Habra is a lively city north of Kolkata, where you can shop at bustling markets, escape the crowds in leafy parks and dine on authentic Bengal cuisine. Affordable accommodation makes Habra popular with budget-conscious travellers wanting to sightsee in Kolkata.
Things to do in Hābra
Habra is dotted with leafy parks where you can escape the crowds and traffic. Small but tranquil, Lakepar Garden features grassy areas and tree-lined paths. Sanhati Park offers shady picnic sites and a lake fringed by lush palm trees.
Discover how the region’s famous clay statues are created in the Kumartuli Idol Makers district. The neighbourhood is brimming with artisan workshops where expert craftspeople sculpt gods, demons and other religious figures used in Indian festivals.
Tagore’s House is located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus and honours the legacy of beloved Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. The museum occupies a handsome 18th-century mansion and is filled with original manuscripts, photographs and artwork.
Habra is brimming with restaurants where you can try traditional Bengal cuisine. Try spicy potato curry, “daab chingr”’ jumbo prawns cooked in coconut broth and “shukto” vegetables in a creamy gravy. Street food stalls will tempt you with “kathi” roti rolls filled with succulent meat and “jhal muri” rice flakes tossed with chutney, coconut chunks and roasted lentils.
Getting around Hābra
Habra is located in West Bengal, a 1.5-hour drive or train ride from Kolkata. Taxis are a fast and comfortable way to get around Habra and autorickshaws are also a good option. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.