- For other places with the same name, see Berhampore (disambiguation).
Baharampur (also spelled as Berhampore) is a city in the central region of West Bengal, India. Bengali writer Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote his epic, Anandamath, sitting beside the bank of river Bhagirathi here in Baharampur. Nowadays few tourists come to Baharampur, most of whom are Indians and Europeans attracted by the town's history.
This article also covers Cossimbazar, a flourishing river port during the heydays of Murshidabad.
Start from Sealdah railway station, Kolkata. Take Bhagirathi Express (18.22) or Hazarduari Express (06.50) starting from Kolkata (Chitpur) station or any passenger train going towards Lalgola. It is 186 km away from Kolkata and takes 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours, depending upon the train that you catch. You can also use the Dhano Dhanye Express (20.30) from Kolkata station.
Get into any private or government bus from Kolkata (Esplanade) going to or via Baharampur. Volvo bus service is also available for the Kolkata-Baharampur route.
- 1 Cossimbazar Palace of the Roys (Cossimbazar Choto Rajbari), Cossimbazar. The Roys who settled Cossimbazar made a fortune by trading in silk. The palace has been converted into a heritage hotel.
- 2 Cossimbazar Palace (Cossimbazar Boro Rajbari), Cossimbazar. This lies next to the Cossimbazar Palace of the Roys and is much larger but totally in ruins.
- 3 British Cemetery, Cossimbazar. This British Cemetery contains several tombs and graves including the tomb of Mary Hastings, wife of Warren Hastings and that of her daughter.
- 4 Dutch Cemetery, Cossimbazar. The Dutch Cemetery of Cossimbazar dates back to the early 18th century. The oldest grave is of Daniel Van der Muyl, who died in 1721. The cemetery has 47 tombs, most of them obelisks. The cemetery contains a temple-like unknown tomb.
- 5 Residency Cemetery (Station Burial Ground, Babulbona Cemetery), Babulbona. A heritage Christian cemetery protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Many important British residents and military personnel lived in Baharampur were buried in this cemetery.
- 6 St. Mary Armenian Church, Saidabad, Cossimbazar. It was constructed in 1758 by Khoja Petros Arathoon. The church closed down after its last sermon in 1860 but was reopened in 2005.
Hang around in the riverbank in the afternoon and go for drive on riverside road.
Visit the oldest Ramkrishna Mission's (Sargachhi) satellite centre in Baharampur.
Baharampur hosts an International Theater Festival every year between October and December.
- 1 Laldighi Park. A great place to (re)discover love.
- 2 Rabindra Sadan. Watch theatre.
- 3 Ritwik Sadan. Watch documentary films.
- Kitchen utensils and home decorating show pieces made of Kansa(a copper alloy). Khagrai Kansa is said to be the best in India.
- Snake Charmer's flute.
- Once Berhampore was famous for its ivory product.
- Murshidabad Silk.
Also, lots of cottage industry can be observed, which make lot of hand crafts items.
- Chhanabora is a delicious sweet made of one kind of milk product (chhana-> uncompressed panir, panir being cheese), the best type in town.
When you bite it, you will get to the syrup in the middle.
- A great variety of mangoes are available. This is because they were specially planted by the Nababs (Muslim emperors of Murshidabad) from different areas in India and beyond. Among the most delicious varieties in town are Kohinoor, Rani and Khosba.
- A sweet called khaza, made from sesame, is also very popular.
There are a number of liquor bars on the outskirts of the town.
- Cossimbazar Palace of the Roys (Cossimbazar Choto Rajbari), ☏ , email@example.com. The former royal palace of the Cossimbazar royal family turned into a heritage property. The property is managed by the royal family under the banner of Roopkatha Hotels and Resorts. It houses 4 air-conditioned double bed rooms and two suites.
- 1 Samriddhi Banquet Garden and Resorts.
- 7 Palashi (Plassey). The famous Battle of Plassey was fought here on 23 June 1757 between the last independent ruler of Bengal, Nawab Siraj ud-Daula (1756-1757) and the British forces under the command of Lord Clive. This battle marked the advent of the British rule in the erstwhile Bengal and in India as a whole. A memorial stone to mark the victory of the British was erected here in 1883.
- Murshidabad — About 24 km from Baharampur
- Tarapith — A Hindu pilgrimage site. Best known for the Maa Tara Temple built by Sadhak Bamakhyapa. It is a major Hindu pilgrimage centre, and several thousand devotees visit the temple every day.