Situated 25 km north of Kolkata, Serampore is a pre-colonial town lying across the bank of Hooghly River. It used to be the major trading centre during Danish India (1755—1845), before British East India Company acquired the Denmark’s holdings in India in 1845. William Carey, the first Baptist missionary to India, founded the Serampore College in 1818. The college boasts of a library that was once the country’s largest storehouse of literature. You can also visit in Serampur, the Eglise du Sacre Coeur: the Sacred Heart Church, which is the former French outpost of Chandernagar. Next to it is the 18th-century mansion that now inhabits the Cultural Institute Chandernagar, housing collections that talk about this colonial outpost. The year 1571 saw the Portuguese establishing a factory in Bandel. Situated 41 km north of Kolkata in vicinity to Saptagram, it was the trading port of great importance and that’s too long before the rise of Kolkata as a city of prominence.
Enjoy the breathtaking view of river from the tall clock tower of the crumbling Imambara, a classical mosque built in 1861 as a learning and worship hub. About 1 km north of Hoogly, you will get to see dilapidated ruins of a fort and a cemetery. 6 km to the west are two Bansberia temples. The Hanseswari Temple, featuring 13 sikharas (spires), appears to be something one can only see in St Petersburg.