Places of Interest

Places Of Interest in Hooghly District

bandel church

Bandel, (the name came from the Bengali word “bandar” which means “port”) appears to have been the port of Hooghly. at the time of Portuguese and Mughals.  The only relies of the  Portuguese settlement are the Church(Basilica) and the monastery.  It is about 2 kms away from  the station ‘Bandel’.  The present church and monastery are said to be built in 1660 by Gomez de Soto having the key stone of the old church bearing the date 1599 over the eastern gate of the Monastery.  In front of the Church stands a ship’s mast which was presented by the captain of a vessel which had encountered a storm in Bay of Bengal and save by the grace of Virgin, the center of attraction.  There is the statue of” One lady of Happy Voyage” in the middle of the church.  The church has three altars, a small organ & several tomb stones.


By Rail :Bandel (Jn) station is the main station which is  connected with Howrah-Burdwan main line.From Howrah Bandel Local, Pandua Local, Bardhaman Local and Katwa Local & Memari Local have stopage at Bandel Station. Bandel is also connected with the Nahati (Jn) Station of Sealdah section by Bandel-Naihati Local. From Bandel the Bandel Basilica(Church)  auto rickshaw,mini bus and richshaw is avilable. It will take  ten  to fiften minutes.

 Launch Service is available from Naihati Ferry Ghat to Chinsurah Ferrhy Ghat from 6 10 p.m.

This is one of the very important temple amoung all the temples in Hooghly District & & seven in West Bengal.  The structure of the  temples is the representation of ‘Tantrik Satchakrabhed’. This 5 storied ‘thirteen ratna’ temple is situated near the Bansberia and Tribeni railway station  both of which is on the Howrah-Katwal main line. Near to this temple there are also two other important temple named Ananta Basudeba Temple, which is decorated with very rich teracotta pointed plates and Swanbhaba Kali Temple built by Nrisinhadeb in 1788. 



The Imambara building having a masonry revetment is situated on the bank of river Ganges at Chinsurah.  The place is nearest to the railway station “Hooghly” on the Howrah Bandel main line and from Hooghly station the rickshaw or auto rickshaw is available to reach the place.The building was started in the year 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin & was completed in the year 1861 at the cost of Rs.2,17,413/- including a clock procured from England at  the cost of Rs.11,721/-.  The two storied building consisting ranged rooms having a wide entrance of  main gate flanked by two nos. of giant towers measuring 80 ft. tall & a massive clock tower in between them. A mosque, the walls of which are decorated by the texts from the Holy Koran and the interior of the  mosque is enriched with inlaid marble and careings, candle and lanterns.  The mosque is situated at the north side of the building.  At the south there is an enclosed compound where the graves of Md. Mohasin & his relatives are present.