Asansol Tourism
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Asansol Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Located in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal, Asansol is the industrial and coal mining city and also the second largest city after Kolkata in the state. Asansol has Purulia and Bankura districts of West Bengal and parts of Jharkhand and Orissa as its adjoining areas.

A recent report by a non-governmental policy research body of UK, International Institute for Environment and Development has placed Asansol in the list of hundred fastest growing cities of India. The place has derived its name from the Asan tree which is a different species of tree found on the embankment of river Damodar and Sol-Bhumi or Sol-land which means a land that is loaded with minerals.

This heavily industrialised city is well developed with educational institutions, reasonably high per capita income, housing complexes, proper transport connections, trade and commerce, huge work force as well as industries. Although, in recent times, many of the industries are facing extreme hardships, this place has evolved as an important centre for trading. IISCO Steel Plant of Steel Authority of India Limited and Eastern Coalfields form the most important part of industrialisation and are the biggest employers in Asansol. Besides, Hindustan Cables Ltd., Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), Asansol Cement, Lafarge Cement India Pvt. Ltd.,. Disergarh Power Supply, Reckitt and Coleman and other industrial settlement that are also found in Asansol.

History of this place proves that, Australoid and Dravidian were the original inhabitants of this place. But, it became an important place for Jain conglomeration before 2500 years.  Some of the biggest examples of Jain activities in Asansol include the Jain temples at Begunia, on Pareshnath Hill in adjoining Jharkhand as well as the Jain Bhawan and the temple dedicated to Vasupujya in Durga Mandir. It is also believed that the city was a part of the Malla dynasty of Vishnupur and is evident in the temple of Chhotodighari village that speaks of the Vishnupur style of architecture.

Asansol offers many places of attraction like the Satabdi Park and Nehru Park which are very popular spots. There is also the Joychandi Pahar which is a famous picnic and a day trip spot among the locals. The nearby dams of Maithon and Panchet are places for sightseeing as well as day trips. The Kalyaneshwari Temple located near the Maithon Dam and Churulia are the other places of attractions.

Accommodation is in plenty and ranges from deluxe to comfort hotels. Tourists can avail city buses and transport system link train to move in the city. Although, there is no night life as such, the city has many things to offer to its tourists.

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Prem Raj

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  • Prem Raj
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A wonderful visit to Asansol" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I came to Asansol with my wife for the cousin sister's wedding. Marriage was done at Shubham community Hall which is located at Kalyanpur Housing market. We came to Asansol by Rajdhani express from New Delhi. The Shubham community was very beautifully designed and decorated. We ate Phuchka, Pakodi, Dahi bada, Rice, Paneer butter masala, masoom chilli, Ice cream, Gluab jamun, chatni, Papad. After the marriage, We also went to Nehru Park, Gallxy mall, Centrum, Reliance mart. We also seen a movie in Carnival cinema Hall which is in Centrum mall. So, Asansol is the must place to stay in Holiday vacation.
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Shubham Sankar

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  • Shubham Sankar
  • Lives in New Jalpaiguri
  • 1 Review

"Simply mind blowing place having low price product"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Asansol for my cousin brother marriage. Marriage was done at Hindustan Residency Hotel. After the marriage, I visited many places in Asansol like Big Bazar, Dhruba Dangal, Burnpur, Apcar Garden, Chelidanga, Centrum, Hutton road market, Chandmari, Kalyanpur housing etc. All the places were clean. I also went to Nehru park. I bought jeans and t-shirt from Mohan cloth store. I ate Papdi Chat, Mashroom Chilli, Dahi bada, Hot Gulab Jamun, Sandesh, Pasta, Jalibi, Chicken soup, Bhel puri, Samosa and many more things. So, I recommend my friends to must visit Girja more and Chandmari for pasta and Bhel Puri.
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Arnab Sarkar

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  • Arnab Sarkar
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 1 Review
  •  45 readers

