Bokaro Steel City is 4th largest city in state of Jharkhand and is deemed as one of the most important industrial cities in the region.
Population of the City Urban area is more than 1 million with area above than 200 sq.km. The Average altitude of the Land is 210 mts from mean sea level. Situated in the Chhotanagpur Plateau, the vast rolling topography of the city is typical, strewn by graded valleys and winding streams.
Bokaro is famous for its Steel Plant which is the biggest in Asia as well as for its quality educational system. Besides, it is also a popular tourist destination for people from Eastern Region and also foreigners.
Bokaro is well connected through rail to all parts of India. 2 super fast Rajdhani Express connect city to the National Capital New Delhi while state capital Ranchi & Metropolis Kolkata is well connected by super fast Shatabdi express. Other than the 2 premium trains, there are many other super fast/express/mail trains connecting city directly to New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Dhanbad, Tata Nagar, Patna and many other cities.
Connectivity to southern states is still under developed however can be reached thru Ranchi.
Bokaro Steel City is at the junction of NH-32 and NH-23 which link it to the state capital Ranchi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and other major towns. NH-2(GT Road) is just 50 kms away from the City. Other state highways connect the city to nearby regions. Bokaro is also connected through direct 2 Volvo service providers to Kolkata. City has 3 bus terminal from where more than 1000 buses/mini buses departed in all directions.
Bokaro has an air strip reserved for private use of Steel Authority of India Limited(SAIL). The nearest commercial airport is at Ranchi a distance of 120 km.
Best Season : October to March.
Easiest way to get around is on an auto rickshaw and pedal rickshaws which are easily available. If new to the city, Taxi can be hired from your hotel of stay.
There are also point to point tempos running frequently, mainly on the main roads connecting areas like Chas to Bus Stand, Railways Station, City Centre, Sector 9 etc, it can be very uncomfortable ride with driver try fitting in as many people as possible. Try avoiding.
- Bokaro Steel Plant One of the largest steel mills in the country, with an output capacity of more than five million tonnes of salable steel. The plant also has a captive power plant, now being run by Bokaro power Supply Company Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture between SAIL and DVC. The plant is undergoing a huge modernization program, and the increased demand for steel over the last couple of years saw all the blast furnaces in the company becoming operational together for the first time. The company has about 30000 employees on its rolls as of 2005. Its a fully integrated Steel plant hence a visit here will give you a first hand experience of Steel making from Raw Material Handling, Coke Ovens, Blast Furnace to Steel Melting Shops and Rolling Mills where you see the finished product. Wikimapia: Aerial view of the plant with details.
- Garga Dam, near Bokaro Steel City (about 12 km from city centre). It is a famous picnic spot for the denizens of Bokaro. Lustrous green surroundings and variety of aquatic habitat residing in and around Garga Dam lures the school excursions and biological expeditions to this place. This dam is constructed for the use of steel plant as well as for the water supply for its people.
- Bokaro Ispat Pustakalaya, near Bokaro Hotel. Has a collection of over 40,000 books (including some valuable manuscript) that meets the reading requirements of the people in the township. It is managed by the management of the steel plant.
- City Centre, Sector 4 - The city centre is the main shopping district of the city. Recent years have seen it grow more than threefold in size. The difference of this market and most other major markets in Indian cities happens to be the planning of the market. There is ample parking space, and the approach roads, as well as those inside the market are wide. The place houses almost all major Indian banks, has the best shops in the city for clothing, electronics, and the best food joints. You can find anything from a needle to a car in the market. It used to be home for the only cinema theaters in the city, but only two of them (Jeetendra and Pali Plaza) is operational now. The latest comers to the market are coaching institutes, small clinics, and hospitals. Their rate of growth shows the demand these services have in the city.
- Aaiyappa Mandir, in sector 5, it is an important social, cultural and religious meeting place for people from the South.
- Sri Sri Kalika Maharani Temple in Bokaro in the state of Jharkhand, India is a Hindu temple at Chira Chas, built by Aashiyaan Estate Developers. The temple is spread over half an acre and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The mini township of Kalika Vihar is named after this temple.
