Fort William
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Colin W
Huntingdon, UK25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Historic Walking Tour of Fort William: Some websites dated 2022 say there is a Historic Walking Tour of Fort William every Sunday. We (family of 5 from the UK) contacted the email address given in those articles in November 2023 for a planned trip in February 2024. We recieved a reply telling us to apply in January 2024. In January 2024 I again contacted the email address for the Walking Tour but this time recieved no reply. I emailed the Tourist Information Office in Kolkata equesting help, but also recieved no reply. Then after we set off for Kolkata/Calcutta we recieved an email from the Walking Tour telling us we need "MI (Military Intelligence) Clearance" to visit the Fort. Its not clear how or if it is possible to get this and far too late for us to try. Very disappointing as our ancestors worked in the old Fort William and were buried in the old Cemetary (now redeveloped). Fortunately we had plenty of other places to visit in Kolkata.
Written February 11, 2024
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Parwathi H
823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Fort William is basically the old fort constructed by the British. However now it is the name given to the general area where the Army is stationed. We visited the old fort and found it interesting with many vintage cannons on display.
Written March 26, 2020
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bnbhatta
Kolkata, India119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
The existing location is not the original one, which was about 2 kms further north where the present GPO exists. Presently it serves as the Eastern zone command headquarter of the Indian Army. For the obvious security purposes general public is not allowed to enter here.
Written March 17, 2015
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Abhijit G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Fort William is an Indian Army establishment located on Stand Road by the river Hooghly. Previously general citizens were allowed inside but no one is allowed to get in presently. One can have a look from outside.
Written October 19, 2013
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Amolak Rattan K
New Delhi, India3,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
This is now headquarters of the Eastern Command of the Indian Army. The place is well maintained and witness to many historical events for the last over two centuries. A must visit destination for any tourist and visitors to Kolkata.
Governor Amolak Rattan Kohli
Written March 8, 2019
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Suvarghya
Kolkata (Calcutta), India593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
This is a famous place in Kolkata - it is an army command base, and not accessible for general public.
Written May 27, 2017
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Gp Capt R K D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
The Kitchener House inside Fort William is now the officers' mess for the Bengal Area Headquarters of the Army. It is also out of bounds for visitors but is well-maintained. This structure is actually located on the ramparts of Fort William.It got its name much later when Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, the 1st Earl Kitchener, occupied it during his tenure as the commander in chief between 1902 and 1909. He was one of the most celebrated officers to have taken over as commander in chief. When he arrived in India, he was already famous as Lord Kitchener of Khartoum. An island on the Nile is also named after him. In 1911, after the capital shifted to Delhi, Kitchener House became the officers' mess of the Bengal Presidency.
Written April 22, 2016
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Manishrajb77
Kolkata (Calcutta), India18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
I Had a awesome experience I got a friend there.It has a perfect hall open ground for marriage function & a lot of good places
Written July 9, 2015
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Satyendra Garg
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India6,976 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Solo
After the capture of Old Fort William by Siraj-ud-daulah and battle of Plassey, Robet Clive started construction of the present Fort William in 1758 and it was completed in 1781. It remained the centre of British Power till the capital was transferred to Delhi in 1911. It is a compact fort, well defended and is said to be the only fort in the world which has never been besieged.
It has six Gates called Chowringhee, Plassey, Calcutta, Water Gate, St Georges and the Treasury Gate. It has a moat all around, has provision of large number of armed force. It has a church, theatre and had a granary to store rations for emergencies like drought etc.
Written August 19, 2017
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The Author
London, UK176 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
As this is a working army base, most people cannot visit this famous site due to the obvious restrictions.

It's a shame as the fort plays an important part in the history of Kolkata and it would be good if the army itself set up times regular daily tours which people can pay for. Instead it's down to the individual to approach the camp commandant and apply for permission. Obviously you won't be allowed to do any photography which is a given but at least you can appreciate this massive place that the British build way back in 1760.
Written April 8, 2017
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