"Superb place with great food & helpful people"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I heard about the delicious food of Asansol from my brother who is studying in Asansol Engineering College. I came to Asansol with my mother in semester break of my brother's college. We visited many places like Centrum which near the HLG hospital, Kalyanpur hosing, Apcar Garden, Chelidnga, Hutton road market, Galaxy mall, Reliance Market, SB gorai road. We ate lassi from court more market. We also ate Phuchka, Chowmin, Chicken Paratha from the stalls in hutton road market. But the Chola Batora from Madhuri Hotel located near the hutton road market was finger licking good. So, friends must visit Asansol and taste the food also.
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Puskar Sarkar

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  • Puskar Sarkar
  • Lives in Howrah
  • 1 Review
  •  69 readers

"Had a great visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I came to Asansol when My WBJEE exam centre was in Kanyapur Polytechnic College. I came from Howrah by train with my father. When train reached at Asansol, We taken auto rickshaw from the Seven No platfrom and went to Kanpur Polytechnic College. The driver did not taken fare very much. He also given his number to pickup us when exam will over. When exam was over, We visited Centrum which is near the Polytechnic College. We also visited Shiv Mandir in Chandmari, Gallaxy Mall, Hutton Road Market, Hawker market in Girja More. We ate Samosa, Dhokla, Sweets from Hazara Sweets. We also ate Malai Chamcham, Rosgula from Calcutta Sweets near Apcar Garden. We also ate Pasta from Girja More market. So, This visit I will never forget in my life and recommend other to must visit.
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Shristi Yadav

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  • Shristi Yadav
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 1 Review
  •  85 readers

"Visited for its dood and shopping malls-Asansol"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I study in Asansol Engineering college. I do up-down from Durgapur to attend college. I heard about the tastey food and shopping mall from the friends who lives in Asansol. So, ln my semster break I and my friends decided to visit all the famous places in Asansol and taste different food. We visited Hutton road market, Bazar Kolkata, Mohan Cloth Store, Centrum, Galaxy Mall, Reliance Market, Shatabdi Park and many more places. We ate Hot gulab jamun, Malai chamcham(a sweet), Dhokla from the Hazara sweets in Chelidanga. We also ate Chicken paratha, Phuchka, Jalbi from Girja more market. So, The visit was fantastic and fabulous. So, friends must visit Asansol.
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Hamid Ansari

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  • Hamid Ansari
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  90 readers

"Overall nice visit and beautiful city having all the facilities"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I am a travel addict. I generally wonder all over the India in the vacation of my office. I visited many places in Asansol like Burnpur, Kalyanpur Housing, Chandmari A. D. D. A, Dhadka, Ramkrishan Dangal. I went to a Majisd near the N. S Road in chandmari. The feeling was amazing. I also went to Hutton road market, Galaxy Mall, Burnpur Market, Centrum and Shatabdi park. I ate jeera rice, paneer butter masala, Baby nun and chana masala from the Bombay Garam Masala restaurant located in Hutton road market. I also ate Chola Batora from the Madhuri Hotel. It was very delicious. So, The visit was amazing and I recommend other to must visit.
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Mayank Jain

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  • Mayank Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Superb & awesome place with low price product"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Asansol when I came in Barati of my friend. I came from Shealdh Rajdhani Express. The marriage was done at Shubham Community Hall located at Kalyanpur Housing. The hall was beautifully decorated and designed. Near the Hall there was a small market where I and my friends ate Momo and chicken paratha. When marriage was over, We planned to visit the famous places in Asansol. We visited Reliance Market, Reliance trends, Hutton Road market, Shatabdi park, Nehru park and Galaxy Mall. I bought Shoes for me at very low price from the Hutton road market. We also ate phuchka, Dahi Bada from there. So, I recommend others to must visit this lovely place.
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Arjun Kapoor

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  • Arjun Kapoor
  • Lives in Patna
  • 1 Review
  •  93 readers

