Hazaribagh, literally meaning ‘thousand garden’, is a fine health and hill resort, perched on the central plateau at a height of 2,019ft. The picturesque town surrounded by thickly wooded hills is also noted for its salubrious climate.
It is a popular picnic spot. Water sports facilities are available.
It has a well – laid out park, three small lakes and an observation tower. One can enjoy fine views of Hazaribagyh and its surrounding from the top of the hill.
Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary
The scenic sanctuary sprawls over an area of 184 sq km amidst low hilly terrain with thick tropical forests and grass meadows. The thickly wooded hills are a haven to rich and varied animal life. Key fauna wild bear, nilgai, sambar, chital, barking deer, sloth bear, leopard and tiger etc. Best season October to November and February to March.
Hazaribagh Tour Information
It is famous for a waterfall located about 15km from here. There is also an anceitn shrine of Goddess Bhagwati Mahamaya at Bansao.
This holy site on the confluence of Damodar and Bhera rivers is famous for the temple of Maa Chhina Mastika Devi. A large fair is held on Makar Sankranti (January) and during ‘Kali Puja’ festival many rituals and ceremonies are performed. The Bhera river plunges down from a height of 20 feet and merges with Damodar river, forming a spectacular fall.
The dam on the Patna Ranchi highway was built under the Damodar Valley Scheme and is a fine picnic spot. Nearby is the Urwan Tourist Complex.
Parasnath Hill (Sammet Shikhar)
It is one of the most important Jain pilgrimage centres in the country. The hill named after Lord Parasnath, rises to a height of 1000 metres above the plains, besides the Kolkata – Gaya railway line. Lord Parasnath, the 23rd Jain thirthankar, is said to have attained nirvana (salvation) over here. The thickly wooded holy hill is also associated with the life of Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain tirthankara. Jain believe that even the tigers of the holy hill are vegetarians. There are twenty four separate shrines top the hill, dedicated to the 24 thirthankaras. These can be approached though a steep foot trail ascending from the village of Madhuban. The Parasnath temple is perched atop the western most, highest summit. Panoramic views of the surroundings can be enjoyed from here. The village of Madhuban also has a famous Jain temple, which is said to be over 2,000 year old. Other important sites are the Samosharan temple ad Bhomiyaji Ashram.