Kaugachchi - A tete a tete with the city :
Location : Eastern India, North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal.
Best time to visit : October to March
Local Transport : Rickshaw, private cars and buses
Places to see : Howrah, Barasat, and Hooghly
Souvenirs : Local Handicrafts
Kaugachchi - The Tale of the city :
Kaugachhi lies in the Barackpore subdivision finds its history dating back to the writings given by the Greek travelers, chronicles, geographers, and historians from the 1st century BC. The area has been mentioned as Gangaridai, Gandaritai and Gangaridae. Then the towns of Chanak became very populated. Gradually this area of Kaugachhi under the Barackpore subdivision became an area of marketing and trading. The areas around Kaugachhi became major areas with bazaars selling goods. Kaugachhi in the Barackpore subdivision was actually earlier associated with a palace and also a zamindari rule. The regions around Kaugachchi was witness to the starting of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. This is the area where Mangal Pandey rose in rebellion and was later on court martialled.
Kaugachchi - Down the Ages :
Down the ages, Kaugachchi is a division of administration in the Barrackpore subdivision of the district of North 24 Parganas in West Bengal. It is today a village under the Barrackpore I community Development Block. It is a census town along with Jetia and Garshyamnagar and is also part of the Barrackpore Gram Panchayat. This place has been studied by demographers and they have done considerable research and come to the conclusion that this place has a population of more than 14,000 and also that the literacy rate here is considerably good.
Kaugachchi - A Rendezvous :
A rendezvous with Kaugachhi, the protege of Barackpore subdivision is a place with agriculture as its main activity. It is also a place which has seen people taking up the profession of a service in some organization. The main language spoken here is Bengali. Besides the there are a lot of jute mills here which have work force from the neighboring Bihar and Orissa. There are a lot of shanty towns and small slums that are found in and around this area. North 24 Parganas is a division of the Greater 24 Parganas. Today Kaugachhi the town in the Barackpore subdivision of the North 24 Parganas. It is one of the areas which has arsenic in the ground water. The soil here is predominantly alluvial with a little bit of clay loam soil also found. The climate here is dry and humid and the town is in the path of progress.
Kaugachchi - Travel kitty :
What can one expect in a place that has less than 9000 population but just Nature at its best. Any place that we go to in India is sure to give us some kind of travel kitty or the other. The locals here are very simple and the tourist considers that as his travel kitty. The ambience is electric and that could be another precious travel kitty. On the way around we could find some kind of local handicrafts made out of jute as Kaugachchi has many jute based industries. That is the ideal travel kitty. In short, Kaugachchi can give you itself as a travel kitty to carry back with memories.
Kaugachchi - Joie de vivre in the city :
Coming under the Jagatdal police station, Kaugachhi, the North 24Parganas district town, has a good joie de vivre. The simplicity, the ambience and the atmosphere renders a person totally helpless and the person who comes here is comparatively more curious to know about the place more and he tries to explore the areas around.
One who comes here can see the following :
Hooghly : Lying around 47 km from the city of Kolkata, history and heritage overpower this region. Chinsurah is its headquarters. There is lot of proof of the British and the Portuguese and Dutch having ruled here and today has Chandannagore the French colony. The River Hooghly occupies the entire region and the landscape looks even more beautiful without it. Ferries are seen bobbing in the sea and they help people to cross over. One could see the temples at Antpur, where the zamindars had built a lot of temples in the 18th century. The Radha Govind temple is very famous here.
Barasat : This city in the suburbs has its district headquarters at 24 Parganas. It is a major junction for road and rail. It was found in the 19th century, and has lovely expanses of green spaces and the denseness of the area being really infectious. There are many adventure and sports activities where there is suitable spot found. The River Hooghly meanders here and it is easy to control it for the water sports. The forests and the greenery around make Barasat a nature lover’s paradise. It lies near the Sundarbans and promotes eco friendly vacations. The wildlife and the forest tracks seemed also add to the beauty.
Howrah : This is a hustling bustling city in the Howrah district of West Bengal. It is the twin city of Kolkata and is the second largest city in the State. Located on the banks of the River Hooghly, this is a scenic beauty and tourists like to see the ambience here. The Venetian traveler Ceasare Federici has mentioned about a place Bator which is similar to present day Howrah. Earlier Harriah, a hamlet it turned to the present name Howrah. The East Indian Company came in 1713 and started industrial activities here which exist till today. The other areas of Howrah have agrarian development. IN this manner Howrah is not only a developing city but also has beautiful scenic beauty to offer too. The paddy fields and the gurgling rivers notwithstanding the lovely sunsets, make this a place of historical importance and social development. It is close to Kolkata and so tourists stay in Howrah and tour in Kolkata. Howrah offers some of the best cuisine and is popular amongst tourists.
Kolkata : One of the four metropolis in India, Kolkata is the City of Joy. With its museums and monuments and the best of architecture, Kolkata is home to the history of India as never told. The Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, the Hooghly Bridge, the Eden Gardens are some of the few places to visit. With the unique culture and tradition of Bengalis, Kolkata has major museums like the Asiatic Society Building which has sculptures from the Indus Valley Civilization. The capital of West Bengal this place has the best cuisine spots and the most number of shopping areas. After taking a tour of the city one can go boating on the Hooghly River. The trams in Kolkata existed till sometime back. Today they aren’t there but when they were they were a lovely tourist attraction. The mini buses and the black and yellow ambassador taxis are still a feature here and one surely gets mind boggled by the organized chaos in the city.
As a person leaves this town, he thinks “ Old is gold.”