7 Best Things To Do In Ranchi, India - Updated 2024

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Shrimayee Thakur
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Shrimayee Thakur

‘Heaven on Earth’ is how tourists to Ranchi describe it. It is blessed with rich natural flora and fauna from waterfalls, hills, zoos, gardens and parks. It has everything that a tourist would want to see and experience in a place. It is relatively unexplored and has so much tourism potential in it, but is also the most populated in the whole of Jharkand. It was selected among hundreds of Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission, and it is a well known fact that it is the hometown of the former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni. Come and explore the best things to do in Ranchi, India.

1. Shower under Jonha Falls

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Jonha Falls, also known as Gautamdhara Falls, is a popular spot in Ranchi. It attracts hordes of tourists because of the way the waters flow over the rocks. The beautiful view and the cool pond under it create an enchanting experience for all who visit.

Visitors really have a good time at the waterfalls and amongst the lush green surroundings. It is very refreshing to have a bath at the bottom of the waterfalls, and it is said to be an experience that can literally wash away your concerns in life.

Jonha Falls

Address: Rarhu River, Angara, Ranchi, Jharkhand 835103

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Do wear comfortable shoes for your visit to Jonah Falls as there are lots of steps to get to the falls.

The area around the waterfall is pretty quiet and makes for a good picnic spot if you can pack your own meal. At the top of the stairs going down to the falls are small shops serving tea and packaged snacks to go along with your food.

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2. Meditate on Tagore Hill

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Tagore Hill is located in Morabadi and has a peaceful atmosphere that tourists looking for some quiet time will enjoy. It is a famous place because of its serenity and is used for meditation a lot. You will fall in love with the lovely greenery that surrounds this location. Keep your camera ready as, along with being a good place for relaxation after busy sightseeing, this spot also offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Divyayan Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Agararian Vocational Institute, and Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ranchi are all situated at the foot of Tagore Hill.

Tagore Hill

Address: Morhabadi Rd, Van Vrindavan Colony, Morabadi, Ranchi, Jharkhand 834008, India

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Sunset in Ranchi

Ask any local and they will tell you—Tagore Hill is one of the best places in Ranchi to catch a sunset from. Keep your camera ready as the sky blooms vibrant orange, red, and pink.

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3. Visit Pahari Mandir Ranchi

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Pahari Mandir Ranchi is a temple located at the top of a hill in Ranchi. It is commonly known as Shiva Temple, and its location on a hill means you’ll get a breathtaking view of the city. This place is frequented by worshipers of the Hindu god Shiva who gather in this place for prayer. Additionally, the age-old Pahari Mandir is located close to the railway station and not far from the airport, so it’s easily accessible.

Pahari Mandir

Address: Kumhar Toli, Ranchi, Jharkhand 834001

Website: Pahari Mandir

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4. Make friends with different species at Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park

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Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park houses different kinds of wildlife animals and a wide variety of vegetation. It is located in Jharkhand Ranchi and is called Jaivik Udyan. This park was built for the preservation of wildlife as well as for animal adoption programs. It attracts a lot of visitors because of its quite unique collection of different species of mammals, which have made it popular not only in the state but all over the country of India.

Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park

Address: Main Road National Highway 33, Ormanjhi, Chakla, Ranchi, Jharkhand 835219

Website: Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park

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If you're coming here during monsoon, be sure to keep an eye out for gorgeous peacocks dancing in their enclosure. 

The park is set away from the city, so plan to make a day of it and take along your own food to enjoy with your loved ones in a quiet spot before you head back. 

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5. Rock Garden

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The Rock Garden in Ranchi is situated near the Kanke Dam. It is a developed garden which is complete with waterfalls and sculptures, and attract lots of tourists. You will enjoy this garden because it is beautifully designed with a footbridge that is made of iron rods and has two poles.

There are many stone statues inside the garden to enjoy, and it has a scenic landscape. It is very popular among local people because they can enjoy a quiet moment here without any distractions. There is also a lake at the foot of the hill, providing a very serene place to relax.

Rock Garden

Address: Near Kanke Dam, Ranchi

Website: Rock Garden

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6. Go for a picnic in Birsa Deer Park

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Birsa Deer Park is located in a lush sal forest in Khunti. As the name suggests, this park has hundreds of species of deer in it. Initially, it started with just 15 deer, but it has since grown in leaps and bounds. There are very few deer parks in India that can boast such a high population of deer and so many species in one place.

One of the main attractions of this park is the park safari, which gives visitors a clear view of the animals in the park. If you’re traveling with kids, they will be delighted to see the deer roaming freely here.

Birsa Deer Park

Address: Ranchi-Khoonti Road, Ranchi

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7. Visit Jagannath Temple

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Jagannath Temple in Ranchi is said to have been rebuilt in the year 1691 after being looted by the erstwhile King Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo of Barkagarh, which is now known as Jagannathpur. On a marble slab placed outside the sanctum is information about the founder and the year of foundation of this temple.

Jagannath Temple was believed to have been erected to revive the Hindu religion, as many of the Hindus were converting to other religions in the 17th century. The temple had collapsed in the year 1990, but the Bihar government at that time renovated the temple and it has regained its lost glory now.

Jagannath Temple

Address: Jagannathpur Chowk Khataal, Sector 1 Jagannathpur hec, Dhurwa, Ranchi, Jharkhand 834004, India

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Place to visit nearby

Your next vacation could be in Ranchi!

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Ranchi is a relatively undiscovered place in India, and not many people know that it has so many interesting places to see and visit. It has mesmerizing waterfalls, hills, gardens, and attractions that really appeal to the entire family. There are many sporting facilities in Ranchi as well, especially for cricket, hockey and football, and maybe that could be the reason behind it producing one of India’s finest sportsman, M.S Dhoni. Regardless of your interests, you are bound to find a fantastic vacation here in Ranchi.

Follow the winding roads of Patratu Valley

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Patratu Valley

Patratu Valley is a very popular spot and both your camera and mind will thank you for a visit here. I’ve spent many afternoons here looking down at the panoramic view and breathing in the cool air. You can even pack a light picnic to have while sitting in your car. Do remember to not litter the area, however, as it is kept especially pristine and is a point of pride for locals.

I also enjoy sitting by Patratu Dam and watching the sun go down. There are boats for rent here, in case you’d like to go out on the water.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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