Hazaribagh Travel Guide
Hazaribagh is popular for its rich street food. You can start your day with local breakfast with kachari sabji and jalebi. Try out famous bagheri(a small bird) jhor at Alka Hotel with rice in lunch. Be careful to reach Hotel before 12:30 otherwise you won't get any. Try out rich street food of hazaribagh in the evening. Most famous is the chotangapuri snacks like bada, dhuska, aaloo chop, kachri at the famous local shop at the end of the Guru Teghbahadur Road. Samosa 9locally called Singhara)and rasgulla of Vivekannd Hotel (near Congress Office)is famous for its simple and tasty preparation. Enjoy matka kulfi in summer at Jhanda Chowk. There are plenty of chat serving cart on and around Jhanda Chowk that are famous for samosa and tikki chat. tikki chat of hazaribagh is very different from the tikki chat that you get in delhi. golgappa of Hazaribahg also tastes differently than what you get in Delhi. try it out!! Food carts near meetha talab serves hot maal pua and don't forget to drink tea sold in small kiosk all over the town
# Koderma produces the world's 60%-65% of Mica, it is 60 km away from city.
# Tilaiya Dam across the Barakar River has beautiful hillocks all around and there also nestles one Sainik School nearby.
# Konar Dam is 51 km from Hazaribagh
# A hot water spring named Suraj Kund is 72 km from Hazaribagh.The water is boiling hot and benefiacial for the treatment of skin diseases and rheumatism. It is 2 km from Belkappi, near Barakattha, located half way between Barhi and Bagodar
Get There and Around
get there and around
The nearest airport, Ranchi(Capital Jharkhand) (91 km) is connected with New Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata,Patna,Lucknow etc by regular Indian Airlines service and many other private airlines.
The nearest railway station is Koderma which is 59 km away,situated on the New Delhi Howarah Grand Cord Line.All major trains including Rajdhanis stop here.Railways provide regular bus service from Station to Hazaribagh.
Hazaribagh is situated on NH 33 (life line of Jharkahnd),is connected by road to Ranchi 91 km, Dhanbad 128 (via GT road);km, Gaya 130 km, Patna 235 km, Daltonganj 198 km, Kolkata (via Asansol-Govindapur-Barhi) 434 km.Regular bus service connects all these places.
Places to visit
places to visit
1. Hazaribagh National Park is located with hillocks, deep nullahs, thick tropical forests and grassy meadows. The Sanctuary has wild bears, sambhar, nilgai, chital and kakar, sloth bears, tigers and leopards.
2. Canary Hill is a popular spot for nature lovers. There is a guest house and a watch tower on the top of the hills. Recently a proposal has been submitted for setting up a tiger and deer safari at the place.
3. Swarnajayanti cafeteria at Hazaribagh lake is a major family attraction.
5. Narsingh Temple dedicated to Narsingh avatara (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.
6. Surajkund hot spring
Hazaribagh is a city and a municipality in Hazaribagh district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is the divisional headquarters of North Chota Nagpur division.It is famous as a health resort and for Hazaribagh National Park (17 km from city).
Etymologially, the word Hazaribagh is made of two Urdu words, hazar meaning 'thousand', and bagh meaning 'garden'. Hence the literal meaning of Hazaribagh is 'City of thousand gardens'. According to Sir John Houlton the town takes its name from the small villages of Okni and Hazari – shown in old maps as Ocunhazry. The last syllable in its name probably originated in a mango-grove, which formed a camping ground for troops and travellers marching along the ‘new military road’ from Kolkata to Varanasi, constructed in 1782 and the following years. The Grand Trunk Road subsequently replaced this military road in the mid-eighteen hundreds, but the lay out differed at places, particularly around Hazaribagh. A dilapidated watch tower meant to guard the military road is still visible on Tower Hill, near Silwar.
In very early times the district was covered with inaccessible forests to which non- Aryan tribes who refused to surrender to the steadily advancing Aryans, retired at different times. Though out the Turko-Afghan period (up to 1526), the area remained virtually free from external influence. It was only with the accession of Akbar to the throne of Delhi in 1556, that Muslim influence penetrated Jharkhand, then known to the Mughals as Kokrah. In 1585, Akbar sent a force under the command of Shahbaj Khan to reduce the Raja of Chotanagpur to the position of a tributary. After the death of Akbar in 1605, the area presumably regained its independence. This necessitated an expedition in 1616 by Ibrahim Khan Fateh Jang, the Governor of Bihar and brother of Queen Noorjehan. Ibrahim Khan defeated and captured Durjan Sal, the 46th Raja of Chotanagpur. He was imprisoned for 12 years but was later released and reinstated on the throne after he had shown his ability in distinguishing a real diamond from a fake one.
In 1632 Chotanagpur was given as Jagir to the Governor at Patna for an annual payment of Rs. 136000. This was raised to Rs. 161000 in 1636 A.D. During the reign of Muhammad Shah (1719-1748), Sarballand Khan, the Governor of then Bihar, marched against the Raja of Chotanagpur and obtained his submission. Another expedition was led by Fakhruddoula, the Governor of Bihar in 1731. He came to terms with the Raja of Chotanagpur.
This situation continued until the occupation of the country by the British. During the Muslim period, the main estates in the district were Ramgarh, Kunda, Chai and Kharagdiha. Subsequent to the Kol uprising in 1831 which, however, did not seriously affect Hazaribag, the administrative structure of the territory was changed. The paraganas Ramgarh, Kharagdiha, Kendi and Kunda became parts of the South-West Frontier Agency and were formed into a division named Hazaribag as the administrative headquarters.
During British rule one had go by train to Giridih and then travel in a vehicle called push-push to Hazaribagh.It was pushed and pulled by human force over hilly tracts. It was exciting journey across rivers and through dense forests infested with bandits and wild animals.Rabindranath Tagore travelled in a push-push along the route in 1885. He has recorded the experience in an essay, Chotanagpur families. When the Grand Chord was opened in 1906, Hazaribagh Road station was linked with the town. For many years, Lal Motor Company operated the rail-cum-bus service between Hazaribagh town and Hazaribagh Road station.