|Location||Ranchi district, Jharkhand|
|Coordinates||23°20′30″N 85°36′30″E / 23.34167°N 85.60833°E|
|Total height||43 metres (141 ft)|
The Jonha Falls (also called Gautamdhara Falls) is a waterfall located in Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.
Jonha Falls is located at 23°20′30″N 85°36′30″E / 23.34167°N 85.60833°E
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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. One has to descend 722 steps to admire the surroundings. Water in the falls drops from a height of 43 metres (141 ft).
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.
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 Baldeo Das Birla. A fair is organized in Jonha every Tuesday and Saturday.
The Jonha Falls 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.