If you want to spend some time close to nature, Simultala can be one of the best choices. You will find the place in colours if you visit it during spring, which is the flowering season .Last year January we visited with my group friends. It was a great experience. We started our trip from Howrah railway station, West bengal boarding Baag Express at 8:05p.m. we reached at Simultala around 3 a.m . When we reached there, we found there was no electricity in that place. The whole place was like covered with silvery moonlight. We walked for a while and reached to a place, which we can say a rest house of some pre-independence age. It was a huge house covered with moonlight, but inside it was all shadow. There was no light inside. so all of us there went to sleep as they were tired of the journey, and there was lack of place for one.
Simultala is in Bihar’s Jamui district there is Jhajha block where in lies a small kasba by the name of Simultala with an area of a few hundred sq. kms and a population of about 10000. Lying in nature’s lap is Simultala surrounded by the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains. Adding to the beauty of this setting is a stream that flows by. Away from the din of the cities, is this small pollution free heavenly location where many Zamindars from Bengal had bought huge pieces of land and built bungalows. They used to visit these bungalows during favorable climate or to recuperate. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Sharadchandra and many such eminent writers of those times have enjoyed the nature’s bounty at Simultala. A legend of his times, the owner of the film company “New Theaters”, Calcutta, Shri B.N. Sarkar’s bungalow at Simultala is a living testimony of its glorious past.
There are quite a few attractions in Simultala
You can also go to the queen’s palace located on the outskirts of Simultala. Being located on the Chota Nagpur Plateau, the place is full of undulating lands and hillocks.
The Lattupahar is a popular one. You can go there and climb to the top of Lattupahar, to get a view of the village from that height. Lattupahar, about one and half km away from the Simultala railway station, at an elevation of 1000 feet, is the most imperative attraction of Simultala. The spectacle of sunset from Lattupahar is breathtaking. The shooting of the Satyajit Roy’s movie called “Surja Doba” (Sunset) was done here in Lattupahar.
Besides, you can also spend a day on a trip to the Dharara, which is basically a river basin. Though it remains dry through most parts of the year, if you are visiting the place in the rainy seasons, you are going to get it filled with water.
If you are looking for some luxurious hotels for staying in Simultala, you are likely to be disappointed. There is hardly any so-called hotel in this hamlet. Yet, you need to have an idea about where to stay in Simultala before you visit the place. Simultala was one of the most popular places among the Bengalis in the earlier times. Simultala was regarded as one of the most popular health resorts. Rich Bengali people used to come to this place to spend their holidays or for retrieving their health. Many of them had even constructed bungalows in Simultala. Many of these are provided on rent now-a-days. You can book any of these before going to this beautiful village in Bihar.
Food: Cooking yourself while in these bungalows in Simultala can be a good option. You can also ask the caretaker to help you with this process. You can also go for the roadside restaurants that offer local dishes. Besides, this place is quite well known for different types of sweets, such as chaana-murki, gulab jamun and others. You will also get the Indian snacks, such as samosas in the small shops of Simultala
Safety: You should also stay safe, as there had been reports of Naxalite activities in the area in the past. Try not to walk into lonely forests. Staying out during the evening should also be avoided.