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Lohardaga

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Lohardaga is a district located in the south western part of Jharkhand. It is spread over an area of 1,491 sq km in the tribal belt of Chotanagpur plateau. The district of Lohardaga was carved from Ranchi in 1983, during which the town was made its headquarters. It is divided into seven development blocks namely, Bhandra, Kuru, Kisko, Kairo, Lohardaga, Peshrar and Senha.

The habitation of the region dates back to the era of Lord Mahavira, which has a reference in the Jain scriptures. Besides, there is another mention of the town as Kismate Lohardaga in the famous book on Akbar, 'Ain-e-akbari'. However, Lohardaga owes its name to iron mining and smelting in the yesteryears. During 1765, the destination was under the rule of the British. In 1972, Lohardaga was declared as a sub division and as a district on 17th May 1983 by the Bihar government.

The region belonged to the tribes that had a sophisticated culture known for the understanding of land, sustainable natural resource management and community rights. The remains of forts and temples at Korambe, Bhandra and Khukhra-bhakso provide testimonies of a rich past.

A getaway location from Ranchi, Lohardaga is a peaceful location for a retreat with contrasting tribal culture along with dense forests, river streams and hills. One of the main attractions of Lohardaga is the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, which is known as Khukhaparta Shiv Temple. Lord Korambe Mahamaya Temple and Akhileshwar Dham in close proximity are the other noteworthy sites of the destination.

The capital city of Jharkhand, Ranchi, provides access to Lohardaga. Ranchi Airport is the nearest airport, which is well connected with major cities of the country. The railhead closest to the destination is the Lohardaga Railway Station. Besides, travellers can reach Lohardaga through buses available from various parts of the country. Lohardaga can be visited during the month of October, when the climate is pleasant.