Pahari Mandir is a temple of Lord Shiva located atop of Ranchi Hill having an altitude of 2140 ft from the sea level. This hill was earlier known as Phansi Tongri as in ancient times, freedom fighters were hung here. To remember the sacrifice of these freedom fighters, the national flag is hoisted here on Republic Day.
The way leading to this temple comprises of 300 steps. The temple is said to have powers of blessing its devotees with the desired wishes. The site of this temple also provides a bird’s eye view of the entire city of Ranchi. Its surroundings comprise different species of trees. The Shravana month of the Hindu calendar is its busiest time, during which devotees offer Jal Dhara to the main deity of this temple.
It is situated in the heart of the town close to the Governor House. Its adjoining area has been developed to accommodate an integrated man-made forest. It was constructed in the year 2003 by the State Government. There are children's parks, gardens, artificial hillocks, waterfalls and a musical fountain, along with a garden containing over 40 selected medicinal plants.
It is a park constructed by the Jharkhand Forest Department. This park comprises of various Nakshatras, each of which is associated with a Zodiac sign and celestial bodies. According to Hindu astrologers, each constellation is associated with a tree that is of medicinal, aesthetic, social and economic value.
The centre of this circle also has a musical fountain with a huge pot collecting all its water. It also has various species of flowers planted along its pathway. Its centre also has a sleeping statue of Dhanvantari.
Ranchi Lake, located at the base of the mammoth Ranchi hill of altitude 2140 ft from sea level, was excavated and made as a lake in 1842 by a British national Colonel Onsely. This lake is very neat and calm, and many water birds perch over the lake. The facilities for boating are available in the lake and boating is really a wonderful experience in the lake.
About 40 km from Ranchi on Tata Road near Bundu, stands the elegant Sun Temple fashioned in the form of a huge chariot with richly decorated 18 wheels, 9 on each side, and 7 lively horses ready to gallop. The surroundings of the temple, studded with a pond serving as a sacred place for Chhathavratis are actually nature's bounty to the people of Chhotanagpur.
A beautiful dharmashala, meant for the pilgrims is under construction. There is a sacred pond with calm and clean water; many devotees take a dip in this holy pond, with a belief that the dip in this pond will give them relief from all the sins committed knowingly and unknowingly.
The pond is also used by devotees during Chhath Puja for worshipping the Sun God. The temple is an ideal tourist destination for devotees as well as for local visitors.
About 40 km from Ranchi near Khunti, Panch Ghagh is a lovely picnic spot amidst lush green forests. It is the collective name for a group of five waterfalls (punch ghagh in the dehati tongue) formed in a row due to the breaking up of the Banai river.
Cemented walkways connect the different cataracts, of which stream two is the most popular while five is the biggest, though a bit inaccessible. One can walk down from the tourist shelter to the base of stream two. Recently these five falls have become a centre of attraction for many tourists visiting Ranchi due to its eternal beauty, pristine surroundings and calm atmosphere.
Just 4 km north of the city, the Tagore Hill stands like a sentinel on a hilltop. Charmed by the appeal of the place Rabindra Nath Tagore had bought the Morahbadi Hill and the adjoining areas and built a house atop it. Tagore Hill is about 300 ft high.
As the hill is associated with a history pertaining to the Tagore family, it is known as Tagore Hill. A number of books are believed to have been written by Rabindra Nath Tagore on the top of the hill. It is assumed that the poet liked this hill due to its serene beauty and the extraordinary calmness and thus this was a place where he found expression for his literary work.
A centre of Divyayan and Agararian Vocational Institute and the famous Ramakrishna Mission Ashram are located at the foot of the Tagore Hill. This is a good place for hill climbing and spending some time at the top of the hill in seclusion.
Next to the picturesque Kanke Dam, this spot has been developed into an artificial garden, complete with waterfalls and sculptures, to attract tourists. The rock garden is beautiful in its appearance, striking a balance between the creativity of modern and ancient man. There is a footbridge, made of iron rods and has only two poles.
There are several statues made of stone inside the garden. This has become very popular among teens. If you want to be alone in a serene environment, the Rock Garden in Ranchi is the perfect place. It is a nature’s gift with majestic scenic environments.
