Barrackpore, situated in the Northern side of Kolkata at Ganges-Brahmaputra delta region is a historical significant place. The name Barrackpore was originated from the English word barracks. Formerly known as Chanak, Barrackpore is the first place where British set up an army cantonment in India. It also has the first police training academy in West Bengal. Shrouded behind the shadow of mysticism only few travelers know about Barrackpore. It was the home of many influential people who played a major role during Indian Independence Movement. Flanked along the eastern bank of sacred River Ganga, Barrackpore is endowed with rich flora and fauna. There are many places to visit in Barrackpore which are etched with the essence of historical era.
It is a well manicured park dedicated to first man who revolted against the oppressive power of British in 1857. The tree from which Mangal Pandey and Ishwari Pandey, two young sepoys, were hanged is still here. Mangal Pandey Park with its recreational park, scenic beauty, and historical importance is one of most visited site while traveling to Barrackpore.
Located in the riverside road of Barrackpore is Gandhi Museum also known as Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay. It is the first research centre in India which is totally dedicated to the work and philosophy of Gandhi. Gandhi Museum has 5 galleries, a study centre and a library which houses more than 800 rare photographs of freedom fighters. The museum is stocked with unique articles and books which either belong to The Father of Nation or was written by him. Visitors can learn more about Gandhi in this museum than in any autobiography.
It is a favored picnic spot of Barrackpore located at a distance of 35km from Kolkata. Jawahar Kunja Garden is decked with vibrant flowers and thick wooded trees. The garden even has a recreational centre for kids with slides, seesaws, and swings.
Situated along the eastern bank of river Ganga, Gandhi Ghat is a heritage site of Barrackpore. It is said that the Father of Nation had spent some quality time in this place. Gandhi Ghat with it serene ambiance and historical significance has become a popular destination for both tourist and locals.
Built in 1831 and completed in 1847 is Bartholomew Cathedral of Barrackpore. The gothic architectural style of Bartholomew has captivated the minds of many travelers visiting Barrackpore. It is reckoned as one of the finest monuments built during British Era.
Built in 13th century it is a sacred temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Apart from being a sacred shrine, the Kali temple of Barrackpore is said to be the gathering spot where freedom fighters discussed their attack plans of 1824 and 1857. Devotees and historian are attracted towards Kali temple, a religious and historical destination in Barrackpore.
Located at a distance of 36km from Barrackpore in Serampore is a renowned Hindu sanctuary called Tarakeshwar Temple. Built around 1729 AD by Raja Bharamalla, Tarakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees idolize a Shayambhu linga of Lord Shiva in this shrine. The serene ambiance and astounding architecture of Tarakeshwar Temple has attracted many devotees and tourists from far and wide.
Post monsoon season and winter season (October to March) is the best time to visit Barrackpore and learn more about the heroic freedom fighters.