The hustle bustle of the city life has never attracted me. The “top 10 tourist spots” of every city have always failed to lure me. Being a highly introverted person, my energy drains around people. I hate to go to parks or gardens or any such places which require a lot of human interactions. You can say I am allergic to humans. I wish we had parks with big signboards stating “Humans not allowed”; I would have loved to trespass.
At times when I feel extremely low, my search for places with no or few human footprint re-begins. I have uncovered one such place, quite a long ago, in my hometown Jamshedpur, which can be called as the dream spot for an introvert traveler. The place which no one will find listed among the so-called “Best places to visit in Jamshedpur”.
Domuhani (meaning in English: a place where two rivers meet), where river Kharkai meets river Subarnarekha is one of my favorite nature spots in the city. It is located in the River Meet Road, Sonari.
The Subarnarekha River (also called the Swarnarekha River) flows through the Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. As per tradition, gold was mined near the origin of the river at a village named Piska near Ranchi. This is why it was named Subarnarekha, meaning “streak of gold”. Legend has it that traces of gold were found in the river bed. Even now, people look for traces of gold particles in its sandy beds. The name is a combination of two words meaning gold and line/ streak in Indian languages. After originating near piska/nagri, near Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, the Subarnarekha traverses a long distance through Ranchi, Seraikela Kharsawan and East Singhbhum districts in the state. Thereafter, it flows for shorter distances through Paschim Medinipur district in West Bengal for 83 kilometres (52 mi) and Balasore district of Odisha. There, it flows for 79 kilometres (49 mi) and joins the Bay of Bengal near Talsari. The total length of the river is 395 kilometres (245 mi). – Wiki
The Kharkai River is a river in eastern India. It is one of the major tributaries of the Subarnarekha River. It flows through Adityapur region of Jamshedpur. It arises in Mayurbhanj district, Odisha, on the north slopes of Darbarmela Parbat and the western slopes of Tungru Pahar, of the Simlipal Massif. It flows past Rairangpur and heads north to about Saraikela and then east, entering the Subarnarekha in northwestern Jamshedpur. Its tributaries in Orissa include the Kardkai, on the left; the Kandria, Nusa and Barhai on the right; and the Karanjia on the left. For about 9 kilometres (6 mi) below the junction with the Karanjia, the Kharkai forms the boundary between Odisha and Jharkhand State. After entering Jharkhand its tributaries include the Torlo and Ili Gara on the left. Its last major tributary is the Sanjai, entering from the left, 17 kilometres (11 mi), as the river flows, above its mouth.
The entire place is surrounded by large Eucalyptus trees and green fields. I have seen this place gradually developing over time. When I was a child, I used to sit on the bank and admire the two beautiful female rivers flowing freely and fearlessly. It is a perfect place to find inner peace and strength and also not to forget this is one of the best places for pre-wedding photo-shoot. The ideal time to visit Domuhani is during sunrise and sunset. Yeah! the most exciting part is you can also take a boat ride to the nearby villages.
P.S: Do not forget to carry some snacks and cold drinks to have a mini picnic 😀