Explore Ranchi

Explore Ranchi

The capital of Ranchi is situated in Chhotanagpur valley at an altitude of 2140 ft above sea level . Even as urbanization is taking rapid strides in the city, it has not lost its communion with nature. Ranchi is endowed with tranquil lakes, wild rivulets and stately hills, all within a couple of kilometers away from the flyovers , bridges and the cacophony of the vehicles. Thanks to its climate , that the city had earned the epithet of the summer capital of the undivided state of Bihar. Over the years it has also evolved as a important centre for technical as well as general education. It is also an important seat for tribal studies. Following are the prominent tourist destination.

Sightseeing Places In Ranchi

RANCHI LAKE – The placid lake lies in the heart of the capital city at a distance of 4.5 kms from the Ranchi railway station and 7 kms from the airport. It is near the main road of  ranchi , in the year 1842. Enhancing its reticent charm is the majestic presence of the Ranchi hill at its backdrop. The nearly one and half century old lake is located at the base of hill. While withstanding the ravages of the changing city, it has however managed to retain its original charm. It is ideal for spending a couple of hours in solitude , while being in the midst of the city humdrums .The site can be reached through auto and other public transport from the  railway station.

KANKE DAM – Located on the kanke road , at 8 kms from the railway station and 12 kms from the airport is the kanke dam. Covering an expanse of 8 sq.kms , the water body is overlooked by the Gonda hillocks. The huge dark boulders of the latter instantly  catch the eye ever from a distance. The Dam supplies potable water to nearly half the city’s population in the adjoining areas. Simultaneously, the place is also being developed as a tourist spot, with musical fountains and boating facilities. The arched staircase that leads down to the waters of the lake also offers a panoramic view of the sunrise and sunset. The waters of the lake shimmer in the lights of its illuminated banks in the evening. It can be easily reached through auto rickshaws and other locally available public transport.

ROCK GARDEN – Overlooking the kanke dam , about 8kms from the railway station , on the kanke road is the rock garden. While attracting tourists, the place also promises to be a favourite haunt for the lovers, raring to steal a clandestine rendezvous away from the glares of the city. The artificial gardens and waterfalls have been developed amidst the naturally occurring large boulders, by the reputed artists from Kolkata. The horror house with eerie sound effects can send creeps down your spine. The imaginary figures sculpted in locally available stones are an artist’s delight.Being in the midst of the city it can be easily approached through hired taxis , auto rickshaws and other locally plying public transport.

PANCH GHAGH FALL – Located on the way to simdega on the Ranchi – Chaibasa road, it is about 40 kms from the state capital. Being a series of five waterfalls in a row the destination is known by the name of Panch Ghagh or even Panch Dhara. It is an ideal picnic spot amidst lush greenery. The cascading water of swarnarekha , foaming through the naturally occurring gradual terrain of the rocks is a sight to behold. The place is usually frequented by the revelers on the new year’s eve. It is in the vicinity of the hirni falls.

SUN TEMPLE – The elegant temple of the sun God , is 40 kms away from the raileway station on the tata road near Bundu. It is fashioned in the form of huge chariot with 18 bedecked wheels and seven true to life houses as if ready to gallop ahead. It has been build by the Sanskrit vihar and the temple committee is headed by shri Ram Maroo, father of the former Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ajay Maroo. The temple has large pond within its complex that comes to life during chhatt or the festival of sun God. The colourful Tusu festival is also celebrated there by the natives on june 25. A dharamshala has been built for the pilgrims. The all weather mortorable road running up to the temple premises is an added advantage for the tourists and devotees alike.

PAHARI MANDIR – The age old pahari mandir that turns half kms within from the Ratu road is a fast developing destination for religious tourism. Located at about 8kms from the railway station and 12kms from the airport, the 2140 feet ranchi hill , houses the temple at its summit. A flight of 468 steps lead your to the Pahari Baba that is worshiped in the form of a shive linga. There is major surge of devotees  during the month of saavan ( july – august ). The hill offers a kaleidoscopic  view of the capital city. It is also called Phansi Tongri , by the local villagers. A number of revolutionaries are belived to have been hanged here by the erstwhile british rulers in the dense cover of forests that once existed there.

