Nalhati is a town and a municipality in Rampurhat subdivision of Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal near the West Bengal / Jharkhand border. This town is named after the Shakti peeth Nalhateshwari temple, which according to the mythologies is the situated where the "nala" i.e. throat of goddess Shakti had fallen. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. Nalhati Municipality was established in 2000.[2]

Nalhati is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Nalhati is located in India
Nalhati (India)
Coordinates: 24°17′38″N 87°50′20″E / 24.294°N 87.839°E / 24.294; 87.839Coordinates: 24°17′38″N 87°50′20″E / 24.294°N 87.839°E / 24.294; 87.839
Country India
StateWest Bengal
Named forNalateshwari Mata
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyNalhati Municipality
 • Total7.85 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
48 m (157 ft)
 • Total41,534
 • Density5,300/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
731220 (Nalhati)
Telephone/STD code03465
ISO 3166 codeIN-WB
Lok Sabha constituencyBirbhum
Vidhan Sabha constituencyNalhati


Cities and towns in Rampurhat subdivision of Birbhum district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre.
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly


Nalhati is located at 24°18′N 87°49′E / 24.3°N 87.82°E / 24.3; 87.82.[3] It has an average elevation of 48 metres (160 feet). It is on the Chhotonagpur plateau. A small portion of hill with very low altitude can be visible within the town. On the hill the Nalateswari temple and community hall are two tourist interests. The soil of this part of Birbhum resembles that of Bankura and Purulia as "Lalmatir Desh" (land of red soil).

A Skyline view of Nalhati in the evening.

Police stationEdit

Nalhati police station has jurisdiction over Nalhati I and Nalhati II CD blocks.[4][5]

CD block HQEdit

The headquarters of Nalhati I CD block are located at Nalhati.[6]


The northern portion of Rampurhat subdivision (shown in the map alongside) is part of the Nalhati Plains, a sub-micro physiographic region, and the southern portion is part of the Brahmani-Mayurakshi Basin, another sub-micro physiographic region occupying the area between the Brahmani in the north and the Mayurakshi in the south. There is an occasional intrusion of Rajmahal Hills, from adjoining Santhal Parganas, towards the north-western part of the subdivision. On the western side is Santhal Parganas and the border between West Bengal and Jharkhand can be seen in the map. Murshidabad district is on the eastern side. A small portion of the Padma River and the border with Bangladesh (thick line) can be seen in the north-eastern corner of the map.[7] 96.62% of the population of Rampurhat subdivision live the rural areas and 3.38% of the population live in the urban areas.[8]

Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the area. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.


Nalhati Junction railway station is on the Khana-Barharwa section of Sahibganj loop.[9] Nalhati-Azimganj branch line originates from Nalhati.[10]

SH 7, running from Rajgram to Midnapore, and NH 14, running from Morgram to Kharagpur, pass through Nalhati.[11] The section of the highway passing through the area was earlier part of Panagarh-Morgram Highway.

Post OfficeEdit

Nalhati has a delivery sub post office(MAIN), with PIN 731220, under Rampurhat head office. Branch offices with the same PIN are situated at Barla, Debagram, Diha, Gosainpur, Kaitha, Kalitha, Kogram, Modhura, Mustofadanga, Paikpara and Tejhati.[12] The PIN code of Nalhati T.S Post Office is 731243.


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  2. ^ "Category, Year of Establishment, Area, SC, ST and total population in ULBs in West Bengal" (PDF). Department of Municipal affairs, Government of West Bengal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 December 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Nalhati". Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  4. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2008, Birbhum" (PDF). Table 2.1. Bureau of Applied Economics and Statistics, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Birbhum Police". Police Stations. West Bengal Police. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook: Birbhum, Series 20, Part XII B" (PDF). Map of Birbhum with CD Block HQs and Police Stations (on the fourth page). Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal, 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ "District Census Handbook Birbhum, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Page 15: Physiography. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  8. ^ "2011 Census - Primary Census Abstract Data Tables". West Bengal – District-wise. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "53063 Bardhaman-Barharwa Passenger". Time Table. Indiarailinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ "73033 Azimganj Nalhati DEMU". Timetable. Indiarailinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  11. ^ Google maps
  12. ^ "Birbhum Postal Zip Code Finder by Post Office". Retrieved 1 February 2018.

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