Region: West Bengal
Geographic Coordinates: 22.945600, 88.433200
Temperature Range: 18.0°C to 35.0°C (64°F to 95°F)
Kānchrāpāra is a city situated in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. The city has a rich history dating back to ancient times and has been an important center for trade and commerce since then. It is located on the banks of the River Hooghly and is approximately 50 kilometers from Kolkata, The capital city of West Bengal. One of Kānchrāpāra’s major attractions is its railway station which was built during British rule in India. It serves as an important hub for trains running between Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal.
The station’s architecture reflects British colonial influence with its red-brick walls, High ceilings, And arched windows. Another significant landmark in Kānchrāpāra is the Jagannath Temple which attracts devotees from all over West Bengal. The temple was built by a wealthy merchant named Raja Nabakrishna Deb in 1755 AD and features intricate carvings on its walls depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Kancharapara also boasts several parks such as Millennium Park, Subhash Udyan Park, And Children’s Park that offer visitors a chance to relax amidst lush greenery while enjoying various recreational activities such as boating, Cycling or simply strolling around.
The city also has several educational institutions including Kanailal Vidyamandir High School, Kanailal College for Women, B.N.P College among others which provide quality education to students from all over North 24 Parganas district. In terms of economy, Kanchrapara houses several industries such as Hindustan Motors Limited (HM), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited among others providing employment opportunities to locals thereby contributing significantly towards economic growth. Overall Kanchrapara offers tourists an opportunity to experience rich cultural heritage along with modern amenities. Its proximity to Kolkata makes it an ideal weekend getaway for people looking to relax and unwind amidst nature.
- Sri Sri Jagannath Mandir
- Kanchrapara Railway Station
- Ghosh Para Jor Bangla Temple
- Nabanagar Math Temple
- Anandamoyee Kalibari Temple
- Adyapith Temple
- Surya Sen Park
- Nazrul Tirtha Cultural Centre
- Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary
- Railways: Kānchrāpāra has a railway workshop that employs a significant number of people. This workshop is responsible for repairing and maintaining locomotives, coaches, and wagons.
- Textiles: There are several textile mills in Kānchrāpāra that produce cotton fabrics, sarees, and dress materials.
- Pharmaceuticals: The town has a few pharmaceutical companies that manufacture medicines for various ailments.
- Agriculture: Kānchrāpāra is surrounded by fertile land where farmers grow crops such as paddy, wheat, jute, vegetables, etc.
- Small-scale industries: There are many small-scale industries in the town that produce items such as plastic goods and electrical appliances like fans and lights etc., which provide employment to local people.
- Retail trade: The town has several markets where traders sell various goods like clothes, shoes, groceries etc., catering to the needs of local residents.
- Hospitality industry: With increasing tourism in the area due to nearby attractions like Bongaon Bird Sanctuary or Ichhamati River bank picnic spots there are hotels & restaurants opening up providing employment opportunities to locals too.
- Kānchrāpāra played a significant role in the Indian independence movement, particularly during the Quit India Movement of 1942.
- The town is famous for its annual Jagaddhatri Puja festival, which is celebrated in October or November and is one of West Bengal’s most popular festivals.
- Kānchrāpāra is home to a railway workshop that was established during British rule and remains an important center for locomotive maintenance and repair.
- Notable individuals associated with Kānchrāpāra include Satish Chandra Samanta, a freedom fighter who was imprisoned multiple times for his involvement in the independence struggle.
- Other prominent figures from Kānchrāpāra include Bengali writer Shibram Chakraborty and actor Biswajit Chatterjee, who has appeared in over 200 films throughout his career.
- Shyamji Temple
- Kanchrapara Railway Museum
- Gopal Lal Thakur Memorial Hall
- Ananda Bhavan Museum and Library
- Kanchrapara Baptist Church
- Bhabatarini Temple
- Jagannath Temple
- Nityananda Ashram
- Ghoshpara Raja Bari (palace)
- Kanchrapara College Library and Museum
- Durga Puja: This is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in Kānchrāpāra with great enthusiasm and devotion. It is a ten-day long festival that marks the victory of Goddess Durga over evil.
- Rath Yatra: This festival is celebrated to mark Lord Jagannath’s annual visit to his aunt’s house with his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra.
- Diwali: Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a five-day-long celebration that signifies the victory of good over evil.
- Holi: Known as the Festival of Colors, Holi is celebrated by throwing colorful powder and water at each other.
- Janmashtami: This festival celebrates Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary and involves fasting, prayers, and singing devotional songs.
- Eid-ul-Fitr: This festival marks the end of Ramadan month for Muslims worldwide with feasting and celebrations.
- Christmas: Christians celebrate this festival to commemorate Jesus Christ’s birth on December 25th every year with carol singing, decorations, gift exchange among family members & friends etc.
- Macher Jhol: This is a traditional Bengali fish curry that is popular in the area.
- Luchi-Alur Dom: Another popular Bengali dish that consists of deep-fried flatbread (luchi) served with spicy potato curry (alur dom).
- Biryani: A famous Indian dish that has become popular in Kānchrāpāra as well.
- Rajbari Restaurant: This restaurant serves authentic Bengali cuisine and has a beautiful ambiance.
- Hotel Prantik: Offers a variety of dishes including Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisine.
- Bijoli Grill: Another famous restaurant chain that serves delicious Bengali food.
- New Milan Sweets & Restaurant: Offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes along with sweets and desserts.
- Annapurna Bhavan: Specializes in South Indian food like dosas, idlis etc.
- The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor – A fine dining restaurant serving contemporary Indian cuisine with modern twists
- The Food House – A multi-cuisine casual dining restaurant offering North Indian, Chinese & Continental fare
- Kancharapara Children’s Park
- Kanchrapara Rail Museum and Park
- Rabindra Bhavan Udyan
- Kanchrapara Lake Garden
- Subhas Udyan Park
- Jai Hind Park
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Stadium and Sports Complex
- Kanchrapara Municipal Stadium
- Maheshganj Eco-Park