Barrackpore, situated on the Northern side of Kolkata in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta region is a historically significant place. The name Barrackpore was originated from the English word barracks. Formerly known as Chanak, Barrackpore is the first place where the British set up an army cantonment in India.
Mangal Pandey Park
Mangal Pandey Park has been dedicated to the famous freedom fighter, Mangal Pandey. He was a soldier in Barrackpore cantonment who rose in rebellion against the Britsh.
It was a popular ghat built around the residing place of the dhobis in olden times. The dhobis used to wash their clothes at this ghat. However, in the present day, this place is used to ferry people across to Serampore.
Gandhi memorial is located on this ghat. A certain portion of this ghat also has the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi. The walls here are filled with murals depicting the entire work of Gandhi.
Gandhi Museum has a collection of all of Mahatama Gandhi's works which include around 12000 books and 28,000 letters written by him.
Flag Staff House
Flag Staff House is a historic building built in 1863 to 1865 during the reign of the British. This used to the private secretary's bungalow.
Barrackpore Cantonment is the oldest cantonment in India. A walk through the cantonment makes you come across so many warehouses, a canopy of trees and creepers shading the endless roads.
Best Time To Visit Barrackpore
Post monsoon season and winter season from October to March is the best time to visit Barrackpore and learn more about the heroic freedom fighters.