A trip to Dhanbad can only complete when you have enough time in your packed schedule to visit the gateways. This will give you a glimpse of the natural beauty of green trees and friendly hills, some famous religious places which you won't like to skip and you will also get to feel the life of people residing in the country side. During your journey, you will not only connect with the indigenous people but also connect with yourself! Yes, the magnificent lakes and parks nearby, the waterfalls and a long drive along the National Highway will give you what you were looking for --- peace amidst population.
''The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.'' --- Saint Augustine
Some of the places you may visit are:
Bodh Gaya (Bihar): 208 kms.
Kolkata (West Bengal): 271 kms.
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh): 419 kms.
Darjeeling (West Bengal): 563 kms.
Gangtok (Sikkim): 620 kms.
Puri (Orissa): 680 kms.
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): 742 kms.
Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh): 747 kms.
Let us explore some of the interesting places near Dhanbad. So, when you remember your trip to Dhanbad later, it is not only the mines that will come to your mind. It will also be a mosaic of natural beauty, spirituality, museums, parks and some adventure of trekking on the hills or just a simple bus ride.
Bodhgaya is a significant pilgrimage centre of the Buddhists. Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment here, under the Bodhi tree. To the east of this tree, stands the grand Mahabodhi temple flaunting its distinct architecture. The temple is 170 ft. high with ''chatras'' at the top and four towers at the corners. The ''chatras'' symbolizes sovereignty in religion. The image of Buddha rests in the main sanctum inside the temple. The best time to visit this place is from October to March.
Buddha spent one week in Ratnagarh and it is believed that the five colors came out of his body. You can have a sojourn of other places such as Buddha Kund, Chinese temple & monastery, Thai temple and monastery, archaeological museum, Dungeshwari hill (Prag bodhi) which is 22 kms.by road, Maitraya Project is 3 kms from Dhanbad has a 80 ft. Statue of the Buddha, Lotus tank, Buddhist monastery of Bhutan etc.
Asansol in West Bengal, is 60 kms. from Dhanbad. It is a big commercial city in the Eastern region. Main tourist attractions of this place are:
Satabdi Park (with boating facility)
Joychandi Pahar (30 kms from Asansol, good for rock climbing)
Panchet dam and Maithon dam
Kalyaneshwari temple (near Maithon dam)
Ghagar buri chandi temple
Sacred Heart church
You will be surprised to learn that Jharia (10 kms.) is the site of a massive underground fire in underground mines for decades now! Owing to coal fields, this place has become a commercial center. Bhubaneshwar is around 246 kms. and is also the nearest airport from this city. Baripada railway station is the nearest major railway station (25 kms.)
A visit to Bokaro (47 kms.) can open the Pandora's box for you as far as some really exciting tourist places are concerned. SAIL (Steel Authority of India), Garga dam, City park, Stadium, cooling pond etc. await your presence.
This is a must visit city if you adore the serenity of beautiful parks and gardens. It silently speaks the history of foundation of Tata Steel factory and the steel city township. Tourist attractions in Jamshedpur include:
Russi Modi Centre of Excellence
Dimna Lake (a main source for the drinking water in the city)
River's meet or Domohani (confluence of Subarnarekha and Kharkai rivers)
Sir Dorabji Tata Park (Venue for annual flower show)
Dalma wildlife sanctuary
Tata Steel Zoological Park
Kali Bari temple
Sai temple etc.
Deoghar in Jharkhand, is also known as Baidyanath Dham. It houses 12 Jyotirlinga temples known as temple of Baba Baidyanath. This ancient temple is a famous Hindu religious destination. The legend behind this temple relates Ravana as cutting off his nine heads for repentance and thereby being blessed by Lord Shiva who healed Ravana like a ''vaidya''. There is heavy influx of pilgrims during Mahashivratri.
Other tourist attractions in Deoghar are Deoghar Archaeological Museum, Naulakha mandir (1.5 kms. from Baba Baidyanath temple), Rama Krishna Mission (''Gurukul'' established in 1922), Sivaganga Lake, Satsanga Ashram, Harila Joria, Tapovan (10 kms. from Deoghar), Nandan Pahar (with park, Nandi temple and restaurant) and Basukinath (43 kms. frpm Deoghar). A pilgrimage to Babadham is considered incomplete without paying homage at Basukinath. You can also pay a short visit to Rikhia Ashram (Yoga school), Shivganga (Deoghar talab) and Trikuth Parvat (13 kms. from Deoghar and 1,350 feet (400 m) high. Trikuti parvat has the only vertical rope-way in Jharkhand.
The table furnished below will give you a brief idea of places and their location so that you can plan your trip in advance.