Situated in the southern end of the state of Jharkhand, Jamshedpur is bordered by Orissa and West Bengal. The cleanliness and greenery of the place is striking. It is said that Jamshedpur is known as the “GreenCity” first and then the “SteelCity”, thanks to its visionary founder, Jamshedji Tata. Jamshedpur is surrounded by the beautiful Dalma Hills.
The exotic Dalma Hills are located at a height of 3000 feet above sea level. It is just 13 km from the main city of Jamshedpur. The lush green forests, the swift flowing Subarnarekha River and the vast reserve of wildlife in the wildlife sanctuary represent the beautiful Dalma Hills.
The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode for several rare and endangered species of wild life like barking deer, leopards, sloth beers, elephants, porcupines and tigers.
Dalma Hills provide the tourists with a heart touching view of the surrounding areas. The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary offers the tourists with an opportunity to explore the natural habitats of the wild creatures. The good weather along with the rich natural beauty of the Dalma Hills creates spell effect on the tourists.
Nestled at the foot of the hills is the vast Dimna Lake, about 13 km from the city. The scenic beauty is enchanting. The hills in the distance, the clear blue rippling waters and the greenery make Dimna Lake an ideal retreat for the metropolis-weary traveller. The Dimna Lake is important for the city, as it serves like a water reservoir for the steel plant and the main drinking water source. This lake is half an hour drive away from the main city and can be visited by a cab or a bus. The lake was constructed by the Tata Steel. Tourists can visit this place in winters between November and February. The lake has facilities for boating and water sports like jet skiing and rowing.
Within the city, there are many places of interest. Jubilee Park is a favourite haunt of the local people and tourists are also enraptured by the sheer beauty of the park spread over 237.75 acres. The Moghul Garden of Jubilee Park has been modelled on the lines of the Brindavan Garden of Mysore which displays about thousand rare kinds of roses of different colours and sizes. The most attractive feature of Jubilee Park is the colourful fountains, which is situated at the middle of the Park. In the evening the spectacular musical fountains and a laser show attract many tourists.
The other prominent tourist attractions within the Jubilee Park are Jayanti Sarovar, Foliage Park, Tata Steel Zoological Park and Smriti Udyan. The Upvan of Jubilee Park is an ideal spot to spend some time with family and friends.The Jubilee Park is decorated on the birth anniversary of the founder of Jamshedpur, Shri Jamshedji Tata. The place is designed by the famous architects, Mr. B.S. Nirody and Mr. G. H. Krumbiegel.
Situated in the midst of enchanting landscape of Telco Colony, Hudco Lake is another prominent tourist attraction in Jamshedpur. The spot is accessible from all parts of the city, and draws several tourists who are mesmerized by the captivating sight of the place.
Far from the hustle bustle of the busy streets of Jamshedpur, the calm and pleasant ambience of the beautiful lake relieves the tourists from the stress and strains of routine life.
The beautiful Hudco Lake and the Sumant Mulgaonkar Park is a perfect place for nature lovers. The tourists can explore the natural scenic beauty of the place by boating in the crystal clear water of the Hudco Lake. The luxuriant garden of the Sumant Mulgaonkar Park is an ideal place for organizing picnics.
There are also many devout places in Jamshedpur.
Bhuvaneshwari Temple is popularly known as Telco Bhuvaneshwari Temple because of its location on Telco hill top. The temple name can be spilt into two, Bhuvanam meaning the universe and Easwari depicting the ruler. Thus, Goddess Bhuvaneshwari is called as the ruler of the universe. There is a famous Guruvayur Temple inside the Bhuvaneshwari Temple complex.
The temple is situated on a mountain at about 500 ft. The location at the backdrop of a flowing river gives a scenic view of the city including the TELCO factory. The officials of the temple have also launched a Vedic learning project which includes informal classes.
Sai Baba Temple
The Sri Sai Baba Temple is built on 0.75 acre at a cost of around Rs 3 crore. The temple is open to all devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba irrespective of his religion. This legendary saint is held as the incarnation of Krishna by some and a pir by others. A multi-religion 13-member managing committee is looking after the centre.
Architecturally, the centre is soothing to the eyes. Designed by acclaimed New Delhi architect Chandrashekhar for free and built by Tarapore and Co for three years, it uses space and natural light effectively. The design of the main building has 60ft arches. The roof above Sai Baba’s idol is of glass to let in sunlight. There is a meditating hub, lecture halls, administrative blocks, landscaped garden and parking area.
The temple is located in the Kadma area of Jamshedpur. This temple is an old Hindu temple and is dedicated to the Goddess Rankini. Though located amidst the busy Sakchi-Kadma road this temple is a sacred pilgrimage spot and one of the popular tourist destinations in the city.
Gol Pahari Mandir
Located just outside the city, Gol Pahari is famous for the Pahari Mandir, where Pahari Maa is the reigning deity. The temple is built on a hill near the Tatanagar Railway Station. An annual festival is organized at the Railway Loco Colony to worship Pahari Maa.
