Fort William, Kolkata

Fort William

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Ranked 17 of 772,
in Kolkata
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19 Ratings & 7 Reviews

About Fort William

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    • 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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7 traveller reviews for Fort William

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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Not opened for Public"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2015
Fort William a British crafted zone is still situated in the heart of the 'City of Joy' Calcutta. We visited from outside because entry was restricted by Indian Army. Now a days, it's being used by the Eastern Commands ( Indian Army ). This is a prohibited zone for civilians as it's related to the security of country. But, they arrange many exhibitions and you may enter. From 2nd. Bridge ( Hooghly Setu ) you may check an original tanker and a fighter plane kept on entrance of the zone. YOU CAN SEE ONLY FROM OUTSIDE SO NO MEANING TO VISIT.
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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
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"Where Army Marches"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
The army complex in Kolkata is a place to visit to get a knowledge of the army area in the heart of the city. The place is surrounded by greenery and you can have fun viewing the army personnel walking up and down in their uniforms.
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Sonu Kumar

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  • Sonu Kumar
  • Lives in Hajipur
  • 3 Reviews
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2015
I studied in KV Fort William 35 years back, today I don't know whether civilians are allowed to move around the area inside. I want to show my school buildings and that church, big army ground, where we used to have lunch and that ghora bazar. Things must have changed, still I wish to visit it.
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Sujeet  P

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  • Sujeet P
  • Lives in Silchar
  • 3 Reviews
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"A great place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2015
The place has historic value. The residences of Lord Kitchner, Hastings etc are there in Fort William. Entry however I believe is restricted. But we loved the place. Definitely worth the visit. I generally visit this place whenever I am in Kolkata.
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Mihika Poddar

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  • Mihika Poddar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
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"Have a visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2014
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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  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Not for general public!"

  • 5.5/7
  • 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

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  • Abhijit Gupta
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Headquarters of Indian Army Eastern Command"

  • 6.0/7
  • 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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