Panchet Dam, Dhanbad, Jharkhand – Places to Visit, How to reach, Things to do, Photos

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Panchet Dam is an ideal picnic spot in the state of Jharkhand. The place is known for its scenic beauty as it is surrounded by Panchet Hill also known as Panchakot Pahar. Here we bring you every detail about the Panchet Dam – Places to Visit, How to reach, Things to do, Timings and a lot more.

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Where is Panchet Dam located?

Panchet Dam is located in Panchet, a census town in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. Dhanbad is known as the ‘Coal Capital of India’ due to the presence of excessive coal reserve.

What is Panchet Dam famous for?

Panchet is the last i.e the fourth dam constructed during the first phase of Damodar Valley Corporation.

What was the impact of constructing the Panchet Dam?

During the construction of Panchet Dam, a small village called Telkupi, the capital of Tilakampa Kingdom submerged. The ruins of the forts and temples of the fallen kingdom are still standing high and is a breathtaking tourist attraction.

When was Panchet Dam inaugurated?

Panchet Dam was inaugurated on 6 December 1959. To inaugurate Panchet Dam, Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India was invited.

What is Damodar Valley Corporation?

Damodar Valley Corporation is a government organization that operates both in hydel and thermal power stations, under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

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List of the multi-purpose dams constructed in the first phase of the Damodar Valley Corporation

Which organization operates and manages Panchet Dam?

Panchet Dam is fully operated and managed by Damodar Valley Corporation.

What was the purpose behind constructing Panchet Dam?

Damodar valley stretches over an area of 25,235 sq km, covering the state of Jharkhand (then Bihar) and West Bengal. All the four multi-purpose dams constructed in the first phase of the Damodar Valley Corporation were build to control flood which occurred frequently during the year 1730, 1823, 1848, 1856, 1882, 1898, 1901, 1916, 1923, 1935 & 1943 due to the uncertain river Damodar. Later, the government of West Bengal created the “Damodar Flood Enquiry Committee” to control the occurrence of the flood. The committee then drafted the plan of constructing all the four multipurpose dams.

What is the height of the Panchet Dam?

The height of the Panchet Dam is 147.64 ft.

What is the length of the Panchet Dam?

The length of the Panchet Dam is 22,234 ft.

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On which river is Panchet Dam constructed?

Panchet Dam is constructed on river Damodar.

Weather at Panchet Dam

Panchet Dam has a tropical climate. Summers begin in the month of March and end in the month of June with the temperature ranging between 35 to 49-degree centigrade. The rainy season begins in the month of July and continues till the month of September. The winter season ranges between November to February with the temperature dropping as low as 10 to 15 degrees centigrades.

Best time to visit Panchet Dam

If you want to admire the dam at its best then the perfect time to visit is during the rainy season i.e in the month of August. However, the best time to visit is during the months of December to February which is the peak season for a picnic.

Does the Panchet Dam offer a boating facility?

Yes, Paddle, as well as rowboat rides, are available in Panchet Dam.

What is the ticket price at Panchet Dam?

The entry to Panchet Dam is free.

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What is the timing of the Panchet Dam?

Panchet Dam is open for 24 hours but it is advisable not to visit after dusk as the place becomes isolated.

Which is the nearest city from Panchet Dam?

Chirkunda is the nearest city from Panchet Dam. The distance between Chirkunda and Panchet Dam is 11.5 km via Puruliya – Chirkunda Rd. Chirkunda is a city in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand.

Which is the nearest railway station from the Panchet Dam?

Kumardubi (Station Code: KMME) is the nearest railway station from Panchet Dam. The distance from Kumardubi railway station to Panchet Dam is 11.2 km via Puruliya – Chirkunda Rd.

Which is the nearest airport from Panchet Dam?

The nearest airport from Panchet Dam is Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi. The distance of Panchet Dam from Birsa Munda Airport is 184.7 km via Ranchi – Purulia Rd.

How to reach Panchet Dam from Kolkata?

By rail

Take a train from Howrah Junction to Kumardubi. The journey takes 3 to 4 hours. After reaching Kumardubi, book a cab to Panchet Dam. The distance from Kumardubi railway station to Panchet Dam is

  • 11.2 km via Puruliya – Chirkunda Rd.

By road

The distance between Kolkata and Panchet Dam is

  • 245.6 km via AH1 and NH19.
  • 249.3 km via NH19.

By air

Take a flight from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata to Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi. It takes approx one to one and a half hours to reach Ranchi by air. After reaching take a cab from Ranchi to Panchet Dam.

The distance of Panchet Dam from Ranchi is

  • 190.6 km via NH320 -approx 5 hours and 15 min.
  • 182.3 km via Ranchi – Purulia Rd and Asansol – Purulia Rd – approx 5 hours.
  • 195.1 km via Asansol – Purulia Rd – approx 5 hours 30 min.
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What is the distance of Maithon Dam from Panchet Dam?

The distance between Maithon Dam from Panchet Dam is 28.0 km via GT Rd.

Is Panchet Dam safe for tourists?

Panchet Dam is absolutely safe place to visit for the tourist though following certain tips will surely ensure a safe visit.

Tips for visiting Panchet Dam

  • As the dam is located at a distance from the city, it becomes isolated after the dusk, therefore, avoid visiting the dam after sunset.
  • Avoid visiting the dam alone, always be in a group.
  • The safest time to visit is between 6 am to 4 pm.
  • It is much safer to visit the dam during the peak season, i.e December to February.
  • Carry water bottles, medicines, snacks, and other refreshments along.

Where to stay while visiting Panchet Dam?

Chirkunda is the most convenient city to stay while visiting Panchet Dam as it is just 11.5 km away. The city has many budget lodges and hotels.

Places to visit near Panchet Dam

  • Garpanchkot
  • Snake Park
  • Maithon Dam
  • Bhatinda Fall
  • Topchanchi Lake
  • Birsa Munda Park

Monalisa Bose Roy

A travel blogger cum financial expert with a vision to encourage tourism in Eastern India. Bose was born and brought up in the steel city of Jamshedpur, located in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Being born in the Eastern region, Bose has visited a lot of lesser-known places in the region. By her writing, she tries to spread awareness about those undiscovered gems of Eastern India.

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