DEORI MANDIR – A temple solha bhuji Goddess Durga, it is located on the right side of Tata Ranchi highway ( NH33 ), at 60 kms from the capital city in tamar. It is the only temple in the Jharkhand where the pujas are done by the pahans ( Tribal priests ) along with the conventional brahmins. The original temple is in stone dating back to about 10 -11th century AD. The temple commands unflinching faith from its devotees, from far and wide. The icon of the temple with 16 arms is unique considering that the commonly worshiped form of Goddess Durga is with eight arms. The temple is presently in a state of renovation.

TAGORE HILL –   True to its name, the idyllic hill, rising to a height of 300 feet, continues to preserve the legacy of the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. It lies within the city of Morhabadi in ranchi, at a distance of 7 kms from the railway station and 10 kms from the airport. The elder brother of the kabiguru, jyotindranath Tagore, had visited the place in 1908. So enamoured was he by the captivating beauty of the Morhabadi hill and its surroundings, that he set up his camp home on the hillock. This is being converted into and art museum, which can be reached through a flight of easy steps. Being in the midst of the city, the spot is easily accessible through light vehicles and three – wheelers.

JONHA FALLS –  About 40 kms away from ranchi situated on the Ranchi – Purulia highway, is the Jonha Falls, named after the local village. It is also known as the Gautamdhara , as there is a temple dedicated to Lord Buddha, in its vicinity. The rocks here seem to beckon you down its natural gradient to join the frothy gurgling water of the river. The falls appears relatively more somber, enhancing the picturesque charm of the spot.The site is well – connected with both rail and bus routes. One has to take the muri bound train from Ranchi  get off at the nearest station , Gautamdhara. The Muri – Purulia bound bus also takes you to Jonha, from where a rugged road leads you to the falls. There is also a tourist bungalow near the falls.

HUNDRU FALLS – Hundru falls is about 45 kms away from Ranchi town, located on the Ranchi Purulia highway. The sight of the river swarnarekha taking a spectacular leap from a height of 320 feet instantly wears out your fatigue. At the base of the falls the spirit of the water however mellows, gathering into a frothy pool where the visitors may take a rejuvenating dip. The place is also popular as one of the most admired trekking destination in the state. The wrath of Hundru is at its peak in the monsoons, when its waters unbridled and unchallenged, lash against the rocks. In summer, however it proves to be a cool recluse for picnic lovers.

JAGANNATH TEMPLE  –  The seventeenth century temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath nestles on a small hillock at jagannathpur. Located near HEC,  Dhurwa, on the south – west of the capital city, it is 11 kms from the railway station and 6 kms from the airport. The 100 feet tall temple was built by Thakur Aninath Shahdeo, in 1691 AD. The temple’s architectural style is reminiscent of its counterpart at Puri. It draws lakhs of devotees every year, especially on the occasion of car festival of Rathyatra , in the month of june / july. The temple also has a large hall in its complex, where thousands of marriages are solemnized every year.It can be reached through various means of locally available transport and light vehicles.

SITA FALLS – Through it is one of the lesser known water falls, none the less your trip of the waterfalls in Ranchi is incomplete without a visit here. Being close to jonha, it is not difficult to reach either. The rocky gradient down where the water trickles, seems to have been sculpted by none other than nature herself. The view caresses away both your physical and mental strains, leaving you recharged as the fresh and foaming waters of the falls.

HIRNI FALLS –  It is another fascinating waterfall with tranquil surroundings. It is situated 70 kms from Ranchi on way to Chakradharpur. Situated amidst dense forests, rivers Swarnarekha, tumbles in wild abandon from a considerable height as a Hirni or wild doe. The cracks, crevices and the chasms across the mountain ridges or the tall trees that obstruct the general course of the river has split it into a number of miniature rivulets that restlessly meander their way down.  It is however ideal for a day visit, given the dense forests around.

