|Jubilee Park||Located in Sonari area along the banks of the river Subarnarekha|
|Tata Steel Zoological Park||Situated within the premises of the Jubilee Park of Jamshedpur|
|Sir Dorabji Tata Park||Sited in the close proximity with the well-known Keenan Stadium of Jamshedpur|
|Bhatia Park||Nestled on the banks of the river Subarnarekha in the Shastri Nagar|
|Dimna Lake||Located at the distance of about 13 kilometers from the city center at the footings of the majestic Dalma Mountain Ranges in the propinquity with the famous Sitarampur Reservoir|
|Hudco Lake||Unfolded in the undulating arena of the TELCO Colony of Jamshedpur|
|Chandil Dam||Built over the Subarnarekha River where she confluences with the Karkori (Kharkai) River|
|Rivers Meet||To be found at the farthest north-west end of the Jamshedpur City.|
|Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary||Positioned at the mere distance of 10 kilometers from the downtown Jamshedpur|
|Bhuvneswari Temple||Suspended atop the TELCO Hill of Jamshedpur|
|Rankini Temple||Located at Jadugora in Potka Block close to Ghatshila about 45 kilometers from Jamshedpur|
|Kalibari Temple||Located close to the Loyola School right opposite the Beldih Club|
|Russi Mody Centre for Excellence||Stationed close to the celebrated Jubilee Park of Jamshedpur|
|JRD TATA Sports Complex||Located just 2 kilometers away from the Jubilee Park along the Straight Mile Road|
|Keenan Stadium||Positioned just 500 meters away from the JRD Tata Sports Complex|
|Ghatshila||Parked about 49 kilometers away from Jamshedpur and settled on the banks of the river Subarnarekha|
“Be sure that there is plenty of space for lawns and gardens; reserve large areas for football, hockey and parks………” This is how J N Tata; the visionary of Jamshedpur instructed his son Dorabji Tata about parks in one of his letters.
The Jubilee Park of Jamshedpur landscaped in the heart of the city in Sonari area along the banks of the river Subarnarekha is an extensive garden complex that is spread over an all encompassing land of 237.75 acres. Established in the year 1958, the Jubilee Park; a gift to the citizens of Jamshedpur by the Tata Steel Company commemorates the completion of 50 glorious years of Jamshedpur’s existence. Also reckoned by the moniker ‘the Mughal Gardens’, the Jubilee Park of Jamshedpur is fashioned after the magnificent ‘Brindavan Gardens’ of Mysore. Two of the most renowned architects namely Mr. B.S. Nirody and Mr. G. H. Krumbiegel had designed this Arcadia on the earth.
The wide ranging campus of the Jubilee Park encloses dazzling Jayanti Sarovar, Smriti Udyan, Nicco Amusement Park, Laser Show and Musical Fountain, Tata Steel Zoological Park, a children’s park, Foliage Park; a far flung horticulture garden teeming with hybrid plant flora, and so on. The Children’s Park dotted with wonderful swings, see saws, skating rinks, windmill and many other entertaining rides intrigue the kids to no extent while the playing ground of the Jubilee Park invokes all the possible playfulness and mischievousness of the children. The thrilling rides at the Nicco Park turn out to be a real draw for the youngsters whereas the Tata Steel Zoological Park and the Upvan provide the recreational and picnicking facilities to the visitors.
The Jubilee Park carpeted with luxuriant green lawns, sparkling vegetation and vivid flowering plants is also highly praised for its rose garden where over 1000 varieties of multicolored roses spreading their fragrance all over the ambience leave the beholders totally dumb founded. And not to forget the stunning fountains studded amidst the garden which when illuminated create absolutely astounding spectacles. The Jubilee Park is bejeweled with thousands of electric lights on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Reverend J N Tata; the father of the city. The Jubilee Park though right in the middle of the thriving industrial metropolis of Jamshedpur offers a serene and splendid berth for spending some pacifying and unperturbed time in the lap of Mother Nature.
Tata Steel Zoological Park
The Tata Steel Zoological Park situated within the premises of the Jubilee Park of Jamshedpur is an animal repository where birds and animals are provided a stimulated natural habitat where they can dwell happily in a safe and secured environment. The main vision of this Zoo is to create the world where human beings cherish, shield and preserve the flora and the fauna on the earth. Covering the total area of 37 hectares, the Tata Steel Zoological Park was inaugurated on March 3, 1994 to commemorate the foundation day of the ‘Tata Steel’. The birds and animals are sheltered in separate enclosures in the zoo.
