Exploring offbeat destinations is always fun. And it opens up opportunities to explore the unknown. You can even spot some of nature's splendid wonders, which you may not have expected. My annual vacation after the Durga Puja festival in India was spent visiting such an offbeat place. I had traveled to Jamshedpur, a place located in the state of Jharkhand in the eastern region of India. Popularly known as Steel City, it has certain beautiful sightseeing and serene spots to visit. One of them is “Domohani“. The word is in colloquial language and if you translate it in English, it means “meeting point of two rivers”.
The Significance of Domohani
Domohani is the meeting point or the confluence of the rivers Subarnarekha and Kharkai. The place is quite a favorite among the locals. You can find them spending a quiet evening soaking into the peace and calmness of the surroundings. It is amazing to watch the waters of the rivers converging here; the color difference in the waters is observed significantly. People even spend a day at the banks of the meeting point for a picnic. There are few open spaces near the riverbeds which serve as an ideal spot for sitting and relaxing while watching the setting sun spread a golden hue across the sky.
Interesting facts about the river Subarnarekha
The river Subarnarekha flows across the states of west bengal, Jharkhand, and Odisha, all located in the eastern part of India. The word “Subarnarekha” is a local word meaning streaks of gold in English. There is a belief that people found traces of gold near the river bed and hence the name Subarnarekha or Swarnarekha. The spectacular Hundru Falls is created from the river, falling from a height of about 322 feet. Several tribal communities depend on the waters of the river for their livelihood.
Interesting facts about the river Kharkai
“Kharkai” is a local word meaning fast flowing. It flows along Adityapur, a region in Jamshedpur. The river bed is very fertile and is suitable for the growth of rice. You can find many paddy fields in this region, enriched by the river waters. It is essentially a tributary of the river Subarnarekha. There is also a dam named after the river at Odisha.
The Scenic Beauty at Domohani
You need to travel to Sonari for visiting Domohani. There is a paved sloping pathway for approaching the river banks. The place remains calm and quiet except for the traffic passing by. You can hear the chirping of the birds, entertainment for the ears. The best time to visit the place is either during the sunrise or at the sunset. The solitude prevailing at the place is bliss. The sun rays reflecting on the river waters create a sparkling effect. Away from the maddening crowd of city life, it's a surreal treat for your heart and mind. The huge Eucalyptus trees surrounding the place, create a sensational soothing feel with their cool breeze effect.
The scenic beauty of the place portrays an artistic touch of a painter. You can transport yourself into dreamland while engulfing the freshness of the air. The purity in the air refreshes the mind and brings in energy. For nature lovers, this place is a perfect one to spend some good time with family and friends. You can even enjoy a solo time at Domohani for unwinding yourself in the vicinity of nature.
I wish I can spend hours at this beautiful tranquil place. But time has its limit, so had to leave the place with the hope of visiting it again soon.
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