Chowringhee in Kolkata

One of Kolkata's most historic neighbourhoods

One of Kolkata's most historic neighbourhoods | Photo credit: Flickr/Shankar s

Chowringhee Overview

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A history-rich neighbourhood in Kolkata, Chowringhee attracts countless tourists with its exciting entertainment hotspots and shopping hubs. In the early 17th century, this area was a small village of isolated hovels with tiger-infested jungles, paddy fields, swamps and sporadic huts of fishermen, farmers, woodcutters and weavers in the surroundings. Urbanisation in this region started after the strengthening of British power in the 18th century. The construction of several imposing structures in Chowringhee, in the mid 18th century, earned Kolkata the sobriquet of ‘City of Palaces’.

By far, the main attraction of Chowringhee is Jawaharlal Nehru Road, which is lined with skyscrapers, bustling marketplaces and important offices on either side. Kolkata's star attractions, including Indian Museum, The Bishop's House, St. Paul's Cathedral, M. P. Birla Planetarium, Tipu Sultan Mosque, are located on this road. At present, Chowringhee houses four of the main stations of Kolkata Metro, namely Esplanade, Park Street, Maidan and Rabindra Sadan.

  • Photo Opp

    Do carry your camera when you visit Chowringhee as this place offers you sights of towering buildings, busy marketplaces and some of the most popular landmarks of Kolkata city. The Bishop's House, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tipu Sultan Mosque and M. P. Birla Planetarium are iconic buildings with brilliant architectural in this area that deserves to be clicked.

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Kolkata, 700020, West Bengal