Sitting on the banks of Subarnarekha River, Ghatshila is beautiful town. This city belongs to Jharkhand’s east Singbhum district. Huge forests surround this city. Ghatshila is famous for its natural beauty and is considered as a prominent tourist destination of Jharkhand.Ghatshila, specially known as a health center, and a large number of tourists are going there to change the weather. It is also a festive city, where locals are eager to celebrate. Once in the middle Ages, Ghatshila was ruled by the Bengali community. You can pay attention to the deities at the old historical temples. Along with these, there has mysterious waterfalls, mountains that give you the opportunity to spend quality time in nature.
Some natural spots you can see, are-
Fuldungri hills:- It is rising about 4.2 km from the center of main city. When the city lights are on in the night time, this scene is very special form the hill. Beyond the dense forest, this is an uncommon, unknown path that is surely enamor you if you generally like tracking. The hill has a large number of tall Sal trees and its path is covered with red gravel. A great aerial view of the town Ghatshila from the top of Fuldungri Hills is just unforgettable.
Dhargiri Falls:- Dhargiri waterfall is a major attraction for the Ghatshila tourists. In the monsoon, this fall show its real image. At about 25 feet high, these waterfalls make a great show. But they take 20 rupees as entry fee.
Galudih Dam:- About 10km away from the city, this dam is a surprise. Built over the Subarnarekha River, this dam presents a pleasant view with the river, hills in the evening time, when sun is about so going down.
Narwa forest:- It is a small patch of forest between the hill and the coast. A small river is flowing through the hill slopes. You can see only hills and forests there. People come here for picnic also. It is better to bring foods and water here.
Burudih Lake:- The Burudih lake is located about 5 km from the city. It was built under British rule.If you are looking for a picnic at Ghatshila, then this is your spot. Boating facility is available here, hire a paddleboat and enjoy the ride in this lake. The lake is surrounded by dense forests and green hills. A lake surrounded with hills or mountains, always create heaven like atmosphere. A very popular Binda Mela for the Santhal tribe is held every year for fifteen days in October on the shores of the lake.
Bibhuti Bhushan home:- If you are a fan of Bengali literature, then this place of Ghatshila is a monument that you cannot miss out on exploring. One of the best litterateurs of India, Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopaddhaya, was born here and his heritage house is maintained to show the tourists.
If you are a religious person or prefer to visit religious sites, Ghatshila offers you to visit these spots-
Ramkrishna Math:- If you support Swami Vivekananda’s works or are keen on seeing a Hindu math or temple, this is an opportunity to explore this recently opened place in Ghatshila.
Rankini temple:- This temple was built by King Jagannath of Dhulbhum Dynasty. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Durga. It is located about 12 km from Ghatshila. The temple was built around the year 1950 or later. There is no idol inside the main room of the temple, but a black stone which is worshiped as the goddess Durga. According to some past tales, humans used be sacrificed(nar-bali) at the Ghatshila Temple. People also trek to visit the Jadugora Hills which is just opposite this temple.
Panch-Pandav:- Panch-Pandav is a tiny hill 5 km away from city. It is famous for its natural sculpture of a stone. Local people believe it is creation of the five brothers of the Pandavas. There has 6 direct trains to Ghatshilafrom Kolkata and take around 3 hours. Or by air, reach Ranchi airport from Kolkata airport. Then take taxi. You can reach Ghatshila by car from Kolkata. It is about 240 km from Kolkata.
October to March is the preferred time, because the weather stays cool. Summer season should be avoided.
If someone want to get rid of tensions, stress in the weekend, Ghatshila is a place where he can relax. You can set weekend tour plan like this-
1st day:- Get to Ghatshila. Check in to the hotel and get some rest. Can have lunch. After that in the early afternoon go and spend little time to Fuldungri Hill, though there is nothing special to see. It is not maintained by authority. Then you visit thegreat writer Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopaddhaya’s house. See sunsets in Ratmohona and end day 1’s trip. Ratmohona is the best place to see sunset in Jharkhand. Then return back to hotel.
2nd Day:- Reach Burudih Dam in the morning after having tea or you can have your breakfast in morning in hotel or later on route. After Burudih lake, move to the Dhargiri falls. It is not a big waterfall with a small spring. You will enjoy the path through the jungle around the falls. Next destination will be Galudih Dam. After visiting all these, get back in your hotel in evening or you can walk around the hotel.
3rd Day:- See the Rankini temple, Siddheswar temple, Ramkrishna Math in the morning. Get back to hotel. After lunch you can check out from hotel in afternoon.
The Subarnarekha River flows through the Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and …
Garra, Singaduba, Kodia, Dulunga and Khaijori.
