(Last Updated on : 14-02-2013)
Tourism in Jharkhand
forms an indispensible part of the economy of Jharkhand. Jharkhand is blessed with an exotic landscape: the rolling hills, beautiful plateaus, sparkling rivers, etc. that largely contribute towards tourism at Jharkhand. Besides, the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, holy shrines and museums, etc. largely attract tourists to come to Jharkhand.
Pilgrimage Tourism in Jharkhand
There are many pilgrimage centres in Jharkhand. Temples of Jharkhand are the preservers of the rich culture and tradition of the bygone ages of the state. Deoghar
is one of the districts of Jharkhand that is popular for its striking natural setting. Here the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga is regarded as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India and thus it is the most sacred places for the Hindus and the abode of Lord Shiva
. This holy place is also famously known as the Baidyanath dham or Baba dham.
is another important temple that was constructed by Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo of Barkagarh Jagannathpur principality.
The Sun temple
is situated at a distance of 39 kilometres from Ranchi near Bundu
on the Tata road. This temple is built in the shape of a gigantic chariot that has been decorated with seven life size horses and 18 wheels.
is also one of the important pilgrimages centers in Jharkhand that is enlisted among the major Shakti Peethas in India
. The famous temple of Goddess Chhinnamastika
is situated here.
Nature Tourism in Jharkhand
Jharkhand is an ideal venue where one can find a blend of nature's glory and a heritage of glorious past of Indian tradition. It is natural that enthusiasts and tourists freaks from various other places pay a visit to this state. There are many tourist destinations in Jharkhand situated in the lap of nature. The beautiful waterfalls attract many tourists to this place. The Hundru Waterfalls
is one of the most picturesque falls surrounding Ranch
i. Even the Panch Gagh falls, the Gautamdhara, the Dassam Falls, Jonha Falls are spectacular places to visit. These also serve as good picnic spot. One can also experience bathing under the gushing water. Apart from these there are also many other beautiful falls like the Rajrappa Falls, the Hirni Falls, the Topchanchi Lake
, the Bhatinda Fall and the Usri Falls.
Leisure Tourism of Jharkhand
The Jharkhand wildlife sanctuaries form one of the important tourist attractions in the state of Jharkhand. The state has a rich variety of flora and fauna.
The Hazaribagh National Park
nestles in low hilly terrain, at an average altitude of 615 meters. It has an abundance of wild animals like the wild boar
, chital, sloth bear
, Royal Bengal Tiger
The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
is another wildlife sanctuary rich in flora and fauna. The forests are mostly Dry Mixed Deciduous with Dry Peninsular Sal, the main tree species being Terminalias, Jamun Tree
, Dhaura, Kendu, Karam etc. The sanctuary is favoured by the Elephants
due to availability of water even during summer. Leopard
, Barking Deer
, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear
, Giant Squirrels
are found here.
The Betla National Park
is another significant wildlife sanctuary in Jharkhand. This wildlife sanctuary offers the tourists different species of wildlife. Some major animals of this sanctuary are panthers, sambars, leopards, elephants, monkeys, jackals, gaurs, chitals, wild boars, tigers, small Indian civets, sloth bears, nilgais and Langur
The Jaivik Udyan
also serves as a popular wildlife a sanctuary that is known for its range of plant life and animal life.