Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is also known as Tata Nagar or simply Tata. It is the largest city in Jharkhand and also India’s first planned city. The city was established by the Tata Group and is the site of India’s first major steel plant which started production in 1912. At that time there were just two villages named Sakchi and Kalimati here. The site was chosen because of the availability of all raw materials needed to produce steel. Jamshedpur is located between the Subarnekha and Kharkai rivers. Jamshedpur played an important role in world war II as a variety of equipment and weapons were manufactured here. Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group gave instructions for a well-planned city with plenty of trees, open space, parks, sports grounds, and places of worship for residents.
Multicultural cosmopolitan Industrial Hub of Eastern India
Today Jamshedpur is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city mainly due to migrations from all over India since the steel plant was set up. After 1945 many other industries set up base in Jamshedpur including an automobile plant by the Tatas. Today Jamshedpur is a thriving industrial and mineral hub. Education in Jamshedpur has kept pace with industry here. There are a number of prestigious institutes and research centers in Jamshedpur including XLRI, NIT, NML, and many more. Jamshedpur Airport is in the stages of development and will soon start full-scale operations.
Places to visit in and near Jamshedpur
Sprawled over 225 acres of land, Jubilee Park is an oasis in the steel city of Jamshedpur. This park is known as the ‘Mughal Gardens of Jamshedpur and houses a lake, amusement park, zoo and recreation area, and much more. The many fountains in the park add a magical touch to the atmosphere.
This is an artificial lake near the Dalma wildlife sanctuary, about 12 km from Jamshedpur. It is situated at the foothills of the Dalma Range and makes a perfect getaway for a picnic, trekking, or indulging in water sports like boating, Jet Skiing, etc.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide range of wildlife and plant species. The best-known mammals here are the fearsome “Dalma Elephants’, Tigers, spotted deers, sloths, barking deer, porcupines, and more. There is a wide variety of birds here.
Rivers meet point
This is where the Subarnekha and Domohani rivers meet. It is an ideal picnic site with verdant greenery topped by hundreds of eucalyptus trees giving the area a majestic look.
Russi Modi Center for Excellence
This unique building, designed by the iconic architect Hafeez Contractor houses various professional organizations and also the archives of Tata Steel. A display shows the journey of Tata Steel from its inception to being one of the giant corporations of the world.
Is located atop a hillock on the outskirts of the city. This temple is dedicated to Pahari Mata and can be reached by climbing a hundred steps. The view of the city and surroundings from the top will make the climb worthwhile.
Tribal Culture Center
This is a popular destination for tourists. This center preserves the heritage of the tribals of this region – the Santhal, Ho, Oraon, Munda, and others. There is a wide variety of antiques and paintings on display here.
How to reach Jamshedpur
Jamshedpur is well connected to the rest of India by rail and road.
Jamshedpur railway station is on the main Howrah – Mumbai line and is connected to many cities across India.
Ranchi Airport is about 132 km from Jamshedpur.
Kolkata Airport is about 291 km from Jamshedpur.
Distances from Jamshedpur
- Ranchi – 129 km
- Dhanbad – 139 km
- Kolkata – 283 km
- Bhubaneswar – 349 km
- Jagannath Puri – 404 km
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