The noteworthy mammals residing in the Tata Steel Zoological Park include Tiger, Lion, Leopard, Hippopotamus, Jackal, Bear, Jungle Cat, Bengal Mongoose, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Sambar Deer, Hog Deer, Nilgai, Three Stripped Squirrel, Macaque, Monkeys, Langoor, Fruit Bats, and Common Rat, etc while Crocodile, Rat Snake, Python, King Cobra, Garden Lizard, Krait, etc reptiles can be spotted in this zoo. The avifauna of the Tata Steel Zoological Park comprise Bulbul, Grey Partridge, Stone Curlew, Purple Sunbird, Golden Oriole, Coppersmith Barbet, Brahmny Mynah, Kingfisher, Koel, Parakeets, Green Bee-Eater, Black Drongo, Magpie Robin, Spotted Dove, Rock Pigeon, Little Cormorant, Darter, Teal, Jacana, Heron, Egret, and many others.
The worth mentioning attractions of the Zoo are; Bat Island, Boating, Nature Trail, Safari Park, Nature Education Center, Butterfly Park, Photo Gallery etc. The Tata Steel Zoological Park that thrives at the conservation and captive breeding of the animals provides a perfect venue for recreation, research and education. Nature lovers and enthusiasts can adopt an animal enclosure or volunteer at the zoo. Tourists can pay a visit to the zoo all round the week but Monday and rupees 20 per head for adults and rupees 10 for kids are charged as the entry fee here. A visit to the Tata Steel Zoological Park will surely grant you an insight into the natural life of Indian fauna from close quarters.
Sir Dorabji Tata Park
If J N Tata was the one who envisaged the present day mountainous Tata Empire, Dorabji Tata was the one who actualized this dream of his father. Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of J N Tata and the patron of Jamshedpur and the Tata Iron and Steel Company outstandingly contributed in the legendary formation and development of the giant Tata Group. Sir Dorabji Tata Park sited in the close proximity with the well-known Keenan Stadium of Jamshedpur is a beautiful nature park that is christened in the loving memory of Sir Dorabji Tata. Adroitly landscaped with the most eye catching arrangement of colorful flowerbeds, verdurous lawns, lofty trees and stunning artificial fountains, the Sir Dorabji Tata Park of this Steel City particularly beckons the tourists due to its ostentatious demeanor and its calm and composed environment.
The artificial fountains those embellish the park with their bright ornamental façade mesmerize the visitors when vibrantly illuminated with multicolored lights at night. Extremely popular amongst the locals as well as tourists, this park is an idyllic locus for hanging out with your near and dear ones for a sweet tranquil evening in the intimacy with nature. Favorite for its picnicking and recreational interest, the Sir Dorabji Tata Park of Jamshedpur is also applauded for its annual flower show that is held here in the month of December every year. Thousands of locals as well as vacationers from all over the country throng the park particularly in the month of December. The Sir Dorabji Tata Park bequeathed with the most extravagant foliage and flora brings a romantic touch to this land of steel and machines. It is indeed an Oasis in the industrial conurbation of Jamshedpur.
If Jamshedpur is garlanded with the meandering collar of the Subarnarekha River, what comprises the most resplendent brooch of this collar is the Bhatia Park. This charismatic garden, one of the 17 parks of Jamshedpur city is nestled on the banks of the river Subarnarekha in the Shastri Nagar locality of this industrial burghal. Skillfully laid out with the wide expanses of the perfectly manicured lawns, picturesque flowerbeds, staggering trees of distinct varieties and scintillating fountains, the very well maintained Bhatia Park adds a tint of utopian pizzazz in the steel veneer of Jamshedpur. This Eden incarnated provides an open space for kids to play and shady thickets for the lovers to steal some intimate moments, a peaceful spot for a speculator to ponder upon his thoughts and ample room for the visitors to unwind in the caressing cradle of Mother Nature. The Bhatia Park is one of the most chimerical spots in the vicinity of Jamshedpur where one can repose and enjoy some relaxed time tuning the symphony of your heart with the melodies of seducing cosmos. This silky green feather of the tough Steel City is a must visit destination while on a trip to Jamshedpur.
