Bokaro travel guide

Places of interest


Best season: September to February

Languages spoken: Hindi, Magadhi, Magahi, Urdu, Bengali (Khortha), Kurmali, Oriya, Maithili, English, Bhojpuri, Santhali and Murmu

* Bokaro Steel Plant - Bokaro Steel Plant(23°40′16″N 86°06′16″E / 23.671136°N 86.104531°E / 23.671136; 86.104531[11]) is one of the largest steel mills in the country, with an output capacity of more than five million tonnes of salable steel. The plant also has a captive power plant, now being run by Bokaro power Supply Company Ltd., a 50–50 joint venture between SAIL and DVC. The plant is undergoing a huge modernization program, and the increased demand for steel over the last couple of years saw all the blast furnaces in the company becoming operational together for the first time. The company has about 30000 employees on its rolls as of 2005. The plant is fully integrated.

* Garga Dam - Garga Dam is located around 12 km from the city on the NH-23. It is a picnic spot for the denizens of Bokaro. The green surroundings and variety of aquatic habitat residing in and around Garga Dam lures the school excursions and biological expeditions to this place. This dam is constructed for the use of steel plant as well as for the water supply for its people.

* Parasnath Hills - Parasnath Hills are a range of hills located in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The highest peak is 1350 metres. In Jainism, the Parasnath hills are referred to as Shri Sammet Shikhar Teerth (Shikharji). They are one of the two most prominent Jain pilgrimage centers, the other being Shetrunjaya, located in Gujarat state of Western India. The hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill. According to some, nine Tirthakaras attained salvation on this hill. For each of them there is a shrine (gumti or tuk) on the hill. Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be more than 2,000 years old. However, although the place is habited from ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin. The Santhals call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity. They celebrate a hunting festival on the full moon day in Baisakh (mid April).

* Bokaro Ispat Pustakalaya - Located near Bokaro Hotel, it has a collection of over 40,000 books (including some valuable manuscript) that meets the reading requirements of the people in the township. It is managed by the management of the steel plant.

* City Centre, Sector-4 - The city center is the main shopping district of the city. Recent years have seen it grow more than threefold in size. The difference of this market and most other major markets in Indian cities happens to be the planning of the market. There is ample parking space, and the approach roads, as well as those inside the market are wide. The place houses almost all major Indian banks, has various shops in the city for clothing, electronics, and the best food joints. It used to be home for the only cinema theaters in the city, but only two of them (Jeetendra and Pali Plaza) is operational now. The latest comers to the market are coaching institutes, small clinics, and hospitals. Their rate of growth shows the demand these services have in the city.

* Cooperative Colony - Cooperative colony is the private neighbourhood build by the ex-officers of Bokaro Steel Plant. Its located close to Naya More as well as the Bokaro railway station. It is spread over a big area enclosed by a boundary wall and there are three gates for entry and exit from this colony. The main gate is called Cooperative more. A few medical clinics and the famous Manpasand sweet shop are located close to the main gate. The neighbourhood houses a small shopping complex, Kali mandir, Hanuman mandir, Community hall besides other public amenities.

* Buddha Vihar - This pious place is located in Sector-IV/D. This is the single place in Bokaro for the Buddhists religious gathering.

* Gayatri Mandir - Located in Sector-9/A. People use to visit the place during the morning and evening time for the daily prayer. Navmi puja at Gayatri mandir is also famous. Khichri is distributed as the prasad on the occasion of Navmi puja.

* Aaiyappa Mandir - Located in Sector-5, it is an important social, cultural and religious meeting place for people from the South.

* Ram Mandir - Located in the Sector-1/C is the most famous mandir dedicated to Lord Ram and smaller other mandirs encircling it dedicated to other gods and goddesses. The Ram Mandir market is also famous for its coffee house, batata poori, chat, samosa, phuchka and famous egg-rolls. Ram Mandir houses one of the oldest markets of Bokaro. The airport is 1 km from Ram Mandir.

