Ranchi is the capital of mineral-rich state Jharkhand. Ranchi was once identified as the summer capital of Bihar owing to its altitude of 700 metres, waterfalls, surrounding forest and beautiful rive (Read More)r Subarnekha flowing by.

Here is the list of 22 Things to Do in Ranchi

1. Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple

Perched up on a hilltop, the Jagannath Temple is the most popular historical landmark in Ranchi dating back to 1691. As s smaller replica of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, the temple is decked with intricate carvings and a unique blend of coloured stones. The Rath Yatra festival is celebrated every year at the temple.

2. Relax by the Dasham Falls

Relax by the Dasham Falls
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Located near the Taimara village in the Ranchi district, Dasham Falls, also known as Dassam Falls, is a spectacular waterfall in the state of Jharkhand which is a tributary of the Subarnarekha River. The area surrounding the spot is engulfed in rich greenery, that makes it an ideal picnic place in the region. To reach the spot, you will have to climb a flight of stairs.

3. Boating at Ranchi Lake

Boating at Ranchi Lake
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Located at the base of the majestic Ranchi hill, this lake was constructed in the year 1842 by a British National Colonel Onsely. It is centrally located and has boating facilities. Being well-maintained by the authorities, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed evening and is ideal for picnics.

4. Stunning Views of Rock Garden

Stunning Views of Rock Garden

Complete with waterfalls, sculptures, art and unparalleled scenic beauty, the Rock Garden in Ranchi is the perfect weekend excursion destination. The major attraction here is an iron footbridge that stands on only two poles. Since the garden is situated on a hillock by the Kanke Dam and is surrounded by lush environs, you can relax peacefully while enjoying a stunning view of the city.

5. Spend a Day at Kanke Dam

Spend a Day at Kanke Dam

Set right next to the famous Rock Garden of Ranchi, the Kanke Dam is the perfect romantic getaway for couples, a family picnic or an outing with friends. Gazing at the magical sunset that renders the sky in vivid shades of fire, while gently boating along the dam's placid waters will truly rejuvenate you. Be sure to try some of the delicious local cuisine by the dam.

6. Visit the Sun Temple

Visit the Sun Temple
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The Sun Temple has an extremely captivating architecture and has the shape of a giant vehicle with 18 wheels driven by seven horses. The temple complex also has a holy pond which is highly revered among Hindus.

7. Hike to Tagore Hill

Hike to Tagore Hill
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Situated in Morabadi in Ranchi, Tagore Hill is a popular hilltop in the state of Jharkhand. Also known as Morabadi Hill, the hilltop has a long associated history with the revered poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Engulfed in lush greenery and boasting of gorgeous panoramic vistas, the vantage point stands at a height of 300 feet and is an ideal picnic spot.

8. Pahari Mandir

Pahari Mandir

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Pahari Mandir in Rachi soars at an altitude of 2140 feet and offers a mind-stirring bird's eye view of the entire city. You have to climb about 300 steps to reach here, but the beauty of the temple and the stunning view is absolutely worth it. The Shravan season is a pompous affair here and sees a footfall of hundreds of devotees each year.

9. Musical Fountains at Nakshatra Van

Musical Fountains at Nakshatra Van

If you're searching for the perfect picnic spot after getting through a long week, Nakshatra Van is where you stop looking. Decked with plush greenery and blooming flowers, this place is sure to alleviate your mood. The main crowd-puller is a beautiful fountain that lies in the centre and looks especially mesmerising in the evenings.

10. Take a Dip in Jonha Falls

Take a Dip in Jonha Falls

Plunging from a height of about 45 meters, the Johna Falls are surrounded in a canopy of plush dense trees and thick shrubbery. The holy waters of River Ganga and River Raru come together to form these giant roaring falls. They are also known as the Gautamdhara Falls because of a Buddhist shrine that lies in proximity to the falls.

11. Birsa Zoological Park

Birsa Zoological Park
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The Birsa Zoological Park, also known as Birsa Jaivik Udyan houses a wide variety of wild animals like lions, tigers, various kinds of deer etc. It is located on the Ranchi-Patna National Highway near Ormanjhi and is a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts.

12. Panch Gagh Falls

Panch Gagh Falls
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Panch (means five) Gagh Falls is a stunning tourist destination which has five waterfalls cascading through tall and steep hills near the scenic village of Khunti. The foot of the waterfalls has a very calm and serene atmosphere and is an ideal location for picnics and weekend getaways.

13. Drive through the Patratu Valley

Drive through the Patratu Valley

Forty kilometres outside Ranchi lies the scintillating Patratu Valley. With sparkling waters of the Patratu Dam on one side and lush green trees flanked along the other, driving along the Ghat of the Patratu Valley is truly a stupendous experience. However, do not venture into these roads after dark because of the rampant Naxalite influence in the area.

14. Gorgeous Waterfall

Gorgeous Waterfall

The waterfalls in Ranchi are synonymous with mesmerising beauty, surreal landscape and an all around atmosphere of serenity and ataraxy. Nestled in the dense woods of the Chota Nagpur Plateau, these gorgeous waterfalls are a popular tourist spot. . Besides, they are also popular among the seasonal trekkers as well as the amateurs, in addition to the photography enthusiasts, nature lovers and wanderers.

15. Birsa Munda Stadium

Birsa Munda Stadium

Spanning over a whopping 275 acres, the Birsa Munda Stadium has it all- a seating capacity of 35000 people, dust and fireproof roof, 12 double lifts, several elliptical pylons, air-conditioned warm up track and much more. The stadium is surrounded by a 66 foot wall on all sides that makes it look like a spaceship.

16. Unwind at the Beautiful Parks

Unwind at the Beautiful Parks

The beautiful parks in Ranchi are an ideal way to spend a day out amidst green surroundings and pleasant environs. Ideal for morning and evening walks and also for sports like cricket and football etc, these charming parks in Ranchi are popular both among the kids and adults.

17. Get Close to Nature at Deer Park

Get Close to Nature at Deer Park

A park safari of the Birsa Deer Park in Ranchi will introduce you to the hundreds of species of deer that are sure to blow your mind. From beautiful spotted deer to the majestic Sambhars, this park is home to more than 15 species of deer. With giant Sal trees and plush shrubbery all around, visiting this park is a great way to get in touch with nature.

18. Angrabadi Temple Complex

Angrabadi Temple Complex
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Angrabadi Temple Complex is situated in Khunti, a small and serene village near Ranchi. The temple houses the idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Ram-Sita and Hanuman. This is a must-visit for tourists and devotees alike.

19. Topchanchi Lake

Topchanchi Lake
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A Lake upon which a dam was built to supply water to Dhanbad and its suburbs, the Topchanchi Lake attracts tourists all over the year being the beautiful reservoir that it is.

20. Fun Castle Water Park

Fun Castle Water Park

Located in Ratu in Ranchi, Fun Castle Water Park is one of the most popular water parks in the city. Replete with a number of fun options, the park has water draughting, thrilling water, Playground etc in addition changing and locker rooms, food options etc.

21. Malls in Ranchi

Malls in Ranchi

The city of Ranchi is known for its calm and soothing environment. The town has varied beautiful locations that are always alluring, but when one wants to relax and shop and spend time with their family and friends.

22. Try the Favourite Food- Dhuska

Try the Favourite Food-  Dhuska

Ranchi provide a modest variety in its restaurants and local street food outlests and Dhabas.One must indulge in the popular desserts as well as the Chaat found here. Other than this one might try popular items of the state, such as Pua, Litti, Handia, Kanda, Aloo Chokha, Dubhni Roti and more.

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