Panchet Dam and reservoir is situated about 240 km from Kolkata on the river Damodar. Its a beautiful place. The riverside is fantastic. Right on the backdrop of the reservoir is the Panchet Hill also known as Garpanchkot Hill.
Best time to visit Panchet is either in the beginning of winter when the weather is mild or at the end of rainy season when the reservoir is full of water and the gates of the dam are opened to release water. The reservoir is also a popular picnic spot and is full of tourist from all over West Bengal and Jharkhand on days like 25th December and 1st January.
This is a good travel location if you plan for a week end trip. Another Nice spot near it is Maithon Dam and reservoir and Kalyaneswari Temple. You can tour both the places if you plan your trip for 4-5 days.
Getting to Panchet Dam is easy. If you go by road take NH2 from Kolkata. Near Assansol take the left road through Assansol Municipal Corporation. Go straight to Niamatpur and take the “New road” from there. Following the new road to will pass Kulti and then Barakar. After Chirkunda More take the Panchet Road. You will be right on the Panchet Dam.
If you go by train take the Black Diamond and get down at Barakar Station. Take a auto Rickshaw which will cost you around 150 Rs.
If you want to go to Garpanchkot Hill follow the road and you will be at the foothill. Also you can take the route through Dishergarh from Assansole and reach the hill. There is a guest house where you can stay. If you love adventure and nature you can go for mountain climbing to the top of the mountain.
Darjeeling More on NH2.
Crossing the Barakar River on the way to Panchet Dam
Garpanchkot or Panchet Hill from the dam.
The reservoir as seen from above.
The dam from the approach way to the DVC Hydel Power station.