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Maithon is near Asansol,Dist-Burdwan .
Maithon can be reached by train, bus or car, from Kolkata or Dhanbad.
Kumardhubi(KMME) is the nearest railway station to maithon Dam at a distance of 9Kms. There are frequent Express and Passenger trains to this station. There are direct trains to Howrah, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Jabalpur, Delhi, Dehradoon, Jammutawi, Ahmedabad, varanasi etc. The best train to reach kumardhubi from howrah or Dhanbad are Black-Diamond Exp, Coal-field Exp & HWH-DHN Double decker Exp. The railway station is small in size and lacks infrastructure. Local auto charges Rs-100 from this railway station to dam. You can also get share autos from Kumardhubi to Kali Pahari in Maithon from where the Dam starts. One can also come to Dhanbad or Asansol railway station fron any Part of the country and from there travel by road as both are nearly equidistant from Maithon.
There are no major Bus stations in Maithon. The only Regular Bus services are From Asansol. There is Mini bus service from asansol bus stand to maithon. These Buses run at an interval of every half an hour between 5:30am to 6:00 pm. though its always better to confirm the last bus timing at bus stand as it changes during winters. Maithon By-pass Lies in Kolkata-Dhanbad bus route. you can get dropped at By pass road, from where you can take auto to Dam area.
The distance of Maithon is 30Kms from Asansol and 40kms from Dhanbad. After reaching Asansol, one can hire Taxi or Auto. If you are Driving, The roads are decent and it takes nearly 35 Minutes. From Dhanbad its a 1hr drive. The NH2 strech is really good and after that Dvc roads too are decently maintained once you enter the township. From Calcutta its approx 230Km oneside drive. Roads are good,except the Panagarh strech.
The closest functional airport is Bhagwan Birsa Munda Airport Ranchi (190Kms). Though its more convinient To Come to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport Kolkata(230 Kms) and From there travel By road or Train.
Maithon have India's oldest Dam with a huge water reservoir. The Reservoir have small islands in it. These islands can be reached by rowing boats. Most famous island is SABUJ DIP.
There is a temple at 2Km distance, Kalyaneswari Temple.
The another nearby place of interest is Panchet Dam at 30Km distance.
6 seater rowing boat will charge Rs-300 and additional 20-50rs tip to the boatman allows you to experience rowing with your own hand. Also you have options to do paddle boating. Or take a hi-speed trip of the waterbody in a speed-boat by paying Rs-500.
Medical shop 3-4Km away, nearest ATM 5Km away. So dont shop, keep money for emergency. Infact no place to shop as such.
If you are going by road, on the way back, dont forget to pickup "Langcha"(Sweet) from Shaktigarh (Approx 20Km after Burdwan towards Kolkata).
On the Jharkhand end of the Dam you can get a varity of chat, dhokla, golgappa, chana-bhatura etc. On the Bengal end, dont miss the Paneer Pakora from Jhontu's shop. Its superb.
Maithon dont have a nearby bar or FL shop.
DVC Guest House Majumdar Niwas This have a nice view of the waterbody and its the best place to stay if you dont mind to stay in Non-AC room. They have very few AC room. Non-AC rooms costs Rs-240. Have limited options for Meals. Can be booked from DVC office at Ultadanga.
Shanti Niwas A private guest house with no view of water body. Have nice rooms with AC & Non-AC rooms with varity of foods. Have parking place inside the premises. Can be contaced on 9830017777.