BIRSA ZOO –  The Birsa Munda Jaivik Udyan, is on the way to  Ramgarh on NH-33, about 20 kms from ranchi near ormanjhi. The thick canopy of lush green forests proves to be natural habitats for a rich variety of wild life that thrive here. The charm of the place lies in the fact that unlike the prevalent concept of zoo, where animals are put in cages, the animals here roam without fear. The elephants, peacocks, varieties of chirping birds, monkeys , leopards , dear etc. are all there to welcome you, in your trip around, in specially available vehicle. There is also a lake within the site with boating facilities. Being located on NH-33, it easily accessible.

BIRSA DEER PARK – Located about 23 kms from the capital city, across the Ranchi – Khunti road, lies the Birsa Mrig Vihar at kalamati. Spread over and area of 23 hectares amidst the tree of Sal, Peepal, Baanyan etc, it is a rare feast for the eyes to sight the spotted sambhar and cheetal. The park has three watch towers from where the tourists may get wide view of the site without disturbing the natural activities of the animals. The entrance has been developed into a park for the children.

NAKSHATRA VAN –  Nakshatra Van is a park located in front of the Jharkhand Raj Bhawan ( Governor’s Residence ) in Ranchi at about 5 kms from the Railway station and 8 kms from the airport.The park appears to have been developed on the principal of 27 Nakshatras of “Jyotish Shastra”, hence the name. it is divided into various sections and is centered around a circle. The latter in turn is divided in arcs precisely according to the angles, the zodiacs make with the earth. The trees of a particular zodiac have been planted in its corresponding arc. At the centre of this circle, is also a musical fountain. There is a section for medicinal plants in the park which has some rare herbs. A resting statue of Dhanvantari is placed in its midst. The best time for visiting the park is during evening , preferably around 6:30 PM, when the park gets brightly illuminated .Being in the heart of the city, it can be reached easily through various means of public transport plying within the city.

WAR MEMORIAL –  The war Memorial in the state that pays tribute to the sons of the soil is located at Booty More, in the Dipatoli Army Contonent, on the Ranchi – Ramgarh – Hazaribagh Highway. It aims at immortalizing the sacrifices of the war heroes from the state in various military operations as second world war, Indo – China war, Indo – Pak war and counter – insurgency operations.

Param Vir Chakrwinner Late Lance Naik Albert Ekka from the Brigade of the Guards and Kirti Chakra recipient Late Sepoy Viswa Kerketta from Bihar Regiment, have found their rightful place in the Memorial with the legendary tribal leader Birsa Munda. The sound and light show in the Memorial along with a museum showcasing the various aspects of tribal history and culture are also worth seeing. It is easily approachable through any public transport from the city.

WAR CEMETERY –  The war cemetery is an old Hazaribagh road, about 3 kms, from ranchi railway station. It is situated next to the SPG Christian cemetery near Kantatoli chowk. Managed by the commonwealth war Graves commission, United Kingdom, it happens to be the smallest concentration, cemetery  in India with a total of 708 burials of soldiers of the world war -2 when Ranchi had become an important base. The cemetery was begun on 1 june 1942, and used until the end of the war. These graves are not only well maintained amidst manicured lawns and flowers, but are also classified accordingly, bearing the details of the martyrs and poignant messages engraved on their epitaphs. The cemetery is open Monday to Friday between 8AM – 5PM and on Saturday till 12PM. It is closed on Sundays.Being centrally located in the city, one can easily reach the place through the available public transport.

FISH AQUARIUM – Popularly known as “Machli Ghar” , it is the heart of the city next to the Governor’s house. It is about 5 kms from the railway station and 8 kms from the airport. Inaugurated way back in 1985-86, it presently has 16 aquarism. Watching the fish move in myriad shades and shapes is a visual delight. One can see the gold fish, in various flamboyant hues, the kissing Gurami, Black Molly, the ornamental shark amongst others. The site has been spruced up further with a well – cultivated garden complete with swings and slides for the amusement of the children.

