Known for its long railway platform, the third longest in the country, Kharagpur for ages have been a premier education center in India and houses the famous Indian Institute of Technology’s Kharagpur campus. Kharagpur, for long, has been known as India’s largest railway settlement with over 13000 employees inhabiting here.
Tourist places in and around Kharagpur
The huge Kharagpur lake in the city has been a popular place of tourist interest for years and the city’s youth liven up the place even more. Kharagpur, owing to its educational influence has always potrayed itself as a city, full of zest, vigour and enthusiasm.
Kharagpur is one of those places in India that is known for it’s Hindu-Muslim unity. Both the communities have lived together here for ages. The Kali Temple and the Shahi Masjid, both of which are popular religious tourist destinations bear a proof to this fact.
Food and Festivals
By popular demand, with students at the epicenter in no small part, Kharagpur is known for serving some of the best food in the region. The city is strewn with road side joints and restaurants that serve delicious Bengali food and other cuisines.
If you are in the mood to experiement, head over to the Kharagpur lake and try some of the roadside chaat there. Bengalis are famous for their delicious sea food and sweets. Topping the list of sweets, one must not miss the famous Sandesh and Ras Malai.
Mall Culture and Entertainment
Leisure Multiplex and mall which not only houses some world famous brands but also screens Hollywood and Bollywood movies. For some cheap, unique shopping tourists can head over to Puratan, Gole or Gate bazaars.
From an educational town to a city that offers true tourist value, Kharagpur tourism seems to have done a good job. Being within driving distance of Kolkata and some cities in neighbouring states, Kharagpur is easily accessibile.
Students here are well taken care of and offer a diverse mix of locals. It is undoubtedly a good option for a weekend getaway from Kolkata.
How to reach Kharagpur
Kharagpur is the second busiest station in South Eastern Railway Zone after Howrah. It thus possesses good network of railways. Even by roadways, Kharagpur is well connected. Buses to various places in West Bengal is available from Kharagpur.
Best time to visit Kharagpur
Winters are the exact time when one should visit Kharagpur.