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Revision as of 12:28, 19 January 2009

Durgapur is a city in Bardhaman district of West Bengal.

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Get in

Insert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text hereInsert non-formatted text here===By rail=== From Howrah: Train No. Name Dep.at originating stn. 2019 Shatabdi Exp (except Sun) 06:05 3317 Black Diamond Exp 06:15 3051 Hool Exp 06:45 1448 Shaktipunj Exp 14:30 2339 Coalfield Exp 17:15 2341 Agnibina Exp 18:20 2333 Vibhuti Exp 20:00

From Sealdah: 3503 Intercity Exp 16:40

From New Delhi/Delhi 2314 Rajdhani Exp 16:45 2304/2382 Poorva Exp 16:25 2312 Kalka Mail 06:30 (at Delhi)

Long distance trains

Some of the long distance trains passing through Durgapur are: 2313/2314 Sealdah New Delhi Rajdhani Express, 2381/2382 or 2303/2304 Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express 2311/2312 Howrah Delhi Kalka Mail, 2321/2322 Howrah Mumbai Mail (via Allahabad), 3009/3010 Howrah Dehra Dun Doon Express, 3151/3152 Sealdah Jammu Tawi, 3025/3026 Howrah Bhopal (departing Howrah on Monday, departing Bhopal on Wednesday), 1448/1449 Howrah Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express, 1159/1160 Howrah Gwalior Chambal Express (departing Howrah on Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; departing Gwalior on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), 9306/9305 Howrah Indore Shipra Express (departing Howrah on Monday, Thursday, Saturday; departing Indore on Tuesaday, Thursday, Saturday), 5630/5629 Guwahati Chennai Egmore Express (departing Guwahati Friday, departing Egmore on Monday), 5930/5929 Dibrugarh Chennai Egmore Express (departing Dibrugarh on Sunday, departing Egmore on Monday), 3007/3008 Howrah Sriganganagar Udyan Abha Toofan Express, 3049/3050 Howrah Amritsar Express, 3005/3006 Howrah Amritsar Mail, 2023/2024 Howrah Patna Jan Shatabdi Express (No train on Sunday), 2329/2330 Sealdah Delhi West Bengal Sampark Kranti Express, 3019/3020 Howrah Kathgodam Bagh Express, 3021/3022 Howrah Raxaul Mithila Express, 5640/5639 Guwahati Puri Express (departing Guwahati on Thursday, Departing Puri on Saturday). For timings etc. check with Indian Railways.

By road

Durgapur is on Grand Tank Road (NH-2). Buses ply regularly between Durgapur and Kolkata and back. Ordinary buses as well as AC Volvo coaches run by the South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC), West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) and private operators depart from City Centre in Durgapur to reach the Esplanade Bus Terminus in Kolkata in under three hours. Some buses go to Karunamayee in Salt Lake. Besides, buses from Burdwan, Bankura, Asansol, different places in North Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar etc. also travel to Durgapur.

Get around

Taxis are readily available at the railway station and certain other fixed points. These do not operate on meters but on arbritary fixed rates. Therefore, bargain properly before you move out. Auto rickshaws like the taxis, charge arbitrary rates and operate from the railway station and certain fixed points. Those on business travel generally hire out a car for the day. Rickshaws are available for shorter trips. Minibuses are generally too crowded and often go around circuitous routes. There are buses run by the South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) too, but their services are infrequent. Nearly all minibuses and SBSTC buses travel between the railway station and Prantika in Benachiti through different routes.

See

Statue of Arjun inside the entrance gate gate of Durgapur Steel Plant
  • Bhabani Pathak’s Tilla - made famous in the novel Durgesnandini by Bankim Chattopadhyay. An unbelievable network of tunnels starting near the City Center region right up to the Damodar river. Legend has it that unless you know the map of the tunnel system, it would nearly be impossible to navigate. Nowadays, it is a protected monument (the entrance of the cave). But you would be able to visit the place.
  • Rahreswar Shibtola - this temple is more than 800 years old (according to the Archaeological Survey of India). It is built in the style of Rathas of Southern India. Lovely serene environment - take a few steps out and you will see the remains of a British airforce airport.
  • Garh Jungle – it is also called Dharma Garh of Raja Surath. If you are adventurous enough, then there is the Garh Jungle on the eastern end of the city. The place is supposed to be one of oldest places of ancient India.As per the verses of Puranas and Bhagbats this is the place of Satya Yuga where Raja Surath performed Durga Puja at the instruction of Mahamuni Medhas.Raja Surath after being defeated by Kols and Bhils came under the blessings of Medhas Mahamuni whose ashram was located there and thereafter performed Durga Puja. In current days Jogiraj Brahmananda Giri of the Dasnami cult rediscovered the place and started Durga Puja at the same temple founded by Raja Surath. Thousands of devotees across the world visit the place at the time of Durga Puja.Jogiraj Brahmananda Giri a yogi of modern India spent nore than 12 years in the deep forest to re-establish the place. It is believed that the name Durgapur is borrowed from this legend.
  • Troika Park – it is a fun place for kids near City Centre. It has got a toy-train, a few rides and a bunch of other attractions. Adjacent to it is a deer park. You can actually walk in and touch a few of the deer. You can also find a leisure boating lake close by.
  • Kumaramangalam Park - A shade of its former beautiful self. The lovely lake is simply filthy. Anyway, by all means, its a place to stretch out, relax and refresh yourself.
  • Durgapur Barrage - definitely one of the best places to see, if you are interested in one of two things: nature and man's effort to control its fury. And if you really are game, you should be there at the height of monsoons. Try peering over the railings to watch water being let out of the lock-gates. It is a phenomenal sight. A few yards away from the main barrage is the canal. There is a short foot bridge over it. Try crossing with a lock gate open. It is dizzying. And finally, get down by one of the sides (Bankura or Durgapur - prefer Durgapur), the beaches. It is really pretty. Finally, there are a few fishermen who fish in those waters. Pay a few bucks and ask them to give you a ride. Earlier it used to be a great spot for bird-watching in the winters. But the birds have decreased al though if you go in the early morning you can still see lots of birds. One bit of advice: Wear warm clothes .
  • Durgapur Steel Plant - the steel plant is one awesome thing to see. It is hard to imagine the scale of things that happen and lets you wonder how the heck does all of this work together. Hats off to the staff of the place. You need a permit to visit: easily obtained from the Administrative building at the main entrance of the plant.
  • National Institute Of Technology, Durgapur is one of the premier technical institutes in India and it is a jewel in the Durgapur crown.The National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India (formerly Regional Engineering College, Durgapur), was established under an Act of Parliament in 1960 as one of the eight such colleges aimed to function as a pace setter for engineering education in the country and to foster national integration.If you visit Durgapur do not miss NIT where you can interact with some of the best technical minds in the country.
  • DEUL PARK. DEUL PARK is a near by location from Durgapur City. It is an ideal place for day out . Spent a day in the bank of Ajoy river. with spellbound beauty of natural park. Have some fun with water ride. Do not forget to go to the Echai Temple built in 800 years ago. • Drink & Sleep Inside the park there is a hotel cum restaurant, where you can stay. DO • You can also find a leisure boating in lake. • You can also enjoy picnic hare.


