All You Need To Know About Palamau Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand

Palamau Tiger Reserve is the lone tiger reserve (where Tigers are spotted recently) in the state of Jharkhand. It is one among the nine original tiger reserves in India. This Tiger reserve is part of Palamau Wildlife Sanctuary.

This Tiger Park is spread over an area of 1,129.93 square kilometers (436 sq miles) in Latehar and Garhwa Districts. It was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1974. Core area of the Tiger reserve is spread over 414.93 square kilo meters. The buffer area is spread over an area of around 650 square kilometers. Palamau Tiger Reserve is part of the Famous Betla National Park. It is also a Project Tiger reserve for conservation of Bengali tigers.

Apart from Tigers, this Tiger Reserve has Elephants, Leopards, Sambars, Gaurs and Wild Dogs, to name few of the other wild animals.

One male Tiger and five female Tigers are there in the Tiger Reserve, as per the 2012 counting (undertaken using DNA to prevent over-counting). As per the 1974 count, there were 50 Tigers in this Tiger Reserve. As per 2007 count, there were 17 Tigers. As per Forest department, the core area of the Tiger reserve is inaccessible due to difficult terrain and Naxalite presence. Hence, an accurate count of Tigers is not possible.

North Koel River, a sub-tributary of Ganga River, runs through the Palamau Tiger Reserve. Over 140 species of birds are sighted in Palamau reserve forests. Two white vultures were spotted in the Tiger reserve at Palamau in 2013, after a gap of nearly 10 years.

How Do I Go to Palamau Tiger Reserve?

Palamau Reserve for Begali Tigers can be reached by taking National Highway 39. It takes around one and a half hours drive, to travel from Latehar to the tiger reserve, to cover 65 kilometers distance by road.

Betla National Park in Jharkhand; National Park with its name derived from its Habitats;

Betla National Park is situated in Latehar district, Jharkhand, India. Betla National Park is part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. This National Park is part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. This National Park’s name was derived from the first letters of five animals found there; Bison, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, and Axis-axis (chital or cheetal, an axis deer or spotted deer).

A Monkey in Betla National ParkA Monkey in Betla National Park

This National Park is also a tiger reserve, under Project Tiger scheme to save Royal Bengal tiger endangered species; even though no Tigers were spotted in this park in recent past!

The park is rich in flora and fauna. Lower reaches of the park consists mainly of tropical wet evergreen forests. Moist & dry deciduous forests forms the middle reaches and alpine forests forms the upper reaches. There are a large variety of animals in the park. Elephants and Langurs are seen in plenty. Other animals found in the national park includes Sloth bear, panther, Jackal , wolf, hyena, gaur, chital, sambhar, mouse deer, four-horned antelopes, kakar, small Indian civets, ant eating pangolin, porcupine, nilgai and mongoose. Large variety of birds are also seen in the Betla National Park. Kamaldah lake is famous for its water birds.

Deep inside the forests of Betla National Park, one can see the main sentinel of the 16th century old fort, which was the seat of the Chero Kings. There is one more old fort inside the Betla National Park.

Betla National Park has many Watch towers and ground hides to those interested in watching the beasts of the jungle. Safari animals for elephant ride are there in park. Jeeps, with guides to help the tourists, are also available in the park. November to March is the ideal time to explore the park. Summer months of May and June are the ideal for those interested to explore the wildlife (when vegetation dries up).

How Do I Go to Betla National Park?

Betla National Park can be accessed only from Betla village, which is situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from Daltonganj. Latehar is at a distance of 65 kilometers from Betla village. Ranchi, the capital city of the Jharkhand state, is at around 170 kilometers from Betla village. #betla

Hundru Falls and Pool Near Ranchi

Hundru Falls is situated in Jharkhand state of India. Hundru Falls is on the river Swarnarekha. This fall has a height of 320 feet. This makes the Falls at Hundru one of the best natural sceneries in the state.

Hundru FallsHundru Falls.

There is a pool at the fall base, which can be used to take bath in summer. In monsoon season, the fall waters are very formidable and bathing is not advisable. Hundru Falls is situated in a forest area and the spectacular sight of the falls is a sight to behold. This fall mesmerizes any tourist and is a great weekend get-away place for Ranchi residents. The different rock shapes in this falls also is a great attraction here.

Hundru Falls and surrounding areas are also a popular trekking destination for adventure lovers. “Suvarna Rekha Hydal Project”, which is situated downstream, is also a nearby tourist place.

How Do I Go to Hundru Falls?

Hundru Falls is at around 45 kilometers distance from the waterfall city of Ranchi. The falls is 21 kilometers off Ranchi-Purulia Road. Alternatively, you may travel to the fall on the Ormanjhi-Sikidiri route, which is shorter than the main route by 6 kilometers.

Railway station code for the nearest major station ‘Ranchi’, is ‘RNC. “Birsa Munda Airport” at Ranchi is the nearest airport to Hundru Falls. Ranchi is well connected by roads to other parts of India. NH 23 and NH 33 connects Ranchi with the rest of India.

What Are the Nearby Cities to The Waterfalls City, Ranchi?

Jamshedpur city is nearly 128 kilometers away from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state. Raurkela is at 130 kilometers away and Bhubaneswar is at 350 kilometers from Ranchi. Patna is at 250 kilometers distance from Ranchi. Buddhist Temple town of Gaya is at 163 kilometers distance from Ranchi. Korba is at 287 kilometers and Muzaffarpur city at 308 kilometers distance from Ranchi. Dhanbad is at 122 kilometers from the waterfall city of Ranchi.

