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