It's almost summer now, and if want to unwind yourself from the hectic schedule, a quick visit to the Maithon Dam may provide you with the perfect refreshing break you might have been looking for.
Maithon Dam - Exquisite Beauty
Maithon, derived its name from “Mai Ka Sthan”, meaning the place for the Hindu Goddess Ma Kalyaneshwari. It is located on the banks of river Barakar. The Maithon Dam is located about 48 kms from the Steel City of Dhanbad. The dam with an underground power station is one of its kinds in the whole of South East Asia. The lake on which it is built is spread over 65 square kilometers. This was developed by the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC Ltd) way back in the year 1948. The dam is about 15712 ft long and about 165 ft long. The underground power station has a capacity to generate around 60,000 KW of electric power.
Reaching & staying at Maithon
You could reach Maithon both by trains as well by road. It is located about 48 kms from Dhanbad. So in case you stay at Dhanbad you could easily plan for a full day trip to this beautiful tourist spot. At Maithon the only decent accommodation available is at the tourist bungalow owned by the Government of West Bengal. It offers good facilities. But the numbers of rooms are limited, which is why if you are to book rooms then you must do so in advance.
Things to do at Maithon
The Maithon dam itself is located on a picturesque landscape amidst a beautiful lake and beautiful green forests. You could avail boating with friends and family on the lake. Apart from that you could even enjoy a walk in the beautiful green forests around the lake. Watching the sun rise and sunset in the beautiful setting is another thing, which you must not miss when you are in Maithon. If you are spiritual minded then you must also visit the ancient temple of Mother Goddess Kalyaneshwari.
In conclusion we can say that this could be just the ideal location for a quick visit if you are based in or around Kolkata. A visit to Maithon Dam could just provide you with the perfect break to refresh you this summer.