Situated on the bank of River Hooghly in the Diamond Port of West Bengal is a quaint settlement called Raichak. It is located at a distance of 50km from Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Raichak was originally founded by British East India Company during the era of colonization. Offering a spectacular view of river Ganga, Raichak has emerged as a favored tourist destination in West Bengal. There are few tourist interest places in Raichak which has hyped the interest of tourists traveling in West Bengal region.
It is an Anglo- Indian Style fort situated on the river bend of Raichak. Original Fort Radisson was built in 1783 to keep a watch on river Hooghly for any sign of pirates. At present time upon the ruins of fort a luxury hotel has been built. The management was able to preserve some of the artifacts of fort from the colonial era like a grand piano, perfume bottles, and a vintage wall clock.
Acting as a link between Haldia and Kolkata is Diamond Harbor of Raichak. Formerly known as Hajipur, Diamond Harbor was then considered to be the safest resting spot for the ocean going ship. It is famous for offering a mesmerizing vista of sparkling river stream. Along the harbor visitors can find an ancient Chingrihkali fort with its own light house. The fort once served as a hiding place for Portuguese pirates.
River Hooghly is one of the prime attractions of Raichak. In olden days River Hooghly served as an important trading link. It is an ideal place for a serene picnic spot or to avail boating facility to enjoy the sunset over River Ganga. Boat rides or ferry rides to Kukhrahati or Gadiara or to other nearby towns and villages from Raichak Jetty and Nurpur Jetty is another popular activity at Raichak.
It is a popular pilgrimage centre in Raichak. Situated near Diamond Harbor, Aashram of Ramakrishna Mission with its idyllic setting has become the perfect place for visitors who are in search of solace and tranquility.
It is quaint settlement located near Raichak. Joynagar is famous for housing the artifacts dating back to 11th and 12th century. Visitors can see ancient manuscripts, terracotta figurines, and black stone images of many gods while exploring Joynagar.
October to March is the best time to relish the scenic beauty of Raichak.