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Biharinath Pahar.jpg
Biharinath from Nehru Park, Burnpur across the Damodar River
Highest point
Elevation 451 m (1,480 ft)
Location Saltora, Bankura district, West Bengal, India
Parent 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]


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 Shiva 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 to 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 or Asansol.


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.


  1. ^ "Biharinath". West Bengal. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Status of Prehistoric studies in the twenty first century in India" (PDF). 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. Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  5. ^ "Salient Features". Coal ministry. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Biharinath Hill at Wikimedia Commons