The land of Pristine Forest
Jharkhand's most valuable possession after coal and minerals is its abundant forests. The state is situated on the Chhota Nagpur plateau, giving it an elevation from sea-level of about 600 meters. One such place blessed with untouched, raw forests is Hazaribagh. The town is full of nature's blessings in the form of hills, lakes and forests. One such highlight of the place is the wildlife sanctuary which is extremely beautiful.
There are three natural divisions of this district – Medium Plateau, Lower Plateau and Damodar Valley. The district headquarter is a part of the medium plateau, which is situated at the height of about 2,000 ft from the sea level. The whole area is surrounded by the lower plateau, except for the western part of the medium plateau. The height of the lower plateau is about 1,300 ft above the sea level. Damodar Valley is in the southern part of this district where Ramgarh town is situated which is about 1,000 ft below the districts headquarter.
This natural division makes the place breathable with its growing population. The actual problem with the place is that a lot of people outside the state do not know about the hidden treasure Jharkhand has. While this makes tourism less, it does help in keeping the forests unexploited. Thus, if you want to spend some time in the wilderness very very close to nature, Hazaribagh is definitely the place for you.
Hazaribagh is full of nature's treats. It is quite rich in flora and fauna. Its name does the talking for it which means 'a thousand gardens'. Well, the name fits as the entire area is full of green forests, referred to as a garden.
The place is culturally as well as historically rich too. The hill it is located on is the very revered hills of Jharkhand- the Parasnath Hills, which is the birthplace of the 23 Jain Tirthankaras. The place is considered very very pious by the Jain people.
Hazaribagh also has cave paintings from the stone age, which prove its inhabitance since then.
How to reach
Hazaribagh is around 90 kms from the state capital Ranchi, and can be very easily reached from any part of the country.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Ranchi, 90 kms away. From Ranchi, buses are available to reach Hazaribagh very frequently. Some bus companies have hourly buses to Hazaribagh. Flights for Ranchi are very easily available from almost all major cities of India.
How to Reach by Train
Hazaribagh has its own railway station, which connects the town to many major cities in the country.
How to Reach by Bus
Buses are available for H.B. from Ranchi, Patna and Kolkata, and also from some neighbouring places. it is well connected by roads.
How to Reach by Road
The roads are well connected to Ranchi, Patna and other cities of Bengal. Ranchi, the state capital is 90 km away. Regular direct bus services from Patna and Ranchi are also available.
How to travel within
All sorts of local transport are available- auto rickshaws, cabs and taxis, all are easily available at low prices.
Staying in Hazaribagh
There are a lot of staying options in Hazaribagh. There are quite a few hotels and guest houses. In fact, Hazaribagh is quite famous for marriages, and a lot of people from neighbouring places chose Hazaribagh to get married.
The local cuisine is quite delicious as well and is a must try. The locals are very polite and humble, and will be ready to help at any hour. The forests, lakes, food along with the hospitable locals make Hazaribagh quite a delight to visit.
- Start your day by visiting the Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, spend as much time as you can there, close to nature, at its best.
- Visit the Hazaribagh Jheel, and watch water glimmer, take a boat ride and enjoy your stay there.
- In the evening visit the Canary Hills and watch the sunset and the beautiful orange-red sky.
- Go to Urban Haat and get some souvenirs for yourself and your family.
- Enjoy the local delicacies such as litti-chokha, dhuska and choley and other snacks.