Falta Travel Guide
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- Soumyajit Kundu
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- State: West Bengal
- Famous for/as: Heritage
- Altitude: 19 m
During the British Raj, the place was an important port and was used by the East India Company for its trading activities. The Dutch, the first foreigners who landed at this place, built a harbour and made it their base. This is also where the East India Company established camp after being defeated by Shiraj-ud-Daulah in 1756.
More recently, an export processing zone was established here in 1984, which has increased the importance of this place from that time. It afterwards became a free trade zone and with progression, it became special economic zone in 2003 and also the first SEZ in India.
The main tourist site of this place is the garden house of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose. Besides this, other attractions like Falta Point, Mayapuri Kanan and River Ganga are also popular. The closest tourist destinations to this place are Raichak, Haldia, Alipore and Kolkata.
As it is close to the city of Kolkata, the culture of this place is cosmopolitan. The people of this town are inclined towards both western and traditional Bengali culture and the place is also a minor hub of arts. Some of the popular dishes of this place are luchi, cholaar dal, kochuri and alurdom; telebhaja, beguni, fuluri, alur chop, vegetable chop, fish kalia, fish paturi, maacher jhal and alu posto. This region, like Bengal in general, is also popular for its sweets like sandesh, rosogolla, chanar payesh, misti doi and patali gur.
The closest railhead to this place is Howrah Junction (HWH), which is located at a distance of 14 km from Falta. The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata from where, buses and taxis are easily available to reach Falta. In addition to that, buses are available from Kolkata, which run daily at a good frequency, from Babughat and Taratolla.
The best time to visit this place comes in between the months of October and March. During these months, the climate of this place remains soothing and pleasant and this is also the time when many festivals like Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja and Diwali are celebrated here.