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West Bengal : Durgapur
Durgapur, the modern city of West Bengal, situated at a distance of 161 km from Kolkata, is famous for its steel plant. Durgapore steel plant has a total capacity of 1.6 million ton of steel production. Alloy steel plant, coke oven project, mining and allied Machineries Corporation, A.V.P engineering plant which is a joint venture of India and Britain are some of the initiatives that have been taken by Indian Government to make Durgapur as an industrial city. Durgapur is also supplying the gas to Kolkata by a dedicated pipe line.
Rareshwar Shiva temple in Arra (or Aarra) village, lies 20 km away from Durgapore, is famous for its architectural highlights. Apart from Rareshwar temple, temple lovers will also enjoy the aesthetics of Sri Sri Shyamarupa temple situated at a distance of 20 km from Durgapore. The pleasant natural environment of the temple is astonishing. Bird watchers will cherish the experience of watching birds in the area of the Durgapur barrage, about 6 km from Durgapur railway station. The Durgapur Township makes the city even more beautiful with its creativity and appropriate execution of planning.
Remember to visit the Kumar Mangalam Park in the planned city of Durgapur. It is a beautiful park with options of boating too.
One should also visit the NIT campus, which was previously Regional Engineering College.
How to reach: Durgapur is just 6 hours away from Kolkata by bus. There are no dearth of trains and buses to Durgapore from Kolkata. Buses which go to Durgapore from Kolkata mainly start from Esplanade bus terminus. If you avail an express train from Howrah or Sealdah railway station then it will take 3-4 hours to reach Durgapur.
Where to stay: It is not very difficult to come back to Kolkata from Durgapore on the same day after you finish the trip but in case if you decide to stay there for a night then Durgapur has bouquet of options ready for you. Peerless inn, the city residence, Hotel Maharaja International etc are always there to make your stay a pleasant one.