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A Weekend in Asansol, West Bengal

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Asansol, the second-largest city in West Bengal is not usually on the list of travel destinations in the state. The city has significance as a place for industrial progress with its many steel, coal and railway industries. Tourism related activities are minimum. The city however, is beautifully located between the rivers Damodar and Ajay. The picturesque Damodar Valley offers many offbeat travel ideas for people to explore. Here are some places, both in and around Asansol that you can explore.

Make a visit to charming old temples that are believed to bless women with children and the scenic lakes that will mesmerise you. Find out more fun activities such as paddle boating and rock-climbing as well!

Kalyaneshwari Temple

Kalyaneshwari Temple

Located at a short distance of just 20 km from Asansol is the Kalyaneshwari Temple, situated in a small hilly area. The quaint old temple with walls in burnt saffron looks peaceful and rather mysterious. The temple is popular for women praying to be blessed with children. The holy place has gathered a lot of importance with the women folk, and is now an important pilgrimage centre. Considering the large crowds, the ideal time to visit is early in the morning.

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Maithon Dam

Maithon Dam

Located in Maithon, a town that is 20 km from Asansol, the dam is the biggest in Damodar Valley. It is popular as a sightseeing attraction among travellers. The blue waters set against the deep green of the surrounding hills is an allure few can resist. As for the stunning sunsets, we will let the image do the talking!

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Nehru Park

Nehru Park

The small and charming Nehru Park with its well-maintained lawns and fountains is definitely a place to visit and relax in Asansol. It is scenically located on the banks of River Damodar.

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Satabdi Park

Satabdi Park

Exploring parks is a fun activity, especially for families with children. The Satabdi Park is one such place you can visit that has amusements such as paddle-boat, and other fun activities for children. It is also a peaceful place to relax.

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Joychandi Pahar

Joychandi Pahar

Travellers wondering if the scenic surroundings can be explored for more adventurous activities can travel around 30 km from Asansol and reach Joychandi Pahar. The place is popular as a picnic spot and is also known for its rock-climbing activities.

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How To Reach Asansol

How To Reach Asansol

By Road: Situated ideally on the NH-4, Asansol is well-connected to both the various parts of the state as well as rest of the country.

By Rail: The Asansol Railway Junction is a major stop in the Howrah-Delhi route and enjoys good connectivity to nearly all destinations in the country.

By Air: The nearest airport for domestic and international flights is Kolkata (206 km). Travellers can take a bus or auto to the airport.

Photo Courtesy: Smeet Chowdhury

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