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Hazaribagh


Hazaribagh is a famous health hill resort situated on a height of 2,019 ft. above sea level. It has an excellent climate and beautiful sceneries all around. Hazaribagh is 93 km from Ranchi by road. It falls on National Highway 33.

The Hazaribagh plateau has on its eastern margin, Parasnath - the highest hill in Jharkhand, rising to a height of 4480 feet. According to Jain tradition, no less than 20 out of 24 Tirthankaras (including Parsvanatha) are believed to have attained salvation in the Sammetasikhara of the Parasnath hills. The hill seems to have been an abode of Jains. Both the Swetamber and Digamber Jains have their many beautiful temples here on the hills.

Close to the town lies the Canary Hill which has a well - laid out park and is studded with three small lakes. It has an observation tower. From the top of the hill one can have a panoramic view of the town.

The Hazaribagh lake, in the vicinity, also attracts tourists and visitors. It is a popular picnic spot and place for water sports.

Wildlife enthusiasts would love to visit Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary nestling in the low hilly terrain. This retreat stretches over 184 sq. km. of plains, undulating country, steep hills and deep nullahs with thick tropical forests and grass meadows. The best time for visit is early spring when the undulating hills are covered with the fresh green of Sal and miscellaneous tress. Numerous observation towers in the sanctuary make it all the more easier to have a closer encounter with the wild.

An abundance of wild animals is a very pleasant sight. Wild bear, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chital and Kakar can be seen at dusk and dawn gambolling and enjoying themselves at water holes. Sloth bear might be encountered unexpectedly while the exclusive tiger and panther demand patience for viewing. The flak - top strip of National Highway 33 passes through the sanctuary by its main gate at Pokharia, 21 km from Barhi and 16 km from Hazaribagh. 111 km roads in the sanctuary take motorists to the remotest corners and to masonry towers, strategically located, offer excellent opportunities for viewing the wilds during the best months of October to April. The sanctuary is surrounded by habitations of tribals.

Nearest Airport from Hazaribagh is Ranchi, 100 km away with bus services to Hazaribagh. The nearest rail head is Hazaribagh Road Railway Station, 67 km from the Park. The station is on the Delhi - Howrah route.

Accomodation is available at Tourist Bunglow Hazaribagh Reservation Manager, T.B., BSTDC, Forest Rest House, DFO, Hazaribagh Rest House (with canteen inside the sanctuary), DFO, Hazaribagh.

Besides there are many hotels in the town.

Few of the reservations of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), dams offer ideal recreational facilities in scenic surroundings.

Tilaiya Dam, situated across Barakar river is a preferred attraction for the tourists. It is 55 km away from Hazaribagh. The main road from Barhi on GT Road from Barhi on GT Road passes through the reservoir and the hillock offers a breath - taking sight.

Few kilometres from the Tilaiya Dam is Bihar State Tourism Development's Tourist Complex Urwan Tourist Complex at Urwan, where one can spend time by the side of the dam and can enjoy boating and other water sports. Interested tourists can follow the main road and drive to Hari Har Dham at Bagodar which is famous for the 52 feet high Shiv Ling which took 30 years to complete and is believed to be the tallest in the world.

90 km from Hazaribagh town is Rajrappa, famous for Maa Chhina Mastika temple where river Bhera joins the Damodar from height of 20 feet. The little waterfall offers boating facilities which introduces some very spectacular rock formations in this area.

There is another dam, Konar dam which is 51 km from Hazaribagh.