Baba Baidyanath Dham Jyotirlinga, which is popularly known as Baba Baidyanath Temple houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingams of Lord Shiva in India. It is considered as one of the holiest shrines of Lord Shiva and the temple complex is magnificent. Inside the main shrine in the complex, the Jyotirlinga is placed and worshipped and besides this, there are 21 more temples inside the complex.
There is an interesting mythological legend associated with this ancient temple. It is said that during the Treta Yuga, Ravana used to worship Lord Shiva at this place and he sacrificed his ten heads to please the God. In return, Lord Shiva came down to the earth in the form of a ‘Vaidya’ (doctor) to cure Ravana. And hence, here He is known as ‘Baidyanath’. The main shrine has 3 parts – the main temple, the middle part, and the entrance. The lotus-shaped main temple faces the east and is 72 feet high. It is believed that this temple was built by Lord Vishwakarma.
Festivals celebrated here are Maha Shivratri and Shravani Mela. Nearby places to visit are Naulakha Mandir, Tapovan Hills and Caves, etc.
The Betla National Park is located on the Chhota Nagpur Plateau, Palamau, West Ranchi. This national park situated on the hilly terrain covers around 979 sq. km, in which around 232 sq. km area is declared as National Tiger Reserve forest. This beautiful park was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year of 1973. In 1974, the tiger reserve forest came into existence. The Betla National Park was the first Tiger Reserve in India and converted into a National Park in 1986.
The park is very popular due to the availability of different flora and fauna species, now managed by the Forest Department of Jharkhand. Also, inside the park, you can explore two forts, waterfalls, and hot springs. In this park, much tropical vegetation is available like Sal and Bamboo. Varieties of fauna are also available, like Tiger, Leopard, Wild Boar, Dhole, Pangolin, Four-Horned Antelope, Chital, Barking Deer, Bison, Elephant, Mouse Deer, Panther, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Langur, etc. Different types of birds are also present, like Hornbill, Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Black Partridge, White Necked Stork, Black Ibis, Swamp Grey, Quail, Pied Born Bill, Wagtails, Harial, Doves, Drongo, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Forest Owls, etc. Other tourist attractions are Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari, Watchtower, and many more.
The word ‘Dassam’ in Hindi means ten. Ten streams of water can be seen falling here and hence, the Dassam Falls is named so. The structure of the waterfall is such that it seems someone is pouring water. The water flows from a height of 44 meters (144 feet). The break in slope in the longitudinal portion of a river is called a nick point, and Dassam Falls is an example of a nick point of Kanchi River, a tributary of Subarnarekha River. Dassam Falls is also known as Dassam Ghagh and a stunning landscape surrounds the area. A small, beautiful village named Taimara is located nearby.
The place is an epitome of ethereal natural beauty. The mesmerizing landscape and the calm atmosphere of the place attract tourists. The gushing echoes of the waterfall can be heard even from a distance. Though the water looks inviting, tourists need to keep in mind that this waterfall is not a safe spot for bathing.
Jonha Falls, also known as Gautamdhara Falls because of the presence of a Buddhist shrine nearby, is situated near the Jonha village and it is where it has got its name. Apart from its immense beauty, this waterfall also has a great religious significance as it is believed that Lord Brahma took a bath here. There is a rest house along with a temple located close by, which is dedicated to Lord Buddha. Atop the Gautam Pahar, there is a Buddha temple and ashram constructed by the sons of Raja Baldevdas Birla.
The water in this fall gets accumulated from two rivers – Ganga and Raru. It is a hanging valley fall and the height of this waterfall is 43 m (141 feet). This somber looking waterfall creates an amazing ambiance, which is quite enjoyable. One of the major tourist attractions of this place is a weekly fair that takes place every Tuesday and Saturday. It is a very notable picnic spot and a great place to spend time with family and friends.
Jubilee Park is a man-made urban amusement park, also locally known as “Mughal Garden”, located in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. It is a famous destination for picnic lovers, cyclists, joggers, outdoor games and activities, and many more. This gigantic park covers around 500 acres of area with a zoo, fountains, and various recreational activities, decorated with different types of lights, colorful barricades, flower gardens, stones, etc.
