Barrackpore is considered to be the first place where the Britishers had set up their cantonment and then, later on, had spread their rule in India. Since the beginning, it has been a place of great historical significance.
However, apart from history, Barrackpore is also known for its lush green beauty which is quite refreshing to experience. Apart from that, the presence of temples in Barrackpore too let you enjoy some of the most cherishing and peaceful moments of your life here. The months between October to March is the best time to visit Barrackpore.
The history of Barrackpore’s origin can be found in the writings of Greek navigators, geographers as well as historians from the 1st and 3rd century AD.
Coming on to the Mughal period; Bengal was divided into Circars (administrative subunits) and each of these units was ruled by a Mahal (palace). Interestingly, the name Barbuckpur, also known as Barrackpore, is associated with a Mahal in the Ain-e-Akbari.
Then, with the rise of the 17th century, these areas were ruled by Zamindars who were the residents of Chandanpukur.
1. Mangal Pandey Park. This park has been built in the honour of Mangal Pandey who was considered as the first Nationalist to raise his voice against the British oppression. Moreover, he voiced his thoughts and tried to ignite an independence struggle but unfortunately was captured and hanged by the Britishers on April 8, 1857. In order to honour him and his patriotism, his statue has been established in the park.
2. Gandhi Museum. As the name suggests, the Gandhi Museum is a study centre which has five galleries along with a huge library replete with books. The museum mainly contains information related to artefacts related to the Father of the Nation. Here, you will be finding some of the rare books from Bapu’s collection. Furthermore, there are around 800 photographs of the freedom fighters which are put up here to honour them.
3. Tarakeswar Temple. It was built in the 18th century and even houses a lingam in the inner sanctum. What is interesting to know is that this temple is mainly built using pristine white marbles. For anyone who wants to see India in a new light, this temple can offer them some fresh perspective.
Barrackpore is an interesting travel getaway to visit in India. Majorly, it is known for its historical prominence. It is located at a distance of 1,540, 2,085, 1,092 km from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach Barrackpore.
By Air. The nearest airport is Netaji Subash Chandra Airport (CCU) located 20-25 km away. Also referred to as Kolkata Airport, the former name of the airport was Dum Dum Airport. It is one of the two major international airports situated in Kolkata and has good flight connectivity with other Indian cities. Once off the flight, take a cab or some other local conveyance to reach Barrackpore.
By Train. Barrackpore has its own railway station of the same name, its station code is BP. Situated on the Sealdah-Ranaghat line, this station comes under the Eastern Railway. The Barrackpore Railway station is well-routed with other cities. Once off the train, take some local means of transportation available to reach your destination.
By Road. Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling to Barrackpore by accessible and well-maintained road networks. For travelling, one can consider taking interstate/private buses, taxis or choose to self-drive.
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