Dhanbad is internationally famous for its rich coal fields. It is situated about 170 km from Jamshedpur (the commercial capital of Jharkhand), in the heart of India's richest coal - fields at Jharia. It is an industrial and commercial town.
Apart from numerous Collieries, Dhanbad also has various technical institutions and research centers of high order.
Some of the tourist attractions:
Topchanchi Lake: Situated 35 km from Dhanbad city centre. It is an artificial lake surrounded by green hills and forests and a wonderful place for picnic and spending quiet holidays.
Maithon Dam: Situated 50 km from Dhanbad city centre. It has a large water reservoir (dam) for Damodar Valley Corporation. This dam, designed for flood control, has been built on Barakar river. It has a unique underground power station which is first of its kind in South East Asia. Maithon is spread over an area of 65 sq km. On an island in the dam is a rest house which offers accommodation. Boating and fishing facilities are available. Close by, a deer park and a bird sanctuary have been built.
Panchet Dam: This dam is constructed on Damodar river. It is 22,155 feet long and 134 feet high. There is also a hydel station installed in the eastern side of the dam against the back ground of Panchet Hill.
Jharia: It is a suburb of Dhanbad and is a rich colliery center with extensive commercial activity.
Sindri: It is 30 km from Dhanbad. It has a well known engineering college, BIT.
Dhanbad has an important Railway Station on Eastern Railway and is well connected with Patna, Kolkata and other important cities of India. Dhanbad is also well connected by road with important towns of Jharkhand & Bihar.
For accommodation, there are many big and medium class hotels. A Tourist Bungalow is also being run by BSTDC.
|Area||24 sq km|
|Altitude||840 feet above sea level|
|Climate||Winter||22 °C max.|
|8 °C min.|
|Summer||44 °C max.|
|42 °C min.|
|Season to visit||October to March|
|Clothing Required||Winter||Light woolen|
|Languages Spoken||Hindi, English, Bangla|