Jaganathpur Temple and Hill
Ranchi Science Centre
Welcome to Ranchi,
Ranchi is the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand. It got it name from 'Archi', a Nagpuri word meaning Bamboo forest. It is located at a height of 2,140 ft above the sea level, entirely covered with reddish soil. Ranchi has been blessed with many magnificent water falls; in fact it can be termed as a charming hub of water falls, lush green hilly regions, barren rocks and greenish beautiful valleys.
Wide forest area in and around Ranchi are very rich in variety of trees and wild animals. Maugha, sal, simul and gambhar are some of the trees seen in these forests. Bears, nilgai, hares, sambar and chital are the animals usually habited in the forests in Ranchi. The charming destinations include Ranchi Hill, Jonha Falls, Kanke Dam, Tagore Hill, Ranchi Lake, Hundru Falls, Jagannath temple, Hatia Museum and Tribal Research Institute and Museum etc.
Angrabadi temple complex, placed in the surroundings of tranquil beauty and in a calm and peaceful atmosphere, is a majestic temple complex in Khunti, not far away from Ranchi. The temple was renamed as Amreshwar Dham by the Sage Shankaracharya Swami Swarupananda Saraswathi. The temples are distinctive and enclose the Hindu Gods such as Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Ram-Sita and Hanuman. Ram-Sita is a unique one worth visiting. This is a superb place to visit for spiritual enrichment and also for eye pleasing natural beauty and sceneries. Many devotees visit this temple complex to offer their prayers seeking blessings.
Birsa Jaivik Udyan is another garden that is situated at a distance of 16 km from Ranchi in Ranchi Ramgarh Road near Ormanjhi. Many species of animals, trees and plants can be seen here. However, most significant amongst these is the Morhabadi Hill famous or the Tagore Hill. The elder brother of Rabindranath Tagore had built a house (Shantidham) on the hill. At the bottom of the hill is the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram.
Dassam falls are also known as Dassam Ghagh. Dassam falls are about 40 km. away from Ranchi on Tata Road. The Kanchi River falls from a height of about 144 feet at the Dassam falls.The tourists are warned not to take bath in the falls or at least be careful while bathing in the stream.
Nestling in low hilly terrain, at an average altitude of 1800 ft. (615 metres) this 183.89 sq. kms National Park has an abundance of wild animals, i.e. wild Boar, Sambar, Nilgai, Chital, Sloth Bear, tiger and Panthar. The 1970 census has established the presence of 14 tigers, 25 Panthers and 400 Sambars.
Hirani Falls are about 70 km from Ranchi on way to Chakradharpur. Situated in a dense forest area, Hirni has been favoured by nature for scenic beauties. The tourists are carried away by emotions and flight of imagination while observing Hirni.
One of the eternal beauty in earth, Hudru falls, is in the Subarnarekha river flows through Ranchi. The river Subarnarekha has many waterfalls on its way and Hudru falls is most beautiful among those which fall from a height of 320 feet. Hudru falls makes a remarkable landscape and has emerged as most sought tourist place recently mainly due its natural enchanting beauty. The pools at the down fall give wonderful opportunity for bathing and the Hudru falls is a picnic and resting spot in summer. This is destination not to be missed while in Ranchi.
About 10 km. from Ranchi GPO is another sight seeing place where the tourist can rejoice and worship. The old temple of Lord Jaganath, built in 17th Century in architectural style of Puri Temple stands like a fort on top of the hill. A portion of the temple has come down and awaits renovation. Its chariot festival held in the light part of Ashadh Mas draws a big crowd comprising of tribals and non-tribals. HEC township nearby is an added attraction.
The Jonha Falls (also called Gautamdhara Falls) is a waterfall located in Ranchi district. Situated at an edge of the Ranchi plateau, the Jonha Falls is an example of a hanging valley falls. The Gunga River hangs over its master stream, Raru River and forms the falls. One has to descend 500 steps to admire the surroundings. Water in the falls drops from a height of 43 metres (141 ft).
The Johna Falls is an example of a nick point caused by rejuvenation. Knick point, also called a nick point or simply nick, represents breaks in slopes in the longitudinal profile of a river caused by rejuvenation. The break in channel gradient allows water to fall vertically giving risie to a waterfall. A fair is organized in Jonha every Tuesday and Saturday.
A serene lake Kanke Dam in Ranchi is placed perfectly at a picturesque spot at the foothills of the Gonda Hills. The Dam assumed to be originated many decades back. The tranquil atmosphere, unpolluted air, secluded environment and nice weather makes this lake very attractive for tourist looking for relaxation and seclusion. It is ideal tourist destination for nature lovers, holiday picnic makers and also for casual visitors mainly due to its charming scenic surroundings. An added attraction is the Rock Garden located nearby.
Machli Ghar is a fish aquarium and is situated in front of Governor House. It has many species of fishes. Besides this, the Muta Crocodile Breeding Centre is situated at a distance of 23 km from Ranchi on Ranchi Ramgarh Road near Ormanjhi. There are around 50 crocodiles.
Nakshatra Van is a park created by the Jharkhand Forest Department in front of the Jharkhand Raj Bhawan (Governor's Residence) in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, a state of India. A nakshatra or lunar mansion is one of the 27 or 28 divisions of the sky, identified by the prominent star(s) in them, that the Moon passes through during its monthly cycle, as used in Hindu astronomy and astrology.
