Jharkhand, “The land of forests“, is known to possess diverse physical features like hills and forests within the territory. The territory of Jharkhand possesses a wide range of tourist’s sites that attracts tourists from the different parts of the world to come to the territory of Jharkhand. Waterfalls, lakes and dams in Jharkhand are favourite hub for photographers. None the less are lakes and dams which are highly in demand during the picnic seasons.
Also in last few years, Jharkhand’s scenic beauty attracted more bollywood filmmakers. Movies like Udaan and Gangs of wasseypur were shot in Jharkhand.
Few of those heart warming beautiful places are :-
Popular as “Queen of Chotanagpur”-Netarhat, located at 3500 feet. Road to Netarhat is perfectly awesome with dense forests, cold breeze, hilly curves, mysterious sunrays through large leafs and loneliness. Tiny hill station with few hotels. The culture, people, places, market, waterfall, river, sunrise, sunset. etc everything so hypnotic that if anybody goes for few days would want to remain there for rest of their life. The only way to reach Netarhat is by road.
Famous school of Netarhat, i.e, Netarhat Residential School has produced toppers of Jharkhand (earlier Bihar) year after year. The whole atmosphere is based on Guru Kul – away from home, staying in Ashrams, simple and country made dress based on the Gandhian philosophy.
2. Jubilee Park
The Jubilee Park is a unique gift from the man popularly known as the “Father of Indian Industry”, i.e. , Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata. The same man, who changed the fortune of a small village into a big township. Gifted by the Tata Group on the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of the city in 1958, the Jubilee Park is also known as the Mughal Garden of Jamshedpur. The park has been aesthetically adorned with lush green gardens, flower beds and illuminated fountains to make it look lavishly attractive. A recreational centre for children, with a number of joyful rides, was built inside the park to keep them entertained.
The Park dons a heavenly look on the birth anniversary of Jamshetji Tata celebrated on the 3rd of March. The celestial beauty of the park makes it a definite visit in the city of Jamshedpur.
3. Patratu Valley
Patratu is a small town, 40 kms away from Ranchi and is known for the Jindal Thermal Power Station. Flanked by hills covered with lush green trees, red and violet flowers and honey bees humming, the Pithouria-Patratu Valley is no less attractive than the valleys on the Gangtok-Nathula,Dehradun-Mussouri and Raxaul-Kathmandu roads in terms of natural elegance. Of course, the hills along the Pithouria-Patratu stretch are devoid of snow, unlike the ones on Gangtok-Nathula. But green saal, sakhuwa and bamboos with flowers, in a riot of colours, more than make up for the absence of snow. The jingle-jangle of waterfalls and rivulets rushing through the stones, soothed the ears, and eyes, even more than any maestro’s music.
Deoghar is a famous health resort and a major Hindu pilgrimage center. Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar holds one of the twelve ‘Shiva Jyothirlingams‘ and is also one of the 51 saktipeeths in India. The most important seasonal fairs held at Deoghar are on the occasion of Shivratri, Shravana Sombari and Shri Panchami. Among other important fairs and meals are-Gopastmi mela, Dussehra mela, Makar Sankranti mela, Newan mela and Durga Puja.
5. Bhatinda Fall
Bhatinda Falls is one of the famous picnic spots in Dhanbad. Situated amidst greenery and rocky landscape Bhatinda Falls welcomes lots of tourists during winters. It is located at a distance of 14km from Dhanbad Station at Moonidih.
A mesmerizing place, with loud sound of water flowing over the steps cut by flowing Katri River. It is dangerous to step in fall as it has several pot holes as deep as 300-500 feets. It is beautiful, eye-charming and sprawled gush of water that invites you to either sit and watch it or fold up and splash in it. So whatever your traveller type, you fit right in the picture. Unlike most waterfalls, it is not imposing or high. It is quite lateral, so to say and in steps so that one can easily climb up to the upper reaches. The stony bank is ideal to sit and even have a merry little picnic.
