North 24 Parganas :- A district with densely populated urban fringe of the metropolitan city of Calcutta with already built up city of Salt Lake and the up-coming New City at Rajarhat on one side and the remote riverine villages in the Sundarbans on the other has made the district rich in all activities. Agriculture, Industry and pisciculture are all at their peak in the district.
South 24 Parganas :- With urban fringe of the metropolitan city of Calcutta on one side and the remote riverine villages in the Sundarbans. Agriculture, Industry and pisciculture are all at their peak in the district.
Taluk Headquarters :- Behala, Garden Reach, Maheshtala, Metiabruz, Bajbaj, Regent Park, Bishnupur, Phalta, Diamond Harbour, Kulpi, Mathurapur, Sagardwip, Kakdwip, Namkhana, Pathar Pratima , Gosaba , Kultali, Basanti , Port Canning, Hinjolganj, Sandeskhali, Magnahat, Baruipur, Sonarpur, Jadavpur, Kasba, Tiljala, Bangar, Minakhan, Hasnabad, Harua, Basirhat, Deganga, Swarupnagar, Gaighata, Bangaon, Bagdah, Bijpur, Habra, Naihati, Jagaddal, Noapara, Amdanga, Barasat, Barrackpur , Titagarh, Khardah, Baranagar, Belgharia, Nimta, Rajarhat, Dumdum, Laketown, Saltlake.
ALIPUR . A southern suburb of Calcutta included within the city municipality, it has major industries, including printing and bookbinding, cement manufacture, oilseed milling, and general engineering works. Alipore is the site of zoological-horticultural gardens and of Belvedere House, onetime residence of the former British lieutenant governor of Bengal and now the location of the National Library. The town has a college affiliated with the University of Calcutta.
BARRACKPUR, also called CHANAK. It lies just east of the Hooghly River and is part of the Calcutta urban agglomeration, lying 15 miles (24 km) north of Calcutta. The name Barrackpore probably is derived from there having been troops stationed there--in barracks--since 1772. Barrackpore Park contains the former suburban residence of the viceroy of India. The town was constituted a municipality in 1869, but its area was curtailed by the separation of Titagarh (q.v.) municipality in 1895 and Panihati (q.v.) municipality in 1900. Major industries include jute and rice milling, sawmilling, and hosiery manufacture. Barrackpore has a racecourse, an airfield for freight traffic, a government agricultural institute, and several colleges affiliated with the University of Calcutta. Pop. (1981) 115,516
Sundarbans, formerly SUNDERBUNDS, vast tract of forest and saltwater swamp forming the lower part of the Ganges Delta, extending about 160 miles (260 km) along the Bay of Bengal from the Hooghly River Estuary (India) to the Meghna River Estuary in Bangladesh. The whole tract reaches inland for 60-80 miles (100-130 km). A network of estuaries, tidal rivers, and creeks intersected by numerous channels, it encloses flat, marshy islands covered with dense forests. The name Sundarbans is perhaps derived from the term meaning "forest of sundari," a reference to the large mangrove tree that provides valuable fuel. Along the coast the forest passes into a mangrove swamp; the southern region, with numerous wild animals and crocodile-infested estuaries, is virtually uninhabited. It is one of the last preserves of the Bengal tiger and the site of a tiger preservation project. The cultivated northern area yields rice, sugarcane, timber, and betel nuts.
Places of Tourist Interests :-
North 24- Paraganas
- Diamond harbor