The Hati Pukur Park or Siraj Uddyan in Barasat was closed for many years. This year, the famous Hati pukur park in Barasat is reopened for all with new gorgeous decorations and attractions.
In Barasat, another attraction is Hastings house opposite the Kachari maidan. Let’s explore one by one.
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- Hati pukur Park – Siraj Uddyan in Barasat
Hati pukur Park – Siraj Uddyan in Barasat
The history is, 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 Comes to Kolkata, soldiers, elephants, and houses come with him. On the way to Kolkata, they take a rest in Barasat. The elephants and horses are tired in this journey. Soldiers dug a pond to solve the 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 historical value, but lack of initiative to renovate this pond, and the whole area was neglected. In recent times the West Bengal government took the initiative to build a park in Barasat. Now the whole park is named Siraj Uddyan. The park was inaugurated on January 12, 2019.
The attraction of the Barasat Hati Pukur Park
The park entrance, a palace-style arch, and well-decorated models of elephants, horses, and sworders are showing. After entering the park, there were Statues of Siraj ud daulah.
For the children, many amusement arrangements in Barasat Sirajuddin park-like swing, slide, playground, etc. In the park, you can enjoy boating, the toy train ride, etc. There is an artificial island in the middle of the park. A bridge is made to go there.
The bridge is a 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 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, the government will build an auditorium and art gallery in the future.
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Hati pukur park or Siraj uddan in barasat ticket price
- The entry fee is 15 rupees per person.
- Toy train fee is 10 rupees per person.
- The boating fee is 20 rupees per person.
- The camera fee is 50 rupees per person.
- Children below five years of entry fee are free.
Hatipukur in Barasat Park Opening Time
Siraj Uddyan or Hati pukur park Barasat opening time is 12 noon to 8 pm. The ticket provides till 7.30 pm.
Note –Barasat Hati pukur park Light and sound shows timing is 6 pm to 7 pm. No additional charge for the Light and sound shows till now.
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How to reach Siraj Uddyan Hatipukur Park in Barasat
From Sealdah Station, regular local trains are available for Barasat in ½ hour intervals.
Get down to the Barasat station and come to the 1 number platform ticket counter. From there, it’s 5 minutes walking distance. You can take a toto van from there to the park.
By bus, it is easy to reach the Hati pukur park Barasat. It is located beside 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 companies came to India and Kolkata, it was unhealthy for the British. So Warren Hastings created “Hastings house “in Barasat, which is near Kolkata. At that time, the East India Company’s official members enjoyed and had fun with their community.
The north-western part of the Hastings villa had an empty field. The British chose this field as a part of Horse riding and horse racing. It was the first place before building the racecourse in Kolkata; they organized the first horse race in Barasat. Today, a little part of this racecourse becomes Barasat Kachari maidan. The house is still standing with historical value.
My holiday story in Barasat Hati Pukur Park and Hastings Villa
We boarded from Sealdah (north) station and reached 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 these West Bengal tourist places within 10 minutes by walking. The park is beside Titumir bus terminus, and Hastings house is opposite the Barasat Kachari maidan.
Sealdah to Barasat bus route
DN17 2. D28: DN 3. D11/1: DN 4. 79B 5. D11: DN buses are available from Sealdah to Barasat. The journey time is approx 1 hour 30 minutes.