The Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad, earlier known as Indian School of Mines is located in the midst of the country’s prime coking coal region, 260 kms from Kolkata with a of 393 acres, the institute is fully residential and host all the facilities of a world-class academic institute. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad is a full-fledged technical institution of international acclaim offering a host of programmes like B. Tech., M. Tech., M. Sc. Tech. and MBA, M. Phil. and regular as well as part time Ph. D.
Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad has successfully organised MPT-2005 in Dhanbad. In the view of enhanced facilities in Dhanbad, better road and train linkage, nearby airports, IIME Dhanbad Chapter chose Dhanbad as the venue.
Dhanbad is a city in the state of Jharkhand, and is also known as the ‘Coal Capital of India’. The city has a rich history of growth, urbanisation and migration of people. Dhanbad is famous for coal mining. Tata Steel, BCCL, ECL and IISCO are some of the companies having coal mines in the district. Coal-mining, coal washing, and coke making are the main coal related industries in the city. Dhanbad has an average elevation of 227 m (745 ft). Its geographical length (extending from North to South) is 43 miles and the breadth (stretching across East to West) is 47 miles. It shares its boundaries with West Bengal in the Eastern and southern part, Dumka & Giridih in the North and Bokaro in the west. Dhanbad comes under the Chota Nagpur Plateau. Damodar River is the main river flowing through the District. Katri, Jamunia, Gobai, Khudia and Irji are the other rivers flowing through the district.
The climate of Dhanbad features a transition between humid subtropical climate and a tropical wet and dry climate. Generally summer starts at last week of March and lasts till middle of June. Peak temperature in summer can reach 47°C. In the rainy season it also received heavy rain fall. In winter, the temperature ranges between 7° (minimum) to 22° (maximum). In February the temperature ranges between 14°C to 28°C. For recent weather and future forecast Click here
TRAIN LINKAGE FROM DHANBAD TO HOWRAH :-
Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express, Purva Express, Yuva Express, Kalka Mail, Coalfield Express, Blackdiamond Express and many more
OTHER NEARBY RAILWAY STATIONS :-
Asansol (59 km), Gomoh (23 km)
NEARBY AIRPORTS :-
Kolkata, Ranchi, Andal (Durgapur)
ROAD CONNECTIVITY :-
Kolkata – 280 km
Ranchi – 150 km
Andal – 90 km
Dhanbad is home to several institutions, besides IIT (ISM), of notable national significance like Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) and BIT Sindri.
Dhanbad also offers sightseeing opportunities, a few of which have been listed below
Here, the wild torrents of the locally flowing rivulet Jamunia, gurgles down in playful mirth and mischief across the rocks that have the natural terrain of steps. It tumbles down from fairly a low height of about 10 metres. However, the beauty of the waterfalls lies in its cascading effect, over the rocks. Located barely 15 kms from the town, site is ideal for picnic revellers, who throng here during Christmas and New Year. However, it is also a retreat for those wanting to rejuvenate themselves from the mundane humdrums in solitude. It can be reached from the Dhanbad-Bokaro Road (NH-32) about 25 kms from the railway station. The road goes 12 kms inwards from Putki More, taking you to the site.
Named after, Mai-ka-sthan or abode-of-the-mother, from the temple of Kalyaneshwari in its vicinity, it is located 46 kms from Dhanbad. Apart from emerging a prominent religious destination, Maithon is also the site of the country’s first multipurpose project, it came into existence 1958 and has the biggest reservoir of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), on River Barakar. Height of the embankment is 56 metres and its length 4357 meteres.
It is also known for its underground hydel power station, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. You can unwind form your stress even in the midst of the water. A deer park that has come up recently is an added attraction to your trip. There are short distance buses plying from Dhanbad to Maithon. It can also be reached in hired taxis or other light vehicles. The nearest railway station at Kumardhubi is just 10 kms away on the Dhanbad-Howrah rail route.
Located about 37 kms from Dhanbad, Topchanchi Lake is bliss in solitude, and an avian paradise. Surrounded by green hillocks and plalash forests, this man-made lake was built in 1924, during the days of British Raj.
To this day, it provides water to the major parts of the coal-city. The water body is now maintained by Coal Mining Area Development Authority. The nearest railway station at Gomoh, is just 6 kms away. It is the same historic site from where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose boarded a train on Jan. 18, 1941, for his departure from India, disguised as a Pathan LIC agent. The railway station has been christened in his name and two bust sized statues of the leader have been installed both in the railway station and in the Topchanchi market.
In order to reach the lake, you may get down at Gomoh railway station and take a trekker or hire auto to Topchanchi.
