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Durgapur is growing rapidly along with its nearby towns and adjoining areas. City like Asansol is already a well known city and other towns are also growing along with Durgapur. These areas adjoining Durgapur has its own importance and we are providing some information about few of them.


  • Asansol
  • Bishnupur
  • Bankura Town
  • Bolpur
  • Burdwan
  • Panagarh
  • Raniganj

Asansol

Asansol is the second largest city in West Bengal located in the Burdwan district. It is a industrial- Coal-mining centre. It is the central city for its coal belt surrounding and is heavily industrialised, it also acts as a trading town owing to its location as a transport centre. The major industries here are IISCO(SAIL), Chittranjan Locomotive Works, Hindustan cables Limited, Burn standard, Rekitt & Coleman, Burnpur Cement and a number of small scale industries. The Eastern coalfields a subsidiary of Coal India lies here. Pandaveswar, kajora, Jhanjra, Kenda, Sonepur, Kunustoria, Satgram, Sripur, Sodepur, salanpur are the major coal areas around Asansol. The Grand Trunk Road (NH-2) runs across the Asansol Subdivision is part of the Golden Quadrilateral and now allows two lane traffic each way. Asansol is well connected by Indian Railway in one side with Kolkata and the other with Delhi. Another railway track links Asansol with Adra and then to Jamshedpur Via Purulia and Kharagpur Via Bankura. According to 2001 census Asansol has a population of 486,304 and 53% of its population is male and 47% female.

Bishnupur

About 82 Km from Durgapur. A Sub-Divisional of Bankura Dist. It has a very good road connection with Durgapur. Busses are plying at regular interval from Durgapur Station. Bishnupur is famous for music known as Vishnupur Gharana. It is also noted for metal crafts, Silk and Beluchuri sarees, conch ornaments and Terracotta Sculpture. It was the capital of the Mallas who once ruled here. Here is no arrangement for conducted tour. Own arrangement is to be made. Rickshaw/private car is available to visit the following places of interest.

  • Rash Mancha : Built by Bir Hambir in1600.
  • Madan Moham Mandir: Built by Mallaraj Durjan Singha in 1694
  • Devi Chhinnamasta Temple: 12 ft. Dol Madal Caman will be found near this temple.
  • Shyam Rai Temple: Built by Raghunath Singha in 1643.
  • Mrinmoyee Temple:Built by Jagatmalla in the year 997 B.C Original structure of the Goddess Mrimoyee (Devi Durga) was collected by the king.
  • Gumghar: Most of the criminals were killed in this house. The entrance fee is Rs.2/- only.

Bankura

Bankura is a city and a municipality in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is located in the western part of the Indian State of West Bengal. It ranks fourth according to literacy rate of 2001 Census in the State. The District Bankura is bounded by latitude 22038°N and longitude 86036°E to 87047°E. River Damodar flows along the northern boundary of the district. The adjacent districts are Bardhaman in the north, Purulia in th west and Paschim Medinipur in the south and Hooghly in the East. Bankura town is the district head quarter of the Bankura District. It was the capital of the Mallabhum kingdom, once the most important Hindu dynasty in Bengal. This town famous for the Terracotta Temples made by the local red soils. This city oftern called as the 'Temple City' of Bengal. Susunia and Beharinath is two main hills. Mukutmonipur dam and sutan is other tourist spot. Gouripur leprosy hospital is Asia's largest leprosy hospital. Mejia power plant is the only thermal power plant of this district. Darakaswar, Gandheaswari and Kansabati are the major rivers flow through the district. Jaipur forest is the only forest in the Southern Bengal plain. Bankura Medical college is the oldest medical college in this area.

Bolpur

Bolpur is a municipality in Birbhum District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is 145 km north of Kolkata and is best known for the proximity to Visva Bharati, the university set up by Rabindranath Tagore the Nobel laureate poet. Given its proximity to Santiniketan and Sriniketan it is one of the seats of Culture and education in West Bengal. It has an average elevation of 58 meters (190 feet). It becomes very hot in the summer months (above 40 degrees Celsius in April to July). Bolpur had a population of 65,659. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Bolpur has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average. Bolpur is 2km away from Shantiniketan.

