Ranchi Travel Guide, India
Ranchi is the capital of the newly built state named Jharkhand in India. The city is beautifully seated amidst crystal clear waterfalls and lush green hillocks. Ranchi is an important tourist destination in summer as Ranchi offers a cool break for its visitors. It is quite pleasant here in summers. For this reason, Ranchi was the summer capital of the state Bihar when India was under the British. The city is now emerging as an industrial town apart from being known for its picturesque beauty. The place being rich in natural resources has helped various industries to flourish. Moreover the recent development in the city has made the city tourist-friendly. Hence Ranchi can definitely be among the top locations in your list of destinations if you visit India.
Area: 110 sq km
Population: 862850 approx
Currency: Indian Rupees
Language spoken: Hindi, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Bengali
Ranchi is lined up with architectural sights that gives you a glimpse of its ancient times. The temples in Ranchi are the best places for you to peep into its past. The architectural superiority can be seen in the famous Sun temple which has a shrine that is built in the form of a big chariot. The beautifully decorated eighteen wheels with seven horses seeming ready to move will leave you enchanted. Another place that speaks of the superb architectural taste of the people of Ranchi is the Jagannathpur Temple. The Digambar Jain temple will again leave you amazed by its magnificent architecture.
The city has a boast of mineral deposits but it still remained an underdeveloped one until recently. The tribal population of Ranchi is one of the reasons behind it. Ranchi was a part of Bihar state earlier but in late nineties, Bihar was divided making Ranchi come under the new state Jharkhand. After the separation of Ranchi from Bihar, the city headed to a path of development in quick pace. Nevertheless, the city had been under the influence of Christian missionaries since 1845, which has contributed to the growth of education in the town. The government is taking major steps to develop the city in collaboration with United Nation Development Programme to make the city come under the list of developed cities of India.
People and culture
The people of Ranchi are very simple. The essence of Indian culture can be seen in their day to day life. The people of Ranchi are mostly Hindus but the impact of Buddhism cannot be neglected in their lives. Since Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Bihar, there are a lot of people that follow Buddhism in the city. The cuisine of the city has a peculiar Bihari taste that you cannot get in any part of the world. The art of toy making, mask making, folk painting called Paitkar and bamboo craft making are specialties of the city.
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