The Dimna Lake, an artificial water reservoir constructed by Tata Steel for meeting the industrial needs of water for their steel plant as well as for providing drinking water to their newly developing Jamshedpur City is located at the distance of about 13 kilometers from the city center at the footings of the majestic Dalma Mountain Ranges in the propinquity with the famous Sitarampur Reservoir. Surrounded by regal mountains wearing the coat of lush shrubbery, the gleaming emerald waters of the lake reflecting the enclosing verdure look tremendously beguiling and tantalizing. Apart from serving as the primary source of drinking water to the city, the Dimna Lake is also celebrated for the water sports facilities such as canoeing, boating, water scooting, rowing, jet skiing, etc available here. A well landscaped garden is also set up in the neighborhood of the Dimna Lake where tourists can loosen up and spend some leisurely time in the affinity with nature at its most delicate maternity. The pictorial milieu and the flourishing verdure yielding cool and breezy shades make a perfect picnic destination and a most treasured weekend getaway in the proximity with this Steel City Jamshedpur. A guest house owned and administered by Tata Steel is also located close to the Dimna Lake. To reach Dimna Lake from Jamshedpur tourists can rent a private cab or use the city bus which will reach you to this seat of precious pearl ‘Dimna’ just in thirty minutes. The lake and the surrounding area are swarming with tourists all round the year, particularly during the winter months.
Unfolded in the undulating arena of the TELCO Colony of Jamshedpur, the Hudco Lake is a pulchritudinous artificial water reservoir adored amongst the locals as well as tourists as a charming picnic spot. Flanked by the marvelous Sumant Mulgaonkar Garden landscaped along the hilly terrains and mirroring the skirting precipices gilded with the lush greenery in its crystal clear waters, the chimerical Hudco Lake adds a mystic dimension to the Steel City Jamshedpur. The Sumant Mulgaonkar Park prettified with an artificial waterfall designed using the Hudco Lake as its source of water beckons myriads of visitors every evening. From here one can perceive the breathtaking vistas of the entire Jamshedpur city, specially the commanding sights of the bustling Tata Engineering, Tata Powers and Lafarge Cement. The Hudco Lake and its neighboring park easily accessible from the downtown Jamshedpur comprise an ideal site for hanging out in the evening, spending some leisurely time with family and friends and picnicking & merrymaking. Dandled in the bosom of the verdurous countryside away from the maddening humdrum of machines and factories, the Hudco Lake soaked in the scenic heavenly bliss and drenched in the pleasing and mollifying ambience would relieve you of all the worries and tensions of busy daily life. Much loved by the nature aficionados, the Hudco Lake one of the most sought after tourist destinations of the city is essentially crowded during the weekends and vacations. Apart from exploring the natural splendor and beauty, the additional delight of the Hudco Lake what lures the visitors to no limit is its boating facility.
The Chandil Dam built over the Subarnarekha River at the point where she confluences with the Karkori (Kharkai) River is a water reservoir of the state of Jharkhand that apart from providing water for drinking and irrigation purposes also serves as a leading tourist destination. Nestled in the vicinity infused with infinite scenic kudos, the Chandil Dam is exalted amongst the most visited picnic spots of the region. This multi-purpose dam 220 meters in its height and holding the water level of 190 meters creates a stunning lake at its derrière where tourists can enjoy boating and shikara rides. Endowed with the boundless treasure of panoramic elegance the quiescent and unruffled ambient of the Chandil Dam comes alive with the melodious chirping of the jungle birds. The placid waters of the lake are often disturbed by the sudden whiz of the hightailing speed boat. An added draw of the Chandil Dam apart from its astonishing scenery and boating opportunities is a museum set up in the close proximity where several prehistoric scripts engraved upon the rocks dating back to over 2000 years are preserved. The most ideal time for visiting the Chandil Dam is from November to February.
