Hazaribagh is a city located 93 kms away from Ranchi and is a part of the Chotanagpur Plateau region of Jharkhand. Surrounded by forests, River Konar flows by the town. Chandwara and Jilinja are the two important mountain ranges in the Hazaribagh district. The highest mountain in Hazaribagh is the Parasnath hills. It is believed that the 23rd and the 24th Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation here. Here is a guide to this amazing town.
Hazaribagh National Park
Located 19 km away from Hazaribagh, Hazaribagh National Park has rich and varied flora and fauna. This park is home to many animals like elephants, tigers, wild bear, panthers, spotted deer and a number of other varieties of species. If you are lucky then you can catch a glimpse of the sloth bear. The park is designed in a strategic manner which provides ample opportunity to a tourist or a visitor to view all wild animals. There are many watchtowers so that animals and birds can be viewed easily. There is a food canteen inside the park. The scenic beauty of the place attracts a large number of adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. The area is covered with dense tropical forests with a large variety of miscellaneous trees.
Picture of a wild bear
Photo Courtesy: Antti Peltonen
Rajrappa is a pilgrimage center in Hazaribagh, located on the NH 23 in Jharkhand where the famous Chhinnamasta Temple is located. This old temple is famous for its Tantrik style of architecture. Animal sacrifice is carried out in the Kali temples. Rajrappa is also a holy place for the tribal people specially the Santhal tribe in Jharkhand. They visit the temple as yatris mostly in the month of December. It is an important pilgrimage for Hindus. People from Bihar and West Bengal visit here throughout the year. Rajrappa is also a popular picnic spot as it boasts of a waterfall heret. River Bhera along with River Damodar forms this 30 ft high waterfall. People can enjoy the sight of nature and magnificent rock formations and boat rides are also available.
View of the temple
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Konar Dam, built on the River Konar is the second dam built by the Damodar Valley Corporation as apart of their four multipurpose dam projects. Now it's a picnic spot and you can enjoy the beauty of nature and sit and gaze at the greenery around.
View of the dam
Photo Courtesy: Ingenieurlösungen
How to Reach Hazaribagh
By Air: The nearest airport is in Ranchi and is well connected with all the major cities in the country.
By Rail: Kodarma is the nearest railway station. Many trains are available to reach the destination.
By Road: As it is located on NH 33, transportation is not a problem. Moreover, many direct buses are available from all major cities.