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Somrabazar, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

Steeped in history and flanked by the mighty Ganges, Somrabazar is known for its terracotta temples, ruins of Zamindar Mansions, lush green paddy fields crisscrossed by rivulets, the riverine island – Sabujdwip and the seat of spiritual awakening of Rani Rashmoni. It is an ideal place to spend a day or two, if you are keen on discovering heritage structures and take long walks along the marshy banks of Ganges to spot some of the rarest birds’ species. Apart from the nearby attractions of Guptipara, Bandel, Balagarh and Hooghly, Somrabazar is also known to produce some of the best sweets of Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF SOMRA BAZAR Places to see in Somrabazar: Somra bazar has been home to some of the elite Zamindar families in the history of Bengal like the Sens and Mitra Mustafis. Although most of the mansions of the erstwhile Zamindars are now in complete ruins but one can still make out the lost grandeur of these mansions from their Cornithian Pillars, hanging balconies and Durga Manchas. For more photos of Somrabazar click here The Anandamoye Temple in nearby Sukharia Village is one of the finest specimens of the 25-pinnacled terracotta temples in Bengal. Founded in 1763 AD, Anandamoyee Temple houses the main temple of Anandamoyee Maa, which is surrounded by 12 smaller temples. Although the present structure of the temple was completed in 1813 AD, few terracotta panels are still in good condition. The other notable temples of Somrabazar are Harasundrai Temple built in 1814 AD and Nistarini Temple built in 1847 AD. The Siddheshwari Kalibari Temple on the banks of the Ganges may not be structurally grand as the other temples of Somra bazar but its spiritual and historical importance is immense. It is said that Rani Rashmoni while sailing beside this temple had the spiritual awakening to found the Dakshineshwar Temple. If you do not belong to the group of “history hunters” and prefer more to be a naturalist, then Somrabazar will not disappoint you too. The huge marshland created by the changing courses of Ganges and the rivulets and river islands brings a whole lot of migratory and residential water birds. Somrabazar surely will surprise you with its healthy bird population. Interesting, Somrabazar has been a preferred film location for many films including the National award winning Mrinal Sen’s “Akaler Sandhaney.” Nearby attractions in Somrabazar: A 15-mins ride in a Toto or Rickshaw from the Railway Station will bring you to the Ferry Ghat of Somrabazar from where you can take a boat to Sabujdweep. One of the largest river islands in West Bengal over Ganges, Sabujdweep is a protected sanctuary. There are no accommodation options at Sabujdweep but a walk along the banks of this island and spending a few morning hours within this greenery will surely rejuvenate you. Few other popular tourist attractions near Somra bazar include the Hansheshwari Temple in Bansberia (27 kms.), Imambara (32 kms) in Hooghly and Bandel Church (30 kms). Things to do in Somrabazar: You can hire a Toto or Rickshaw and visit the temples of Sukharia and Somra bazar. You can also hire a fishing boat in the creeks and sail through the paddy fields and marshlands spotting some rare birds in their natural habitats. You can also visit some of the last boat making factories of Balagarh (7 kms) to witness the dying art of wooden boat making. Also, foodies won’t be disappointed at Somra bazar – the sweetshops of Somrabazar is sure to...
