Khandoli Dam in GiridihKhandoli Dam is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the city of Giridih. The dam is located 10 km in north – east direction to the main city. The name of the dam is kept after the hills of Khandoli. The dam is made by the purpose to conserve water for the residents of the city. The water dam is estimated to supply fresh water to more than one lakh local residents in the city on regular basis. Being situated on the hilly terrain, the dam helps in combating the water shortage by sufficient supply of water.
With the construction of dam in the foot hills of Khandoli, the place has emerged to be a paradise for wild life. The dam is helping in conserving the ecosystem and helping wild life to flourish in the region. The site is surrounded by greenery and blue water that creates panoramic view for the tourists. The serene and calm environment helps in providing peace of mind to the visitors. It is the best place in the region to have an outing with friends and family.
Geographical Description of Khandoli DamThe Khandoli dam is constructed in the hilly terrain at the foothill of Khandoli hills. Surrounded by forest and river, the Khandoli hill is saddle shaped. The hill is made up of graniteoid gneiss. The hill looks like a volcano from the top with a huge saddle that has boulders attached to it. The dam is constructed to provide water supply to the region. With the construction of dam, the site is developed as a visiting place so that the visitors can enjoy amidst nature. There is a watch tower at a height of 600ft.
from wherer you can have the view of the entire region. The place becomes more beautiful during the dawn and dusk. The golden glittery sun rays illuminates the water and creates a magical moments that the visitors cherishes. The construction of the dam began in the year of 1955 and the dam opened for tourists in the year of 1957.
Wildlife in Khandoli DamAfter the construction of the reservoir in the year 1955, the place became hot spot for the migratory birds. Every year the influx of thousand of migratory birds visit the region. These birds covers huge distance and travel from Himalayan belt, northern Asia, Africa and Australia to reach the Khandoli Dam. The migrations of the birds are observed more during the breeding season. The dam provides a congenial environment to the migratory birds to reproduce.
The migration of birds generally starts from the second week of November every year for a peaceful and warmer climate. The birds’ returns back in the month of March. The species of birds that can be seen in the region are Siberian Duck, Bar-headed goose, Siberian Crane, Brahminy shelduck (Ruddy Shelduck), Drano, Great Cormorant, Mallard, Little Grave etc. Few small wild animals are also visible in the region are rabbit, guinea pig, peacock, owls etc. The park also has a small cage where the few of the animals are kept for the amusement of the visitors.
Tourism in Khandoli DamThe Khandoli Park comes under the district tourism department and is developed by them as the tourist destination by them to increase the tourism in the region. Due to the migration of migratory birds from all corner of the globe, the number of visitors increases in the month of November every year. The park has emerged to be a paradise for bird watchers. One can always see photographers and sketch artists in the park vicinity. The park is spread over 6 acres of area on the hilly terrain. The amusement park has a small collection of animals in cages and toy trains to give joy rides to the visitors. For safari lovers elephant and camel safari are available to explore the park. The site has a watch tower that is 600 feet of height that gives a thrilling view of the entire city. A canteen is also available in the vicinity where the visitors can relish their taste buds and relax.
Adventure Sports in Khandoli Dam
The Khandoli Dam is immensely popular for the adventure sports in the region. Some of the famous adventurous sports carried out in the region are aerial, mountaineering, kayaking and water sports. Aerial adventure sports comprise of hot air ballooning, paragliding and para sailing from both land and water. For rock climbers the place is ideal because the park is located at the foot hills. Made up of igneous rocks, the region offers varied challenges for rock climbers. Rock climbing, rappelling, river Crossing (zip-line), trekking are few most popular sports in the region. In the Khandoli lake one can enjoy pedal boating, speed boating, scuba diving, rafting, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, ringo ride, water skiing and surfing. The park provides training for various adventurous sports in the region. The Jharkhand Adventure Tourism Institute (JATI) is the nodal state level body that is responsible for training national level participants. The Park is highly famous and observes huge influx of tourists over the year.
How to Reach Khandoli Dam ?The Khandoli Park is located only 10 km away from the main city of Giridih. Giridih railway station is the nearest railway station to reach the site. From the railway station several buses and rickshaws were available to the reach the location. From the main city one can get Tanga to reach the park.Nearest airstrip is also present in the main city of Giridih for air travelers.
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