Monday, November 24, 2014

Kailash Rang Mahal - Honeymoon Palace- Raj Palace - Kailash - Tileibani - Deogarh - Debagarh- Odisha


Kailash Rang Mahal
The king of ex-Bamanda state has left behind many heritage building as their honeymoon palaces inside the hills and mountain.

Right Side View of Kailash Raj Mahal
 Kaliash is one of them. Kailash is ideally located on a beautiful mountain – by the side of NH No.6 towards Sambalpur within a distance of 15 kms from Deogarh Dist Hqrs. and has been declared as one of the eco-tourism sites of Deogarh district.

Back Side View of Kailash Rang Mahal
 The Honeymoon Palace is Known as "Rang Mahal". The surroundings of palace is full of Jungle and just in the bottom of hill this palace is made. Now only ruins of palace can be seen.

This Palace is no longer used by king. Govt should take care of this ancient building.This is a famous picnic place for local and nearby peoples.

How To Reach:
From Deogarh Town you have to take national highway towards Sambalpur. Before Tileibani Chawk (19kms from Deogarh) you have to take right turn towards Kailash on National Highway Road towards Sambalpur. The Rang Mahal is only 2 kms from that chawk.

Deodarh Waterfall - Tileibani- Gohira Dam - Deogarh - Debagarh- Odisha

Deodarh Waterfall: 

Deodarh Waterfall
A nice waterfall on Gohira River just near the Gohira Dam. The surrounding of waterfall is breath taking and picture perfect.

Another View of Deodarh Waterfall
 The waterfall is surrounded by dense jungle. A new paved road built towards Deodarh Waterfall to promote tourism in this region.

View of Deodarh Waterfall
 It is a small waterfall but a must visit place. It is a ideal place for picnic for local and nearby people.

How To Reach:

Surroundings of waterfall
 From Deogarh Town you have to take national highway towards Sambalpur. After Tileibani Chawk (20kms from Deogarh) take National Highway Road towards Sambalpur. On Kapasira (6kms from Tileibani) take Left turn on the road towards Gohira Dam road. After 1 kms on right side you can see the road goes towards Deodarh Waterfall. Deodarh Waterfall is 1.5kms from Kapasira and 27.5 kms from Deogarh Town.

Step Road towards Waterfall

Gohira Dam - Deogarh - Debagarh- Odisha

Gohira Dam: 

Gates of Gohira Dam
 Gohira Dam is situated near village Ambaghat in Deogarh district of Orissa. The Dam intercepts a fan-shaped catchment area of 236 km2 in Deogarh hill ranges across river Gohira a right bank tributary of river Brahmani .

Front View of Gohira Dam from Reservoir Side
 The construction of the project was started in 1977 and was fully completed by 1985. The dam is a homogenous rolled fill earth dam of total length 3550m with maximum height of 28m above the deepest foundation level.

Gohira Dam Reservoir
 This is a Famous Picnic Place for local and nearby people. The scenery in Gohira Dam is refresh and surrounding of Dam is pleasure to watch.

Gohira Dam View
 How To Reach:

From Deogarh Town you have to take national highway towards Sambalpur. After Tileibani Chawk (20kms from Deogarh) take National Highway Road towards Sambalpur. On Kapasira (6kms from Tileibani) take Left turn on the road towards Gohira Dam road. Gohira Dam is 5kms from Kapasira and 31kms from Deogarh Town.

Stone Beds in Gohira Dam at Gate Side

Deojharan Waterfall - Talakundi - Tileibani- Deogarh - Debagarh- Odisha

Deojharan Waterfall:

Deojharan Waterfall, Deogarh
 It is a small waterfall located in Deojharan Village near Talakundi in Tileibani Block, Deogarh District. It is 18kms from Deogarh Town.

Another View of Deojharan Waterfall
 The natural beauty of the waterfall and surrounding area is awesome and breath taking. It is famous in local picnikers.

Rock Bed on which spring flows in Deojharan
 Waterfall is here just like a spring flowing of hard rock river bed and in some places it drops or flow downwards which makes a feel of waterfal.