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Routpara, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

It happens that a weekend tour to a less famed destination often turns out to be an extremely exciting trip, with loads of fun and frolic. The quaint village of Routpara located in the Arambagh subdivision of Hooghly district is such a destination, which can offer you with some interesting experience. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROUTPARA Places to see in Routpara: Rotupara, better to term as a temple city of Bengal, upholds the blend of the two architectural style of temples in Bengal – Ratna (pinnacle) and Chala (sloping roof). The region is famous for housing five temples, three of which have already turned into ruins. You can visit the Mangal Chandi Temple admired with 13 pinnacles, though none of the pinnacles are in decent condition. The sites of the ruins of the other two speaks about the lost glory of the exquisite architecture of the temples. The fourth temple is a small shrine of Lord Shiva, which was probably built afterwards. However, do not miss the prime attraction of the region, the Durga Mandir, the architectural grandeur of which is not much affected by time. It is also probably the biggest terracotta panel across the Indian State of West Bengal.  This grand temple is maintained by the West Bengal archaeology Department. You will be amazed to see the exquisite and intricate terracotta carvings on the three entrances of the temple. The large terracotta panel of Devi Durga on the entrance is truly admirable. This panel is bordered by small sized panels of Ganesh and Lakshmi on the left and Kartik and Saraswati on the right. If you want to explore further, step to the main road to locate another notable octagonal structure of Rashmancha. Though the structure has been renovated, but the modernized version does not hold its past elegance. You can also locate ruins of another Rashmancha, while walking towards Arambagh. Move a little further to view the arched gateways of the Shiva Kutir, a deserted structure, now covered with foliage. Nearby attractions around Routpara: Tarakeshwar temple is a very popular attraction nearby. Things to do in Routpara: You can visit the temples and the ruined temple sites of the location, which are of major historical importance for their architectural style. Explore the region to locate some other historic terracotta structures. How to reach Routpara: In order to reach the destination, you need to board the Tarakeswar Local from the Howrah station. Get off at the Tarakeswar station, from where buses are available to Bali Dewanganj. Drop down at Haldapara, from where you can locate a meandering road leading to Routpara.  It takes around an hour and 45 minutes to reach the destination. Map of Routpara [mqMap key=”mJRj” width=”500″ height=”490″ src=”http://www.mapquest.com/embed?icid=mqdist_mb_wp&maptype=map&zoom=11&center=22.850847109741103,88.04394889316129&projection=sm&showScale=0″/]   Best time to visit Routpara: You can visit the destination any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Routpara: Tourists usually do not stay at Routpara, and there are no such lodging facilities available. So, it is better to find accommodation at Arambagh, from where Routpara is easily accessible. Decent dining facilities are also offered in the hotels and lodges of Arambagh. Moreover, there are also many eateries. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Dasghara, Hooghly – 70 kms from Kolkata...

Dasghara is an ideal destination for the tourists having true interest in history because this small village near Tarakeshwar treasures some remarkable terracotta temples and architectures. This quaint village is situated 12 km north of Tarakeswar, famously known as the temple town. The history of Dasghara can be traced back to the early phase of the 18th century. The place will definitely offer you a rare experience. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DASGHARA Places to see in Dasghara: Though most of the sites in Dasghara only house the ruins of the historical structures, still nothing could diminish the attraction of the place. The central attraction of the tourists visiting Dasghara is a temple built in the Mughal era, admired with decorative terracotta work. The village is also adorned with a picturesque colonial garden, the beauty of which is enhanced by the marble statues admiring the site. You could also locate the second largest Rath of Hooghly in this village. The oldest construction of the village is the Gopinath Temple, built by a local zamindar called Sadananda Biswas. The temple features five spires and some of its significant terracotta panels are still in good condition. The panel features some notable scenes from the Ramayana, a grand court, performances of the musicians and glimpses of regular life. It is said that this masterpiece is one of its kind in whole of West Bengal. The temple premises also features an octagonal shaped Rasmancha, admired with nine spires, narrow pillars and a square