An enormous city, bustling with activity; swanky vehicles rushing on smooth roads; and trendy commercial buildings – Asansol is every bit the emerging metropolis. With its extensive industrial set-up, Asansol is among the largest urban spaces in West Bengal, second only to Kolkata
Despite being one of the fastest developing cities in India, the burst of modernization does not cloud the beautiful culture of Asansol. Its history dates back 2500 years, considered to be an important site in the advent of Jainism. The cosmopolitan urban culture tinged with the essential Bengali quirk, the cultured yet youthful spirit of this city instantly strikes a chord with travelers.The thriving urban culture of Asansol presents you with a city full of amusing contrasts. Get a glimpse of the many facets of the city, as you walk through its upscale neighborhoods as well as its tiny back alleys. But despite the stark differences, the city unites as a whole in its celebratory spirit. The festival of Charak Pooja, celebrated at midnight on the auspicious Chitra Sankranti, marks the end of a year. Watch the city as it erupts with joyous celebrations on this occasion of thanksgiving.Largely unknown, there are quite a few tourist attractions in Asansol. You can spend a day picnicking at the scenic Maithan Dam, or stroll along the pleasant landscapes of the Nehru Park. The Kalyaneshwari Temple, Chandi Temple, and Chandrachur Temple are popular religious shrines.The city markets, spread across areas like Raha Lane, Hutton Road, Raniganj, and so on, are a treat to those fond of shopping. Everything from high-end branded electronics to funky accessories can be found here. While you are here, treat your taste-buds with some delectable Bengali sweets like Langcha, Mishti Doi, and Cham cham.With the various transport facilities available, getting around in Asansol is fairly easy. Auto-rickshaws are the best means of traveling within the city. You can hire an auto-rickshaw of the streets, but make sure to negotiate the fare in advance as there are no fixed rates. Cycle rickshaws are available for traveling to nearby places, and are very cheap. Tourists can rent private vehicles from the various car rentals in the city to avoid confusion and inconvenience.Be careful while crossing the streets or using the footpaths, as traffic rules tend to be largely ignored.Most public places such as roads, bus stops, and markets are generally over crowded. Avoid these if large crowds make you uncomfortable
Asansol is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Ranchi at a distance of 173kms.
Airports: Birsa Munda Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Asansol from other major cities of the country..