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 Church


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.


Visiting Hours

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 −

  • Five-Star Hotels

    • Renu Hotel located near Bust Stand in Hooghly

  • Four-Star Hotels

    • 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

  • Five-Star Hotels

    • 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

  • Four-Star Hotels

    • 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

  • Three-Star Hotels

    • 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