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Europe along the Hooghly, Serampore, Chandannagar, Chinsurah and Bandel

January 14, 2015 49 comments

Europe along the Hooghly

Serampore (Danish), Chandannagar (French), Chinsurah (Dutch) and Bandel (Portuguese)

Almost a century after Vasco da Gama landed on the West Cost of India (1498), the Europeans started making inroads in Bengal. Using Hooghly (also known as Ganga or Ganges) as the main source of navigation, they started making inroads in Bengal.

Europe along the Hooghly River (Serampore, Chandannagar, Chinsurah and Bandel)

Europe along the Hooghly River (Serampore, Chandannagar, Chinsurah and Bandel)

Soon, European settlement started growing along the Hooghly River in the present day Hooghly District. Long before the British made Calcutta their stronghold, the Portuguese had settled in Bandel. They were closely followed by the Dutch in Chinsurah, Danish in Serampore and the French in Chandannagar.

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Fourth Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk

January 8, 2015 12 comments

Wikipedia Takes Kolkata IV

Fourth Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, 14 December 2014

Also see: Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalks

Wikipedia the world largest online encyclopedia runs entirely on voluntary effort. Each major city in the world has a a Wikipedia chapter, who apart from contributing to Wikipedia carry out different activities like Wikiacademy and photowalks.

Group Photo (not the whole group), Fourth Wikipedia Kolkata Photo Walk. Photo Courtesy: Indrajit Das, Wikimedia Commons

Group Photo (not the whole group), Fourth Wikipedia Kolkata Photo Walk. Photo Courtesy: Indrajit Das, Wikimedia Commons

The main objective of Wikipedia Photowalk, officially known a “Wikipedia Takes,” is to build a database of photos of landmarks of the city. The photos can later be used in the relevant articles.

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