Being so centrally located, it can be reached easily through various means of public transport plying within the city and its outskirts.

GOLF COURSE – This only 18 hole Golf course in Jharkhand, is located within the premises of Dipatoli Army cantonment, at booty more. It is about 7 kms, from the railway station and 15 kms from the airport, next to the war memorial. The latest addition to these 200 acres of golfing tract is a brand new club house complete with a gym and sauna. The small water bodies dotting the good greens on the raised portions increase the degree of difficulty, in the course of the game as well as aid in beautification. The fairway in the midst of the ground is also well – maintained. It can be reached by any public transport plying across the city.

HATIA DAM –  Although it is called Hatia Dam, it is actually located in the Dhurwa region of Ranchi, covering and expanse of 7 sq. kms. Besides being a prominent tourist destination, the water of the dam caters to a huge population in the region. It is a about 15 kms from the city. The dam has gazebos on one side, where one may sit and enjoy the cool breeze by the dam. The slop of the dam has stones set on the soil, that provides a good grip while descending down to the waters of the dam. It is thus a favourite site for a quick swim, or simply for boating. The dam is also ideal for a view of the setting sun. it can be easily reached by three – wheelers and other light vehicles.

AMRESHW ARDHAM – Located about 40 kms from Ranchi in khunti, on the national highway – 33 is the temple of Amreshwardham. The temple is so called following the presence of a shivling, under the mango tree. The shivling is believed to be bhuiphore ( sprouting from beneath the earth’s surface, it was discovered by a local businessman about six decades ago. It has been later developed into a temple complex bearing the icons of Lord Ganesha, Ram – Sita and Hanuman. Essentially a shavic site , the other temples were added later. However, despite the presence of so many ornate temples within the complex, the shivlinga has simply a shed above it, ensuring just a bare minimum protection against sun and rain. “ Such is the wish of Baba….” Goes the local saying. The temple is flocked by devotees from far and wide particularly during the Saavan. Being located on the highway , the temple is accessible easily. It is close to the hatia railway station.

SHREE 1008 BASUPUJIYA DIGAMBER JAIN MANDIR – The latest addition to the legacy of the Digamber jain in the state is the shri 1008 Basupujiya temple, in Ratu road, about 10 kms from the ranchi railway station and 12 kms from the airport. It is dedicated to the 12th jain tirthankar, Lord Basupujiya. Sculpted in Jaipur from the Bijolia stone, of Rajasthan, the coffee brown icon stands 5.1 feet tall. It is atop a nine inch high lotus, which in turn is perched on a bedi or ornamental platform. The striking architecture is in Naagarshaili pattern of Rajasthan, and constructed out of red sandstone. The Garba Griha or sanctum sanctorum is 71 feet high which has been built without using any steel. Rich carvings of jain symbols as Om, Swastika, kalash , Gaja and padma, can be seen on its walls and shikhar. The main entrance has the depiction of the legendary 16 dreams, that the mother of the Lord is believed to have seen prior to his birth. The two side entrance or chatushika, are also embellished with the jain symbols.


Tourist Places Near By Me-  Ranchi 

Are you searching tourist places near by you in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Then you on right website, Darshnam Will provide you complete brief about City Tour Places in Ranchi city and near by. Get Top Attractions places in Ranchi under below:

1. Hundru Falls

The Hundru Falls is created in the course of the Subarnarekha River, where it falls from a height of 98 metres (322 ft) creating one of the highest water falls in the state. The spectacular scene of water falling from such a great height has been described as a sight to behold. The different formations of rock due to the erosion by the constantly falling of water have added to the beauty of the place.It is 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Ranchi, off the Ranchi-Purulia Road. One has to travel some about 21 kilometres (13 mi) from the main road.

Important Facts About Hundru Falls:

  • Hundru is 34th highest waterfall in India.

  • One of the most famous tourist places in Ranchi.

  • In Falls, there is a pool, which serves as a bathing place.

  • In Months Oct to Feb this become picnic spot.

  • There is also a Suvarna Rekha Hydral Project located down the falls which is also a good place for Tourists.

