Baharampur - General Information and History

Baharampur is a city in the West Bengal state of India. Baharampur, was founded and fortified in 1757 by the British East India Company, after the Battle of Plassey, in June 1757, and it continued as a cantonment until 1870. The cantonment was constituted as a municipality in 1876, and was the headquarters of Murshidabad district. On February 25, 1857, the first major armed battle of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 took place in Baharampur , while Berhampur was ruled by Raja Krishnath and his ancestors.

Baharampur - Geography

Baharampur is located at 24.1° N 88.25° E and has an average elevation of 18 metres (59 feet).

The city is located approximately 185 km north of Calcutta at 24°4'N, 88°9'E and is situated on the east side of the Bhagirathi River, a major tributary of the Ganges. It is a rail and road hub of the West Bengal state and is an important agricultural center.

Baharampur - Economics

The city's industries include silk weaving, rice and oil-seed milling, and precious metal working. A famous type of metal used to make bells called "Khagrai Kansha" is made in the city. A special type of fried sweets called "Chanabora" is quite popular.

Baharampur - What to see

Bahrampur is the first East India Company head quarter and has a long history enriched by the Nawabs. People come to see Hazardwari (1000 Door) Palace, Imambara, Katra Mosque, Moti Jhil and etc. These places are situated at Lalbag area which is almost 30 km from Berhampore Main bus stand. Lalbag is well connected with Berhampore with railway and bus services.