Maithan is an incredible tourist spot located in the converging point of river Damodar and Barakor, found in the boundary line of the two states of West Bengal and Jharkhand. Adorned with small hills and patches of jungle, the immense water body of Maithan covers an area of 66 sq km. The area is also dotted with a number of small islands. Boasting of an exotic natural beauty, it seems that Mother Nature was extra generous while beautifying this very location.
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Places to see at Maithan: This colossal water body belonging to the Damodar Valley Corporation offers a huge array of places of attraction. However, prior permission is required to visit the Hydel Power Project. You can also visit the deer park and bird sanctuary, the two most notable sightseeing locations beside Hydel Power Plant. The temple of Kalyanashwari is also a must see.
Nearby attractions from Maithan: Those who want to explore further afield can visit the nearby small clusters of villages and Panchet Dam and Reservoir.
Things to do in Maithan: Boating on the lake water of Maithan while savoring the wonderful sight of migratory birds is truly an unforgettable experience. Picnics are also organized by many tourist groups in the small islands. You can also try your hand in angling in the lake water. If you intend to pass some quality leisure time with your friends or families, then seat beneath the trees and enjoy a nice tea break. Do not miss the majestic sight of Maithan in a moonlit night.
How to reach Maithan: The distance between Kolkata and Maithan is 226 km. So the best way of reaching the destination is by driving along the Durgapur Express way. You can also avail the train to Barakor and then cover the rest 8 km to Maithan by auto.
Best time to visit Maithan: Maithan is an ideal destination to enjoy your weekend holiday during the monsoon or in the winter.
Lodging and dining facilities at Maithan: We arrange bookings at Maithan for a Tourist Lodge on a hilltop overlooking the dam and lake. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Bengali cuisine. The standard facilities include AC / non AC rooms, Dining Hall, lawn and others.
Photographs by Prosenjit Das Neogi
Hi, I was in Maithan last year. The most notable tourist interest of the place is the Maithan Dam, built on River Barakar, boasting a towering height of 165 feet and is 15,172 feet long. The dam has been designed specially for controlling flood, generating electricity of 6000 KWatt. The exclusive feature of the dam is its underground power station, which has made it unique in the entire South East Asia. Maithan is crisscrossed by two beautiful rivers – Damodar and the Barakar. The area is also dotted with a number of hillocks and lakes.
There is an age-old temple of Kalyaneshwari located nearby Maithan, where number of tourists and pilgrims gather to worship the goddess. You can access the place from ‘Denuda,’ from where auto or trekkers are available to Kalyaneswari.
Apart from exploring the site of Maithan, a number of other exciting activities are also offered by the region. The place offering some thrilling activities like hiking and trekking is a hot spot among the sport enthusiasts. You can also spot a number of nature trails dotting the countryside, which are easily accessible from Maithan. Tourists who are fond of angling can also try their hand in fishing in the Barakar River. You can also enjoy a boating trip at here Lake Topchanchi.
You can reach Maithon by driving along the NH-2 highway. It takes four to five hours to reach from Kolkata, via Bardhaman, Durgapur, Ranijang and Asansol. You can also avail bus services from Dhanbad, Asansol and Barkar to reach Maithan. The nearest railway station of the district is Barakar, located at a distance of 8 km. Taxis are also available from the station.
Hello Papiya, Thanks for all the details. The information you provided about Maithan would surely help travelers who visit the place. Tell us more … share your travel knowledge for other destinations also. Keep the comments flowing.