Kharagpur is a present-day industrial city in West Bengal. The place got its name because of the Kharag Malla, the twelfth ruler from the Malla clan. Before his rule, Kharagpur was a part of the kingdom of Hilji and was ruled by the Gajapati dynasty. Coming back to present, it is progressing as an industrial township in West Bengal.
Covering a gross area of 321 sq. km., Kharagpur is elevated 200 feet above the sea level. The land of Kharagpur is fed by the waters of the River Khejuri. It has a tropical wet & dry climate. During the months of summer, the weather becomes unbearable as the median mercury level soar upto 41°C. On the other hand, the winters are pleasant as the temperature level falls down at 15°C on an average. Kharagpur encounters heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The annual rainfall received by Kharagpur is 5000 mm.
Kharagpur is a home to many amenities that play a key role in making the identity of Kharagpur. IIT Kharagpur, Godrej, TATA, BRG group of industries, Ramco Cements and some small scale rice mills have been set-up in Kharagpur.