Jamshedpur, popularly known as "The steel city", is the largest urban conglomeration in the state. It is located on the Chota Nagpur plateau and is surrounded by the beautiful Dalma Hills. The city is bordered by the rivers Subarnarekha and Kharkai on the north and west parts of the city.



Jamshedpur history provides detailed information on the establishment of the first industrial unit of Iron and Steel Plant in India and the industrial progress of the country. The modern city of Jamshedpur is the brain child of Sri Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata who was the main force behind the industrial revolution of India.

Jamshetji Tata had set up the industrial unit of Tata Iron and Steel Plant in Jamshedpur. However, after the demise of the founder leader of Tata Iron and Steel Plant, Sri Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata, his unfulfilled dream was finally realized by his eldest son, Sri Dorabji Tata who led to the further expansion of the business establishment. Sri Dorabji Tata had built the modern city of Sakchi that was later renamed as Jamshedpur.

Sri Dorabji’s brother, Sri Ratan Tata took part in the Indian freedom Struggle. He believed that India can attain her cherished dream of becoming an industrially progressive country, only when the country is freed of foreign rule and oppression. After independence, Sri Ratan Tata diverted his attention to the well being of the company and Tata Iron and Steel Plant became one of the pioneering companies of the world under his guidance. The industrial city of Jamshedpur became one of the developed cities of India.

The reins of the company went to Sri Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata after the death of Sri Ratan Tata. Sri Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata had further led to the modernization and beautification of Jamshedpur. He had constructed new roads for improving the transportation system of the industrial city. Sri Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata also constructed several gardens and recreational parks for entertainment of the citizens of Jamshedpur.

The modern city of Jamshedpur bears relics to the rich industrial history of our country.


Air: Nearest airport to Jamshedpur is Ranchi, which a domestic terminal at a distance of nearly 150 km. Ranchi is connected to Kolkata with regular flights. Ranchi to Jamshedpur pre-paid taxi is available, charging nearly Rs 2500. Nearest major airport is Kolkata which is about 296 km from Jamshedpur. Kolkata is connected with most of the major cities in India and abroad.

Rail: Railway Station in Jamshedpur, known as Tatanagar, is well connected with other major cities. Direct trains to Jamshedpur are available from many stations including Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati and Trivandrum.

Road: State owned transport bus services are available from Jamshedpur connecting all nearby cities. Volvo bus services are available from Kolkata to Jamshedpur. The fare for covering this distance (296 km) is about Rs 1000.


Jamshedpur is a good place for shopping. You will find everything from A to Z in the markets of Jamshedpur. The city has a number of shops selling clothes, shoes, electronic gadgets and several other items. Most important markets of Jamshedpur include Bistupur, Sakchi Bazaar, Azad market, Plaza market, Kadma market, Kharangajhar, Agrico, Baridih market etc.


Plenty of accommodation options are available in Jamshedpur ranging from luxury hotels to budget hotels. Equipped with the modern amenities the hotels of Jamshedpur provides a comfortable stay to guests. Some of the popular hotels of the city are Fortune Hotel Centre Point, Adityapur Guest House, Hotel Castle, Gangotri Hotel, Hotel Chankya, Hotel Grand, Hotel Hill View, Hotel Maharaja, Hotel Prakash, Hotel Vasundhra, Mansarover Hotel, The Boulevard Hotel, The Regent etc.

Centre Point Hotel, Bistupur Road, Tel. # 431324.
Hotel Siddhartha , Bistupur Road, Tel. # 433008.
The Kanchan, Aam Bagari, Sakchi, Tel. # 435329.
Midtown, Bistupur, Tel. # 435329.


Keenan Stadium :
This cricket stadium has been acknowledged by many visiting cricket teams as one of the finest in the country.

Tata Football Academy :
India's first football academy has an ultra modern gymnasium and imparts training based on international techniques to budding young footballers. The hostel in the sports complex can accommodate some 500 persons.

J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex :
This magnificent complex has an international size football ground with an eight-lane monosynthetic track. This is one of the best sports complex in India. Facilities for handball, volleyball, hockey and table tennis and a modern gymnasium are available at the complex. Based here, are the Tata Chess Centre and the Tata Archery Academy.

Tata Steel Adventure Foundation :
The Foundation provides scope for a wide variety of adventure sports, such as rock climbing, river rafting, para sailing, etc. The 40-old adventure club has kept itself abreast with popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of other private clubs offering a variety of sporting activities such as golf, tennis, squash, billiards, horse riding etc.

