The city is located on the bank of the River Subarnarekha (the word ‘Subarnarekha’ means golden streak), and is situated in an undulating forested area. It has been a popular place frequented mostly by people from West Bengal, who have been going there for a change of place and climate. The noted Bengali writer Bibhuti Bhusan Bandopadhyay of Pather Panchali fame was a resident of the city.
A small township with mixture of people from communities like Bengalis, Biharis, Gujratis, Marwadis, Punjabis, all staying together in harmony participating in each other's festivals. Geographically placed between two mountain ranges with the Subarnarekha river separating them from kissing each other. Aerial view is beautiful from top of any mountain like the Surda pahar. You can find the rocky river flowing in between hilly & rocky terrain with patches of human habitants, painting an awesome landscape. On one side of your view, you can find smoking chimneys of the Hindustan Copper factory suggesting the industrialization that en marks this fast growing township. People stay in a variety of modern & old houses. If you take a walk down to Aam Bagan, Rajestate you can feel the village life with cows & chickens roaming here and there and housewives smoking the traditional chulhas (burners) with intoxicating smells of burning cow dungs. If you visit the nearing villages, you can see a lively village life with tribals engaged in their daily rituals.
There are many Local Passenger trains connecting Jamshedpur and Kharagpur with Ghatshila. For timings etc check with Indian Railways.
A hired car charges Rs. 1800-3,000 to take tourists around the places of interest. Apart from these auto rickshaws are available for movement locally. If you plan to visit Jamshedpur & Ranchi, best & cheap place to stay is Ghatshila. You can rent a car and manage single day trips to cover these cities.
Notable places in and around Ghatshila are: the house of Bengali writer Bhibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay, Phuldungri Hill, Burudih Lake, Jhanti Jharna, Rankini Temple(Jadugora & Ghatsila), Dharagiri Falls, Narwa Forest, Mosaboni Mines & Surda Pahar. 8 km from Ghatshila is Galudih, another tourist spot on the banks of the Subarnarekha. Tatanagar is just a day's trip from Ghatshila.
Breathe fresh air particularly along the river bank. Take a dip in the Subarnarekha river. Go for long walks in and around the Dalma range near Moubhandar
There is nothing in particular to buy.Though you can go for local Santhali handicrafts.
Normally one eats at place of stay. There you can buy at low rate everything, particularly the vegetable, fish, meat, chicken. Rasamalai from a Ratan's shop in Ghatshila is very popular.
Notably, most tourists from nearby big cities like Kolkata are attracted to Ghatsila not only for its natural beauty but also to taste the sweet mineral water. At each pockets of the township, a public tube well or Chaapaakal can be found where you can taste fresh water. The water is said to have medicinal values. A glass of water is enough to fill-up your empty stomach.
Should try sweet Kalakand out there which is vary famous. Most famous and oldest Kalakand seller is Ganesh Kalakand.