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If you are looking for a place which can offer you beauty, scenery, history, religious beliefs, then Hooghly is where you need to go. It is a perfect place with rivers and traits of history living in there. It has the influence of Fresh and Dutch and it is very well visible in the area. There are a lot of tourist places and many more things to explore in the place. Again, the city is accessible through railways, smooth roads and the nearby airport.

History of Hooghly

The district of Hooghly derived its name from the town of Hooghly on the west bank of the Hooghly River about 40 km north of Kolkata. This town was a major river port for trade in India before colonialism. The district has thousands of years of rich heritage as part of the Bengali kingdom of Bhurshut. The first European to reach this area was the Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama. In 1536 Portuguese traders obtained a permit from Sultan Mahmud Shah to trade in this area. In those days the Hooghly River was the main route for transportation and Hooghly served as an excellent trading port.

Places to Visit in Hooghly

Bandel Church

This church was built in the year 1599 by Captain Pedro Tavares. And by the middle of the 16th century, the Portuguese had used Bandel as a port. What is really worth knowing is the fact that the original building of this church was burnt down and was re-built in 1660.


This Imambara was built by Hazi Mohammad Mohsin. This tourist destination has been located on the bank of river Ganga in Chinsurah. The construction of this place has started in 1841 and then came to its fruitful end in 1861.


Located in the Arambagh subdivision of the Hooghly District, this is the place where Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa was born in the year of 1836. This village is around 48 km away from Taraknath Temple.

Things to Do in Hooghly

Pandua Bari Mosque

Visit Pandua Bari Mosque which is out and out amazing. If we look at the architecture of this place, then it is a typical brick style of Bengal. This building has around three aisles and has around 21 door openings. This mosque also has a canopied platform.  

Antpur Math

Antpur Math was initiated in the Hooghly River in the year of 1965 and then was officially affiliated in the year of 1986. This centre has been situated in the birthplace of Swami Premananda. Furthermore, what is really interesting to know is the fact that many young disciples of Sri Ramakrishna took the vow of renunciation under the unparalleled leadership of Swami Vivekananda.

Deer Park. Visit Deer Park which is simply an amazing place to visit. This place is really great as an ideal picnic spot. Thus, you should definitely give this tourist spot a try.

Events and Festivals in & Around Hooghly

Poush Mela

It is basically an annual fair which takes place in Santiniketan in the Birbhum district. And as the name suggests, this fair commences on the 7th day of the month of Poush and lasts for a period of three days. Read More..

Durga Puja

This festival is also known as Durgatsava, it is an annual Hindu Festival in the Indian Subcontinent which is celebrated in reverence to Goddess Durga. Read More..

Best Time to Visit Hooghly

The winter months are a great time to visit Hooghly. This is an ideal time for sightseeing and exploring this gem of a place.

How to Reach Hooghly?

By Air

Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport, Kolkata is the closest airport from Hooghly. From there, you will need to take a cab or some other means of transportation.  

By Road

The overall connectivity via road route is quite good. Thus, if you are planning a road trip then it will also be a convenient option for you.

By Train

Chinsurah Railway Station is the nearest railway station from Hooghly. And from there, you would be needing to take a taxi or a cab.

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