Jamshedpur is the largest city in the state of Jharkhand. It was named after the industrialist Jamshetji Tata and is home to such industrial giants as Tata Steel and Tata Motors. Jamshedpur is one of the 'Industrial Cities' of India, being known by many simply as "The Steel City". Jamshedpur is completely maintained by Tata Steel for the most part. Tata Steel is responsible for the infrastructure as well the public services offered in most parts of the city.
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The city of Jamshedpur is in the middle of tribal heartland, where Santhal tribe speaks mostly Santhali; but their new generation kin are fluent in Hindi and English as well. Since, many people from other regions of India were brought in by Tata Sons to Jamshedpur, to assist in running the main factory (then); Tata Steel, the languages spoken in the area are Hindi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Oriya. English is understood in the main areas of visitor's interest.
The railway station is known as Tatanagar which is an important railway junction on the south eastern railway network and is connected to Ranchi and Barkakhana, Asansol on the Howrah-Delhi line via Purulia and Adra, and Gua via Noamundi and Barajamda. There are direct trains from/to all the major cities of India, viz., Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Ranchi, Patna etc. Kolkata and Patna are linked with super fast trains. You may also take a train to Dhanbad or Ranchi and then a taxi to Jamshedpur. It may take around four hours from Dhanbad to Jamshedpur and two and a half to three from Ranchi.
Regular bus services are available from Jamshedpur to Ranchi (140 km), Patna, Gaya, Kolkata (270 km), Hazaribag etc.
Jamshedpur is connected by road with most of the major cities in India. NH 32 connects Jamshedpur to Govindpur on NH 2 (Kolkata-Delhi) via Chandil, Chas and Dhanbad. NH 33 connects Chandil to Barhi on NH 2 (Kolkata-Delhi) via Bundu, Ranchi, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh and also in the opposite direction to Baharagora on NH 6 (Kolkata-Western India) via Mahulia. Kolkata is 270 km from Jamshedpur via Baharagora and Kharagpur. Ranchi is 140 km from Jamshedpur. The highyway from Ranchi is doubled laned but without a divider. Chandil is about 35 km from Jamshedpur.
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Jamshedpur airport can be used for bringing in chartered planes but night landing facility is not available. The usage of airport is limited to chartered planes of TATA group .
At present there are no commercial flights to city. A few airlines started operation from Jamshedpur in circa 2007 however were forced to withdraw due to no viability of operation due to conversion of airport from 3c to 2c which means that runway length will be shorter and that no more then 45 passengers can be accommodated on the flight. details of historical flight operations is as below :
- Kingfisher Red operated two daily flights from Jamshedpur. Suspended flight in November 2009
- Recently,Gurgaon based MDLR Airlines commenced its service connecting Jamshedpur with New Delhi and Chandigarh.Suspended operation in November 2009
- No service as on June 2010
- From recent news, one can take flight from Kharagpur instead of Kolkata, since Aviation sector is going to commence dometic flights from Kharagpur's Kalaikunda airbase, which can handle night landing also.
- Non Scheduled Operators namely JACAIR (www.jacair.com) which operates Cessna Grand Caravan 208 B , SPIRIT Air , Northeast Shuttles have started in 2012
Hired cars, minibuses and auto rickshaws are available in all parts of the town. Auto Rickshaws are available 24*7 at Jamshedpur railway station. However there is no pre paid booth. Be prepared to bargain hard.
A full-reserved auto-rickshaw will cost max Rs. 150 from any entry point i.e. Railway station, bus stand and airport to most parts of the city. However, charges vary from Rs. 100 to 150 and may go beyond 150 during odd hours or when there is a rush.
- Jubilee Park - this park was a gift by Tata Steel to the citizens of Jamshedpur on the completion of its 50 years. This 200 acre park, with a rose garden and a lake, now has a zoo and an amusement park. A favourite with joggers, cyclists and anglers. The Laser show and the musical fountains (introduced in 2000) is an excellent centre of attraction for the visitors. One must see the banyan tree planted here by our 1st prime minister late pt. J. L. Nehru.
