Chandannagar at a glance:
Coordinates: 22.8671° N, 88.3674° E
State: West Bengal
Wrapped in the interiors of West Bengal in the Hooghly District is the small yet significant town of Chandan Nagar. This small town could have been in place of present day Kolkata had history gone as planned. At a distance of merely 50 kms from main center of Kolkata, this place is a good option for a weekend place to visit with an option of lot of things to do to experience the culmination of yesterday’s cultures.
How to reach Chandannagar:
By Air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata which is located at a distance of around 52 km. From the airport you can hire a taxi to reach the city.
By Rail: There is a Railway station is located in Chandannagar. Outside the station, you will find a plethora of taxis to take you to your hotel.
By Road: There is a good network of roads which connect Chandannagar.
Places to visit in and around Chandannagar
Owing to its French influences during the many years of French rule, this beautiful museum houses numerous French and British artifacts from the colonial rule. The museum contains displays regarding the local history of Chandannagar, including the archaeological discoveries in the district since the Gupta period. This is a must visit place for tourists and history buffs.
Chandan Nagar also has a lot of picnic spots to offer. But the most popular and biggest one is the KMDA Park. Built over a sprawling 33-acre piece of land, the place offers dozens of picnic spots. With many exciting rides for children and a boating complex, this place attracts many tourists.
The beautifully sculpted temple was built back in 1740. One of the few temples in the area, the walls are covered with idols and carvings. This significant icon in the city is indeed a must place to visit.
The Chandannagar Strand
The Chandannagar strand is the most important and popular pathway in all of Chandan Nagar. The strand is built along the Ganges river, lined with trees and lights.
The Patal Bari
Another very unique and yet equally beautiful offering by Chandan Nagar, the Patal Bari literally means the underground house. Its lowest floor is submerged in the River Ganga. The Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore frequently visited the place and appreciated a lot about the building. This interesting place with a lot of historic significance is indeed a must visit in Chandan nagar.
What to eat in Chandan Nagar
Local Food and Cuisine
Chandan Nagar is especially famous for its sweets and desserts. There are numerous shops offering a variety of sweets to tease your taste buds. The place is also very famous for its fast food, fish curry and street food. But be careful and try and eat even the street food from hygienic local vendors.