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Location : Jharkhand
Popular As : Coal Capital of India
Attractions : Central Mining Research Institute, Central Fuel Research Institute, Indian School of Mines etc.
Best Time To Visit : September to May

Introducing Dhanbad
Central Mining Research InstituteDhanbad is an industrial city in the newly formed state of Jharkhand. A mining town, Dhanbad is famous all over the world for its rich coal fields and industrial establishments. Because of coal fields, Dhanbad is also called the 'Coal Capital' of the India and the 'City of Coal.' In and around the Dhanbad city found the richest mineral wealth of India. Economy of Dhanbad is principally dependent upon coal and coal based industries. Coal Washing and coke making are the main coal related industry in the city of Dhanbad. Tata Steel has its mines in the area, other major companies having their presence in the city are BCCL (Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.) and IISCO (Indian Iron And Steel Company). All these companies have developed fine townships for their employees comprising good roads, water supply, power and sanitation facilities. Although Dhanbad has very few tourist attractions, but it makes an ideal base for excursions to nearby places.

How to Reach Dhanbad
By Air : Dhandad is connected by Vayudoot Service with Ranchi (169 km) and Patna (325 km). Both these cities have their own airport and served by flights of Indian Airlines and Air Deccan to Delhi, Kolkata and other cities of India.

By Train : Dhandad railway station is an important railhead on Eastern Railway. Several express and super-fast trains ply to Dhanbad from Patna, Kolkata, Delhi and other important cities of India.

By Road : Good network of roads connect Dhanbad with important town in Jharkhand and Bihar. Buses are available from Dhanbad to Bokaro (84 km), Ranchi (169 km) and other places of Jharkhand. Chartered buses or taxis are arranged to Dhanbad from Ranchi and Patna by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation at regular intervals.

Local Transport : Taxis, scooter, cycle rickshaws are available as modes of local transport in Dhanbad.

Places Where You Can Stay
Dhanbad is dotted with a number of good hotels which provide a comfortable stay to guests and suit all budgets. Some of the famous hotels of Dhanbad are Hotel Skylark, Hotel Black Rock, Hotel Ajanta, Hotel V.I.P, Hotel Hill Top, Hotel Trincas Savoy, Hotel Everest, Hotel Rajdoot, Hotel Vasundhra, Hotel Woodland, Hotel Samrat, Hotel Kunal, Hotel Rajhans, Hotel Prince, Hotel Poonam, Hotel Bonanza, Hotel Benzer etc.

Tourist Attractions in Dhanbad
The collieries, technical institutions and research centres of high order and the attractive landscapes are the main attractions of Dhanbad city. Some popular attractions of Dhanbad city include the Central Mining Research Institute (CMRI), the Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI), Directorate General of Mines Safety and Indian School of Mines. The Indian School of Mines draws students from all over India and abroad as well.

Tourist Attractions Around Dhanbad
Jharia : Jharia, a suburb of Dhanbad is located at distance of 10 kms. The town has a rich colliery centre and it is much known for business activities.

Sindri : Sindri is 30 kms away from Dhanbad. The town has fertilizer factories and many other factories. Sindir is also home to a Govt Engineering College Bihar Institute of Technology.

Topchanchi Lake : An artificial lake, Topchanchi Lake lies at a distance of 37 kms from Dhanbad on National Highway 2. Topchanchi Lake is surrounded by lush green hills and it is an ideal for picnics.

Bokaro : Bokaro, India's biggest steel complex is situated at a distance of 47 kms from Dhanbad on the southern back of Damodar river. Steel plant of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) is the chief attraction of the city. Besides the steel plant other places of tourists interest at City Park, Garga Dam, Stadium, Cooling Pond etc.

Panchet Dam : Panchet Dam lies at a distance of 50 kms from Dhanbad. Built on Damodar river, the Panchet Dam is 22,155 ft long and 124 ft high. On the eastern side of the dam, a hydel power station has been constructed against the picturesque background of Panchet Hill.

Maithon Dam : Maithon Dam is situated at a distance of 52 kms from Dhanbad. Literally meaning, 'Mother's Abode', Maithon Dam is the biggest reservoir of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). Specially made for flood control, this dam has been built on the Barakar river. Maithon Dam has a unique underground power station which is first of its kind in South East Asia. Just at a little distance from Maithon Dam, Kalyaneshwari houses an ancient temple. Maithon lake spread over an area of 65 sq. km and offers boating and fishing facilities. A rest house also stands on an island in the lake which offers accommodation facility. Adjacent to the dam is a Deer Park and a Bird Sanctuary.

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