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About Fort William

Situated on the banks of river Hoogly, Fort William is a delight for lovers of history and architecture. Established in 1696 during the tenure of British Raj, Fort William is a must visit place in Kolkata. The fort has a significant role in the Indian history. During the Plassey war in 1757, Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah attacked the fort and invaded Britishers which gave a reason to the Britishers to build a new Fort. The major reason to establish Fort William in erstwhile Calcutta was to prevent attacks from Muslim invaders. There is a Maidan in front of the fort, which used to be a part of the Fort earlier and is the largest urban park in Kolkata today. Spread over an area of 5 square kilometers, Fort William is built in brick and mortar and is in the shape of an irregular octagon. There are six gates here and are the most striking feature of the fort. These gates go by the names Chowringhee, Plassey, Calcutta, Water Gate, St Georges and the Treasury Gate.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera

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