Tour de Little Europe in Bengal


Parts of Bengal had been one of the oldest colonies of the European settlements and the traces of it can be still found in several regions of the state. Discover the colorful heritage of the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish and British as we explore old colonial settlements along the Hooghly River (West Bengal).

On this full day tour you will get a glance of Bandel, Chinsurah, Chandannagar and Serampore, the areas which had European dominance.  We will introduce you to the amazing cultural convergence along the Hooghly River, often known as the “Europe on the Ganges”.

“Heritage … includes the natural as well as the cultural environment. It encompasses landscapes, historic places, sites and built environments, as well as biodiversity, collections, past and continuing cultural practices, knowledge and living experiences….”  (ICOMOS, 1999).

Peter & Leonora de Vries are from New Zealand who lived and worked for many years as social entrepreneurs in Kolkata. Their motto is to empower people for a better life. Having extensively studied and observed the Bengali people, culture and the history that has formed them, they aim to aware the present generation about the culture that seems to get faded with time.

Discover the colorful heritage of the Portuguese, Dutch, French, Danish and British as we explore old colonial settlements along the Hooghly River in West Bengal.


Itinerary

The trip begins and ends in Kolkata (West Bengal) as the journey is undertaken in a car/winger.

  • Serampore -The Danish Delight Mission Chapel, Serampore College, William Carey Museum, St Olave Church and the Danish Tavern.
  • Chinsurah - The Dutch Legacy Armenian Church, Old Dutch Fort, Mohsin College and Dutch cemetery.
  • Hooghly District -Ola Portugese Bandel Church and Hooghly Imambara.
  • Chandannagar -French Bienvenue Patal Bari, Sacred Heart Church and Boulevard-Chandannagore Strand.

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