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Location : Jharkhand
Popular As : Capital of Jharkhand
Attractions : Ranchi Museum, Tagore Hill, Gonda Hill and Rock Garden, Jagannathpur Temple, Ranchi Hill, Angrabadi etc.
Best Time To Visit : September to May

Introducing Ranchi
Jagannathpur TempleSet amidst wonderful rolling hills criss-crossed by little steams and rivulets that resound with gushing waterfalls, Ranchi presides over the young state of Jharkhand that was carved out of the state of Bihar few years back. Situated in Chhotanagpur Valley at an altitude of 2,140 ft above sea level, Ranchi is famous for its pleasant climate, tribal culture and an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife in surrounding areas. Besides a tourist spot, Ranchi is also boasts of several reputed educations institutions and an important place for the study of tripal ways of life. Ranchi offers excellent opportunity to those who are interested in Anthropology. Once the summer capital of Bihar, Ranchi is also emerging as an industrial town and houses a number of industrial complexes. Due to the presence of abundance of natural resources like minerals, Ranchi is visited by business travellers as well. Moreover, with so many attractions, Ranchi makes for an excellent destination for holiday and you should must plan a visit to this charming city.

How to Reach Ranchi
By Air : Ranchi airport is connected to major cities of India. Indian Airlines and many other airlines connect Ranchi with Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Kolkata. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available at the airport for transfer to the city.

By Train : Ranchi on South-Eastern railway is connected to all parts of the country through several express and super-fast trains. Some of the important trains connecting Ranchi to major cities are Rajdhani Express and Sampark Kranti Express to Delhi, Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express to Kolkata.
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By Road : Ranchi lies on the crossroads of National Highway Number 23 and 33. Therefore Ranchi is well connected to all parts of Jharkhand and other neigbouring parts of the country with good motorable roads. Road distances to some important cities from Ranchi are Jamshedpur (140 km), Patna (290 km), Kolkata (410 km) and Bhubaneswar (550 km).

Local Transport : Tourist taxis and auto-rickshaws are available throughout the city. Fares are negotiable.

Places Where You Can Stay
Most of the hotels in Ranchi are along or just off the main road. Sufficient accommodation options are available in Ranchi and you will not face any type of difficulty while staying in these hotels. Some of the noted hotels of Ranchi include Yuvraj Palace, Ranchi Ashok, Hotel Amrit, Hotel Barsa Vihar, Hotel Embassy, Hotel Highland Inn, Kwality Inn, Hotel Arya etc.

Tourist Attractions in Ranchi
Ranchi Museum : Situated on the Morabadi road the museum has an interesting collection of tribal artefacts, costumes, implements and earthenware objects. Ranchi Museum is open daily from 10.30 am to 5 pm, except Friday. Entry is free.

Tagore Hill : Tagore Hill lies about 3 km from the Ranchi GPO at a height of about 300 ft. The hill got its name from the Tagore family and it is said that Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote a number of books seating on the top of the hill. Ramakrishna Misshion Ashram and centre of Divyayan and Agrarian Vocational Institute are situated at the foot of the hill.

Gonda Hill and Rock Garden : Gonda Hill is situated on Kanke Road, just in front of the CMPDIL headquarters. Atop the hill there is water reservoir while at the foot of the hill is a lake known as Kanke Dam. Rock Garden is also located adjacent to the Gonda Hill. Gonda Hill and Rock Garden is a lucrative place for tourists and offer a cool retreat to them.

Jagannathpur Temple : Just 10 km from Ranchi G.P.O, Jagannathpur Temple is a famous sightseeing place for tourists. Here the visitors can rejoice and worship as well. Built in 1691 AD in the architectural style of Puri Temple, Jagannathpur Temple stands like a fort atop the hill. Every year the car (chariot) festival is held here which draws a big crowd comprising of tribals and non-tribals. HEC township close to the temple is an added attraction.
Dassam Falls
Ranchi Hill : Set at an altitude of 2,140 ft above sea level, Ranchi Hill is a popular health and holiday resort and also a sacred place for pilgrims. From the top of the hill you will get a panoramic view of the town. The Shiva Temple atop the hill is an added attraction which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Angrabadi : A huge temple complex, Angrabadi is home to the temples of Lord Ganpati, Rama-Sita and Hanumant and Lord Shiva. When you visit the Angrabadi temple complex you will be fascinated by serene, placid and celestial beauty of the place.

Tourist Attractions Around Ranchi
Birsa Zoological Park : Located at a distance of 14 kms from Ranchi, Birsa Zoological Park provides shelter to a variety of wild animals.

Hundru Falls : The most picturesque of the many waterfalls near Ranchi, Hundru Falls is 28 kms away from Ranchi town. Actually the Swarnarekha river which falls from a height of 320 ft makes the Hundru falls. During the summer the Hundru falls turns into a wonderful picnic spot, but in the rainy season it takes a dangerous form.
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Sun Temple : Sun Temple lies at a distance of 39 km from Ranchi on Tata Road near Bundu. Constructed by Sanskrit Vihar headed by Shri Ram Maroo, the managing director of Ranchi Express, the Sune temple is often referred to as 'a poem in stone.' Standing on the desolate green bush, the temple is built in the form of massive chariot with elegantly decorated 10 wheels and seven life size horses. Adjacent to the temple there is a pond serving as a sacred place for Chhathavratis and a dharamshala.

Macluskeiganj : Situated 40 km northwest of Ranchi, Macluskeiganj was originally designed as a heaven for Anglo-Indians. Nowadays it is in a peculiar state of limbo, as most of its original community has left the place. Some of the garden cottages are dilapidated, while other house retired urbanites and army officers.

Dassam Falls : About 40 kms away from Ranchi on Tata Road there is village named as Taimara. Close to this village flows the Kanchi river, falling from a height of about 144 ft this river makes a lovely fall called Dassam Falls. The falls is very dangerous so the tourists are warned not to take bath or always remain careful while taking bath in the stream.

Jonha Falls : Jonha Falls is about 40 km away from Ranchi. The falls is easily reachable by road, although the road is a bit narrow but no much rough and rugged. Close to Jonha Falls lies the Lord Gautam Buddha's Temple.

Hirni Falls : Hirni Falls lies 70 km away from Ranchi on way to Chakradharpur. Situated amidst dense forest Hirni Falls is famous for its scenic beauty and pleasant environs.

Shopping in Ranchi
Shopping in Ranchi is a pleasant experience, you will find everything of daily use in the markets of the city. Some of the specialties of Ranchi include handicrafts, handlooms, jewelleries and textiles etc. Ranchi also has a number of branded shopping outlets where you can buy clothes, shoes and many other items.

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