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Prinsep Ghat Kolkata – History, Timings, How to Reach

The city of Kolkata has captivated all corners of the globe with its culture, festivals, food, and beauty.

There are several popular places in Kolkata that you can visit and Prinsep Ghat is one such place.


Prinsep Ghat is known for its iconic monument. This monument is the epitome of rich culture and beauty.

It was built during British rule.

In this article, you will get to know the following points about Prinsep Ghat,

Let’s see each of these points in detail.

How to reach Prinsep Ghat

Nearest Metro StationEsplanade
Nearest Bus StandBabughat
Nearest JettyMan Of War Jetty
Nearest Train StationPrinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat is located next to the Bank of the Hooghly River near the strand road.

By Train:

If you want to board a train from Sealdah, you have to catch the Budge Budge local or the Majherhat local. You have to get off at Majerhat station. From there you can easily get the train to Prinsep Ghat. You have to exchange two trains from Sealdah. There are trains to Prinsep Ghat directly from Sealdah but it is very rare.

Alternatively, there are several trains available from Dumdum Junction directly to Princep Ghat Railway Station.


By Bus:

You can also reach Prinsep Ghat by bus route. Buses from Howrah station and Esplanade are easily available.

If you are traveling by metro, get down at Esplanade Metro Station and take a bus from there to reach Pricep Ghat easily.

In case you are not getting any direct buses, get down at the Babu Ghat bus stop and walk for a few minutes to reach here.

Ola, Uber, and local taxis will also help you reach here very easily.

History of Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep ghat was built by the British.

The Ghat was named Prinsep Ghat after an Anglo-Indian historian named James Prinsep.

James Prinsep was an English scholar, orientalist, archaeologist, and eminent Indian theologian.

A closer look at the history reveals that Prinsep Ghat is one of the oldest historical sites in Kolkata built on the banks of the Hooghly River.


It was originally built in memory of James Prinsep.

There is a special white monument built here, which attracts many people every day.

Many tourist centers are gradually growing around Prinsep Ghat.

Special highlights of Prinsep Ghat

The James Prinsep Monument is the main attraction of Prinsep Ghat.

The scenic landscapes of the place also enhance its beauty.

There are seats along the four sides of the ghat decorated with beautiful flora. Various fast food stalls are also there selling pav bhaji, Fuchka, Ghugni, etc.


Many foreigners visit and taste the authentic Kolkata street foods on the spot.

There is a small garden surrounding the monument.

Inside the garden, there are well-paved roads and beautiful street lamps where you can stroll around and click pictures.

Things to do in Prinsep Ghat

The beauty of the British-built James Prinsep monument is unmatched and thus this charming location attracts many couples every day.

There are many things to do in Prinsep Ghat.

1. Enjoy the ambiance

Nothing can beat the peaceful ambiance of Prinsep Ghat due to the placidly flowing river Ganga along its side.

You can sit in the garden or on the benches on the side of the river and relax.

You will also find facilities to go on a boat ride here.


2. Go boating

You can reach the opposite side of the ghat by Jetty.

You can also go on a boat ride on the Hooghly (Ganga) River. Try to bargain with the sailor or “Majhi Bhai”, whether you are going boating alone or in groups.

It will be an exciting experience to traverse the Ganges, feel the mild breeze, and capture the beautiful panoramic views of the landscapes.

3. Stroll along the Ganga

You can stroll along the beautifully paved road along the Ganges. You can have various Kolkata street foods here.

Next to the ghat, you can witness one of the most popular bridges in Kolkata, called Vidyasagar Setu.

4. Do some photoshoots

Prinsep Ghat is one of the best places for a pre-wedding photo shoot.

Here you can see almost all types of people from young to middle age. However, the number of couples here is a little higher.


This monument is a secluded place away from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata, especially during the twilight.

If you visit here, you will find peace.

You can spend a lot of time sitting in the beautiful, garden of this monument.

5. Have a picnic

Another thing to enjoy here is picnicking with your friends and family.

But you should maintain and follow some strict protocols if you are planning to picnic in this spot.

You will not be permitted to cook here. You can just enjoy your homemade food, go for a walk and admire the beauty of the place.

You can enjoy this beautiful view of the river, enjoy clicking photos and selfies, and surely boat rides.

In the evening you can have a captivating view of the sunset too!

Best time to visit Prinsep Ghat

The Prinsep Ghat is open most of the day. So you can visit this destination at any time.

However, the place has to be vacated before 10:30 pm.

The Prinsep Ghat is also open during all seasons. So do not miss the opportunity to view the charm of the place.


A sudden plan of a long drive to Prinsep Ghat will be worth it!

Prinsep Ghat is also one of the popular romantic spots in Kolkata. So plan for a small trip to Prinsep Ghat with your loved ones.

Enjoy a full day with excitement and romance.

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