- Ram Mandir, in sector 1, is the most famous mandir dedicated to Lord Ram and other smaller mandirs. Other gods and goddesses include Hanuman Mandir, Radha Krishna Mandir, Shiv Parivar Mandir, Durga Mandir, Surya Mandir, Kali Mandir, Lord Venkateshwar Mandir, Shiv Mandir, and Sheetala Mandir. Ram Mandir was established in 1967-68 by the late Founder Secretary Pt. Parma Nand Tripathi, a great labor leader. The mandir houses a rich Dharmik library and Rishi Niwas. All festivals, pravachan, Kirtan, functions, and celebrations are organized by the Shree Ram Mandir Trust. Also, the poor arrange more than 250 marriages in a year in the Ram Mandir campus at a very low cost. The Ram Mandir market is also famous for its coffee house, batata poori, chat, samosa, phuchka, and famous egg-rolls. Ram Mandir houses one of the oldest markets of Bokaro. The airport is one kilometer from Ram Mandir.
- Jagannath Temple, Located in Sector 4, the temple is an attraction to the people of Bokaro. The temple boasts of the greenery, its playground and its majestic pond with walking path built all around it. The temple also hosts Chhathh festival. The temple is a replica of the famous temple in Puri, Odisha.
- Kali Mandir - Located in sector 8, it is one of the oldest temples of the city. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Shakti, Goddess Kali. Besides the religious activities it is also a major socializing place for the Bengalis of the city. The temple organizes an annual painting competition attended by hundreds of students from the schools of the city.
- City Park. Bokaro has a well maintained City Park with an artificial lake. Recently three artificial islands have also been added. These islands were designed in Japanese style. The park used to have some small animals but they were all transferred to the Jawaharlal Botanical Garden in the early 90s. There is a small guest house that is used to host parties for visiting dignitaries. A small restaurant also stands at the eastern edge of the lake. There is a small toy train that is run for some time early every year. The park hosts an annual Basant Mela (Spring Fiesta) in early February. The southern part of the park is used by thousands during the annual Chhatth puja in October/November. A new small beautiful park was opened on 1ST January 2007 to make city park more beautiful and make people more enjoy chat new year picnic.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park - The biggest zoological garden in Jharkhand was built in the late 80s and early 90s. It has animals and birds from different parts of the world, with the big cats being the biggest attractions. The zoo came into limelight after multiple breedings of white tigers, royal bengal tigers, and the Asiatic lion over a short span of time. The cubs were sent to different zoos in India and abroad, since the available resources were not good enough to cater to the needs of so many big cats. Boating is allowed in the artificial lake created within the park. There is also a kids corner near bear cage and adjacent to it is a small dam. Now the facility of toy train is also available inside.
- Chas - Once a small grain trading hub of the region, this town first became famous during the Second World War when the British Government used it as a base to supply soldiers fighting on the eastern front against the Japanese. After the decision of Government of India to establish the Bokaro Steel Plant it gained in stature. It was the administrative headquarters of the area when Bokaro was a part of Dhanbad district, and later when Bokaro became a district. Recently the headquarters were moved to the steel township. Chas continues to be a trading hub, but has declined in importance after the rise of the township to the west.
- Mohan Kumar Mangalam Stadium. It is a very well maintained stadium by SAIL having a capacity of 30000. It is also the training centre and headquaters of SAIL football academy. It comes lively on 14th November when Children's Day function is celebrated on its grounds with colorful dance and cultural programmes from the various schools of Bokaro.
- Pupunki Ashram - The last Kasba in the Bokaro Dhanbad route is Pupunki. The village, along with its fields and captive fishery ponds is squeezed between NH-32, Bokaro-Chandrapura Railway line and the Damodar river. Opposite to this village across the NH-32 is the pious Pupunki Ashram "The Multiversity". Established by Akhanda Mandaleshwer Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansha Deva, popularly Known as Babamani. This Ashram was an age old home for Gurus who used to harbour Gaushalas with 100s of students being imparted scientific and spiritual knowledge in the past. One can still see the reminents of the past with many rituals still intact in this Ashram. This place is also a popular picnic spot these days.
