8) Chandragiri: Moving ahead to the small town of Tibetian refugees , will require you to take a train from Rambha to Brahmapur, the closest rail station to Chandragiri. From Brahamapur, take a local bus or you can hire a cab to Chandragiri. This small sleepy town situated further down South, is home to a small Tibetian community who arrived here when the Chinese invaded Tibet. At 3200 ft. above sea-level, with a picturesque landscape and close vicinity to the Taptapani Hot springs, Chandragiri is a paradise. The main occupations of the Tibetians here are weaving carpets, agriculture, horticulture, etc. The refugees have nicknamed the place ‘Phuntsokling’ which translates to the “Land of Happiness” When in Chandragiri visit the Tatptapani hot spring, Jirang Monastery and Mahendragiri which is a good place for a hike. For staying the night, you can opt for OTDC’s Panthanivas which is near the hot spring.
Chandragiri is a beautiful village in the Gajapati district of Odisha with about too Tibetan families residing there. On my last trip there, I was walking by the beautiful area near the monastery and stopped at a small tea shop. Couldn't resist myself from taking a picture of the cup of tea against this colourful table.
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