamboozle the visitors.
Murraburru Hill
Located about 13 kilometres from Baghmundi, it is a massive pyramid-shaped single rock mass that towers nearly 800 feet high. Trekkers and rock climbers throng this place for the sheer thrill of climbing atop the rock hill. For the last 30 years, a local artist has been drawing large canvases of birds on the rock face of the mountain and on stand-alone boulders in the forest with the help of local tribes. There are more than 60 such drawings now. As a result of this activity, the hill is now called Pakhi (bird) Pahar (hill). A spectacular view of the whole Ayodhya Pahar forests enthrals the trekkers from the summit.
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