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Destinations :: Ranchi
Ranchi is picturesquely situated in the heart of Chotanagpur at an altitude of 2140 feet (654.5 metres) above sea level, in the nucleus of the region.Once the summer capital of Bihar, Ranchi is well known for its scenic attractions, water falls, barren rocks and hillocks. It has a number of industrial complexes which are very important in the industrial life of a country.
While on the one hand beautiful and exciting water falls are scattered around this town, on the other hand huge industries are also to be seen there which do attract visitors. There are many scenic attractions in and around Ranchi which hold tourists for days together. It is also an important place for the study of tribal ways of life and offers an ideal opportunity to those interested in Anthropology. Bihar Tribal Research Institute and museum is well worth a visit for those seeking to know more about the tribes of Bihar . One can consider some of the village rich in tribal life and above all, it is the central point of Chotanagpur which one cannot miss to visit. Due to its good climate, lot of people come here for health sake too. It gets 1530 mm rain annually.
Ranchi Hill and Ranchi Lake: The scenic attraction of the town has much to offer to its visitors. The landmark of Ranchi is a hill bearing a temple of Shiva at its foot known as "Ranchi lake". One can have panoramic view of the town and the surroundings from the top of the hill.
Tagore Hill: On the periphery of Ranchi is "Tagore Hill", named after Rabindra Nath Tagore who is believed to have written a part of famous Gitanjali here, besides other poems. Ram Krishna Ashram is situated at the foot of the hill. This hill is very attractive and bigger than "Ranchi Hill".
Air: Ranchi is connected by regular Indian Airlines services with Calcutta, Patna, Bombay and New Delhi.
Rail: Ranchi is on the South Eastern Railway and is directly connected with Calcutta, Patna, Rourkela etc.
Road: Ranchi is situated
on National Highway No.23 & 33 and there are nets of good roads around
it. Ranchi is directly connected by regular bus services with all the
main places in the state and also outside the state.
There are many good hotels of western and Indeian style. There are Government Guest House also. Besides there is a Tourist Bungalow, "Birsa Vihar" of Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.
Hundru Falls: 45 kms on Ranchi - Purulia road, where the Subarnrekha river cascades down from an altitude of 320 feet is a sight not to be missed especially in monsoon or when the wind sets the motion. The pools at the base of the falls are favorite picnic and bathing spots.
Jonha Falls: 40 km, on Ranchi -Purulia road also known as Gautam Dhara, is another enchanting retreat amidst rich flora and fauna beside the Kanchi river. The scenery it is very picturesque and it is a popular picnic spot. To admire the fall one is required to descend 500 pared steps.
Sita and Dassam Falls: Adjacent to Jonha Falls is Sita falls which can be seen at its best in the morning. Afternoon may best be saved for the Dassam falls (34 kms on Ranchi - Tata road) where Kanchi river falls from a height a of 114 feet.
Hirni Falls is another fascinating water fall with beautiful surroundings. It is situated 75 kms form Ranchi .
Breeding Center: km from Ranchi is Mutta Muggar. Breeding center in Ormanjhi which took off with 3 Bihari muggars (Crocodiles) and 2 from Chennai. Today they account for over 50. Nearby is the biological park replete with valuable samples of wild life.
Mc Calukieganj: 60km from Ranchi on haighway 47 is a very sleepy hamlet amidst green forests. The name evokes nostalgia and one gradually discovers the place popular with Anglo-Indian community. During 1950s there were no less than 100 Anglo-Indian families with their typical cottages, clubs and shops.