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Rajarhat is a neighbourhood of Kolkata, located in North 24 Parganas district of the Indian state of West Bengal. Lying just on the periphery of the planned New Town, Kolkata, Rajarhat has seen huge spurt in real estate development. Rajarhat is part of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation.
Raja Gajendra Narayan Ray who was one of the Finance Officials under Emperor Jehangir settled in Haveli Shahar ( now Halishahar ). He had a vast zamindari in a large part of North 24 Parganas. One day he was going to visit his zamindari by a Bajra along the River Labanyabati ( now a narrow canal called Nowai Khal ). Suddenly by accident the Bajra sank & all the passengers except him drowned. After this accident he refused to return to Halishahar & decided to settle at this place. He built his residence there on the north of the River Labanyabati. Around his house a village grew up which is still known as Rajabaati or Raajbaari. This village is situated 2 KM south of the villages of Jojera & Beraberi. Later many families of his subjects started to settle around the place and a market was also started which they called Raajaar Haat. This bazaar is still there situated east of Kadihati - Bishnupur Road & old Shyambazar - Basirhat Light Railwayline, now known as Baguiati - Rajarhaat Road. This Raja Gajendra Narayan Ray's next 7th generation Durga Prasad Roy settled in Behala and he is considered to be the founder of the illustrious Ray Family of Behala.
As per the 2011 census, Rajarhat had a total population of 402,844 persons, Males constitute 50.55% of the population and females 49%. Rajarhat has an average literacy rate of 89.69%.
Kolkata/East travel guide from Wikivoyage