Experience A Little Europe Tour In Bengal – Kolkata / Calcutta
The banks of the Hooghly River proudly showcase Bengal’s rich colonial heritage, an integral aspect of its culture and tradition. The influences of Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish, and British cultures and architectures are distinctly evident, especially in the Hooghly district. Crossindia Heritage Tours, led by knowledgeable hosts Peter and Leonora de Vries from New Zealand, offer an immersive exploration of these splendid destinations.
Bengal, having endured numerous foreign invasions in its history, bears the enduring imprints of each encounter. Traversing the Hooghly River’s banks, the tour embarks on a journey to discover ‘little Europe’—former European trade centers exuding architectural and cultural splendor left behind by foreign powers. Whether it’s churches, cathedrals, governor palaces, clock towers, or other landmarks, Crossindia Cruises Heritage Tours comprehensively covers these significant destinations.
Whether you are a first-time visitor captivated by these picturesque locales or a seasoned traveler returning for more, the enchanting and mystifying ambiance never fails to enthrall. Many visitors express a compelling desire to revisit these locations, drawn to the unique blend of history and culture they offer. With a thorough understanding of the entire region, Peter and Leonora de Vries serve as expert guides, sharing valuable knowledge and insights about each place throughout the tour. In the early 17th century, the allure of India’s opulence, ranging from diverse spices and luxurious silk to exquisite pottery and jewelry, captivated the attention of Europeans. This fascination led to the establishment of outposts along the banks of the Ganges River, within a 80 km stretch from Kolkata. The Portuguese were the first to secure permission for trading outposts in Bandel, followed by the Dutch in Chinsurah, the Danish in Serampore, the French in Chandannagar, and ultimately the British in Kolkata.
a journey to explore the colonial heritage of Bengal offers a unique and unforgettable experience. This adventure delves into legacies that have endured the passage of time, with day excursions to each of these pre-colonial cities steeped in history. These trips provide insights into the rise and fall of European colonization in the subcontinent, incorporating local expertise and innovative travel concepts meticulously crafted by our knowledgeable local experts.
Bengal, in its historical past, hosted communities from Portugal, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, and Britain, serving as a vibrant center for trade and commerce. This rich tapestry of European and Bengali cultures left an indelible mark, now unveiled by Let Us Go for discerning travelers and history enthusiasts. Renowned for their exceptional guided city tours, Let Us Go invites you on a day expedition to explore Bandel, Chinsurah, Chandannagar, and Serampore, offering a deeper understanding of Bengal’s diverse heritage.
Little Europe Tour From Kolkata Itinerary
captivating journey after an early breakfast to explore the rich cultural tapestry of West Bengal. Begin your odyssey in Bansberia, situated 55 kilometers away, where the Ananta Basudeva and Hanseshwari Temples stand proudly, showcasing the unique Bengal Terracotta architecture. The octagonal Ananta Basudeva Temple, a marvel built in 1679 by Raja Rameswar Dutta, features sculpted inscriptions depicting tales from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Krishnalila on its walls.
Next, travel 6.5 kilometers to Hooghly, where the imposing Imambara, a testament to Islamic architecture, was erected by Haji Mohd. Mohsin in 1861. This sacred prayer hall for Shia Muslims exudes beauty and historical significance.
Chinsurah, once a Dutch colony, beckons with its historical gems. Explore the Octagonal Dutch Church, witness the transformation of the Residence of the Dutch General into Mohsin College, and discover the charm of the Armenian Church and Chinsurah Court.
Chandernagore, a vestige of the French colonial era, invites you to wander through its remnants of the past. Delve into the history at the Museum and Institute De Chandernagore, and visit St. Joseph Convent, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Hotel de Paris (now City Civil Court), and The Strand.
Conclude your day in Serampore, a former Danish colony known as Fredericknagore. Marvel at Carey’s College, founded by Sir William Carey in 1819 and presently called Serampore College. Explore other architectural wonders such as the College of Textile Technology, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Danish Governor’s Palace (now City Civil Court), all bearing witness to the Danish settlement in the region.
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extraordinary day with Let Us Go’s exceptional guided city tour, exploring the captivating locales of Bandel, Chinsurah, Chandannagar, and Serampore. Traverse through the historical remnants of Serampore, known for its Danish influence, Chinsurah’s Dutch heritage, Chandernagore’s French charm, and the Portuguese legacy in Hooghli. This comprehensive full-day journey offers a fascinating European Settlements Boat Ride, contributing to the revitalization of Kolkata and West Bengal’s rich history. The banks of the Bhagirathi-Hooghly river, often referred to as ‘Little Europe,’ bear enduring imprints of diverse European cultures, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tapestry of the past. booking Online – +91 9088694714