Biharinath

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Biharinath
Biharinath Pahar.jpg
Biharinath from Nehru Park, Burnpur across the Damodar River
Elevation 451 m (1,480 ft)
Location
Location Saltora, Bankura district, West Bengal, India
Range Chota Nagpur Plateau

Biharinath (Bengali: বিহারীনাথ) is the tallest hill of Bankura District, in the Indian state of West Bengal., and one of the dense forest areas of the district. It is a part of the Eastern Ghats. It is 451 metres (1,480 ft) high.[1] It is situated about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-west of Bankura town and 14 kilometres (9 mi) north-east of Saltora town.

Archaeological importance[edit]

With the discovery of Paleolithic tools in the Biharinath area, the hill and the surrounding areas have come into focus of archaeologists.[2]

Tourism[edit]

Biharinath is known as the Araku Valley of West Bengal.[3] The base of hill is a popular tourist spot. A small tank measuring 0.50 ha provides facilities for angling. There is an old Jain temple of Biharinath nearby.[4]

Biharinath offers a pollution-free green surroundings where water is panacea. This place has hills, dense forests with abundant flora and fauna, spring, water bodies, Damodar River, and a renowned Shiva temple. Susunia hill, Joychandi Pahar, Garh Panchkot, Baranti, Panchet Dam, and Maithon Dam are all located at short distances.Government of West Bengal has already taken a 150 crore mega tourism project for Biharinath. And with this fund a Cable car operation is likely o be operational by 2016. Also a bridge over river Damodar has already been sanctioned and then Biharinath will be only a little distance from Burnpur/Asansol.

Economy[edit]

The area also has coal deposits. Biharinath block represents south central part of Raniganj Coalfield in Trans Damodar region. The entire area is covered with alluvial soil.[5] People here are mostly dependent on coal mines or visit Asansol/Durgapur area to find a job.After tourism is flourishing at Biharinath people here is getting tourism related job gradually.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biharinath". West Bengal. india9.com. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Status of Prehistoric studies in the twenty first century in India". C01-13 Progress of Prehistory in Bengal: a cultural overview. UISPP / IUPPS │ XV Congress. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Biharinath". Weekend Getaways from Kolkata. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Biharinath". District administration. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  5. ^ "Salient Features". Coal ministry. Retrieved 2008-03-19.