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