In the year of 1956, the district of Dhanbad was constructed by carving it out of the sub-division of Dhanbad, the police stations of Chas and Chandankiyari, which are located in the Sadar sub-division of the former district of Manbhum.
This location is famous for being situated right in the middle of the richest coalfields in India. The title of ‘coal capital of India’ has been given to Dhanbad. As many as 112 numbers of coal mines are present here. Several honorable institutes and organisations related to industry and socio-cultural streams are also found in Dhanbad. Development is being taking place at a steady yet fast pace here. Damodar, Katri and Jamunia are the names of the three rivers that flow in and around the town.
PLACES TO VISIT IN DHANBAD
Shakti Mandir: The Shakti Mandir is located right in the middle of the Dhanbad city. The temple has been constructed dedicating it to Goddess Durga, also called Goddess Shakti; thus the name of the Mandir has been given so. The Mandir is situated on Dhanbad’s Joraphatak road. Taken from Vaishno Devi, the Mandir contains an akhand jyoti.
Dalmi: One can find several relics of ancient temples and paintings of deities such as Shiva, Durga, Ganesha and Nandi here in Diapur Dalmi. It is located on the river bed of the river named Subarnarekha. In the farthest northern corner of the location, one can find relics related to Buddhist faith and Jain religion.
Katras: Several archaic relics can be found in the small hills, which are located close by. The relics contain items such as figures, idols and cut parts of stones. This location is located at a distance of 16 Kms from Jharia.
Gopalpur: The Nisra-cum-Chirkunda block contains this village of Gopalpur. An archaic pillar dating back to the historical time is present in this village.
Panrra: The name of this place has been given after the Pandavas. It is located in the Nirsa-cum-Chirkunda Block. As per the mythical stories, it is believed that during the time of their banishment, the pandavas stayed at this place. An archaic temple named ‘Pandaveshwar Mahdeo’ is present in this village.
Maithon Dam: The very first multi-purpose project of India, carried out by Damodar Valley Corporation, Maithon Dam is the largest dam constructed by DVC. The name of the dam has been derived from Mai-ka-than. One can enjoy their stay in a beautiful rest house, which is located in the middle of the vast lake.
Sindri: On the river bed of the Damodar River, the renowned fertilizer complex is situated. The distance of this location from Dhanbad is 30 Kms.
Topchanchi Lake: This big mesmerizing lake is manmade. The lake is set against a backdrop of beautiful nature, full of majestic hills covered in lush greeneries and dense forests. The distance of this place from Dhanbad is 37 Kms.
Panchet Dam: This dam has been constructed in order to keep a check on the Damodar River. From the dam on can see the beautiful Panchet Hill.
HOW TO REACH DHANBAD
By air: The nearest air terminal is the airport in Ranchi, which has direct flights to other major locations of the country.
By rail: The railway station at Dhanbad is linked to other major locations of the country.
By road: There is good network of roads, which links Dhanbad to other locations of the state. The National Highway Number 2 passes close by.