Location of Khidirpur
Khidirpur is located in metropolitan Kolkata (Calcutta). Located in the central-west part of the city, it is bounded by the Alipur in the east, Mominpur in the south, Hastings, in the north, Garden Reach and Metiabruz in the south-west and the Hooghly River in the west.
History of Khidirpur
Khidirpur has a legend with respect to its name. It is said that some British could not converse in Bengali. Whenever they passed by, their asking in broken Hindi for the directions to the port where their ships used to dock sounded somewhat like 'kidder-port'. More plausibly, the name is a corruption of Khidrpur or Khizarpur, Khizr or Khidr being the guardian saint of the seas and the delta for the fishing communities in Bengal. This is one of the versions behind the nomenclature of the place. In fact, the port got its name from Lord Kyde, a 19th-century engineer who designed and supervised the building of the lock gate that connects the port to the Hoogly River. Because of his work, the tidal difference of the Hooghly River water level is isolated from the water level of the port. The port took his name and is called Kyderpore or Khidirpur. A number of soldiers killed during the Second World War were buried at the Solana Muslim burial ground.
Geography of Khidirpur
Kidderpore is located at 22.53 degree North to 88.32 degree South. It has an average elevation of 9 m (30 ft).
Attractions in Khidirpur
Khidirpur is a market area and it is famous for India market and Fancy Market. Kidderpore Bridge is one of the few bridges in Kolkata that has trams plying across it. The Kidderpore Tram Depot connects famous locations like Kalighat, Tollygunge and Ballygunge, etc, now a shooting location for Tollywood.
Kidderpore intersection is connected with North, South and Central Kolkata by various private and state bus services. Kidderpore can also be accessed via shared autos which ply from Hazra and Behala and are cheap and affordable option.
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