Jharkhand, a beautiful state in East India, is a land of natural beauty and a variety of flora and fauna. It’s rare to find Jharkhand crop up in must-visit lists, and it is still a very underrated destination. For avid travelers, this is a great thing! Many places here are still unspoiled by tourists and hence you will be able to experience its pristine beauty. Visit sooner than later though, because more and more people are starting to learn about the tourist places in Jharkhand! So be one of the early birds and beat the crowds to soak in the wonders that Jharkhand has to offer.
So what are the coolest offbeat tourist places in Jharkhand?
Netarhat is an idyllic town in the district of Latehar. This hill station is one of the best places to see in Jharkhand. Magnolia Sunset Point will surely take your breath away. There is also a dense pine forest there with a very otherworldly feel that evoke a sense of peace, serenity and oneness with nature. The Ghagri Falls are also a sight to behold. All of this in one place sounds unbelievable, and at Netarhat, you better believe it!
Netarhat is 153 kms from Ranchi. You can drive down and make it a road trip, or you can take buses between these two places.
2. Betla National Park
Betla National Park is also located in the Latehar district of Jharkhand. It was one of the first national parks in India under Project Tiger, hence becoming one of the first tiger reserves in the country. It is the only one in Jharkhand. The National Park also contains a wolf sanctuary. You can also see elephants here in large numbers after monsoons.
There are also hot springs and waterfalls inside the national park. Interestingly, Palamu Forts are located within a densely forested area of Betla National Park. These forts were constructed in the 16th century and some parts of the forts are still standing inside the perimeter of the park.
Betla village is 170 kms from Ranchi. The park is open all year old, and the best time to visit is between November to March.
3. Patratu Valley
The long meandering roads are great for a road trip and beautiful pictures along the way. There are also water dams that you can visit there, and of course, so much natural beauty! It is a relatively unexplored place in Jharkhand and is consequently quite pristine. At the top of the hills, you can view the Patratu dams as well. You may find a few tourists, but for the most part it will not be crowded. It will feel like your own personal paradise with a beautiful view!
Patratu town is only 34 kms from Ranchi. You can make a day trip out of it. However, it is advisable to return back before nightfall as the area may be unsafe. Allegedly, there may still be Naxalite presence in these areas.
4. Maluti Terracotta Temples
The Maluti Temples are a group of 72 terracotta temples dating back to the 17th century. They are located in Maluti village in the Dumka district of Jharkhand. According to the ITRHD (Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development), all these temples were built between the 17th and 19th century. The Global Heritage Fund has declared the Maluti Temples as one of the world’s 12 most endangered cultural heritage sites, and the only one from India to make the list.
Initially 108 temples were built, all dedicated to Lord Shiva. Of those, only 72 are still standing. The place has immense cultural and architectural significance. The distance of Maluti village from Dumka is 55 kms.
5. Tagore Hill
Tagore Hill, in Morabadi, is a very well-known spot within Jharkhand. Tourists who are aware of the family legacy also come by to see this hill station. Interestingly, many people think this place is associated with Rabindranath Tagore. This is not actually the case. The place is named as such due to his older brother, Jyotirindranath Tagore. He was also a very well-known playwright, and moved here in 1912.
Tagore built two buildings here, and the local zamindar donated the land and buildings to him, as he was impressed with Tagore’s family legacy. You can climb the stairs to get to the top of the hill, which is 300 ft high. This is where one of his buildings, Brahma Sthal is located. From here, you can get a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surroundings. You can see Ranchi town, the valleys, and the lush greenery from here.
We hope you learnt something new about Jharkhand today! Which place on this list are you most excited about? Have you ever visited? If yes, what are your favorite places to see in Jharkhand? Maybe it’s something we haven’t heard of before! Do share them with us in the comments below. If you want us to help create a wonderful journey for you, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.