"Gem of a dam"

Maithon Tourism

Maithon is the largest water reservoir of the Damodar Valley Corporation. The dam is located at the confluence of the Damodar and Barakar rivers in the border of West Bengal and Jharkhand. The place is surrounded by hills, forests and small islets. One needs to take permission to see the Hydroelectric Power Project.

Sightseeing and Activities

A colossal water body known popularly as the Maithan Lake was created as a result of the dam constructed by the Damodar Valley Corporation. Maithon lies at the confluence of Damodar and Barakor River. You can enjoy boating in the placid waters of the lake or just sit on the bank and savour the endless beauty of the place. There is a deer park and a bird sanctuary. During winter many migratory birds are seen in this sanctuary.

You can also visit Ma Kalyaneswari Temple which is situated in Hangla Pahar, 2.5 km from the dam. This temple is around 500 years old. The surrounding villages of Maithon are also beautiful. Panchet Dam is located 14 km from here and is worth seeing. You can also visit Garpanchkot by car.

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Best Time to Visit

The beauty and charm of Maithon is best enjoyed during the months of August to January.

How to Reach

Trains are available from Howrah to reach Kumardubi or Asansol. From Howrah, it takes approximately 4 hours to reach Kumardubi and 3 hours to reach Asansol. Maithon is 6 km from Kumardubi. Auto rickshaws are plying in this route. If you disembark at Asansol then you will get bus to reach Maithon. It takes about half an hour to reach Maithon, 24 km from Asansol.


WBTDC Maithon Tourist Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 1500-2250. Tel: 0341-2523894, 9732100840.
DVC Majumder Nivas. Tariff - Rs. 1200-1500. Tel: 033-23550683.
Hotel Maithon. Tariff - Rs. 600-1200. Tel: 0341-2521405.
Hotel Shantinivas. Tariff - Rs. 700-1950. Tel: 9007486005.
Asha Resorts. Tariff - Rs. 500-1000. Tel: 0341-2100568.
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Bublu Banerjee said...

Maithon is a good week spot from Kolkata. I had been there for more than once.But if one wants to enjoy entire circuit(Susunia Hill, Jaychandi Hill, Garpanchakot,Baranti, Panchet dam, Maithon, Kalyaneswari Temple & Biharinath) in 2N3D, then it will be Biharinath which can cater the entire tour without any hectic schedule. Now choice is yours.

ashok kumar rewani said...

Around of jharkhand tourism