Chandannagar French settlement, now a sub-divisional town in the
district of Hughli, stands on the west bank of the Hughli River.
35 km away from Calcutta, it was formed of three old mouzas viz
Khalisani, Boro and Gondolpara and its area was about nine sq km
including the chhitmahal of Gourhati. Mankundu and Chandannagar
railway stations on the Howrah-Bandel Railway line serve the town.
The grand trunk road passes through it. Unlike other European colonies,
Chandannagar was well known for its prosperous trade even before
the advent of the foreigners.
A beautiful tourist spot along the banks of the river Ganges. It
is a superbly decorated pavement studded with lights surrounded
by lushy green trees. It is about 1 km in length and 7 m in width,
and many buildings with historical importance surround the spot.
It is very popular visiting spot of the local people and the tourists
would love to stroll along enjoying the mild breeze and watching
the small boats sail by. Along the strand are present Vivekananda
Mandir(a meditation center) and a protruding structure into the
river Ganges. This is supposed to be the best decorated bank of
the river along its entire legth of 2500 km.
Chandannagar Museum and Institute
( Institute de chandannagar )
One of the oldest and finest museums of the entire region. It boasts
a beautiful collection of French items (e.g cannons used in Anglo
- French war, wooden furniture of the 18th century, etc.) which
are difficult to find anywhere else in the world. The institute
still teaches French through regular classes.
The beautiful church stands over for two centuries to mark the beauty
of the architecture during the French period - a good place to visit
for th historians and tourists. The remains of the church at St.
Louis is also an attractive tourist spot.
The Underground House (Patal Bari)
The building is another beautiful example of the advancement in
the knowledge of architecture and the aesthetic sense of the people
of those earlier days. Its lowest floor is submerged in the river
Ganges. The great social reformer Iswar Chandra VidyaSagar and Nobel
laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore stayed in this house during their
visits to chandannagar.
Nandadulal temple, built in 1740 by Indra Nararayan Choudhury presents
an excellent example of ancient Indian Sculptures. There are many
fascinating temples devoted to Kali, Siva and other deities which
show marks of brilliant craftmanship and artistic taste.
Ntritya Gopal Smriti Mandir
Built by Sri Harihar Seth and donated to the people of chandannagar.
This building still serves as a theatre hall and also as a library.
The nearest airport is DumDum, Calcutta which is about 50 km from
Chandannagar is 34 km from Howrah railway station in the Easetrn
Railway. Local trains which ply through the main line in the Eastern
Railway e.g. Bandel local, Bardhaman local and Katwa local have
From Calcutta, one has to cross the Howrah bridge over the river
Ganges and avail the Grand Trunk Road to reach here. Also one can
cross Vivekananda Setu (Bridge) at Bally to avail the National Highway
No.4 ( Delhi Road). Alternately by crossing Kalyani Bridge, one
can come here.
chandannagar is connected to Jagaddal of North 24 Pargana District
by Ferry service.
General Information & Accomdation info on Chandannagar city
of West Bengal - India