Bandel Church - Overview
Bandel Church is one of the oldest churches in India and is also known as Basilica of the Holy Rosary. The church was built in 1599 to commemorate the settlement of Portuguese in West Bengal. The church is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. She is also known as Our Lady of the Rosary and that’s why the church got the name.
Bandel town was established by Portuguese and it is situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. The name Bandel means port. The town comes under Hooghly district. Portuguese built a church and a monastery in 1660. There is a Dunlop factory nearby Bandel which is situated at a place called Sahaganj. The town is 40 km away from Howrah railway station and is connected to many places through road and rail transport.
Bandel Church can be visited from 6:00am to 6:00pm. It takes around two to three hours to visit the church as there are many things to visit in and around the church. The church is opened on all days including the public holidays.
There is no entry fee to visit the church and tourists can come any time during the visiting hours and visit the church.
Best time to visit
Bandel is situated nearby Hooghly river and the best time to visit the place is during winter months. In the rest of the period, the climate is either hot or is hot and humid. The period between 25th December and 10th January are very busy and people may face parking issue. On 25th December the church is closed for the tourists as Christians have to perform many rituals.
Where to Stay?
There are very few hotels in and nearby Bandel but there are more than 800 hotels in Kolkata which is around 40km from Bandel. Some of the hotels nearby Bandel are as follows −
Renu Hotel located near Bust Stand in Hooghly
Loknath Hotel located at Rajbari
Ashoke Nibas located at Mandir Road Hooghly
Hotels within No-Star Category
Sri Ram Chandra Hotel & Lodge located Near Rail Gate in Hooghly
Sri Ram Chandra Hotel & Lodge located Near Railway Station in Hooghly
Mahua Hindu Hotel located at Bus Stand Hooghly
Pakhi Hindu Hotel located at Bus Stand Hooghly
Some of the hotels in Kolkata are as follows
The Park located at Park Street
Swissotel located at City Centre 2
Pride Plaza Hotel located at New Town
Novotel Hotel and Residences located at New Town
Hyatt Regency located at Salt Lake City
Park Prime located at Park Street
Vedic Village Spa Resort located at Rajarhat
The Floatel Hotel located at Strand Road
Celesta located at Airport
Monotel located at Salt Lake City
Treebo Casa Broadway located at Golpark
Hotel Dee Empresa located at Park Street
The Corporate located at Park Street
Kempton Hotel located at Park Street
Ethnotel located at Jessore Road
Budget or Two-Star Hotels
Hotel Esteem located at Bhawanipur
Hotel Royal Garden located at Park Street
The Stay located at Lake View Road
Hotel Pan Asia International located at Kalighat
Cheap Hotels or One-Star Hotels
Kings Crown located at Salt Lake City
Hotel Himalay located at M.G. Road
Continental Guest House located in Park Street
Rituraj Hotel located at Bada Bazar
Transit Inn located at Airport