Kharagpur, about 112 km west of Kolkata
, was a British military establishment before the independence of India. The name Kharagpur is derived from a 150-year-old Khargeswar temple. But today the place is generally associated with the world famous, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) located here. The IIT houses the largest technical library in Asia, and Nehru Museum of Science and Technology.
Kharagpur is booming industrial area with TATA, Hindustan Cables and Ware House Corporation. Another distinction of Kharagpur is the longest railway platform in the world (1,029 m). There is also a railway workshop here. In addition, there is an Air Force Station in Salua.
The prominent attractions are the magnificent Jagganath temple, the mighty observatory tower of IIT, St Mary's Cathedral and historic Hijli Jail.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (130 km) is the nearest airport. Kharagpur Junction Railway Station is a prominent railhead of West Bengal.
National Highway 6 passes through Kharagpur.