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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.

Understand[edit]

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 House used to be a veritable palace. Earlier Deoghar district was part of Santhal Parganas. The place has lost its earlier popularity but people still visit.

Get in[edit]

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 Wahab 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) (The place was known as the Holland of India long ago for its natural beauty)
  • Kapil Math
  • Sonar Bungala Kuthi, good collection of roses
  • Baba Nayak Dham, Ganjobari
  • Kali temple at Pathrol (500 yrs old)
  • Kali temple at Fago, 4 km towards south
  • Bakulia jharna (Falls).
  • Jahaj Bari (Ship House)
  • Sett Kuthi
  • Red Cott (Lal Kuthi) and adjoined Baba Mahadev Mandir
  • Madhupur Church
  • Rajbari/ Tiger Court
  • Famous Dalmiah Kup (A famous Well for drinking water).

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 or Monday a part of your visit. It's the day when the local 'haat baar' or market and 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. Pathak kachori is famous breakfast situated at Hatia road.

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.

A famous tea stall near pathrol Kali bari - "Lalu'r cha er dokan", offers a smokey flavored tea. It is a must try for all. This kind of tea is also available at the tea stalls near Madhupur station.

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.

  • West View Lodge, Howrah contact telephone +91 9831353223.
  • Bengal Motion Pictures Employees Union Holiday Home, Kolkata contact telephone +91 33 2246 9622.
  • The University of Calcutta Holiday Home "Swastika" at Bahanna Bigha is nice. 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 Guest House is one of the best places for stay at madhupur. It is a well maintained bungalow type guest house with a huge open space and attached baths (Western) even with a common geyser. They serve some good healthy food at a very reasonable rate. The location Bawan Bigha is good, it takes 15 to 20 mins by car to reach the Madhupur Railway Station. The rooms are spacious. Owner Mr. Mukul Bose is a nice person. Contact: +91 9123284297, Rate: 600/- (INR) per day/ per person for fooding and lodging.
  • Hotel Kumar International, sitaram dalmia road (beside Indian Oil petrol pump), 08434588709.  edit
  • Satyapriya Roy Holiday Home (ABTA Madhupur Guest House), 8013909366. A big house with a capacity of 40 people for accommodation. Rent 1750 INR/ per day for the whole building  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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