Taki – A road Trip from kolkata

Taki, India -Bangladesh Border

TAKI is located in the banks of Ichhamati River. On the other side of Ichhamati river is BANGLADESH. Taki is the land of a number of a number of Zamindars (Royals). Most of the zamindar baris (their palatial buildings) are in a dilapidated state. There is hardly any maintenance from the successors or from the government authorities. Taki also has one of the oldest Ramkrishna Missions. Taki Government High School is more than 250 years old. The Taki municipality has also built a mini Sunderbans consisting of the trees – Sundari, Golpata etc which are a rarity and can be widely seen in coastal Sunderbans of West Bengal. If you are very religious do visit the Kali Temple and the Jora Shib mandir (both are more than 300 years old). There is 129 acre Machhranga Island which you can visit by taking the launch service from the ferry ghat. The Ichhamati River is engulfing the island at quite a pace.

The best attraction in Taki is the Durga Immersion Ceremony every year where lots of people on both sides of India and Bangladesh gather to watch the immersion ceremony of goddess Durga. It is an auspicious time to reap harmony among people from both sides. Boats from both sides sail to Ichhamati River for the immersion of Maa (Devi / Goddess) Durga.

Don’t forget to take the van rides when you reach Taki. They will show you around and will charge around Rs.25-30 per head for a 2 hour ride. While coming back you can buy some jaggery (Patali gur) which is a local sweet delicacy. You can also buy some Gamchhas (Towels) from Bashirhath which are quite economically priced and of good quality.

There are many movies and daily soaps which made in the scenic beauty of this place like Pakhi, Keapatar Nouko, Roshmi etc.

How to reach taki? 
You can take Hanshnabad Local train from Sealdha and reach Taki Station, from there you can take local van to reach the picnic spot. You can reach by road, from Kolkata it’s 80 Km journey. First you reach Barasat , then take along Taki road and drive straight to reach Taki. Around two hours’ drive from Kolkata, Taki is one of the upcoming weekend destinations from Kolkata. Lying on the banks of the Ichamati River, on the India-Bangladesh border.

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