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 planned city of New Town at Rajarhat on one side and the Sundarbans on the other side. It is close to Kolkata and is well connected by road and rail networks.
Chandraketugarh is located 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 .
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.
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 and now you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or a picnic near the river.
If you are planning a visit at Dakshineswar temple, then you must visit Adyapith temple as well. Situated close to Dakshineswar, this is a pilgrim centre - which is a temple of Adya Ma. The myth is that Sree Annada Thakur saw a dream, where he was advised to build this temple of Adya Ma in order to teach man the dictums of love and idealism. Followed which, he initiated work on the temple. The construction was started in 1340 BS and the temple was inaugurated in 1375 BS.
Rabindra Tirtha Complex is a cultural center in Narkel Bagan, New Town solely dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore. It is a project developed by the HIDCO which houses an exhibition of Tagore s paintings, archives, a research center, an auditorium and dormitories for students opting to conduct their research on Tagore.
Taki is a city and a municipality on the banks of river Ichhamati. The river Ichhamati forms border with Bangladesh. Due to the location, this city is a popular destination for picnics or gathering just by the riverbanks near the international border. On the last day of Durga Puja, immersion of Durga idols attracts thousands of visitors as idols from both the countries are immersed here.