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Garpanchkot name evolved from the gar or garh (fort) of the king of Kashipur, who constructed a garh and a temple in this hill. The hight of the Panchkot hill (also called Panchet hill) is around 2000 feet. The Panchet hill is dotted with tropical trees and looks lash green in rainy season. Below the hill flows the Damodar River. Natural splendor of woods and hills with fresh air makes the place an ideal weekend destination. Walk along the forest of Sal (Shorea robusta), Tamal, Sonajhuri (Acacia auriculiformis), Palas(Butea monosperma) – the aroma of the flowers and leaves will refresh you. Due to tropical weather summer and winter can be felt distinctly in this place. The region had a rich culture and religious past. The kings of Panchakot family, who are still surviving had ruled this region uninterrupted from 940-1750 century under the name Garh Panchkot had to shift their fort to Kashipur due to Mughal attacks.
There are scattered ruins of many terakotta style temples around Garpanchkot. The famous is the Panchratna Temple ruins.
Panchkot / Panchet dam is a must see place. You can walk along the concrete road and enjoy the moist cool breeze coming from the Damodar River basin. There is a facility of boat ride in Panchet dam
Kashipur Rajbari (Palace) is around 50 KM from Garpanchkot. Although there is no historical supporting documents when this Rajbari was built, the architecture is inspired by colonial structures and might have been built in late 1800 century (1890-1905). This is a wonderful piece of architecture combined with red bricks, stone, concrete and wood. Do not forget to taste Darbesh – A ladoo made of besan and gur/chini available only in Kashipur and nearby. Nature lovers can visit Kapista Garden, where forestation is made by the state government to preserve the endangered trees. If you are travelling by own transport there is a water spot before Kapista, if you are lucky you may find some tortoises roaming in the sand of the River bank.
Adra was built in 1903 by British government is a biggest Railway Junction in this region. Few colonial structures were built in the era of 1905-1915. Have a close look of black locomotive engines which used to run on coal. If you are lucky you may see a Steam Engine hissing at Adra Station. If you are adventurous enough visit the colonial jheel (water reservoir) just 3 KM from Adra Station.
Joy Chandi Pahar (hill) has two rocky picks and a Temple of Chandi Mata is located on the top of the highest peak. The award winning film of Satyajit Ray “Hirok Rajer Dese” (in the kingdom of the diamond) has some scenes in this hill.