The self explanatory ‘Rivers Meet’, also reckoned by another laurel ‘Domohani’ delineates the spot where the two rivers of Jamshedpur Subarnarekha and Kharkai converge. To be found at the farthest north-west end of the Jamshedpur City Rivers Meet is a popular picnic hub and a weekend getaway where one can enjoy a break from the mundane routine of the everyday city life. Domohani yields the constant water supply to the Tata Steel Plant as well as the Jamshedpur City. Enclosed with towering Eucalyptus plantations, exquisite verdant foliage, baroque meadows filled with vividly chromatic flowers and jazzy surroundings, the Rivers Meet is undeniably the bucolic ballpark descended upon the earth. The radiant vistas of the sun gently setting against the backdrop of the tangerine horizon and the pageantry of the colors performed in the firmament at the dust look exceptionally flabbergasting from the Rivers Meet. The soothing and cool ambience of this place renders it a perfect summer retreat around Jamshedpur. Easily accessible from the Jamshedpur City Domohani is undoubtedly a Promised Land where one can spend weekends with near and dear ones basking in the divine grandeur of the spell binding natural revenue.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
Positioned at the mere distance of 10 kilometers from the downtown Jamshedpur and spread around the Dalma Hills in the catchments area of Subarnarekha River adjoining the Purulia District of the state of West Bengal the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area that provides a safe haven to numerous species of animals and birds. Inaugurated in the year 1975 by the hands of Late Sanjay Gandhi, the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary covering an all encompassing area of 195 square kilometers wears the canopy of Dry Mixed Deciduous Forests. The noteworthy animals inhabiting the sanctuary include Elephants, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Monkey, Giant Squirrel, Porcupines and so on. The sanctuary is predominantly acclaimed for its abundant population of elephants who at times come out of the sanctuary into the villages of Jharkhand and West Bengal states and occasionally generate dangerous man – elephant conflicts.
Unfortunately, due to the traditional practice of ‘Desua Sangar’ observed in summer which involves the massacre of wild animals under the garb of some animist religion has resulted into a serious decline in the wildlife population of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary. Small hideouts have been constructed within the periphery of the sanctuary from where tourists can observe the wild animals dwelling in their natural habitat. Moreover, the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is also greatly admired by the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. An additional attraction of this wildlife asylum is an ancient Shiva Temple, where devotees congregate in large numbers during the annual festival of Mahashivratri. Accommodation facilities are also available at Tata Steel and Forest Department Guesthouses. The best time to visit the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to June. It is to be noted that due to the Naxalite Infestation in this region, the number of tourists paying visits to the sanctuary has diminished to a great extent recently.
The Bhuvneswari Temple of Jamshedpur, also commonly known as the ‘TELCO Bhuvneswari Temple’, is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhuvneswari; a manifestation of Goddess Durga. The term ‘Bhuvneswari’ means the ‘Goddess of the Universe’. The TELCO Bhuvneswari Temple suspended atop the TELCO Hill of Jamshedpur at the approximate elevation of 500 feet is a popular pilgrim destination thronged by the devotees of the Goddess all round the year. Reposed against the resplendent backdrop of a small rivulet winding through the pristine landscapes of the Jamshedpur countryside the Goddess Bhuvneswari Temple offers the most panoramic perspectives of the entire Jamshedpur City together with the imperial TELCO Factory and the tableau of the tiny hamlets nestled in the far off terrains. The spectacular ‘mise en scène’ coupled with the quiet and peaceful ambience creates an absolutely pious, spiritual and meditative environment here. The fresh and unpolluted air of the surroundings yield a suitable and felicitous aura where one can unwind and rejuvenate in the affectionate intimacy with nature in an immaculate setting. The temple administration has also introduced a Vedic Learning Project which incorporates the informal classes wherein ancient Vedic literature of India would be taught.
The Rankini Temple located at Jadugora in Potka Block close to Ghatshila about 45 kilometers from Jamshedpur is an ancient place of worship where Goddess Rankini; a manifestation of Goddess Kali is enshrined. Believed to be the oldest Kali Temple of the region, the Rankini Temple was earlier placed on a boulder where human sacrifices were offered to the Goddess. The devotees believed that the Goddess Herself executed the persons brought for the sacrifice. During that period of time the priests of the Rankini Temple were exclusively from the Bhumij Caste. The present day Rankini Temple is estimated to be established in 1954 AD. The tourists visiting Jamshedpur and Ghatshila make it a point to pay homage at the feet of Goddess Kali at the Rankini Temple. Also known by the moniker ‘the Kapadgadhi Ghat’, this Kali Temple is sited within a dense forest.
