Asansol , West Bengal
Bengali, English, Hindi
Asansol in West Bengal is the second largest city in the state after its capital Kolkatta. It has hot and dry summers and cold chilly winters so travelers are advised to stay prepared for the extremes. The Kalyaneshwari temple dedicated to the Lady of Fulfilment, near Maithon, about 20 km from Asansol has been a place of pilgrimage, particularly famous among barren women, for centuries. For anyone interested in nature and wildlife you are in for a surprise as Asansol has places like the Satabdi Park, Gunjan Ecological Park, Joychandi Pahar with local flora and fauna. However, most of these places lack maintenance and hygiene often tends to be an issue. In terms of shopping, Asansol has the Galaxy mall that is fully functional with air conditioning but lacks indigenousness that the local street shops will deliver you with.
The city of Asansol is also known as the coal hub of the country. It is an industrial capital and one of the busiest commercial centers in India. Asansol is ranked as the 10th fastest-growing city in the country and one of the largest cities in the state of West Bengal, India. The city has a number of sightseeing options for different age groups such as parks, religious places, historical monuments, dams, wildlife sanctuary, etc. Folklore says that the last Tirthankar of Jains Mahavira Vardaman used to live here, and thus the district came to be known as Bardhaman. Apart from being a sightseeing destination, the place is pollution free and serene environment attracts few tourists.
Asansol is not everyone's dream vacation but if you are someone with a keen interest in photography or a simply a nature enthusiast then the city's thriving wilderness is sure to delight you.