Places of Intrest

Dasham Falls

About 45 kms from Ranchi, enroute Jamshedpur, a motorable road branching off from NH 33, turns right towards Taimara village. It is here that the Kanchi River, a wild tributary of River Swarnarekha tumbles down from a height of 144 feet in full glory, to say the original name of the falls Da-Song, believed to be given during the British Raj, probably stems from the pristine beauty and the reverberations of the water at the falls. The ideal time to visit the place is between October to January and get rejuvenated in the lap of nature.
It can be reached through cars or private vehicles.

Source: Dasham Falls, Jharkhand Tourism

Deori Temple

A temple of SolhaBhuji(16 arms) Goddess Durga, it is located on the right side of Tata-Ranchi Highway (NH-33), at 60 kms from the capital city Ranchi and 3 kms from Tamar. It is the only temple in the Jharkhand where the Pujas are done by the Pahans (Tribal Priests) along with the conventional Brahmins. The original temple is in stone dating back to about 10- 11th century AD. The temple commands unflinching faith from its devotees, from far and wide. The icon of the temple with 16 arms is unique considering that the commonly worshiped form of Goddess Durga is with eight arms.

Source: Deori Temple, Jharkhand Tourism

Hirni Falls

It is another fascinating waterfall with tranquil surroundings; It is situated 70 kms from Ranchi on way to Chakradharpur. Situated amidst dense forests, River Swarnarekha, tumbles in wild abandon from a considerable height as a Hirni or wild deer. The cracks, crevices and the chasms across the mountain ridges or the tall trees that obstruct the general course of the river have split it into a number of miniature rivulets that restlessly meander their way down. It is however ideal for a day visit, given the dense forests around.

Source: Hirni Falls, Jharkhand Tourism

Hundru Fall

Hundru Falls is about 45 kms away from Ranchi town, located on the Ranchi Purulia Highway. The sight of the River Swarnarekha taking a spectacular leap from a height of 320 feet instantly wears out your fatigue. At the base of the falls the spirit of the water however mellows, gathering into a frothy pool where the visitors may take a rejuvenating dip. The place is also popular as one of the most admired trekking destination in the state. The wrath of Hundru is at its peak in the monsoons, when its waters unbridled and unchallenged, lash against the rocks. In summer, however it proves to be a cool recluse for picnic lovers

Source: Hundru Fall, Jharkhand Tourism

Jagannath Mandir, Dhurwa, Ranchi

The seventeenth century temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath nestles on a small hillock at Jagannathpur. Located near HEC, Dhurwa, on the South-West of the capital city, it is 11 kms from the railway station and 6 kms from the airport. The 100 feet tall temple was built by Thakur Aninath Shahdeo, in 1691 AD. The temple’s architectural style is reminiscent of its counterpart at Puri. It draws lakhs of devotees every year, especially on the occasion of car festival or Rath Yatra, in the month of June/July.
The temple also has a large hall in its complex, where thousands of marriages are solemnized every year.
It can be reached through various means of locally available transport and light vehicles.

Source: Jagannath Mandir, Jharkhand Tourism

Jonha Falls

About 45 kms away from Ranchi situated on the Ranchi-Purulia Highway, is the Jonha Falls, named after the local village. It is also known as the Gautamdhara, as there is a temple dedicated to Lord Budha, in its vicinity. The rocks here seem to beckon you down its natural gradient to join the frothy gurgling water of the River. The fall appears relatively more somber, enhancing the picturesque charm of the spot.

How to Reach
The site is well –connected with both rail and bus routes.
Nearest Rly. Station:- Jonha Station is 1.5 km away from Jonha Fall
By Road: Take the Ranchi-Purulia Road and after traveling 32 kms then travel about 4.8 kms off main road
Distance from Ranchi:- 40 kms

Source: Jonha Falls, Jharkhand Tourism

Kanke Dam

Located on the Kanke Road, at 8kms from the Ranchi railway station and 12 kms from the Birsa Munda airport is the Kanke Dam. Covering an expanse of 8 sq.kms, the water body is overlooked by the Gonda hillocks. The huge dark boulders of the latter instantly catch the eye ever from a distance. The dam supplies potable water to nearly half the city’s population in the adjoining areas.

The arched staircase that leads down to the waters of the lake also offers a panoramic view of the sunrise and sunset. The waters of the lake shimmer in the lights of its illuminated banks in the evening. It can be easily reached through auto rickshaws and other locally available public transport.

Source: Kanke Dam, Jharkhand Tourism

Sun Temple

The elegant temple of the Sun God, is 40 kms away from the railway station on the Tata Road near Bundu. It is fashioned in the form of huge chariot with 18 bedecked wheels and seven true to life horses as if ready to gallop ahead, it has been built by the Sanskriti Vihar and the temple committee is headed by Shri Ram Maroo, father of the former Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ajay Maro.

The temple has large pond within its compels that comes to life during Chhat or the festival of sun God. The colourful Tusu festival is also celebrated there by the natives on June 25. A dharmashala has been built for the pilgrims. The all-weather motorable road running up to the temple premises is an added advantage for the tourists and devotees alike.

Source: Sun Temple, Jharkhand Tourism


On the Chhotanagpur Plateau, barely 60 kms from Ranchi, lies the idyllic hamlet of Mc Cluskieganj. Once a bastion of the Anglo-Indian community, the place is known as lapra or Ganj among the residents. It is at an altitude of 450 m. the weather is ideal for a brief getaway, in this hamlet, particularly in the sweltering summers. Even in the peak of summer, the mercury seldom crosses 37 degrees Celsius. The humidity too is very low.

As a backgrounder to the place, Ernst Timothy Mc Cluskie, after whom mc Cluksieganj is named once, had a dream. During the tumult of Swadeshi movement, in the early 1900’s, this real estate agent based in Kolkata got perked with an idea of creating a retreat for the Anglo-Indians in a verdant hamlet. After scouring the region, he found the perfect spot in the Lapra forest, nestled amidst sal forests. It was then under the rule of Ratu Raja, whose capital was close to Ranchi. The houses were constructed in typical European style, with a portico, large balconies and high roofs, the owners soon became known for housing grand banquets. They brought with them their pianos, horses, mahagony chests and teak beds...all went well till 1946 but only 20 families remain today, as most of the Anglo-Indian community left after World War II.

The place continues to retain its age old charm. It appears to be a fabled land where the sienna-tiled houses seem picked out of a fairy tale, where butterflies spatter their colour with gay abandon, where the river flows fearlessly, where the hibiscus grows wantonly and where everywhere there is a ceremony of innocence.

Source: Sun Temple, Jharkhand Tourism

Tagore Hill

True to its name, the idyllic hill, rising to a height of 300 feet, continues to preserve the legacy of the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. It lies within the city of Ranchi at Morhabadi , at a distance of 7 kms from the railway station and 10 kms from the airport. The elder brother of the Kabiguru, Jyotindranath Tagore, has visited the place in 1908. So enamoured was he by the captivating beauty of the Morhabadi Hill and its surrounding, that he set up his camp home on the hillock. Watching sunrise and sunset is one of the attractions for tourists. This is being converted into an art museum, which can be reached through a flight of easy steps.
Being in the midst of the city, the spot is easily accessible through light vehicles and three-wheelers..

Source: Tagore Hill, Jharkhand Tourism