- Chandrapura - A town famous for Chandrapura Thermal Power Station, a unit of Damodar Valley Corporation. It was a big source of pollution for the adjoining areas owing to the coal based generators, but things changed after electrostatic precipitators were installed in the chimneys, and large scale afforestation was carried out. The town lies on the northern edge of the Damodar river. The Chandrapura Railway Station is a small but beautifully designed Railway Station.
- Tenughat - Tenughat is famous for Tenughat Dam and Tenughat Thermal Power Station. A canal too runs through the region.
- Gawai Dam - A good picnic spot near Pindrajora on Purulia road .It is at a distance of 15 km. from the city. The picnic spot is likable because of the flow of a stream due to leaving of water from the dam.
The best time to visit Bokaro is from October till March. One can enjoy the festivities through Durga Puja, Diwali ,X Mas and the new year which the city celebrates with great fervor.
Bokaro can boast of several beautiful lakes and picnic spots in its vicinity and citizens of Bokaro are known for their fascination for picnics, which are organized by Bokaro Steel plant Departments, housing societies and individuals in the months of December till January. The Garga Dam, in particular (Near Bokaro Railway station/Balidih) is one of the favorite picnic spots for city's denizens.
Nature lovers can find solace in the city’s wide sprawling roads, lined with luscious green trees, and the city park. Those who love shopping can visit the vast shopping arcades of City Centre, Sector 4.
Organizations such as Quality circle (BSL) regularly host plays at community centres, located in each of the sectors.
If you want to get a taste of small town India, which is rapidly evolving along the by lanes of development and prosperity, come to Bokaro. You would not be disappointed.
- City Center, Sector 4 - This place undoubtedly is the heart of shopping and other activities in Bokaro. It has two single screen cinema halls, wide range of eateries, ice cream parlors & street food, supermarkets, textiles, Automobiles, electronics, hand looms, home furnishing and all that you need. It also is hub of the banking in the city with almost all banks having their branch present here. This place also is hub of education with many coaching institutes present in the vicinity which in turn has opened several hostels & tiffin centres.
- Bokaro Mall, Sector 3 - Bokaro mall is the first sprawling Shopping Mall of Bokaro Steel City spread on a vast land area of Sector III C, City Centre in Bokaro Steel City. It is all set to offer 3 screens, hotel,double height banquet halls,cafeteria,commercial spaces,retail stores,restaurants& food court along with 200+ car parking.
- Chas- The wholesale market of district and trading hub with decades old shops selling groceries, cloths, automobiles, footwear, accessories, jewelry and everything else. Though be prepared to face lots of traffic in the old bylanes of Chas.
- Dhundibag- Located at junction of NH 23 & Sec 12, this alternated day market is wholesale market for Fruits, Vegetables, Crockery, Meat, Fish, furniture and other items. Very crowded though on alternate days.
- Cooperative colony- From electronics to medical store , from beauty parlor to restaurant every thing is here.
- Laxmi Market - Located just 1 km from City Centre, near to Bokaro General Hospital. It's famous for fruits and meat shops. There are also numerous medical stores lined up in this market and that ensures you get almost all the medicines here.
- Sector 1 Market- Another market around the famous "Ram Mandir", this place offers numerous street food options and shops for cloths, ornaments, sweets, coaching institutes and various others.
You can also check out locally the occasional fairs at venues like Majdoor Maidan & Circus Ground sec 4, held from time to time. Fairs are also set up during Durga Puja at different sectors with one at Sector 2C, 9 & 12 being most famous.
- Vasant Vihar, City Park -- Beautiful restaurant, set by the City park lake. One of the most scenic eating joints in Bokaro. It is a favourite with tourists who visit City Park for boating and sightseeing.
