Hill Stations Near Asansol
Asansol lies at a vantage point and is the home to industrial belts along with numerous nature parks, and hills. Moreover, the location of the city and the rate of urbanization has also made it a famous destination for a vacation. The city also stands as a doorway to many hill stations situated in West Bengal as well as Jharkhand.
So if you are looking for a short trip to the hill stations near Asansol, we have a curated list just for you!
A destination popular among tourists, Susunia Hills is located in the district of Bankura, West Bengal. It is also known as the second highest peak of Bankura. Famous for the Sila Lippi and the natural spring “Dhara”, Susunia Hills are also considered holy by the natives.
One popular story about the Susunia Hills worth mentioning would be the “Narasingha Stone”. It can be seen standing at the mouth of the “Dhara” or the natural spring. Locals believe that the stone originally belonged to king Chandravarman.
The Government of West Bengal offers bungalows and resorts to stay which can be booked online, or over a phone call. There are also few camping spots near the Sususnia Hills. The ideal time to visit would be October to March. Rented cabs, taxis, and buses are available to reach the hills.
A lonely and mystic hill, named Joychandi Pahar is situated in the heart of Purulia, West Bengal. Located roughly 48 km away from Asansol, this hill station holds a promising view for seasoned hikers. By climbing 500 steps, you will be able to catch a panoramic view of the surroundings filled with greenery along with a temple. Although the temple in itself is not extravagant, the simplistic setup only adds to the beauty and serenity of the overall experience.
Interestingly, Joychandi Pahar is not a single hill, but a collection of three to four hills. Oscar winning director Satyajit Ray shot and framed his famous movie “Hirak Rajar Deshe” in these hillocks. There are a number of resorts and hotels where you can enjoy a comfortable stay. The ideal time to visit the place would be from the winter season. Purulia is well connected to Asansol via roads and you can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Joychandi.
A beautiful hill station near Asansol, Biharinath Hills is surrounded by the river Damodar on one side and Purulia on the other side. It is only been recently favoured by tourists and couples for its small mud houses in the village nearby, the rich flora of the hills, and the beautiful decorations or “Alpona” done by the women of the household as a means to decorate their houses.
There is also the temple of Lord Shiva, known as “Biharinath Dham” located near the hills. If you choose to stay overnight, a couple of places like resorts and homestays are there near the hills. The hill station is located 16 km away from the railway station of Madhukunda- a train station located on the Asansol-Adra route. You can also drive from Asansol since the roads to Biharinath are full of scenic beauty. The months between the end of September and the first week of June would be the ideal time to visit this destination. Biharinath is also known as the Araku Valley for West Bengal. Since it is yet to become fully commercialized for the sake of tourism, you can enjoy bird watching or simply immerse yourself in the peace and calm amidst the rich flora and fauna.
A quaint little tribal village located in Purulia, Baranti derives its name from a lake that is named Lake Baranti. The village is also surrounded by Panchkot hill on one side while the other side is guarded by the Biharinath Hills. It is an ideal place for hiking and trekking owing to the natural trails in the vicinity. Baranti also is a treat for those who simply enjoy the beauty of nature and beautiful sunsets. Filled with teak, mahua, and palash, it is one of the best places for a weekend getaway from Asansol. Bird watchers too will not be disappointed since Baranti is frequented by many species of migratory birds, especially during the winter season.
The village of Baranti has a few resorts that are well equipped for hosting tourists. It takes only around 1 hour and 30 min to reach Baranti by road from Asansol since the distance to be covered is only 36 km. You can also take a train from Asansol to Muradi, the closest railway station to Baranti, and then hire a cab.
The best time to visit Baranti would be October to April. The spring season promises blooming red palash flowers which makes an enchanting scene to witness.
Karo Hills and Amarkanan
A lesser-known place near Asansol, Amarkanan is a village that is becoming a favourite spot for those who love picnics and the scenic beauty of rural Bengal. There is also the Gangdua Dam located 4 km away from the village built on the Shali River.
The Karo Hills near Amarkanan is enveloped by dense forests and is favoured by those who love trekking and hiking.Adventure seekers can also choose to camp on the hills or in the village. Amarkanan has a handful of lodges to stay and it can be reached by bus or taxi.
The favourable time to visit this spot would be from October to the middle of June.
Muruguma is a little tribal village located in the north of Begunkodar and is 55 km from Purulia. A dam has been built on the Kangsabati River, known as the Muruguma Dam. It is a famous picnic spot and you can also enjoy the beautiful Ajodhya Hills from this place. There are very limited places to stay in Muruguma. But you can rent a tent to camp in the forest if you are feeling adventurous. You can take a taxi from Asansol and reach Muruguma.
The month from September to May is ideal to visit this location.