4 days in Hooghly District Itinerary

4 days in Hooghly District Itinerary

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Hooghly

— 3 nights
Go for a jaunt from Hooghly to Tarakeswar to see Taraknath Temple about 1h 40 min away.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hooghly driving holiday planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Hooghly is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. October in Hooghly sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hooghly

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Hooghly District travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Hooghly district is one of the districts of the state of West Bengal in India. It can alternatively be spelt Hoogli or Hugli. The district is named after the Hooghly River.The headquarters of the district are at Hooghly-Chinsura (Chuchura). There are four subdivisions: Chinsura Sadar, Serampore, Chandannagar, and Arambag.HistoryThe district of Hooghly derived its name from the town of Hooghly on the west bank of the Hooghly River about 40 km north of Kolkata. This town was a river port in the fifteenth century.The district has thousands of years of rich heritage in the form of the great Bengali kingdom of Bhurshut. The first European to reach this area was the Portuguese sailor Vasco-Da-Gama. In 1536 Portuguese traders obtained a permit from Sultan Mahmud Shah to trade in this area. In those days the Hooghly River was the main route for transportation and Hooghly served as an excellent trading port.Within a few decades the town of Hooghly turned into a major commercial centre and the largest port in Bengal. Later in 1579-80 Emperor Akbar gave permission to a Portuguese captain Pedro Tavares to establish a city anywhere in the Bengal province. They chose Hooghly, and it became the first European settlement in Bengal. In 1599 the Portuguese traders built a convent and a church in Bandel. This is the first Christian church in Bengal known as ‘Bandel Church’ today.

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