shaped Dolmancha. You will also find an age-old Durga Dalan and the house of the Biswas family within a short distance from the temple, which only carry a slight hint of its early glory. Apart from the architectural attractions built by the Biswas family, Dasghara also treasures a clock tower and an arched gateway. These two masterpieces were built by Bipin Krishna Roy, a notable businessperson of the area. However, the hands of the clock tower have become static. You can also visit the mansion of Bipin Krishna. He is also credited for building a Shiv temple in the region. Nearby attractions around Dasghara: You can arrange a trip to the Tarakeswar temple, located near Dasghara. Things to do in Dasghara: Revitalize yourself by inhaling the unpolluted air while enjoying a nature walk along the village pathway. You will have enough time to explore the place and admire the several historical sites dotting the region. How to reach Dasghara: You can board the Tarakeswar local that leaves from Howrah station. Buses are available from the Tarakeswar station to Dasghara. Dasghara is located at a distance of 70 km from Kolkata. So, you can also drive along the National Highway 6 and then turn left to locate the Dhaniakhali Connector to reach Dasghara. Best time to visit Dasgara: You can visit Dasgara any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Dasghara: You will find hotels and eateries near the Tarakeswar bus stop, some of which are suitable for night stay. However, Dasghara is popular as a day trip destination. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Gadiara, Howrah – 96 kms from Kolkata

Gadiara is a very nice weekend tourist spot, located in the meeting point of River Hooghly, River Damodar and River Rupnarayan. The rivers meet here to form a huge expanse of waterbody with towns like Haldia, Geonkhali and Nurpur on their banks. The twinkling lights of these towns viewed from here across the river in the evening is a great experience. If you are seeking to spend an idle weekend watching the boats passing by and the sun setting on the river, then Gadiara can be your choice. Here, you can enjoy fresh and really good Bengali food, river cruising, hotel with swimming pool and village walks during your stay. Gadiara is a perfect weekend rejuvenating experience for anyone. BOOKING DETAILS OF  GADIARA Places to see in Gadiara: You can still seem some ruins of an old fort built during the rule of Lord Clive mostly submerged in the river. You can also take a boat ride to the other side of the river to another tourist spot called Geonkhali. Gadiara Pictures For more photos of Gadiara click here Nearby attractions in Gadiara: The major nearby attraction is Garchumuk. You can also visit nearby Geonkhali by crossing the river by regular ferry service.. Things to do in Gadiara: Savor the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the vast expanse of water. Take a walk along the riverside and spend some quality time taking a boat ride on the river. Idling along the river bank and taking lazy village walks are the best things to do here. How to reach Gadiara: You can drive to Bagnan and then take left. Cross the level crossing and head towards Shyampur to reach the destination. Gadiara is 8 kms from Shyampur and 33 kms from Bagnan. If you are driving along the Durgapur Expressway from Kolkata, then it will take around 1 hr to reach Bagnan from Kolkata. If you want to avail train services, then board a local train from Howrah heading to Kolaghat, Mecheda, Panskura or Kharagpur that will drop you at Bagnan Station. You can catch a bus from Bagnan to Shyampur. You would get auto rickshaws from Shyampur to Gadiara. There are also direct CSTC buses leaving Kolkata from Dalhousie (Esplanade) – opposite to KC Das Sweet shop for Gadiara. The first bus leaves Esplanade around 5:30 am and the last CSTC bus leaves Gadiara at around 4:00 pm. There is another way of reaching Gadiara through ferry services from Nurpur. There are direct buses from Esplanade to Nurpur too. Best time to visit Gadiara: You can visit Gadiara any time of the year. The evenings are usually cool with winds flowing over the river. Lodging and dining facilities in Gadiara: There are different types of hotels and guesthouses in Gadiara. However, only few are equipped enough to keep family guests. Most of the hotels in Gadiara face the river and some are located near the bus stop while others are located in seclusion amidst nature beside the river. You would get rooms according to your preference and budget starting from basic rooms to Deluxe AC rooms. Our family hotel in Gadiara has a nice lawn, garden, swimming pool, pond, car parking and face the river. The rooms have river-facing balconies, televisions, Air Conditioning, hot water geysers, 24-hr electricity, nice comfy beds and all other facilities required for a comfortable stay. Food is essentially Bengali cuisine and served hot and fresh to the guests in the Dining Hall. Some guesthouses...
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Dwarhatta, Hooghly – 41 kms from Kolkata...