2. Dassam Falls

The Dassam Falls (also known as Dassam Ghagh) is a waterfall located near Taimara village in Bundu police station of Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.The Dassam Falls is a natural cascade across the Kanchi River, a tributary of the Subarnarekha River. The water falls from a height of 44 metres (144 ft).The sound of water echoes all around the place.Dassam Falls at one of the edges of the Ranchi plateau is one of the many scarp falls in the region.The Dassam Falls is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Ranchi on NH 33 or Ranchi-Jamshedpur highway.

Important Facts About Dassam Falls:

3. Jonha Falls

The Jonha Falls (also called Gautamdhara Falls) is a waterfall located in Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.There is a tourist rest house which encloses a Buddhist shrine with a deity of Lord Gautam Budha.A temple and an ashram dedicated to Buddha was built atop Gautam Pahar by the sons of Raja Baldevdas Birla. A fair is organized in Jonha every Tuesday and Saturday.The Jonha Falls is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Ranchi. It is approachable by both road and train.Jonha Station is just 1.5 km from the fall. For travel by road, one has to take the Ranchi-Purulia Road and after travelling for about 20 miles (32 km) one has to travel about 3 miles (4.8 km) off the main road.

4. Panch Gagh Falls

Panchghagh Falls is a waterfall located in Khunti district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.In its bid to find its way through the hard and jagged terrain, the Banai River branches itself out in five different streams, generating ubiquitous singing rivulets through the cluster of rocks. One writer says, “Unlike Jonha and Hundru Falls, Panchghagh’s water does not fall from great heights. Still, one can almost hear the roar of the water when one arrives near it, because all the five branched-out and swirling streams hit the rocks in a very turbulent manner. Panchghagh Falls is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Khunti on the road to Simdega. It is 55 kilometres (34 mi) from Ranchi. Khunti is on NH 75 or Ranchi-Chaibasa Highway.

5. Birsa Zoological Park

Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park, Ranchi is one of the most beautiful zoos in India, located in the lap of a beautiful natural surrounding. Unlike most of the zoos, it covers over 104 ha. of mildly undulating topography with natural dry deciduous forest, in and around water bodies and other natural features that provide the wild animals natural habitat to live in harmony with the nature. It is situated on the Ranchi-Ramgarh section of National Highway 33, about 20 kms from Ranchi & in the vicinity of Chakla village, Block-Ormanjhi, Dist-Ranchi, Jharkhand. The National Highway segments the site in two unequal halves, the smaller section being the botanical section and the larger one being unequal halves, the smaller section being the botanical section and the larger one being the zoological section. It was dedicated to the public on 26th January, 1994. Around 4 lakh visitors visit the zoo every year. Most of the inmates of this Biological Park live in open, large moated areas surrounded by natural vegetation. This gives them a feeling of living in their natural habitat.

6. Ranchi Lake

Ranchi Lake is a beautiful lake located in the heart of the city and at the base of Ranchi Hill. The Ranchi Lake offers a beautiful and unique experience to the visitors. Located far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this lake is frequented by many people during their tour of Ranchi. The Lake of Ranchi, located near the GPO of the city, was excavated by Colonel Onsley, a British agent in the year 1842. The lake is adjacent to the Ranchi Telephone Exchange. Situated in the middle of the city, the Ranchi Lake has enhanced the beauty of the place. The lake is visited by the local people as well as the visitors coming from other parts of the country. People can also enjoy boating at this fresh water lake of Ranchi. The exotic location of the Ranchi Lake has made it a perfect location for spending ideal vacation with family and friends. The vast extension of the lake and the blue sky above enable visitors to have a great time. The banks of the Ranchi Lake at Ranchi can also be utilized as picnic spot. As it is located at the base of the Ranchi Hill, people can have a splendid view of the hill while visiting the lake at the same time. They can also plan short trips to the Ranchi Hill and Shiva Temple during their tour to the Ranchi Lake.

