About West Singhbhum :
The West Singhbhum district forms the Southern part of the Jharkhand State and is the largest district in the State. The district spread over 210 58′ and 230 36′ north latitude and 850 0′ & 860 54′ East Longitude. The district is situated at a height of 244 Meter above the sea level and has an area of 5351.41 Sq. km. The district is bounded on the North by the district of Khunti , on the East by Saraikela-Kharsawan district, on the South by Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh districts of Orissa and on the West by the district of Simdega and Sundargarh. The West Singhbhum District with Chaibasa as its district headquarter, has been divided into 3 Sub-Divisions, 18 Community Development Blocks, 15 Revenue Anchals, 216 Gram Panchayats. There are 1792 Revenue Villages in the District. The district is full of hills alternating with valleys, steep mountains and deep forests on the mountain slopes. The district contains one of the best Sal forests and the SARANDA (seven hundred hills) forest area is known world over. The places of tourist interest in the district are Bidri, Chainpur, Hirni, Jagannathpur, Jojohatu, Kera, Kotgarh, Lupungutu, Mahadebsal, Ponga , Porahat, Ramtirtha, Tholkobad, Tholkobad
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Tourist Places :
Bidri:- The village lies in Manjhari Block. It has a small lake on it’s outskirts with a hill lock to the east. The forest Dak Bungalow situated west of the lake commands a fine scenic view. The Thakora waterfall is about 6 Kms. away.
Chainpur:- The village lies in Chakradharpur block and is noted for it’s Shiva Temple. Large fairs are held annually on the occasion of Shiva Chaturdasi & Chaitra Sankranti (Month-April).
Hirni:- The village is situated 40 Kms. North of Chakradharpur on the Ranchi-Chaibasa road. It contains a beautiful waterfall in the midst of dense forest. It is popular picnic spot.
Jagannathpur:- The village is the headquarter of the development block bearing the same name and is situated 45 Kms. South-West of Chaibasa. The Village derives its name from its founder, Raja Jagannath Singh of Porahat.It has an old temple of Lord Shiva.
Jojohatu:- The village is situated 22 Kms. West of Chaibasa amid forests. It is noted for it’s Chromites deposits and iron ore mine by the Singhbhum Chromites Company and the TISCO.
Kera:- The village is situated about 10 Kms. North-East of the block headquarter at Chakradharpur. It is noted for the annual three-day fair held there on the occasion of Chaitra-Sankranti.The village has a Bhagwati temple, which attracts a large number of devotees.
Kotgarh:- The village lies in Jagannathpur block. According to local belief, it was the seat of very powerful Indian rulers whose sway spread over the areas of Jagannathpur, Manjhari, Manjhgaon & Chakradharpur only a century ago. Narpat Singh who had built fortresses at Kotgarh, Jagannathpur & Jaintgarh is said to have been the last king of the Dynasty.
Lupungutu:- It is a small village situated only 2 Kms. West of Chaibasa town. It has a perennial natural spring, which is a popular picnic spot.
Mahadebsal:- The place is situated about 5 Kms. from Goilkera. It contains an important temple of Lord Mahadev.A large fair is held annually on the occasion of Shiva Ratri.
Ponga :- The village is situated about 14 Kms. from the block head-quarter at Chakradharpur. It is noted for the remains of the place known as “Mangarh” traditionally ascribed to Raja Man Singh who was Sorag (Sic) by caste. The village has a temple of Pauri Devi.
Porahat:- The village used to be the headquarter of the erstwhile Porahat Raj, which extended over a large part of the district.
Ramtirtha:- The village lies in Jagannathpur block and is noted for it’s annual fair held on Makar Sankranti day (January). It has a Shiva Temple and a waterfall on the Baitarni river. According to Local tradition, Lord Ramchandra crossed this river on Makar Sankranti day, when the fair is held.
Tholkobad:- The village lies 46 Kms. south of the block headquarter at Manoharpur.It is scenically situated amid forests at an elevation of 1800 ft. and draws may visitors,particularly for game.The oldest Sal tree the “SARANDA QUEEN” exists here.The perimeter of the tree is 25 ft.
Benisagar:- This is situated in the border of West Singhbhum & Orissa.The place was named after the king Beni. This is famous for archaeological findings. The famous Khiching temple relate to the