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North 24 Parganas

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The district comprises of the densely populated urban fringe of the metropolitan city of Kolkata, with the already built-up city of Salt Lake and the New City at Rajarhat on one side and the remote riverine villages in the Sundarbans on the other. Being near Kolkata, it is well connected by surface and local trains with Kolkata.

North 24 Parganas district is in southern West Bengal. It is bordered to Nadia by north, to Bangladesh (Khulna Division) by north and east, to South 24 Parganas and Kolkata by south and to Kolkata, Howrah and Hoogly by west. Barasat is the district headquarters of North 24 Parganas.

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North 24 Parganas

At a Glance

  • District Head Hq
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    ‎Barasat

  • Total Area
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    4,094 Sq Kms

  • Population
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    1,00,82,852 (Ref: Census 2011)

  • Best time to visit
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    October, November, December and February and March

  • Average Rainfall
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    1579 mm

  • Language
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    Bengali

  • Festivals
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    Durgapuja, Kali Puja, Sarasati Puja

  • Places of Interest
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    New Town Eco Park
    Dakshineswar
    Nandan
    Nicco Park

  • Special Feature
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  • Distance from Kolkata
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    8.3 KM

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Barrackpore
Barrackpore was one of the earliest British settlements along the Hooghly river. The name Barrackpore originates from the English word barracks. Barrackpore acquired the name as the site of the first major military base of the British East India Company. Prior to that time, Barrackpore was known as Chanak, and is mentioned by that name in the Manasa Mangal. Arguably, it is also believed that during the regime of Mughal emperor Aurangazeb, this place was a major collection centre of "khajna" (taxes) and then it was named as Barbakpur. With time, the name changed to Barrackpore. Famous for its summer breeze, it was a popular riverside retreat for the British in Kolkata.

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How to reach

Barrackpore

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The road distance between Kolkata to Barrackpore is 19 km, while the aerial distance from Kolkata to Barrackpore is 18 km. There are no direct flights.The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Kolkata to Barrackpore is to take a taxi from Kolkata to Barrackpore and train from Sealdah Station and bus from Kolkata are also available.

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Taki
Taki is a city and a municipality on the banks of river Ichhamati under Hasnabad police station of the Basirhat subdivision in North 24 Parganas district. The river Ichhamati forms border with Bangladesh. On the last day of Durga Puja, immersion of Durga idols attracts thousands of visitors as idols from both the countries are immersed here.

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How to reach

Taki

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Visitor can take the Hasnabad Local Train from Sealdah Station, to reach Taki Road Station. From Taki Road visitor can take a cycle van to arrive at the hotels on the banks of River Ichamati in 10 minutes. Other than this, visitor can also reach Taki by car or ride a bus from the Esplanade, which will take all together 3.5 hours to get to the place.

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Other places of Interest
Temple of Fame built by Lord Minto Flag Staff House with statues of Geogre, Dakshineswar Temple, Gandhi ghat, Halisahar, Naihati- birth place of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattyopadhyay, Dyapith, 26 Shib Temple at Titagarh, Annapurna Temple at Titagarh, Mangal Pandey Uddan.

Chandraketugarh
Chandraketugarh is located in the district of North 24 Parganas, only 38 Km north- east of Kolkata. The history of Chandraketugarh dates back to almost the 3rd Century B.C., during the pre-Mauryan era. Historians identify this site with the ancient Gangaridai mentioned by the Greek traveller, Megasthenes, in his work 'Indica'.

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How to reach

CHANDRAKETUGARH

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Buses are available at regular intervals from Esplanade and Ultadanga. It takes around 1 hour to cover the distance of 35 km between Chandraketugarh and Kolkata. Buses travel regularly to Berachampa, the nearest bus stand.

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Adyapith Temple
Close to Dakshineswar temple is Adyapith, a pilgrim centre, the temple of Adya Ma. Sree Annada Thakur being advised in a dream had built this temple of 'Adya Ma' in order to teach man the dictums of love and idealism. The construction was started in 1340 BS and the temple was inaugurated on Makar Sankranti (last day of Bengali calendar month Poush) in 1375 BS.

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How to reach

ADYAPITH TEMPLE

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Dakshineswar is railway station on the Sealdah-Dankuni sector. It is around 14 kms from Sealdah and about 10 kms from Dankuni. Most local trains specialy Dankuni Local from Sealdah station stop here and some long distance trains such as Darjeeling mail also stop at this station. This place is well connected to Kolkata.

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Aquatica
Aquatica is a water theme park spread in an area of 17 acres (75000 sq ft). In 1999, this theme water park was opened. It is considered the largest amongst other water parks located in the eastern part of India and in Kolkata.
For the people who enjoy partying and outing sort of fun, then Kolkata has got many places of worth to visit.

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How to reach

AQUATICA

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Mini buses, metered taxis and local buses are available very easily from many areas of Kolkata city. One can also stop at E.M Bypass from where it is very easy to get buses and taxis to reach the Aquatica Water Park. Metro Rails can be easily availed to reach the Aquatica Water Park. Dum Dum Metro Station is the nearby metro station that can be used to reach Aquatica.

Local trains can also be availed that stops at Dum Dum or Sealdah station and from there, a taxi or cap can be hired to reach Aquatica.

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Attractions & Activities

Dakshineswar
Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal.

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How to reach

Dakshineswar

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By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport which connects Dakhineswar is the nearest one.

By Train: Dakshineswar is a railway station on the Sealdah (in the heart of Kolkata) - Dankuni (on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line) section. Most local trains (specially Dankuni Local) from Sealdah station stop here.

By Road: It is well connected to Kolkata. Vivekananda Setu across the Hooghly River at Dakshineswar connects it to Bally, Uttarpara and Dankuni on the other bank and on to Grand Trunk Road, Delhi Road, Bombay Road and Durgapur Expressway. A new bridge named 'Nivedita Setu' has been built to ease out the load of old bridge, 'Vivekanada Setu'. There are many buses from Kolkata, as well from places across the river are there to reach Dakhineswar.

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Rabindra Tirtha
Rabindra Tirtha Complex is a cultural center in Narkel Bagan, New Town. It is dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore.It is a project developed by the HIDCO It houses an exhibition of Tagore’s paintings, archives, a research centre, an auditorium and dormitories for students opting to conduct their research on Tagore.

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How to reach

RABINDRA TIRTHA

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From Howrah & Sealdah stations, transport available to reach Ultadanga. From Ultadanga, transport available to reach Karunamoyee. From Karunamoyee,transport available to reach Rabindra Tirtha ( Narkel Bagan stop, New Town)

How to reach

By Air: The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum is the only airport in the city of Kolkata, which is in North 24 Parganas.
By Train: The Circular Rail encircles the entire city of Kolkata, and is at present being extended. A new railway line offshoot has been built to connect the airport to the lines going to Sealdah has started from Dum Dum, North 24 Parganas.
By Road: List of Bus routes in Kolkata-Baduria, Baguihati, Bangaon, Bangur Avenue, Chinar Park, Bara Jaguli, Barasat, Bamangachhi, Duttapukur, Barrackpur, Berachampa, Basirhat, Clive House, Dum Dum Airport etc.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com