Shrine Basilica Bandel

Shrine Basilica Bandel, Hooghly

Shrine Basilica Bandel
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Mander Mukherjee
Kolkata (Calcutta), India313 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
The church is located in the city of Bandel in Hooghly district. The church was founded way back in 1599 by the Portuguese settlers. It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal as well as in India.
Written October 6, 2020
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Indrajit B
Chennai (Madras), India58 contributions
Dec 2019
Well maintained old Church. No entry fee. A great place to visit during Christmas. Can be reached by car, rickshaw, toto or auto. Lots of eateries outside. Near to Hoogly river. Nearest rail station Bandel Jn. A learning place for interested persons.
Written January 6, 2020
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Shourjendra D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3,657 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
The title of my review best summarizes Bandel Basilica , or as it is colloquially known as Bandel Church.
It is a place of historical interest as it was first founded way back in 1599 , and is one of the oldest church in West Bengal.It also stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal .
For Christians, this is a place of worship and veneration.

For a day trip in winter, it is a nice place to visit.
You can go there by Rail, Bus or Car from Kolkata. Distance by car through GT Road is roughly 53 Kms but GT Road is congested at most stretches.I drove down to Bandel from Kolkata through GT Road last week.Trains are there from Howrah Junction. Nearest big town is Chandannagar in Hooghly.

Winter afternoons brings hoards of tourists, picnickers and local inhabitants and it is usually bustling with activity. Not much to see inside except loads of murals and two quaint little angels in the garden inside.

Very clean and well kept inside and extremely clean toilet inside. You can see River Ganges from the church premises. The adjoining lawn is although shabby and full of local squatters and picnickers.

The entry door remains closed and entrance is through a narrow side door. There is no entry fee though.

You can park your car in the road opposite the Basilica.Lots of eateries outside create quite a racket, but food there is lame and mostly tasteless.

Overall a very good place for a winter afternoon visit with your family on a day tour, like I did. Try to accommodate other places to see nearby in that trip
Written December 23, 2014
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Sutanuka D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India28 contributions
Dec 2011
well we may not belong to the christian religion but we traveled to this place to be in touch with that holy religion on that holy day..but alas...none other than members were allowed.
Written November 3, 2012
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RBan26
Bengaluru, India658 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
Best and perhaps the oldest church of West Bengal built by Portuguese in 1660. It stands as the memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Easy accessible by road and rail (Bandel). No entry restrictions to prayer hall round the year. Must plan a visit for 1-2 hr for strolling around the entire area. Do not miss to climb upto the top - u can see the vast stretch of meandering Ganga from the top. There is a 500 yr old original wooden mast on display - the remnant of the Portuguese ship wreck which was discovered by the local people and used as the saviour from the storms. Later the passengers ported at the ghats where the church stands today.
The oil paintings and the sculptures are rich in quality, detailing and diversity.
Written November 23, 2015
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Partha C
Pondicherry, India1,270 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Very old church , built by Portugese around 1599, It was burnt by Mughal Emperor, again rebuilt. By the side of river ganges, in side beautiful photo of ancient time, describing all history. Xmas time it is really very busy with tourists. Worthy to see it.
Written October 3, 2013
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Manjusree N
Manjusree N
Nainital, India1,820 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
Opened at 1660 at Bandel approx 80 Kilometers from Kolkata can be reached by local train.The Basilica of the Holy Rosary known as Bandel Church built by Portuguese now it become one of the prominent historical Church in India.
Written March 29, 2016
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Tanuj B
Malda, India32 contributions
Nov 2015
Visited Bandel church on 1st November, 2015. Auto is available from Bandel Rly. Station. Takes 5 -10 minutes.
This is one of the best church in West Bengal. This is one of the oldest church too. The church is beautiful. The atmosphere of prayer Hall is excellent. Young people should understand that this is not a place meant for love making. Come here to pray. If not possible, stay calm at least!
Photography within the prayer Hall is prohibited. So couldn't take photo here. The bird's eye view of the Hoogly river is available from the top of the church.
Lodging and fooding facilities should be improved in the surroundings.
Written November 12, 2015
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praisthelord
Kolkata (Calcutta), India4 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
The Bandel church is about 40 km from Kolkata. Every year I go with my family and friends to visit the church of "Our Lady of the Rosary",burn candles, pray and of course most of my prayers have been granted. It is a must visit, however it is so sad and disheartening to see so less reviews for such a beautiful and holy place.
Written March 20, 2014
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Cclia_13
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
Jul 2012 • Family
While i was living in kolkata i visited dis plc once every month. Simply beautiful.Love it. even the old buildings around were grt.
Written June 29, 2013
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