Trek road in Jungle
 How To Reach:

Road Towrads Deojharan Waterfall from Village
From Deogarh town you have to take road towards Riamal. After crossing Gohira Dam (11kms from Deogarh Town) you will reach Gihira Chawk near Pendarakhol. Then on Right side you will take another road goes towards Talakundi Village. which is 5 kms from Gohira Chawk or Village Pendarakhol. When you reached Talakundi, then take a village road towards Deojharan Village which is 2kms from Talakundi. After Reach Deojharan Village if you ask any one about Deojharan Waterfall, then local people will guide you the is 500 mtrs from Deojharan Village and you have to trek in jungle to see the waterfall.

Road Goes towards jungle

Rambha Devi Pitha - Rambha Temple - Rambha Cave - Rambha Waterfall - Suguda - Deogarh - Debagarh-Odisha

Rambha Devi Pitha (Temple):

Rambha Devi Pitha (Temple)

A small cave temple of Goddess Rambha Devi, near a mountain cave at Suguda which is 8 kms away from Deogarh town in Deogarh – Chheplipali road side.

Rambha Waterfall
 Every year during the month of Jyestha a big fair is held here with the congregation of 25,000 to 30,000 visitors. The Place is deep inside forest.

Surroundings of Devi Pitha
 No proper approach road is not made till now. Just near the Devi Pitha, a small waterfall also present named "Rambha Waterfall".

Rambha Rock Cave and Replica of Goddess
 The waterfall actually a spring flowing from middle of two hill. The surrounding area of this waterfall and Pitha is just awesome.

Surroundings of Rambha Waterfall
 This is a Ideal Picnic Space for Local and Nearby People. All year The Cave Temple is remain closed and only a Stone Replica of Goddess worshipped outside of Cave.

Another View of Rambha Waterfall

When the Devi's Fair happened at that time for 1 day only door of Cave open and The Priest (Local Language called as Dehuri) goes inside the cave and worship the Goddess. A must go place for all nature lovers.

Whole Surrounding of Rambha Devi Pitha
How to Reach: From Deogarh Town you have to take Chheplipali Road. After 8 kms you will reach Suguda Village. Then From Suguda Village you have to take road towards GunduriPasi. Just on that road after you will cross 500mt, you will cross a bridge on Gohira River. After the bridge you will see a unpaved village road on right side. take that road. on that road you will again see another village road on left side. take that road , that road end at Rambha Devi Pitha. You can ask any local people in suguda about the route.

Forest Trek Road Goes Towards Rambha Devi Pitha and Waterfall

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



It is situated at a distance of 47 Kms from Sundergarh and is famous for historical part and cave of monks.

Junagarh, renowned for the ancient fort of historical and archaeological importance with some ancient caves having marks of tantra worship is located about 4 kms from Hemgir.

It is situated in dense forest of Hemgir Region. Still unknown to a lot of peoples. There is no proper road to reach Junagarh Fort, as it is in top of hill and you have to trek 2 kms forest and hill area by foot.

 On the footstep of Junagarh Hill, a temple is their named Jhadeswar Temple. The priest of that temple can show you those places if you reach the temple up to 12pm.

 Here when you trek towards Junagarh, first you can see a stone standing, local people called them Bhimyani (Wife of Bhim).

Then when you go more towards top of hill, on the way you can see a Ganesha Murti carving on stone. Then you can see the 1st Cave, where in ancient times monks live in this cave.

1st Cave is not very big. Then 2nd Cave comes. In 2nd Cave there are 2 ways, One is closed due to stone slide and other way is 2 kms deep inside.

 You can not see the inside of caves as no sun light is their, you have to take torch or fire by your own to see inside of caves.

 Then 3rd Cave comes. This is not very big neither small. Then you can see another big rock stands on its own. Local people says it as Bhim.

 Then on top of that hill you can see ruins of junagarh forts. On the way to top of hill, you can see circle of hole made in stone. where in ancient times, peoples keep their weapons and fires.

How To Reach:
There are 2 way to reach Junagarh, One is from Sundergarh and Other is from Belpahad.

Sundergarh Route:
From Sundergarh Take National Highway towards Lephripara. On Suruguda Take Left turn on National Highway towards Duduka. After Duduka Take Left turn towards Garjanbahal. Then Take road towards Hemgir. Then goes towards Hemgir Bypass Road. On that route right side you can see a entrance gate for Jhadeswar Temple. Take that road towards Jhadeswar Temple. This road is a Forest Road. Then after 5 kms you can see Jhadeswar Temple on left side. Then you can ask the locals, footstep road towards Junagarh.

