Nalhati is a small town located in the Rampurhat subdivision of Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal, near the border of Jharkhand. The town is named after the Shakti peeth Nalhateshwari temple, which is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. According to mythology, the temple is situated where the nala (throat) of goddess Shakti had fallen. Nalhati Municipality was established in 2000.

Geographically, Nalhati is located at an average elevation of 48 metres (160 feet) and is on the Chhotonagpur plateau. The soil of this part of Birbhum resembles that of Bankura and Purulia as Lalmatir Desh (land of red soil). 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 northern portion of Rampurhat subdivision 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.

Nalhati Junction railway station is on the Khana-Barharwa section of Sahibganj loop. Nalhati-Azimganj branch line originates from Nalhati. SH 7, running from Rajgram to Midnapore, and NH 14, running from Morgram to Kharagpur, pass through Nalhati. The section of the highway passing through the area was earlier part of Panagarh-Morgram Highway.

In terms of post offices, 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. The PIN code of Nalhati T.S Post Office is 731243.

Nalhati may be a small town, but its rich history and famous temple make it a must-visit for anyone in the area. Don’t miss your chance to explore this hidden gem and all the beauty it has to offer!

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