The Chotanagpur plateau, one of the most beautiful areas of
, has been carved into a new state, Jharkhand. Studded with hills 300-900
meters in altitude and covered with verdant virgin forests, this area of rivers,
lakes, meadows and valleys is an ideal retreat of peace and beauty.
The state came into being on 15th November, 2000. It is bounded on the
North by Bihar, on the East by
, on West by Chhattisgarh, on North-West by Uttar Pradesh and on South by
Orissa. The state has a number of rivers-
, Son, Damodar, Swarnarekha, Baraker, Koel and Sankh.
wildlife, the forests are an anthropologist's delight, since the ancient lifestyle
of the Santhal, Ho, Munda, Oraon, Koi Chero, Kharia, Paharia tribes has remained
, the capital of Jharkhand, was erstwhile summer capital of
, in altitude and is a beautiful hill station with many places
of tourist interest.
Other places not to be missed are
Hazaribagh, a small
hill resort ( 93 km) Tilaiya dam (63 km) a picnic spot, Netarhat a small hill
station with beautiful sunrise and sunset views, Palamau a popular tourist resort
(140 km) and a Tiger Project Reserve, Jamshedpur one of India's earliest planned
cities, Dhanbad center of coal mining.
The state also has a strong industrial
base. The region is a vast reserve of important minerals yet to be tapped fully. The state
has a great potential for an all around growth.