The beautiful state of Jharkhand is set in the picturesque Chhotanagpur Plateau in eastern India. Carved out of Bihar, the state came in to existence on 15 November 2000. Jharkhand shares its borders with Bihar in the North, Chhattisgarh in the West, Orissa in the South and West Bengal in the East. Surrounded by lush green hills, Jharkhand is renowned for its rich mineral wealth, untouched beauty of the wooded forest, amazing wild life, and magnificent waterfalls. The rich and diverse culture and breathtaking scenic splendour of Jharkhand draw large number of tourists every year.
Blessed with immense bio-diversity, moderate climate, rich cultural and historical heritage, Jharkhand is fast emerging as an ultimate tourist destination in eastern India.
Jharkhand Tourism Department is taking the utmost initiative to promote tourism in Jharkhand. A good number of hotels run by Jharkhand Tourism and private hoteliers have come up at popular tourist spots, which cater to all segments of travellers. Several Jharkhand Tourism Information Centers have been opened up in various parts of the city. These information centers provide details about Jharkhand travel, hotels, tourist attractions, travel agencies, licensed Jharkhand tourism guides and other important travel tips to holiday makers.
The vibrant state of Jharkhand is coming up as a hot destination for adventure tourists. Jharkhand Tourism is taking initiative to establish it as a major adventure destination of India by opening up the Jharkhand Adventure Tourism Institute, which would offer training courses in various adventure sports to adventure lovers. Jharkhand plans to offer scuba diving, rafting, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboat, paragliding, parasailing, to mountaineering, trekking, jungle safaris and a host of other activities. More than 15 potential spots have already been identified by Jharkhand tourism, which would be developed as adventure sites. The list includes Sita falls, Dimna Lake, Kanke dam, Buridih Lake, Chandil Lake, Massanjore, Maithon dam, Sahebganj, Tillaiyya dam, Tenughat, Betla, Kelaghagh (Simdega), Rukka dam, Hazaribagh and Chandwa.
The ideal time to visit Jharkhand is in winters (October to March) as summers are extremely hot and humid.
The major tourist attractions in Jharkhand include Ma Chhina Mastika temple, Tribal Research Institute and museum, Tagore Hill, Kanke Dam, War Cemetery, Mc Cluskieganj, Betla National Park, Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, Netarhat, Parasnath hill, Hundru Falls, and Deogarh. The popular Jharkhand travel destinations are Hazaribagh, Netarhat, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Palmau.
By Air : Ranchi Airport is the main airport of Jharkhand, which is well connected with Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai by regular Indian Airline, Kingfisher Red and Jetlite services.
By Rail : Ranchi Railway Station and Hazaribagh are the main railheads of Jharkhand. Several express trains connect Ranchi and Hazaribagh with Patna, Kolkata, Rourkela, New Delhi and other significant places of India.
By Road : Ranchi, the capital city is situated at the junction of National Highways 23 and 33. A wide network of roads connects various places of Jharkhand with each other and rest of the country.