Belpahad Route:

From Belpahad Take road towards Grindola-Kanika-Hemgir. Then near Hemgir you can see one road goes towards Hemgir Village and other is Hemgir Bypass Road. Take the road towards Hemgir Village, Just after 200 metres on left side you can see a entrance gate for Jhadeswar Temple. Take that road towards Jhadeswar Temple. This road is a Forest Kutcha Road. Then after 5 kms you can see Jhadeswar Temple on left side. Then you can ask the Priest of that temple regarding footstep road towards Junagarh.

Vikramkhol-Bikramkhol-Belpahad-Grindola-Rock Art-Jharsuguda-Odisha

Vikramkhol (Bikramkhol) :

Facing Northeast Vikramkhol Rock Shelter bears the illegible signature of the time past.  You can reach this placer via Jharsuguda -Belpahar - Grindola road. From Grindola to Vikramkhol is 8 kms by Jungle road. Inside a dense forest where a crescent shape rocks shelter at the foothill.

The massive rock shelter measures 37 meter in length and 8 meter in height. Depicting various geometric and weird characters Vikramkhol inscriptions at places take the shape of identifiable animals and floral patterns. The engravings still have traces of red ochre fillings.

The geometric figures and characters running horizontal lines defy sequence and baffle the interpreter. Drawn in monochromatic and polychromatic floral patterns have withstood the ravages of time. This proto-historic inscription belied to have been engraved in 1500 BC is popularly known as the Vikramkhol inscriptions.

 The Shelter is situated at a distance of 26 km to the west of Jharusguda. The rock is a rough sandstone. The rock-shelter is 115 feet in length and 27 feet 7 inches in height from the floor (35 m by 8.4 m). It faces north east. Some of the letters are sharply cut, but the incision-marks of the majority do not show sharp cutting.

 It seems that an iron chisel was not used. Some of the letters are partly cut and partly painted, while some letters are only in paint, but the majority are completely cut. It is evident that all the letters were first painted before being incised, which was the method regularly employed in the period of Brahmi inscription.

 The color of the paint is red ochre, with which we are familiar in the pre-historic and historic caves and cave-buildings in India. The inscription was discovered by an educated Sadhu, Swami Jnamananda. An examination of the letters, which at first sight give the impression of having Brahmi forms, showed that the writing was a mixture of Brahmi forms and a developed type of the Mohenjodaro script. Due to that some Historian links the inscription as an intermediary between Harappan and earliest Brahmi.

 Vikramkhol also spelled Bikramkhol lies in Reserved Forest of Belpahar range, at a distance of 12 k.m. from Belpahar. The place is known for prehistoric rock art and rock inscriptions dated around 3000 BCE. Details about the caves were first published in Indian Antiquary in 1935 by the efforts of historian K.P.Jayaswal. The inscriptions were studied in 1955.

The inscriptions are yet to be studied in detail. A replica of the inscription is exhibited in State Museum of Odisha. Some historians have felt that, due to negligence and apathy by Government agencies, the inscriptions are fading out and damaged by vandals. Activities of Coal mines in surrounding hills, industries like sponge iron are putting environmental pressure on this prehistoric archeological site.

 The rock shelter, where the inscriptions are found, is not fully protected and kept open to atmosphere, giving scope for vandals and visitors to deface the inscriptions. As it is located inside Reserve Forest of Belpahar range, the remote access to the place has also contributed to neglect by Government Agencies. In this inaccessible dense forest ancient people lived surviving on fruits, roots and animal meat.  During 4000 BC there was evolution of human civilization in the region and a script was developed by them. Circular holes have been dug in the wall where weapons, dress and other articles of use were being kept suspended. Even on the floors circular holes have been dug to pound the grains. Bikramkhol has been declared a tourist spot by the Central Government and tourists, historians and researchers from all over the country and abroad. Local Peoples Came here for Picnic also, due to this area facing a huge challange for its survival.

How to Reach:

Take Route from Jharasuguda to Belpahad, then on Belpahad take route towards Grindola. On Grindola you can see a small temple named manikeswari Temple. In that Road take left turn in a forest kutcha road towards Bikramkhol, On near Village Teteyabahal a two lined footstep road goes towards Vikramkhol.