| The district comprises of the densely populated urban fringe of the metropolitan city of Calcutta, with the already built-up city of Salt Lake and the upcoming 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.|| |
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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 Aurangzeb, 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.
Places of Interest:
Temple of Fame built by Lord Minto
Flag Staff House with statues of Geogre
Machranga Dwip is a picnic spot on the Ichamati near Taki . Accommodation: 03217-233276. 234478
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. Accommodation: 03217-233323-4
Parmadan Deer Park
Parmadan Deer Park, 28 km from Bongaon and 120 km from Kolkata, is a wildlife sanctuary that devote the memory of the great writer Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay. It is spread over 640 hectares and has a large population of Cheetal. Accommodation: 033-25520968
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 'Indika'.
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