Jamshedpur, the largest city in Jharkhand is home to India’s first ever private iron and steel company. Famously referred to as ‘The Steel City’, Jamshedpur is considered one of the best planned industrial cities in the country. Well, nature lovers, the land is not all industries; it is rich in natural beauty as well and hence you can pack up to land here to experience a scenario where the flourishing industries have not spoilt the natural resources but have helped to maintain the beauty of the land. Here are the top destinations to visit in Jamshedpur.
1. Dalma Hills
At an altitude of 3000 ft above sea level and just 13 km from Jamshedpur, Dalma Hills is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in the land. The views from the hills are spectacular. The dense forests, wildlife sanctuary and Lord Shiva temple attract tourists in great numbers. The serenity of the hills makes it a perfect place for unwinding. Adventure seekers are not disappointed as well. Since there is scope for trekking and mount climbing, the more adventurous minds do not allow themselves to be tied down by its stunning beauty.
2. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
To spot some of the rare species and endangered animals, you need to be at Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary established in the year 1976 covers an area of 193 square kilometers. Some of the wild animals found here include elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth beers, gaurs, chital, barking deer and elephants. Elephants are star attraction here as they migrate in great numbers to this sanctuary from various places during summer. The sanctuary is also home to a wide range of flora. Trekkers love this sanctuary as the steep slopes are challenging.
3. Jubilee Park
Gifted by Tata Steel, Jubilee Park covers an area of 225 acres. It was inaugurated in the year 1956. With Vrindhavan Garden in Mysore as the inspiration behind its construction, Jubilee Park delights the visitors with its stunning landscape. The three colored fountains look stunning in the evening when illuminated. Well maintained trees and flowerbeds make this place exceedingly beautiful. Some of the sections in the park include Rose Garden, Smriti Udyan, Tata Steel Zoological Park and Foliage Park.
4. Jubilee Lake
Jubilee Lake is situated inside Jubilee Park. It covers an area of 40 acres. The zoo surrounding the lake offers visitors a sight of a wide range of birds and animals. Boat riding facility is available here.
5. Jayanti Sarovar
Jayanti Sarovar is situated inside Jubilee Park, which was inaugurated in 1956. The park is home to an impressive variety of roses. Children can have a great time here as there are swings, skating rides, see saws and windmills. The illuminated fountains add charm to the scenic park.
6. Tata Steel Zoological Park
Tata Steel Zoological Park situated inside the Jubilee Park is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. Bird watchers love this place as migratory birds are viewed here in winters. Safari rides take you through the woods so that you can view animals in their natural environment and not caged. You would love the visit to Nature Education Centre here.
7. Russi Modi Centre of Excellence
Russi Modi Centre of Excellence is situated near Jubilee Park. The construction is awe-inspiring and is a reflection of the dedication of Tata group towards excellence. The Centre offers facilities for various organizations to create ideas and work to accomplish excellence in their chosen fields. This is the right place to know about the history of Jamshedpur and the founder of Tata Steel. It also has an impressive collection of paintings.
8. Dimna Lake
Dimna Lake is located in a picturesque setting at the foot of the famous Dalma Hills and near Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary. The lake was constructed by Tata Steel as a water reservoir to serve the needs of its industry as well as the city. The lake looks stunning with the shadows of the majestic hills and the dense trees around. An ideal place for a morning walk and you may be inspired by those who perform various yoga poses here under the shadows of the trees. Sunrise and sunset views are amazing. It is generally advised against visiting this place in the noon and in late evenings when the crowd is thin.
9. Hudco Lake
Hudco Lake is situated in Telco Colony. It is one of the star attractions of Jamshedpur as the lake with its artificial waterfalls and beautiful park draws visitors in great numbers. The hill adjacent to the park has been renovated into a park, which is called as Sumant Mulgaonkar Park. From the hilly regions around the lake, you can have an excellent view of the city.
10. Bhatia Park
Bhatia Park is situated on the banks of River Subarnarekha. The colorful flowerbeds and the rich lawns make the place serene. It is a nice place to spend a relaxed couple of hours amidst lush greenery. The play area in the park keeps the children engaged while elders unwind to enjoy fresh air.
11. Tribal Culture Center
Tribal Culture Center offers platform to the natives of the land to exhibit their skills. The idea behind establishing the center is to give space to natives to host cultural programs. Tribal Culture Center is a boon to the land with a rich culture with the natives keen to preserve their tradition. Vocational training to create self employment is given at the center.
12. Sir Dorabji Tata Park
Dedicated to the memory of Shri Dorabji Tata, pioneer of Tata Iron and Steel Company, Sir Dorabji Tata Park offers visitors a pleasant and serene atmosphere. The landscape is spectacular with lush greenery wherever you view. Colorful flowers and artificial fountains make the place picture perfect. The park is also famous for the annual flower show held here in December.
13. Bhuvaneswari Temple
Located at an altitude of 500 feet above sea level, Bhuvaneswari Temple attracts everyone regardless of the faith one believes in. Constructed on top of the hill closer to Tatanagar Railway Station, the views of the industrial city, villages around and the lush greenery are spectacular.
14. Parsee Fire Temple
Parsee Fire Temple is situated inside the Jubilee Park. This is a holy place of worship for Parsees as the holy fire is burns here. The holy fire has an interesting past. The fire has been burning since 1790 in Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff Agiary in Bombay. When the circumstances were tough for the trustee in agiary to maintain the fire, Jamshedpur Parsees were approached to help maintain the fire. This resulted in the setting up of agiary in Jamshedpur.
15. Sakchi Gurudwara
Sakchi Gurudwara is a place of worship for Sikhs. Viewing the pure white structure makes the mind relaxed. The growing population of Sikhs in Jamshedpur visits the Gurudwara to offer worship. The beautiful construction not only invites Sikhs but attracts all visitors.
16. Sakchi Masjid
Sakchi Masjid is situated at the city’s center. This is a place of worship of those who follow Islam. It is also visited by tourists. The architectural structure shares resemblance with most of the masjids in India.
17. St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Church is the oldest church in Jamshedpur. The structure of the church is simple yet highly appealing. The interior of the church displays excellent craftsmanship.
It was indeed an interesting experience to be in an industrial city, which at the same time is a land rich in nature. Since I could not gather enough information on all the important tourist destinations I had visited, I have done my best to give maximum details possible. I would appreciate more information about the destinations mentioned here, which would benefit the readers.
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