Jharkhand is the nest of few pilgrimage centres, which have great historical importance. Deoghar is one such place of reverence.
Deoghar (the house of Gods) is a centre of peace and harmony that features many socio-cultural and industrial units. It is a popular health resort and an important Hindu pilgrimage.
The ancient temple of Baba Baidyanath (kamana-linga) where one of the twelve jyotirlingas of India is enshrined. Deoghar is believed to be the place where Ravana carrying Lord Shiva on his way to Sri Lanka had stopped, betraying the conditions of a non-stop journey. This failed him in his mission of taking the Lord to Lanka and the Lord remained rooted here.
The place become known as BaidyanathDham after Lord Shiva, also known as Baba Baidyanath. Every monsoon (in the month of Shravan) countless devotees undertake a rigorous 100 kms piligrimage on foot from Ajgaibinath (Sultanganj) to offer holy water to Baba Baidyanath. The pilgrimage is deemed complete with homage paid at Basukinath, almost 43 kms from Deoghar.
Within the precincts of the main temple, there are 12 other temples, dedicated to different Gods, including Lord Mahadeva.
Located about 95 kms from Dhanbad, it falls on Dhanbad-Ranchi Road (NH-33), via Gola. You take a right turn from Petarwar More, to reach this tranquil dam. Constructed in 1980, on River Damodar, it is 166 feet high, with an expanse of 30 sq. kms. It is an ideal site for boating and is frequented by picnickers particularly during the winters, the dam is the major source of water for the Bokaro Steel plant, which is fed through a 29 km long canal. About 15 kms away from the dam is the Tenughat Thermal Power Station at Lalpania.
The petarwar More, which is centrally located, can be reached through buses traveling from Bokaro-Ramgarh or Ranchi. From Petarwar there are easily available trekkers taking you to Tenughat, which is 20 kms away. Also, on the Dhanbad-Ranchi rail route lies the Tenughat station, from where the site can be easily reached.
The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary located on the ranges of Dalma Hills, is around 93 kms from Dhanbad and covering area of 195 square kilometers. Wild animals including elephant, barking deer, sloth beer and Sahil can be easily sighted in their natural habitat.
Both Tata Steel and the Forest Department run guesthouses at the top of the hill. There is also a temple of Shiva atop the hill, where devotees offer prayers during Shivaratri.
Parasnath, the temple town is the highest hill in the Jharkhand, at an elevation of 4480 ft and 35 km from Giridih town. The Parasnath temple is considered to be the most important and sanctified holy places of Jains. The temple complex is not prejudiced, for it welcomes all the sects of the Jains. It is 9 kms uphill from the base which makes it an 18 kms round trip, with two temple and 24 shrines.
Most of the temples are dedicated to Parsvanath who meditated and attained salvation on Parasnath Hill that looms over Shikharji town. The oldest of the temples in Shikharji is the 300 Years old Bageecha Temple (Garden Temple). The delicately carved stone sculpture of Parasnath points out that the deity was restored to the temple after being sealed in a wall of the nearby Tera Panthi Shrine for many decades. Most of the shrines in Shikharji are spic and span with hordes of pilgrims from all across the globes.
Twenty Jain Tirthankars, out of twenty-four attained salvation in the parasnath hills. These 20 Tirthankars are:
Ajitnath, Sambhavnath, Abhinandan, Sumatinath, Padmprabhu, Suparshwanath, Chandraprabhu, Suvidhinath, Sheetalnath, Shreyansnath, Vimalnath, Anantnath, Dharmnath, Shantinath, Kunthunath, Arnath, Mallinath, Munisuvrat Swami, Naminath, Parsvanath.
Jains believe that ordinarily, all 24 tirthankars attained nirvana at this location.
The sacred city of Bodhgaya is located in Bihar. It is 200 km away from Dhanbad. Bodhgaya is where the wandering prince Siddhartha sat under a Bodhi Tree to meditate. The first three days of his meditation and the following seven weeks of enlightenment have been closely associated with various places in Bodhgaya. The history of this town can be traced back to 500 BC. History mentions Bodhgaya as Bodhimanda and the main monastery as the Bodhimanda-vihara.
It is one of the four most important sites related to the life of Gautam Buddha (Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath being the other three). Not much of the history is known after that.
The town became an important pilgrimage center and famous travelers like Fa Hien and Xuanzang from China visited this place between the 5th and 7th century.
Bodhgaya developed and prospered for many centuries before being attacked and conquered by the Turkish empire in the 13th century.
The present city is a delight for historians, tourists and those seeking spiritual enlightenment.