The famous park was constructed by Mr. Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata Steel Company and opened for public in August 1958. The main park complex has several activities to participate in and enjoy like Tata Steel Zoological Park, Nicco Jubilee Amusement Park, Jayanti Sarovar which is also called the Zoo Lake, Bat Island, Children Park, Nature Education Center, Boating and Safari Park, Photo Gallery, and a Rose Garden. Another tourist attraction of this popular park is the Laser and Fountain show that takes place every evening at four different show timings.
Parasnath Hills is a popular tourist spot, which is considered to be an important Jain pilgrimage site. The highest peak in Giridih is situated at an altitude of 1350 meters, which is known by the name of Sri Sammeta Shikharji. Twenty Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill and the hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Separate shrines are created on the hilltop for each one of these Tirthankaras. Marang Baru, the deity of the hills is worshipped in the temples built on the Parasnath Hills. A telescope, situated at the balcony of the Jain Museum provides a clear view of the Parasnath Temple.
A popular Jain Temple, Shikarji Temple is a popular tourist attraction here. This temple dates back to 1775 AD and is considered to be the oldest Jain Temple. Usri Falls is another attraction, which is surrounded by dense forests. The hunting festival, celebrated on the full moon night, in the month of Baisakh should not be missed.
Morabadi Hill, famously known as the Tagore Hill, is a 300-feet high hill situated near Albert Ekka Chowk. Owing to its height, it provides a good platform for the tourists to have a view of the entire city of Ranchi. According to a legend, the scenic beauty of the hill captured the heart of the great poet, Rabindranath Tagore and became one of his favorite spots, which was used by him for writing his renowned literary pieces. And hence, this hill came to be known as Tagore Hill.
At the foot of the hill, a center of Divayan and Agrarian Vocational Institute and Ramkrishna Ashram are situated. The hill is also known for its natural sculptures. Enjoy the pleasant view of the sunrise and sunset and don’t forget to carry a camera to capture the memories. This tourist spot is a must visit if one wants to spend some quality time in the lap of nature, oblivious of the outside world.
Netarhat is a popular and famous tourist destination for its hilly atmosphere and unparalleled natural beauty, located at the Chota Nagpur Plateau, Latehar, near Ranchi. It is also called as the “Queen of Chotanagpur” for its enchanting landscape that is adorned with various gems of nature. It is situated at 1128 meter height from the mean sea level, which is known to be the highest point of the plateau region.
The word “Netarhat” means “The Heart of Nature”, is a quiet peaceful place, where you can explore the rocky natural beauty with amazing greenery and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The place is famous among the tourist for its glorious views of sunrise and sunset, exclusively, during the summer. The area is fully covered with lots of natural green vegetation and waterfalls. The famous attractions of this town are Upper Ghaghri Falls, Lower Ghaghri Falls, Koel Viewpoint, Lodh Falls which is the highest waterfall in Jharkhand, Magnolia Point (sunset and sunrise point), Pine Forest, and many more.
On the way to Dumka, you will find the Trikuta Parvata, which is collectively known as Trikutachal. This comprises three peaks located at the height of 2470 feet. Mayurakshi River originates from this Parvata. There is a beautiful Shiva Temple, known as Trikutachal Mahadeva Temple, located on this hill. In the woods surrounding the hill, known as the Garden of Shiva, there are many wood apple trees and devotees visit here in the month of Shravan to collect the leaves of these trees. There is a temple of Goddess Trishuli, a temple of Sage Bam Bam Baba, who did penance here, and Sage Dayananda Ashram located nearby.
One of the most popular tourist attractions of this hilly area is the ropeway, which takes you to the zenith of the hill. The view from that spot is stunning. The Tapovan Solar Panels and the Taponath Mahadev Temple are visible from the top. The cool glittering stream flowing through this place makes this site more inviting and it is a favorite picnic spot for the tourists and pilgrims alike.