Asansol Tourism

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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Asansol Traveller Reviews

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Surajit Das

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  • Surajit Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
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"Overall a nice trip with well-done facilities around"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Asansol city is not a tourist place. But it is important town in West Bengal like Durgapur. There many place to see like ghaghar budhi, Shatabdi park Kali Mandir and Nehru park. Good place to visit for official purpose. All types of necessary facilities we require are available. The Hotel is also located in the heart of the city. The public transport is through auto rickshaw only as there is not good. There was a shopping mall with a multiplex.
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Mukesh Kumar

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  • Mukesh Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"It is a small city with lots of sightseeing places"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2014
Asansol is a developing city in West Bengal. There many place to see like Ghaghar Budhi, Shatabdi Park Kali Mandir and Nehru Park. It is a small city. There is a famous sweet shop named Chachi Sweets in Badi bazaar and in Choti Bazar and Sen Mahasen is the nearest railway station. Asansol is famous for coal mine and Indian iron and steel company.
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Sujata Bhujbal

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  • Sujata Bhujbal
  • Lives in Pune
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"Experience of the bengali culture"

  • 3.0 / 7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2014
Asansol city is not a tourist place; but, it is an important town in West Bengal just like Durgapur and Howrah. Its a developed city. The public transport is through auto rickshaw only as there are no good roads available for the buses to ply. In the city you will find cycle rickshaw also. We had food in the Orissa mess with fish and rice. The food was good. Also enjoyed the Bengali sweets like Roshgulla, Sandesh etc. We did go for Kolkata cotton saree shopping in the ghanty lane in Asansol
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Biswajit Karmakar

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  • Biswajit Karmakar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
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  • Posted Nov 2, 2012
The city Asansol is very well known to me.

All types of necessary facilities we require are available. The Hotel is also located in the heart of the city. All types to transportation are available.

Markets and shopping centers are very close and it is nice to see it in nite.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food arrangements very well maintained and specially complementary break-fast is very nicely arranged. Room service was nice.

We enjoyed our trip to with whole day marketing. We took food in restaurants which were very nice.

Shopping centers and malls are good enough to enjoy the whole day. We did lots of shopping with my wife.

Activities & things to do: Can be enjoyed the whole day wandering the Malls, shopping centers, near by parks (The Lameyar Park and Shatabdi Park), seeing movies.

Near by Maithan Dam (15 KM away) and Temples can be seen and enjoyed.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The Asansol City is nice enough that any can enjoy and will have a good experience to stay here.

However should have to be aware the bus routs and time-tables and you could not enjoy the evening till late nite.

It is well conneted with bus routs with NH-2 and RAIL routs with Easter Railways (Howrah-Delhi Routs).
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Ritwick Sanyal

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"Industrial town and not a tourist place"

  • Posted Apr 28, 2011
This is an industrial town and not a tourist place. So visit only if you have work here

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nothing

Activities & things to do: Nothing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Travel from Kolkata via shatabdi in the morning. it will take 2.4 hrs. Else take Volvo buses from Kolkata
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