Some of the important tourist sites in Ranchi are:
Ranchi Museum, in Tribal Research Institute Building, Morabadi Road, houses some ethnological objects, arms, terracotta and stone sculptures.
The department of Anthropology of the Ranchi University has a wonderful collection on the ethnography of central Indian states and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It gives an opportunity to anthropologists to study the tribal life of the area. Anthropologists stake the claim that Chotanagpur region of Bihar must have witnessed the transformation of Homo erectus to Homo sapiens.
An English Agent Col. Onsley discovered the Ranchi Lake in 1842. There have not been any extra efforts to beautify the lake and its surrounding area, yet it makes for some beautiful, serene walks along the lakeside. One also has the option of boating in the lake.
Ranchi Hill offers a spectacular view of the vicinity and the serene surroundings.
On the outskirts of Ranchi, about 3 km from the Albert Ekka Chowk, lies the famous Tagore Hill, named after Rabindranath Tagore who is believed to have written a part of his famous Nobel Prize winning collection of poems-Gitanjali here, besides other poems. One the way up, one can also visit the Ramakrishna Mission.
At the footsteps of the Gonda Hill is the Kanke Dam, which is ever famous with tourists.
Ranchi is famous for its toys and puppets, so one can hunt for them in the market. In June/ July, people of Ranchi take out a chariot procession of Lord Jagannath, very similar on the lines of the Rath Yatra carried out in Puri.
You can take further excursions to places like Jagannath Temple, Mc Cluskieganj, Palamau Tiger Reserve, Netarhat et al.
Almost 10 km from the Kanke dam is the 17th century Jagannath Temple where the annual Rath Yatra is held in the month of June/July. The temple is built on the architecture style of he original temple at Jagannath Puri in Orissa.
Mc Cluskieganj, a sleepy hamlet amidst picturesque forests, is just 60 km from Ranchi on National Highway No 47. The name evokes nostalgia and one gradually discovers that the place was once popular with the Anglo-Indian community.
At a distance of 140 km from Ranchi, the Palamau Tiger Reserve spreads over an area of 1026 sq km in the Chotanagpur Plateau. Palamau shot to fame as early as 1932 for its tiger census-the first of its kind in the world. In 1947 it became one of the country’s earliest tiger reserves.
At a distance of 156 km from Ranchi, the solitude and silence of Netarhat combine to promise a romantic tourist refuge.
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