Also known as the Coal Capital of India, Dhanbad is located in Jharkhand. Known for coal mining, it the one of the most highly populated cities in the state. The biggest coal mine in India is located here. The city was originally named Dhanbaid, which was derived from the words Dhan (paddy) and Baid (land). The Dhanbad Rail Division generates the second-highest revenue for the Indian Railways, after the Mumbai division.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Dhanbad. Some of them are Hotel Skylar (Tariff - Rs.2700), Seventeen Degrees Hotel (Tariff – Rs.2000), Madhulika Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1700), Hotel Kuber (Tariff – Rs.1200) and Geetanjali Guest House (Tariff - Rs.500).
The official language of Dhanbad is Hindi. Other languages spoken here include Bengali, Bhojpuri, Magahi, English, Urdu and Punjabi.
The important annual festivals of Dhanbad are Durga Puja (October), Charak Puja, Vasant Panchami (February), Diwali (October-November), Holi (February-March) and Christmas (December).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Dhanbad. Some of these are Maithon Lake (45 km from Dhanbad), Topchanchi Lake (37 km from Dhanbad), Bhatinda Falls (14 km from Dhanbad), Lillori Sthan Mandir (19 km from Dhanbad), Mirsa Munda Park (8 km from Dhanbad) and Bhuphor Mandir (6 km from Dhanbad).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Dhanbad is the Ranchi Airport. It is located about 140 km away from the city.
Dhanbad is well connected to major cities in India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Pune.
There are daily bus services to Kolkata (270 km from Dhanbad) and Ranchi (154 km from Dhanbad). Royal Cruiser is a reliable bus operator in this region. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.