Baidyanath Temple at Deoghar

Baidyanath Temple at Deoghar is one among the twelve Shiva jyotirlinga (places of workshop to Lord Shiva) situated in India. Baidyanath Temple (alias Vaidyanath Temple), at Deoghar is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas (place of worship to the goddess Shakti or Sati) in India. Deoghar Baidyanath Temple is also called ‘Kamnalingam Temple’.

Baidyanath TempleBaidyanath Temple

Deoghar Town is situated in the Deoghar District, in Jharkhand state, India. ‘Deoghar’ means ‘abode’ of God(esses). Deoghar is also known by names like “Baidyanath Dham” and “Baba Dham”. Baidnath Temple consists of the main temple and 21 other other temples in the complex.

According to Hinduism, Ravana the demon king, work-shipped Lord Shiva at the current site of the temple to get the boons that Ravana later used to wreak havoc in the world. Ravana offered his ten heads one after other, to Lord Shiva, as a sacrifice. Lord Shiva was pleased with Ravana’a sacrifice and and cured injured Ravana. As Lord Shiva acted as a doctor, this temple got the name Vaidhya (doctor).

Shivganga‘, which is believed to be made by Ravana (the main antagonist, meaning one who opposes, in the great Hindu epic, “Ramayana”) by striking the earth with his fist, on his way to Lanka (Sri Lanka), carrying the ‘Shaia lingam’ in his hand. This is at around a quarter kilo meter from the Vaidyanath Temple and is a tourist place near to the temple. Shivganga is also called “Deoghar talab”.

Ravana Jori” or “Harila Jori” is a river originating at a distance of 8 kilo meters from the Baidyanath temple at Deoghar. This is the place where ‘Ravana’ is believed to have handed over the ‘Shia Lingam’ to Lord Vishu (MahaVishnu), who was disguised as a ‘Brahmin’. This is one among the nearby tourist places.

‘Nandan Pahar” is a nearby small hill on the eastern side of Deoghar used as a hangout center for the tourists with restaurants, guest houses, and a mirror house. “Basukinath Shiva Temple” at a distance of 45 kilo meters from Deoghar is another major pilgrimage center for the Deoghar Vaidyanath Temple pilgrims. It is believed that one must visit the ‘Basukinath Shiva Temple’ also, without which the pilgrimage is considered incomplete.

Satsanga Ashram“, is a near by Ashram for the devotees of ‘ Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra’, established in the middle of 19th century. ‘Tapovana‘, is a nearby hill at around 10 kilo meter distance from Deoghar, with many caves and a Shiva temple called “Taponath Mahadeva“. ‘Shiva lingam’ is found in one of the caves here in ‘Tapovana’. It is believed that ‘Sage Valmiki‘, who is the author of the great Hindu epic ‘Ramanaya‘, attained ‘Siddi’ (success through penance) here in ‘Tapovana’.

Naulakha Temple is another nearby famous temple which attracts a lot of tourists. Naulakha Mandir alias Naulakha Temple is a lookalike of the famous temple of Ramakrishna in Belur, Karnataka state, India.

How Do I Go to Vaidyanath Temple or Baidyanath Temple at Deoghar?

Deoghar city is at a distance of around 270 to 275 kilometers from Ranchi, the state capital. From Ranchi, it takes around 5 hours by road via NH 23 and NH 114 A, which covers a distance of around 275 kilometers. If you are traveling via Ranchi – Purulia Road and NH114A, it takes almost the same time and distance.

If you are traveling by road from Kolkotta, you have to take the route via Jamtara. Deoghar is at a distance of around 370 kilometers from Kolkotta. Patna is at around 280 kilometers from Baidyanath or Babadham.

Deoghar city, the 5th largest city in Jharkhand state, is located at 7 kilometers distance from ‘Jasidih junction’ railway station (station code ‘JSME’). There are several daily trains linking Deoghar city with the ‘Jasidih Junction’. Deoghar City has two railway stations,; Baidyanathdham and Deoghar. There are several trains from Deoghar City to other Indian cities like Ranchi, Varanasi, Asansol, etc.

Dalma WildLife Sanctuary

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is an Indian tourist destination situated near to Jamshedpur, in Jharkhand state of India.

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is at an altitude of around 3000 feet and is having an area of around 195 square km. Dalma Sanctuary starts near to Chandil town. This Wild-Life Sanctuary was inaugurated by Late Sanjay Gandhi in 1975.

Barking deer, Elephants, Porcupines and Sloth beer are the main wild animals found in the park. Also seen are leopards and tigers. There are many hideouts inside the sanctuary, to watch the wild animals in their natural habitat.

The view of Jamshedpur city from the Dalma hills is excellent, which looks like millions of starts twinkling!

Dalma hills are famous among trekkers.

There is also a Shiva temple inside the wildlife sanctuary, which is famous for the Shivratri festival.

How do I go to Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary?

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is at a distance of just 10 kilo meters from Jamshedpur, India’s first planned city, which is also known as Steel city or TataNagar or Tata.

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road from Tata-Ranchi Highway, i.e. National Highway No. 33.. The nearest railway station to Dalma WildLife Park is the Tatanagar Railway station. Chandil railway station also is close to Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary at around 22 km distance. The nearest airport to Dalma Wild-Life Sanctuary is the Sonari Airport at Jamshedpur .

Where to stay while visiting Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary?

You can stay at the forest department’s Guest house on the Dalma hill top. You need to book your rooms at the Forest Range Office, Jamshedpur, which is situated near to Payal Talkies Cinema Theater.

There is another Guest house from Tata Steel, a leading group company of Tata Group, Indian multinational conglomerate. Tata Group has acquired Tetley Tea, Jaguar Cars, Land-rover Cars, Corus Group, etc., in the past.

Note: October to June is the ideal months to visit Dalma Wild-Life Sanctuary.