Ranchi is the capital of the Jharkhand state of India. Ranchi was core place of the Jharkhand movement, which called for a separate state for the tribal regions of South Bihar, northern Orissa, western West Bengal and the eastern area of what is present-day Chhattisgarh. The name Ranchi is derived from the previous name of the Oraon village at matching site, Archi. “Archi” derives from the Oraon word for bamboo grove or plank. In this post I am going to discuss Ranchi sightseeing, ‘8 points never miss when you are in Ranchi’.
The British established civil headquarters in Ranchi, military headquarters of Ramgarh Battalion. Later German missionaries established church also. During the period of the British Raj, the region witnessed a number of uprisings and revolts. In 1895, Birsa Munda led a revolt against British Raj. Ranchi is center for various sports activities, as well as cricket, hockey, football, and many others.
In the morning we had our breakfast at Uday Misthan Bhandar in Lalpur area of Ranchi. This restaurant is famous for traditional Bengali snacks and Sweets. They have small dining space for the guests who are interested in a quick bite. The quality of sweets and snacks has been maintained pretty well for decades. The prices are mostly reasonable.
However, the staff in the “Display counters” is often found to be rather indifferent. This has been so also for ages. Please do not miss Special Gulab Jamun…Yummy…I have also taken dosa & peas kachori.
Then around 9 am Gobardhanji came with his cab and we started our
First, we went to-
1.JSCA Cricket Stadium Entrance
An International Cricket stadium with an a practice ground has been created. So far, this stadium has hosted many One day International matches, T20 International matches, and IPL matches. A tennis academy, which was inaugurated by Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik, also runs beside the cricket stadium. The stadium has been constructed in such a way that no shadow falls on any of the nine pitches before 4.45 pm, even on the shortest day of the year. There is another ground within the complex that has 5 pitches.
There is a practice arena with eight pitches. The stadium contains a seating capacity of around 40,000 and 76 corporate boxes. Spectators may also get pleasure from views from 2 close hills on the East and West Sides known as the East and West Hills. This is the only stadium within the country having hills on each side. The two pavilions, North and South, are fully air-conditioned have five levels each which include VIP areas, members’ enclosure, donors’ enclosure, president’s box, the BCCI box and two large dressing rooms with separate dining spaces for players.
Membrane roofs provide shade from the sun. The stadium additionally features an inside Cricket center consisting of 3 indoor pitches, with a residential complex where players can stay for training.
Jagannath Temple serves as the most important and attractive tourist destinations at Ranchi, apart from being its famous pilgrimage center. Mythological proof as found within the Skanda-Purana, Brahma Purana and other Puranas and later Oriya work state that Lord Jagannath was originally worshipped as Lord Neela Madhaba by a Savar king (tribal chief) named Viswavasu. Having detected regarding the idol, King Indradyumna sent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati to locate the idol, who was worshipped secretly in a dense forest by Viswavasu. Vidyapati tried his best however couldn’t find the place. But eventually, he managed to marry Viswavasu’s daughter Lalita. At the continual request of Vidyapati, Viswavasu took his son-in-law blindfolded to a cave where Lord Neela Madhaba was worshipped.
Vidyapati was very intelligent. He dropped mustard seeds on the ground on the way. The seeds germinated after some days, which enabled him to find out the cave later on. On hearing from him, King Indradyumna proceeded instantly to Odra Desha (Odisha) on a pilgrimage to see and worship the idol. But the idol had disappeared. The king was disappointed. The idol was hidden in the sand. The king was determined not to return without having a darshan of the idol and observed fast till death at Mount Neela. Then a celestial voice cried. Afterward, the king performed a horse sacrifice and built an impressive temple for Vishnu. Also, an stellar voice directed him to receive the perfumed tree on the sea-coast and build idols out of it. Accordingly, the king got the image of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Chakra Sudarshan created out of the wood of the divine tree and put in them within the temple.
Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, King of Barkagarh Jagannathpur took the endeavor to build Jagannath Mandir, the temple of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra in the 17th Century with the inspiration of the Puri Jagannath Dham. The temple of Lord Jagannath is located at a distance of 10 Km from the main city on top of a hillock. Even today, this is one of the most popular places to visit in Ranchi. On 6th August 1990, the structure of Jagannath Mandir collapsed but gradually it was restored and finally reopened on 8th February 1992.
Jagannath Mandir is open to devotees every day from 5:00 am – 12:00 noon and again from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. As the temple is built upon a hillock, pilgrims have to climb several stairs to reach the shrine. But after reaching the temple, they are going to get an amazing view from the top. There are no entry fees to visit this temple.
3. Hundru Falls
Hundru Falls is not only a typical picnic spot alone. It also has a mini hydropower unit. This power unit uses the water stored in the reservoir to run the turbines, generating electricity. Hundru falls with its bathing pool offers many opportunities for great fun. The region is also popular for its trekking destinations. It is located at one of the edges of the Ranchi plateau. Hundru waterfall, unlike many waterfalls, has rocky formation around it and a pool at the base of the waterfall. This rocky formation adds to the beauty of the waterfall while the pool serves as a bathing place for its visitors.
It is created by Subarnarekha River as it falls from a height of 98 meters. The sight created by water falling from such great height is worth taking a look at. The beauty of the water falling from this height is enhanced by the rocks surrounding the fall. Hundru falls is located at a distance of 45 km from Ranchi-Purulia Road. You will need to cross a distance of 21 km from the main road in order to reach the waterfalls. But shortcuts are also available. One can reach Hundru through the four-lane road from Ranchi via Ormanjhi via Sikidiri to Hundru. The best time to visit this waterfall is in summer or at the end of the monsoon. As during rainy season, the place takes a terrible look due to the disruption of its surroundings by the rainwater. Due to the rainwater, the rocks also become slippery and can cause accidents.