- Shan–e-Punjab, City Centre –- A bit claustrophobic restaurant, located at City Centre, but specializes in great Punjabi food, and is managed professionally.
- Kozi Corner, City Centre –- A very popular eating joint among locals. Specializes in Chaat and sweets.
- Khatta Meetha, City Centre -- Oldest and most trusted place in Bokaro to experience authentic Bengali sweets, and south Indian culinary delights.
- Ginger Restaurant - Yet another restaurant in City centre. Nice ambiance with equally good food. This place has earned a lot of name in a very short span of time.
- Limcas - Sector 1. They have a restaurant at the ground level serving some good food. Ambiance is among the best in the city and prices are nominal. Alcohol is available at SAAKI bar, next to the restaurant.
Lakahan samosa centre- city centre sector IV
Other places include Khatir, Zaika, Rainbow. In recent times, numerous bars have come up in areas like Chas & City Centre suitable only for males for a quick beer.
Apart from numerous "English wine shops" spread across city markets, where you can buy all famous brands of Wine, Beer etc, Alcohol is served in various authorized Permit rooms at:
- Hans Regency, Sector I
- Hotel Classic, Sector IV
- Vasant Vihar, Sector I
- Hotel Reliance, Naya More
- Hotel Blue Diamond, Western Avenue, Sector II
- Hotel Yamuna Villa CHAS, chas. edit
- Saki Resturant, Chas. As usual cheap with not that happening atmosphere. A good place though for a chilled beer. edit
Consumption of alcohol in public places though is a punishable offence & should be avoided.
Locals also drink Handia, a type of rice wine, which though not available in market can be found in nearby villages.
- Hotel Hans Regency, Sector 1, ☎ +91 6542 240909. One of the best known hotels in the city. decent rooms & friendly staff. Rs. 1825-2425. edit
- Hotel Classic, Sector 4, ☎ +91 6542 233138, +91 6542 233163. Another old and known name in the city. Rs. 1100-1700. edit
- Hotel Blue Diamond, Naya More, ☎ +91 6542 240199, +91 6542 240299. Near to bus stand. Decent rooms. edit
- Hotel Limca, Sector 1, ☎ +91 6542 240896. Rs. 1225-1600. edit
- Hotel Reliance, Bus Stand, ☎ +91 6542 224848. Rs. 600-1600. edit
- Hotel Vaibbhav, Chas, ☎ +91 6542 235021. Dormitory Rs. 45 Rooms Rs. 485-1250. edit
- Hotel Yamuna Villa, Chas, ☎ 06542-235664. edit
- Hotel Avtaar, Chas (Chas). Well furnished and clean AC and Non- AC Dormitory at a low price. edit
- Aditya Abhishek International, Sector 4, ☎ 06542-235385. possession of a restaurant and offers good breakfast . 250-900. edit
- Hotel Rajdoot, Bye Pass Road, Chas (Near KL Memorial Hospital), ☎ 06542 235559/235569/8229803800. Decent rooms and great location in Chas. edit
- Parasnath Hills - Parasnath Hills are a range of hills located in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The highest peak is 1350 metres. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centre for Jains. They call it Sammet Sikhar. The hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill. According to some, nine Tirthakaras attained salvation on this hill. For each of them there is a shrine (gumti or tuk) on the hill. Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, although the place is habited from ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin. The Santhals call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity. They celebrate a hunting festival on the full moon day in Baisakh (mid April).
- Tenughat- 40 kms away from Steel city is famous for Power plant and Dam on river Damodar. A beautiful place for day picnic. Views from this massive dam is just awesome.
- Topchanchi- 40 Kms away famous for its gorgeous lake. Migratory birds and pleasant environment makes it a lovable place.
- Rajrappa- Famous for its temples, particularly temple of deity. It comprises of small hills with many temples situated on those hills. It is a popular place for religious worship for Hindus. The damodar river in the vicinity can be enjoyed on boats, providing a breath-taking view of the sharp landforms created by river action.
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