DISCOVER THE SCENIC BEAUTY AND INCREDIBLE CULTURE OF JHARKHAND
‘The land of forests’, Jharkhand is situated in the eastern part of India. It is endowed with rich flora and fauna. The vast boundary of towering mountains, dense forests, and gushing waterfalls make it one of the most preferred places to visit for wildlife aficionados and nature lovers. There is more to Jharkhand than just its scenic landscapes though, with several museums, temples and wildlife reserves scattered around the state. The state holds a glorious history, diverse culture and tribal simplicity that fascinate travelers across the world.
A Glimpse of History
Until 1765, when the British entered Chota Nagpur as part of Bihar, the area was ruled by chiefs of various indigenous groups. With time, the British started expanding their dominance over the plains to the north of present-day Jharkhand. From the second half of the 18th century to the beginning of 19th, the revolt has erupted in Chota Nagpur against the British Rule. Some important uprisings were the Ho revolt (1820–27) and the Munda uprising (1831–32). One of the longest tribal revolts under ‘Birsa Munda’ started in 1895 and went on till 1900.
From the period of British expansion until the 21st century, the history of Jharkhand completely overlapped with the history of Bihar. On 15 November 2000, Jharkhand became the 28th State of the Union, and the dream of tribal having a separate state came to reality.
The vibrant culture of Jharkhand is influenced by both tribal and non-tribal community. Being a newly carved state from the northern part of Bihar, it holds their unique culture intact. People celebrate Tusu Fair or Poush Mela that is a festival of harvesting. Karma is another major festival of the state. The Sohari festival is celebrated during Diwali, and this is one of the most awaited festivals.
Art and Craft
The different crafts of Jharkhand, which are an important part of the people, include wood crafts, bamboo crafts, Paitkar paintings, and metal works.
Jharkhand has numerous traditional delicacies for different taste-buds. Some of the popular dishes of Jharkhand include Dhuska, Rugra, Puttu or Phutka: A Mushroom, Pitha, Arsa Roti, Metha Khaza, Dudhori Litti Chokha, Chilka Roti, Malpua, Thekua, Kanda Ki Sabzi and many more.
Most Astonishing Places to Visit in Jharkhand
Capital City, Ranchi offers the divine view of some of the best waterfalls in India. It is surrounded by serene mountains and hills and swamped with heavenly waterfalls; Hundru, Zoological Park Ranchi Lake, Kanke Dam, Jagannath Temple, Nakshatra Van are some amazing places to explore here.
This picturesque destination, Hazaribagh largely contributes to the wildlife tourism in Jharkhand with its abundant greenery, great hills, and lovely weather. It has everything like Canary Hill, Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, and Hazaribagh National Park, Isko VillageSuryakund, and Rajarappa temple to name few.
‘The city of temples’, Deoghar is a famous pilgrim spot for Hindus. Here, the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and temple complex also has one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. The ancient town has many other places to explore like Basukinath, Trikuta Hills, Nandan Pahar, etc.
The largest city in Jharkhand, Jamshedpur is the quintessential example of the boon of industrialization in a developing nation. It is an appealing destination with its aesthetically planned infrastructure and landscape. Dimna Lake, Tata Steel Zoological Park, Hudco Lake are some beautiful spots to visit in Jamshedpur.
Widely- known for the rich steel and coal industries, Bokaro is a leading industrial hub with lush greenery. Some of the attractions to visit in Bokaro include Bokaro Steel City, Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park, Garga Dam, Noori Masjid, etc.
Giridih is famous for its magical lush green forests, and flora and fauna. Charming hills and valley ranges with numerous temples and dams like Parashnath Hills, Usri FallKhandoli Park and Dam and Devari Temple make it one of the top tourist spots of the state.
‘The Queen of Chotanagpur’, Netarhat is a jungle-covered hill station. It is the coolest place in Jharkhand. Top places to visit here are Betla National Park, Lower Ghaghri Waterfalls, Waterfalls and more.
One of the less-known destinations of Jharkhand, Sahibganj presents pleasant weather with exquisite surroundings. Feel the charm of the place and visit Rajmahal, Bhagwa Kuan, Bindhuvasini temple and many other places here.
How to Reach
Flight– There is an airport in Ranchi that is well-connected connected with Delhi, Patna, and Mumbai.
Railways: The State has a well-developed railway system. Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur are some of the major railway stations.
Road– Jharkhand has good road connectivity with 1,500 km national highways and 2,711 km state highways.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Jharkhand is in winters from October to March as summers are very hot and humid.
Blessed with a plethora of natural scenic vistas with industrial growth, Jharkhand is the perfect place for vacation. If you wish to explore the natural beauty, cultural heritage and industry modernization at the same time then go ahead and pack your cool trip to this amazing place.