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Timings : 24 hours

Time Required : 1-2 hours

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Prinsep Ghat, Kolkata Overview

Prinsep Ghat, located on the banks of River Hooghly, is a majestic structure famous for its Greek/ Gothic inlays. The beauty of Princep Ghat draws architecture and history buffs in large numbers, but even locals visit to absorb the regal vibe of the attraction. With the magnificent Howrah Bridge in the background, watching the sunrise or sunset and taking a long walk in the cool air on the banks of the river are some of the preferred recreational activities here.

During the British Rule, it was used by the staff of the British Royals as a jetty for loading and unloading passengers and essential items. The ghat is located between Fort William and the Water Gate and is often visited by tourists exploring these attractions. Prinsep Ghat is one of the few locations that have been restored to maintain the pre-independence aura. It is, therefore, a favourite amongst photographers especially for pre-wedding shoots. In between exploring the attraction, if one feels like grabbing a bite, there are several food kiosks to choose from that serve scrumptious local snacks. Prinsep Ghat is sure to be the highlight of one’s trip to Kolkata.

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Boat Ride at Princep Ghat

Boating is a favourite recreational activity at the Prinsep Ghat. These river cruises last for a few minutes to an hour, and tourists can choose from traditional wooden boats and speedboats.
Early mornings (6:00 AM to 9:00 AM) and evenings (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM) are highly recommended for boating in the serene river. Some boatmen extend the evening river boat ride on request for another hour or so at additional charges.

Things To Do at Princep Ghat

How can food be missed when in Kolkata? There are food stalls near the ghat that sell delicious local snacks. One of the centres is over 50 years old, and they still sell ice-cream and fast food since it started serving locals.

Prinsep Ghat has undergone many renovations and beautification. As of today, the ghat has beautiful lawns and gardens with tall trees and flower beds making it a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

Best Time To Visit Prinsep Ghat

The best time to visit Princep Ghat is in during sunsets for an evening boat ride or a leisurely stroll in the gardens on the banks of River Hooghly.

How To Reach Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat is barely 6 kilometres away from the centre of the city. Local buses, rickshaws and taxis are the best modes of public transport that tourists can take. You can head to the attraction via College Street - BB Ganguly Street - Marx Engels Beethi Road and Goshto Paul Sarani - Strand Road. You can also take the Radha Nath Mullick Lane - BB Ganguly Street - Nirmal Chandra Street - Ganesh Chandra Avenue - Chowringhee North - Strand Road, Fort William route.

Ferry services are also available from the Howrah Station to reach Babu Ghat on River Hooghly which is located about 2 kilometres from Prinsep Ghat. You can walk or hire an auto-rickshaw from here to reach the Ghat.

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