district in West Bengal, India
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24 Parganas (Bengali: চব্বিশ পরগনা Chabbiś Parganā) is the southernmost region of West Bengal. It consists of North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas, both of them are full of historical, cultural and natural wonders.

Sundarbans National Park


Map of 24 Parganas

The Ichhamati River in Taki
  • 1 Bakkhali — a popular beach resort
  • 2 Bangaon and Petrapole — two towns near the India–Bangladesh border
  • 4 Barrackpore — a cantonment town with memories of the 1857 Rebellion
  • 5 Berachampa — best known for Chandraketugarh, a historic site
  • 6 Diamond Harbour — with beautiful sunsets and a fort, Diamond Harbour is considered an ideal destination for weekend tourists with a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of cities
  • 9 Kakdwip — the gateway to Bakkhali and Sagar
  • 10 Kanchrapara and Naihati — two towns along the Hooghly River, home to a famous railway workshop and the birthplace of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • 11 Taki — a border town on the Ichhamati River, Taki is a scenic spot with beautiful views of the river

Other destinationsEdit

  • 2 Sagar Island — a deltaic island on the mouth of river Hooghly, a Hindu pilgrimage site with unspoiled beaches


A sunset at Diamond Harbour

24 Parganas is on the Indian half of the Ganges Delta, with a maze of distributaries in the Sundarbans. Although the Hooghly River is the main river, other rivers in the region include the Ichhamati, Jamuna and Bidyadhari.

The name 24 Parganas is derived from the number of parganas (divisions) contained in the zamindari of Calcutta which was ceded to the East India Company by Mir Jafar in 1757.


Bengali is the most widely used language but a sizable part of the population can converse in Hindi or Urdu. Most people understand basic English, even if they cannot speak it.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU IATA) is in this region.

By trainEdit

Numerous local trains are available from Sealdah railway station in Kolkata.

By busEdit

Buses are available to various destinations in 24 Parganas from both Kolkata and Howrah.

Get aroundEdit

By trainEdit

24 Parganas is served by the extensive Kolkata Suburban Railway.

By busEdit

Like the rest of West Bengal, the bus network in 24 Parganas is extensive, with some of the major destinations being connected by various bus routes.

See and doEdit

Eat and drinkEdit

The ground water may not be safe for drinking, as it might be contaminated with arsenic. So you are better off drinking from the municipal or panchayat (village administration) supply of surface water or bottled drinking water of reputed companies, not of ordinary companies, here and there in 24 Parganas, even if those are cheaper by ₹2 per litre.

Stay safeEdit

24 Parganas has faced several cyclonic storms in the 21st century, most notably Aila (2009) and Amphan (2020). Monsoon rains may reach terrible levels and breed diseases like malaria or dengue. Keep yourself updated with the latest weather news and take precautions against such natural disasters.

Go nextEdit

This region travel guide to 24 Parganas is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.