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.
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Patratu Dam at Patratu Valley
The very magnificent Patratu Dam is the highlight of the Patratu Valley which stores the waters of the Nalkari River. Fascinatingly enough, the underground tunnel of the tunnel connected two villages near Patratu- Labga and Hariharpur, which was a thrilling route to travel in. But lately, due to security reasons, that route has been shut off. However, the dam is still one of the important tourist attractions where you can spot several fish in the rivers, watch the mesmerising sunrise and sunset.
In addition to that, boating has also been introduced near the site which is one of the most popular activities at Patratu Dam. Besides acting as the main reservoir of Patratu Thermal Power Plant (PTPS), the dam also provides water to Ramgarh Cantonment area. Needless to mention, the area in and around the land boasts of virgin lush greenery and a scintillating landscape. You can spend hours here, sitting all by yourself or with company, and you will cherish the time spent.
Best Time to Visit
Patratu Valley experiences hot summers and cold winters. Although any time of the year is ideal to visit the valley, as both summers and winters have a characteristic charm of their own, the valley is considered to be best visited between the months of October and March, when the temperature is moderate and the climate is pleasant.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Patratu is in Ranchi which is at a distance of 50 kms. The nearest railway station is also in Ranchi. From Ranchi, there are a number of public roadways buses that can help you commute from the valley. Alternatively, you can also book a private taxi or use other public transport like tempos, shared taxis etc.