Fort William, Kolkata

Fort William

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Fort William
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About Fort William

    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM

Post independence, Kolkata was the Indian Army's main centre for operations. Constructed in 1781, Fort William today is the head quarter of the Indian Army's eastern operation wing. Also known as the Eastern Army Command the Fort is named after King William III.

Sprawling over an area of five square kilometres, this octagonal area is surrounded by Hoogly River on three sides and land on the rest five. There are six entrances to the fort: Water Gate, Chowringhee, St Georges, Plassey, Calcutta and the Treasury Gate.

Fort William has been a witness to several historic battles having its roots in the independence movement of India. In 1757, during the battle of Plassey, the British were attacked and defeated by the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah. A large part of the fort was destroyed in the war, which was rebuilt by Robert Clive in 1780.

Displaying an octagonal shape, the fort today houses offices, accommodation, training and several recreational facilities of the Indian Army. Starting from swimming pool to boxing arena and a firing range one can witness everything under one boundary here. This is a restricted area and one needs to get special permission from the Indian Army in order to enter Fort William.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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3 traveller reviews for Fort William

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Mihika Poddar
  • Mihika Poddar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"Have a visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Fort William is one of the Historic Relics of The City of Joy, a mesmerizing reminder of The British Age, it is a sight to behold. Currently Army Headquarters, it is a sight to behold.
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  • A S
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews

"Not for general public!"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2014
Another famous place of Kolkata situated at Hooghly River. Only concerning thing about this place is you can be allowed inside only if you know any defense personnel because you can go in only as a guest or else no civilian is allowed inside. It is a regal building which has an old European architecture from British Raj. An onlooker informed us that few years back it was open for public but not any more!
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Abhijit Gupta
  • Abhijit Gupta
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews

"Headquarters of Indian Army Eastern Command"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
The fort is on the banks of the river Hoogly. It is the place for Indian Army personnel and general citizens are not allowed inside. The fort is located on the Red Road.
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