Jamshedpur is situated on the Chota Nagpur Plateau in the East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Previously, it was under the township of Sakchi, which was re-named Jamshedpur in 1919. As the town is home to a large steel industry, Jamshedpur is called the Steel City. Since it was founded by the late Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata, it is also called Tata Nagar.
Jamshedpur is a planned industrial city, surrounded by the Dalma Hills and the rivers Subarnarekha and Kharkai. It is also home to the Tata Football Academy (TFA), which was started in 1987 by the Tatas to train and find new talent in football. Jamshedpur is also known for the Tata Archery Academy. Jamshedpur won the 2004 Global Compact City award by the United Nations for being one of the fastest developing cities in the world.
Attractions in Jamshedpur include the Tata Steel Zoological Park, Dalma Hills, Hudco Lake, and Pardih Kali Mandir. There is a zoo close to the Jubilee Park. It is known for its Safari Park, which gives visitors a closer view of wild animals. An annual flower show is held in December at Sir Dorabji Tata Park, which is visited by many tourists and locals alike.
The Dalma Hills, which are famous for wild elephant, stretch over 16 km from east to west, north of the Subarnarekha River. The Dalma Hills have always attracted trekkers and mountain climbers. There is a lake called Dimna Lake, which is an artificial reservoir, popular for its water sports like jet-skiing, diving and rowing. It is the main source of drinking water for locals.
The confluence of the rivers Kharkai and Subarnarekha is a popular picnic spot. The Pardih Kali Mandir, temple of the Goddess Kali, and Hudco Lake are the other popular places. Hudco Lake is a man-made lake that also has an artificial waterfall.
Tourists can hire a taxi or explore Jamshedpur by local transport such as auto rickshaws. As for shopping there is not much tourists can buy which is distinct to the region. However, areas like the Sector Market and Bistupur have shops that sell clothes and electronics, and they also have a variety of restaurants that offer different cuisine.
Jamshedpur can be reached by flights to Kolkata and Ranchi. While the airport at Ranchi is 150 km away, the international airport at Kolkata is almost 300 km away. Jamshedpur is also well connected by trains connecting the city to major destinations like Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai. Buses are also available from Kolkata to Jamshedpur.
The best time to visit Jamshedpur is from October to April.