- Coin Museum - Located near the Sakchi roundabout, this place has beautiful collection of coins. A must see.
- Rivers Meet - the confluence of rivers Kharkai and Subarnarekha. Situated at the extreme north-west point of the city. A popular picnic spot. on 14th January, a tribal mela is organised here.
- Hudco Lake - in Telco Colony, a beautiful park and picnic spot with an artificial waterfall and lake. It is an isolated area so be alert if going alone in non-peak seasons.
- Sir Dorabji Tata Park - near Keenan Stadium. Hosts Jamshedpur's annual flower show in December.
- Bhatia Park - situated at Shastri Nagar, Kadma along the banks of the Kharkhai river, it has facilities for children to play, a jogging track and seating arrangements where you can relax. Near this park is the chandi-baba durga mandir which can be visited during evenings.
- Keenan Stadium - this well known stadium has hosted several One Day International cricket matches. But now not in use.
- Russi Mody Centre of Excellence - a unique structure, just outside the Jubilee Park, designed by the famous architect, Hafeez Contractor, is home to the many professional associations of Jamshedpur. It also houses the Tata Steel Archives, where one can see documents relating to the history of the Steel Company and the city.
- Bhuvaneshwari temple- Located in Telco, atop a small hill. Offers a panoramic view of the city, and the scenic surroundings (breathtaking view of a meandering river.) The temple premises add a serene and spiritual touch to the surroundings.
- Tata Zoological Park-Located in Sakchi, one of the favourite tourism place in Jamshedpur. This park remains closed on mondays.
- Dimna Lake-Located approximately 13 km from the centre of the township.It is a manmade lake built by Tata Steel for water supply to the town.It has wonderful scenario near the Dalma hills.This lake is surounded by mountains on all the four directions. Its just amazing with a guest house of Tata Steel. Tata Steel also has facilities for water sports here. Please note that the Tata Steel guest house is NOT for public use. It is a remote place and tourists should return well before sunset.
- Kali Temple- Situated at Pardih on NH-33. The Temple is very famous of Godess Kali. The Temple is made on a raised cut mountain.
- Sai Temple- Situated at Sonari C.H. area, this newly built temple is already buzzing with devotees. A must see for its architecture and ambience.
- Sun Temple- Situated at Sidhgora, this temple's architecture and ambience is wonderful. There is a garden and a small pond where one can do boating for a very nominal fee.
- Sakchi Mosque - Beautiful white mosque in sakchi.
- Golmuri Church - The church on Main road looks grand. Has a school also.
- Sakchi Gurudwara - Situated on Kalimati Road, this Gurudwara is huge and magnificent.
- Kadma Toll Bridge- This bridge joins Kadma to Gamharia and looks beautiful during sunset. It is a delight to watch the sun go down behind the toll plaza and the reflection of the surrounding in the river water. Please note that 2-wheelers are free but 4-wheelers are charged a toll tax of Rs. 15 for crossing once.
- Sitarampur Reservoir- This reservoir can be reached by road in 30-40 minutes from Bistupur as well as Kadma and is an excellent picnic spot. Mid-December to Mid-January is the time to visit this place.
- Dalma Hill (3000 ft), Adjacent to the Town (Towards Purulia). Drive 20 mins through Tata-Purulia Highway towards Purulia. There is a drive-way from base to the top of the hill. You can stay on top of the hill. There are two facility. Once is provided by JUSCO and other one is provided by Forest Dept edit
- Goal Pahari, near Tata Nagar railway station. This temple is atop a small hill. Offers a panoramic view of the city. edit
- Bistupur - All the major showrooms are on the main road. best markets,fashion stores, car showrooms,and the best hotels and restaurants.
