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Ref : TOUR-1/Along the Hooghly / W.B

The beautiful Dakshineswar Kali Temple is 10km away. On the bank of the
river is the beautiful navaratna temple (With nine towers) dedicated to
Bhabatarini. (Goddess Kali). It was built by Rani Rashmoni.

Across the river is Belur Math, headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission.
Join in with the devotees to watch the evening aarti (light ceremony). The
main temple dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa is a magnificent
one with remarkable architectural specialities. From different angles a
mosque and a church.

5km further is the interesting waterfront of Serampore, originally a Danish
colony. Across the river is the old British settlement of Barrackpore.The
principal attraction is the Gandhighat. At the Gandhi Museum here, galleries
depicting the life of Gandhiji and Barrackpore is also associated with the
Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. Accommodation.

The strand at Chandannagore, 39km, is enchanting. You can also visit the
Clock Tower, among many other heritage buildings. The Octagonal Dutch
Church and settlement is at Chinsura, 45km away. This was a Dutch
settlement. Among the remains of the bygone days are three barracks, a
church, a cemetery and the Fort Gustavus.

The Portuguese settlement at Satgaon and Hooghly was founded in 1577 and
stormed by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, in 1632. The Hooghly
Imambara and the Portuguese monastery and church at Bandel, 48km away,
are Places worth visiting.

The Hanseshwari temple with unusual carvings and unique structure and the
Basudeva temple located at Bansberia, is 47km away.

South along the banks of the Hooghly, is the holiday resort at Raichak and
48km away is Diamond Harbour, where the Hooghly flows into the Bay of
Bengal, a beautiful resort by the side of the river Hooghly, at its widest

before it turns to meet the sea. There is a Tourist Lodge at Diamond Harbour
run by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation.

You can access all these places by rail and road, but a ferry ride will make it
an unforgettable experience.

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