This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter

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Jhilimili

Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita

It was an impromptu decision to visit one of the most rugged and beautiful regions of West Bengal. It was a long weekend and we decided to visit Jhilimili, a beautiful destination in the Bankura district. We had heard of the sublime and virgin beauty of this place before. Most of the tourists visiting Bankura usually visit Bishnupur to see the terracotta wonders built by the “Malla” kings. We decided to explore the natural beauty of the place instead.

The drive to Jhilimili was a pleasant one. Jhilimili is about 70 km from Bankura town and can be reached by train to Bankura station and then taking a car. We had however decided to test our driving skills this time. It was a long drive, but the air was crisp and weather was simply fine. We started quite early in the morning as we knew that it was going to be a long drive. Indeed it was and after 6 hours and driving through some picturesque locations we were at Jhilimili.

Photo of Jhilimili, West Bengal, India by Amrita
Photo of Jhilimili, West Bengal, India by Amrita

Jhilimili is exactly located on the border of Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore district. Jhilimili literally means ‘sparkling’ in Bengali and the place is indeed like a sparkle of greenery and nature amidst the rugged red soil region of Bankura. Surrounded by thick forests and greenery, Jhilimili is located on a hillock and boasts of serene beauty. The Kansabati River flows through the forests enhancing the charm of the place. It is said that earlier the forests of Jhilimili had served as safe have for freedom fighters like Khudiram Bose, Prafulla Chaki and Narendra Nath Gossain. The place bears testimony to the exploits of these brave freedom fighters.

Things to do at Jhilimili

Enjoy the beautiful nature and visit the watchtower

Jhilimili is known for its unadulterated beauty. The lush greenery of the place is like a panacea for the tired eyes. Some parts of the forests are so thick that the sunrays cannot reach the ground through the thick foliage. There is a watchtower that offers a panoramic view of the surroundings. If you are lucky enough, you might even get a glimpse of the elephants descending the Dalma Hills.

Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita
Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita
Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita

Hike in the forests

You can simply enjoy and appreciate the nature by taking a short hike among the forest and up the hillock. Obviously, it is recommended to take a local guide if you wish to venture in the dense regions of the forests. A walk amidst the greenery is going to be an incredible experience.

Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita
Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita

Visit the tribal villages

You can visit the nearby tribal villages and admire their colourful huts and villages. On the way to Jhilimili is Ranibandh, a place where you will find the cluster of tribal villages. You can ask anyone to show you the way to the temple of Tusu, the local deity. The temple stands on a hillock and it offers an astounding view of the Kansabati Dam.

Photo of Ranibandh, West Bengal, India by Amrita

Visit the Talberia Lake

Situated quite near to Jhilimili is the beautiful Talberia Lake. It is an artificially created lake and serves as an ideal spot for all those looking for serenity and peace. Nowadays, the Talberia lake also serves as a good picnic spot for the locals and tourists. The lake is a pleasant spot surrounded by hills and you can spend some quiet time around here. But be sure to leave the place before it gets dark.

Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita
Photo of This serene destination is undoubtedly one of best places to be in this winter by Amrita

Go sightseeing in Bishnupur or Mukutmanipur

Bishnupur is one of the major attractions in Bankura district. If you have an extra day, you can drive to Bishnupur and explore the world famous terracotta temples. There are so many things to see at Bishnupur. Just take a rickshaw and explore the small town at your own pace. After you marvel at the terracotta temples, you can also admire the Bishnupuri saris and even shop for family and friends.

You can also visit Mukutmanipur, another scenic destination in Bankura famous for the Mukutmanipur Dam and Lake. Mukutmanipur is about 30 km from Jhilimili.

Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Amrita
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Amrita
Photo of Bishnupur, West Bengal, India by Amrita

How to reach Jhilimili

The nearest Airport is at Kolkata. The nearest Railway Station is at Bankura. There are a number of trains available from Howrah to Bankura. From Bankura, Jhilimili is about 75 km and you have to hire a car to reach there.

Alternatively, buses are also available from Esplanade in Kolkata towards Bankura.

Best Time to Visit Jhilimili

The winter months from November to March are the best time to visit Jhilimili.

Remember:

Carry woolen clothes if you are travelling during the winter. The nights can get quite cold.

Carry mosquito repellant and a torch with you.

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