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This week, The Musafir Stories speaks with author and poet, Mihir Vatsa, as we discover the plateau town of Hazaribagh through Mihir’s book - Tales of Hazaribagh: An intimate exploration of the Chotanagpur plateau!
Today's destination: Hazaribagh!
Nearest Airport: Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi, IXR
Nearest Railway Station: Hazaribagh Town Railway Station, HZBN
Prerequisites - NA
Packing - NA
Time of the year - Pleasant weather all round the year
Length of the itinerary: 3-5 days
- Hazaribagh is a plateau town situated on the Chotanagpur plateau in the state of Jharkhand. Mihir takes us through his hometown, talking about his return back home and how he wrote the book, re-discovering his hometown.
- Mihir talks about the origins of the town, its distinction of being one of the earliest hill stations in India, the vicinity to the Grand trunk road and the solace it offered to the homesick soldiers of East India Company.
- We talk about the origins of the name, its connection to tigers and a thousand gardens.
- Mihir also talks about the innumerable nature’s bounty in and around Hazaribagh including
- Hills (specifically the Canary hill)
- The iconic stepped lake formation or the Hazaribagh lake
- Rivers and some rock formations
- Forests and the Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary
- Waterfalls including Tiger falls
- Hot springs at Surajkund
- The ruins of the Padma palace, Hawa Mahal and Badam Fort
- Karanpura valley and its rock art dating 10,000 BC
- We wrap the conversation talking about healing, the real and present threat of coal mining, and the legacy of fear of the Naxals and how this has impacted the area.
Link to Mihir’s book: Tales of Hazaribagh: An intimate exploration of the Chotanagpur plateau!
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