February 26, 2009

Pictures of Forest Life of Chandabila

Recently I visited Chandabila, a place in the midst of forest in the district of Paschim Medinipur. The jungle is situated in the Baligheria region, just on the border of West Bengal and Orissa. This forest is typical of the ones that covered the red soil regions of Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia. Once these forest were full of animals, but unfortunately now animals are hardly visible. Chandabila is famous for elephants. But the people, tired of elephants’ intrusions set the weeds in different parts of the jungle on fire and thus is destroyed their food. I went deep into the forest and took some pictures.

Besides visiting the jungle, I also went to see Tapoban, where Sita, the local people strongly believe, lived in the ashram of the sage Balmiki. The place is wonderful and can easily be a tourist destination. After visiting this place I went to an ancient temple, Rameshwar, built in an imitation of the temples of Orissa, on the high bank of the river Subarnarekha.

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