Maithon – weekend picnic destination near Durgapur

Maithonis one of the most visited and most popular picnic destinations for the people of Durgapur. Situated on Barakar River, a tributary of River Damodar in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, bordering the state of West Bengal, this picturesque place is an ideal weekend gateway for the people of Durgapur and the adjoining area as well. Situated at a distance of about 70 Km from the industrial town of Durgapur, Maithon is a place where visitors flock in large number for picnicking or for having a quite holiday in a peaceful and serene surroundings.

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Boating at Maithon dam lake

About Maithon Dam

The dam at Maithon built on River Barakar, the lake formed due to the dam; temple of Goddess Kalyaneshwari is the main attraction of the place. A casual walk on the dam, or a boat ride in the lake to the distant islands, or paying a visit Kalyaneshwari temple nearby, Maithon has in store everything to make it a place worth a visit.
The Maithon Dam is15,712 ft long and 165 ft. high and is specially designed for flood control. It has a unique underground power station which is first of its kind in S.E. Asia and generates 60000 KW of electricity. Normal daily visitors does not have access to the underground power station, but Prior permission can be acquired for visiting the powerhouse. The permits are issued from the office of the Assistant Public Relations Officer and guide services are also made available. The lake at Maithon spreading over an area of 65 Sq.Km offers boating and fishing facilities making it an ideal place to float on water with your family and loved ones.

Kalyaneshwari Temple near Maithon

A few kilometers from the Maithon Dam towards West Bengal side is a 500 hundred year old ancient temple named Kalyaneswari. The temple of Goddess Kalyaneshwari (an incarnation of Shakti) is believed to fulfill the wishes of childless women and hence frequented by childless women in large numbers to fulfill their wish of having a child.

How to reach Maithon?

There are various options available for reaching Maithon.
Barakar Railway Station at a distance of about 8 Km from Maithon is the nearest railhead. From the railway station one can reach Maithon dam by hiring a Auto Rickshaw or a private vehicle or a shared vehicle.
One also has the option of reaching Maithon by bus. Regular bus services ply to Maithon from Dhanbad, Asansol, Durgapur and Barakar.

Road Journey to Maithon from Durgapur

If you have your own vehicle you can reach Maithon in less than two hours from Durgapur. From Durgapur, take the NH 2 and move towards Asansol. Do not enter Asansol Town, take the Asansol Bye Pass and head towards Dhanbad. Just 200 mt before Barakar bridge, turn right and within 2 Km is the temple of Goddess Kalyaneshwari. From the temple the dam is just 5 Km and the road is good enough through small hill.

Where to stay at Maithon?

Staying options are limited. Staying at Majumdar Niwas on a natural island in the lake is a real lifetime experience. A foot bridge connects the island to the main land. For booking contact the Kolkata booking office at – 033-23332115.
Another good staying option is Shanti Niwas. For booking contact its Kolkata office at – 033-26530833.
Hotel Maithon is another descent staying option. For booking, contact at – 0341-2521405.
Forest Rest House (Bono Bungalow) is another good staying option. For booking, contact its Durgapur office at – 0343-2537229.

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5 Comments on Maithon – weekend picnic destination near Durgapur

  1. ASHA RESORTS IS AN EXOTIC LAXURY HOTEL IN MAITHON.
    It is strategically placed between Maithon Dam and Kalyaneswari Mandir. We welcome our guests with a sense of warm hospitality. Wonderful restaurant with 25 people sitting arrangement. Veg, Non-veg all type foods are available. Big separate marriage hall with lots of facilities.

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  2. Maa kalyaneswari temple is one of the most holly sights near maithon, Located at the bank of barakar river .This temple is often known for its legends.while the original temple existed from a time which is unknown,but the recent structure was built near 500 B.C old of Shakti worship. According to legend, human sacrifices were offered at the Kalyaneshwari temple. It is believed by the local people that Goddess Kalyaneshwari fulfils the wishes of childless women.maa kalyaneswari mainly kali mandir. It’s a good place to travel with friends. The silent river says it’s all. You can do little bit of boating also in the river.
    Best hotel in maithon is maakalyaneswari lodge. Good accommodation with best restaurant,Big parking zone, a/c & non a/c room with 24 hr generator service if power off, hot & cold water every facility available here within your budget. Big marriage hall with 60 sitting arrangement for any occasion purpose.Maa kalyaneswari lodge mainly suitable for security reason.

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