* Jagannath Temple - Located in Sector-4, the newly built Jagannath temple is an another attraction. The temple is a replica of the famous temple in Puri, Orissa.

* Kali Mandir - Located in Sector-8, it is one of the oldest temples of the city. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Shakti, Goddess Kali. Besides the religious activities it is also a major socializing place for the Bengalis of the city. The temple organizes an annual painting competition attended by hundreds of students from the schools of the city.

* City Park - Bokaro has a City Park with an artificial lake. Recently three artificial islands have also been added. These islands were designed in Japanese style. The park used to have some animals but they were all transferred to the Jawaharlal Botanical Garden in the early 90s. There is a small guest house that is used to host parties for visiting dignitaries. A small restaurant, Vasant Vihar stands at the eastern edge of the lake. There is a small toy train which runs for some time early every year. The park hosts an annual Basant Mela (Spring Fiesta) early February. The southern part of the park is used by thousands during the annual Chhatth puja in October/November.

* Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park - The biggest zoological garden in Jharkhand was built in the late 80s and early 90s. It has animals and birds from different parts of the world, with the big cats being the biggest attractions. The zoo came into limelight after multiple breedings of white tigers, royal Bengal tigers, and the Asiatic lion over a short span of time. The cubs were sent to different zoos in India and abroad, since the available resources were not good enough to cater to the needs of so many big cats. Boating is allowed in the artificial lake created within the park. There is also a kids corner near bear cage and adjacent to it is a small dam.

* Chas - Once a small grain trading hub of the region, this town first became famous during the Second World War when the British government used it as a base to supply soldiers fighting on the eastern front against the Japanese. After the decision of Government of India to establish the Bokaro Steel Plant it gained in stature. It was the administrative headquarters of the area when Bokaro was a part of Dhanbad district, and later when Bokaro became a district. Recently the headquarters were moved to the steel township. Chas continues to be a trading hub, but has declined in importance after the rise of the township to the west.

* Siwandih - Its a village housing a large number of migrants mostly Muslims from Bihar living and working in the Steel plant. It lies southwest of Bokaro near the railway station and the Garga Dam. Popular neighborhoods in Siwandih are Bansgora, Islampur, Makhdumpur Millat Nager and Haisabatu. There are a number of popular mosques in this neighourhood.

* Balidih - Balidih is a industrial area.

* Jainamore- A one of the 42 village in Jaridih block of Bokaro. Situated on the NH-23, it is around 7 km away from the Bokaro Steel City railway station. It also houses a large migrant population from Asansol, Ravatdih, Mahuaar, Kanchnpur and Kundori who live and work at the Bokaro Steel Plant.

* Babudih - A village in Chas Block famous for 75-foot (23 m) high tower.

* Pupunki Ashram - The last Kasba in the Bokaro Dhanbad route is Pupunki. The village, along with its fields and captive fishery ponds is squeezed between NH-32, Bokaro-Chandrapura Railway line and the Damodar river. Opposite to this village across the NH-32 is the pious Pupunki Ashram "The Multiversity". Established by Akhanda Mandaleshwer Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansha Deva, popularly known as Babamani. This Ashram was an age old home for Gurus who used to harbour Gaushalas with hundreds of students being imparted scientific and spiritual knowledge in the past. One can still see the remnants of the past with many rituals still intact in this Ashram. This place is also a popular picnic spot these days.

* Chandrapura - A town famous for Chandrapura Thermal Power Station, a unit of Damodar Valley Corporation. It was a major source of pollution for the adjoining areas owing to the coal-based generators, but things changed after electrostatic precipitators were installed in the chimneys, and large-scale afforestation was carried out. The town lies on the northern edge of perhaps the most polluted river in the world, the Damodar.

* Bokaro (Thermal) - A town famous for Bokaro Thermal Power Station, a unit of Damodar Valley Corporation(DVC).It is the oldest power plant of Asia. It has two power plants BTPS-A and BTPS-B.BTPS-B generates 600 MW of electricity.

