Chatra district is one of the 24 districts in the province of Jharkhand. A part of the North Chotanagpur division, the township is popularly known as gateway to Jharkhand. Spread over an area of 3,706 sq km, the district lies within the boundaries of Gaya district, Hazaribagh District and Palamu District.
Formerly a part of Hazaribagh District, Chatra district came into existence in 1991. This district has several testimonies dating back to ancient, medieval and British era. Identified as Atavika of the ancient era, the district was ruled by emperors like Ashoka and Samudragupta during 232 BCE.
Testimonies of medieval period in the form of Kothi Fort, Kunda Fort and Chatra Fort can still be seen. The region also witnessed various events of historical significance, including the rebellion of 1857, known as Battle of Chatra and Quit India Movement in 1942.
The major part of the district is covered by forest reserve, while the rest has scattered settlement patterns. The rock sculptures exhibiting the ten Thirthankars, Kunda Palace and Kunda Cave are some of the ancient sites representing rich history of the region.
Lawalong Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the prominent attractions that provides habitat to various mammals, reptiles and birds. Furthermore, the destination is also popular for cascading waterfalls of Bichkiliya and Duari.
Chatra can be easily reached with the availability of trains and flights. The closet airport to the destination is Ranchi, which is situated at a distance of 110 km. Besides, the nearest railhead is located in Gaya that has operations from major cities of the country.
Chatra, also known as gateway to the Chotanagpur Plateau, experiences tropical wet and dry climate. Winter season extending from October to March is the ideal time to make a visit to the destination.