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Jamshedpur city is situated in Jharkhand and is known as ‘ The Steel City’ or ‘Tata Nagar’. The city is lined by the streams of the Subarnarekha river on the north part and the Kharkai river on the west part of the city. It is well known for producing and export of steel in India. Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited (TISCO) set up the first steel plant in Jamshedpur.
The city of Jamshedpur is located in the eastern part of the Indian state, Jharkhand, established by Jamestji Nusserwanji Tata in the year the 1900s. Originally, the city was known by the name, ‘Sakchi’ but later was given the name ‘Jamshedpur’ by Lord Chelmsford in honour of its founder, Jamsetji. In recent years, many factories have been established here because of which people from different regions of the country have been residing here. The city was the first industrially planned city in India.
Situated in the northeastern part of India, Jamshedpur is the largest and most populated city of Jharkhand. The capital of Jharkhand is Ranchi.
How to reach Jamshedpur?
To deduce the time of travelling, you always have an option to take a flight to Jamshedpur city. The nearest airport is in Ranchi which is at a distance of 150 km from Jamshedpur. You can take a flight from the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi to reach Jamshedpur.
You can reach Jamshedpur by travelling in various state-owned buses of roadways. Some private buses are also available. The buses have a route from Kolkata to Jamshedpur (280 km). The other regular bus connects other cities like Ranchi, Patna, Bhubaneshwar to Jamshedpur.
Tatanagar is one of the major railway stations in India. And it connects with the cities of Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Guwahati, Amritsar, and many others. Thus, you can easily a train ticket to reach Jamshedpur.
When to visit Jamshedpur?
The climate in the summer season is hot and the temperature ranges from 26 – 45 degrees. Because of the extremely hot climatic conditions, tourists do not prefer to visit during summers.
Many people like the monsoon season but due to heavy rains, many prefer to visit Jamshedpur in the winters. To avoid disappointments or denial of plans, you can plan your trip around the winter season.
The winter season in Jamshedpur is recorded as the best time to visit this place. The weather is nice and calm. However, at night the temperature falls to 11oC but it is still pleasant in daylight. So, you can plan your trip around October when the weather is good-to-go for sightseeing and you can enjoy it to the fullest!
The official language spoken in Jamshedpur is Hindi. There are other people from different origins residing in the city who speak Bengali, Parsi, Oriya, Punjabi, Gujarati, Maithili, Santhali, etc.
- Summer season: March to May
- Average temperature: 21°C – 41°C
- Monsoon Season: June to September
- Average temperature: 28°C – 31°C
- Post-monsoon Season: October to November
- Average temperature: 21°C- 24 °C
- Winter Season: December to February
- Average temperature: 13°C- 25.9°C
Fairs & Festivals in Jamshedpur
There are different festivals celebrated in Jamshedpur which enable the locals to come together in unity. The popular festivals celebrated are Teej and Chhath.
The married ladies fast all day long for their husbands and pray for them. The ladies wear new, bright coloured traditional clothes.
It is the main festival which is being celebrated in Jamshedpur by the locals residing here. People dress up in new clothes and visit a new waterway and Sun deity. It is regarded as an auspicious festival for the families residing in Jamshedpur.
Transportation/Stay to prefer
If you are travelling for the first time, you would prefer to stay in a touristy area or in a hotel from where the places to visit would be near. You can stay in some neighbourhoods. This way, you can enjoy and get to know more about the culture of the city. If you are travelling with your family you can stay in hotels. One of the nearest hotels from Tatanagar railway station is Hotel AB Palace which is 812 meters away.
For local transportation within the city, auto-rickshaws and local buses are very popular.
Places to visit in Jamshedpur
Jamshedpur city is known for its successful business and the Tata steel company. But, the city has much more to offer the tourists. There are stunning attractions in the city giving amazing views, architecture, and pleasant surroundings to its visitors.
