Top 10 Places to Visit in Jharkhand
#1 Jagannath Temple, Ranchi
Jagannath temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. It is similar to the Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha. It is also built with the same architectural style, in a smaller size. In the month of Ashaada, there is a rath yatra, a fair cum yatra that is held annually. This fair attracts thousands of tribal and non- tribal devotees from many places and is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety. The best time to visit this temple is during this fair in the month of Ashaada and since this temple is located on a hilltop, there are two options to reach the top. One way is to reach it by a walk by climbing all the stairs. If you are doing so, ensure that you take stop in between so that you do not get tired. Another way is to go by the vehicle route. This is a route that is usually opted by many. The view of the city from the top of the hill is just exhilarating.
#2 Dassam Falls
The Dassam Falls or the Dassam Ghagh is located near the Taimara village in the Bundu Police station in the Ranchi district of Jharkhand. Dassam means Da:song in Mundari language. Here, Da means water and song means the act of pouring or measuring. The waterfall resembles very much to someone pouring water and so it derived its name Da:song which was then changed to Dassam. It is a natural cascade across the Kanchi river which falls from a height of 44 metres. The sound of the water echoes all around the place and it is also a beautiful sight to behold. The water of the Dassam falls is very clear and clean and hence-- people are very excited to swim or bathe in it. However, it is advised that you do not go into this water because it generates electricity. All in all, this is a must-visit place if you are visiting Jharkhand!
#3 Palamu Fort, Daltonganj
The Palamu Kila are two ruined forts which are about 20 km away from Dlatonganj, which is located in Jharkhand. The original fort was built on the plains and the other fort was built on the hill. These forts were built when the Cheero dynasty was ruling. The architecture is in the Islamic style, which shows the conquering of the Islamic ruler of that time. The old fort was built completely while the new fort was built incompletely. Visit these forts to see the architecture and bask in the glory of the sunset, enjoying a good book.
#4 Netarhat Hill Station, Latehar
Netarhat is the queen of Chota Nagpur in the state of Jharkhand. It is a plateau covered with thick dense forests and it is the main hill station on the Jharkhand tourism map. These hills are famous for their sunrise/ sunset viewpoint and the Magnolia viewpoint is one of the best viewpoints there is. It is at a distance of 10 km from Netarhat. Ensure that you take a pair of binoculars with you so that you can also appreciate the Koel viewpoint which is at a distance of 3 km away from the Netarhat. You can reach this hill station from both Ranchi and Daltonganj. Ensure that this place is a must-visit in your itinerary!
#5 Sun Temple, Ranchi
The Sun Temple, Ranchi is one of the best temples which you can visit. It is located on the Tata road near Bundu. It is a fairly new built temple in the state Jharkhand. The temple's structure is elegant and it is designed around the pond around the Chhatavrathis. The shape of the complex of the temple is like that of a chariot with 18 wheels and seven horses which are ready to take off at any moment. If you are visiting this temple, be prepared to get mesmerised by not only the temple but also by the lavishness of the surroundings of the temple. Even the route to the temple offers a picturesque view of the Chota Nagpur Platue Region. Just be prepared to get your mind blown off when you visit this lovely temple!
#6 Jubilee Park, Jamshedpur
Jubilee Park, an urban park located in Jamshedpur city, is a popular destination for those who wish to have a picnic outdoors and enjoy some recreational activities outdoors. It is very popular amongst people who cycle and jog. It has a huge fountain in the centre and also a zoo, which is its main attraction. It is a must-visit on all tourist lists and it was a gift from the Tata Steel Company to the people of Jamshedpur. It was built by keeping the Vrindavan Gardens of Mysore as an inspiration. It is also known as the Mughal Gardens of Jamshedpur. The next time you visit Jharkhand, ensure that this one is on your itinerary.
#7 Shikharji Mountain Peak, Giridih
Shikharji mountain peak is located on Parasnath hill and it is the highest mountain peak in the state of Jharkhand. It is a very important pilgrimage site to the Jains as it is believed that twenty of the twenty-four Tirthankaras and many monks attained moksha on this mountain peak. Therefore, this is a very holy place for Jains. It is 44kms in distance and the shortest route takes up to 12 hours to walk up and down the hill. Shikarji means "venerable peak." It also means "peak of concentration." The usage of Shikharji peak as a tourist destination also impacts the religious beliefs of the Jains. Therefore, when you visit this place, be sensitive of the beliefs of the Jains and you shall have a wonderful time there!
#8 Maithon Dam, Dhanbad
Maithon, located on the banks of the river Barakar, is 48 Kms from the Coal City of Dhanbad. The dam with an underground power station is one of its kind in the whole southeast Asia. Maithon Dam was built by Damodar Valley Corporation in the year 1948. The underground power station can generate up to 60,000 KW of electric power. The dam is located amidst a beautiful lake and green forests. Boating can be done on the lake with your friends and family if you wish to do so. Also, you can take a stroll amongst the green forests and the one thing you must definitely not miss is the pleasure of watching the sunrise and the sunset. It is just very delightful for everyone. If you are spiritual-minded then you must also visit the ancient temple of Mother Goddess Kalyaneshwari.
