Top 10 Things Ranchi Is Famous For

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Richard Dean
Richard Dean 

Ranchi, the center of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, has a rich history, unique beauty, and ideal setting. Due to its location, which is 651 m (2136 ft) high above sea level, Ranchi became a well-known hill station and a summer capital during the British empire. This mineral-rich city boasts natural wonders, from a wide collection of flowers and fauna to striking waterfalls and hills. Tourists can stay in luxury hotels or if they prefer a homier stay, Airbnb vacation rentals in Ranchi. This city, with a plethora of natural charm, is one of the most sought-after destinations in India and is known for many things. Check out the top 10 things Ranchi is famous for.

1. Ethnic Handicrafts

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With numerous tribal communities in Ranchi, it is not surprising to see limitless ethnic handicraft items. Among the ethnic handicrafts here, jewelry is a popular buy. Bangles, rings, anklets and necklaces - all have a unique character and pattern. Situated in Sainik Market, Tribes India is a local store that offers an extensive number of ethnic handicrafts. Meanwhile, Gandhi Khadi Bhandar is a must-visit store, which offers genuine and quality handicrafts made by ethnic groups.

2. MS Dhoni

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) not only changed the face of Indian cricket but contributed significantly to his home town, Ranchi. This bustling industrial city is not as famous as it is now. Thanks to MS Dhoni’s sharp leadership qualities and unbeatable skills in the game, Ranchi became a “household name in the cricketing world.” It was in 2011 that the Indian national team had won the Cricket World Cup and the start of MS Dhoni’s prominence.

3. Metal Works

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Situated in the mineral heartland of India (Ruhr of India), it’s not surprising Ranchi became the major force of mineral-based activities by the 21st century. With the region’s limitless mineral resources, from iron ore to manganese ore, Ranchi became the home to plenty of mineral-based industries. If you are looking for quality metal works in India, Ranchi is one of the best places to find and buy one.

4. Ranchi Rhinos

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Owned by Patel-Uniexcel Group, Ranchi Rhinos takes pride to be a field hockey team from the beautiful city of Ranchi. The owners and HIL management had a dispute in 2014, causing Ranchi Rhinos to change its name to Ranchi Rays. The management and players of Ranchi Rhinos continue to promote and revive the honor of this sports legend in India.

5. JSCA international stadium complex

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JSCA International Stadium Complex is established in 1935 by committed cricket lovers. This is one of the best stadiums in India, which includes plenty of amenities and services for players like restaurants, a gym, and a swimming pool. Comfortable seating, lighting, amazing games, foods, refreshments - all contributed to making this complex a good place to relax and keep your adrenaline rush.

JSCA International Stadium Complex

Address: HEC Township, Birsa Nagar, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Website: JSCA International Stadium Complex

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:35am - 10:44pm; Sat: 6am - 11pm; Sun: 6:30am - 11pm

6. Military Cantonments

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During the 18th and 19th centuries, military cantonments in India were semi-permanent. It was only in the 20th century when they turned to permanent garrisons. Overall, there are 64 cantonments in India. Bathinda Cantonment is not only the largest cantonment in India but in Asia, as well. It has 55 sq. km (21.24 sq. mi), but despite having the biggest area, it has quite a small population. Meanwhile, Ramgarh Cantonment or also known as Ramgarh Cantt is one of the most popular cantonments.

7. Waterfalls

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Ranchi boasts breathtaking waterfalls. Ranchi’s waterfalls are one of the best places of interest in this area. Seasonal trekkers and even amateurs will explore beautiful hiking trails. Perhaps, a day picnic in a natural landscape is a great idea of family bonding or a romantic set up for lovers. The waterfalls are also a striking backdrop for photography. Panch Gagh Waterfalls, Dasham Falls, Hundru Falls are some of the best waterfalls that you can visit in Ranchi. Lodh Falls shines among the rest. It is the highest waterfall in the state and a favorite place of plenty of visitors. Whether you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy other things to do - the waterfalls of Ranchi are the best place to visit.

8. Rock Garden

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If you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle, Rock Garden is a must-visit. It is a solace place with immense beauty of nature and a popular place of interest for those people who want to take a break from the world. It was made out of rocks from the Gonda Hill. Situated in the middle of the city, it is considered the second in significance after Jaipur Garden. Unique forms of sculpture, Kanke Dam, waterfalls - all blend in making Rock Garden more beautiful.

Rock Garden

Address: Gandhi Nagar, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

9. Rich tribal heritage

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There are more than 30 indigenous communities in Jharkhand. Ranchi became more colorful and exciting, thanks to the abundant festivals of these tribal groups. If you want to learn more about the rich tribal heritage of Ranchi, attending several colorful festivals is the key. During the Karam festival, locals bring branches of Karam tree, place them on the ground, and pour them with rice beer, and milk. Sohrai, on the other hand, is a cattle festival. Cattles are bathed and offered afterward. Perhaps Phaguwa or Holi will ring a bell. It is a spring festival, wherein you can see sal flower blossoms on roofs. There are plenty of special dances and songs, as well.

10. Tagore Hill

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Nestled at around 914 m (3,000 ft) and 4 km (2.49 mi) away from Albert Ekka Chowk, Tagore Hill is a place for romance and inspiration. The hilltop has some connection with Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s works and this place continues his legacy. Tagore’s beauty and its surroundings have captured the hearts of many, and is an ideal place to witness sunrise and sunset. Today, Tagore Hill functions as an art museum.

Tagore Hill

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

Discover the famous things in Ranchi

With Ranchi’s natural beauty, ethnic tribes, historic sites, unique art, and culture, this mineral-rich city is a great place to explore and find inspiration. There are also ultimate places for biryani in Ranchi worth checking out. If your next trip is to this eclectic city, make sure to read our list of the things Ranchi is famous for.

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