Sights to See
Close to the town lies the Canary Hill which has a well-laid out park and is studded with three small lakes. It has an observation tower. From the top of the hill one can have a panoramic view of the town. Perhaps the best place to soak in Hazaribagh's natural beauty is from Canary Hill, which affords not only a bird's eye view of the town and the lakes but also the dense foliage that surrounds it.
Hazaribagh Wild Life Sanctuary
For the eco-tourist, nature lover and wildlife enthusiast, hills, deep nullahs, thick tropical woodlands, grassy meadows. Wild animals like bear, sambhar, nilgai, chital, and kakarare populous. Sloth bears, tigers and panthers also prowl are found here.
The ten observation towers in the sanctuary make it easier to have a closer encounter with wildlife.
A hot spring almost 72 km away from Hazaribagh. The normal temperature of water here is 169-190 degree Fahrenheit. Besides two hot springs, there is also a cold spring. The water has a therapeutic effect due to high Sulphur content. There are 5 kund namely Surya Kund, Lakshman kund, Brahm Kund, Ram kund and Sita Kund. Besides there is a Durga temple also located here. A big fair is held here every year on vernal equinox. A large number of tourists throng to this place in winter.
Isko village is located 45 km under Barkagaon block to the south east from Hazaribagh district headquarters. Discovery of rock paintings dating back to the mid Stone Age as per archaeological estimate, has confirmed that ancient civilization had once thrived in the rocky plains of the Jharkhand region wedged between the mighty Damodar River and the hills of Chotanagpur plateau. Tests carried out by experts have recorded that while the rock painting are around 10,000 years old, the cave paintings discovered from the hills of Isko village date back to the mid stone age period more than 30,000 years ago. Engraved in the huge boulders are carvings depicting gods and goddesses, men and women, domestic animals and some species of wild animals particularly deer.
The Satpahar site, in Hazaribagh consists of a series of seven triadic ranges - replete with rock paintings it deserves to be placed amongst the most impressive rock art galleries of the world. The sandstone is painted with zoo morphs, anthropomorphism, fish, grasshoppers, spotted deer, cattle, small animals like rodents and ritually arranged frogs. Several microliths and polished stone axe-heads have been found in these painted shelters.
About 80 km. from Ranchi on Ramgarh Chitrapur Road, Rajrappa is situated at the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhairavi popularly known as Bhera. Rajrappa, which was once desolate hillocks with a small temple of Chhinamastika, now turned into a famous pilgrim resort for the Hindu devotees mainly from Bihar and West Bengal.
The headless statue of Goddess Chhinamastika stands upon the bodies of Kamdeo and Rati in a lotus bed. The Chhinamastika Temple is very old and its architectural design is the same as that of other temples of tantrik importance. A number of other temples have come up around the original temple. Particularly, the temples of Mahavidyas (Tara, Shodashi, Bhuneshwari, Bhairavi, bagla, Kamla, Matangi, Dhumavati) built in a series, attract more devotees. Rajrappa has turned into a popular picnic spot. Pilgrims come here throughout the year.