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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 town is developed around the Maithon Dam and reservoir. The main attraction ofcourse is the Dam, Reservoir and naural Beauty around. The Dam is Independent India's first Dam Project(one of Nehru's dreams). The various Places of interests are:
Dam: The Dam famous for its natural beauty, Blue water, Green hills and colorful flowers surely is the main reason why most of the people visit Maithon. Often quoted as 'koyalanchal(Coal Belt) ka kashmir' this Dam can be regarded as one of the Most beautiful dam in India. Photography is strictly prohibited in the Gates area and there is frequent CISF petrolling to ensure that. If you are caught taking photographs, your camera will be confiscated.
Kalyaneshwari Temple: This is a Famous temple dedicated to godess Kalyaneshwari, an incarnation of godess Kaali. The temple is Located at 2.3Kms from the Dam is in West Bengal side of maithon. It often gets very crowded during New Year and Durga Puja. Also on saturdays and sundays this Temple sees long que. so you are advised to visit the temple early in the morning(before 7am) or after 12Pm if you want to save time standing in Que.
Deer Park: This Park Located in Jharkhand just before One crosses the border. its surrounded on twosides with stream coming from dam and 3rd side with the Dam itself. There are more than 50 Deers in this Park and one can get View of them from the top of Dam. Photography is Prohibited here since its in Gate-Hydel Area.
Chammach Pahar(Spoon Island): Also called sobuj deep in bengali, this is a beautiful island located in the reservoir lake. The island appears to be a Giant inverted spoon and thats how it has got the name. it can Be visited by boats available at govt. run Boat houses. The island totaly inhabited is home to many wild animals so one is advisable not to go deep into the jungle of the island.
Phoolbagan & Millenium Park: Located below the dam, these parks hold Flower shows every Christmas, New year Day and on all sundays of Dec-Jan month.
Kaali Pahari: This is an old kaali temple recently redone in bengal-oriya style. The temple is located in jharkhand From where the Maithon township ends and Dam starts. The deity in this temple, Maa Siddheshwari Kaali is believed to be very powerful among locals and a mela is organised for 15 days during chaiti Durga puja (mar-apr).
Maithon Hydel Power Plant: Independent india's first Hydel and Asia's First Underground Hydel Power Plant, this is surely an engineering Marvel. The hydel is located below the two hills seen after the Dam. Hydel is located just in Border of Jharkhand-WestBengal and entry is restricted to visitors. If you know someone working in Hydel and if your Luck favours you can get permission and pass to visit the Hydel.
Maithon Thermal Power Plant: Located 4 Kms from the Dam the Tata Power Plant is Newly Built Thermal Plant making maithon One of very few Places to have Hydel, Thermal & Gas Power Plant at the same Place. One gets Glittering view of the thermal from across the Dam after Sunset. Visitors are not allowed but you can visit the plant if you get prior permission.
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.