Jharkhand, which literally translates into "the land of forests and gold", is probably one of the most underrated destinations for short getaways. Blessed with an unparalleled amalgamation of hills, mountains, forests and waterfalls, this usually ignored state makes for an ultimate destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Jharkhand is also known as the land of tribals. These unnoticed communities extensively depend on their livestock for food and to ease the struggles of harsh conditions. And that is also why a bunch of the state's local festivals are centred around the theme of cattle. For instance, Kundri Mela, which is generally held in the month of October at the historic district of Chatra, is one such significant fair.
With so much in store to offer, Jharkhand's beauty doubles up during the months of monsoon. The waterfalls seem to wake up in full glory, the wildlife sanctuaries start bustling with beautiful flora and rare fauna and the abundant natural beauty seems to be perfect for people looking for a rendezvous with nature. So to help you prior to and through your journey, here we bring to you the 8 irresistible reasons to visit Jharkhand right away:
1. The Land Of Waterfalls
Did you know that Jharkhand is home to some of the region's highest waterfalls? And that's the reason why Jharkhand is rightly called the land of waterfalls.
Ensconced in the forests of Latehar, Lodh Falls is the highest waterfall in the state. It looks spectacular as it plunges from a height of around 150 metres and its water volume doubles up during monsoon. Other popular falls include Hundru Falls, Dassam Falls, Johna Falls, Panchghagh Falls and Hirni Falls.
2. Still An Unexplored Region
Almost three-quarters of Jharkhand are covered by dense forests, making the place one untapped natural gem of a destination for adventure sports. There are ample breathtaking locations to indulge in trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, paragliding, kayaking, and it goes on.
If you're a seasonal trekker, then Sikidiri and Dassam Falls on the outskirts of Ranchi are sure to appeal to you, whereas Jamshedpur, Deoghar and Giridih are ideal for experiencing aero sports.
3. Vibrant Tribal Culture
Home to over 30 tribal communities, Jharkhand is a unique blend of cultural diversity. Have you ever heard of Chhou Naach? It's one of the most exciting and energetic dances, in which performers flaunt colourful masks and dance around fire poles.
To get acquainted with more traditional art forms, say body painting, stone cutting, fresco painting, etc., take a tour of local villages and these ignored art forms will leave you in awe.
4. Mouth-watering Cuisine
It's hard to believe unless you try it in real. Food items like litti chokha, thekua, malpua and mitha khaja are just a few of the many popular food items that taste better during monsoons. All you need to do is complement these foods with a hot cup of tea and you're all set to enjoy the heavy downpour.
5. A Thousand Gardens
Home to a thousand gardens, the historic city of Hazaribagh has transformed itself into a health resort-town now. A visit to the Hazaribagh National Park offers you a rare chance to witness tigers, different species of wild deer and wild boar.
6. Class-apart Architecture
The small town of Deoghar houses numerous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of its most famous temples, Baba Baidyanath, is actually one of the twelve Jyotirlingas present in India.
7. Straight Out Of History Books
The twin Palamu Forts, located just 20 km apart, are two forts whose origin dates back to the pre-Chero dynasty. Constructed in Islamic style with inscriptions in Sanskrit, one of the forts is situated on a hill while the other is on the plains.
8. Rivers Turn Into Sheets Of Gold
If you have a car (you can rent one if you don't have one), plan a long drive to the Magnolia Point in Netarhat Hills from where you can watch river Koel turn into a sheet of gold during sunset.
Native facts: The sunset point here has actually been named after Magnolia, a British girl who plunged to death on a horseback.
The eastern Indian state of Jharkhand was carved out of the southern part of Bihar which gave the region its mixture of cultures that we see today. The region also boasts of an incredible 40 percent of the country's net mineral wealth, forests and cash-rich industrial hubs.
However, despite all the richness, the generally unnoticed facet of Jharkhand is still plagued by poverty, corruption, social injustice and frequent outbursts of Maoist and Naxalite violence.
If you've travelled across Jharkhand, please let us know your experiences. Also, if you have any query regarding exploring this untouched region, feel free to reach out to us. Simply drop a comment below, and we'll surely get in touch with you.