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Durgapur (West Bengal)


About Durgapur

Durgapur is a major industrial city located in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is categorized as a tier -II city and is a Municipal Corporation under the Paschim Bardhaman District.

The City of Durgapur is the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in West Bengal after Kolkata, Asansol and Siliguri.

Durgapur City is nicknamed as the Ruhr of Bengal. It is also known as the Steel city of West Bengal because of presence of one of India’s major steel plant, the “Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP)”.

Durgapur Basic Facts

Named afterDurgadas Chattopadhyay
EstablishedLate 1950s
Founded byBidhan Chandra Roy (former chief minister of West Bengal)
Area154 km2
Official LanguagesBengali, English
Telephone Code0343
Vehicle RegistrationWB – 39, WB – 40
Source: Wikipedia

What is Durgapur famous for?

Durgapur is famous for its industries. Some of India’s top steel plants like ‘Durgapur Steel Plant‘ and ‘Alloy Steel Plant‘ are located here.

The prestigious ‘National Institute of Technology, Durgapur‘ is also present here. The city also has one of India’s top research centers, the Central Mechanical Engineering and Research Institute (CMERI).

You can know more about what Durgapur is famous for in this article: 5 things Durgapur is known for all across India

How far is Durgapur from Kolkata?

Durgapur is located at a distance of about 171 kilometers from Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. 

A lot of buses and trains run between Durgapur and Kolkata. It takes about 3 hours to reach Kolkata from Durgapur.

Best time to visit Durgapur

The best time to visit Durgapur is any time throughout the year, but I would recommend you to avoid visiting in summer.

This is because the scorching heat and the loo (hot wind) outside will make it hard to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. The summer temperatures are extremely high, and can reach around 45°C. However, winter here is beautiful and serene. There is a chill in the air, the warm sun rays cover the environment, trees sway in the rhythm of the wind, and the blue sky is adorned with fluffy white clouds.

If you want to experience the festive spirit of the city, then you should plan your trip during June and July, when the Rath Yatra takes place. This is a grand chariot festival that attracts many devotees and tourists. Another festive season is October and November, when Durga Puja, Diwali, and Kali Puja are celebrated. These are major Hindu festivals that fill the city with joy and light. Kalpataru Mela is another big event that happens in January. This is a huge fair where you can find and buy all kinds of goods at affordable prices.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Durgapur when it glows with colors and lights.