Garpanchkot will refresh your mind and soul with its scenic beauty

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.

How to Reach Garpanchkot :-

The nearest Airport is Kolkata.
256 Km from Kolkata. Take Durgapur expressway till Asansol, take right turn to Disergarh Bridge from Sitarampur, and drive straight reach to Satbari. The right turn from Satbari takes to Garpanchkot via village roads
You can take the following trains from Howrah and reach Asansol station. You have to hire trekker or private taxi to reach Garpanchkot. Train lovers can reach up to Kumardubi station by boarding a local train from Asansol. Hired taxi or Trekker can take you to your destination.

Train Schedule

Reach Asansol or Barakar by bus. You may get a bus or mini bus which will drop you very near to Garpanchkot. The rest of the road can be travelled by rickshaw or car.
Garpanchkot has mainly three options to stay. One is Garpanchkot Forest Banglow run by west Bengal Forest Development Corporation. Second option is good rated Panchet Residency but it is a very costly affair. You can also take non A/C budget accommodation In the Eco Resort which only have 2 double bed rooms and 2 four bed rooms. For online reservation of rooms Book Your Room
Bengali food is the mostly available one, you can get some south Indian and north Indian food too. Try out “Postor Bora” (a cullet like thing made from grinded poppy seeds with chopped onions and green chilly). If you have an appetite for fish go for it. Lot of verities of sweet water fish comes in various mouthwatering flavor.
This is an all-weather tourist spot. The hill becomes lash green in rainy season. The place is dominated by tropical climate, in winter temperature goes as low as 8 Degree Celsius and 48 Degree Celsius in summer.
1. Panchkot / Panchet dam 
2. Sunrise and Sunset 
3. Walk along the forest 
4. Kashipur Palace 
5. Adra Junction
6. Joychandi Pahar
1. Maithon dam 
2. Ayodhaya Pahar 

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