* Tenughat - Headquarters of Bermo SubDivision, famous for Tenughat Dam and Tenughat Thermal Power Station.


* Pindrajora - It is a small village around 20 km from Bokaro. It hosts the only Primary Teachers Training College of Dhanbad and Bokaro. It also has a State Government Basic School and a Sarvodaya high school.

get there and around


Bokaro steel city is well connected with all parts of the country by rail as well as road. Bokaro Steel City is the main station of the city situated at 12 km from City Centre. All mail/express trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi stop here.

Railway

* Railway Stations in Metropolitan area : Bokaro steel city, Tupkadih (Industrial area), Radhagaon, Chas Road.

Bokaro also lies on the junction of NH-32 and NH-23. NH-32 passes through Chas whereas NH-23 passes through the main city.

Naya More is the main Bus Stand planned for 1000 buses at a time. Bus stand is divided into platforms for each private buses. A Government Bus stand is just adjacent to main Bus stand. Besides Naya More there are two more bus stand, Basanti More in Sector-9 and Dharamshala more in Chas. Recently direct Volvo bus service from City centre and Naya More to Kolkata have been started.

Road

* Main Bus terminals - Naya More, Basanti More, Dharamsala More.

Private cars and taxi facilities are available everywhere in the city. Regular commuting in the city is supported by numerous trekkers, autos, rickshaws and mini buses. The city boasts well maintained roads in whole state as the maintenance is under authority of Steel Plant.

Air

Bokaro Steel city airport is used only by private carriers of Sail and dignitaries, but now government has taken an initiative to operate regular flight to major cities within state and nation of Indian airlines and private carriers. Now with Durgapur, Bokaro is the among the first cities where private Airport[12] will be built within 3 years apart from the existing airports.

Bokaro Steel City  is a city situated in the Bokaro District, in India. It is the home of the largest steel plant in India, and several other medium and small industries. It is the district headquarters of the Bokaro district as well as Bokaro divisional range (Bokaro, Dhanbad and Giridih).


Situated on the Chhota Nagpur Plateau, the vast rolling topography of the city is typical, strewn by graded valleys and winding streams. In this setting, within a short period of two decades, a new city with a strong multi-dimensional economic base, has blossomed into a regional urban centre of around a million people drawn from different parts of the country, giving the city the character of Mini India.

History

Formerly there was a village named Maraphari deep in the jungles of ChotaNagpur. The closest village cluster was Chas. Purulia was the closest town and the area was ruled by the Maharaja of Kashipur. Folk lores have it that this area came under Mughal rule by the conquests of Man Singh. The region was named ManBhoom after him (VeerBhoom and SinghBhoom are the neighbouring regions also named after him, Veer Man Singh).

This remote place came into prominence when Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru planned to build the first swadeshi steel plant with the help of the Soviets. The proximity to coal, iron ore, manganese, and other raw materials had helped in the selection of this place. The steel plant was originally incorporated as a limited company on 29 January 1964, and was later merged with SAIL and came to be known as Bokaro Steel Limited(BSL). The late 1960s and early 1970s saw heavy construction of the steel plant as well as the township. The first blast furnace started on 2 October 1972.

The Sector III and Camp I and II were the first to come in the township followed by Sectors II, IX, IV and so on. The first private school came in the form of St. Xavier's School which the Jesuits from Hazaribagh built on invitation from the BSL management. The 1980s saw rapid development of the township with new sectors coming up, new schools, parks, zoos and other public amenities coming up. Township development ceased with the completion of IV/F and IV/G. In all Bokaro Steel City consists of 12 sectors out of which sectors VII & X do not exist.

The late 1990s saw sprucing up of the City Park and creation of islands, new schools and the success of Bokaro's students in all India level competition exams, specially IIT's. During this period Bokaro also emerged as the eastern hub for academics. Bokaro also boasts of having a unique cosmopolitan culture as the population consists of people belonging to all parts of India