The terracotta temples guarded by lush green thickets makes Dwarhatta peaceful and serene. Located 41 km from Kolkata, Darhatta is one of the villages in Haripal, in the West Bengal’s Hoogly district. With its terracotta temples, simple and neat tribal huts, Dwarhatta welcomes you to spend some hours in the calm ambience of its village. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DWARHATTA Places to see in Dwarhatta: The major attractions of this place are its terracotta temples. The Vishnu and three Shiv temples constructed by Singha Rai family, the zamindars of this place, are the most popular sights. One of the three temples is Rajrajeswari-Shiva terracotta temple, constructed by Pannalal Singha Rai. The walls of this temple are adorned with scenes from Ramayana, Indian mythology, and Radha- Krishna. Though the temples of Shiva are in dire condition, they are being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India, who has acknowledged this as a heritage site. There is the temple of Dwarika Chandi, where a large fair and puja is organized every year. You can visit around this time to enjoy the festival. Nearby attractions of Darhatta: You can visit the nearby main city of Chinsurah just 35 km away. Things to do in Dwarhatta: Apart from sightseeing, you can watch huge varieties of birds in the village of Darhata. You can also watch the village market that opens weekly, is a spectacle in itself. How to reach Dwarhatta: Darhata can be reached by availing any of the options stated below. Firstly, you can get on a bus from Kolkata, that will take you through Arambagh, Bankura, Bishnupur and finally stop at Gajar More, which is 6 km from Haripal in Hoogly. From Gajar more you have to turn left and travel a small distance of 1.5 km to reach the village of Darhata. Or you can also get on a bus from Howrah to directly reach Antpur, from where you go to Darhata.  If you want to go by railways, you can avail local train to take you to Tarakeshwar from Howrah. On the way you have to get down at Haripal and then take a trekker to Antpur. You can also hire a car from Kolkata to reach Haripal and Antpur. Best time to visit Darhata: Since the place is sunny and hot all round the year; you can visit Darhata anytime in the year. In the summers, the green shade of the trees will protect you from the scorching rays of the sun. Lodging and dining facilities at Dwarhatta: There are no lodging facilities in Darhata. It is apt for a day trip from Kolkata. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Guptipara, Hooghly – 80 kms from Kolkata...

A rural town in Chinsurah subdivision, Guptipara is famous for being the first place in West Bengal to start community Durga Puja. Located beside the Hooghly River, Guptipara is equally famous for gupo sandesh (variety of sandesh pieces) and makha sandesh (sandesh mixture) besides being the birth place of the famous singer Bhola Moira. But above all, it is the terracotta temples that are the biggest attractions of the place. The temples of Guptipara boasts of a completely different style of architecture like thatched hut-shaped structures with terracotta carvings, the unique aatchala temple with colorful paintings and the ekratna or single pinnacled temples. Beside, Guptipara was once famous for being the home to Vaishnava culture. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO GUPTIPARA Places to see at Guptipara: The biggest attractions of Guptipara are the four Vaishnava temples of Brindabanchandra, Chaitanya, Krishnachandra and Ramchandra which offers great pieces of architecture. Nearby attractions from Guptipara: Among the nearby attractions from Guptipara, you can visit Bandel, famous for Bandel church as well as Kalna town and Bansberia. Things to do in Guptipara: The best thing that you can do while in Guptipara is sight-seeing of the four main Vaishnava temples. Plus, you can also take part in the different local celebrations like Rath Yatra, Ras, Bhandarloot and Dol. Rath Yatra is a grand affair in Guptipara with thousands of devotees taking part in the procession. How to reach Guptipara: You can board the Howrah-Katwa local that takes some 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Guptipara. Then, you have to take a rickshaw that will charge you some Rs 100 from the railway station to the temples. State Highway 6 would take you to Guptipara from Kolkata via Jirat. Best time to visit Guptipara: You can visit Guptipara during anytime of the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Guptipara: Guptipara is popular as a day trip destination. So, staying there is not necessary. However, Guptipara offers a good collection of places to eat. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Banshberia, Hooghly – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Banshberia or Bansberia is small town that is situated between Tribeni and Bandel, in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is located at the Kalyani Bridge’s western end lies on the Bandel-Katwa branch rail line. Banshberia falls under Mogra and Chinsurah police stations in Chinsurah division. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BANSBERIA Present Bansberia was one of the main villages of ancient Saptagram and was once the commercial complex and main port of that area. The existence of the place dates back to the period of Shah Jahan. An area including Bansberia was part of the Mughal Empire and the Zamindar was Raghab Dattaroy of Patuli. The place derived its name from the legend that a fort was built by Raghab’s son after clearing a bamboo grove. Places to see at Bansberia: The tourist attractions of Banshberia are the Hangeshwari and Ananta Vasudeva temples comprising intricate terracotta works. The five-storied Hangseshwari temple is built in a unique architectural style, comprising thirteen lotus bud-shaped minars and inner layout following human anatomy. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The construction of the temple was started by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay and was completed by his wife, Rani Sankari in 1814. The Ananta Vasudeva temple was built in the traditional ‘ekaratna’ style with an octagonal tower, triple arched entrance and curved cornices. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is famous for the terracotta works on the walls of the temple that depicts love, war scenes, gods and glimpses of everyday life. It is situated in the temple complex of Hangeshwari temple and was built in 1649 by Raja Rameshwar Datta, an ardent follower of Vaishnavism. Its decorative scheme is similar to that of the terracotta temples, situated in Bishnupur. The ruins of Dattaroy Palace are situated next to the temple and all that remain of the structure are the broken walls and fragments of arches. Nearby attractions of Banshberia: You can wander along the Hooghly to Ishwar Gupta Bridge or visit Bandel that is situated at a distance of four kilometers and offers a number of tourist attractions. Things to do in Banshberia: You can visit the temple and admire the beautiful terracotta pieces of art. How to reach Bansberia: You can reach Bansberia by availing trains that run on the Howrah-Katwa rail line. Trains also ply on the Sealdah-Katwa rail line. From the station, you can avail cycle-rickshaws in order to reach the temple complex. You can take NH 2 to reach Banshberia by road from Kolkata. Best time to visit Banshberia: Any time of the year but rainy season is not preferable. Lodging & Dining facilities at Banshberia: There are no such lodging facilities or hotels in Banshberia but there are cheap accommodation options in nearby Bandel. However, Banshberia is ideal for day trips. A number of eateries are situated near the complex of the temple that serves local Bengali cuisine at reasonable prices. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Garchumuk, Howrah – 60 kms from Kolkata...

Garchumuk is located on the district of Howrah of West Bengal at the confluence of River Hooghly and River Damodar. The spot, offering the spectacular view of the Ganges is gradually emerging as a popular tourist destination ideal for a weekend tour. It is situated at the converging point of the two rivers, Damodar and Hooghly (which is Ganges), which enhances the scenic beauty of the location. