Recently we had a two day visit to our works situated near Asansol. We took the opportunity to have our monthly review and enjoy the beauty of monsoon with the transporters of the works at the picturesque Garh Panchkot hills near Panchet Dam. Garh Panchakot is nearly 23kms from Asansol town and there West engal Forest Department has constructed Guest House, Medicinal Garden, a health SPA & Massage Parlour with Ayurvedic oil. Situated in the hills and amidst deep forest you are sure to have a feeling of the Jungle with noise of animals, birds and insects and absoultely no human or human created noise.
This place has three bunglows with 3 types of guest houses , the VIP enclave has three suites with Airconditioning facility.
A perfect place for relaxing. Best time to enjoy Monsoon and Winter. As this is a govt run place many of the things promised may not be in perfect condition. But the facilities are good.
For reservation one need to contact : W.B.Forest Development Corpn, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, Kolkata- 700007.
This park is in far end of Burnpur which is the sister town of Asansol.It's a nice and big park with water boat riding, a restaurant,musical fountain,walk through the bank of Damodar river etc.To get there take a return taxi,fix the price and return time before going.Normally they wait outside the park for you.Price varies from Rs. 200 to 300 from Asansol.Ypu can also take a Bus going to Riverside.It drops just outside the Gate.
It's in the central part of Asansol.it's small but happening as this is the only park in central Asansol.It has all sort of food collections and good environment.
Once in Asansol you will come by Houghton road every now and then!! The GT road which connects nearly all major cities of India passes through Asansol.There are lot shops and shopping centers across this road. "Houghton road More" is the hub of this.You can simply walk, buy and eat till you drop in :)
Sudhamrit, of the oldest and posh restaurants of Asansol is known best for it snug ambience, mouth-watering cuisine and prime location. Situated near the G.T Road amidst Asansol's biggest market, it's just a 10 minutes walk from the Asansol station. Be it friends or family, it's a splendid place to just chill out...eat, relax, chat and have fun! Throw a surprise party on your wives birthday, take out your parents on their anniversary, or simply sip on a fresh lime soda with the soothing music rippling through your heart.
Hey, am I missing out anything!!!...wait a minute, there's a lot more in store...from Chinese to continental...Amritsar to L.A, you can choose from a huge range of goodies that you would love to treat yourself and your near and dear ones with...and yes don't miss to introduce your taste buds with the SUDHAMRIT SPECIAL AMERICAN CHOPSUEY and the yummy TOOTIE-FRUTIE...The wonderful interiors, the lip smacking food, and the quick service will - the key features of Sudhamrit will not give you a chance to complain....so go ahead, and take the plunge....it's worth it!
Favorite Dish: SUDHAMRIT SPECIAL AMERICAN CHOPSUEY
Crispy noodles cooked in chopsuey form in the American style with salad oil, creamy sauces with chicken, mutton, egg and pork, garnished with onions dipped in vinegar.
This out of the world preparation is enough to drive you crazy and get you back to this place again ana again. The same preparation is also available in Chinese style and vegetarian form, also with extra/without chicken, mutton, pork or egg.
Fresh berries, grapes, pears, apple and a lot more stuffed in vanilla and strawberry ice-cream, after the main course would be a perfect ending to your day out.
This is Goddess Durga .Sometime in Oct/Nov the festival starts spanning 5 days.In East India this festival attracts the most.People visit all the pandals( an artificial and temporary temple ) throughout 24 hours and we meet all our friends and relatives during this festival.
Dress Code: bengali dress/comfortable dress but must be new one ;)
Hawker's Market ....be cautious and negotiate
It's the market where you can find nearly everything from day to day things to fashion items, gadgets !!!
Be sure t bergain before u fix the price and cautious with ur belongings.
All the best !!!
Unique Suggestions: Be sure t bergain before u fix the price and cautious with ur belongings.
Fun Alternatives: Roam around Asansol Market !!!
Getting around Asansol:
Asansol is a small town but has got all the reasons to visit once.It's well connected to some of the major locations by road/rail.
here are few locations:
Maithon: A dam on river Damodar.Once this river was called the "Sorrow of Bengal".DVC has converted this "sorrow" into Hope.The dam deserved to be seen once you are in Asansol.Hire a taxi / jeep , negotiate and visit the place.There is hotel/restaurant nearby to this.
Kaylaneswari Temple and Ghagar Buri Temple: If old Hindu temple enchants you then this is a must visit place.Kaylaneswari is nearer to Maithon , so you can visit in a single trip.The other temple is just before enterring Asansol.
Arts Centre and movie theatres:
Asansol has a nice history of bengali Arts and culture.The centre of cultural programs is Rabindra Bhaban near BNR .It's visible from the "BNR More".There are cultural programs and movies on regular besis.The latest shows are updated and advertised in fronty of the theatre.
Chitra and Manoj movie theatres are the most popular in Asansol.These are single screen movie theatres.But latest hindi and bengali movies are screened.Other than these are 3-4 movie theatres.
Similar to Rabindra Bhaban , there is Bharati Bhaban in Burnpur just few kilometeres away.
Fondest memory: Watching movies and shows in theatres