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Just at 70 km east from ‘City of Joy’, Taki is one of the most desirable weekend gateways for the ones who want a peaceful escape from the daily chores of the city. Ever flowing river Ichamati is the lifeline of this small township. It overlooks the India- Bangladesh border and one may also pay a visit to the border area only with proper permission. At Taki, river Ichamati witnesses the abdication of colourful Durga idols on Dashami (last day of Bengali’s renowned Durga Puja)  and devotees of both the countries (India & Bangladesh) take part in this immersion festival. This religious festival symbolizes a cordial relation between two neighbouring countries.

Although main attraction of Taki is its beautiful Ichamati river but you would also love to explore the following places whenever you are spending at least a day in Taki –

  • Boating on Ichamati,
  • Golpatar Jungle,
  • Machranga Island,
  • Temple of Ramkrishna,
  • House of Roychowdhury Zamindars, and
  • Kuleswari Kali Maa’s Temple.

All these places are easily accessible by feet or local vehicles.

Taki is well connected with Kolkata by rail and road. This semi-urban township comes under the Hasnabad region.

  • If you opt for railway connectivity then you take local trains bounding Barasat from Sealdah railway station (Kolkata) and a 2 hours train journey would be ended at Taki Road station. There are plenty of rickshaws which transfer the passengers to main town or guesthouses within 15 minutes.
  • Taki's nearest airport is Netaji Subhas International Airport (Dum Dum) from you may hire private car to directly reach Taki. You may also board on local train heading Barasat from Dum Dum station to get off at Taki railway station.
  • Local buses ply between Esplanade or Shyambazar (Kolkata) and Taki. Passing by Barasat and Basirhat the buses cover the distance between Kolkata and Taki within 2-3 hours.
  • Nriprendra Atithinivas and  Suhasini guest house are two popular accommodations available in Taki where all modern facilities are provided to the guests.
  • There are plenty of local eateries in the hotels and surrounding area. Authentic Bengali dishes along with Chinese, Mughlai &  other delicacies are served in the eateries. Malpoa is the popular delicious local sweet of Taki.

Itineraries

Day 1

Being familiar with Taki

One fine morning I boarded on a train bounding Barasat from crowded Sealdah station (Kolkata) and after 3 hours' journey I got off the train at Taki road station. At station premises I caught a rickshaw that took me to the guest house where I booked a room earlier. Staffs of the guest house greeted me cordially and led me to a neatly arranged room. Being refreshed by the welcome drink following a cool shower, I went outside for lunch. At a nearby eatery, I enjoyed a Bengali thali including fresh fish's curry. In late afternoon I hired a rickshaw to explore the city. The rickshaw driver took me on a tour around the town. Then I paid a short visit to the Ramkrishna temple and Kuleswari Kali temple to take part in the evening prayer. I couldn't wait much to spend my leisure with river Ichamati so I requested the rickshaw driver to drop me at Taki ghat. There were plenty of river-facing sitting benches in the well constructed ghat. I took a seat on the bench and felt relaxed with the scenic beauty & cool breeze of river Ichamati. I dozed off early at night.

Day X

Capturing the beauty of Taki

I was fortunate enough to capture a beautiful sunrise from the bank of Ichamati river. Early morning unpolluted environment, silent river, chirping birds, busy fishermen and orange sky made my day. Enjoying a cup of tea accompanied by local breakfast - Luchi sabji, I headed towards Golpatar Jungle where valid photo ids are needed to take an entry into the jungle. Under the canopy of old-aged Golpata trees, there are rustic walking trails that lead to the river front overlooking Bangladesh. My next destination was Machranga Island. I ride on a boat from the jetty ghat and a 30 minutes' boat ride took me to the confluence of Ichamati & Vasa rivers. At this confluence, the island has been developed to house numerous migratory birds, trees and animals. Walking, swimming and boating are allowed in this island. Then I moved towards the piece of history - ruins of Roychowdhury's Zamindar House. This ancestral royal house was built & owned by former Army General Shankar Roychowdhury. The large rooms, Natmandirs and extended premises of this zamindar house reflect exceptional styles of architecture. From Zamindar house I returned back to guest house to have a delicious fishy lunch freshly prepared by the guesthouse's own cook. Post lunch I hired a rickshaw that dropped me to Taki road station from where I got a train towards Sealdah. Glimpses of our neighbouring country - Bangladesh, mind blowing boat ride on the beautiful river Ichamati and relaxing atmosphere of Taki town gifted me a rejuvenating holiday at Taki.

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