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO GARCHUMUK Places to see in Garchumuk: The prime attraction of Garchumuk is the beautiful barrage, popularly called 58 No. gate or Atanna Gate, where 58 lock gates have been built. Visitors flock at the site to view this extensive barrage. Garchumuk also features a nice deer park. You can also spot irrigational canals connecting the rivers Damodar and Hooghly. Above all, it is the breathtaking natural beauty of the river Ganges and its surroundings that fascinate the visitors. Nearby attractions around Gorchumuk: Gadiara is a major nearby tourist attraction, located at a distance of 22 km. from Gorchumuk. It is also a popular picnic spot. Things to do in Garchumuk: Garchumuk is an ideal picnic spot for the tourists amidst the natural splendor. There are also provisions of boat riding on the river Hooghly at Garchumuk. You can also explore the region, preferably in groups. How to reach Garchumuk: You can avail a number of options to reach Garchumuk. Trains are available from Howrah, which takes around 45 minutes to reach Uluberia. From Uluberia, you will find jeep, bus, ambassador and trekker to reach Garchumuk. Garchumuk is located at a distance of 60 kms from Esplanade and takes around 2.5 hours to reach the destination. Avail a bus heading to Gadiara from Esplanade, and drop down at the 58 No gate stop. You can also drive along the Bombay road to Uluberia and then take the local road to reach Garchumuk. Best time to visit Garchumuk: Garchumuk is ideal to visit round the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Garchumuk: Lodging and dining facilities are provided by two Bungalows, run by the Howrah Zilla Parishad. Among the two bungalows, the newly built is situated in close proximity to the confluence of the rivers Damodar and Hooghly. You can also locate some local hotels suitable for night stay. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Deulti, Howrah – 48 kms from Kolkata

If you are looking for a rural escape, away from the bustling city life, then you can make a tour to this small village of Deulti, nestled amidst a serene ambience. This peaceful retreat is located about 6 kms towards the western part of Bagnan, in the district of Howrah in West Bengal. It is a perfect holiday destination, cradled on the bank of River Roopnarayan. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DEULTI Places to see in Deulti: Deulti is rich with its heritage and culture. The neighboring village of Deulti called Samtaber is popular among the tourists for being the abode of the famous author Late Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. You will truly be amazed by savoring the panoramic view of the natural surrounding of this serene village of Deulti. The charming calls of different kinds of birds from behind the foliage will offer you great pleasure. You will also enjoy a stroll along the narrow clay path cutting through the paddy field that will lead you to the bank of river Rupnarayan. The mesmeric view of the River Rupnarayan will definitely captivate your mind. You can also visit the temple of Radha and Madanogopal, beautified with terracotta decoration. This ‘atchala’ or eight-roofed temple was constructed in 1651 AD by the Zamindar of Mangalhat Pragana, called Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury. Nearby attractions around Deulti: Kolaghat is just a few minutes drive from Deulti. Garchumuk and Gadiara is also nearby. Things to do in Deulti: You can enjoy a nature walk along the clay pathways of this small village. Interaction with the locals of Deulti is also quite interesting, for they can enrich your knowledge about the history of the place. You will become oblivious about time, while sitting on the bank of River Rupnarayan, offering a visual treat. How to reach Deulti: Deulti is accessible by car from Kolkata. Drive along the Vidyasagar Setu, popularly known as the second Hooghly Bridge and take the route of the Kona Highway. After driving for few hours, you will reach the National Highway 6. Drive along the NH6 to pass Panchla, Uluberia, Kulgachhia, Chandpur, Bagnan and finally you will reach the Deulti crossing. The village of Deulti lies at a short from the Deulti Railway Station. Best time to visit Deulti: Deulti attracts tourists round the year, though it is good to avoid the monsoon season for River Rupnarayan may get flooded. The summers are also quite harsh. Winters would be the best time to visit Deulti. Lodging and dining facilities in Deulti: Accommodation facilities are offered by a number of hotels and resorts found in Deulti, which also has the provision for dining. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Chandannagar, Hooghly – 44 kms from Kolkata...

