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What’s the first thing that pops up in your mind when I say Ranchi? MSD right? But let me tell you, this city has so much more to offer apart from our Ex-Captain Cool. Don’t believe me? Hold your horses, we are just getting at it.
What if I tell you it’s a great tourist place? Surprised, are you? Well, don’t be. Blessed with lush green forest cover, mesmerizing waterfalls, and rich tribal heritage, this city is bound to satisfy your wanderlust heart.
From waterfalls to hills, from holy shrines to wildlife sanctuaries, from museums to gardens, this city has something or the other to satiate each and every traveller’s soul. Having been blessed with so many beautiful waterfalls, it is famously knowns as “The City of Waterfalls”.
In this blog, we are going to delve deeper into the underrated beauty of Ranchi and take note of its 10 most popular tourist attractions.
10 Best tourist spots in Ranchi
Though there are numerous tourists destinations in Ranchi, we have picked the top 10 best tourist spots for your convenience. So, here’re top 10 best tourist spots in Ranchi:
Dassam falls located at a distance of 41 km from the main city is undoubtedly one of the best waterfalls in the city. Being a tributary of Subarnarekha River, and falling from a height of 144 ft, this place provides for a great scenic view for travellers.
The sight of 10 water-streams pooling together into one is a sight that’s worth seeing once in your entire lifetime. The sound of water falling from the high hills is music to your ears, giving you a sense of calmness and serenity. The entire area is surrounded by dense forest making it an ideal picnic spot for visitors. Though it’s unsafe to plunge into the water, you can see the entire majestic view of the waterfall from the top of the hill by climbing 550 stairs.
Best time to visit- August
Are you tired of your same old same old routine? Do you want to unwind by going on a long drive? Well, then my friend, Patratu is a place for you. Located at a distance of 40 km from Ranchi, in the Ramgarh district, the valley has an elevation of 405 meters from the ground level.
Driving in this valley is a unique experience on its own due to the various bends and cuts that come along the way. Watching the beautiful valley from your car’s window with the wind in your hair is truly a refreshing experience. Try visiting this place during the rainy seasons where nature is its best with the flowers blooming and leaves beaming with hues of light and dark green.
Best time to visit– March to October
Considered one of the safest falls in Ranchi, Johna Falls is located at a distance of 48 km from Ranchi. The water here cascades from the height of 141 feet. It’s the point of convergence of River Ganga and Raru. Due to the presence of the Buddhist shrine nearby, it is also known as the Gautamdhara Falls.
Surrounded by dense trees all around, this place is great if you are someone searching for some inner peace. All you got to do is close your eyes and meditate. The calm environment will help you delve deeper into your spiritual practices. To get a complete sight of the magnificent view of this place, you need to climb 722 stairs to reach the top.
Best time to visit– January to August
Located at a distance of 45 km from central Ranchi, Hundru Falls is a well-known picnic spot for visitors. The water here falls from the height of 320 feet, making it one of the highest waterfalls in Ranchi.
Formed out of Subarnarekha River, the fall is safe to even take a dip in the water. We suggest you come here in the summers to seek much-needed respite from the hot blazing summer heat. This place is equally suited for you if you love trekking and hiking.
Best time to visit– March to June
Birsa Munda Zoological Park
Birsa Munda Zoological Park is located in Ormanjhi which is at a distance of 16 km from Ranchi. This place is a huge hit among children and wildlife enthusiasts and thus receives an annual footfall of 8 lakh visitors.
Spread across an area of 104 hectares, the park shelters a wide variety of animals namely lion, tiger, hyena, fox, wild cats, deers, and elephants. It also has a boating facility, fish house, and botanical garden to give you a comprehensive fun experience.
Rock Garden is situated at a distance of 9.2 km from Ranchi’s central location. As the name suggests it’s a garden made out of rocks of the Gonda Hills. The garden features various types of rock sculptures including the replica of the world-famous Pyramid of Giza.
The garden also has a waterfall which adds to its splendour. It also has Kanke Dam nearby which is a plus point for visiting Rock Garden. So, make sure you don’t miss out on this hotspot when you visit Ranchi.
Sun Temple is a must-visit religious place in Ranchi. Located in Bundu, near the Tata-Ranchi highway, the temple is devoted to Lord Surya. The temple is built to replicate the structure of Lord Surya’s chariot, with 18 wheels and 7 horses pulling it. The temple has a quite serene ambience and you can actually feel the high vibrations in and around the temple area
Nakshatra Van is constructed by the Ranchi Forest Department, situated near the Ranchi Governor’s residence in the heart of the city. The structure of the park is made as per the design of Nakshatra. The park is circular, divided into numerous arcs at various angles each depicting a zodiac sign. Each arch also has a particular tree planted in it representing a zodiac sign.
A must-visit place for all astrology lovers, and even if you aren’t one, this park will leave you spell-bound due to its unique design and rich biodiversity. The park has also a variety of beautiful flowers of various colours and a musical fountain that will steal your heart away.
Located in Chakradharpur, about 55 km away from Ranchi, it is one of the most visited waterfalls of Ranchi. As the name signifies “Panch” meaning five, this fall has a striking feature of the presence of 5 streams of water falling from the high and steep hills.
So if you are a picnic lover, you’ll surely enjoy yourself in this calm abode of nature. As you’ll descend downwards to the foot of the waterfall, you can easily find a perfect spot to enjoy your picnic on a Sunday afternoon.
Best time to visit– All around the year except monsoon months
A perfect place to end your Ranchi trip would be to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga. Located at a distance of 60 km from Ranchi, the temple dates way back to the 10th and 11th centuries.
What’s unique about this temple? Well, the temple is devoted to Sholabhuja (16-armed) Goddess Durga, which is quite rare and hence worshipped by devotees from all corners of the state. Though the temple is approximately around 700 years old, it has caught the public’s eye fairly recently since MSD started visiting the temple frequently to offer his prayers. Hence this temple finds its mention in the Top 10 best places to visit in Ranchi
All in all, Ranchi is a must-visit city for all nature lovers. Its waterfalls, dense forest cover, gardens, and temples perfectly portray its hidden and underrated natural beauty. So make sure you visit these top 10 best places in Ranchi.