Ranchi

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Ranchi
रांची
Metropolis
Ranchi skyline
Ranchi skyline
Nickname(s): City of waterfalls
Ranchi is located in Jharkhand
Ranchi
Ranchi
Location in Jharkhand
Coordinates: 23°22′N 85°20′E / 23.36°N 85.33°E / 23.36; 85.33Coordinates: 23°22′N 85°20′E / 23.36°N 85.33°E / 23.36; 85.33
Country India
State Jharkhand
District Ranchi
Government
 • Body Ranchi Municipal Corporation
 • Mayor Asha Lakra
 • Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya
Area
 • Metropolis 175 km2 (68 sq mi)
Elevation 651 m (2,136 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Metropolis 10,73,440
 • Rank 38th
 • Density 6,100/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
 • Metro[2] 11,20,374 (46th)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 834001(83 xxxx)
Telephone code +91-651
Vehicle registration JH 01
Sex ratio(per 1000 male) 950
Literacy 87.68 %
Website www.ranchi.nic.in

Ranchi /ˈrɑːni/ Listen is the capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand, and its third most populous city. Ranchi was the centre of the Jharkhand movement,[3] which called for a separate state for the tribal regions of South Bihar, northern Orissa, western West Bengal & the eastern area of what is present-day Chhattisgarh. The Jharkhand state was formed on 15 November 2000 by carving out the Bihar divisions of Chota Nagpur and Santhal Parganas.

The name Ranchi is derived from the previous name of the Oraon village at the same site, Archi.[4] "Archi" derives from the Oraon word for bamboo grove or stave. According to legend, after an altercation with a spirit, a farmer beat the spirit with his bamboo stave. The spirit shouted archi, archi, archi and vanished. Archi became Rachi, which became Ranchi.[5] One of the historically significant neighborhoods of Rachi is Doranda (duran "दुरङ" means song and daah "दअः" means water in the Mundari language). Doranda lies between the Hinoo (Bhusur) & Harmoo Rivers, where the civil station, treasury and church established by the British Raj were destroyed by rebel forces during the Sepoy Mutiny.[6]

Geography[edit]

Ranchi lies at 23°22′N 85°20′E / 23.36°N 85.33°E / 23.36; 85.33. Its municipal area is 175.12 square kilometres, and its average elevation is 651 m above sea level.

Ranchi is located in the southern part of the Chota Nagpur plateau, which is the eastern section of the Deccan plateau. Ranchi is known as the "City of Waterfalls" because of its numerous waterfalls, the most well known of which are Dassam Falls, Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Hirni Falls, and Panchghagh Falls.

The Subarnarekha river and its tributaries constitute the local river system. The channels Kanke, Rukka and Hatia have been dammed to create reservoirs that supply water to the majority of the population.

Ranchi has a hilly topography and its dense tropical forests a combination that produces a relatively moderate climate compared to the rest of the state. During the period of British rule, it was accorded a 'hill station' status. Since that time, rapid population growth and industrialization have caused a marked change in its weather patterns and an increase in average temperature. This has resulted in gradual loss of its eligibility for "hill station" status.

Climate[edit]

Ranchi
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: IMD

Although Ranchi has a humid subtropical climate, its location and the forests surrounding it combine to produce the unusually pleasant climate for which it's known. Its climate is the primary reason why Ranchi was once the summer capital of the undivided State of Bihar and was designated a preferable "hill station". Summer temperatures range from 20 °C to 42 degrees, winter temperatures from 0 °C to 25 degrees. December and January are the coolest months, with temperatures dipping to the freezing point in some areas. The annual rainfall is about 1430 mm (56.34 inches). From June to September the rainfall is about 1,100 mm. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cwa"(Humid Subtropical Climate).[7]

Climate data for Ranchi
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 23.0
(73.4)
25.4
(77.7)
31.4
(88.5)
35.4
(95.7)
36.6
(97.9)
33.3
(91.9)
29.4
(84.9)
28.8
(83.8)
29.0
(84.2)
28.7
(83.7)
26.1
(79)
23.2
(73.8)
29.3
(84.7)
Average low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
11.0
(51.8)
15.0
(59)
20.1
(68.2)
23.0
(73.4)
23.4
(74.1)
22.4
(72.3)
22.1
(71.8)
21.0
(69.8)
17.2
(63)
12.0
(53.6)
8.5
(47.3)
18.1
(64.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 21.8
(0.858)
24.4
(0.961)
22.8
(0.898)
27.3
(1.075)
59.6
(2.346)
250.9
(9.878)
341.9
(13.461)
341.3
(13.437)
266.2
(10.48)
80.2
(3.157)
14.4
(0.567)
11.9
(0.469)
1,462.8
(57.591)
Source: IMD

Demographics[edit]

As per latest 2011 India census,[8] Ranchi Urban Agglomeration has a population of 1,120,374,[9] making it the 46th largest urban city in India and third largest city in Jharkhand after Jamshedpur and Dhanbad. Males constitute 51.3% of the population and females 48.7%.Ranchi is the second most populous district of Jharkhand after Dhanbad. Ranchi city has an average literacy rate of 87.68% (census 2011).

