Hooghly is situated about 40 kms from Kolkata on the banks of the river Hooghly. There are many cities in this district with great tourism value. It is here where Sri Ramakrisna Paramhamsa and his wife Sarada Devi spend major part of their life. There are several cities in Hooghly district worth a trip. The French architectural style buildings in the city of Chandannagar are very famous. The sacred pilgrimage spots here are Tarakeshwar and Bhadreswar. Dhaniakhali in Hooghly is famous for its typical Bengali sari. The other must visit places in Hooghly include the oldest church of Bengal, Muslim Imambada in Bandel, Sandeswar Temple, Hansweswari Temple and Brindavan Jew temple in Chinsura.
The main places to visit in Hooghly include:
Bandel: The place is famous for the Bandel Church. This is the birthplace of the eminent writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
Tarakeswar: The Taraknath temple here is a must visit pilgrim centre in Hooghly. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People visit the temple in huge numbers every Monday. At a distance of about 6 kms from the temple there is a Buddhist temple.
Bandel Church: Bandel was the port of Hooghly at the time of Moguls and Portuguese. The church here is very famous. The present Basilica was built in 1660, by Gomez de Soto.
Imambara: This famous Imambara is situated at the bank of the river Ganges. This was built by Haji Mohammad Mahasin, whose grave can be seen there. This is a two storied building which has a mosque and a graveyard near it. The walls are decorated with the texts from the Holy Koran.
Kamarpukur: This is the birthplace of Sri Ramakrisna Paramhans. There is a temple built in 1951 which attract number of tourists. There are also many old buildings and temples here.
Chandannagore Strand: This is a beautiful tourist spot along the banks of the river Ganges. It is about 1 km in length and 7 m in width, and many buildings with historical importance surround the spot. You can take a walk here. This is the best decorated bank of the river, along its entire stretch. There is also a meditation centre here.
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, located at Dum Dum in Kolkata and Hooghly has its own railway station.
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