4. Jonha Falls
Jonha Falls rise mainly from the Ganga River and then the Raru River to go down a height of 141 feet. There is a temple just across the river of Lord Buddha, which is a very unique one indeed. Another interesting fact about this place is that every Tuesday and Saturday, there’s a fair organized for people and is a lot of fun with family or friends. It is at a distance of 40 km from Ranchi. This fall also has another name, the Gautam Dhara. This is one fall, which is not recommended for old people, as there is a lot of walking to do.
Bear in mind, a lot of steps (722 to be exact) need to be taken to reach the waterfall. The water in the river near the falls is very clean and you can see clearly the sand and rocks at the bottom in water. Jonha Falls is one amongst the attractive falls and traveler spot situated in Ranchi. Jonha falls is forty-five kilometers far from Ranchi, Jharkhand and can be reached by both trains and by road. While traveling by road you have to take Ranchi-Purulia road and travel for 32-35 km and thereafter another 4 km off the main road.
5. Sita Falls
Sita falls created by the course of stream Kanchi could be a marvelous place to go to. Sita falls isn’t famous to several due to its location on the outskirts of the tiny low district. But with the efforts from the tourism ministry, the place is made reachable to tourists. Sita falls is located in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand state. To reach Sita Falls we took Ranchi Purulia road or NH-32 from Ranchi. It is situated at a distance of 40 kilometers from Ranchi.
6. Chhinnamasta Temple
Chhinnamasta Temple dedicated to goddess Chinnamasta could be a Hindu pilgrim’s journey center and placed in Rajrappa, in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand. The place appeals devotees from all parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The main attraction of the Chhinnamasta (also known as Chinnamastika) temple is the headless idol of Goddess Chinnamasta which stands on the body of Kamdeo and Rati in the lotus bed. The Chhinnamasta temple is popular for its Tantrik variety of architectural style. Apart from the most temple, there are ten temples of various gods and goddesses such as the Surya (Sun God), Hanuman and Lord Shiva. It was this place where the Raja of Ramgarh Raj gave 3 lack acres of land to the people in the Bhudhan Movement started by Acharya Vinoba Bhave in Jharkhand.
A large range of pilgrims arrives here throughout the year. A large congregation of people takes place here during the full Moon and New Moon nights. Owing to the religious importance of the place, it is also popular among the disciples for marriage and ritual of mundan (shaving the head). Vehicle owners come here to get blessings for their new vehicles as they believe that the first worship of vehicles here multiplies the life of vehicles and brings luck to the owners. Tantriks look upon this place for Tantric accomplishment.
In the month of January, a distinct fair is held here on the festival of Makar Sankranti and attended by lakhs of people. A fair is also organized during the festival of Vijaydashmi, which was attended by a large number of people. Visitors will take a holy bath in the watercourse. Besides nonsecular importance, the place is also a picnic spot owing to its natural environment. The hilly landscape covered with lush forest and rivers is some of its features. The hot water spring placed here will increase the recognition of the region. The Bhera stream joins the Damodar stream from a height of twenty feet making a falls. The location has water travel facilities and guests will take boat rides within the neighborhood having varied rock formations on the stream bank. The place additionally attracts several foreign tourists thanks to its natural and spiritual importance. The region around the temple is quiet and unnatural after sunset. Due to this Satyajit Ray chose Rajrappa as the setting for Feluda adventure Chhinnamastar Abhishap (English title: The Curse of the Goddess).
7. Tagore Hill
Tagore Hill, in Ranchi, one of the premier cities in the state of Jharkhand, has been made famous by Rabindranath Tagore, the poet and Nobel Laureate of India. However, it may be surprising to know that Rabindranath Tagore had himself never visited the state of Ranchi or the location in the discussion. Tagore Hill, a very famous getaway destination in present-day Ranchi town was originally known as Morabadi Hills and constituted a small hillock away from human settlement, in quietness and isolation.
The change in name was attributed to the much less famous older brother of the celebrated writer, Jyotindranath Tagore, who acquired the land from its owner and chose to continue his life in isolation, visibly upset and depressed after the untimely and unexpected suicide of his young wife. It is here that he created 2 architectural structures when procuring the hillock, Bramha Sthal, and Shanti Dham, the latter being used for his residential purposes. The Tagore Hill still exists as a popular tourist destination of Ranchi and people in numbers flock to the 300 feet hill to enjoy the calmness, serene beauty and peaceful atmosphere in the surroundings along with a nice overlooking view of Ranchi city. A Ramakrishna Mission, a center of a spiritual retreat is situated at the foothills of Tagore Hill and enhances its stature as a spiritually recreational spot. The destination is equally popular among adventure lovers and thrill seekers pursuing adventure sports and activities like rock climbing. Tagore Hill will be visiting during the 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
8. Kanke Dam
Kanke Dam is a place that a person shouldn’t miss while touring around Ranchi. It is an amazing place to revive the tired senses. Kanke Dam was built in the 60s to supply the water to Ranchi city. Over the years, it has been developed and transformed into a major tourist destination in Ranchi. From the dam, one can witness the enthralling view of Gonda Hills as well. Kanke Dam is known for its serene atmosphere. The lush green surroundings and tranquil environment makes it a perfect spot for refreshing the tired senses. The pond created by Kanke Dam is home to some fishes as well. The fishes can be seen while enjoying the activity of boating. Kanke Dam and the area around is a great place for photography. Many nature photographers flock to this place and click pictures. People can enjoy the activity of boating by paying a small amount of fee. Even the fishes can be observed closely, however, fishing is prohibited in the pond. All seasons are best for visiting Kanke Dam. No entry fee is charged from visitors.
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