Parsee Fire Temple
The Parsee Fire Temple in Jamshedpur was constructed in the year 1960 and is situated at one corner of the Jubilee Park with lovely flowering bushes, creeps, rose and seasonal plants. It is here where the Parsees worship the holy fire.
This Parsee temple was built on 3rd March, the birthday of Jamshedji Tata. The fire has an interesting history. It has been burning in the Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff Agairy of the khades Parsee in Bombay since 1790. The trustee of the agairy, who had been facing the difficult days was finding it hard to keep the holy fire burning and approached the Parsees of Jamshedpur to establish the Cursetjee Manockjee Shroff Agairy here. The offer was accepted and the setting up of the agiary fulfilled the dream of the Parsees of Jamshedpur to have their place of worship in the Steel city.
Among the Gurudwaras, the most respected and visited is the Gurudwara Sahib located in Sakchi. The Gurudwara is crowded with people at any part of the day. The pure white structure of the Gurudwara gives a sense of peace and serenity.
During the times of the early Gurus, Sikh places of worship were referred to as dharamshalas. They were a place where Sikhs could gather to hear the Guru speak or sing hymns. With the continuous growing of the Sikh population Guru Hargobind introduced the word Gurdwara, meaning the gateway through which the Guru could be reached. Since then the Sikh places of worship came to be known as Gurdwaras. Though there is no historical gurudwara in Jamshedpur, yet their magnificient structure attracts a large number of people of all communities.
Among all the mosques of Jamshedpur, the Sakchi Masjid is spectacular. The dominating white stone building speaks about the grandeurs of the mighty Mughal. The multi-domed structure with sky kissing minarets is free for visitors apart from prayer times.
The temple of Kalibari was established way back in 1932 on December 2nd by a priest named Jaga Basishta Dev. This temple was established at the time of the construction of Steel Plant in the dense forests of Sakchi.
This temple is said to be one of the holiest place at Jamshedpur and people throng to pay their respects to the Goddess Kali for every auspicious occasion. Kali puja in the temple has been organized for the past 27 years. It is believed that Subhas Chandra Bose s mother was the first non-Brahmin to perform a yagna at the temple in the early 1940s. It is located near the LoyolaSchool, just opposite Beldih Club and attracts many devotees all over the world.
St. Mary Church
St. Mary Church located in the heart of Bistupur is one of the most visited churches of Jamshedpur. It is the oldest church in Jamshedpur. Hundreds of devotees visit the shrine. Though simple in structure, the interior of the Church has some exclusive art designs.
Apart from this devout places the other visiting spots include:
Centre for Excellence
Located near to attractive Jubilee Park in Jamshedpur, Russi Modi Center for Excellence is a complex enclosing many professional organizations in Jamshedpur. This building structure is famous for its architectural style and beauty. This was constructed under the leadership of renowned architect Hafeez Contractor.
This impressive structure was designed as the formal entrance to the Jubilee Park and presently this center houses the Archives of Tata Steel, a worthy collection of origin and evolution of one of the largest industries in the world. This is a favourite place for management students to understand the management practices required to bring up a spectacular industry and continue to be in the high echelons.
Sir Dorabji Tata Park
Lying near the Keenan Stadium of the city, SriDorabjiTataPark is one of the notable places of Jamshedpur tourist attractions. The Park draws several tourists who are enchanted with its captivating beauty.
The sprawling gardens, colourful flowers and artificial fountains represent the beautiful park of Sri Dorabji Tata. This well known park of Jamshedpur derived its name from Sri Dorabji Tata, who was one of the pioneers of the Tata Iron and Steel Company.
The local population of Jamshedpur visit SriDorabjiTataPark on weekends to refresh their mind from the stress and tensions of regular life. The illuminated fountains of the park are an added attraction for the tourists. The park is an ideal place to unwind with family and friends.
Domohani or River’s Meet in Jamshedpur offers the nature lovers with a unique opportunity to experience the convergence of two swift flowing rivers of Subarnarekha and Kharkhai. Situated at the north western corner of Jamshedpur, Domohani or River’s Meet draws numerous tourists from far and wide who are fascinated and enchanted with the bewitching natural scenic beauty of the place. Encircled by luxuriant green fields, the tall trees of Eucalyptus add to the charm of the beautiful place of Domohani.
The place provides the tourists with a unique scope to experience the sunrise on the river side of Domohani. A delight for the nature lovers, the place of River’s Meet rejuvenates the mind, body and soul of the visitors with a fresh bout of renewed energy and vigour. River’s Meet is flocked by local tourists during weekends. The place is ideal for spending some time with family and friends in the midst of nature.
There are also some short stops like the Keenan Stadium, XLRI, etc.
How to go?
Jamshedpur is 251 km from Calcutta. There are many trains like Janashatabdi Express, Tata Steel Express. Bus services are also available.
Where to stay?
There are many hotels to suit all budgets. Some options are:
Hotel Siddhartha( government-approved)
Phone: 0657 232 0535, 2425435, 2433008.
Hotel Asian Inn
Phone- 0657 2220291, 2222170, 2226376
Phone: +91 657 666 3333.