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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Bird’s Eye View of Ranchi City

Cityscapes always fascinate me and the best way to get a holistic cityscape is to climb to a vantage point or go aerial. In this case, I climbed my way up to a vantage point from where I got amazing views of Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand.

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This vantage point was on top of Pahadi Mandir, a Shiva temple situated on top of a small hill. This Pahadi Temple is situated close to the heart of the Ranchi city.

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On a typical day, this temple was not crowded, but locals say that on festival days, devotees make a beeline to this temple to seek the blessings of the lord.

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I would have climbed at least 1000 steep steps if not more to reach the top of the temple. During the ascent, I hardly got any views as the steps are bordered by dense trees on both sides. But, once I reached the temple and made my way to the top, the views were amazing.

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And it was even better as the day was bright and the skies were clear blue. Now, Ranchi may not be a city of skyscrapers, but this developing city is sure growing at a rapid pace.

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Since Ranchi is situated right in the heart of the Eastern Ghats, the entire cityscape is dotted with greenery and has hills in the background. I could even see a couple of pristine looking lakes from my vantage point.

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The views that were presented to me were sure worth the steep climb that I had to endure. This overall experience was a panoramic workout for me.

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