7. Kanke Dam

Kanke is a census town in Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Kanke has a large water reservoir called Kanke Dam, which is used to supply water to Ranchi City.A visit to Kanke Dam can also be combined with other tourist attractions across the city. With its delectable cuisines, and opportunities to explore the surrounding areas, Ranchi is perfectly poised to offer an experience that is both, authentic as well as unique! There are many ideal locations to visit in and around this wonderful city, with prominent local landmarks and favourable restaurants being just a few examples. Make a trip to Ranchi and its exciting places of interest to enjoy a memorable vacation. A visit to Kanke Dam will give you a greater insight into the various cultures and traditions of Ranchi.

8. Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple in Ranchi was built by king of Barkagarh Jagannathpur Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, during 1691. Completed on Christmas 1691,it is located about 10 km from the main town. The temple is on top of a small hillock.Jagannath Temple looks very much like the Puri Jagannath Temple and it is considered the second largest Jagannath Temple next to Puri Temple. You can have an excellent view of the city from here.

9. Nakshatra Van

The park Nakshatra Van was created by the Forest Department of Jharkhand. The term ‘Nakshatra’ refers to the stars. It is believed by Hindu astrologers that every star in zodiac has association with a tree. Nakshatra Van is designed in such a way that the park and the trees resemble the zodiac signs. Whether you believe in astrology or not, you will love the way the park is designed with colorful flowers and a musical fountain at the center.

10. Sun Temple

Sun Temple is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Ranchi. It is a wonderful display of architecture. With 18 wheels and driven by seven horses, the uniquely designed Sun Temple looks majestic. Sanskrit Vihar, a charitable trust constructed the temple.The Sun Temple is very much a newly built monument in Jharkhand. It is built around the sacred pond favouring the Chhathavratis in the Chhota Nagpur Plateau region. The structure of temple has been designed with elegance. The temple complex has the shape of a big chariot with eighteen wheels and seven lifelike horses that seem to be ready to take off for the journey. The temple is constructed by a charitable trust named Sanskrit Vihar which is under the leadership of Shri Ram Maroo, the managing director of Ranchi Express. Devotees who visit the Sun temple get mesmerized not only by its beauty but also by the exquisite surrounding which adds glow to its lavish design.

11. Pahari Mandir

A Shiv Temple positioned on a hill west of Ranchi. through the month of Shravana, devotees offer on the lingam. the hill give a panaromic view of city Is one of the landmark of Ranchi Town. The Shiva temple is located 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.The temple of Lord Shankara (Shiva) is situated in the heart of the city on a hill called Pahari Mandir. It is a bare black land outcropping in the midst of a flat land. The age old Pahari Mandir is located 8 kms from the railway station and 12 kms from the airport. The 2140 feet Ranchi hill houses the temple at its summit. One needs to climb a flight of 468 steps to reach the summit.This place is fast developing into a religious tourist site as this is the best place to have a bird’s eye view of the city of Ranchi and also attain some salvation by paying ones obsequies to the Lord. A huge crowd of Shiva devotees gather here between the months of February and October, during Shivaratri and other important days earmarked to pray to the Lord. The Lord also known as Pahari Baba is worshipped in the form of a linga. The hillock also known as Richi Buru is famous for its breathtaking views of the city and some spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

12. Rock Garden

Rock Garden in Ranchi is considered second only next to the Jaipur Garden. Rocks from Gonda Hills were carved to create this beautiful garden and the statues inside. Kanke Dam, which lies at the bottom of Gonda Hills, adds more attraction to the landscape.

13. Deer Park

The Birsa Deer Park about eleven kilometers from Ranchi is fast emerging as the favorite tourist spot.The park started it with 15 deers and the number has gone up to 230 deers. The park provides good natural habitat to the deer.The arrangements in the park as well as the safari around the park are the main attractions for the tourists.The numbers of tourists to the park are increasing every year.There is no problem in commutation. Safari routes have been made. People can take those routes and enjoy the trip. The park is approximately 20 kilometers away from Ranchi. So, the roads are properly laid. There is every provision. Right now we have 231 deer in the park. When this park was established, we had only 15 deer.