Tribal Culture Centre :
The Centre showcases the ethos of our indigenous peoples. Besides imparting vocational training, it also organises tribal festivals and cultural programmes. The other sites that attract the tourists are Tata Steel Zoological Park, the confluence point of the Kharkai and Subarnarekha rivers.

Things to do

Gliding And Flying Clubs :
Offering wide scope for 'extra terrestrial' sporting activities, such as gliding and flying, The Jamshedpur Gliding Club, the Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Ltd. and the Tatanagar Aviation Pvt. Ltd. are bound to enliven the spirits of the adventure enthusiasts. Jamshedpur has facilites for gliding and flying at the Sonari airport.

East Singhbhum district
STD Code
Summer 16-40°C, Winter 1-28°C
Best time to visit
September to May



Asansol, sited on the exposed Gondwana rocks, is the second largest city of West Bengal and is also an interesting destination, in terms of tourism. Its topography is composed of undulating laterite soil and two mighty rivers (Damodar and Ajay) flow besides this city. The city also has excellent road connectivity with the rest of India, as it lies on the famous GT Road.


Initially people of Dravidian and Austroloid stock inhabited this region. Around two thousand five hundred years ago, it became an area of significant Jain activity. According to some, the last Tirthankar of Jain religion, Mahavira Vardhamana, used to live and work in the area. The district and headquarters town thus came to be known as Bardhaman. Some identify the spread of Jainism in West Bengal with the Aryanisation of the region. Evidence of major Jain activity exists in the Jain temples on Pareshnath Hill in neighbouring Jharkhand. There is an old Jain temple at Begunia on the bank of the Barakar river. A number of temples in neighbouring Bankura district also bear evidence of major Jain activity in the region.

Later, the area was possibly part of the Vishnupur kingdom, where the Malla dynasty ruled for around a thousand years till the advent of the British. There is a Vishnupur style temple in Chhotodighari village providing a clue to its links with Vishnupur. The local dialect and culture of the region has closer affinities with those of Bankura and Vishnupur than the other neighbouring areas. It is evident that the area was part of different kingdoms at different points of time.


By Air: Kolkata is the nearest commercial airport. There is a private airstrip at Burnpur, suitable for small planes.

By Rail: Asansol is an important junction on the Howrah-Delhi track and most of the trains stop here. For travel from Kolkata, 200 km, the short distance trains are ideal - Ranchi Shatabdi Express, Agniveena Express, Coalfield Express and Black Diamond Express from Howrah, and Inter City Express from Sealdah.

By Road: Asansol is on Grand Trunk Road (NH 2) and so travel is straight. The road is superb with four lanes and a divider in place. Those travelling from Kolkata should take the Durgapur Expressway from Dankuni and then Grand Trunk Road (bypassing Bardhaman town)from Shaktigarh.

STD Code
Best time to visit
October to March



Howrah or Haora is an industrial city, located on the west bank of the Hoogli River. It it is a twin city of Kolkata. The two cities are connected by the Howrah Bridge (also known as Rabindra Setu), the Vidyasagar Setu (also known as the second Hooghly Bridge) and ferry services between various jetties in the two cities. It serves as a major rail and road transportation hub for the Kolkata metropolitan region.



History of Howrah City dates back to 500 years. But, the district has thousands of years of rich heritage in the form of the great Bengali kingdom of Bhurshut. Venetian explorer Ceasare de Federici, who travelled India during 1565–79, mentioned a place called Buttor in his journal circa 1578.[3] As per his description, this was the place up to which large ships could travel (in the Hoogli River) and so, it was the dock for loading and unloading goods for those ships.[3] This place is identifiable with the modern day neighbourhood Bator of Howrah.[3] Bator was also mentioned in the Bengali poetry Manasamangal written by Bipradas Pipilai in 1495.[4]
In 1713, the Bengal Council of British East India Company, on the accession of the Emperor Farrukhsiyar, grand son of Aurangzeb, to the throne of Delhi, sent a deputation to him with a petition for a settlement of five villages on west bank of Hooghly river along with thirty-three villages on the east bank.[5] The list of villages appeared in the Consultation Book of the Council dated 4 May 1714. The five villages on the west bank on Hooghly river were: 'Salica' (Salkia), 'Harirah' (Howrah), 'Cassundeah' (Kasundia), 'Ramkrishnopoor' (Ramkrishnapur), and 'Battar' (Bator): all identifiable with localities of modern day Howrah city.[6] The deputation was successful except for these five villages.[6] By 1728, most of the present day Howrah district was part of either of the two zamindaris: Burdwan or Muhammand Aminpur.[6] After Battle of Plassey, as per the treaty signed with the Nawab of Bengal Mir Qasim on 11 October 1760, Howrah district (then part of Burdwan) came under control of East India Company.[7] In 1787, the Hooghly district was formed, and till 1819, the whole of the present day Howrah district was added to it.[8] The Howrah district was separated from the Hooghly district in 1843.[9]
With the establishment of the Howrah Railway Terminus in 1854 started the most important phase of its industrial development. Flour mills were established in 1855, followed by Jute mills and around 1870s, there were five mills near Howrah station.[10] The Howrah–Shalimar Railway Section and the Shalimar Terminus were constructed in 1883.
By 1914 almost every major city in India was served by the Railways and the increased demand for its rolling stocks and repair works resulted in the establishment of railway workshop in Howrah. The light engineering industry grew up after 1914.[11] This industrial boom continued throughout the second world war and brought with it rapid urbanisation phase in unplanned manner creating slums near the industrial establishments.



