The Trikut Pahar in Deoghar, Jharkhand, was largely unknown until April 2022, when a cable-car mishap trapped up to 48 persons on the state's tallest ropeway for several hours. Even though the ropeway is not currently in use, Jharkhand's pahar (hill) continues to be a well-liked destination for tourists and has a lot to offer in terms of adventure and visual beauty.
Here is everything you need to know about the well-known tourist destination in Deoghar.
Located around 15km from the city of Deoghar, the Trikut Pahar is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site, especially in Jharkhand. The hills contain three peaks, named after Hindu gods: Bramha, Vishnu, and Shiva, of which only one is open to tourists. The highest of them is at an altitude of about 1500 ft above the ground, making it suitable for trekking. The Trikutachal Mahadeva Temple and Sage Dayananda's hermitage are located in the forest, uphill. According to legend, Ravana used this route to transport Shivlinga from Kailash to Lanka. In the middle of his voyage, he landed on the hilltop. Hence, one of the points of Trikut Pahar is named Ravana's Helipad.
If you are an adventure lover, the stairs and the trekking route will absolutely delight you. It will take you roughly two hours to reach the top of the hill.
It is strongly advised to book a local guide when you visit Trikut Pahad. There are several of them available at the foot of the hill, where you will start your trek. Some of the spots they will take you to include Sita Dweep, Narayan Shila, Ravan Gupha and helipad, Ganesh Parvat, and Belpatra Bagan.
Places To Visit Nearby
Tapovan: Known for the temples of Taponath Mahadev and Hanuman, it is 10 km from Trikut Hill. It is a series of caves and hills that were once a meditation spot for saints and ascetics. The place is a popular trekking and picnic spot among locals. It is also widely believed that Balananda Brahmachari, one of the greatest yogis of India, obtained siddhi (success through penance) here.
Baba Baidyanath Dham Temple: Commonly referred to as the Baidyanath Dham, the temple is home to one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is believed that Ravana worshipped Shiva at the current site of the temple to get the boons that made him powerful. He sacrificed his ten heads to Shiva as a sacrifice. Impressed by this, Shiva cured Ravana, who was hurt. He acted as a doctor, hence he is referred to as vaidhya (doctor). The temple derives its name from this.
How to reach
By Air: Fly down to Kolkata airport or Ranchi airport, then take a taxi or bus to Deoghar.
By Train: Deoghar is 6 km away from Jasidih Junction.
By Road: Trikut Pahad is about 21km from the Deoghar bus stand.
Best Time To Visit: September-March or July-August
Pro Tip: Be cautious of the monkeys. They have been known to snatch small items such as sunglasses, cameras, mobile, and edibles.