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Known as the ‘land of forests and gold’ Jharkhand is all about knowing your culture and believing in your traditions. When it comes to traveling then in Jharkhand, there are many options and interesting places to visit along with your loved ones. However, one specific place which you can casually explore here is Chatra. It is a nice blend of waterfalls, picnic spots, and lush greenery. Some of the popular tourist spots include Bhadrakali Temple, Kunda Cave, Tamasin dark forests. Apart from that, there are many festivals which are celebrated in this district which attract a lot of attention such as Bhadli Mela and Kundri Mela.

Why you Should Visit Chatra

Chatra is the land that boasts about the historical nuances of our past. This is a land associated with people such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy and even the Mughals. Not just that, it also has got an abundance of natural vistas where you can hope to click really good pictures. After all, what is traveling without taking some brilliant images of your journey? 

History of Chatra

Medieval History of Chatra

It was during Tughlaq’s reign that Chatra had initially come into contact with the Delhi Sultanate. It is said that Daud Khan who was the Mughal Governor of Bihar at that time had occupied the Kothi Fort in 1660 A.D. And without essentially any opposition, he was able to very easily scale through the Kunda Fort situated on the hilltop and was successful in occupying the fort and destroying it completely.  

Modern History of Chatra

It was sometime in 1769 A.D. that the Britishers had made their initial contact with this particular region. And it is said that perhaps one of the most significant battles fought between the Britishers and the insurgents were fought during the mutiny of 1857. This was marked as the ‘Battle of Chatra.’ This particular battle lasted for about an hour in which the mutineers and the insurgents were ruthlessly defeated. 

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Places to Visit in and Around Chatra

Kauleshwari Devi Temple. The Kauleshwari Devi Temple is situated at the top of Kolhua Hill. It is said that this temple was built sometime around the 10th century. It is also considered as the birthplace of the Tenth Jain Tirthankara, Sitala Swami.

Kunda Cave. Fundamentally, these are the ruins of an old Kunda Palace. This cave is well connected through a narrow path and along with that, there is also a narrow stream running through this region highlighting its natural beauty. 

Things to do in and Around Chatra

Visit Duari. Near the bed of Balbal, Duari is a natural hot spring. The locals quite frequently visit this spot owing to its medicinal qualities. The gurgling waters along with the amazing scenic views surrounding this place are really amazing. 

Visit Kolhua Hill. Kolhua Hill is another tourist destination that you can reach from Hunterganj by crossing the Lilangen River. Situated at an immense height of around 1,575 ft the Kolhua Hill offers a very distinctive feel and vibe to the travelers visiting here. 

Events and Festivals in & Around Chatra

Itkhori Festival. Celebrated on a yearly basis in the Bhadrakali Temple premises the main objective of this festival is to make a cultural harmony among people for cultivating a sense of international identity. Various artists from their respective fields come together to make it a success.

Basant Panchami. The Basant Panchami marks the preparations for the arrival of spring along with the festival of Holi. Known as the ‘King of All seasons’ Basant Panchami is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. 

Best Time to Visit Chatra

If you are planning to visit Chatra then the ideal time to visit this place would be between October to March. And that is because the overall temperature is quite pleasant in these months, especially from the perspective of someone who is a tourist in this place.

How to Reach Chatra

By Air. The nearest aerodrome is the Gaya Airport. From here, Chatra lies at a distance of around 50 - 60 km. This airport is well connected with other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, etc.  

By Train. Chatra is not very well connected with train routes. And the nearest railway station is located at Gaya which is at a distance of somewhere around 66 km. After deboarding the train, you will need to take a cab or even an auto-rickshaw to reach your destination. 

By Road. Chatra is well connected via road network to cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Mumbai, etc. From these cities, you will have to cover an approximate distance of around 1,128 km, 1,673 km, 1,336 km, and 1,786 km respectively. 

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