Gangasagar or Sagardwip is one of the most sacred and holiest Hindu pilgrimages in India.A visit once to Gangasagar is worth a life-time.The Gangasagar pilgrimage was founded by the kings of Ikshwaku dynasty of Ayodhya.Sagardwip is a strip of sandy land surrounded by water.This is a cluster of 51 islands,big and small.The area of Sagardwip is 580.9sq. km. and surrounded by Muriganga on the east and Bhagirathi on its west. Preparations for the Sagarmela(Poush Sankranti Pithe-puli) begin one month advance over a 3acre land.Temporary reed huts are contructed and shops,hotels are set.Govt. temporary built hospital,drinking water, temporary tourist colony, and sewage systems during sagar mela.At the time of Makar Sankranti there is a brisk buying and selling.At this special time lakhs of pilgrims come from all over India to bathe in the water – a dip in the water at the point where Ganga meets the sea,in the dawn on Makar Sankranti.Bathing in this confluence of Ganga and Sagar is considered as holy as performing an Ashwamedh Yajna.It is a lovely destination combining pilgrimage and fun.
How To Go Ganga Sagar:
Air: The nearest airport is at Kolkata, which is connected by various national and international airlines with other parts of India and the world.
Rail: Trains are ply from Sealdah via Laksmikantapur to kakdwip.
Road: Buses,private cars are available from kolkata.
Tourist Attraction Of GangaSagar:
Kapil Muni Ashram:
In the past,the Ashram of Kapil Muni was also located at this confluence point.Kapil Muni,by virtue of meditating vigorously,attained Siddhi or fulfiillment on this place a religious pilgrim centre.