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The word ‘Giridih’ means hills and hillocks. A place rustic in nature, is how this charismatic beauty can be defined. It has a galore of spiritual places which include India’s largest Shiva Linga to a 2000 year old Jain temple.

Giridih is one of the famous mining spots situated in the Chhotanagpur region of Jharkhand state in India. The district was created in the year 1972. The various tourist spots here, have great amount of significance and tantalizing beauty. The best time to visit Giridih is in the month of October.

The district of Giridih is well connected by road. The Grand Trunk Road here connects several towns with the help of state highways that make travelling within and out of the town very convenient. Giridih does not have any airport of its own. The nearest airport is in Ranchi with flights connecting major cities in India. If you wish to take the rail route, Giridih Station is connected to Madhupur Junction located 48 km to the east. There is a direct train service from Giridih to Kolkata and Patna.

Some of the popular place in Giridih are..

Parasnath Hills

It is also known as Marang Buru and is situated 4431 ft high. A place visited by many devotees during a religious hunt held for three days after which a great tribal session takes place. However Parasanth has been declared a wild life sanctuary and the authorities here are trying to persuade the tribal to give up their hunting. The Nearest Railway Station is Parasnath on Howrah-Mugalsarai Grand chord line. It is about 20 km from Parasnath railway station.

Parasnath Hills<br />Picture credits: travelwithdarshik.wordpress.com
Parasnath Hills
Picture credits: travelwithdarshik.wordpress.com

Khandoli

It is a reservoir which is 8 km from Giridih headquarters. An amazing place for those who wish to indulge in water sports and bird-watching. A watch tower and a hillock offers a mesmerizing view of Khandoli. The adventure here also includes elephant and camel safari, boating, rock climbing, parasailing and kayaking.

Khandoli<br />Picture credits: Rajesh Kumar / Flicker
Khandoli
Picture credits: Rajesh Kumar / Flicker

Usri Falls

Cutting through the Parasnath Hills is the Usri River which turns into a roaring cascade of milky waters called, Usri Falls. It is located 14 km from Giridih and is a favorite picnic spot among tourists.

Usri Falls<br />Picture credits: www.snipview.com
Usri Falls
Picture credits: www.snipview.com

Madhuban

It is a village which has a famous temple believed to be more than 2000 years old. There are two Jain temples here called, Samosharan Temple and Bhomiyaji Asthan. There is also a museum here which consists of Jain scriptures, idols and manuscripts. The telescope installed in the balcony of this museum offers a clear view of Parasnath Hills.

Madhuban<br />Picture credits: ddlogo.blogspot.com
Madhuban
Picture credits: ddlogo.blogspot.com

Jharkhandi Dham

It is an important pilgrim center of Jharkhand from which the name of this state is derived. There is a a temple of Lord Shiva here where an annual fair is held.

Jharkhand Dham<br />Picture credits: Mbspanda / Wikipedia
Jharkhand Dham
Picture credits: Mbspanda / Wikipedia

Harihar Dham

It is situated 60 km from Giridih and has the largest Shiva Linga of India. People, all over the country head over here to see enormous creation.

Harihar Dham<br />Picture credits: eluniversosai.blogspot.com
Harihar Dham
Picture credits: eluniversosai.blogspot.com

There are excursions carried out here to places like Baidadih which has a large well with water full of medicinal properties, and Dalgando, a famous Shiva temple where an annual fair takes place on the eve of Shivaratri.

Apart from such amazing tourist spots, Giridih is home to a variety of trees like sal, kusum, mahua, simul, kend, palas, bhelwa, bamboo, salai and asan. Having most of its area covered in forest you can also spot fauna like leopard, jackals, bears, foxes, sambhar, hog deer, spotted deer and hare.

A small place like Giridih is usually taken for granted by us. However, every place deserves to be clean and sustained for those who are yet to explore its beauty. Free Press Journal requests its readers, to participate in keeping such valuable places clean.

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