Jharkhand, located in India’s eastern reaches, is a state well-known for both natural beauty and ancient pilgrimage sites.
Most of the state is a scenic plateau dotted with belts of Sal tree forests and the villages of the Adivasis tribes. Betla National Park, one of India’s first conservation areas, was formed to protect a number of the country’s increasingly endangered species including Bison, elephants, and Tigers.
There are a number of ancient historical sites and structures to visit in Jharkhand, but the Parasnath Hill are the most heavily visited destination for travelers and pilgrims alike. Hiking along a series of rolling hills leads to Shikharji Temple, where 20 of the Jain religion’s 24 saints are said to have attained enlightenment.