Chandannagar – located in the Hooghly district of West Bengal is famous for its French connection, its historical buildings, Jagatdhatri Pujo, the Ghats on River Ganges (locally called River Hooghly) and the famous Jalbhara sweets. Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673 and still today it holds a French flavour in the architecture of its famous Sacred Heart Church and collection of French antiques in the local museum. This small town bustling with its own culture and heritage is a great destination for a weekend trip just 44 kms from Kolkata.. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDANNAGAR Places to see in Chandannagar: Chandannagar is dotted with numerous tourist attractions, which include famous churches, temples, museums and picnic spots. The lush landscaped Chandannagar Strand on the bank of River Ganges is a hotspot for the locals and the visitors alike. It is admired with nicely paved pathway and bright lights. [AFG_gallery id=’107′] A number of buildings of  historical significance are located here too. The prime attraction of the Chandannagar Strand is the Vivekananda Mandir, which is a meditation centre. The Chandannagar Museum and Institute is worth visiting too. This French Museum or Residency was the former home of the French administrator J.F. Dupleix, which has now been converted into a museum. It showcases a wonderful collection of French antiques including 18th century wooden furniture, a cannon used in Anglo-French war and other items. The exquisite architecture of the Sacred Heart Church and the Chandannagar Church is also popular with the tourists. The site featuring the ruins of the St. Louis Church is also interesting. The underground House, popularly known as the Patal Bari, the lowest floor of which is immersed in the River Ganges is another superb architectural evidence of the early days. Chandannagar has a number of temples, the most noteworthy being the age-old Nandadulal Temple, constructed in 1740. You can also locate some other temples of Kali and Shiva located everywhere. Visitors can also make a trip to the Nritya Gopal Smriti Mandir, which has a library and a theatre hall. The western side of Chandannagar is admired with three amusement parks namely Chuti, KMDA and New Digha. Nearby attractions around Chandannagar: You can make a trip to the temple of Hanseshwari housing the deity of Goddess Kali, on the bank of the Ganges at Bansberia, located 25 km. from Chandannagar. The temple with a towering height of 90 feet and featuring 13 peaks was built with limestone brought from Chunar, near Allahabad.  Each peak of the temple represents  a blooming lotus bud. There is also a Ananta Basudeba temple and a Swanbhaba Kali temple built by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay in 1788 located nearby. The clock of Bandel Imambara is another sightseeing interest for the tourists. This 100 years old antique clock made of solid brass features letters in Arabic and measures around 3 ton. The Bandel Imambara truly offers visual pleasure with its magnificent structure. The interior of the mosque is decked with several chandeliers, Iranian carpets and the teachings of Koran are inscribed on the wall. The Portugese Church in Bandel built in 1599 is also a must visit for tourists. Things to do in Chandannagar: Sightseeing is the major activity of the tourists visiting Chandanagar. You can enjoy a stroll along the beautifully paved pathway of the Chandannagar Strand, savoring the view of the small boats passing by on River Ganges. The view of the River Ganges also fascinates the tourists. How to reach...
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Sukharia, Hooghly – 80 kms from Kolkata...

It can be said undeniably that a travel to the small and quaint village of Sukharia will offer you a unique experience. Located at a distance of 80 km from Kolkata, Sukharia, situated in the Hooghly district can better be termed as the abode of terracotta temples attracting history lovers to three medieval shrines of the 18th century. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SUKHARIA Places to see in Sukharia: Sukharia is admired with three major gracefully designed temples, which are the prime spots of tourist interest. The most notable temple was built by the village zamindar Bireswar Mustafi, in the year 1813 in the eastern part of the village. The temple, famously known as the Ananda Bhairabi Temple, houses the deity of Anandamoyee Kali. The shrine admired with 25 pinnacles, is a masterpiece of temple architecture and there are only five such temples in West Bengal. The temple walls are adorned with intricate terracotta design, offering a visual pleasure to the tourists. The premise of the temple houses 12 small temples, which have been built in two parallel rows, featuring 6 temples in each row. 10 of the temples are aat chala (eight sloped roof), featuring the Shiva Linga. The other two temples are Pancharatna (five Pinacled), among which one is dedicated to Shiva and the other houses the idol of Ganesh. You can also visit the temple of Harasundari, built by another renowned zamindar, Kashigoti Mitra in the western zone of the village of Suhkaria. You will also locate another temple of Nistarani Kali, built in close proximity to the Harasundari temple. Though the temples were built long ago, still the carvings and the decorations of the temples are truly admirable. Nearby attractions around Sukharia: Nabadwip is nearby. Things to do in Sukharia: You can explore the village of Sukhuria and visit the temples admiring the site. State Highway 6 from Nabadwip would take you to Katwa. How to reach Sukharia: Sukharia is well connected with Kolkata by railway. The nearest railhead is Somra Bazar. You have to board a train heading Katwa from Howrah and get down at Somra Bazar station (after Guptipara). You can take a Rickshaw to reach the temples from the station. Best time to visit Sukharia: You can visit Sukharia any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Sukharia: There are no facilities for night stay in Sukharia. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...