Do you know, what excites me the most about the monsoons? Watching the waterfalls in absolute glory is an experience of the lifetime. The raging, thundering waterfalls start falling in their full force once it starts raining. AT hill stations, it becomes even an exciting affair as random waterfalls start appearing at the points where a lot of rainwater starts accumulating.
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Ranchi is a place the glory of these waterfalls can be enjoyed at its best. During the monsoon, this beauty increases tenfolds. The hills of Chotanagpur plateau are not as high as the Himalayas or as well known as The Western Ghats but are an equal match when it comes to beauty and diversity. During monsoons these hills come alive with shades of green coming out from every corner. This is also the time when these waterfalls turn into gigantic, roaring cascades.
Here are some of the best waterfalls of Ranchi
One of the highest waterfalls of Chotangapur Region, Hundru is the place where river Swaranrekha falls from a height of 320 feet. Hundru has been a favorite picnic spot for the locals of Ranchi who visit here in their own vehicles or local buses. During the monsoons, the waterfalls expands flooding the nearby areas. The water sips into the nearby rock formations, creating small pools where one can bathe. In non monsoon season, Hundru is a faovirte for hikers and trekkers who climb upto the top to see the source of the waterfall.
River Kanchi falls from a height of 140 meters to create a scenic view. Dassam Falls is located near a small village Taimara. Unlike Hundru Falls, Dassam Falls is not that high but the natural beauty and the variety of flora and fauna surrounding this area makes it a place worth visiting. During Monsoon Dassam Falls expands to the nearby hills as the river floods above. Visitors are not allowed to bathe or even go near the waterfall as it can be dangerous and fatal.
The waterfalls of Ranchi are located at foot of a surrounding village that makes them a perfect place to observe the local culture as well as the natural beauty. Jonha Falls is named because it is located near Jonha village. Jonha Falls is believed to be the place where Gautam Buddha bathed and hence is known as Gautam Dhara. When it rains, the River Kanchi floods and makes the entire area inaccessible. The closest way to enjoy the waterfall is by climbing a flight of 500 steps which becomes extremely slippery when it rains. The best time to enjoy this waterfall in all its glory is in the month of September when the monsoon ends.
Panch Gagh Falls
Panch Gagh Falls is 55 kms away from Ranchi. The nearest township before the waterfalls is Khunti. The scenic Panch Ghagh falls is formed by breaking of River Banai in 5 different streams. During monsoons only stream 2 is accessible while others can only be accessed during summer and winter season.
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These are a few of the waterfalls that you can enjoy during your visit to Ranchi. There are other waterfalls in the neighboring cities and require more than a day of travel during the rainy season.
Have you been to any of these waterfalls yet? Share your experience in the comments section.