(Last Updated on : 10-06-2016)
Barasat is a city in the outskirts of Kolkata
. It is located in North 24 Parganas
of West Bengal
, dotted with many British architecture, Hindu Shiva Temples of Zamindari era and the retail outlets.
Location of Barasat
Barasat is located in West Bengal and is the district headquarters of the district North 24 Parganas.
Connecting with Kolkata
Barasat is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The town is an important railway and roadway junction. Barasat is also the name of a sub-division centring the city.
Administration of Barasat
Barasat is established in modern West Bengal as an urban setup in the vicinity of the Kolkata. The town is within the area of Greater Kolkata. There are several significant roads like National Highway 34 (Krishnanagar Road leading towards North Bengal), Jessore Road (road leading to Jessore in Bangladesh via Bongaon); road leading to Basirhat etc. cross through the town.
History of Barasat
It was in the Mughal era, Ram Sundar Mitra had got the Laminar at Barasat town. Sankar Chakrabrorty, a commander of Pratapaditya, The king of Jessore (at present in Bangladesh), came to Barasat in the year 1600, and established himself in Barasat town. In 1700 AD, Hazarat Ekdil Shah, the Muslim saint, started residing at Kazipara in Barasat. He was known as a social reformer. His tomb, located in Kazipara, is a pilgrimage place of Muslim community. Pratapaditya had made his way to Kolkata from Jessore and Siraj- ud- Daullah
, the independent Nawab of Bengal had made his way to Kolkata from Murshidabad
via Barasat, which are later on converted into two National Highways. After the invasion of British East India Company in India, Barasat became the town of rebels of Shantal origin and as a result the clashes of British and the tribal head Titumir in 1855. After the downfall of Titumir rebellion, Barasat was officially emerged as a textile capital in Kolkata, which is now also followed in modern India.
Geography of Barasat
Barasat is located in the Ganges Brahmaputra delta region in the district of North 24 parganas, West Bengal state in the eastern India. The Bangladesh border at Petrapole is situated about 70 to 80 km from the city. The average altitude is 11 metres. The nearest one is Ganga River
, which is flowing about 15 km to the west. The city is in the Gangetic plain lacking any hills.
Barasat is 22 km from Sealdah Railway Station
on the Sealdah-Bangaon branch line. It is at one end of the Barasat-Basirhat-Hasnabad branch line of Eastern Railway. One can easily reach Barasat by bus plying from Sealdah, EM Byepass
or one can avail Kolkata Metro
by reaching Dum Dum
or by train from Sealdah.
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