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Madhupur

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Madhupur is a city in Deoghar district of Jharkhand. It is considered a health resort because the water there is said to cure many stomach and digestion ailments. Historically, there were many notable people, particularly from Bengal, who owned a house in Madhupur and lived there for long periods whenever they could. Amongst them were Sir Asutosh Mookerjee. His younger son, Uma Prasad Mookerjee, the writer famous for his travel books spent time there. Their house Ganga Prasad Bhaban is still there. Earlier Deoghar district was part of Santhal Parganas. The place has lost its earlier popularity but people still visit.

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By rail[edit]

Madhupur is 294 km (via main line) from Howrah. It is on the Howrah-Delhi main line. There is a branch line from Madhupur to Giridih (32 km away). Vidyasagar (Karmatanr), associated with the memory of Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, is 24 km from Madhupur on the main line towards Kolkata. For timings etc. check with Indian Railways [1]. The famous movie "Chit Chor" starring Amol Palekar and Zareena Wahid and directed by Basu Chattarjee, has the town of Madhupur as its setting.

Get around[edit]

Cycle rickshaws and tongas are available for local transport, and you can find a car or taxi easily.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 52 Bigha (Baawan Bigha)
  • Kapil Math
  • Sonar bungalow, good collection of roses
  • Baba Nayak Dham, Ganjobari
  • Kali temple at Pathrol
  • Kali temple at Fago, 4 km towards south
  • Bakolia jharana ..

Caution[edit]

Be aware of probable cheaters and take care of yourself.

Do[edit][add listing]

Enjoy the city in the month of Dec to Feb

Buy[edit][add listing]

The place is famous for its glorious Loha Shaka Pala (Bangles used in weeding).You can buy the famous Santhal handicrafts, garments, paintings and other hand made ethnic things,cheap at its best. Try to make friday part of your visit, it is the local 'haat baar' or market day when all the artisans from surrounding villages come and sell their ware. Good picks among them are hand beaten iron gardening equipment, hand beaten kadai wok. One more cute thing is a baby cooking toy kit made of burnt or sun dried clay. they come in various sizes and complexities complete with a packaging of a closed date leaf basket. Very nice gift except that the kid who you want to impress may not really appreciate it as it fails to compete with today's glinting plastic monster trucks with LED s flashing.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Famous for Local Sweets in particular Chandrakala, Kaju Barfi, Cham Cham and many more. The Rabari is supposed to be famous, and many have praised the local Chat, as a must try. Bardhamaan Mishtan Bhandar is a must if you have a sweet lover, The chena moorki kachori sabzee are way out. If you are staying in one of those holiday homes then the mishti walla will visit you in the morning with home made sweets. You can't miss him he carries a bnaak which is a bamboo shoulder bar with ropes carrying 3 vessels on each side. Most holiday homes are equipped with basic cooking arrangements. Mostly all daily needs will come home like milk vegetables fish chicken etc

Drink[edit][add listing]

Famous for its Lassi (A drink made by curd andsugar). The Sattu Sharabat is very tasty and healthy, but can only be found during the summer.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Holiday Homes are normally places of stay where one has to arrange for one’s own food. It is generally meant for members only but some of them allow others to stay on payment when vacancies are available. Non-employees of the organisation can check if place is available.

  • Howrah Municipal Corporation Staff Recreation Club Holiday Home, Howrah contact telephone +91 33 2660 3211.
  • Bengal Motion Pictures Employees Union Holiday Home, Kolkata contact telephone +91 33 2246 9622.
  • The University of Calcutta Holiday Home at Bahanna Bigha. The house was donated by Dr.H.C. Mookherjee, the first Governor of West Bengal. There are four rooms. The rent of the rooms at first floor are Rs.300/-per room, and the ground floor rooms are available at Rs.240/ per room. Contact:(033)2241-0071/4984-Extn:282.

There are several guest houses costing between Rs. 100 and 300 - Rajbari Rest House, Munu Guest House,Balaji guest house, moon light guest house,Apsara guest house, Hotel Embassy, Agrasen bhawan,Rai hotel,burdawan guest house etc.

  • Leela Kamal Guesthouse is one of the places better not to stay, though it is a well maintained bungalow type guest house with a huge open space, with attached baths and the owners serve some good healthy food. The location is very remote, far from the railway station. Though the rooms are spacious and the owners provided good food at very reasonable rate, mosquitoes may be very irritating, specially after sunset. Frequent power cuts also are very inconvenient, after the generator is switched off after ten at night. There is some kind of an academic institution at the back of this complex, hence the noise of the students may cause much disturbances at daytime. And long term tenants at the same complex may seem to some as undesirable & ill-mannered.
  • Hotel Kumar International, sitaram dalmia road (beside Indian Oil petrol pump), 08434588709.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Bokulia springs, 8 km away, is a popular picnic spot.
  • Deoghar is 57 km from Madhupur.
  • Shimultala is 54 km from Madhupur.
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