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.
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.
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.
On this bottom is a murti of Sri Ramakrishna with word "Guru" inscrebed nearby on this middle altar is a replica of the murti of Adya Ma found by Ananda Thakur in the Eden Garden. This murti is made of 8 metals. Nearby inscribed "Knowledge and Work". Topmost of adorned by the murtis of Radha & Krishna. Known all over the world as Divine Couple. Love is written on the altar . One hour brfore sunrise Mangalarati starts, at 10.30 is Bhogarati, 1.5 hours after sunrise is Sitalarati.
How to Reach: Dakshineswar is railway station on the Sealdah-Dankuni sector. It is around 14 km from Sealdah and about 10 km 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.
Chakla near Berachapa ( Station Guma/ Bira is a well-known Religious Tourist Place of Bengal for Lokenath Baba Temple. It’s famous world wide for the Temple of Lokenath Bramhachari Baba (Thakur / Guru Ji). Since, Chakla is the Birthplace of Lokenath Baba.
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'.
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 a 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.
The temple similar to Dakshineswar Temple at Titagrah on the river bank, was opened to devotees on the 12th of April, 1875 (30th Chaitra 1281) by Sri Sri Ramkrishna Paramahansa. The Temple was built by Rani Rashmoni's Youngest daughter Jagadamba Devi. She was married to Mathur Mohan Biswas who, after the death of his first wife, Rani Rashmoni's second daughter Karunamoyi, married Jagadamba Devi. The majestic Temple stands on the Rani Rashmoni ghat near Barrakpore.
MULAJOR KALIBARI AT SHYAMNAGAR
During the rule of Raja Krishna Chandra of Kirshnanagar, the king gave the village called MULAJORE at Shyam Nagar along with a title of ROY GUNAKAR to his court poet Bharat Chandra Roy. In memory of Bharat Chandra Roy Gunakar there is a very old and historic library named Bharat Chandra Library. It is situated very close to the railway station.
Relatives of Rabindranath Tagore had set up Mulajor Kalibari at Shyamnagar in North 24 Parganas. Visit the Temple beside Hooghly River that is located in a very eye soothing natural scene. The Temple was constructed on 31 Baishak in 1219 Bengali year around 200 years ago beside Hooghly River even before Dakhineswar Kali Temple was set up by Rani Rasmoni Devi. Six priests are engaged for offering puja to goddess Kal.
Once upon a time Rabindranath Tagore's ancestor Khitish Kusari came from Jessore in Bangladesh to West Bengal and his next generation was Bhattanaryan and later Dinanath Kusari. Dinanath's son Panchanan got the title thakur since then his family member used to write the title Thakur instead of Kusari. Jairam Thakur (Kusari) was latter generation had four sons- Anandiram, Nilmoni, Darpanarayan and Gobindaram. Prince Dwarakanath Thakur was the next generation of Anandiram, whose son was Debendranath and Rabindranath was his eighth son. Rabindranath however became "bramho" and did not believe in idol worshipping. Gopimohan Thakur, the son of Darpanarayan founded the Temple. Gopimohan had two sons Prsanna Kumar and Harakumar and daughter Brahmamoyee.
NAIHATI BANKIM SANGRAHASHALA
Bankim Sangrahashala is the library museum of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, the great novelist and poet of India. It is located at Kanthalpara, Naihati in the North 24 Paraganas. Established in 1954, the museum occupies only a portion of the big ancestral house, located alongside. Notably, Bankim Sangrahashala (Museum) has become one of the most sought after places nearby Kolkata over the years. The spot is significant because Rishi Bankim Chandra wrote and composed the national song of India, Vande Mataram over here. The heritage museum is a living testimony of the fact that the other gat personalities of pre-independent India like Rishi Aurobindo Ghosh, Chittaranjan Das, Dinabandhu Mitra, Keshab Chandra Sen, etc., used to come here for spending some quality time in this peaceful ambiance along with the great poet and author.
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.
A tomb in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, a lush green garden dotted with 120 varieties of roses, exquisite plants and trees, a picturesque sunset and an exciting riverfront ' the Gandhi Ghat package is good enough to entice you to break free from crowded Kolkata and set off for Barrackpore, around 30 km north from the heart of the city.
Built in 1948 (the year the father of the nation died), the monument on the banks of the river Hooghly and the sprawling garden, Jawahar Kunj ' maintained by the state forest department ' can offer a day's respite to city-dwellers. It was inaugurated by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.
Gandhi Museum Barrackpore
Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya or more aptly the Memorial Museums set up on Mahatma Gandhi at the behest of Gandhi Memorial Trust.
The variety of collections at the Museum at Barrackpore provide interesting and highly informative direct research materials regarding the personality, thinking and the programmes of the Mahatma or about events in his life.
The museum's search for an alternative ideology, in place of those that are pursued still by Governments and countries without being able to bring about real welfare of the people, through various intellectual exercises like seminars, dialogues or other such programmes and its research activities, perhaps a first by a purely biographical museum and beyond its collected objects must be regarded as a distinct feature.