The Kharkai meets the Subarnarekha at Sonari (Domuhani), a neighborhood of Jamshedpur. It originates near Nagri village in the Ranchi district and runs through some major industrial towns and cities, i.e., Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Ranchi, Bhadrak before joining to the Bay of Bengal at Kirtania port in Orissa. This is why it was named Subarnarekha, meaning “streak of gold”. Legend has it that traces of gold were found within the watercourse bed.Even now, folks hunt for traces of gold particles in its sandy beds. The name could be a combination of 2 words which means gold and line/ streak in Indian languages. According to the tradition, gold has been well-mined close to the origin of this watercourse in a very village named as Piska close to Ranchi. This is one among the prime reasons that Subarnarekha was noted the Gold Streak. Subarnarekha is thought for its water of a golden hue.Scientists, however, say that the river’s golden color is that the results of its proximity to made ore deposits within the lateritic rocks in the area.Besides containing fertile lands, intensive mineral deposits of some vital minerals occurred within the higher a part of the geographic area that facilitate for the institution of variety of mineral-based industries along the Subarnarekha River banks.The confluence of Subarnarekha and Kharkai rivers around Jamshedpur is a depository of industrial effluents. Slag, a byproduct of iron-ore processing, has been dumped along the river bed.Some of the important mineral deposits of the Subarnarekha River basin are ores of copper, iron, uranium, chromium, gold, vanadium, kyanite, asbestos, barytes, apatite, china clay, talc, limestone, dolomite, and building stones. However, due to the unplanned and unregulated mining practices and mining waste disposal, the environmental condition of the river is deteriorating day by day.The riots that broke out insert while East geographical region presently once Partition saw a gradual influx of refugees into state. In the more impersonal government accounts, refugees formed part of a vast logistical exercise.
They had to be housed in camps, issued voter and ration cards and, in some cases, provided due compensation. But every individual exile story could be a tale of individual loss, of escape and survival in a new land; a narrative rendered especially poignant by the sudden whiff of nostalgia for a lost homeland or ‘desh’. In the more jingoistic present, ‘desh’ has taken on a connotation similar to the patriotic fervour, ‘nation’ evokes. However, for refugees, because the personal narratives during this article reveal, ‘desh’ will forever remain in place as one’s homeland, now only sustained by memories.
The Bengali filmmaker, Ritwik Ghatak, consistently layers these three components to convey both utopian and dystopian visions of “Homeland” in an independent Bengal. He employs Bengali folk music and frames Bengali landscapes to inform, both aurally and visually, his representations of Bengali women as symbolic images of the joy, sorrow and nostalgia that he associates with the birth of the Indian state.
The analyze scenes from Ghatak’s film, Subarnarekha (The Golden Line, 1962; also the name of a river in what is now Bangladesh) to illustrate this critical relationship between women, landscape, and sound and music that is key to his construction of a “resistant” narrative of the new Indian nation. First, some brief background information about the 1947 Partition of India and Ghatak’s melodramatic style is necessary in order to contextualize Ghatak’s representations of “Woman” and “Homeland” and begin to understand how these representations are linked together in his films Subarnarekha. Subarnarekha begins in a setting similar to that of Meghe Dhaka Tara: a lower middle-class family living in a bustee on the outskirts of Calcutta immediately following Partition.This bustee could be a camp, called “New Life Colony,” for refugees from East Bengal.The narrative of Subarnarekha focuses on Sita, whose mother and father were killed during Partition, and who is being raised by her elder brother, Ishwar. Ishwar has additionally taken in a very poor, low-caste boy named Abhiram. They move to the Bengali countryside for a fresh start when Ishwar gets a job as an assistant manager in an iron foundry. Sita spends her life caring for her unmarried brother, until she grows into a young woman and falls in love with Abhiram. Ishwar is determined to find a proper high-caste Hindu husband for Sita and demands that she never see Abhiram again. Ishwar proceeds to arrange Sita’s marriage, yet Sita, resolved to marry Abhiram, escapes with him to Calcutta on her wedding night. Once again living in a bustee, the newly married couple has a child, Binu, and Abhiram finds work as a bus driver. One day, he accidentally runs over a toddler associated an angry mob kills him. Sita is forced to earn cash for her and Binu. She begins to sing for paying customers, and thus unwittingly becomes a prostitute. One night, Ishwar, on a business trip to Calcutta, visits Sita in a drunken stupor to avail himself of her services, not realizing that this prostitute is his sister. In shock at seeing her brother in these circumstances, mythical being kills herself. At the conclusion of the film, Binu is placed in the care of Ishwar, who although devastated, attempts to move on for the sake of his nephew.