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HERITAGE GHATS OF CALCUTTA – Chandpal Ghat

Chandpal Ghat by James Baillie Fraser 1826

There was a time, when Chandpal Ghat was the busiest ferry Ghat of Calcutta, and it retained the ‘busiest’ title for quite a long time, until the railways started to operate in the Country. The name of the Ghat was mentioned as the southernmost Ghat on Hooghly, in the ‘Plan of Fort William and part of the city of Calcutta’ surveyed in 1753. Chandpal Ghat created history, when Sir Philip Francis and his fellow Councillors of the Supreme Council of India under the East India Company, disembarked here in 1774. Since then it belonged to a separate class, a class that is apart from the other Ghats of Calcutta. Lord Cornwallis was the first Governor General of India, who landed at this Ghat on 12th September 1786. With time, Chandpal Ghat became the gateway, not only of Calcutta,  but also of British India. Its importance was increased, as Calcutta became the most important trading centre in India.

Chandpal Ghat view with bathers and ship
Chandpal Ghat view with bathers and ship

Usually a Ghat is named after a deity or a celebrity who founded it for the benefit of the commoners. But Chandpal Ghat is absolutely an exception to this custom. Chandpal was neither a rich man nor an eminent person, he was simply a most ordinary man from unknown family. He was a petty shop owner, who used to sell the necessary household items by the side of the Ghat. With time, the name of the petty person became synonym of the Ghat.

The ferry service to and from Chandpal Ghat is still continuing well. There are two active jetties here – one is meant for the passenger of Howrah and the other for Ramkrishnapur and Shibpur.

Chandpal Ghat Jetty
Chandpal Ghat Jetty
Chandpal Ghat from South to North
Chandpal Ghat from South to North
Chandpal Launch Ghat Today
Chandpal Launch Ghat Today
Dibyendu Banerjee
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.

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