It was my second time in Jharkhand. Just a month ago I visited Ranchi and I was so mesmerized with the beauty of eastern India.
On 15th October on the eve of Bijoya Dashami I took the train from Howrah Station to Ranchi . Howrah-Hatia Special train dropped me at Ranchi around 6 am. The Ranchi Railway station is so clean that one can easily freshened up there. So I did the same and set in for our destination to Netarhat.
Netarhat is almost 160 km away from Ranchi and it took around 4 hr to reach there. I reached Netarhat around 12 noon and meanwhile I had my breakfast and lunch on the way.
Just 30 min before reaching Netarhat one can start to feel the actual beauty of Chotanagpur region. The valleys, the narrow water streams, amazing views and the beautiful greenery stole my heart.
The driver suggested me before checking in the hotel we should do the sightseeing first. So we first visited the Chalet house in Netarhat. It is a very old house made entirely of wood. The garden attached to the house is also very beautiful. I must say the weather and the texture of the sky was too much gorgeous that day and it added some extra beauty to everywhere. The Chalet house contains many paintings and it also conserves the material used in British period.
Our 2nd destination was Netarhat School, one of finest school in Jharkhand also in India. It produced many IAS, IPS officers. But we were restricted at the School gate so had to satisfy ourselves by visiting the School building only from the outside.
Next destination was Upper Ghagri falls. Though we stopped in the middle of a Pine Forest. Omg!! I cannot explain my feelings in this writing. The Pine forest was so amazing. The light breeze with the rustling of Pine leaves made my day. After spending some time there finally we arrived at Upper Ghagri falls. The path to the waterfalls was a little bit tricky. But somehow I managed to get down to the waterfalls. It was a tiny stream of water though velocity of the stream was not so less. It was a average experience.
Then we moved to Koel view point. The place is called Koel view point because the Koel river can be seen from the top of the view point and the entire valley can be seen from the top on a clear day. On that bright sunny day we are able to see the entire view from the top. Along with that there were also a forest there and it was more beautiful than the pine forest. Spending a lots of time there then we visited the Netarhat Dak Bunglow. It is one of the best place for staying in Netarhat.
Finally our final destination - Magnolia Sunset point. There are some stories I had heard about this place. Magnolia was daughter of a British High Ranked officer who fell in love with a local tribal boy. They couldn't understand their language but could feel their love for each other. One day her father heard about their relationship and could not endure and as a result the tribal boy was murdered. Magnolia did suicide from the sunset point. So this sunset point is dedicated to Magnolia and this name has come - Magnolia sunset point.
From the sunset point the Chotanagpur plateau can be seen clearly. A lots of people gathered to experience the lovely sunset. With those lots of people I ended my sightseeing of Day 1 at sunset point.
Checked in Hotel Ravi and Shaahi around 6 pm.