Chandraketugarh is famous for the excavations discovered which belong to around 3rd Century BC. Chandrakethugarh is located about 31 kms from the main city Barasat of North 24 Paraganas district in West Bengal and it takes around 1 hour to reach by road to these wonderful ancient excavations.
Chandraketugarh is famous as an archaeological site which was discovered during 1957-68 under the guidance of Asutosh Museum of Indian Art. It is located just beside the Bidyadhari River which is about 35 kilometres far from Kolkata. A mound discovered here mentioned names like Khana and Mihir who belonged to the era of Vikramaditya around 505-587BC. According to the Archaeologists, Chandraketugarh is might be an important town and port city during 3rd century BC.
There are several potteries which carry inscriptions written in Kharoshthi and Brahmi scripts. There isn't proper chronological order of the excavations but according to evidences found it had seen the eras like Maurya, Shunga, Kushan , Gupta, Post-Gupta and Pala-Chandra-Sena (ranging between 300BC- 1250 AD). It has collection of terracotta art, displaying an unusual degree of precision and craftsmanship. Other objects like Northern Black Polished Ware relics, large number of silver punched coins and few gold coins have been discovered here. A large number of semi-precious stone beads and objects made with ivory and bone were also found here. Currently it is under the purview of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The excavations at Chandraketugarh can be visited during timings 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. It takes around 1 hour to 2 hours to evidence complete site here.