Kharagpur is an industrial town situated in West Bengal. It has a few claims to fame – one of them being the respected Indian Institute of Technology is present here. Kharagpur is also home to the largest railway workshops in the country. The town has mythical roots with parts of the Mahabharat depicted as taken place here. The town gets its name from Khargeswar, the name of an ancient Shiv Temple in the area.
Places to Stay
There are a number of good budget hotels to stay in Kharagpur. Hotel Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Greenland (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Guin Bros Hotel and Lodge are some reliable places.
Bengali is the official language of Kharagpur. English is widely spoken too.
Kharagpur-er Boimela (book fair) and Phool Mela (flower fair) is organised every January.
Places of Interest
Kharagpur Lake, Rameshwar Kund and Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary are good options for nature lovers. There is also the Kali Mandir which is an important shrine visited during Durga Pooja, Dussehra and Diwali.
How to Get There
The Kolkata airport situated 138 kms away is the closest airport to Kharagpur.
One of the busiest intersection points in the East, Kharagpur is connected to major cities. Situated in the city centre, it is in fact considered the gateway to the South Eastern Railways since it connects major stations like Howrah and Bhubaneshwar to Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Some reliable bus services operating out of Kharagpur Bus Stand (about 3 kms away from city centre) are Maa Santhoshi Travels and Jay Ganesha Travels. Get bus ticket booking offers from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.