Land of the Red


In the beginning

It is becoming somewhat of a tradition to go on photography tour during Holi vacation. Last year it was Khajuraho and we desperately wanted to go somewhere this year also. We had shortlisted Betla – Netarhat circuit or Murshidabad – Baharampur. Our first preference was always Betla – Netarhat but in the back of our mind we were aware that the biggest challenge we might face during Holi vacation will be that of hotel booking. Specially in Betla and Netarhat the best lodging facility was only with Jharkhand Tourism hotels and booking them was a bit difficult than that any other generic hotel.

The only hitch in my plan was the cost factor, it would be bit expensive for two person to travel to Betla – Netarhat since almost all part of the journey would have to be done by a private car since no organized local transports were available.

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Where the water flows from trees


I got married in 2007 and I was somewhat lucky as my wife was from the state of Jharkhand. This meant that I have to keep travelling to and fro from Kolkata to Ranchi. Jharkhand as a state is quite diverse, you will find hills waterfall, temples, castles, fort, forest etc. and every opportunity I had to visit my in laws I managed to sneak one or two short trips. This time I am going to talk about a small town called Chaibasa. This place is quite near to Kolkata and happens to be also where my father in law’s original paternal home. In fact his mother (my grandmother in law) is still alive and we do visit her once every year. This trip report comprises of three visits which I have combined as one for the ease of readers.   

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