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Garh Panchakot is a ruined fort in the eastern part of India at the foothills of Panchet Hill in the district of Purulia, West Bengal. The ruins of the Panchkot Palace are a silent testimony to the Bargi attack during the 18th century.

Understand[edit]

Ruins of Pancharatna Temple

Garh Panchakot sits on the slopes of Panchet Hill and adjacent to Panchet Lake, is a scenic hilly forested area, with a tinge of history. It was a fortified area owned by the Rajas of Panchakot, the Singh Deo dynasty. Their antiquity and history are still to be ascertained properly. The family is reputed to have been established in 90 AD. They were possibly linked with the Tilkampa dynasty. The ruins of Telkupi, an ancient Jain centre, were submerged when Panchet Dam was built. It is said that the Singh Deos lost out to Bir Hambir of Bishnupur Raj around 1600 AD, albeit for a short period. The Maratha raiders, locally known as Bargis, ransacked the place in the 18th century. The Singh Deo family, ultimately, moved out to Kashipur, now in Purulia district.

Get in[edit]

Pancharatna Temple at Garpanchkot, Purulia.jpg

Railway stations around Panchet Hill:

  • Adra, on Kharagpur-Bankura-Adra-Purulia line, is 25 km via Raghunathpur
  • Asansol, on Howrah-Delhi main line, is 34 km via Parbelia and Dishergarh
  • Barakar, on Grand Chord line, is 19 km via Chirkunda on GT Road
  • Kumardhubi, on Grand Chord line, is 14 km via Chirkunda on GT Road

It is about 250 km from Kolkata by road. The drive is of 5-6 hours. It is 56 km from Dhanbad.

Get around[edit]

Have your own transport.

See[edit]

Map of Garh Panchakot
  • 1 Garh Panchakot. Ruins of a fort of the Rajas of Panchakot. Garh Panchkot (Q5523223) on Wikidata Garh Panchkot on Wikipedia
  • 2 Panchet Hill. This hill is about 2,100 ft (643m) high and occupies an area of 18 km². It is thickly forested. The area is located on the lowest step of the Chotanagpur Plateau. The hilltop offers picturesque and panoramic view of the command area of the Panchet Dam on Damodar river and its reservoir. Panchet Hill (Q26781027) on Wikidata Panchet Hill on Wikipedia
  • 3 Pancharatna temple. Garh Panchakot Pancharatna temple (Q67010155) on Wikidata
  • Sundar Roy temple. Sundar Roy temple (Q96739285) on Wikidata
  • 4 Adi Kalyaneswari temple. Adi Kalyaneswari temple (Q96739311) on Wikidata

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Buy[edit]

The nearest urban shopping centres are at Barakar, 12 km away or Raghunathpur, 15 km away.

Eat[edit]

Eat at your place of stay.

Drink[edit]

It is preferable to carry your own requirement. You may get something locally or at Barakar or Raghunathpur.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Garh Panchakot Prakriti Bhraman Kendra, at the foothill of Panchet Hill, +91 9434246516 (helpline - for booking contact WBFDC - see below or website). Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 11AM. It is property of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation. Cottages - Non-AC: ₹1,000 -1,200, AC: ₹1,000 – 2,000, Conference Room: ₹8,000.
  • Garpanchkot Eco Resort, Garpanchkot Forest, +91 9830011715.

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