The Perfect Weekend Getaway
A metropolitan city and a municipal corporation in West Bengal, Durgapur happens to be the second planned city in India and also the only city to have operational dry dock in Eastern India. NH 19 passes through the city and SH 9 originates from the city. It is the most chosen gateway while travelling to other districts like Bolpur, Bankura, Birbhum and many more. It is an industrially advance city compared to the others in Eastern India. A small population living here makes it a silent city. Often known as the Steel city of West Bengal because of the two key steel pants along with many more emerging as well as established industries. It is a popular weekend getaway for the city dwellers, holds great historcal value, has fun filled parks for the kids and the ones who are still kids at heart, along with a lot of ancient temples for the religious ones. Also, for the architect within you, it is a great place to witness ancient architecture in the hundreds of years old temples, as well as have a look at the transition that modernisation has brought about while visiting what makes Durgapur an important location in India, the Durgapur Steel Plants.
The Ruhr of India, Durgapur was a dream of the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy following the wishes of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on making the country industrially advanced. The city was planned by two American arhitects Joseph Allen Stein and Benjamin Polk. Durgapur was earlier known as Gopinathpur after the landlord Gopinath Chattopadhyay who found the place when it was just a small hamlet and later named as Durgapur after one of his son's Durgadas. It is believed that the great Grand Trunk Road built by Sher Shah passes through the city, the small ancient structures and monuments are believed to have possibly been built so as to use them as watchtowers.
Many hotels are available at the city centre as well as on adjacent areas. Room fares range across 698 INR at Sher e Bengal with average rooms, 2292 INR at Bannerjee Inn with moderate rooms and may rise up to 5292 INR for a night at Hotel Kohinoor with luxury rooms and suites.
Top things do in Durgapur
How to reach
Durgapur can be easily reached by all modes of transport. It has an airport of it's own and two more airports nearby, at a distance of approximately 150 to 200 kilometres. It is well connected by road, train networks as well as by bus, with trains and buses prying almost everyday to Durgapur from major cities like Kolkata, Ranchi, Bardhaman, Asansol, and many more.
How to Reach by Flight
The Durgapur Airport or the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport is the third busiest airport in West Bengal accomodating flights to major Indian states like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. The domestic airport is roughly 15 kilometres from the city centre. There are two more airports near Durgapur, the International Airport at Kolkata at a distance of 147 kilometres and the domestic airport at Ranchi at a distance of 204 kilometres from the city centre.
How to Reach by Train
Durgapur is well connected to almost all the railway networks with all the trains except the Rajdhani Express from Howrah to Delhi and the Duronto Express, make a stop. Hence, making Durgapur Railway Station one of the most important railway station of Eastern Railways.
How to Reach by Bus
Government as well as private buses pry daily to Durgapur from some major cities of Kolkata, Ranchi. Bardhaman, Asansol, Barakar, Bhubaneshwar and many more. Durgapur has three to four bus terminals from where buses are available everyday to all the nearby cities.
How to Reach by Road
Durgapur can also be reached by road via private cars or rentals. It is a 5 hour and 45 minutes from Ranchi, A 2 hour drive from Kolkata, an hour and 10 minutes from Bardhaman and only a 56 minutes drive from the city of Asansol. Thus reaching Durgapur via road is easy and cheap, although some of the roads may have toll.
How to travel within
Durgapur has all modes of transport to travel within the city, starting from buses, mini-buses, auto-rickshaws, rickshaws, taxis and cabs. But, it is always suggested to wander on foot as it gives an unique experience that one can never have while travelling via transportation.
The cuisine of the people at Durgapur is mainly Bengali. Specialties include Rice, different types of Dal, various types of Fish Curries, different Posto dishes i.e. various types of platters including Aloo Posto, Posto'r Bora, and many more. Apart from this, many restaurant are available that offer a variety of cuisines starting from Asian, Chinese, Thai to Italian.
Durgapur is loaded with different kinds of entertainments for the perfect fun filled weekend getaway. From shopping at the centre of city from different kinds of shops starting with clothes, mementos, handicrafts, and a lot more, to spending a relaxing and peaceful day at the Kumar Mangalam Park or the Deul Park and enjoying boat rides and toy train rides with family and friends. Durgapur does not offer a lot, but more than enough for one to have the perfect weekend getaway.
Give a visit to the famous Bhabani Pathak's Tilla and the Durgapur Barrage on the first day. You can also cover the Ram Mandir on the same day itself. You will also have a good look at the Durgapur Steel Plants while you are on the way to those destinations, making it quite a busy day for your cameras.
Spend a lazy day at the Deul Park and visiting the Ichai Ghosh's Temple, both of which are nearly on the same grounds.
Spend your last day having fun Toy Train and boat rides around the Kumar Mangalam Park and shopping souvenirs for your loved ones back at home from the amazing shops at City Centre.