- Sakchi Bazaar - the "centre" of the city.sakchi is present in the centre of jamshedpur.here you will get very big market which is called sakchi bazaar,all types of malls,shopes and show rooms you will get here.
- Kharangajhar - lying at the outskirts of Telco Colony, this is the most important market for the employees of Tata Motors .
- Sector Market, in Telco colony - Internet cafe,beauty parlor for both men and women,medical store and other stores.
- Golmuri - the largest wholesale market for grains and foodstuff.
- Birsanagar Market – better known as the Sunday vegetable market.
- Amar Market, in Bistupur - the latest in youth fashion and footwear.
- Jawahar Market, in Bistupur - electronics, CDs, video games and fashion.
- Sanjay Market, in Sakchi - Similar to Amar Market.
- Tibbet Market, in Golmuri - This is a seasonal market which is setup by Tibetans. It starts after Durga-Puja and remains till February. Earlier, This market was set-up in Sakchi (old Jail area) but few years ago, it was shifted to Golmuri Circus ground.
- Wave International - A beautiful resort built 10 miles away from Jamshedpur on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi highway.
- Cinnamon - The best value for your money spent. At THE SONNET Hotel, South Park Bistupur. It's a 24X7 facility. Breakfast here starts at 6.00 am.
- Equinox - The most expensive restaurant of Jamshedpur is a part of the THE SONNET Hotel.
- Little Italy - The Fortune Hotel Centre Point in Bistupur has this great Vegetarian Italian Restaurant.
- Appetite - A great multicuisine restaurant with a great view of the Tata Steel factory (best viewed at night). Located next to the Gurudwara in Sakchi.
- Deep Purple - A new restaurant on a slightly expensive side is in Sakchi Area in the Hotel Smita International. Has a big screen to entertain you with music videos or if any important sports event is on.
- The Host - This is not a part of hotel. Very good food and not very expensive. Located Near Hyundai Showroom, Bistupur.
- Sukhsagar - A very good pure vegetarian restaurant at Yashkamal Complex, Main Road Bistupur. It has a branch in Sakchi also.
- Daavat Is a part of Hotel Asian Inn at Dhatkidih. Best Mughlai food you can ever have and don't miss the sizzlers if you happen to be there.
- Novelty A great place to eat for little expensive side situated in Bistupur. This restaurant provides take-away food facility in the morning as well as evening, mostly south-indian snacks.
- Delhi Darbar - Quite cheap place for Non Vegetarians is situated at Sakchi next to Shopper's Square mall. This restaurant has an opening inside the bistupur market also.
- Blooms - A suburban bar and restaurant in Bistupur.
- Country Club - It is a beautiful Bar with Egyptian background on the walls, Swimming pool , and a ice cream parlour.
- Yo China - Visit this place for authentic chinese food. Situated in Sakchi near Titan Eye shop (Bengal Club). This place has been shut down now.
- Pizza - Pizza lovers can opt for Dominos (main road, Bistupur, near N-road light signal) or US Pizza (near KVC, Bistupur). Little Italy (see above) also serves a selection of thin-crust pizzas.
- Ganga Regency, 171,new baradwari,sakchi,jamshedpur (near mahatma gandhi memorial hospital), ☎ 0657-2422192. A luxurious hotel with spacious parking lots and excellent quality food and service available. edit
- hotel smita, sackhi. best hotel for authentic bengali cuisene. taj festival is also famous .This hotel has been renamed as "Dey's HHonours" edit
- Blue Diamond - The restaurant in bistupur (adityapur road) is a great value for money for indian, Punjabi and Chinese dishes. Ph: 06576560448
- The Milanee Kitchen - This newly opened restaurant near women's college provides home-like Bengali food at very reasonable price. They also provide morning breakfast but after 9:30 am. Ph: 06572249009
- Maharashtra Hitkari Mandal - This has a kitchen which provides good home-like breakfast from 7 am in the morning till 10 am. They have only one item each day, "Paratha-Alu Bhujia", "Puri-Sabzi", "Alu Paratha" and "Sattu-Paratha" on different days.