Kolkata is the nearest airport to Howrah which is adjacent to the city. Kolkata airport receives flights from all part of India and all major countries in the world. From the airport, you can either catch a bus or hire a taxi to your hotel in Howrah.


Howrah Station is the most important station in West Bengal after the capital city Kolkata. In fact, Howrah is the gateway to Kolkata as all trains to the capital city pass through Howrah. There are trains to and from all major cities of India.


Howrah is well connected to all parts of the state by transport buses as well privately operated coaches. Howrah borders Kolkata, which makes it quite easy to travel to the capital city. The distance between their city center will not be more than 25 Km. One can always go to Kolkata to catch a bus to other cities, but there is a major bus stand in Howrah as well.




Sunderbans, one of the most unique ecosystems is the stretch of the largest mangrove mangrove forests in the world, is located in the southern tip of West Bengal. It is declared as a forest reserve by UNESCO, and in the year 1989 Sundarbans area was declared as Biosphere Reserve. It is the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and also habitat to some of India’s most amazing wildlife species. The region has got its name from Sundari trees, once found in abundance here. It is also the world’s largest delta formed by the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna.


Sunderbans was one of the first wilderness areas in India to receive preferred / protected status. The East India Company gained proprietary rights to the region from the Mughal Emperor, Alamgir II, in 1757. As early as 1764, Surveyor General of the East India Company mapped out the Sunderbans. When the Forest Management Division was created in 1869, the Sunderbans was the very earliest forests to come under their jurisdiction. It was formally declared a reserved forest in 1875.


By Air: Nearest airport is Netaji Subhash International Airport in Kolkata (112 Kms).

By Rail: Nearest railhead is Canning Port (44 kms)

By Road:
Regular buses are available from Raidighi (76 km), Najat (92 km), Sonakhali (100 km) and Namkhana (105 km) from where motorboats will take you to Sundarban.

The interiors of Sunderbans Tiger Reserve are accessible only through waterways. Regular motorboat services are available to reach Sunderbans from the embarkation points at Namkhana, Raidighi, Sonakhali and Najat.

Things to do

Bird Watching
If you are a birdwatcher, you would be delighted to explore Sunderbans, because here, you can hear the chirping of birds almost every where throughout the dense mangrove forest. So, if you are keen at bird watching, all you need to do is take a binocular, travel bag and set your journey towards the interiors of the forest, where you will witness wide variety of birds thriving in peace.

Boating is the next best thing to do in Sunderbans, since the entire territory of the forest floats on water. A ride through the sparkling waters can be a fun experience, at the same time, tranquilizing. So, in order to spend a memorable vacation in Sunderbans, take a ride in the motor boats available here. Boating in Sunderbans will also be a safe experience for you, because most of the boats are equipped with safety features, such as life jackets.

Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife viewing is the most preferred thing to do in Sunderbans. You will come across a wide variety of species of animals, within the dense mangrove forest of Sunderbans. Apart from the Royal Bengal Tigers, which are the main attractions of the Tiger Reserve of Sunderbans, you can also catch a glimpse of other animals, including chital, monkeys, estuarine crocodiles, marine turtle and even dolphins.

South 24 Parganas
Lying towards the southeast of Kolkata
STD Code
Summer 37-42°C, Winter 9-29°C
Best time to visit
September to March
Famous For
Largest concentration of Royal Bengal Tigers in India