Fort William


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Fort William Overview

Ranked 19 of 773 sightseeing in Kolkata

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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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -5:30 PM
10:00 AM -5:30 PM
10:00 AM -5:30 PM
Public Holidays:
10:00 AM -5:30 PM

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Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.6/5

415 reviews

Not opened for Public

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

Amit Ghosh3.6/5

581 reviews

Where Army Marches

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.

Sonu Kumar

Sonu Kumar5.0/5

3 reviews


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.

Sujeet  P

Sujeet P3.9/5

3 reviews

A great place

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.

Mihika Poddar

Mihika Poddar4.6/5

3 reviews

Have a visit

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.


A S3.9/5

453 reviews

Not for general public!

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 Gupta4.3/5

284 reviews

Headquarters of Indian Army Eastern Command

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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