The most visited and tourist attraction place, Jubilee Park is known as ‘Mughal Garden of Jamshedpur’. It was gifted to Tata Nagar by the Tata Steel company on its 50th anniversary. Spread across an area of 225 acres of land, Jubilee Park has a mini zoo, a magnificent lake, a recreation centre, etc. The park also withstands the statue of Mr Tata. Additionally, you also get to visit the rose garden and zoological park here.
- Time: Jubilee park- 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Time: Fountain show- 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm
- Entry fee: No entry fee for Jubilee park. But for the Musical Fountain show, you will have to pay a price of INR 35.
Situated at a distance of 13 Km away from the city of Jamshedpur. Dimna lake is an artificial lake in Jamshedpur and located in foothill ranges of Dalma mountain with lush greenery all around. It is the best place for anyone willing to spend time along or even with friends and family. This place is ideal for a picnic spot and allow mini treks and some water activities as well.
- Entry fee: No-fee for entry required
- Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tata Steel Zoological Park
The Tata Steel Zoological park is locates inside Jubilee park in Jamshedpur. It is the right place for people to witness the natural habitat. The tourists also have an option to take a safari and experience the nature’s beauty and witness wildlife. Jayanti Sarovar is situated nearby the zoological park which offers water activities like boating to tourists. You would definitely have a great time with your family and friends here. Do not forget to put on sunscreen to avoid tanning in sunlight and a hat.
- Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays)
- Entry Fee: Children INR 20, adults INR 30, amusement INR 90, and free for handicapped.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
In Jamshedpur, ‘Dalma Hathi’ or better known as ‘Dalma Elephant’ is the common term known to the locals which is often fearful. This wildlife sanctuary was established in 1975 and is home to many flora and fauna species. Adding to the list are the wild elephants who migrate here almost every year, known as ‘Dalma elephants’. The wildlife sanctuary is situated in midst of the facing Subarnarekha river and sits in lap Dalma hills. This is place has a relaxing and calm ambience because of which it is one of the tourist attractions in Steel city.
- Time: 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Entry fee: INR 5 per person (The entry fee might not be the same now).
Sir Dorabji Tata Park
This park is named after the pioneer of the Tata Steel Industry, Sir Dorabji Tata. The park offers a beautiful scenic view of the landscape and lush greenery. Recently in 2020, the park was renovated and the statue of Lady Meherbai was positioned opposite Sir Dorabji’s statue in the park. The park has also maintained an artificial fountain and a variety of flowers.
- Time: 5:00 am- 5:00 pm
- Entry fee: Free
Russi Modi Centre for Excellence
Situated outside the Jubilee Park, Russi Modi Centre for Excellence standstill with its beauty. The building was designed originally by Hafeez. It is one of the best structures being built in the city which is why it attracts tourists. The structural building holds the archives of Tata Steel and beautifully represents its journey of becoming one of the most successful industries in the world.
You must visit this place once, for an overview of how the Tata Steel Company was established.
- Time: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.
St. Mary’s Church, Jamshedpur
St. Mary’s Church in Jamshedpur is the oldest church in the city. The church is located in Bistupur, Jamshedpur. The interior of the church building has amazing architecture and craftsmanship. You can visit this peaceful place in between the church timings.
- Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
The beautiful Hudco lake in Jamshedpur is constructed surrounding the Telco colony. This lake is artificial and located on a hill. On your way to Hudco lake, you get to see the beauty of nature around and landscape. Thus, this place is just right for a picnic with family or to relax with friends.
Rivers Meet in Jamshedpur offers the locals and the tourists a magnificent view of two separate rivers meeting at one point .These two rivers are namely, the Subarnarekha and Kharkhai river. Far away from the crowded city loud noise, this place has a calm and relaxing environment. Sunset adds one more to this beauty!
- Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Commonly known by the name of Bhetya Park ,is located at a distance of 2.8 Km from Sonari airport. The Bhatia park is well maintained and is home to different variety of flora. The working staff of park, has maintained the cleanliness of the park and work for the Government of state.