Burdwan

Burdwan also Bardhaman or Barddhaman is a city of West Bengal state in eastern India It is the headquarters of Bardhaman District. Bardhaman has been a district capital since the time of Mughals. Later on it became a district headquarters of British India. Burdwan is an alternative name for the city, which remains in use from the British period. Barddhaman is located at 23:15N 87:51E. The city is situated a little less than 100 km north-west of Kolkata on the Grand Trunk Road (NH-2) and Eastern Railway. The chief rivers are the Damodar and Banka nala. Bardhaman had a population of 285,871. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Bardhaman has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. The deuls (temples of rekha type) found here are quite reminiscent of Buddhist architecture. The various mosques and tombs remind us of Muslim culture. The old temples bear signs of Hinduism, mostly belonging to the Sakta and Vaishnava community. The famous Sufi Pir Baharam's tomb is here. The controversy on Kankaleswari Kali of whether it originally belonged to the Jains or Tantriks indicates again the town's multifaceted heritage. Indeed, Burdwan had witnessed, experienced and withstood quite a few historical thunderstorms in the past, mainly due to the Mughal, Pathan and Maratha intruders. The town of Bardhaman was visited at one time or another by many a notable of the Delhi Sultanate from Raja Todarmal to Daud Karnani, from Sher Afgan and Kutub-ud-din to Ajimuswan or the rebel Shah Jahan. The celebrated tombs of Sher Afgan and Kutub-ud-din lying side by side in this township relate to a classic love-story of Mihr-ul-Nissa and Jahangir that made Sher Afgan, the first husband of the great lady, a dead third person. The lady, who once lived here, later ruled India as Jahangir's wife for quite some time, but with a new name Noor Jahan (Light of the World) commensurate with her beauty and culture.

    The places to visit
  • The famous Shrine of Sarvamangala, said to contain the remnant of Sati's body, the umbilicus, is situated here. Aside this, there are quite a number of temples and Sivalingams.
  • The Curzon Gate built in honour of the visit of Lord Curzon.
  • The palaces and gardens of the maharaja Golapbag.
  • At Nawab Hat, some 2 mile distant, is a group of 108 Siva lingam temples built in 1788.
  • One must also know about a small village of burdhaman called "Panchkula" where Gajan-Festival is celebrated with huge passion during the month of May-June.
  • Shrine and Pir Bahram and Sher Afghan.
  • Barddhaman also have a planetarium named after India's eminent scientist Meghnad Saha. It is the second planetarium of the state after Kolkata's "Birla planetarium".

Panagarh

The name PANAGARH is tagged with a town located in West Bengal, India. It is situated in the Burdwan district. The importance of this place is right from the presence of the Military Base Camp up to the Indian Air force station. Two ways communication by Railways & National Highways (NH2) retains PANAGARH always connected with other places. The State Capital Kolkata is around 150KM away from here. It is a sweet place to be always in the essence of joy. As per weather PANAGARH feels blazing heat (around 45D) during summer & freezing cold during winter(around 5D). Lots of picnic spots are present here including Randia. The river DAMODAR is just 5 KM away from the place. You will have several villages spreading around the town. Recently the educational stature is also getting better with the born of two premiere Engineering & Management Institutes (DIATM & AIMT). It is looking promising on its industrial development account also. So trust me be it in agriculture or culture or education PANAGARH is rapidly keeping track of its development.
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Raniganj

Raniganj is a city and a municipality in Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Raniganj is located at 23:62°N 87:13°E . The Asansol-Durgapur region is composed of undulating laterite soil. This area lies between two mighty rivers the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared. Nunia, a small stream about 40 km long has its origin near Adra village in the Salanpur area, flows through the Barabani area, past Asansol and joins the Damodar in the Raniganj area. Raniganj had a population of 122,891. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Raniganj has an average literacy rate of 64%, higher than the national average of 59.5%:. Raniganj is part of the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency.