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Maithan | Courtesy: Amit Bhattacharjee

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.

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.

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Nearby attractions from Maithan: Those who want to explore further afield can visit the nearby small clusters of villages and Panchet Dam and Reservoir.

Sunset on Maithon Lake

Sunset on Maithon Lake

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.

Maithon Tourist Lodge

Maithon Tourist Lodge

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


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