Dum Dum is a city at the northern fringes of Kolkata and an important transport hub of the city. It is home to Kolkata's only international airport. Dum Dum is also an important food and leisure hub in West Bengal, having a lot of international fast-food chains and shopping malls.

Nighttime view of Lake Town


Dum Dum is mostly known to people outside Greater Kolkata for its airport. However, Dum Dum is a significant part of the military history of India. The British Raj had a major arsenal at Dum Dum which manufactured, among other things, expanding bullets which are still sometimes called "dum-dum bullets". They were later banned in warfare by the Hague Convention as being "too inhumane".

Dum Dum, along with Barrackpore, was a major centre of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It is rumoured that the paper cartridges provided to Indian soldiers were laced with pig lard or cow fat, resulting to the revolt of the soldiers in Dum Dum Cantonment.

However, the importance of Dum Dum in military declined by the late 1920s when Dum Dum Cantonment was closed down and became a separate municipality. With the growth of Dum Dum Airport (later Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport), the city transforms into a major transport hub of Greater Kolkata, alongside Howrah, Esplanade and Sealdah. The Kolkata Circular Railway has a terminus at Dum Dum Junction railway station, which is connected with metro and bus routes.


This article covers the three municipalities of Dum Dum, North Dum Dum and South Dum Dum. However, except in Dum Dum municipality, the locals generally refer to their locations with respective neighbourhoods rather than municipalities. Some notable neighbourhoods include Birati, Dum Dum Park, Durganagar, Lake Town, Motijheel and Nagerbazar.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU IATA) is close by and is more normally referred to as Dum Dum Airport. It is only a short drive away from Dum Dum. Buses and taxis are available between the airport and the city.

By trainEdit

There are several railway stations in Dum Dum, of which 1 Dum Dum Junction  Chord Link  Circular  Eastern    is the busiest. There are metro and bus routes to and from the station.

By metroEdit

The North–South Line  1  of the Kolkata Metro runs over the Eastern Line with a stop at Dum Dum.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Dum Dum

See and doEdit

  • 1 Clive's House, Rastraguru Ave, Nagerbazar. A rather mysterious building, it is considered the first pucca brick and cement building in the Northern Suburbs of Kolkata, possibly built by the Portuguese. What is known is that it was used by British soldiers when they first entered the country. Later, Robert Clive took the area over, renovated it, added a floor to the single-storey building, and made it his country house around 1757-60. The house is located on raised ground in otherwise flat surroundings. When Clive House was excavated, a variety of artefacts were recovered, including coins, terracotta figures, sculptures, pottery and intelligence on a Portuguese fort. The articles found could be of the Sena period or may alternatively have links with the ancient Chandraketugarh civilisation.  
  • 2 Kolkata Time Zone Tower, VIP Rd, Lake Town. A one-third sized replica of the iconic Big Ben in London. The tower is 30 metres in height, while Big Ben in London is 96 metres. It has ten floors and the four clock faces are each 3.6 metres in diameter, compared to 7 metres in the original.
  • 3 Sreebhumi Sporting Club, Lake Town. The club holds some of the best Durga Puja pandals in Greater Kolkata every year, with a huge crowd gathering during the festive season.


  • 1 Diamond Plaza, 68, Jessore Rd, Satgachi.
  • 2 Nagerbazar.    
  • 3 Saltee Plaza, 1, Jessore Rd.

Eat and drinkEdit

  • 1 Maharaja Bar and Restaurant, +91 83350 55881. 11AM-11PM.


This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget ₹1000
Mid-range ₹1000 to ₹3000
Splurge ₹3000


  • 1 Hotel Airways, Motilal Colony, Rajbari, +91 33 2513 2106.
  • 2 Hotel Gateway Continental, +91 33 2511 8324.
  • 3 Sher-e-Punjab, 151, Jessore Rd, +91 33 2567 2848, +91 90888 60003. Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. A hotel-cum-restaurant with quality Punjabi dhaba food. Chinese and Thai dishes are also available. AC or open-air seating. Drinks served.



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