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Machranga Dweep

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Machranga Dweep (Kingfisher Island) is a small isle/islet on the Ichamati River near to both Taki and Hasanabad towns in North 24 Parganas, a district of West Bengal, India. This islet was a regular picnic spot for tourists during winter season until recently. According to a local, the island has broken up and is no more in a condition to be visited for picnic or leisure purposes.

Understand[edit]

Machhranga Deep is situated near the confluence of the Ichhamati and Vasa. The island, spread over 129 acres, is mostly uninhabited. It will take around 30 minutes to reach the island by a mechanised boat. The island was thus ideal for a picnic and the Hasnabad Panchayat Samity maintained a number of picnic spots and a two-storeyed bungalow on the island.

Get in[edit]

Part A - Reach Hasanabad

  • By Train

Hasanabad is 75 km from Sealdah (Kolkata) and the electrified train line is via Barasat. It is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway.

Train Timings - Sealdah to Hasanabad

5:15 AM, 7:45 AM, 8:17 AM, 11:52 AM, 2:57 PM, 5:59 PM

Train Timings - Dumdum to Hasanabad

10:30 AM, 1:17 PM


  • By Bus

There is a privately operated express bus [No. 252] from Esplanade (Kolkata) to Hasnabad, travelling via Belgachia, Patipukur, Jessore Road, Nager Bazar, Barasat, Kadambagachi, Golabari, Beleghata, Berachampa, Kholapota, and Basirhat.

Another Bus[no. 79C] travels from Shyambazar to Hasnabad.

From Hasanabad Railway Station, ask someone to reach Hasanabad Ferry Ghat [5 mins fron the RWay Station] from which you can hire a boat to rich the spot. Entry fee for Machhranga Deep is Rs 5 per head. Ferry service is available from Jetty Ghat.


Part B - Reach Taki

Taki can be reached both by road and rail. Take a bus from Esplanade or a train from Sealdah. The Hasnabad local goes via Taki Road station.

From Taki Road station, Jetty Ghat takes 15 minutes by van- rickshaw.

To book a picnic spot, contact Hasnabad Panchayat Samity, PO Hasnabad, District 24-Parganas (N)

River cruise boats can be hired at Jetty Ghat. Entry fee for Machhranga Deep is Rs 5 per head. Ferry service is available from Jetty Ghat.

Stay & Sleep[edit]

Nripendra Atithisala run by the Taki municipality is a good option. Address: Taki Uttar Bari, PO Taki, 24-Parganas(N), Pin:743429.

Contact P.K. Choudhury, Netajinagar, 9331026585 or Swati Biswas, Kalindi, 9339375915.

Other options are Suhasini Guest House, Taki Tourist Bungalow, Public Health Guest House, Mitra Rest House and Shuvadip. Permission from BSF and the BDO is required for staying the night at the Machhranga Deep Guest House.

To book a picnic spot, contact Hasnabad Panchayat Samity, PO Hasnabad, District 24-Parganas (N)


Get around[edit]

River cruise boats can be hired at Jetty Ghat. Entry fee for Machhranga Deep is Rs 5 per head. Ferry service is also available from Jetty Ghat.

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Eat & Drink[edit]

The hotels in Taki & Hasanabad serve reasonably good food, particularly fish dishes. Those with a sweet tooth must try the local speciality


Get out[edit]

The Ramakrishna Mission temple and “Kuler Kali Bari” are within walking distance from the riverfront. One can witness the evening prayer and arati there. The name “Kuler Kali Bari” suggests the existence of another river flowing near the temple.

You can hire a van rickshaw and head for Jalalpur. The old deity of Nandalal Jiu is an attraction here. Walk further into the portion of the land on the river, locally known as golpataban, for a grand view of Bangladesh.



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