The most important feature of the park is the way trees have been planted in the park. At the center of the park, there is a big circle. The trees have been planted in straight lines in different sectors of this circle. Each sector of the circle represents a particular Zodiac sign.
A charming imposing temple of Lord Shankara, another name for Lord Shiva, Pahari Mandir is located on the top of a huge Ranchi hill of altitude 2140 feet from sea level. Ranch hill was known earlier as Phansi Tongri and it is the place where freedom fighters were hanged to death. To remember the importance of this hill in the freedom movement, tricolor flag is unfurled on the Independence Days and Republic days.
The surroundings are picturesque and to reach the temple at the top of the mountain requires tapping up of more than 300 steps. Many devotees visit this place to make their wishes and also make the opportunity to thank Lord Shiva for the blessings. A bird's view of the whole Ranchi city is possible from the temple premises and the view is really an enchanting eye pleasing experience. The trees of different species add to the beauty of the hill especially during the rainy season. During Shravan time, the devotees offer Jal (Dhara) to temple deity and the Shravan season is a major draw of visitors.
A spectacular place with five beautiful cascaded in a row, Panch (means five) Gagh falls, is placed on Ranchi- Chakradharpur near to the scenic village Khunti. These five falls originates from high altitudes and the foot of the falls is good picnic spot, to have the exprience of bath under the gushing water. Recently these five falls are attracted by many tourists visiting Ranchi due to its eternal beauty, pristine surroundings and calm atmosphere.
This centre at Morabadi was established in 1927 by Srimat Swami Vishuddhanandaji Maharaj ( the eight President of the Ramakrishna Order ) as a branch centre of Ramakrishna Mission. The twin organisations of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission (having branches all over India as well as other parts of the World) bearing the name of Sri Ramakrishna, the prophet of harmony of all religions, was started by Swami Vivekananda in May 1897. At present the Ramakrishna order has 191 centres of which 39 are outside India. These branches are engaged in diverse activities in the field of Medical, educational, cultural, social, spiritual, rural and tribal upliftment, relief and rehabilitation (Disaster Management).
Ranchi at an altitude of 2140 feet from sea level, is a popular health and holiday resort and a place of sacred pilgrimage. A panoramic view of the town can be beheld from the hill top. The Shiva Temple situated on the top of the hill, is an added attraction for the devotees.
Ranchi Lake, located at the base of the mammoth Ranchi hill of altitude 2140 feet from sea level, was excavated and made as a lake in 1842 by a British national Colonel Onsely. This lake is very neat and calm, and many water birds perch over the lake. The facilities for boating are available in the lake and boating is really a wonderful experience in the Ranchi Lake. Ranchi hill itself is an attraction for tourists; a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located atop of the hill. One can get a magnificient view of Ranchi from the top of the hill.
Ranchi Museum is situated at the Tribal Research Institute building at Morabadi.It was opened for the public in the year 1974. The museum houses Prehistoric implements, stone sculptures, terracotta, numismatics, and arms. The museum also showcases the culture and life livings of the tribal people of Bihar.
Ranchi Science Centre is the first science centre in the state of Jharkhand in India. The centre comprises two storied building that houses three permanent thematic galleries of covered area 42,000 square meter on an area of 13 acre land, provided by Government of Jharkhand, at Chiraundi village near Ranchi. In 8 acre area, there are several interactive exhibits on simple machines, sound, optics, pendulum and static models of prehistoric animals.
To have seclusion in a serene environment, Rock Garden in Ranchi is the perfect place. It is a nature's gift with majestic scenic environments. Rock Garden in a scenic hillock is located nearby the Albert Ekka Chowk in Ranchi. Many visitors throng here to have a pleasant and calm feeling, rejuvenating the mind and body. The lake at the foot of the hill is very beautiful and attractive and is a nice place to relax.
Subarnarekha River (also called Swarnarekha River) flows through the Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. Hundru Falls is created on the course of the Subarnarekha, where it falls from a height of 98 metres (322 ft). 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.
Elegant Sun temple in Ranchi, in the architectural form of a mammoth vehicle with 18 wheels driven by seven horses, is placed in a lush green lawn. The landscape is charming and the surrounding is very attractive. There is a sacred pond with calm and clean water, many devotees take a dip in this holy pond, with a belief that the dip in this pond will give them relief from all the sins done knowingly and unknowingly. The temple is termed as a poem written in a stone, so beautiful is the temple and the vicinities. The temple is a nice tourist destination for devotees as well as regular tourists.
Tagore hill, also known as Moradabad Hill, is a 300 feet altitude hill located in the beautiful haven of Albert Ekka Chowk in Ranchi and is named after the world famous poet, Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. The local history reveals that the hill has close relations with the Tagore family; it is assumed that the poet liked this hill due to its serene beauty and the extraordinary calmness and was a place for his literary work.
A centre of Divyayan and Agararian Vocational Institute and famous Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is located at the foot of the Tagore hill. This is a good place for hill climbing and spends some time at the top of the hill in seclusion.
- Canari Hill, Rajrappa Falls, Suraj Kund, Baidyanath Dham, Baidyanath Temple, Basakinath Temple, Harila Joria, Trikut, Topchanchi, Jharia, Sindri etc.
- Hatia Dam, Tribal Research Institute and Museum, McCluskigunj, Muta Crocodile Breeding Centre, Maithon Dam, Panchet Dam, Deer Park, Birsa Zoological Park, Rajrappa Falls etc.