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Jamtara district,Jharkhand

Jamtara district is one of the twenty-four districts of Jharkhand state in eastern India. Jamtara town is the administrative headquarters of this district. The district is situated between 23°10′ and 24°05′ north latitudes and 86°30′ and 87°15′ east longitudes.

History

The district was carved out on 26 April 2001 by separating four blocks-Kundhit, Nala, Jamtara and Narayanpur—of the erstwhile Dumka district. Earlier, it was a sub-division. In its long history it was a part of Birbhum under the Hetampur Raj and the Bardhaman Maharaja-Dhiraj.There are a few surviving former raj families in the district. Raja of Jamtara left everlasting impression on the culture and lives of the people of Jamtara and the adjoining area.The Zamindar family of Jamjuri had influence over a major portion of Kundahit and Fatehpur blocks. There are several historical sites waiting for study and exploration. The region was disturbed during the Santal Insurrection of 1854-55 under Siddhu and Kanhu. It is said[by whom?] that the insurgents moved village to village and gained sympathy. Legends are that one village headman, Gopal Mandal of Madhopur,now in Fatehpur Block, faced them with great honour, when all other villagers of the vicinity fled. He offered three muns of rice to the leaders and a night feast in the village ground. Scholar and intellectual Dr. Sharat Kumar Mandal is his grandson’s grandson. Siddhu was captured at Ghatiyari, Narayanpur, now in this district. After the insurgence, a separate Santal Pargana district was created. Prior to the formation of Bihar, it was a part of Bengal. The people of this area speak Maithili and Hindi, but Santali is the language of tribals. Bengali is also widely spoken.

Amit Besra, a well-known author and philanthropist, has brought Jamtara to the world map. He is the author of the bestselling novel It’s Dying Time – A Chilling Indian Thriller published in the year 2010 and Be The Change published in the year 2013.He is also the owner of the websites www.thesanthalexpress.in and www.viewmoviesreview.in.

Economy
In 2006 the Indian government named Jamtara one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).It is one of the 21 districts in Jharkhand currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).

Geography

Jamtara is located at 23.95°N 86.8°E.It has an average elevation of 155 metres (508 feet).

It is located 250 km from Ranchi, the state capital. It has an area of 1801 km². Distance from other major cities like from Howrah is 260 km and from Patna is 290 km.

It came into existence on 26 April 2001. The small district of Jharkhand state consists of only 4 blocks. It was created by carving out four blocks from DUMKA District.

Other towns in this district are Karmatar, Nala, Kundahit, Narayanpur and Fatehpur. The fast flowing Ajay River passes through the district and verdant forest areas cover the district. Unexplored and unspoiled natural beauty is the trademark of the district.

Tourism

With pristine clear river waters, high cliffs and dense jungles, Jamtara is an adventure tourist’s paradise. Beautiful waterfalls, sharp cliffs, rolling green hills and panoramic locations make Jamtara a rustic yet scenic vacation spot.

Scenic beauty enraptures while the vibrant tribal culture and hospitality of the town is worth an experience. With more people coming to Jamtara for both commercial and vacation purpose, innumerable hotels and small guesthouses have come up that serve a variety of cuisines. Parwat Vihar Park is located 5 km away from Jamtara Railway Station. It is a favourite Place for tourists who come to Jamtara. It attracts children and elders alike. The sunrise and sunset from here is a charming scene. It is situated in the Northern Side of Jamtara

karamdaha temple of Dukhia Mahadev is situated 44 km from Jamtara railway station. A huge fair is held at this place every year from 14 jan to 27 jan.

Amit Besra, a well-known author and philanthropist, has brought Jamtara to the world map. He is the author of the bestselling novel It’s Dying Time – A Chilling Indian Thriller published in the year 2010 and Be The Change published in the year 2013.