Tourist spots in Jharkhand

A small description of Jharkhand and its tourist spots

Jharkhand is fast emerging as a premier tourist destination, on account of the rich tapestry that it presents to the world of its varied and textured cultural mores, its tribes and religious sects. Apart from its natural wealth, manifest in the state's lush flora and fauna and its minerals, there is rhythm and cadence in every corner, be it in the gurgling of a brook, the heartbeat of a wild jungle beast poised to pounce on its prey or the cheerful song of tribal women making their way to work. The forests of Saranda, Betla, Dalma and Hazaribagh provide the best in Saal, Palash & Mahua trees.

Jharkhand also has a strong spiritual and historical tradition, one that draws many pilgrims and history friends to its many sites year after year.

Thus, Hindu shrines, like "Deoghar", attract pilgrims specially during the month of Shravan to the Shravani Mela, "Rajrappa" near Bokaro or "Rankini" near Jamshedpur have many worshippers of Shakti gathering. Shaivites congregate in Baidyanath Dham, Basukinath and Chiteshwar for god's blessings. Jain devotees descend in droves to pay obeisance to their 10th Tirthankar, who is enshrined here. Itkhori is a famous religious site, with shrines dedicated to Hindu, Jain & Buddhist icons.

For those with a yen for the past, Jharkhand provides ample scope - there are relics and remains of forts and palaces of Rajmahal, Palamou, Ratu, Seraikela and Kharsawan. For a glimpse of colour and ethnic flavour, the traditional fairs at Hijla, Harina and Jaida more than fit the bill.

The famous Chhau festival in Seraikela is as much of a spectacle as the other lesser known fests of the state such as Jhumar, Naachni, Pata, Natua, Dansa, Rinjha, Firkaal, Sarpha, Maghe and Paika, to name some. The vivid costumes and masks worn by the dancers are a treat to watch.

The tribal handicrafts, paintings and jewellery are all gems of a valuable heritage that need to be nurtured and preserved for posterity.


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