Nestling in low hilly terrain, at an average altitude of 615 meters in the Indian state of Jharkhand, the Hazaribagh National Park has an abundance of wild animals like the wild boar, sambar, nilgai, chital, sloth bear, tiger and panther. Sighting of wild boar, sambar, nilgai, cheetal, and kakar is assured especially near the waterholes at dusk. Tigers being less in number-14 according to the 1991 census-are difficult to sight. The sanctuary stretches over 184 square km of undulating country and steep hills with dense tropical forests and grass meadows.
A 111-km road in the sanctuary takes motorists to the remotest corners and to masonry towers. Strategically located, the road offers excellent opportunities for viewing the wilds. The sanctuary is surrounded by tribal habitation. There are many watchtowers that provide perfect hideouts to see the wildlife in its true natural habitat.
In and Around
Interesting facts about the National Park
Experienced travelers suggest taking the 111 km road inside the National park to explore it in all its wilderness. The road has been constructed such that wild animals can be easily spotted. There are many watchtowers to facilitate wild life watching.
Around Hazaribagh National Park
Devoted to Narsingh, an embodiment of Lord Vishnu, the temple is just 6 Kms from the city in the village of Khapriama. There are various temples of Gods and Goddess, Surya Dev, Kali and Dasawatar which is situated in close vicinity to this temple.
The temple is situated nearby Barkagaon in a forest cover and is devoted to Goddess Siddhidatri, also known as Ashtabhuji Durga. It is considered that the deity of the temple have originated on its own various years ago and is situated in a remote area.
At 60 Kms from the district Hazaribagh, this temple is believed to be 400 years old and contains an idol of Bhadrakali. It is situated at the convergence of River Vaksha and River Mahane. It is visited by a large number of tourists because of its historical significance.
Rajrappa Religious place
It is one of the most vital pilgrimage places of the district which is located at the convergence of Rivers Damodar and Bhera. The place is home to a popular temple which is devoted to Goddess Chhinnamastka and also has idols of Lord Hanuman, Maa Kali and Ashtdhari.
This is the seat of Ramgarh royal family and is on the way towards Barhi.
The spectacular Tilayia dam is located about 36 km away.
Although not quite famous, this picnic spot is blessed with abundant natural beauty.
Rajrappa falls (89 km), Suraj kund hotspring(72 km) and Palamau forest reserve are also other must visit spots in tourist itineraries.
Palamau Forest Reserve
Another major wildlife sanctuary near the National Park, many of the animal species protected in its boundaries are include in the Red Data Book of International union for Conservation of nature and natural resources.
Canara hills, a mere 5 km drive from the park, attract tourist attention for the spectacular views its watchtower and guest house offers.
October to April is the best time to visit as the park remains closed for during monsoons.
How to Reach
Ranchi is the nearest airport which is 91 km away from the park. Private vehicles can be hired from here.
Koderma is the nearest railway station; one can also approach the park from the Hazaribagh road railway station 67 km on the Howrah- Delhi Grand Chord line.
Hazaribagh town is well connected to Ranchi and has a motor able road to the Hazaribagh National Park directly.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
You can avail of the accommodation facilities inside the Park itself. These include the Forest Rest House at Rajderwah, the tourist lodge with adjacent canteen facilities or the dormitory built on the side of the lake. Also, Hazaribagh has a number of reputed hotels that cater to all pockets.