Durgapur Barrage is on Damodar river and is place to visit with family friends and kids.
On one side there is huge volume of water reservoir and on the other side, its a vast expanse of sand with a streams of water coming out of the reservoir.
Its thrilling to see when the barrage gates are open to release water.
During early spring, its a serves as a picnic spot.
Please note that Photography is not allowed of the Barrage
Ram Mandir or Lord Ram's Temple - A well maintained temple, owned by the Goenka business family and in the Graphite India's premise in Durgapur.
It has a statue of Lord Ram, Laxman, Sita and Hanumaan. The hanumaan statue is small, places in front of other three, worshipping them.
The temple is made of marble and the statues are beautifully decorated.
The temple is surrounded by a garden beautifully maintained with flower plants and trees.
The evenings are the best time to go, around 7pm when the "aarti"/prayer takes place.
The pundits are brought from Varanasi for prayer and they stay there for few months and new pundits come to replace them.
Outside the temple, you can enjoy Puchka, Rolls, Jhalmudhi. The Puchka of Ram Mandir is quite popular and shoud give it try by asking the owner to make it hot.
For the singles, its a place to hang around and see if you can find your mr or ms right :)
A lush green park to be enjoyed during evenings with friends, families or kids.
During Summer, late evenings are the best time when the temperature is low.
The park has a musical fountain which runs in eveing hours around 7pm.
Just in front of the park gate, you can enjoy Puchkas, Egg rolls, Jhal mudhi etc.
Its advisable to carry your own drinking water when you go.
Only of its kind of Park in Durgapur but not in great shape.
Those who visit, please help to keep it neat and clean. Thanks.
There are two Movie Theatres in Durgapur, "Durgapur Cinema" and "Anuradha".
"Durgapur Cinema" or DC as it it popularly known as is a decent theatre and is located at the heart of Durgapur, it is easily accessible by ST buses, private buses.
The main Movie hall shows the latest movies, mostly Hindi.
At the basment, it has a small Movie Hall known as "Jhumur" which mostly shows Adult Movies or English Movies or Children Movies.
Tickets are relatively cheap and ranges from Rs15 - Rs40 as per the sitting arrangement.
The bigger hall has Air-Condition enclosure but the whole theatre is not Air-Conditioned but its Fan cooled.
The Smalled hall is Fan cooled.
"Anuradha" hall is located in Benachity market. I have been there once only so dont know the details about it. I am not sure if it has now Air-Conditioned.
Shivtala - Its a very old Shiv temple and is a protected site by Archealogical Survey of India. Its a very old temple (dont remeber when it was built).
You can visit this place by Bus / Auto. The ST buses are available from Muchipara towards Shivtala. If you have to come from station, change at Muchipara for the Bus.
You can also get AutoRicks from Muchipara or DGR Railway station.
The temple is surrouned by trees and jungle. Though recently the jungle has been reduced to bushes !. There is a pond very near to the temple, roughly 75 metres from the Temple.
The bushes/Jungles also have old buildings which were erected during British days and they are in ruins, inhabited by Bats.
When I was a kid, I used to visit shivtala jungle/ bushes during january to get the jungle berry's which were easily available. There is a very big "well" in the jungle I was scared of :).