You can visit this park for long, soothing and relaxing walk or just to spend some time alone. The beautiful flowers and lush greenery is the right ambience you need to be in after a hectic day.
- Time: 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Jamshedpur Coin Museum
The Jamshedpur Coin Museum was built by Tata Steel. The structure of the building is inspired by the Roman architecture and has an ancient influence too. It is one of the renowned museums in India and one of its kind in Jharkhand. In the museum, you can see different coins right from the period of ancient India. Moreover, this museum is a great source of knowledge and information.
If you are someone who loves to collect coins, then you must pay a visit to this place.
- Time: 4:30 am- 7:30 pm
The Keenan stadium was established in the year 1939 and is situated on straight mile road in Jamshedpur. The stadium conducts and hosts various sports activities and owned by Tata Steel. The stadium is operated by the Jharkhand State Cricket Association. You can visit the stadium anytime.
The temple has unique architecture. It is visited throughout the year by the locals. It is open during the temple timings- 7:00 am till 7:00 pm in the evening.
- Time:7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Jamshedpur also promotes the Indian culture. There are various places that you can visit to experience the rich cultural values. These places are- Heritage Museum, Tribal Culture Centre, Dance Academies, (Nritya Kala Kendra, and Padatik Dance Academy), Art Academies which provides people to outcast their talents.
Cuisines to taste in Jamshedpur
There are various cuisines to try and taste in Jamshedpur. Dosa is one of the most liked dishes by the locals of Jamshedpur.
Since Jharkhand is near to Bihar, most of the food has a Bihari touch and influence. Litti is a traditional and very famous dish of Bihar and states like Jharkhand which is served with chokha ( baigan bharta) or yogurt or aalu bharta. If you visit any of these states for the first time, you must try Littli-chokha.
Filled with sweet and delcious ingredients, Pittha is actually a bread or cake made from rice flour. The batter of rice flour is poured into a pan and cooked. It is most commonly served as a snack with tea.
Rugra is a variety of mushroom which is edible. It grows naturally in some places of Jharkhand. This dish is prepared by the locals mostly during monsoon season.
This dish is very similar to the South-Indian dosas that we eat. It is made from rice flour and besan, served with different chutneys. This might sound similar to making of dosa but it has a complete different taste.
Just like rice, bamboo shoots which are actually edible are the staple food of Jharkhand. It has a unique taste and cooked by the locals in a different style with the vegetables. This dish might be new for someone visiting the state of Jharkhand for the first time but it is indeed a must-try!
Thekua is another delicious delicacy majorly founnd in Bihar. This is a sweet dish which is crunchy and delicious in taste. It is made with wheat flour, grated coconut and jaggery as main ingredients.
Another very popular snack eaten in Jharkhand is Dhuska. It is made from rice and lentil batter and served in breakfast. You trip to Jamshedpur would be incomplete without eating this delicacy.
It is one of the famous dishes from Jharkhand. Made up from mashed potato, onion, chilies and some other regular spices. It is best served with some rice or roti.
Make sure you try out some other street food in Jamshedpur like- gol gappas, pav bhaji, egg rolls, somosa chat and the list just goes on. Not only this, you can also try some sweet delicacies in Jamshedpur namely Til barfi, Mitha kaja, and malpua.
Souvenirs to buy in Jamshedpur
There are various art and craft articles that you can take home with you on your visit to the famous streets of Bistupur. It is a commercial area in Jamshedpur city. You can buy ethnic souvenirs of Jharkhand from Biponi Handicrafts in the streets of Bistupur. The very famous Pyatkar paintings and Dokra metal sculpture are some of the authentic art from Jamshedpur that you can buy. You can aslo look for khadi kurtas, khadi suits, and tussar silk shirts from the Khadi Bhandar. If you are visiting Jamshedpur around the winter season, you must visit the Tibetan Market for woolen clothes.