Tourist Destinations in Jharkhand

Travel to Hazaribagh




Hazaribagh Travel



Situated at a height of 2,019 feet above the sea level, this small health resort is a great hill destination in the Jharkhand district. The temperature here ranges from 41.1 degree Celsius in summers to 7 degree Celsius in the winters. The best time to visit is from October to April, when a lot of tourists throng the place. There are a number of tourist attractions here, which is why you see both national and international visitors in large numbers. Hazaribagh has become a prominent place in the state due to its coal mines and wildlife sanctuary. As Jharkhand is an important tourist state, Hazaribagh also enjoys the same status among visitors.

Places to visit

  • Canary Hill: The place comprises of three lakes surrounding the Canary hill and also has a beautiful park. The top of the hill is very popular as it provides for a panoramic view of Hazaribagh.
  • Wildlife sanctuary: For nature-lovers, the sanctuary can be a very memorable experience. Here you can explore thick forests having beautiful flora and fauna. It is known to inhabit tigers, deer, sambhar and lots of birds.
  • Suryakund: This is a hot spring, where the temperature of the water is 75 to 85 degree Celsius. The water is said to cure any skin condition. There are in all five kunds and a Durga temple as well.
  • Isko Village: The village is famous for rock paintings that date back to the mid-Stone Age. You can see the ancient civilization painted here.
  • Rajarappa temple: The place is a famous pilgrim resort and has a headless statue of goddess Chhinamastika, who stands on the Kamdeo and Rati. It is popular for its architectural design and is a very old temple.
  • Urwan tourist complex: Here you can enjoy adventure sports like rock climbing, boating and para sailing.
Some other attractive places are the Hazaribagh Lake, the Tilaiya Dam and the Konal Dam, which have beautiful scenery surrounding them and are famous as picnic spots.

Best time to visit

Although one can visit Hazaribagh all through the year, people love it most in the months from October to April. As it is a hill station, you can expect nature's blessing that can be seen in all weathers. Summers are hot, so if you are visiting in the summer, you should wear light clothes. In winters the temperature can fall to 7 degrees, so you have to wear thick woolen clothes. The weather is pleasant during January to March if you want to enjoy outdoor sports or adventure sports or even site-seeing. Lots of tourists visit the place during December to March.

How to reach

  • By road: Reaching Hazaribagh is not difficult at all. It lies on National Highway 33 and on the road connecting Ranchi. There is a good network of roads connecting Hazaribagh to other major cities in Jharakhand and other states. There are regular bus services here, and you can hire private taxis also. Ranchi is 91 km away and has plenty of buses and taxis that will help you reach Hazaribagh. Other cities close by are: Dhanbad (128 km), Bokaro (116 km) and Gaya (130 km).
  • By air: If you want to travel by air to Hazaribagh, then the nearest airport is in Ranchi. You can reach Ranchi from other major towns and cities as there are many airlines that will fly you frequently to Ranchi. From there you can hire a taxi or bus to reach Hazaribagh.
  • By rail: Major trains like the Rajdhani stop here, which becomes quite convenient for visitors to come to Hazaribagh. The railway station is located at Koderma station; from there you can travel by bus to Hazaribagh. Koderma station is on main route to Delhi-Howrah.
Local transport

The government has provided adequate bus transportation services, which tourists can utilize to roam around the city or visit the attractions. Traveling by bus is cheaper as compared with taxis and auto rickshaws.

However, if you want to travel by taxi, you have to check for metered and un-metered taxis. Sometimes you can be cheated by the drivers. It is the same with the auto rickshaws as well. You have to ask them about the charge before you enter the auto rickshaw so that you can confirm about the fare. Bargaining is also carried on in popular places as there are hundreds of visitors who want to roam the city. Besides, there are cycle rickshaws to cover shorter distances.

Food

Hazaribagh offers a variety of Indian, Continental and local food restaurants to tickle your taste buds. The place has some of the best veg and non-vegetarian restaurants in Hazaribagh. Some popular restaurants are Upkar restaurant on the Ranchi Patna road and Prince Restaurant on the same road. Kachari sabji and jalebi are very popular here for breakfast. Snacks like dhuska and bada are also very famous and you get them from the street shop lined on the streets. Try maal pua or the famous chat or even the rasgulla, which are very tasty.

For the non-vegetarian, there is the kabab and paya on Jama Masjig road, which is quite different from what is offered in the rest of the country. Besides, there are a number of cafeterias and coffee shops as well as bakeries too.

Shopping

Hazaribagh is a small place, so you will not be able to see plush malls and stores here. However, the city markets are big and you can find almost anything here. Urbann Haat is a market located around 3 km from the National Highway 33 and here you will find around 50 stalls that cater to various needs of the visitors. It displays various local products that can be taken back home as souvenirs, like the terracotta, sohari paintings, furniture, handloom garments and leather products. The products here are made by local artisans and are a work of art.

Popular Things
  • Hazaribagh was a famous place during the times of the British Raj. It was a planned city and today this planned part of the city is now known as Boddam Bazaar.
  • In Hazaribagh the Bengali community is very prominent and is supposed to have shifted here during the British Raj.
  • Some famous personalities from Hazaribagh are Keshub Chander Sen, Rai Bahadur Mukherjee, and Manmathanath Dasgupta.
  • Hazaribagh is also prominent because of the coal reserves found here. The place has earned second position after Bokaro in the state.
Travel Tips
  • Always carry appropriate clothing according to the season.
  • While you visit the national park, make sure you have the timings right. Remember that flowers or plants are not allowed to be plucked.
  • Do not throw litter or plastic in the forest.
  • Follow the rules strictly in the national park.
  • While hiring a vehicle, you have to first fix the rate.
  • Entry fee for vehicles like bus in national park is Rs. 75, Rs. 20 for car and jeep, Rs. 10 for motorcycle, and Rs. 25 for Taxi.
  • Rs. 50 per person is the entry fee for the national park.
  • Reservations are to be made by a divisional forest officer, West Division, Hazaribagh, prior to visit.
Cost of Travel

Everybody's preferences are different, so the cost too will differ as cost of transportation, hotels, restaurants, sightseeing will also differ. If you travel to Hazaribagh by air, the cost will certainly rise up. However, a bus journey will be cheaper, but time consuming. It will be half the cost of the air fare. The same can be said about the hotel accommodations. There are deluxe hotels as well as budget hotels that range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 4000 approximately. So if you stay for a day, your cost including the meals and stay will be on an average Rs. 1000.there are other miscellaneous costs like an entry fee to any site or even parks, transportation, toll etc.

How many days are enough?

Hazaribagh is a small place, so if you want to explore only Hazaribagh, three to four days will be enough. If you divide Hazaribagh into four regions, then you can complete the north and west ones on the first day and east and south on the second. However, you will need one whole day to explore the national park. For the spiritual and religious people, visiting the temples and Buddhist site will need an extra day.

Important Tourist Information Centre
  • Tourist Information Centre Directorate of Tourism Birsa Vihar Complex Main Road, Ranchi Ph: 91-651-2300646
  • Principal Secretary (Tourism) Government of Jharkhand HEC Project Building Dhurwa, Ranchi Telefax: 91-651-2403229, Fax: 2403836
  • Tourists information center, Hotel Aranya Vihar campus, Haranganj, Hazaribagh - 825301 Ph- + 91 (6546) 224916


Last Updated on : December 18, 2013