The Rock Garden is situated on a scenic hillock and is located near the Albert Ekka Chowk in Ranchi. Many visitors throng here to have a pleasant and calm feeling, rejuvenating the mind and body. The lake at the foot of the hill is very beautiful and attractive and is an ideal place to relax.
A serene and beautiful dam in Ranchi is placed perfectly at a picturesque spot at the foothills of the Gonda Hills. This dam is assumed to have been originated many decades back. The tranquil atmosphere, unpolluted air, secluded environment and nice weather make this lake very attractive for tourists looking for relaxation and seclusion.
It is an ideal tourist destination for nature lovers, holidaying people and also for casual visitors, mainly due to its charming scenic surroundings.
About 40 km away from Ranchi on Tata Road falls a village named Taimara through which flows the Kanchi river. Falling from a height of about 144 ft the Kanchi river makes a pretty fall called Dassam Falls encircled with charming scenes. The tourists are warned not to take bath in the falls or at least be careful while bathing in the stream.
This fall has created the Dassam falls, which is bordered with verdant landscapes. The time between February and April is considered as an ideal period to visit the place. It is also famed as Dasham Gagh adorned with pleasant and attractive scenic beauty. Visitors are steadily growing here, and many facilities for the visitors are available.
Ranchi Hill is one of the favourite tourist attractions in Ranchi. At the summit of the Ranchi Hill there is a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. People from different corners of the country gather at the temple to offer their homage to the deity. During the festival of Shravan Mela, the place is flooded with Hindu devotees.
The hill of Ranchi attracts visitors from different parts of the country and provides a panoramic view of the place. At the base of the Ranchi hill there is a lake, which is known as the Ranchi Lake. This lake has enhanced the beauty of the place. The Ranchi hill in Ranchi can be easily accessed from all corners of the city.
The place is also considered to be one of the prime locations for trekking and rock climbing. For this reason, many adventure lovers are also attracted to the Ranchi Hill. Local people also use the place as a picnic spot.
Named after the nearest village, Jonha is also known as Gautam Dhara as Lord Buddha is believed to have bathed here. A temple and ashram dedicated to Buddha was built atop Gautam Pahar by the sons of Raja Baldevdas Birla. A fair held in the place every Tuesday and Thursday is also quite renowned amongst the tourists.
A sign clearly proclaims that the ashram was originally meant for people of the Hindu faith as well as all branches of arya dharm (Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Sanatani and Aryasamajis). Locals also call Jonha the Gunga Nala because the stream apparently comes from Ganga ghat. 453 steps take you down to the waterfall and to the farflung villages of Konardih and Duarsini on the other side of the stream.
This waterfall lies at the edge of Ranchi Plateau and is counted as one amongst the hanging valley falls. It gathers water supply from rivers Ganga and Raru to form the fall. It drops water from a height of 43 m. To see the surrounding areas of this fall, a descent of 500 stairs is required.
Hundru Falls is about 45 km away from Ranchi Town. The beautiful falls is situated on the Ranchi Purulia highway. The beauty of the river Swarnarekha tumbling from a height of 320 ft is at its pristine best.
At the base of the falls the water is however placid, gathering in a frothy pool where the visitors may take a rejuvenating dip. The place is also popular as one of the most admired trekking destinations in the state. Therefore, adventure lovers visit Hundru falls frequently. In the rainy season, the falls flow down creating a fearsome environment, but in summer, it serves as a thrilling picnic place.
Hirni Fall is situated about 80 km from Ranchi. Hirni is another fascinating waterfall in the charming surroundings. From the car park, a walkway to the left takes visitors to the other side of the river to a tourist hut whereas steps to the right lead up to the top of the hill.
From an observation tower at the top one can see the mighty fall and the jungles that lie beyond. A little further up there's a bridge spanning the river and a shed. The fall is formed by the Ramgarha river that falls here from a height of 37 m in a broad torrent. Its surroundings comprises a dense forest.
Located 10 km south west of Ranchi is the 17th century Jagannath Temple on a hillock at Jagannathpur. Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, of Barkagarh Jagannathpur principality, built the temple in 1691. Its architectural styles resemble the Jagannath Temple of Puri.
Rath yatra or Car festival similar to that of Puri is held every year in the months of June and July. It attracts thousands of devotees from all over India.