Kolkata’s Fort William offers a glimpse into the city’s past.
Fort William is one of the most enduring symbols of the Raj era of India that visitors will see in Kolkata.
The impressive fort can be found on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly, which connects directly to the Ganges.
Once an ode to the impressive political and military strength of British India, the fort now serves as one of Kolkata’s most popular tourist attractions, although it is still a fully operational military site.
It was first established at the end of the 17th century and was named after King William III of England. But after being attacked by Bengal forces in the 1750s, the fort was rebuilt by Robert Clive.
The fort originally served as a means of protection for British Indian settlements against attacks from Muslim invaders, although it later hosted several exhibitions and fairs.
Other notable sites worth visiting in the Indian city include Nicco Park, an amusement park with plenty of great rides for all the family, and the National Library, which is the largest repository of books in all of India.
Written by Nicholas Scott
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