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Chandannagar

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"The Land of the Nawabs and The Lords- the French and the British"

Chandannagar Tourism

Wrapped in the interiors of West Bengal, in the Hooghly District, is the small yet significant town of Chandan Nagar. This small town which could have been in place of present day Kolkata, had history gone as planned, has the most unique and formidable history in perhaps all of India.

Chandan Nagar was first under the rule of the Nawabs, then the reigns shifted to the French. With the arrival of the British, Chandan Nagar changed thrones many times between French and British until finally it merged with the State of West Bengal at the time of independence. Owing to a turbulent and colorful history, Chandan Nagar has traces of various national and foreign influences. A trip to this small town isn't just relaxing and calming, it's like seeing a bit of past in the future.

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Festival of Jagadhatri Puja

The Jagadhatri Puja is one festival which is celebrated with full zeal in Chandannagar. The goddess Jagadhatri is similar to goddess Durga. This festival is celebrated after the Durga Puja and Kali Puja. This puja is considered as the reincarnation of Durga. Jagadhatri goddess is depicted as being the colour of morning sun. Grand pandals are created and the goddess is carried out throughout the city. The entire city is lightened up making it look very beautiful.
Bhog (food offered to the goddess) is distributed in localities. The goddess is decked up with ornaments and clothes. In the evening, mela or fairs are organised which has various fun filled activities. The immersion of this idol marks the end of the festival. If you are planning to visit Chandannagar, then make sure to plan in the months of October to November when this festival takes place.

Cruising away in Chandannagar

Since river Ganga passes through Chandannagar, there are various exciting cruises that are organised. While you are on board, you get mesmerising views of historical temples and churches of Chandannagar. As you sail smoothly, you will constantly be entertained by witnessing live cultural shows. Gourmet cuisine and well-planned itinerary add up to make the cruise a memorable one. Usually, a cruise lasts for six to seven days, but you can choose your package from various operators. If you want a hiatus from your hectic schedule, come down here to experience the serenity of sailing through the Ganges.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chandannagar

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.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Chandannagar by morning. After checking into your hotel and having breakfast, you can start your day by visiting the Sacred Heart Church. Then, in the evening you can visit the exciting KMDA Park. It is a great picnic spot.
Day 2- Start your day early by visiting Nandadula Temple. Then, you can head out to Chandannagar Museum. It is located just 6 km from the city. So, exploring the museum will take around two to three hours. In the evening, you can choose to head out to Patal Bari.
Day 3- If you are here for one more day, you can visit the Chandannagar Church. There are many other temples that you can visit. At night, you can hang out at The Strand which is located beside River Hooghly.

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What's Great?

Peaceful place. Has various tourist places nearby.

What's Not So Great?

No adventures. Unpredictable weather during monsoons. Scorching heat in summers. Lack of good hotels.

For Whom?

Nice place for history lovers and those who want to know about different styles of architecture particularly French style. Great place for sweet lovers.

How To Reach Chandannagar

There is no airport in Chandannagar. The nearest one is in Kolkata which is located at a distance of around 52 km. The airport is easily accessible and from there, you can hire a taxi to reach the city. There are regular state transport buses and taxis plying between Chandannagar and nearby cities. Alternatively, the city is accessible via trains also.

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Q. I want to stay just near by to Chandan Nagar rail station. is there any good hotel but a bit cheap. I just want to spend a night with my parents . I have never been there . please help and how can I go to Chandan Nagar from Chitpur station? please guide me

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Pallavi Siddhanta 1 year ago
- Must visit in November, because it is the month when Jaghdharti Pooja is held in Chandan Nagar with much go. It is the time when the whole city is set ablaze with lights and candles and flowers. All the temples have Prayer Services for most parts of the day and throngs of eager tourists and devotees arrive here at the time.
debarshi Sinha 3 months ago
Rabindra Nath Tagore usually visited this place many times and wrote many of his poems, stories here ,this is the historical value of Patalbari. It's unique for it's old french architecture ,the lowest floor is just beside the water level of River Ganga. It has a small garden with beautiful seasonal flowers.