Serampore and Uttarpara are two adjacent towns at the western bank of the Hooghly River, in the Hooghly district of West Bengal.
Serampore (শ্রীরামপুর Śrirampur) was a former colony under the Danish Empire.
Uttarpara (উত্তরপাড়া Uttôrpaṛa) was once a leading automobile manufacturing hub in India, producing some of the famous car models of all time. Although Uttarpara has lost its glory in the 21st century, it is still an important site for industrial tourism in West Bengal.
Both Serampore and Uttarpara have a rich cultural heritage. The towns once boasted of sylvan peace, beautiful buildings, epitome of great architectural works and steeped in cultural heritage. However, only a handful of architectural works remain in and both Serampore and Uttarpara are slowly developing into a commuter town, with a lot of people commuting to Kolkata to work.
See and do
- 1 Abanindranath Tagore's Baganbari.
- 2 Danish Cemetery.
- 3 Danish Governor House.
- 4 Henry Martin's Pagoda.
- 5 Hind Motor. Hind Motor was the manufacturing site of the iconic Hindustan Ambassador. It was one of the most common car models plying on the streets of several cities in India. However, the popularity of Ambassador has declined with the rise of numerous automobile giants in the country. The production of Ambassador was closed in 2014, thus rendering the plant useless. However, Ambassador cars are still a common sight in the form of yellow taxis in Kolkata.
- Pancharatna Temple. Possibly the only surviving terracotta teme in Uttarpara.
- 6 Serampore College. The first modern university in Asia, Serampore College is a prime example of Danish architecture in India.
- 7 Serampore Palace.
The Ratha Yatra of Mahesh in Serampore is the oldest Ratha Yatra in India after Puri Ratha Yatra.
Eat and drink
- 1 Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library. Asia's oldest library.
- 1 Tomb of Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique, Furfura Sharif.
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