The main line of the Eastern Bengal Railway, that once served to link Kolkata with the eastern part of Bengal (now Bangladesh), ran through this area. The area has a mixed population - high percentage of Hindi-speaking people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), generally outnumbering the local population.
It is part of Kolkata urban agglomeration and is split into numerous municipalities spread across North 24 Parganas district.
Agarpara railway station
Barasat railway station
Bamangachhi railway station
Barrackpore railway station
Belghoria railway station
Birati railway station
Bisharpara-Kodalia railway station
Dum Dum Cantonment railway station
Dum Dum railway station
Durganagar railway station
Hridaypur railway station
Ichhapore railway station
Jaggadal railway station
Kakinara railway station
Khardah railway station
Madhyamgarm railway station
Naihati railway station
New Barrackpur railway station
Palta railway stationbarrackpore &palta & ultadanga railway station & road map
Shyamnagar railway station
Sodepur railway station
Titagarh railway station
Baranagar Road railway stationaddress: Baranagar
Noapara metro stationaddress: Baranagar
The two main roads leading into the area from Kolkata are Barrackpore Trunk Road and Jessore Road (NH 34). Jessore Road is linked with the junction point of NH 2 and NH 6 at Dankuni via Belghoria Expressway across Nivedita Setu. Direct roads link Barrackpore with Barasat and Sodepur with Madhyamgram. Kalyani Expressway is another important link in the area.
By airNetaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is in this area but it attracts hardly any passengers from this area. All the industry offices are in Kolkata.
There are a set of parallel bridges across the Hooghly River - Vivekananda Setu and Nivedita Setu - between Dakshineswar and Bally. Between Naihati and Bandel, there only is a railway bridge. There are numerous ferry points (locally known as ghats) connecting the two banks of the Hooghly River.
Khadi Pratisthanaddress: SodepurFounded in 1925 by Satish Chandra Dasgupta, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi.
Rishi Bankim Chandra's residence and museumaddress: Naihati
Dakshineswar Kali TempleThe temple was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali. It is famous for its association with Ramakrishna Paramansadev, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal. For more information see Kolkata/Dakshineswar.
Big Bazar Supermarketaddress: Nazrul Islam Avenue, Baguiati
Big Bazar Supermarketaddress: College More, M.B. Road, Birati
address: Haritala, Barasat
phone: +91 33 25834436, +91 33 25834437, +91 33 25834438address: Station Road, Sodepur
phone: +91 9830011127, +91 9830011120address: P420, Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani, Kaikhali
Sher-e-Punjabphone: +91 33 25672848address: Jessore Road, Sukanta NagarQuality Punjabi dhaba food. Chinese & Thai dishes also available. AC or open-air seating. Drinks served.
Hotel Airwaysphone: +91 33 25132106address: Motilal Colony, Rajbari
Hotel Gateway Continentalphone: +91 33 25118324address: Crossing of Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani and Jessore Road
phone: +91 33 2576 2711address: Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani
O2 Hotelphone: +91 33 25250078, +91 33 25250113address: Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani, Kaikhali
Rose Valley Hotelphone: +91 33 4019 7000address: RGM 25/3010, Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani, Raghunathpur, Baguiati
Annapurna Hotelphone: +91 9433275251address: Taki Road
Hotel Windsorphone: +91 9831260630address: Rishi Bankim Chandra Road
Palash Hotelphone: +91 33 25523042address: 125 Jessore Road
- For places to sleep in Barrackpore see Barrackpore