Top things to do in Up the Hooghly

Hindu Temple in Up the Hooghly

Hanseswari Temple

About 6km north of Bandel, Bansberia is home to the imposing Hanseswari Temple, devoted to an avatar of the goddess Kali. With 13 pinnacled sikharas (Hindu temple-spires) it looks like something you’d expect to see …
Continental in Up the Hooghly

Denmark Tavern

This riverside colonial inn dating from 1786 has recently been converted into a cafe/restaurant by Danish organisations. You can enjoy pasta, grilled sandwiches, eggs on toast and good coffee as well as Bengali and …
Islamic Site in Up the Hooghly

Hooghly Imambara

Between Chinsurah and Bandel, you can climb the lofty clock tower of the romantically crumbling Imambara, which has breathtaking views of the Hooghly River and houses a giant mechanical clock. The building was inaug…
Museum in Up the Hooghly

Institut de Chandernagor

In the old French governor's mansion on Chandannagar's riverfront road, the Institut has an interesting museum telling the story of colonial history on the Hooghly, and contains the four-poster bed of the 18th-centu…
Church in Up the Hooghly

Bandel Basilica

The chief reminder of the Portuguese presence on the Hooghly River is the Bandel Basilica, Bengal's oldest and perhaps most loved church, built in 1599 and often reconstructed since. There are good views from the ba…
Religious in Up the Hooghly

Jagaddhatri Puja

Devoted to an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga, this festival sees Chandannagar deck up in gorgeous public lighting, while enthusiastic locals throng festive arenas to pay respects to gigantic clay idols of th…
Religious in Up the Hooghly

Rath Yatra

Hundreds of devotees vie to drag the massive juggernaut chariot of Lord Jagannath between temples.