Mangal Pandey Park Barrackpore
This park has been dedicated to the famous freedom fighter, Mangal Pandey. He was a soldier in Barrackpore Cantonment who rose in rebellion against the British. He ended up wounding two British Officer with his musket and sword. He was thus court martialled and hung to dealth on April 8, 1857. This park also has a statue of Mangal Pandey and a memorial dedicated to him in the park. There is a small baby elephant statue raising his trunk in mark of respect in front of Mangal Pandey's statue.
Sadhak Ramprasad Sen Vita
Halisahar is mostly known for being a home to Sadhak Ramprasad Sen. For this reason the city witnesses many worshipping programs of mother Kali of whom Ramprasad was devotee.
Saint poet Ramprasad Sen was born at Halisahar a village on the banks of the Ganges.
There is a tourist spot - the "Ramprasad Vita" which was the cottage of Sadhak Ramprasad, where he was born. He was a sakta sadhak and wrote more than 500 devotional songs. The place of his meditation was the Panchamundasana at Panchabati, located at his sadhanpith adjacent to the Ramprasad Vita. Halisahar is also famous for Rani Rasmani’s Birth Place.
Right on at the banks of the river Ganges is Panihati, in Barrackpore Subdivision. It is 7 km. north of Dakshineswar and 7 km. south of Barrackpore, Gandhighat. The locality has an illustrious history of more than five hundred years. A confluence of religious, cultural and business industrial activities has created prominent place for Panihati in the history of Bengal and India.
This place has a unique distinction of having the footsteps of noble personalities like: Sri Chaitanya & Nityananda Mahaprabhu, Sri Ramkrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy, Subhash Chandra Bose and others.
Major places of attraction: Panihati Mahotsav Tala is famous for having the footsteps of Sri Chaitanya and Nityananda from about 500 years ago. Annual festivals called Chida Utsab or Danda Mahotsab is held which draws large numbers of devotees of the state, other states and abroad. Incidentally this festival is held now at more than 150 countries worldwide specially at ISKCON centres. This place was further enriched with footsteps of Sri Ramkrishna Paramahansa who used to participate in this festival almost every year. He had visited for the last time in 1885 before his Samadhi in 1886. This place is also marked by the visits of Girish Chandra Ghosh, Rakhal (Swami Brahmananda, Narendra Nath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda), Kali (Swami Abhedananda), Swami Saradananda, Swami Premananda, Latu Maharaj, Mahendra Gupta (Srimo), the author of Ramkrishna Kathamrita and many others who used to accompany Shri Ramakrishna. Mahatma Gandhi had visited Mahotsav Tala in 1939 to pay homage to Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Gobinda Home was known as Chatubabu's Garden. Rabindranath Tagore in his boyhood came here along with his family to avoid dengu fever. He also visited the place several times later on. Along with Rabindranath, other famous personalities who visited this garden house included Prashanta Chandra Mahalanabish, Sukumar Roy, Sarala Devi Choudhurani. This garden house was under consideration by the Ramakrishna monks for setting up a Math which was incidentally made at Belur. Swami Vivekananda had visited the garden in 1898.
There are many temples, ashrams and ghats along the river bank of 5 km.: Ma Anondomoyee Ashram, Giribala Thakur Bari, Panihati Rasmancha, Raghab Bhaban, Thakur Nityagopal Ashram, Tran Nath Kalibari, Anukul Thakur Ashram, ISKOCN Temple, Baromondir Ghat, Sukchar Sidheswari Kali Temple, Balak Bramhachari Ashram, Paine Thakur Bari, Kathia Baba Ashram, Bholananda Giri Ashram, Bhabapagla Ashram etc.
Sodepur Khadi Ashram was inaugurated by Gandhiji on 2nd January, 1927. Gandhi used to say, "Sodepur is my second home". He came here several times. Important historic meetings were held in this ashram. The Khadi Pratisthan was setup by Satish Chandra Dasgupta, inspired by the swadeshi and self reliance movement of Mahatma Gandhi. Leaders like Subhas Chandra Bose, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Ballaov Bhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Dr Bidhan Chandra Ray, Dr P C Ghosh, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan etc. visited the Ashram.
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.
Rabindra Tirtha Complex is a cultural center in Narkel Bagan, New Town. It is dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore.It is a project developed by 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.
CLIVE HOUSE (DUM DUM)
The house at Dum Dum was thought to have been acquired by Lord Clive either shortly before the battle of Plassey in 1757 as an operational base, or after his success during negotiations; Dum Dum House, 'an old property on a mound', is mentioned several times by contemporary historian Robert Orme (including a sketch diagram from 1756). After that, Clive took over the bungalow and combined the existing Indian architecture with European designs. Clive House is a famous historical place. It may unearth a 1300-year old city beneath Kolkata. This is a famous archeological site. The origin of the Clive House, also known as Burra Kothi, still remains a mystery. The passage extends to a canal connected to the famous Motijheel of Dum Dum.