Located on the western bank of meandering river stream is Hooghly, one of the district of West Bengal. It is also spelt as Hoogli or Hugli. Hooghly is located at a distance of 40km from Kolkata. Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal. During 15th century the town of Hooghly was a river port. Hooghly is often reckoned to be the place, where Sarada Devi and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa stayed for several years. During the medieval Hindu kingdom, the river stream of the Hooghly served as an astounding trading port. At present time Hooghly is one of the most economically developed districts of West Bengal. It has emerged as an important producer, trader of jute. The city of Hooghly is more than 500years old. Colonized by Portuguese, French and the Dutch Hooghly is an historical significant place. Hooghly with its lingering essence of ancient time has captivated the mind of many tourists traveling to West Bengal region. There are many interest point and monuments which shows the influence of colonial era in Hooghly.
Established in 19th century by the then French Prime Minister Pompidre and Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri is a museum called Chandannagar Museum. Situated in the Strand Road, Chandannagar Museum showcases displays regarding the local history of Chandannagar, including the archaeological discoveries in the district since the Gupta era.
Situated on the Western Bank of Hooghly River is a historic town of West Bengal called Serampore. It is the oldest pre-colonial city of India. Jagannath Temple is the prime attraction of Serampore. Dated back to 1755 Jagannath Temple of Serampore is home to the second oldest “Rath Yatra”.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Tarakeshwar Temple is a major pilgrimage centre for the devotees visiting Hooghly. The temple was built in 1729. As per the local legends, the temple was built after a dream which led the mendicant brother of Raja Vishnu Das to discover a Shiva Linga in the jungles near the present foundation of Tarakeshwar.
Sited on the western bank of Bhagirathi-Hooghly is a sacred place for all Muslim community, Hooghly Imambara. It is a two storey building which was completed in 1861. The construction of Hooghly Imambara was started in 1841 under the commandment of Mohammad Mohsin. Decked with candles, marbles, and hanging lantern the walls of Hooghly Imambara is engraved with the holy texts from Quran. One the most attractive feature of the Imambara is the vintage clock situated between the twin towers.
Located in the Banshberia town of Hooghly is the Hangseshwari Temple. It is a scared Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Completed in 1814 the inner sanctum of Hangseshwari Temple features the anatomy of human body.
It is situated amidst the reservoir of Kamarpukur town in Hooghly. The Garchumuk Deer Park is a favored tourist destination of Hooghly. The verdant land of emerald green rolling meadow where deer can be seen grazing is the most eye-catching feature of Garchumuk Deer Park.
Founded in 1947, Sri Ramakrishna Math is the sacred place where Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna deva was born. It is also the ancestral home of Sri Ramakrishna deva.
Situated near the Kamarpukur town is Garh Mandaran a historical monument or the remains of it. It was built in Afghan era. The ruins of Garh Mandaran have attracted many travelers towards Hooghly.
The architectural beauty of historic era in Hooghly can be relished throughout the year but the best time to visit Hooghly is during autumn season from October to mid December.