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About Lohardaga

The city of Lohardaga is the headquarters of Lohardaga district in the state of Jharkhand. It is home to a large number of tribals and is known for its rich and varied culture. There are many historic, religious and tourist places in and around this city, making it popular among the people. Its rich historic past, pleasant climate, varied culture and strategic location have all contributed to the progress and development of this city.

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Temple in Lohardaga

History of Lohardaga

Reference to Lohardaga can be found in the Jain literature regarding Lord Mahavira’s visit to a place called ‘Lore-a-Yadaga’, meaning the ‘River of tears’. This place also finds its mention in Aain-e-Akbari. The ancient fort ruins and temples stand witness to the glorious past and rich cultural heritage of Lohardaga. It is said that the name ‘Lohardaga’ originated from the words, ‘lohar’ meaning, iron monger and ‘dagga’ meaning centre. Around 1765, this area came under the control of the British. However in the year 1972, Lohardaga came to be recognised as an independent sub division and it became a district in the year 1983, after the splitting up of Ranchi into Ranchi, Lohardaga and Gumla.

Geography and Climate of Lohardaga

Located between the co-ordinates 23.4333o North latitudes and 84.6833o East Longitude, the city of Lohardaga enjoys a mild and pleasant climate throughout the year. In summer, the weather is quite hot, while winters are relatively milder and cooler. The average annual rainfall received here is about 1000 to 1200 millimetres and it decreases gradually from west to east. The average annual temperature of Lohardaga is about 23o C. An ideal time to visit this city for sight-seeing and tourism would therefore be during the months of October and November, when the climate is pleasing. According to the census carried out in the year 2011, the population of this city is 57,411, out of which there are 29,374 males and 28,037 females.

Healthcare in Lohardaga

When it comes to healthcare and medical facilities, the city of Lohardaga has much to offer to its citizens. From large hospitals with superior infrastructure to pharmacies, selling a wide variety of medications and basic utility items, healthcare services are provided to the people here at highly affordable rates. Community health centres and primary health centres have also been set up in different parts of the city and various health awareness campaigns, drives, seminars and workshops are also organised by the government as well as NGOs to bring about social awareness among the people and improve the existing healthcare infrastructure in this city. In addition to hospitals, there are private clinics and nursing homes with highly skilled physicians and specialists capable of treating various medical conditions. There are pathology labs and diagnostic centres, equipped with the latest technology and gadgets, where you can get various tests done. The optical stores here, in addition to prescription eye wear also sell a variety of accessories like attractive frames, contact lenses, goggles etc.

Amrita Devi Memorial Hospital
Address: Lohardaga H O, Lohardaga - 835302
Phone No: +(91)-9835751945

Dr LalPathLabs
Address: Sadar Hospital Road, Lohardaga H O, Lohardaga – 835302
Phone No: +(91)-7739821616, +(91)-11-39885050, +(91)-22-39885050

Agarwal Medical Hall
Address: ShakshiChak, Main Road, Lohardaga H O, Lohardaga - 835302
Phone No: +(91)-9835551598

Address: Powerganj, New Road, Lohardaga H O, Lohardaga - 835302
Phone No: +(91)-9835486384

Art and Culture in Lohardaga

Culture in Lohardaga
Tribals in Lohardaga

More than half of the population in the city of Lohardaga are tribals. While majority of the people here belong to the Oraon tribe, other popular tribes found in this city are Asur tribe, Birjia tribe, etc. The tribal as well as the non – tribal communities here preserve their rich cultural heritage. Hindi, Nagpuri, Kurukh, Asuri are the languages widely spoken by the people of Lohardaga. The tribals depend upon forest resources for their livelihood and thus share a symbiotic and spiritual relationship with nature. Various festivals like Ram Navami, Vijay Dashami, Karma etc are celebrated in a grand and pompous manner by the tribal as well as the non – tribal communities in this region.

Shopping in Lohardaga

The city of Lohardaga is home to numerous apparel shops, mobile shops, optical stores, book stores, home appliances shops etc. If you are looking forward for some souvenirs and memorabilia you could take back home, you can approach the roadside stalls and vendors selling a wide variety of wares including bamboo baskets, fancy candles, handicrafts, woven clothes and carpets and other gift articles at highly attractive rates. To indulge in a fulfilling and delightful shopping experience, head off to Bokaro and Ranchi near Lohardaga city, those are known for their shopping destinations.

Tourist Attractions in and around Lohardaga

There are numerous places in and around this city that are a must visit while visiting Lohardaga. Akhileshwar Dham is one of the most popular Shiva Temples, located at a distance of about 12 kilometres from Lohardaga. Swayambhu Temple, Lord Korambe Mahamaya Temple, Sankat Hanuman Temple, Khukhaparta Shiv Temple, Elohims Pentecostal Church, Gel Church are some of the other popular places of worship in Lohardaga. Ajay Udyan, Lawapani falls, Kekrang Falls, Nandni Lake, Neendi Falls are popular picnic spots in and around this city. These places are easily accessible from the main city and can be easily reached by buses, rental cars or private vehicles.

Transportation in Lohardaga

Transportation in Lohardaga
Railways in Lohardaga

Located at a distance of about 77 kilometres from Lohardaga, Birsa Munda Airport at Ranchi is the airport nearest to the city of Lohardaga. It is well connected to major Indian cities by frequent flights run by leading airlines. Lohardaga city is connected to the capital, Ranchi by a metre gauge railway line. Efforts are being undertaken by the government for the improvement of existing roadways and connectivity to and from the city of Lohardaga. Many local passenger trains run from Lohardaga Railway Station to major nearby destinations on a frequent basis. Besides, many private agencies offer bus and taxi services for sight-seeing within and around this city.

Lohardaga Railway Station
Code: LAD
Zone: South Eastern Railway
Division: Ranchi Division

Economy and Industrialism in Lohardaga

Majority of the people in this city depend upon agriculture and forest produce for their livelihood. Paddy and wheat are the major crops cultivated by the people of this region. Millets, oilseeds, pulses and vegetables are also grown by the people of this region. Dairy farming is also practised by the non – tribal people of this region and goats and poultry birds are reared here. Some people are engaged in small scale industries. The district of Lohardaga is one of the most backward districts of Jharkhand state and receives grant from Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).

Lohardaga at a glance

Country: India
State: Jharkhand
District: Lohardaga
Languages: Hindi, Nagpuri, Kurukh, Asuri etc
Altitude: 643 meters above the sea level
STD Code: 06526
PIN Code: 835302
Major Tourist Attractions: Akhileshwar Dham, Swayambhu Temple, Lord Korambe Mahamaya Temple, Sankat Hanuman Temple, Khukhaparta Shiv Temple, Elohims Pentecostal Church, Gel Church, Ajay Udyan, Lawapani falls, Kekrang Falls, Nandni Lake, Neendi Falls etc.

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