(Last Updated on : 10/02/2009)
Diamond Harbor is located in the delta region of Kolkata. It is actually situated at the juncture where the Ganga turns south before it reaches the sea. In the olden days, this place was known by the name of Hajipur, which was later transformed into Diamond Harbor by the British. This place was very notorious for haunted by the Portuguese pirates, since this used to be the halting place for the ocean going ships. These pirates often raided the area, which created unnecessary chaos among the people. Over the years this place has emerged as an attractive tourist destination with many adventurous packages for them.
The diamond harbor is gives a feel of serene calm atmosphere amidst the wilderness far away from the city`s crowd. It is 50 kilometers away from Kolkata, and has become a choice for the city people and outsiders who can also get back from it within a day even. The link ups with the pirates become a bit more real when we see the remains of the fort of Chingrikhali. Though there are some beliefs that the fort was built by the British East India Company, in order to establish them in Kolkata. Among the relics of the olden days, the old lighthouse is situated very close to it. The Diamond harbor, according to the 2001 census, had a population 37,238, out of which 51% is the male population, females comprises 49%. The literacy rate is 72%, where the male average is 77%, and 67% is the female rate.
The diamond Harbour serves as a kind of link with many of the places like Kakdwip, Gangasagar and Bakkhali. These places are also imoortant tourist destinations along with the scenic beauty of Diamond Harbour.. The Harbour provides excellent opprtunities for river cruises, which is the special attraction that everyone looks ahead for. The Sharisha Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is another place that pulls the crowd as a pilgrimage and a visiting place. Diamond harbour is a reson which attracts people to its nearby places like Gangasagar, a pilgrimage center which is linked with hinduism, and a fair is held here which marks the entry of numerous pilgrims. Joynagar is another place where we find the stone images of Buddha Lord Mahavira and Lord Vishnu, along with the manuscripts.
Therefore this place, not very far away from the city is drfinitly an enchanting place with the beaches and the rich view. This place can help people unwind themselves and get a taste of the sea in our very own West Bengal.