Arshinagar – Burul Bird Sanctuary

Around 15 kms from Bawali, is Burul. Otherwise a sleepy riverside village, Burul experiences a lot of noise from its winged guests between June and September when storks, cranes and commorants flock here in thousands to nest and raise their children. A nesting site so near to Kolkata is a rare sight.      

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Arshinagar – Raipur Riverside

The riverside road from Raipur to Burul is a magnificent drive along the banks of River Ganges (they call it Hooghly River here). This five kilometer stretch crosses few villages, piers and stooping Banyan trees along the river. Stop a while to witness fisherman casting their nets and the passing country boats and mammoth cargo vessels.    ...

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Arshinagar – Boro Kachari

A wish-fulfilling sacred Peepal tree is the idol here. Thousands of believers take a dipĀ  in the adjacent pond and circumambulate the tree with deep devotion. New born babies are brought to the tree with wishes for their healthy and long life ahead.      

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Arshinagar – Komagata Maru Memorial

In 1914, the Sikh nationalist Gurdith Singh was arrested in his Japanese ship Komagata Maru for protesting against the Exclusion Laws in Canada in nearby Budge Budge. Unfortunately, 20 nationalists fell to the British police firing and many were kept under house arrest in the nearby villages. Often termed as the Budge Budge Riot, a memorial still stands on the banks of...

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Arshinagar – Gopinath Jiu Temple

Built in 1794, this nine-domed (Navratna) temple bears a marvelous architecture accompanied by a Nat Mandir, Jhulan Mancha and Rash Mancha. Now in ruins, this temple is said to inspire Rani Rashmoni to build the famous Dakshineshwar Temple.    

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Arshinagar – Bawali Rajbari

This 300 year old heritage structure is built on 3 acres of land graced by lush gardens and two larges ponds. The Bawali Zamindari of Mondals date back to Basudeb Ram who was an influential official of the Mughal Army probably during the reign of Emperor Akbar. However, this Zamindari rose to prominence when the Raja of Hijli offered Rajaram one of the members of this...

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Arshinagar – Achipur

Named after the Chinese businessman Tong Achew, Achipur is the site where one of the earliest sugar mills in India was set up in 1780. Governor General Warren Hastings offered land to Achew to set up his factory, which mostly had Chinese workers. The Chinese settlement in Kolkata owes its origins to Tong Achew. Presently, you would find a Chinese Temple here built by...

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Arshinagar – Barood Ghar

During British rule, ships heading towards Kolkata from Bay of Bengal carrying gunpowder had to deposit their stock in these storehouses located beside River Ganges. Ships were only allowed to carry 100 lbs with them for emergency calls. While returning they would pick-up their deposits and sail back.      

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