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Hooghly – A Cultural Hub


Hooghly, also known as Hugli or Hooghly-Chuchura, is one of the few places in India that features remnant culture-based influences of several civilizations like Portuguese, Dutch and British. After the Mughal empire was wiped out, the British Raj started spreading its roots in India at places like Kolkata, Haldia and Hooghly.

Hooghly by river Hooghly today is a prosperous river port and is just a few kilometres from Kolkata, the state capital. North 24 Parganas is accessible from Hugli using the river ferry service. In fact, Hooghly is situated wholly on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. Hooghly is also known as just river Hooghly.

Tourist Places In And Around Hooghly

Over the years Hooghly has become an extended suburb of Kolkata. It serves as a good one day trip to make especially if one is visiting Kolkata. Most of the important tourist destinations in Kolkata are well within driving distance of Hooghly. A few of the local destinations to mention are the Bandel Church and the Hooghly Imambara.

Modernization Of Hooghly

The locals of Hooghly are very modernized and metropolitan in their ways. The Chinsurah N.S. Road is the place to head to where one can find all the latest brands in fashion, technology and restaurants to spoil your appetite silly. One cannot miss the local Bengali cuisine served at Hooghly, especially the delicious seafood.

Festivals In Hooghly

The people in Hooghly celebrate festivals with much pomp and excitement. The major festivals celebrated here are Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Dussehra and Diwali. The city is decked up during these festivals and the colours are awe-inspiring. 

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How to Reach Hooghly

  • By Road
    State Highway 13 connects Hooghly to West Bengal and it’s a 1 and a half hour drive from the State Capital.
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  • By Train
    Chuchura Railway station is the closest railway station to Hooghly which connects directly to Howrah station in Kolkata, which in turn connects to the major cities in the country.
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  • By Air
    Kolkata’s Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Airport, which is an international customs aerodrome is approximately 60 kilometers from Hooghly and is well accessible by road.
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