(Last Updated on : 13/11/2013)
Tourism in Chandannagar
is inclusive of the wide variety of tourist destinations which attract innumerable tourists throughout the year. The Underground House or Patal Bari, Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar, Chandannagar Strand, Nritya Gopal Smriti Mandir and Chandannagar Museum and Institute are some of the numerous exciting tourist spots located here.
Chandannagore Strand is a celebrated tourist locale which is situated along the pavement of Ganga River
, and is flanked by beautiful lights and trees
. It measures about 7 metres in width and 1 km in length and is surrounded by some of the most famous historical buildings. Visitors find the charm of Chandannagar Strand quite appealing, especially the calm breeze ands the sight of boats sailing across the river. A meditation centre named Vivekananda
Mandir is also present along this place. The Chandannagar Strand is considered to be the best adorned bank of Ganga River, along its whole length measuring 2, 500 km.
Chandannagore Museum and Institute
Previously referred to as 'Institut de Chandernagor', the Chandannnagar Museum and Institute is believed to be the most marvellous and ancient museums of the entire area. A large quantity of French artefacts like wooden furniture belonging to the 18th century, and some cannons employed in the Anglo-French wars are displayed inside this old museum
. Lessons in French language are imparted to people in the premises of this museum.
Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar
The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar is yet another specimen of architectural beauty of the French era. It was preciously called 'l'Eglise du Sacr‚ Cour' and is above two centuries old. The remains of the Church of St. Louis are also existent near this church
and this area is visited by numerous tourists as well as historians.
Underground House or 'Patal-Bari'
This reputed historical building depicts the unique aesthetic excellence of the architecture which was prevalent in ancient eras. The lowest floor of this Patal Bari or Underground House is said to have submerged in the waters of Ganga River. Rabindranath Tagore
, the noted Bengali
poet, playwright and nobel laureate had also paid a visit to those historical building and resided here off and on. The Patalbari inspired Tagore and enabled his intellectual capabilities to flourish greatly, probably due to which he included the name of Patalbari in several novels composed by him. Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
is also said to have sought refuge in this house, which was owned by some 'zamindars' who stayed in Bansberia
Ancient Temples of Chandanangar
Chandannagar is home to some magnificent ancient temples, some of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva
while others are dedicated to Goddess Kali
. The idols of all these deities
in these temples portray outstanding artistic appeal. The Nandadulal Temple, which was built in 1740, by Indranarayan Roychoudhury is a reflection of ancient Indian sculptures.
Nritya Gopal Smriti Temple
This temple was erected by Sri Harihar Sett and donated to the local residents of Chandannagar. Presently, the Mandir acts as a library and a theatre hall. The Nritya Gopal Smriti Mandir possesses a large collection of books in Bengali, French and English language
Residences of Renowned Personalities
Chandannagar boasts of containing the dwellings of certain famous personalities who are well-known for their immense contribution to Indian history and also the society of our nation. At Fatokpara, the paternal house of Rash Behari Bose
, the revolutionary leader is located. Sri Harihar Sett and Kanailal Dutta
were also amongst the influential local inhabitants of this region. Jatindranath Bandopadhyay and Upendra Nath Bandopadhyay, who founded a daily Bengali newspaper known as 'Dynik Basumoti' were dwelt in Chandannagar.
Bishalakshmi Temple is located in the western portion of railway station, near Brahmin Para, Bowbazar. However, the origin of this old temple is clouded in mystery. Regional people of Chandannagar worship the deity of this temple regularly.
Chuti Park, KMDA and New Digha
are the three amusement parks located in the western side of Chandannagar which are quite popular.