- Street Food - Jamshedpur is famous for its street food. If you are looking for taste (not health and hygiene), experiencing the street food (gol-gappa, litti, pav-bhaji, egg-rolls and bhelpuri) near D. M. Madan school (Bistupur) or Near N-road crossing (chole-bhature, chowmein, gol-gappa, samosa-chat, momos) is for you.
- Sweets - Jamshedpur has many good quality sweets shop. Chhapan Bhog (bistupur & Sakchi), Gangaur (Sakchi), Sagar Sweets (bistupur), Bhola maharaj (sakchi), Misti (sakchi, bhalubasa, kadma), Sweet mart (kadma), Puja Sweets (Tinplate),Mantu Sweets (tinplate) and Brijbasi (mango) are just a few of them.
Alcohol is strictly not served after 11PM due to local laws.
- 60 ML - A great Sports Bar with very tasty food. Also has a Pool Table.
- Country Club - It is a beautiful Bar with egyption background on the walls.Swimming pool , and a ice cream parlour
- Adda - The bar of the The Sonnet hotel is an expensive but an excellent place to spend evening.
- Xing - The ITC Fortune Hotel Centre Point has a bar serving drinks.
- Golden Ice - This comfortable bar at Hotel Ganga International offers very Standard Services.
- Restaurants - Equinox, Centre Point, Host, Deep Purple, Blooms all serve alcohol.
- Asian inn, Dhatkidhi (Near the Mosque). A good restaurant with good service and tasty food. Not so expensive. edit
- Hill View Holiday Resort & 10th Mile Stone Resort 950 to 1500
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- Dimna Lake - 8 miles (13 km) from Jamshedpur, nestling at the foot of the Dalma hills. An artificial reservoir, it is one of the main sources for the city's drinking water needs. Has facilities for water sports (jetskiing/rowing).
- Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary - it is located 10 km from Jamshedpur, north of Subarnarenkha river, they stretch 16 km from east to west, and extends over 195 sq km in the thick forest of Dalma Mountain Range, which is 3,000 ft high. It is accessible by road. Famous for herds of wild elephants. Barking deer, sloth bears, leopards, porcupines and tigers are the other main inhabitants. There are small hideouts within the sanctuary to view the wild animals in their natural habitat. Facilities for trekking and mountain climbing is provided by TSAF.
- Jadugora Rankini Temple - about 28 km from Jamshedpur, This place is the worship point of hill goddess. This is a beautiful place with a small picnic spot.
- Chandil Dam - about 37 km from Jamshedpur, is a large dam and water reservoir with facilities for water sports. Surrounded with lush green hills, this is a beautiful picnic spot. You can also visit the aquaculture center where fish cage-farming is done.
- Deori Temple - about 70 km from Jamshedpur, This place is the worship point of sixteen armed goddess Durga. This is a divine place and people believe that mother Durga fulfills the needs of the devotees.
- Sun Temple - about 90 km from Jamshedpur towards Ranchi, This place is the worship point of Sun. Built in the form of a chariot being pulled by seven horses (the seven horses denote the seven days of a week), this is a beautiful place with a small picnic spot.
- Dassam Falls - about 100 km from Jamshedpur towards Ranchi, this is a beautiful waterfall. The best place to visit is from August to November. Please avoid getting into the water as this waterfall is also known for fatalities.
- Lupunghutu in Chaibasa - This place about 75 km from Jamshedpur and 5 km from chaibasa has a small wood where natural spring comes out of the roots of trees.
- Saraikela - about 45 km from Jamshedpur, this place is famous for the Chhau Dance and its sweet - "Saraikela Laddu". You can visit the royal palace and witness the Chhau at the school in its premises.
- Ghatshila - about 55 km.
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