Famous For: Netarhat is known as the “Queen of Chotanagpur”. It is a popular hill station and one of the most famous places of Jharkhand. Netarhat is famous for its glorious sunset and sunrise. It is a popular destination for tourists. There are some interesting places to visit. Such as-Sunrise Point, Betla National Park, Upper Ghaghri Waterfalls, Lower Ghaghri Waterfalls, Magnolia Point, Pine Forest, Sadni Falls, Lodh Falls, Jungle Warfare School, Mahuadandr Wolf Sanctuary etc.Major Attractions: Sunrise Point, Betla National Park, Upper Ghaghri Waterfalls, Lower Ghaghri Waterfalls, Pine Forest, Magnolia Point, Lodh Falls, Mahuadandr Wolf Sanctuary, Jungle Warfare School.Ideal Visit Time: The best & ideal time to visit Netarhat is during the spring and early summer months. However, surrounded by beautiful highlands of Chotanagpur and pristine waterfalls, Netrahat is an all-year-round destination for a quick weekend retreat.
Netarhat is a hill station in Latehar district (earlier in the erstwhile Palamu district) in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is also referred to as the “Queen of Chotanagpur” and is a hill station. The town is also famous for Netarhat Residential School, set up in 1954. (According to wiki)
This is the place where your heart dons wings as a bird set free from the urban dungeons, it soars over hills and vales, tapping the rhythm of the wild hilly rivulets. It leaps way ahead of your head transporting you along on its flights of fancy.
Needless to say, the Netarhat Plateau on the upper was, “Near to the Heart” of the erstwhile British soldiers too, that reminded them of their Scottish moors back home. Dense forests, serpentine roads, cool bracing breeze, nights may have probably prevailed upon the English to christen the place as Nature’s heart or Netarhat. However, some argue that the place has been named after ‘NeturHaat’ which means a marketplace for bamboo in the local language. Located at about 3622 feet high in Latehar District about 156 kms West of Ranchi, it was once the sumer retreat of the British Governor. Satpura range from Central India, meets the Chotanagpur plateau on the eastern side, at Netarhat is also the home of various primitive tribes, who had been residing in its hills for generations, in close harmony with nature.
So, let’s talk about some attractive places of Netarhat below:
While in Netarhat, if you want to enjoy the most spectacular view of the rising sun, it has to be the sunrise point in front of the tourist bungalow, Hotel PrabhatVihar. It located at a distance of half kilometer to one km from the Netarhat bus stand. As you wait in anticipation for that memorable rendezvous with the sun, you suddenly observe the hills and trees appearing as dark silhouettes against the clearing horizon. And lo and behold! The nature around you is gradually steeped in a reddish hue… then as you watch spellbound the passing shades of vibrant scarlet and orange…. From behind the hills in front the crimson ball suddenly appears in its full flamboyance and glory to greet you. Even the moonrise seen on full moon nights from here is a long cherished experience.
Betla National Park
Betla National Park is such a incredible park, which spreads over the hilly region of the attractive Palamau district west of Ranchi in Jharkhand. It is one of the most popular national parks of the North East, the park stretches over an area of around 979 sq. km, out of which 232 sq. km forms the main area and has the status of being one of the first 9 tiger reserves that were established in India. There are relatively fewer tigers here, a visit to this ancient area of Jharkhand will be worth it because it provides a deeper insight into the rich tribal heritage of the state. Betla stands as an acronym for Bison, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard and Axis. What makes this park stand out from the rest is the presence of two forts inside its premises. Wild elephants wander without restraints in the thickets of the forest and the flora and fauna are enough to mesmerize any visitor.
Due to a diversified ecosystem, the Betla National Park is home to a huge variety of wildlife. The park houses luxuriant sal and bamboo trees. The Southern side of the forest is dominated by Sal trees whereas the Bel Aegle marmelos dominate the northern part of the forest reserve. The surging terrains of the park are marked by small hills like the Netarhat, Huluk, Murhu and Gulgul. Several waterfalls and hot water springs found inside the park make it an interesting place to explore. So, if you want to spend your holydays with your friends & family, then make plan to visit this incredible place.
