Hooghly, sometimes written as Hugli is a small town that lies
west of the Hooghly river. The place forms one of the districts of
West Bengal and an important one. Like Kolkata city, Hugli has a
history of its own and very parallel to Kolkata. The region was one
of the commanding post of early colonial powers in the 17th century.
The town was originally founded by Portuguese in the year 1537
following the decline of Satgaon.
Hugli region as it exists today is a developing commercial centre.
The town is provided with many well established industrial units.
Rice milling and rubber goods manufacture are the prime industries
in the region. The manufacture of brass, bell metal, jute mills,
flour mills, bricks and tile works have gained momentum and are fast
pulling the township towards a full developed commercial area.
The place houses many local attractions like Imam Barah, Bandel
Church and Hansweswari Temple. Yet other places of interest in the
region include Tarakeshwar, Radhanagor, Devanandpur and
The place is traversed by good number of water channels and
marshes. The place can easily be accessed from Kolkata city via bus
or train. The East Indian Railway has a major railway line that
travels through Hooghly mainland.
- Hugli is about 23 kms from the city of Kolkata and towards
north of it. There is a regular bus service from Kolkata to
Hugli region, especially from the northern peripheral regions of
- The region can also be accessed by travelling in the train.
The trains from Sealdah Railway Station run into the region.