Taki — Epar Bangla, Opar Bangla

Last night, we planned also to visit Taki. It is the Indian border with Bangladesh. It is about 15 kilometers from Basirhat. A beautiful river – Ichhamati separates the two nations. The far side of the river is Satkhira district, Khulna division of Bangladesh.

Ghat of Ichhamati river separating India & Bangladesh

Also, we have our ancestral places in Taki. Taki is the hometown of mother of our father. In the morning, Jaya, Badal, Tota, Soumya, Dadubhai and I went to Taki in our car.

We on the bank of river Icchamati

As Ichhamati river in Taki separates two countries, the boats on this river have to carry as mandatory the national flags of their respective countries. The Indian boats carry the Indian flags and Bangladeshi boats carry their national flags.

A boat carrying Indian flag on Ichhamati river

There are many Border Security Force [BSF] watch towers to monitor and prevent unwarranted cross border traffic/movements besides protection of our national boundaries.

Taki-Basirhat is famous for Gamchha – Bengali towel. A local villager is showing his stock of Gamchha to Jaya, while we were having cold drinks.

The far side of the river – Bangladesh as seen from Taki

Cycle-vans carrying passengers & tourists in Taki

A picnic spot near the bank of the river Ichhamati

A bust of Prof. PC Roy at road crossing. We parked our car near this roundabout.

A village road inside Taki

Village women going for dip in a village pond

Miss these greenery, tress, and ponds in our cities

Village boys playing cricket while a vegetable vendor is passing by

As we did not have much time because we have to return today to Kolkata for our visit to Gangtok tomorrow, we just went to the Ichhamati river bordering the countries. We had some cold drinks and returned via our ancestral house at Taki. We did not go inside the house for paucity of time. May be, we will visit there during our next visit to Taki.