Jonha Fall, named after the nearest village Jonha, is also referred as Gautam Dhara as it is believed that Lord Buddha bathed here. The picture of serenity the waterfalls presents justifies its name. Here one can enjoy the serenity of the waterfalls along with its spacious surroundings for other fun activities. It is quite safe for your family unlike other falls. The sons of Raja Baldevdas Birla built a temple and ashram dedicated to Buddha atop the Gautam Pahar. The ashram was originally associated with Hindu devotees as well as all branches of arya dharm (Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Sanatani, Aryasamajis), as per proclaimed by a sign here.
Jonha waterfall is an example of a hanging valley fall because of it being located at one of the edges of Ranchi plateau. It is also popularly called as Ganga nala because the stream which finally joins the waterfall is coming from Ganga ghat. It is one of the safest waterfalls due to the absence of a deep plunge pool beneath the waterfall.
Falling from the Raru River the waterfall has Ganga River over its master stream. Bathing at the bottom of waterfalls is said to be such a refreshing experience that it can literally wash away your concerns in life! The bottom of the pool is filled with sand and gravel, which makes it more secure since there aren’t chances of slipping over the rocks while bathing.
There is a tourist rest house which encloses a Buddhist shrine with a deity of Lord Gautama Buddha. A temple and an ashram dedicated to Buddha was built atop Gautam Pahar by the sons of Raja Baldevdas Birla. A fair is organized in Jonha every Tuesday and Saturday.
The Jonha Fall is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Ranchi. It is approachable by both road and train. Jonha Station is just 1.5 km from the fall. For travel by road, one has to take the Ranchi–Purulia Road and after travelling for about 20 miles (32 km) one has to travel about 3 miles (4.8 km) off the main road.
How to reach
By Road: If you are travelling by road, then take the Ranchi–Purulia Road. After traversing a distance of 32 km, one needs to cover 4.8 km off the main road. This magnificent water fall is located at a distance of 40 km from Ranchi. From Ranchi one needs to take NH-32 to Angarha. After reaching Angarha the straight road takes one to the great Jonha falls.
By Rail: One can take a train from Ranchi to Jonha station. There are 4-5 trains from Ranchi to Jonha. The duration of journey from Ranchi to Jonha is just 40 minutes. Jonha station is located at a distance of just 1.5 km from Jonha Fall. Train journey is believed to be more enjoyable as it is through dense forests and hills.
Where to stay
Going 453 steps downward of the waterfall takes one to the village of Konardih. While on the opposite side of stream lies Duarsini. Diagonal to the bridge near the waterfalls lays a guest house named Kisan Bhavan Atithishala which is run by Kurmi Mahto caretakers of Jiling Siring village. Though the residence is ordinary, many opt for it to get a feel of the local lifestyle and enjoy its exquisite cuisine.
Jonha waterfall is at a height of 43 meter (141 feet).
When to visit
Ideal time to visit Jonha Fall is September to February since the water level is less during these months.
Nearby Places to visit
Apart from this beautiful waterfall in Ranchi, one can also visit the two temples located nearby. These are two Buddha temples which were built by the sons of great king Baldevdas Birla. There is also an ashram dedicated to Lord Buddha. If you happen to visit this place on a Tuesday or a Saturday, then you can also enjoy the fair organized in Jonha. This fair is organized only on two week days.
It is advisable to be careful of the stone if one is planning to take a bath in the waterfall. Also one needs to be careful while stepping down to take a bath as the path can be slippery.