The water body of Maithan covers an area of about 66 sq km. An exotic natural beauty, adorned with small hills and patches of jungle, makes it a beautiful tourist spot. The area consists a number of small islands as well. It seems that Mother Nature was extra generous to this location. Panchet dam is built on the Damodar River, inaugurated in 1959. It is the fourth of the 4 multi - purpose dams that fall under the first phase of DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation).