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Jharkhand Tourism – The Jain Town of Giridih

By Manoj

Giridih, other than being a top tourist place is also one of the famous mining towns of Jharkhand. It is an old and beautiful hamlet located amidst the hills. Although not the usual holiday destination travellers head for, Giridih has its own attractions and is a hub for adventure.

The word 'Giridih' means land of hills and hillocks which focuses on the upland area of the region. Vast stretch of forests covers maximum part of the district. Sal tree is mostly found here apart from bamboo, Semal, Mahua and Palash.

It is one of the best places for bird enthusiasts and adventure seekers who can indulge in boating, rock-climbing, parasailing and kayaking.

Harihar Dham

Harihar Dham is one of the top pilgrimage spots in the Giridih district of Jharkhand. Also known as the Harihar Dham temple, visit it to see the biggest Shivalinga in the world which stands at a height of 65 ft.

Devotees throughout the nation visit this temple during Shravan Poornima. Many tourists come here around the year.

Harihar Dham
 

Checkout the biggest Shivalinga in the world.
Photo Courtesy: Vsvinaykumar2

Parasnath Hill

Parasnath Hill is not only the highest mountain peak in Jharkhand but also the highest mountain in the southern part of Himalayas. It is one of the most important and sanctified pilgrimage spot for the Jains.

It is here where the 20 Tirthankaras out of 24 have attained salvation. The hill is surrounded by dense forest known as the Madhuban. Tourists interested in trekking have to start from Madhuban.

The hill is easily accessible from the northern side. Tourists unable to walk can seek the help of 'doli wallahs'. Carrying a torch is a must for those climbing up hill. Stalls on the way serve tea, coffee and other energizing drinks.

Parasnath Hill
 

A temple on the hill.
Photo Courtesy: vsvinaykumar

Adventure Sports

Giridih is best known for various adventurous spots where tourists get the chance to experience daring activities. Paragliding, water sports and parasailing are some of the activities that are popular here.

Hot air balloon ride is another venturesome activity which tourists can enjoy here.

Adventure Sports
  

Enjoy paragliding here.
Photo Courtesy: Sankara Subramanian

How to Reach

By Air: Though there is no airport in Giridih, a landing airstrip fulfills some of the necessities. Nearest airports are Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi 208 km. It is connected to other major cities.

By Rail: Single passenger train runs from Madhupur Junction to Giridih Station five times a day. Parasnath Station is another important station which is 48km away from Giridih. A direct train runs from Giridih to Kolkata and Patna.

By Road: Giridih is well connected by roadways as Grand Trunk Road passes through the district. Both private and Government buses are available.

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