Please give details of must do things in Raichak in West Bengal
Raichak is a small town situated in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal. Famous for its Fort which stands as a testimony to the bygone era, the quiet town of Raichak provides picturesque views of the River Ganges. Raichak is situated on the outskirts of Kolkata, on the banks of the River Hooghly, a 260 km long distributary channel of River Ganges.
Raichak lies close to Diamond Harbour and acts as a link between Haldia and Kolkata. Raichak is at a distance of 15 km from Diamond Harbour and 50 km from Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is about 70 km away from Raichak.
Raichak was originally founded by the British East India Company during the era of colonisation. They built a Fort in the Anglo – Indian style, which was called as Raichak Fort, on the river bend in the year 1783, to guard against pirates taking the river route to Kolkata. General Watson, the British Commander, resided here along with his wife Mary, daughter Caroline and 65 soldiers.
Post-Independence the Fort turned into ruins. In the late 90’s, the Carlton Group of Hotels in collaboration with the Bengal Ambuja Group converted the Fort in to a resort called Radisson Fort. Today, this Fort is a popular destination of corporate people. There are a few historical items that are on display at Raichak Fort which are a grand piano, swords and several perfume bottles.
Raichak has become a popular weekend destination from Kolkata owing to the beauty of the river and the 18th century Raichak Fort or Radisson Fort. Apart from the riverside views, Raichak offers much more to watch and do. A walk by the river, sunbathing, surfing and waterskiing are some activities.
Boat rides or ferry rides to Kukhrahati or Gadiara or to other nearby towns and villages from Raichak Jetty and Nurpur Jetty is another popular activity at Raichak. Some tourists sail through River Hooghly and the suburbs of Bay of Bengal. A trip to the nearby tourist spots like Diamond Harbour or Haldia can also be availed. The best time to visit Raichak is from October to March when the weather becomes cooler.