Bandel in Kolkata

A quick getaway from Kolkata.

A quick getaway from Kolkata. | Photo credit: Wikimedia commons/Grentidez

Bandel Overview

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Bandel is one of the treasure troves of West Bengal, famed for early Portuguese settlement and important religious edifices. A small suburban area in Chinsurah subdivision of Hooghly district, Bandel has a good collection of man-made and natural attractions. Blessed with a tropical wet-and-dry climate round-the-year, this place can be visited at any time and season. The presence of the Hooghly River adds beauty and sanctity to this neighbourhood.

The star attraction of Bandel is the Bandel Church, which is known to be one of West Bengal's oldest Christian churches. Established in 1660s, this beautiful church stands as a testimony to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal and their fine engineering artistry. Dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary, this church features three altars, a grand pipe organ and several tombstones.

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    Do carry your camera when you visit Bandel, as here there are many sights worth capturing, the best being Bandel Church. Built around 350 years ago, during the settlement of Portuguese, this church boasts of stunning exteriors and interiors.

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