This major industrial and commercial center is well known for its rich coal fields. It is also famous for educational and research institutes like the Indian School of Mines, Mining Research Stn. and National Fuel Research Inst.
Jharia (6 kms.)
It one of the most important coalfields of the country and is shared by the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. Nearby are series of the lake- reservoirs built as a part of the Damodar Valley Scheme. These lakes enhance the beauty of the region.
Maithon Dam (50 kms.)
It was designed for flood control and has a unique underground power station, the first of its kind in South Asia. The huge lake at Maithon covers an area of 65 sq. kms.
Topchanchi Lake & Bird Sanc. (37 kms.)
The lovely lake adjoining Maithan Dam and Panchet Dam is surrounded by hills and thick forests. A rich variety of birdlife can be seen here.
Tundi (Chark Khurd) (32 kms.)
It is well known for the hot springs.
Bokaro (86 kms.)
This major industrial center lies on the Dhanbad – Ranchi highway is known for the country’s biggest and the first indigenous (swadeshi) steel plant. Bokaro Steel City: The city’s foundation was laid in 1965, with the collaboration of the erstwhile USSR. Major coal fields are located nearby. The main attractions are Bokaro Ispat Pustakalaya, City Park and Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park, etc.