Jamshedpur : The Steel City

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Jamshedpur is an industrial city situated on the Chota Nagpur Plateau in the East Singhbhum District of the state of Jharkhand in north India. Jamshedpur was founded by the Late Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata and is also called Tata Nagar in honour of its founder. The erstwhile township of Sakchi was re-named Jamshedpur in 1919. Jamshedpur is popular as the ‘Steel City of India’ as production of steel is the major industry here. Jamshedpur is an important industrial area of the country today. A planned city, Jamshedpur is flanked by the Dalma Hills and the rivers Subarnarekha and Kharkai.

The major attractions of Jamshedpur are the Tata Steel Zoological Park, Dalma Hills, Hudco Lake, and Pardih Kali Mandir among others. A zoo situated close to the Jubilee Park is known for its 'Safari Park’ which offers the visitors a close view of freely moving wild animals. An annual flower show held in the Sir Dorabji Tata Park of Jamshedpur is thronged by masses of people.

The Dalma Hills of Jamshedpur is famous for wild elephant herds as well as trekking and mountain climbing. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, situated on the Dalma Mountain ranges, is famous for its rich wildlife and trekking options. An artificial lake called Dimna Lake in Jamshedpur is a popular spot for water sports activities like jet-skiing, diving, rowing and water-scooter. It is also the main source of drinking water for the city of Jamshedpur.Another favourite tourist spot in Jamshedpur is the confluence of the rivers Kharkai and Subarnarekha. The Pardih Kali Mandir, dedicated to the Goddess Kali and Hudco Lake are also popular tourist destinations of Jamshedpur.  The Hudco Lake is a man-made lake with an artificial waterfall.

Jamshedpur is also home to the Bhuvaneshwari Temple, also called as the Telco Bhuvaneshwari temple. This ancient temple offers a panoramic view of TELCO factory as it is perched upon a hill top. Apart from that, Jamshedpur is also home to various academies like the Tata Football Academy (TFA)(started in 1987 by the Tatas to find and coach fresh talents in football) and the Tata Archery Academy among others.

Jamshedpur is also popular for the JRD Tata Sports Complex that organizes all kinds of indoor and outdoor games. The Tata Steel Adventure Foundation of Jamshedpur is outfitted with facilities for rock climbing, kayaking and parasailing among others.The best time to visit Jamshedpur is from October to April, when the climate will be pleasant. Jamshedpur is well connected with other parts of the country by means of road, rail and air. While Trains and buses are available in aplenty to Jamshedpur, flying to Jamshedpur is possible only through Ranchi or Kolkata, situated at a distance of 150 and 300 kilometers away respectively.

 

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This article was published on 2012/02/14