The newfound state Jharkhand represents a heady mix of tourist attractions evergreen forests, wildlife, lakes, waterfalls, scenic beauty, health and holiday resorts and a soothing climate. Carved out of Bihar, Jharkhand is set in the picturesque Chhotanagpur Plateau in eastern India. It shares its borders with Bihar in the North, Chhattisgarh in the West, Orissa in the South and West Bengal in the East. It comprises 18 districts with Ranchi as its capital.
Surrounded by lush green hills, Jharkhand is renowned for its rich mineral wealth, untouched beauty of the wooded forest, amazing wild life, and magnificent waterfalls. The rich and diverse culture and breathtaking scenic splendour of Jharkhand draw large number of tourists every year.
The vibrant state of Jharkhand is rising as a hot destination for adventure tourists. Adventure tourism in Jharkhand is in developing stage offering scuba diving, rafting, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboat, paragliding, parasailing, mountaineering, trekking, jungle safaris and host of other activities. The list of popular adventure spots includes Sita falls, Dimna Lake, Kanke dam, Buridih Lake, Chandil Lake, Massanjore, Maithon dam, Sahebganj, Tillaiyya dam, Tenughat, Betla, Kelaghagh (Simdega), Rukka dam, Hazaribagh and Chandwa.
Jharkhand is also famous for pilgrimages, most visited destinations being Rajrappa, Parasnath, Sun Temple, Baidyanathdham (Deoghar), Jagannathpur Temple and Hill, Anjangram and many more.
Interestingly, there are 32 different tribal communities in Jahrkhand, major one being Santhals, Oraons, Mundas and Hos. The predominant communities have their strong presence in the state that is reflected through their festivals, rituals, music, language and literature. Their lifestyles are also so distinct that they have influenced the characteristics of the areas they dwell. In fact, in some of the districts of Jharkhand, the tribal population predominates over the non-tribal one! So inevitably tribal tourism is making its mark in this state.
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The major tourist attractions in Jharkhand include Ma Chhina Mastika temple, Tribal Research Institute and museum, Tagore Hill, Kanke Dam, War Cemetery, Mc Cluskieganj, Betla National Park, Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, Netarhat, Parasnath hill, Hundru Falls, and Deogarh. The popular Jharkhand travel destinations are Hazaribagh, Netarhat, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Palmau
By Air: Ranchi Airport is the main airport of Jharkhand, which is well connected with Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai by regular flights.
By Rail: Ranchi Railway Station and Hazaribagh are the main railheads of Jharkhand. Several express trains connect Ranchi and Hazaribagh with Patna, Kolkata, Rourkela, New Delhi and other significant places of India.
By Road: Ranchi, the capital city is situated at the junction of National Highways 23 and 33. A wide network of roads connects various places of Jharkhand with each other and rest of the country.
Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Jharkhand is in winters (October to March) as summers are extremely hot and humid.
Ranchi, called the city of Water falls and Lakes presides over the young state of Jharkhand that was carved out of the state of Bihar few years back. The name Ranchi comes from "archi" an Oraon/Kurukh word for the farmer's "baton" in use while ploughing. Situated in Chota Nagpur Valley at an altitude of 2,140 ft above sea level, Ranchi is set amidst wonderful rolling hills, criss-crossed by little steams and rivulets that resound with gushing waterfalls. It is famous for its pleasant climate, tribal culture and an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife in surrounding areas. For the adventure freaks the place also offers some popular wildlife parks.
Ranchi also boasts of several reputed educations institutions and an important place for the study of triple ways of life. Ranchi offers excellent opportunity to those who are interested in Anthropology. Due to the presence of abundance of natural resources Ranchi is also emerging as an industrial town and houses a number of industrial complexes, making it frequently visited by the business travelers. With so many attractions and originality that Ranchi has to offer it makes for an excellent destination for holiday and you must plan a visit to this charming city.
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Ranchi Hill and Pahari Mandir: is one of the landmark of Ranchi Town. The Shiva temple is situated on the top of the hill also known as Pahari Mandir. At the bottom of the hill is Ranchi Lake. Ranchi lake was excavated by Colonel Onsely in 1842.
Jagannathpur Temple: 10 km apart from Ranchi town Jagannathpur temple was built in 1691 having resemblance with architectural style of Puri temple. Rath yatra similar to Puri is held every year.
Sun Temple: is built by Sanskriti Vihar headed by Sitaram Maroo. It is situated at a distance of 40 kms on Ranchi Tata Road. It is built in the form of a Chariot with 18 wheels drawn by 7 white horses. It is surrounded by a pond which is used by devotees during Chhath Puja for worshipping of Sun.
Angrabari (Amreshwar Dham): is a temple consisting of the deity of Lord Shiva, Ram and Sita, Hanuman and Ganesh. It is situated near Khunti at a distance of about 40 kms from Ranchi
By Air: Ranchi airport is connected to major cities of India. Indian Airlines and many other airlines connect Ranchi with Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Kolkata.
By Rail: Ranchi on South-Eastern railway is connected to all parts of the country through several express and super-fast trains. Some of the important trains connecting Ranchi to major cities are Rajdhani Express and Sampark Kranti Express to Delhi, Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express to Kolkata.
By Road: Jamshedpur 140 Kms, Patna 340 kms, Chaibasa – 130 Kms, Dhanbad - 170 Kms, Gaya - 220 Kms, Rourkela - 250 Kms, Hazaribagh - 100 Kms, Bokaro Steel City - 110 Kms, Gumla - 80 Kms, Jamshedpur - 140 kms, Kolkata - 415 Kms,
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