Ranchi is blessed to have several waterfalls and other religious & interesting places. Most of them are situated within a radius of 40-50 from the city and can be easily visited anytime. Ranchi is sometimes also called “The city of waterfalls”. Some of the popular waterfalls are-
1) Jonha Falls:
This is one of the breathtaking falls in Ranchi situated at a distance of 40 km from the city. The view is mesmerising as you climb down around 500-600 steps to reach to the fall. This fall is located amidst dense forest cover and can be easily approached by road/train.
2) Hundru Falls:
It is located a distance of 45 km away from city and one of the most breathtaking of all the falls. Here, river Subarnarekha descends from a height of over 300 feet. You have climb down over 700 stairs to reach to the foot of the fall, which is often a favoured picnic spot.
3) Dassam Falls:
It is located at a distance of 34 km on Ranchi-Tata road. It is a treat for the eyes to watch river Kachni descending from a height of 144 feet.
Some of the other waterfalls situated nearby Ranchi are Hirni Falls, Panch Garh Falls and Sita Falls.
If you are a devout person and looking for temples, then Ranchi is just for you having several famous religious places situated nearby. Some of them are-
1) Jagannathpur Temple
Looking quite similar to Puri Jagannath Temple, it is situated on a hilltop just 10 km away from Ranchi. This is 2nd largest Jagannath temple in India next to Puri Temple
2) Devri Temple
Located at a distance of 60 km from Ranchi on Ranchi-Tata road, this temple is said to be among the favourite places of Ranchi’s heart-throb MS Dhoni and is visited by him every time he comes to his hometown. It is also the only temple in entire Jharkhand where Pahans (Tribal priests) perform rituals alongside usual Brahmin priests.
3) Pahari Mandir and Ranchi Lake
This temple is situated on the hilltop, also known as Ranchi Hill. Ranchi Lake is situated at the foot of the hill and is often one of the favoured tourist destination.
4) Sun Temple
It will simply catch your breath with its grandeur and architecture. It looks like a chariot having 18 wheels being driven by 7 white horses. This temple witnesses huge crowd around Chhath Puja, often celebrated with fervour in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Apart from these, other places in Ranchi which may interest you are-
1) Rock Garden and Gonda Hill
Situated just 4 km away from Ranchi, this place will surely enthral you with its splendour. Rock Garden is carved out of rocks from Gonda Hills. It very closely resembles the Rock garden of Jaipur. Kanke Dam, located at the foot of Gonda Hill, is also a visual treat.
2) Birsa Zoo
Located 16 km away from Ranchi on Ranchi-Ramgarh road, this zoo is considered to be among the most beautiful zoos in India. The zoo is home to several species of trees, animals and plants. You can even take a boat ride in the artificial lake located there. Also, you can also enjoy the beautiful Rose Garden.
3) Nakshatra Van
Located in the heart of the city, this park is designed in a way that each tree represents some particular zodiac sign (or, Nakshatra). There is also a beautiful fountain at the centre of the park apart from several trees and colourful flowers.
If your thirst for travel is still not quenched, then you may also consider visiting Tagore Hill, Muta Crocodile breeding centre, McCluskigunj and Ranchi Museum.