#9 Rock Garden, Ranchi
Whether you want to enjoy some quiet time or take your better half on a date-- this location in Jharkhand is the perfect one for you! It is the Rock Garden which is located in Kanke Road, Ranchi. It is located just at the base of the hill of the Kanke dam. This garden was built using the rocks of the Gonda and so, you should be a tad bit careful while in the garden because you can bruise easily. There are irregularities and ridges on the surfaces of these rocks. It also has various forms of sculptures and waterfalls which add tremendously to the beauty of this garden. Also, the best part about this garden is the sunset. Please ensure that if you ever visit Jharkhand, it is definitely in your itinerary to view the sunset from this garden!
#10 Hundru Falls, Ranchi
Hundru falls, the 34th highest waterfalls in the country India, is one of the most famous tourist locations situated in the Ranchi district of the Indian state Jharkhand. They are created on the course of Subarnarekha river where it falls from the height of 98 meters. It is described as one of the most spectacular sights to behold. At the base of the Hrundu falls, there is a pool, which forms as a bathing place. In the dry seasons, this pool acts as a great picnic spot. To reach the waterfalls, one has to travel about 45 kms from Ranchi, off the Ranchi- Purulia road. It is about 21 kms off the main road. So, buckle up and do not miss to visit this waterfall when you go to Jharkhand the next time!
Street Shopping in Jharkhand
Street Shopping in Jharkhand is exciting and fun and it is all about the handicrafts which are local to the place. The items on sale will definitely give you a clear idea of the rich culture of the place. The handicrafts, made by the tribals in the state, maintain the rich tradition of the state. These products are classy and unique and the craftsmanship is worthy of praise.
Paitkar paintings, which were on the verge of extinction, are now being promoted by the government. The other handicrafts of the state of Jharkhand are stone carvings, metalwork, ornaments, woodwork and bamboo works. Add all of these to your shopping list on your visit to Jharkhand.
Moreover, you can enjoy local and street shopping in markets like Basanti Market, Riyada Bhavan Market and MS Market. All these markets offer a wide collection of handicrafts, local food, local clothing and also jewelry that you do not want to miss. Do not forget to visit them and also try out the local cuisines there apart from just shopping!
Bonus Tip-- What to Pack for Your Trip to Jharkhand?
- Always ensure that you carry loose-fitting and breathable clothing so that you can make sure that you remain comfortable when you travel to Jharkhand as the climate there can be extreme (depending on the season)
- Take a scarf or two so that it comes in handy when you enter various temples. This way, you won't be offending anyone in the temple and you will also be able to enjoy the serenity of the temple.
- If you are travelling to Jharkhand, a sunscreen is a must. To take and ensure that you have healthy skin, carry a bottle or two of sunscreen and keep applying it on your body.
- Dry Shampoo is your best friend because there might or might not be enough water at all the places you go to in Jharkhand. Therefore, a bottle of dry shampoo will be your best friend when you encounter that situation.
How Best to Reach Jharkhand?
#1 Reaching Jharkhand by Road
Jharkhand is well connected to other cities via road as there are several bus options available for one to travel. It is very easy to take a bus from Patna or Kolkata or Gaya and reach Jharkhand. You can also reach Jharkhand in your own car if you wish to do so or you can also opt to hire a private cab to take you to Jharkhand. It is well connected from the north and the east and on the west, it can get a bit tricky as it is a mountainous region. The road from the south is being developed.
#2 Reaching Jharkhand by Rail
The railway system is competent, allowing one to reach Jharkhand at any time you wish to. Ranchi has one railway station and Jamshedpur has another one. Some of the trains run daily, except Sundays while other trains run only twice a week. It is better that you check the trains before you book them. You can get to Jharkhand from Delhi, Kolkata and Patna cities.
#3 Reaching Jharkhand by Air
Jharkhand does not have many domestic airports. It has one airport in Ranchi which is quite busy, despite its size and it receives flights from all the major airlines. It also receives flights from all the major cities of India, thereby making it easier to reach Jharkhand from any major city of India. There are many taxis outside of the airport which you can hire to take you to your desired destination.
The abundant natural beauty of Jharkhand along with its several attractions such as holy shrines, museums, and wildlife sanctuaries, together contribute towards Jharkhand tourism. This East Indian state was carved out of the southern part of Bihar, forming a mixed culture in the state, which has a dominant tribal population. So, if you are not sure where to go and what to see in Jharkhand, the list of must-see tourist places above can help you get the best holiday experience of your life.