Paschim Medinipur district or West Midnapore district is among one of the biggest districts of West Bengal. It was formed on January 1, 2002 after the partition of Midnapore into Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur. Medinipur district is much enriched in its archaeology. Pre-historic features of this region can be proved from its stone age evidences, which are collected from the river-beds of Subarnarekha, Kansavati and Tarapheni.
This is the land of red soil and sal forest. Garbeta is associated with the history of Layek revolt. In the early 19th century, the Chuar revolt against the British was held on this dry red field. According to history, the revolt was named as Layek revolt of Bagri or Paik revolt. During summer, the air becomes heated, hence, the name of the field is Gangani, i.e., heated.
Hijli Eco-Park is an amusement park located at a distance of 12 km from the centre of the city of Kharagpur, close to the world-famous Indian Institute of Technology. The total area of this Eco-Park is 14.00 Hectare. This plot is covered with diverse forest plantation. In this park many facilities are provided for public amusement such as picnic spot, deer enclave, children playing ground, medicinal herbs museum with wild animal murals.
Belpahari is a forest paradise under the Dolma Hills, located at a distance of 45 km from Jhargram. Foothills at Belpahari are thickly forested by a variety of tropical trees. Shaal, Mahua, Piyal, Sonajhuri, Shirish and Eucalyptus are some of the common hardwood trees.