Do

  • City Centre – it is turning out to be quite a hotspot hangout place, complete with a bunch of shopping malls and arcades, a cineplex, a host of eateries (some great food and darn cheap at that), with manicured spots where youngsters hang out. If you want the ambience of a good restaurant, you can visit one of the many such as Peerless Inn, Pathik, Luxor, City Residenci. Some people prefer the roadside smaller ones that serve both purposes: watching beautiful ladies and awesome food.
  • Benachity - with its quaintish oldish appearance is a great choice. It is really huge, probably close to 2 to 3 km in length with shops on all sides. The charm is really in its small merchant setup - not the big mall one roof thing.One of the Biggest Vimal Showroom in this market
  • Mantra - biggest gym of Durgapur with 1500 sq.ft. (approx) in the area, is one of the places which one should visit to know the real fun of life - after all its a fitness station. So do visit it.
  • Durgapur Club – it is a fraction of its former colonial self . Yet, with swimming pools and the who’s who of the Durgapur Steel Plant, complete with its British era high-nosedness, is still a hotspot.

[1] www.durgapurclub.com (Link added here by C. Chandra Mouli-C102)

Durgapur is an industrial city and you get things such as steel and carbon black. However, for general purchases Benachity is normally the place. You get the Bankura horse (terracota and wood) and the Vishnupur Baluchari. Nowadays you can get a lot of things here.


Most of the hotels have restaurants. Apart from that there are good places for eating in Benachity. Banskopa Inn on GT Road, between Muchipara and Rajbandh, is a good place out of town. A lot of restaurants have come up. However most of the restaurants serve the same food with only quality being the difference.

  • smc global securities limited (durgapur), nachan road, bhiringi (near -bhiringi kalibari), 03432588210. It is a share broking firm, also provides commodity trading. Sanjoy Banerjee is the Branch Manager. The company recently celebrated two year anniversary.


Drink

Some of the large hotels have bars. Entry into the clubs is restricted to members and their guests. Also try out the road side dhabas on G.T.Road near to NIT for some great Rotis and Tadkas at unbelievable rates.

Sleep

There are a number of hotels in Durgapur to suit different budgets. Here are some:

  • Hotel Reliance -Welcome to the world of luxury and comfort. It is one of the most popular hotels in Durgapur,with a reputation for warmth and hospitality. Address:Nachan Road, Bhiringi More, Benachity, Durgapur-713213. Phone: +91 343 2583881/2583882.
  • Hotel Ispat - It is in the Steel City.
  • Peerless Inn - It is in City Centre and has a website -[2]
  • Pathik Motel, Gandhi Morh, PO Durgapur 713 216. Phone: +91 343 2546399, Telefax +91 343 2545768, rates Rs. 150 (dormitory) - Rs. 900 (AC Delux).
  • The Riviera is the only resort in this area located on the riverside. [3] A.C. Riverview rooms , Landscaped garden , Children Park , Lounge Bar , Multicuisine Restraurant , Marriage & Conference Facilities. Rs 400-2000.
  • Hotel Preetika, located at Pump House More, Shahid Sukumar Sarani, Bidhan Nagar, Durgapur 713212.

Get out

  • Ajay River - go deeper till you can see the Ajay river. Here is another amazing piece of architecture: a Shiva temple made of burnt clay bricks exactly in the shape of the famous "Linagaraja temple" of Bhuvaneshwar. Sadly it is in a state of complete disrepair.
  • Dhabas on G.T.Road - if you have the guts try eating some roti and mutton at one of the numerous dhabas by the National Highway (erstwhile GT Road). They are awesome.
  • Santiniketan - 60 km
  • Vishnupur - 70 km
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