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Hati pukur Park – Siraj Uddyan in Barasat
The Hati Pukur Park or Siraj Uddyan in Barasat was closed for many years. In this year the famous hatipukur park in Barasat is reopened for all with new gorgeous decorations, and attractions.
In Barasat another attraction is Hastings house opposite to the Kachari maidan. Let’s explore one by one.
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History of Hati pukur in Barasat
Bengal’s last Mughal nabab Sirajudullah was handling the responsibility of statehood in Bengal. Nawab had lived in Murshidabad, sometimes Nawab has to come to Kolkata for many political reasons. Nawab went to Kolkata through Barasat. When Nawab Come to Kolkata, with soldiers, elephants and houses are come with him. On the way to Kolkata, they take rest in Barasat. The elephants and horses are tired in this journey. A pond was dig for solving drinking water problem. It is said elephants are drink water from this pond after that the pond is called Hatipukur. In Bengali Hati means elephant.
So the pond has a historic value, but lack of initiative to renovate this pond and the whole area was neglected. In recent time the West Bengal government took the initiative to build a park in barasat. Now the whole park is named as Siraj Uddyan. The park was inaugurated on 12th January 2019.
The attraction of the Barasat Hati Pukur Park
The entrance of the park, a palace style arch and well decorated models of elephants, horse and swordsmen’s are showing. After entering in the park there were Statues of Siraj ud daulah.
For the children, many amusement arrangements are there, swing, slide, playground, etc. In the park, you can enjoy boating, the toy train ride, etc. There is a man made island in the middle of the park. A bridge is made to go there. The bridge is the copy of London Tower Bridge. On the island, a pagoda is made with seating arrangements. You can see an old- tree which was burned a few years ago by the lightning. The park authority doesn’t cut the tree, but they made a sculpture on the tree. Light and sound shows are available every evening from 6 pm to 7 pm. A cafe is being prepared for visitors. As per the plan, an auditorium and art gallery will built in future.
Hati pukur park in barasat ticket price
Entry fee is 15 rupees per person.
Toy train fee is 10 rupees per person.
Boating fee is 20 rupees per person.
Camera fee is 50 rupees per person.
Children below 5 years of entry fee are free.
Hatipukur in Barasat Park Opening Time
Siraj Uddyan Hati pukur Barasat opening time is 12 noon to 8 pm.
Ticket provide till 7.30 pm.
Note -Barasat Hati pukur park Light and sound shows timings are 6 pm to 7 pm. No additional charge for the Light and sound shows.
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How to reach Siraj Uddyan Hatipukur Park in Barasat
From Sealdah Station regular local trains available for Barasat in ½ hour interval.
Get down to the Barasat station and come to the 1 no platform ticket counter from there its 5 minutes walking distance. You can take toto, van from there for the park.
By bus it easy to reach the Hati pukur park barasat. It is located beside of the Titumir bus terminus. Take a bus for Barasat and get down to the Titumir bus terminus and reach Siraj Uddyan Hati pukur Park Barasat within 10 seconds. Barasat is well connected with Howrah, Ultadanga, Baruipur etc.
Titumir bus terminus address
Jessore Road, Champadali more,
Barasat North 24 Parganas, Kolkata – 700124
(North 24 Parganas Zilla Parishad)
Hastings house in Barasat
When the East India Company’s came to India and Kolkata , it was an unhealthy place for the British. So Warren Hastings created “Hastings house“in Barasat which is near from Kolkata. That time the East India Company’s official members enjoy and had fun with their community here.
The north-western part of the Hastings villa had an empty field. The English chose this field as a part of Horse riding and horse racing. It was the first place before built of the racecourse in Kolkata. The English organized the first horse race in Barasat. Today, a little part of this race course becomes Barasat Kachari maidan.
The house is still standing with historic value.
My holiday story in Barasat Hati Pukur Park and Hastings Villa
We boarded from Sealdah (north) station and reach Barasat by local train. The journey time is approx. 45 minutes barasat to sealdah . From Barasat railway station Hati Pukur Park and Hastings house, I can reach both places within 10 minutes by walking. The park is beside of Titumir bus terminus and Hastings house is opposite to the Barasat Kachari maidan.
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