The city witnessed a sudden surge in population after the declaration of the new state of Jharkhand in 2000. Owing to the rising employment opportunities and opening of numerous regional and state level offices, banks, and FMCG companies, the city witnessed a rapid influx of employment seeking migrants. As per a study done by ASSOCHAM in late 2010, Ranchi was the highest employment generating Tier-III city in India with a share of 16.8%, followed by Mangalore and Mysore.[10]

Transportation[edit]

Airways[edit]

Birsa Munda Airport (IXR) of Ranchi has direct flights from Patna, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Jammu, Goa and Kolkata. Few major airlines like Air India, GoAir, Indigo and Jet Airways serve this purpose. A new international terminal is now ready which is spread over 19,676 square metres of land furnished with equipment imported from China, Germany and Singapore, and has the capacity to handle 500 domestic and 200 international passengers.[11]

Education[edit]

Higher educational institutions[edit]

IIM Ranchi
XISS, Ranchi

Sports[edit]

Ranchi is centre for numerous sports activities, including cricket, hockey, football, and many others.[13] The 34th National Games were successfully held in Ranchi in February 2011.

An International Cricket stadium with an indoor stadium and a practice ground has been constructed. This international stadium has so far hosted two International Matches—between India and England on 19 January 2013, and India versus Australia match on 23 October 2013.[14] Apart from that, this stadium has hosted two IPL 6 matches for KKR, three champions league 2013 matches and Celebrity Cricket League Matches for Bhojpuri Dabanggs. A tennis academy, which was inaugurated by Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik, also runs besides the cricket stadium.[15] Ranchi is among six cities in Hockey India League to be played in January 2013.[citation needed] The Ranchi franchise was bought by Patel-Uniexcel Group and the team named Ranchi Rhinos.[16]

Sports teams[edit]

Stadiums in Ranchi[edit]

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

Ranchi has the following FM radio stations: (Listed in increasing order of frequency)

Internet service providers[edit]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Hundru Fall.
Jonha Fall.
Sita fall, a beautiful waterfall 6 km from Jonha fall in Ranchi, best visited in winters
Jagannathpur Temple
  • Rock garden & Kanke dam (Gonda hills): Gonda Hill and Rock Garden is situated at a distance of about 4 km from Ranchi town on Ranchi Kanke Road. Rock Garden is carved out of the rocks of Gonda Hill and resembles its design to rock garden of Jaipur. At the base of the Hill is Kanke Dam.
  • Hundru Falls: Hundru Fall is one of the most picturesque falls surrounding Ranchi. It is 45 km from Ranchi on Ranchi-Purulia Road. Here, the Subarnarekha river falls from a height of 320 feet. The pools at the bottom of the falls are favourite picnic and bathing spots.
  • Jonha Falls: Jonha Falls is also known as Gautamdhara, is around 40 km from Ranchi. It is approachable by both Road and train. The fall can be admired by descending around 500 steps. There is a tourist rest house which contains Lord Buddha temple. The river Kanchi flows nearby.
  • Panchghagh Falls: Panchghagh falls is on Ranchi-Chakradharpur Road about 6 km from Khunti. This fall consists of five streams formed in a row due to the breaking up of the Banai river which falls from a good height. Cemented walkways connect the different cataracts, of which stream 2 is the most popular while 5 is the biggest, though a bit inaccessible.
  • Dassam Falls: Dassam falls is 34 km from Ranchi on Ranchi-Tata Road near a village called Taimara. Here, the Kachni river falls from an altitude of 144 feet. It is also known as Dassam Gagh.
  • Hirni Falls: Another beautiful waterfall amidst forests about 70 km from Ranchi.
  • Nakshatra Van: Nakshatra Van is situated in the heart of the City. It is divided into various sections. There is a big circle in the center of the park which is divided into arcs. The tree that represents the particular nakshatras in the zodiac has been planted in each of the corresponding arcs.
  • Jharkhand War Memorial
  • Jagannathpur Temple: It is 10 km apart from Ranchi town Jagannathpur temple was built in 1691 having resemblance with architectural style of Puri temple. Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo, of Barkagarh Jagannathpur built the temple. Rath yatra similar to Puri is held every year.

Festivals[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cities having population 1 lakh and above, Census 2011" (PDF). The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF). censusindia. The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jharkhand Movement". Country Studies. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  4. ^ Cultural Configuration of Ranchi, Lalita Prasad Vidyarthi, Rajendra Behari Lal, India. Planning Commission. Research Programmes Committee, 1969, pg 306.
  5. ^ Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society Of Bengal, Volume 4, No. 11, 1927, "The Etymology of Ranchi", pg 601.
  6. ^ Kaye's and Malleson's history of the Indian mutiny of 1857–8, Volume 4, By Sir John William Kaye, George Bruce Malleson, W.H. Allen, 1889, pg 95.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Ranchi (from Weatherbase.com)
  8. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ http://www.census2011.co.in/census/district/113-ranchi.html
  10. ^ Assocham report, 2010
  11. ^ "Ranchi ready with state-of-the-art airport". The Times Of India. 2012-04-04. 
  12. ^ "IINRG". Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sports". 
  14. ^ "Ranchi's new stadium set to host maiden One-Day International on January 19". The Times Of India. 2012-10-19. 
  15. ^ "Sania and Shoaib in Ranchi". 
  16. ^ "Ranchi franchise becomes third team in Hockey India League". The Times Of India. 2012-09-14. 
  17. ^ "Rajesh Chauhan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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