Welcome to Bansberia, a peaceful city and municipality located in the Hooghly district of the Indian state of West Bengal. Despite being just 45 km (28 mi) away from Kolkata, Bansberia remains a hidden gem, overlooked by many tourists in favor of its more famous neighbors. But Bansberia has plenty to offer for those willing to venture off the beaten path. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this city so special.
== History ==
Bansberia has a rich history as one of the main cities of ancient Saptagram. The Zafar Khan Ghazi Mosque and Dargah in nearby Tribeni are considered to be among the earliest surviving Muslim monuments in Bengal, dating back to 1298 AD. The mosque is an oblong structure measuring 23.38 by 10.53 metres (76.7 by 34.5 ft) externally and is the earliest surviving example of the brick-and-stone style introduced by the Muslims in Bengal.
== Culture ==
One of the highlights of Bansberia’s cultural calendar is the Kartik Puja festival, which is celebrated like Durga Puja of Kolkata and Jagadhatri Puja in Chandannagar for four consecutive days. The festival starts on November 17 every year (or November 16 in a leap year).
== Healthcare facilities ==
Bansberia boasts both government and private healthcare services, including the UPHC Bansberia and ESOPD Maternity Hospital. There are also several private doctors and physical therapists in the area, as well as dental clinics and pathology centers.
== Transport ==
Bans Beria railway station is the main railway connection for the town and is well connected to Howrah and Bandel. State Highway 6/STKK Road also passes through Bansberia, and private bus Route no. 39 (Chunchura Court-Jirat) runs through the area. Other modes of transport include auto-rickshaw routes and battery-operated TOTOs (E-rickshaws).
Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata, Bansberia is well worth a visit. So why not add this hidden gem to your travel itinerary and discover all that this charming city has to offer?