Jonha Falls
Jonha falls.jpg
Jonha Falls is located in Jharkhand
Jonha Falls
Jonha Falls
LocationRanchi district, Jharkhand
Coordinates23°20′30″N 85°36′30″E / 23.34167°N 85.60833°E / 23.34167; 85.60833
Total height43 metres (141 ft)
WatercourseRaru River

The Jonha Falls (also called Gautamdhara Falls) is a waterfall located in Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.


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Cities, towns and locations in Ranchi district in South Chotanagpur Division
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Jonha Falls is located at 23°20′30″N 85°36′30″E / 23.34167°N 85.60833°E / 23.34167; 85.60833

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The falls

July 2010.
July 2010.

Situated at an edge of the Ranchi plateau, the Jonha Falls is an example of a hanging valley falls. The Gunga River hangs over its master stream, Raru River and forms the falls.[1] One has to descend 722 steps to admire the surroundings.[2] Water in the falls drops from a height of 43 metres (141 ft).[3]

The Jonha Falls is an example of a nick point caused by rejuvenation. Knick point, also called a nick point or simply nick, represents breaks in slopes in the longitudinal profile of a river caused by rejuvenation. The break in channel gradient allows water to fall vertically giving rise to a waterfall.[4]


There is a tourist rest house which encloses a Buddhist shrine with a deity of Lord Gautama Buddha.[2] A temple and an ashram dedicated to Buddha was built atop Gautam Pahar by the sons of Baldeo Das Birla.[5] A fair is organized in Jonha every Tuesday and Saturday.[2]


The Jonha Falls is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Ranchi. It is approachable by both road and train.[6] 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.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Bharatdwaj, K (2006). Physical Geography: Hydrosphere By K. Bharatdwaj. ISBN 9788183561679. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Jonha Falls". must see India. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  3. ^ "High and dry- Dasam drained, Hundru a trickle". The Telegraph 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  4. ^ A.Z.Bukhari (2005). Encyclopedia of nature of geography. p. 110. ISBN 9788126124435. Retrieved 11 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Waterfall Around Ranchi". exoticindia. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Johna Falls". Ranchi district administration. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  7. ^ Sir John Houlton, Bihar, the Heart of India, p. 144, Orient Longmans, 1949