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Itkhori

Itkhori, a block headquarter within Chatra district. Itkhori lies north of Hazaribagh, about 16 kms west of Chouparan to be more precise. It is a wonderful place with abundance of historic reminiscences and archaeological remnants demonstrating a breath-taking saga of religious tolerance and cultural unity. More than 1200 years ago the great Pala and Gupta emperors looked out from the terrace of the magnificent Maa Bhadrakali temple complex built during 9th Century. The workmanship of the images and statues indicate a highly developed heritage of skills in the finer arts. And if wonders were to follow wonders, the Shiva-linga in the adjacent temple has no less than 1008 'lingams' carved into its surface. Images of 104 Bodhisattvas and 4 principal Buddha’s are sculpted on each side of a 'stupa'-like structure.One of the rock inscriptions of Mahendra Pala at Itkhori indicates that the Pratihara ruler came in control of the bordering areas of Chotanagpur during second half of the 9th century A.D. All these magical remnants of the past are to be found at Itkhori, a village north of Hazaribagh, an ancient place where the religion and cultures of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, came and blended centuries ago. There are various Buddhist Relics at Itkhori dated from 200 B.C to 1200 A.D. Itkhori's name also has a legend connected to Buddhism. When the aunt of Lord Buddha could not distract him from meditating she gave up, goes the legend saying. If/ Khoyi (lost here) that eventually distorted to become Itkhori, the name of the place.

Betla National Park

Spread over the hilly terrain of the attractive scenic beauty, Betla National Park is an amazing scenic location. Wild elephants wander without restraints in the forests of this park. It has the status of being one of the 9 tiger reserves that were first established in India. Due to a diversified ecosystem, the Betla National Park is home to a huge variety of wildlife and birds. One of India’s earliest tiger reserves (1974), Betla features luxuriant tropical forest cover and a rich variety of fauna. It was first established as a sanctuary and later upgraded to its present status. Average elevation is about 1000 feet and though the park is open throughout the year the best time to visit is between November to March. Spread over 250 sq. kms., the park is covered with good roads cris-crossing each other, to enables the motorist to have a closer view of the wild life in dense forests.Gour, Chital, Elephant, Tiger, Panther, Sloth and Wild Bear, Sambhar, Nilgai, Kakar, Mouse Deer are permanent residents. Langurs are present in large families. Betla features waterfalls and natural hot springs on one hand, and historical monuments including a 16th century fort of Chero kings on the other.Regulations within the Reserve :- Following regulations are practiced :- 1. No entry after sunset & before sunrise. Night driving is prohibited in the reserve. 2. Pets, transistors, tape-recorder, stereos are not permitted. 3. No arms and ammunitions are allowed. 4. Carelessly throwing & leaving trash litter are strictly prohibited. 5. Candling fire in the forest is prohibited. 6. Fast driving (> 20 km. Per hour) & blowing of horn is strictly prohibited. 7. Shouting, teasing or chasing of animals are prohibited. 8. Hunting and fishing are strictly prohibited. 9. Staying in rest house without reservation are prohibited. 10. Use of flash camera to take a snap of wild animals is not allowed. Interpretation & Conservation Education: - There is one Nature Interpretation Center (NIC), at Betla. This is an excellent creation, consists of reception, displays of models, Museum, Library and auditorium. This NIC remains open for the visitors daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. 16 mm films and videos film on wild life are also shown in the auditorium.

McCluskieganj

On the Chhotanagpur Plateau, barely 60 kms from Ranchi, lies the idyllic hamlet of Mc Cluskieganj. Once a bastion of the Anglo-Indian community, the place is known as lapra or Ganj among the residents. It is at an altitude of 450 m. the weather is ideal for a brief getaway, in this hamlet, particularly in the sweltering summers. Even in the peak of summer, the mercury seldom crosses 37 degrees Celsius. The humidity too is very low.As a backgrounder to the place, Ernst Timothy Mc Cluskie, after whom mc Cluksieganj is named once, had a dream. During the tumult of Swadeshi movement, in the early 1900’s, this real estate agent based in Kolkata got perked with an idea of creating a retreat for the Anglo-Indians in a verdant hamlet. After scouring the region, he found the perfect spot in the Lapra forest, nestled amidst sal forests. It was then under the rule of Ratu Raja, whose capital was close to Ranchi. The houses were constructed in typical European style, with a portico, large balconies and high roofs, the owners soon became known for housing grand banquets. They brought with them their pianos, horses, mahagony chests and teak beds...all went well till 1946 but only 20 families remain today, as most of the Anglo-Indian community left after World War II.The place continues to retain its age old charm. It appears to be a fabled land where the sienna-tiled houses seem picked out of a fairy tale, where butterflies spatter their colour with gay abandon, where the river flows fearlessly, where the hibiscus grows wantonly and where everywhere there is a ceremony of innocence.