A travel Guide to Jharkhand
Jharkhand, India is a state in Eastern India, famous for its natural resources and vivid wildlife. Natively known as the “land of forests”, it is the ultimate destination for nature and wildlife lovers. Present-day Jharkhand is one of the most industry-rich areas in the country.
Since the Mughal dynasty, Jharkhand has been well known for its rich minerals and handlooms. It was one of the first places in India where diamonds were commercially mined. Since those days, Jharkhand has come a long way to become an independent state of Democratic India.
Jharkhand is popular for its natural beauty. It is a place filled with waterfalls, valleys, and a variety of flora and fauna. The most notable Jharkhand tourist attractions are Dassam Falls, Baba Baidyanath mandir, jubilee park, Kanke dam and Ghatshila.
From breathtaking natural beauty to modern engineering and architectural marvels, Jharkhand Tours has a lot to offer. Since medieval times, the state of Jharkhand has been a centre of learning and culture. The state has maintained the prestige to date, thanks to various institutes and research centres. Situated on the banks of rivers Damodar, Barakar, Baitarani, and Son, Jharkhand is a hidden gem of India. Here is a detailed insight into Jharkhand tourism.
Places to visit in Jharkhand
1. Dassam Falls
Also known as Dassam Ghagh, it is the flagship among Jharkhand tourist places. It is located 336 m above sea level and is near the Taimara Valley in Ranchi. Water from the Kanchi river falls from a height of 44 meters to create this spectacular waterfall. Visited by locals and tourists alike, Dassam Falls is famous for its crystal clear waters, beautiful flora, and natural wildlife, which resides in the nearby forests. Dassan waterfalls is a 25 minutes drive from the capital city of Ranchi.
Often referred to as “Queen of Chota Nagpur”, Netarhat is a beautiful hill station located 156 km from the capital city of Ranchi. A Jharkhand travel guide is incomplete without a visit to this great place. Situated 1071 meters above sea level, Netarhat boasts great natural beauty. The hill station has abundant viewpoints, waterfalls, and a National Park. The dense vegetation and lush green forests make Netarhat a paradise for various wild animals. It is the home to rare wild animals like elephants, Bengal Tigers, deers and gaur.
3. Patratu Valley
It is a beautiful valley located in the northeast of Jharkhand. Patratu Valley is a 35 km drive from Ranchi, situated 405 meters above sea level. The valley is famous for its greenery, mesmerising beauty, and wildlife, which makes it a top contender among Jharkhand tourist places. Tourists can enjoy a beautiful road trip the valley has to offer. Patratu valley is filled with small waterfalls and natural springs, which give this place a heavenly vibe. The most rewarding part of visiting Patratu valley is the viewpoint overlooking lush greenish and zig-zag roads.
4. Rock Garden
This world-famous sculpture garden is located on the banks of Sukhna lake. Nek Chandra Saini, a government official, created this beautiful modern marvel during his spare time in 1957. Since then, the garden has been a paradise for photographers and rock enthusiasts alike. Most sculptures in the garden are made from recycled materials which were collected from nearby towns. Inside the garden sits numerous man-made waterfalls, terracotta sculptures, and a Doll Museum.
5. Bhagwan Birsa Zoological Park
Jharkhand tourism is filled with various wildlife sanctuaries and zoological parks, which are scattered throughout this marvellous state. Bhagwan Birsa Zoological Park is one of the most well-known wildlife sanctuaries among them. 20 km from the capital city of Ranchi, this zoological park is one of the most beautiful ad progressive zoos in India. A major part of the park is inhabited by animals like tigers, lions, apes, deers and bison. The rest of the area is a botanical garden. Every year the thousands of tourists visit this amazing zoological park. It is advisable to stay in hotels in Ranchi so that you can spend some time in the park and easily return to your hotel.
Things to do in Jharkhand
The “land of forests” has a lot to offer. Here are a few things to do in Jharkhand.
Trekking and Kayaking in Giridih
Trekking and Kayaking are some of the most sought-after Jharkhand attractions. One can enjoy both of these in Giridih, a small district in Jharkhand situated on the lap of Parasnath hills. The hilly location and welcoming climate of the area make the small town of Giridih and its neighbouring areas a paradise for trekkers, campers, and Kayakers. Giridih boasts great natural beauty with waterfalls, lush green tropical forests, and numerous trekking spots. Ushri river flows through Giridih, banks of which is a go-to spot for fishing and boating. The rocky course of the river and its astounding natural beauty makes it lucrative to photographers and boggers.
Bird watching in Udhwa Lake Bird Sanctuary
Another of the sought-after Jharkhand attractions is bird watching. During the winter, many migratory birds from central Asia fly to the warm, temperate grassland of Jharkhand. Udhwa Lake Bird Sanctuary is famous for bird watching and safari. One can spend hours gazing through the vast grasslands and exploring its natural beauty, which extends for 5.65km area. The most common birds are the Pipit, Bulbul, Hill Myna, Sparrow, Bee-eaters, Siberian Lark, and Blue Rock Pigeon.
Camping near Jonha Falls
Located in the capital district of Ranchi, Johna Falls is a major attraction in Jharkhand tourism. The river Radh has flowed through the rocky plateau of Ranchi for centuries creating this marvel of nature. Many campers, wildlife photographers, and trekkers come to Johna fall to adore its natural beauty. Shops in this area usually rent camping equipment like tents, sickles and sleeping bags to tourists who want to camp on the banks of Radh river.
Jungle Safari in Betla National Park
Betla National forest is famous throughout India for its natural beauty and blooming wildlife. Jungle Safari on an elephant’s back through the Betla National Park is a must on the list of Jharkhand attractions. Betla National Park is located a few km from the hill station of Netarhat. Tourists can enjoy other fun activities like trekking, camping, and bird-watching in Betla too.
Tour of Temples in Jharkhand
Jharkhand has abundant temples located in every part of the state. Each temple is dedicated to a unique God or Goddess and symbolises the power of faith and devotion in man. Cultural tours of those temples are something that everyone can enjoy. All major hotels in Jharkhand provide the option for a cultural tour in their brochure.
Best time to visit Jharkhand
The best time to visit Jharkhand is between the months of October to March. During this time the climate of the state is pleasing and many migratory birds fly here, multiplying the scenic beauty of this splendid place.
The best season to visit Jharkhand is during winters and early monsoons. In summers, the temperature could rise to a staggering 40 degrees. During late winters, all tourist spots and hotels in Jharkhand are closed for maintenance and renovation.
How to reach Jharkhand
If you are thinking about how to reach Jharkhand, here are some tips you can follow.
By Roadways: Jharkhand is connected to the rest of India via an efficient road system. One can take a cab from the cities of West Bengal and Bihar, and be here within 9 hours of a road trip.
By Railways: Direct trains are available from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Patana. Ranchi. Bokaro, Ranchi, Dhanbad, Tata and Gomo are the major railway stations in Jharkhand.
By Airways: Jharkhand has 5 domestic and 1 international airport. The best way is to take direct flights to Ranchi Birsa Munda Airport. Flights to this airport are available from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.
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