Ideal for families and friend groups alike.
6. Betla National Park
Well, Betla national park is not a new name for residents of Jharkhand. Betla is situated at 25 km. away from Daltonganj, 70 km. from Latehar and 170 km. From Ranchi. It is well connected by Rail and Road. The park boasts a wide variety of wild life. “Betla” is an acronym of the following words: Bison, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Axis-axis.
The park has a variety of diverse eco-systems and plenty of wild animals. Elephants in large numbers are seen mostly after the monsoons up to the time when water holes begin to dry up in March. The park is open throughout the year. Wildlife sightings are highest in the hot season (May to June), when foliage is not as thick. The most comfortable time to visit in terms of climate is between November and March.
7. Palamau Fort
The old fort in the plains, which existed even before the Chero dynasty, was built by the King of Rakshel. However, it was during the reign of King Medini Ray, who ruled for thirteen years from 1662 to 1674 from Medininagar in Palamau. The old fort was rebuilt into a defensive structure.
Palamu Fort has two forts — the Purana Kila, also known as the Old Fort, and the Naya Kila that is also referred to as the New Fort. The fort is located along the Auranga River near the Palamau Tiger Reserve. The Purana Kila is around one kilometre in circumference and stands on terraced grounds. It also has a cross wall which divides the lower and the upper parts. There are four fortified gates along with watchtowers in this fort. This is a very nice picnic spot for tourists.
8. Dimna Lake
Dimna lake in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand is an artificial lake built on the foot of Dalma hills. This lake, surrounded by a mix and match of sparse and dense forest creates a greenery and peaceful ambience attracting visitors, though not in large numbers. Although there are many probable picnic spots in Jamshedpur, Dimna lake or popular Dimna dam is very popular in Tatanagar.
This lake or dam is the source of the drinking water of the entire city. Situated 15 km from the heart of the city this dam is surrounded by a mix and match of sparse and dense forest. There is a statutory warning for onlookers, not to cross that any railing to go near the lake under any circumstances. You have cemented flatbeds for people to play some sports or have a nice chit chat, while basking in the sun on the dam. There are cemented benches for people to take rest. On one side of the dam there is a forest where you have open spaces to roam around, when you have come for picnic. There is also a TATA steel management development center. You can view it from outside only.
9. Isco Rock Art
I am very sure that many of you don’t have idea about this ancient rock art.
The Isco village is located within the Panchayat of Napo, at a distance of about 45 km from the town of Hazaribagh and 15 km from the block of Barkagaon. This village is renowned for Cave and Rock Paintings of Isco dating back to 10,000 BC to 4,000 BC. This site is very popular for its depiction of artistic, historical and cultural background of ancient settlements.
Isco Rock Art is considered an example of the prehistoric skills of the rock artisans in India. This rock painting tradition has been taken up by the Ganju and Kurmi tribes of this area, who inhabit in this area and paint their houses traditionally. The motifs seen in Isco are rhinoceros that has been extinct for 200 years in this area, human figures, bull and wild cattle, mandalas, cryptic writings and pictograms that are un-deciphered, sun, rainbow serpent, yoni, concentric circles, and other patterns and designs.
Parasnath is a mountain peak in the Parasnath Range. It is located towards the eastern end of the Chota Nagpur Plateau in the Giridih district of the Indian state of Jharkhand, India. The highest peak is 1350 metres. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centre for Jains. They call it Sammet Sikhar.
The hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill. According to some, nine Tirthakaras attained salvation on this hill. For each of them there is a shrine (gumti or tuk) on the hill. Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, although the place is habited from ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin. The Santhals call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity. They celebrate a hunting festival on the full moon day in Baisakh (mid April). Best time to visit is from october to march when the weather is pleasant.
So if you have not visited any of these places, please have a visit and share the experience with us. Please do share the article and pass the knowledge to others.