"Mind blowing visit with finger licking food"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I came to Asansol when my brother was going for the admissions in Asansol Engineering College. I visited Asansol with my father, mother and brother. I came to Asansol by Amritsar Mail train. After the admission process was over, we went to Hindustan Sweet(a small restaurant) where we eaten Dosha, Dhokla and Ice cream. After that, we went to Galaxy Mall and did shopping from the mall. We also seen Movie in the Chitra cinema hall. We also ate chicken paratha from the road side market located near the court more road. So, I recommend other to must visit Asansol (a beautiful city).
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Arpan Mukherjee

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  • Arpan Mukherjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
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"Visit only for its food and park"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I heard from my anut that Asansol has beautiful parks and amazing food. So, I visited Asansol in holiday vacation of my college. I visited Nehru park, Shatabdi park, Centrum Mall, Galaxy Mall. I also seen Shandar Movie in Chitra cinema hall. I also bought jeans from the Brand factory stores which is in Centrum mall. I ate chicken paratha, Chowmin, Pasta, Chat and also Phucka from the road side store located at Hutton road. So, I recommend others to must visit Nehru park, Centrum mall and ate finger licking food from the Hutton road market when they visit Asansol.
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Suhel Banerjee

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  • Suhel Banerjee
  • Lives in Asansol
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  •  7 helpful votes
  •  107 readers

"A Destination with all necessities"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Having spent the first 18 years of my life here, wasn't easy giving it a 4 out of 7 rating, but purely as a holiday destination it deserves no more. If it's just an industrial town, why even 4 then? You may ask. Well, being in the intersection of three major industries, coal, steel, and railways, recreational destinations have developed over the years, and you may find something to do for a weekend, especially while visiting some friends or family. Frankly I don't think you should be planning a trip otherwise.

Maithon Dam & Park: The dam built on the river Barakar has been attracting locals and tourists from nearby cities for decades now. The most popular activity is boating in the man made water body, taking a stroll in the well maintained parks close by and enjoying the many street food options. By the way, this is about 25 kms from Asansol in Maithon, and technically in Jharkhand.

Kalyaneshwari Mandir: Very close to Maithon Dam, thronged by the pious.

Lamhyer's Park or Nehru Park: Spread across many acres on the banks of the River Damodar, this is a very popular destination for picnics, romantic escapades, nature lovers, and everyone else. Quite a well maintained park with many different kinds of trees, plants, small water bodies with some bridges, and some statues and installations. A regular school picnic spot during our growing up years. Like Maithon Dam and the rest of Asansol, best during winters, but also during very early summer mornings.

Ghagurburi Mandir: If you're into temples then this is a popular one, on the Bypass.

But the real strength of the city is in the people, especially the youth. Asansol boasts of some top class national schools like St. Patrick's, St. Vincent's, Loreto Convent, and A. G Church. The first three, all established well over a hundred years back by Irish brothers and nuns. Students from here have gone on to build very successful careers all over the world, and continue to make the city proud with their exemplary results every year. St. Patrick's and St. Vincent's also boast of massive playing fields and ponds, and are like tiny hamlets by themselves. Nice places to visit even as guests.

Finally, the food:

Royal - The flagbearer of Biriyani in Asansol for decades now. The Bengal style of biriyani with whole boiled eggs and potatoes. The aroma is unmistakable from a distance. Goes very well with their chicken 'Chnaap' or Mutton 'Rezala'. A meal for two should be within Rs. 500.

Asansol International - The usual 'multi cuisine' variety available in almost all Indian towns and cities. Can't go wrong with their American chop suey and Chicken Fried Rice. Again, a meal for two within Rs. 500.

Ganga Hotel - A small hole in the wall eatery, originally for the lawyers (situated right next to the courthouse) during their lunch breaks, is perhaps the best shot you have at authentic Bengali cuisine. Try the different kinds of fish, shukto (mixed vegetables), and jhurjhure aloo bhaja (finely chopped and fried potato). A meal for 2 within Rs. 500.

While there is no dedicated airport, the newly built (as of Dec 2015) Andal & Durgapur airport is a good way of reaching the city. The most common mode of transport for reaching Asansol is by train. There are also regular air conditioned bus services between Kolkata and Asansol.
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