Pilgrimage Tourism in Chatra District -
Kolhua Hill: Kolhua hill lies about 6 miles south east of Hunterganj. At Hunterganj one has to cross the Lilangen River. The height of the hill is 1,575 feet and from the top one can find an excellent view. The top of the hill is quite distinctive and is known as "Akash Lochan" (Sky Eye). There are some ancient temples, the most important of which is a temple of Goddess Kali known as 'Kauleshwari Devi'. On the occasions of Vasant Panchami and Ram Navami, a large number of pilgrims flock to the hill top for worship. Further, the trek to the top of Kolhua hill on the temple of Kauleshwari Devi is quite steep and there are no steps. There is a big tank near the temple with good water.
Barura Sharif: There is a shrine of Amir Ali Shah at Barura Sharif situated at a distance of 12 kms from Block Headquarters of Pratappur. This Shrine has been constructed at the height of about 10 feet from the river bank. A small seasonal river flows surrounding the Shrine. One has to cross seven small rivulets to reach Barura Sharif; hence locally these ravines are together named 'Saat Bahini' (Seven Sisters) in this region. The Shrine has a quiet and picturesque look. It is very attractive. One would love to have a view of the small ravine from the height of the Shrine. 'Urs' (annual fair) is held here with pomp and pleasure on the eve of Chaitra Navami.
Leisure Tourism in Chatra District -
Kunda Cave: The ruins of old Kunda palace are still found at a distance of about three or four miles from the present Kunda village. The place might have been created either towards the end of 17th or beginning of the 18th century AD. The walls are in a very dilapidated condition. The cave is a hollow made at the base of a part of the hill, not so high. The entrance into the cave is very narrow. There is a central hall inside the cave, not so high. The small hollows connected with their only passage with this central hall, are completely dark. There is a big Shivlinga just at the middle of one of the hollows.
Nature Tourism in Chatra District -
Tamasin: It is an attractive beauty spot of Chatra situated on the north-east at the distance of 26 kms. There is a big water reservoir and it is famous for the image of Goddess Bhagwati. Here one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the gorgeous water fall. This area is full of mixed forests having high trees making the area dark even in the daylight. Tamasin is mainly famous for a very beautiful waterfall.
Bichkiliya: It is 'Dah' or water reservoir on the bank of river Niranjana (Lilajan) at a distance of 11 kms from Chatra in west. It is also a nice picnic spot.
Duari: It is also known as Balbal Duari situated at the distance of 35 kms in the East of Chatra district on Gidhaur -Katkam Sandi Road. It can be reached from Hazaribagh also. The road is motor able and one can visit this directly form Chatra. During rainy season it is difficult to travel but it is pleasant in winter and summer. There is a hot spring in the bed of river Balbal near the village i.e. Duari. The water is supposed to have curative effect on skin diseases. As in Rajgir here people flock to have hot bath for obtaining remedial effect .In the same way on Makar- Sankranti people gather here in a large number to have a holy dip. The sight is also charming & delightful.
Khaya Banaroo: This notable picnic spot of Chatra is about 10 kms from the district headquarters on the south-west of the town. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. The scenery is splendid in all its exquisitely green sylvan beauty. The Banaroo (Dah) reservoir or stream cuts its way through the rocks, and at places, it has cut terraces with balconies out of stone walls on its banks. The deep gorge with numerous shapes in the stones that form the wall of the two sides of the gorge is a rare sight. At places, it seems as if the portions of trees have been transferred into rocks. The river bed is enchanting.
Keridah: A beautiful picnic spot situated at a distance of 8 kms from Chatra town on the north-west portion.
Maloodah: It is another beautiful water fall at the distance of about 8 kms on the west of Chatra. It has been cut in semi circle with steep walls. It gives a soothing experience.
Dumer Sumer: It is also another popular beauty spot of Chatra situated on the north at the distance of 12 kms.
Goa: It is a beautiful water fall at the distance of 6 kms on the west of Chatra on way to Maloodah. Its height is around 30 ft. On all the three sides there are rocks and in middle there is a reservoir. It is the nearest picnic spot of Chatra District.
Bhaduli (Bhadrakali): It is 35 kms on the east of Chatra and 16 kms west of Chauparan connected with Grand Trunk Road. It is situated on the bank of Mahanadi River surrounded by hills and forests. There is a water reservoir which has a natural beauty of its own. People flock to watch its eternal beauty on Kartika Purnima, a festival after Chath.
Gogri: It is a water fall and a steep descent leads to its foot. It is 4 miles west of Chatra on the way to Maloodah.
Thus, Chatra District is full of rocks and ravine, fountain and flora, deep and dense forest, that offer a mesmerizing tourism experience to the travellers.
(Last Updated on : 05-04-2010)
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