Dhanbad, the administrative headquarters of the Dhanbad District
, is a mining town situated 125 km north-east of Ranchi
. It is internationally renowned for its rich coalfields and is a prominent industrial and commercial center in Jharkhand
. Dhanbad is 171 km northeast of Jamshedpur
Places of tourist interest are
Jharia and Sindri.
Nearest airport is at Ranchi. Dhanbad Junction Railway Station is a prominent railhead of Eastern Railways.
National Highway 2 (Grand Trunk Road) passes through Dhanbad.