The Kalibari Temple located close to the Loyola School right opposite the Beldih Club is yet another ancient temple of Jamshedpur that was established by a priest named ‘Jaga Basishta Dev’ on 2nd December 1932. The Kalibari Temple of Jamshedpur is as old as the Tata Steel Plant and exists here since the inception of Jamshedpur. Goddess Kali is the presiding deity of the Kalibari Temple and the devotees of Goddess Kali throng the shrine particularly on the auspicious occasions of Navaratri and Durga Puja Festival. For past 27 years the Kali Puja is being conducted at the Kalibari Temple of Jamshedpur on regular basis. It is said that earlier only Brahmins could perform the religious rituals at the Kalibari Temple but this trade was broken when Subhas Chandra Bose’s mother performed a yagna here in early 1940s.
Russi Mody Centre for Excellence
Stationed close to the celebrated Jubilee Park of Jamshedpur and originally erected to mark the entrance of the Jubilee Park itself, the Russi Mody Center for Excellence designed by an eminent architect ‘Hafeez Contractor’ is a complex where a number of professional organizations of Jamshedpur are accommodated. Eulogized for its extraordinary structural design characterized with the towering white columns and a pyramidal summit, this Center for Excellence presently preserves the archives related to the conceptualization and formation of the Tata Conglomerate and the industrial city Jamshedpur. Not only that, various management organizations are housed within the Russi Mody Center for Excellence who work and promote the principles and doctrines required for achieving excellence in the professional domain. Probably this is the cardinal professional centre of India where various associations have been provided with a central facility. The promoters of science & technology, humanities & literature, art & culture can teach these disciplines and reinforce the general efficiency of the national resources here. Russi Mody Center for Excellence is a much loved destination for the management students who can learn and understand the management practices necessary to establish and raise a fabulous industry and maintain its soaring status.
JRD TATA Sports Complex
JRD Tata Sports Complex located just 2 kilometers away from the Jubilee Park along the Straight Mile Road and Jubilee Road is a multiuse stadium of Jamshedpur that possesses the facilities for boarding, training and competing under a same roof. Acclaimed as the biggest sports stadium of the Jamshedpur City, this arena enjoys the capacity of accommodating about 40,000 spectators at a time. Bequeathed with the football pitch of international standards having an eight-lane mono-synthetic running track around it, the JRD Tata Sports Complex is primarily used for various football matches and a number of athletics competitions. Apart from that, other sports including basketball, volleyball, handball, field hockey, tennis, track and field, swimming, archery, table tennis, etc can also be played here. The Sports Complex also holds a fitness center where the residential athletes are treated for free while the citizens of Jamshedpur can also use the medical aid provided here after paying the determined fees. The JRD Tata Sports Complex also serves as the headquarters of the Tata Archery Academy and the Tata Chess Centre. Additionally, is also encompasses a world class swimming pool within its premises. The JRD Tata Sports Complex is used for celebrating the Annual Sports Day of a number of prestigious schools of Jamshedpur too.
The Keenan Stadium of Jamshedpur positioned just 500 meters away from the JRD Tata Sports Complex is a famous cricket stadium of the city that was constructed and christened in the honor of John Lawrence Keenan; an ex General Manager of Tata Steel who retired after spending over 25 years in the Tata Empire. Inaugurated on 22nd November 1939, the Keenan Stadium having the seating capacity of 19000 was built at the approximate cost of rupees 25000 at that time. The Ranji Trophy Match of December 1939 played between Bihar and Bengal was the first match of the Keenan Stadium of Jamshedpur. The first international cricket match of this stadium was played in December 1983 between India and West Indies. Later on, the stadium held innumerable domestic as well as international matches over the years. Presently, the Keenan Stadium is not in use.
Ghatshila, parked about 49 kilometers away from Jamshedpur and settled on the banks of the river Subarnarekha is a small township of Purbi Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Formerly Ghatshila functioned as the administrative capital of the Dhalbhum Rajas who were the descendents of the royal family of Orissa. Some of the must visit tourist attractions of Ghatshila include Rankini Temple, Burudih Dam, Bibhuti Smarak Bhavan, Mosabani, Fulldungri Hillock, Dharagiri Falls, Pancha Pandava, Purna Pani, Ratmohona, etc.