||Near Ranchi, Bihar.
||Parasnath, Jain Pilgrim Spot.
CITY OF A THOUSAND LAKES: Hazaribagh, meaning a thousand gardens, is a famous health hill resort, situated at a height of 2,019 ft. above sea level. Set in the midst of a dense forest, this picturesque city has an excellent climate. It is rich in flora and fauna. Located on NH 33, Hazaribagh is 93 kms from Ranchi by road and is well connected with other important towns of the state, as well.
The Hazaribagh plateau has on its eastern margin, Parasnath - the highest hill in Bihar, rising to a height of 4,480 feet. The loftiness here is of another order. According to Jain tradition, no less than 23 out of 24 Tirthankaras (including Parsvanatha) are believed to have attained salvation in the Sammetasikhara of the Parasnath hills. The hill seems to have been an abode of Jains.
Parasvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankar was very popular among the tribal population of Chotanagpur. The snake king Dharanendra, whose many hoods protected the meditating Tirthankar, identifies him. Both the Swetamber and Digamber Jains have their many, beautiful temples here on the hills.
Canary Hills: Close to the town lies the Canary Hill, which has a well - laid out park and is studded with three small lakes and an observation tower. The top of the hill affords one a panoramic view of the town.
Hazaribagh Lake: The Hazaribagh Lake, in the vicinity also attracts tourists and visitors. It is a popular picnic spot and place for water sports.
Wild Life Sanctuary: Wildlife enthusiasts would love to visit Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, which is nestled in the low hilly terrain. This retreat stretches over 184 sq. kms. of plains, undulating country, steep hills and deep nullahs with thick tropical forests and grass meadows. The best time for a visit is early spring' when the undulating hills are covered with the fresh green of Sal and miscellaneous trees.
Few of the reservoirs of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), dams offer ideal recreation facilities in scenic surroundings.
Jilaiya Dam: This dam, situated across Barakar River is a preferred attraction for the tourists. It is 55 kms away from Hazaribagh. The main road from Bath, on C.T Road passes through the reservoir and the hillock offers a breath-taking sight.
Urwan Tourist Complex: Few kilometers from the Tilaiya Dam, is Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation's Tourist Complex at 'Urwan', where one can consider spending time by the side of the dam and can enjoy boating and other water sports. Interested tourists can follow the main road and drive to Hari Har Dham at Bagodar, which is famous for the 52 feet high Shiv Ling that took 30 years to complete and is believed to be the tallest in the world.
Rajrappa: 90 kms from Hazaribagh town is Rajrappa, famous for "Maa Chhina Mastiba" temple where river Bhera joins the Damodar from a height of 20 feet. The little waterfall offers boating facilities, which introduces some very spectacular rock formations in this area.
Konar Dam: There is another Dam - Konar dam -, which is 51 kms from Hazaribagh.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest Airport at Ranchi is 100 kms away.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Hazaribagh Road Rly. Station, 67 kms from the Park. The station is on the Delhi-Howrah route.
Road: The place is well connected with the surrounding cities by road.
|Temperature (degrees c):
||Light woolens. Cottons and light tropical
|| 22 sq. km.
|| 2019 ft.