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Chandannagar is a former French colony near Kolkata in West Bengal. If you are a francophile living in India, Chandannagar is a compulsory place to visit!

Chandannagar is situated on the banks of the Ganges river. Chandannagar is 30 kilometers distant from Kolkata. Chandannagar is superbly connected to Kolkata via railways and road.

There are many attractions in Chandannagar . The notable attractions in Chandannagar are:
  • Chandannagar Strand: It is a beautiful tourist spot along the banks of the Ganges river. Chandannagar Strand has an excellently decorated footpath studded with lights. It is 1 kilometer in length and 7 meters in width. Many buildings of historical importance surround the spot. Chandannagar Strand is very popular among the locals.

  • Chandannagar Museum and Institute: It is one of the oldest and finest museums of its genre in the eastern region. The Chandannagar Museum and Institute has an excellent collection of French memorabilia unmatched anywhere in the world.

  • Chandannagar Church: Chandannagar Church reflects the prowess of the French architects during the colonial period. French language classes are taught here.

  • Patal Bari: Patal Bari is the Underground House constructed during colonial times. The unique feature of this house is that the lowest floor is submerged in the Ganges river. The great social reformer Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore has spent some time in this house.

  • Ancient temples: There are many temples in Chandannagar which dates back to the 16 th Century. The temples exhibit brilliant craftsmanship and artistic taste.
Chandannagar is also famous for its sweets. 'Jalbhara Sandesh' is one such delicious example.

Last Updated on : 12/07/2013