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Giridih - Hub Of Jainism


Giridih is one of the famous mining towns of Jharkhand. Located at the centre of North Chota Nagpur Division, Giridih shares its border with Nawada district of Bihar in North, Deoghar and Jamtara districts in the East, Hazaribagh and Koderma in the West and Dhanbad and Bokaro in the South.

It is an old and beautiful hamlet located amidst the hills, which has attracted tourists from the neighbouring states. In 1972, Giridih district was newly formed which was earlier a part of Hazaribagh district. Spread over 4853.56 km sq, Giridih is a storehouse of ruby, mica and coal fields.

The word “Giridih” means land of hills and hillocks which focuses the upland area of the region. Vast stretch of forests cover maximum part of the district. Sal tree is mostly found here, apart from bamboo, Semal, Mahua and Palash. Giridih has a rich source of minerals, mica being one of them.

Tourist Places In And Around Giridih

Parasnath Hills or Sri Sammeta Shikharji is the most important tourist spot of Giridih. It is a pilgrimage centre for Jain people. 20-24 Jain Tirthankaras obtained salvation here. Jharkhand's highest mountain peak made of granite is located here.

Barakar and Sakri are the two important rivers flowing through the district. Usri Falls is another captivating tourist spot. Situated at a distance of 13 km, the river here is seen falling from 40-ft steep height.

Khandoli Dam is an attractive water reservoir and dam. It is an interesting place for bird watching enthusiasts and adventure seekers who can indulge in boating, rock-climbing, parasailing and kayaking. Water sports can be enjoyed other than elephant and camel safaris.

Harihar Dham is famous as a pilgrimage site. The largest Shivalinga of India is situated here. Dukhiya Mahadev Temple and Jharkhand Dham are some of the other pilgrimage centres. Jamua located 15 km from the township of Giridih is renowned for its scenic beauty and greenery all around.

Best Time To Visit Giridih

Dry climate dominates Giridih, while winters are cold and pleasant.

How To Reach Giridih

Railways and roadways are the principal means of transportation to and from Giridih. This place is well connected with some of the significant places in West Bengal and Bihar.

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How to Reach Giridih

  • By Road
    Giridih is well connected by roadways as Grand Trunk Road passes through the district. Giridih is situated at the junction of NH-2 and NH-100. Bus terminal being located in the centre of the city is easily accessible from any corner. Both private and Government buses are available. Regular bus service not only connects every corner of the district but also connects Dhanbad, Bokaro, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh and Deoghar. Asansol, Durgapur, Kolkata and Howrah in West Bengal and Patna in Bihar are also well connected by bus service. Other means of transportation include trekkers, autos, rickshaws, mini buses and private taxis.
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  • By Train
    Single passenger train runs from Madhupur Junction to Giridih Station five times a day. They are distanced by 54km and is connected by single broad gauge railway line. Parasnath Station is another important station which is 48km away from Giridih. A direct train runs from Giridih to Kolkata and Patna. A railway line has been planned from Giridih to Koderma which covers a distance of 93km.
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  • By Air
    Though there is no airport in Giridih, a landing airstrip fulfills some of the necessities. Boro aerodrom is located at the headquarter of Giridih. Nearest airports are Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi 208km, Gaya Airport 201 km, Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna 265 km and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata 312 km.
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