Jamshedpur – The Steel City

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Geography

Located in the east Singhbhum district of Jharkhand and spread over 149.23 km, Jamshedpur is also fondly called the Steel city or sometimes Tata Nagar after the name of its railway station. Some also prefer calling this beautiful city  “Tata” owing to the fact that everything associated with this city is associated with the Tata companies. The vision, the founding, the planning and the maintenance has been done by the Tatas. Owing to the high quality of sanitation, water and life, it has been chosen as a UN Compact Global City.

Best time to visit

Jamshedpur has a temperate climate. Like most other cities in India, Summers arrive in the month of May, rains in July and winters during the month of October. The best time to visit would be from October to April when the migratory birds embrace the city.

Ways to reach

Jamshedpur is well planned and amply connected to all other cities. The three modes of transport available are Railways, Roadways and Airport. Tatanagar Junction is the railway station that is directly connected to all the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata etc. The major highways are National Highway 33 that connects it to Mumbai and National Highway 32 that connects it to Dhanbad and Bokaro. Sonari Airport is the sole functioning airport in the city but is primarily used by Tata employees. Inside the city, public transport includes busses and autorickshaws.

Star Attractions

Jubilee Park

The first tourist spot that comes to mind when talking of Jamshedpur is Jubilee Park. This 225 acre park was a gift by Tata Steel to the citizens of the Steel City on the completion of its 50 years. The thing that makes it different from all other parks is its vastness and the add ons. It has a rose garden, lake, amusement park, dog kennel and water cascades in the vicinity. One can also watch the laser show that showcases every saturday. So there is something for all.

Dimna Lake

At the foot of Dalma hills flows the Dimna Lake. It is an artificial reservoir and the primary source of drinking water for the residents. It is also a spot for water activities such as rowing and water scooting.

JRD Tata Sports Complex

Jamshedpur has always been known to promote sports among the residents. The sports complex offers special perks to Tata employees but that does not bar others to join. There are facilities for athletics, football, archery, tennis, swimming, badminton, chess and other sports as well. It houses two gyms and yoga centres. It is one of its kind.

Local Markets

Sakchi, located at the heart of the city consists of several shops where you can find a variety of things. Everything starting from stationary to gadgets can be located here. One of the most popular places to shop in Jamshedpur, Sakchi offers a wide range of options.

Bistupur is the commercial hub of Jamshedpur. Most of the high-end showrooms, complexes, luxury hotels and restaurants are situated in Bistupur. The fruit market is also situated here. All the essential commodities for a household can be procured from here.

Other markets include Adityapur, Azad Market, Kadma Market, Baridih Market etc.

Cuisine and Culture

The local people have dal, chapatis, rice and vegetables on a daily basis. But one of the exclusive, traditional and authentic food item is Sattu. Sattu is grounded powder of pulses and cereals. It is mixed with spices and savoured with vegetables or curries. Another traditional item would be pua which is a sweet dish prepared on special occasions. The residents have a taste for Indian junk food and the Bistupur area is testimony to the fact.

The culture is very cosmopolitan and you can find mixed culture. So adjusting to the crowd would not be an uphill task.

Ankita Nayak

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