Upper Ghaghri Waterfalls
This picturesque waterfall is located just 4 km from Netarhat. Surrounded by greenery of natural beauty, this waterfall is easily able to attract any tourist. Amidst a lush green valley, under a cloudy sky, soft breeze brushing against your face and dancing with your hair locks, in front of you is a heavy stream of water making noise as it falls carelessly on the rocks from the cliff above.
Lower Ghaghri Waterfalls
Lower Ghaghri is located roughly 10 km away from Netarhat. A dense forest, somewhere inside it is this is waterfall falling from as high as 32 ft, as the water meets the base, it flows like a small river making its way from the middle of the jungle. With trees standing stiff on both sides of the water body, blocking the path of the sunrays to kiss the water surface, you would only see the shadows of the dancing trees. That is how beautiful it looks. There is no substitute for this place to spend some time in tranquility and noise-free time devoted to nature.
Pine forests in Netarhat are such a place where you can enjoy adventure trekking to the fullest. Trekking through the pine forest and enjoying the scenic views here can prove to be very special for you. The weather at this place is mostly cold, which makes it quite pleasant compared to the city. This place used to be the permanent summer station of the Governor until a few years ago. There are also agricultural farms in this place. Trek through the Pine forest, enjoy the journey as you’d make friends with nature as it accompanies you throughout your walk.
It is one of the most popular sunset point, which attracts many tourists everyday. Come watch the sun set here, it is beautiful! As it gets closer to six, and the sun is ready to pack for the day, the sky bids goodbye to the setting sun by painting itself red and orange. If you look closely, you will be able to specifically notice the movement of the sun, everything from shining bright in the sky to slowly moving down and looking for a hideout behind the mighty mountains of the Vindhya range. Total bliss! If you want to capture your memorable moments, then come here and shot out with your friends & family.
Lodh Falls is the highest waterfall of Jharkhand and 21st highest in India. This waterfall is situated at 70 km away from Netarhat and in the forest of Sal. Who doesn’t love to enjoy such a highest waterfall in the midst of the surrounding greenery and the boundless beauty of nature! Due to the height, it may seem for a while that the waterfall is flowing from the clouds.
Mahuadanr Wolf Sanctuary
Mahuadanr Wolf Sanctuary it is the lone sanctuary in India made for the protection of wolves and mainly consists of Indian wolves. Come here and visit the wolves.
Jungle Warfare School
There is a academy of police training college located in Jharkhand police named as Jungle Warfare School, or JWFS in short, it has a big campus spreading over 192 acres near Upper Ghagri waterfall and was established in 2008 to train state police especially on the lines of Armed Forces to fight and counter growing Naxal insurgency in the state. It also holds a CIAT I.e Counter Insurgency and Anti Terrorist training school. Short term courses are taken by state forces to excel in jungle warfare tactics and counter-insurgency and naxalism. Later the school was upgraded to train police recruit constables and also to train promotee upgraded refreshment courses for Head constables; the size of batch is almost 890.
How To Reach
By Road: Netarhat is well-connected with many other major cities of India. You can easily reach Netarhat from any other major cities but the nearest city is Ranchi. Regular state and private buses run to and fro the distance. You can also board a cab or taxi to travel on sharing from the capital to Netarhat.
By Train: Netarhat has no any railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is Ranchi Railway Station, which is 154 km away from Netarhat. Buses and taxies can be hired to finish the journey from here.
By Air: Netarhat has no any airport of its own. The nearest airport is Birsa Munda Airport (IXR), which is 109 km away from Netarhat. The another nearest airport is Ranchi airport, which is 156 km away from Netarhat and has constant flights from most metro cities of the country. You can hire a taxi from Ranchi to reach Netarhat.