Posing as an interesting challenge and place of adventure for rock climbers and nature lovers alike, Jaychandi Hill or Joychandi Pahar is still vastly unexplored and does not find place on the itinerary of tour operators. This hill is named after Goddess Chandi and is also visited for a small temple built in her honor, on the top. The region is also home to an abandoned tower and a number of pretty and small lakes. It’s believed that the tower was used by dacoits inhabiting the area in the ages gone by. The temple of Chandi Ma can be reached via 400 steps. The act proves to be taxing for most people, as the journey takes the interested through barren and dry terrains –completely bereft of water, food or any place for resting. As the hill is located far away from the nearest village in the area and faces extreme climatic conditions, it is well advised to carry a lot of water and foodstuff with you.
A simple way of accessing Joychandi Pahar is by travelling to Raghunathpur from Purulia. You may savor small bites at the restaurants on the roadside. You can reach the base of the trekking route via tuk-tuks—that operate as local means of transport in the region. As there are no other public conveyance near Joychandi Pahar, you must remember to call back your driver on time. This temple is shut between 12 noon and 4pm, so time your visit accordingly. Here, you will also find a water vendor—who has been serving water to pilgrims on a first come, first serve basis since years—exactly at 4 pm. This interesting location was used by Bengali film director Satyajit Ray, for his film Hirak Rajar Deshe or Kingdom of Diamonds.