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The ghats are a common sight in many parts of Northern South Asia. The term ghat refers to a series of steps leading down to a body of water, particularly a holy river. However, in Bengali-speaking regions, ghat is defined as a set of stairs that can lead down to something as small as a pond or as large as a major river. Kolkata, rightfully coined as the City of Joy, is full of tourist attractions that makes it a special place in eastern part of India. One among them is Outram Ghat, a place with an exceptional photographic beauty on banks of river Hooghly. Amongst all other ghats Outram Ghat located near Howrah Bridge deserves special mention.
Outram Ghat : Past and Present
The historical glory of this serene ghat can be traced back to the times of English East India Company. The quaint looking Outram ghat owes its name to Sir James Outram , a brave General of the British Army. The place was a key port and the main spot for mooring ships to East Bengal and Burma during the colonial era. The ghat is used by every section of people and is a multipurpose ghat. You can find many bathing or performing religious rituals on the sides of the ghat. During festive seasons it is the most preferred location for the immersion of idols. The place is a perfect locale for rendezvous and evening walkers.
Enjoy your time at Outram Ghat
The Ghat significantly provides a unique opportunity to leverage the inscription for the sustainable living of the local community and the well being and development of the people around. The spot is famous even today owing to its serene and sober riverside and its strategic location, making it a perfect destination for early morning and evening walk. The gentle breeze of the mystic river Hooghly below it adds to its beauty. This place is also the center for various holy rituals from baths, birth and dead rituals to religious activities including the immersion of idols.
Outram Ghat owing to its spectacular location is a one stop spot for tourist to enjoy nature at its proximity. The ghat is geographically located in the southern direction of Babughat is also known for its unmatched riverside entertainment. The ghat is crowded with locals who spend hours sitting together in peace or making the most of the romantic boat rides with operational traditional wooden boats and speed boats. Lately, the main attraction of the Outram Ghat is the waterfront hangout called the Cuisine Cruise anchored at the ghat pier besides Scoop - the ice cream parlor. Entry to the Cuisine Cruise requires an inclusive ticket to board the cruise. Ideally, the best day to board this cruise is Sunday as on Sunday the vessel takes off for a round trip from Shutanuti Ghat to Baghbazaar to Belur Math and vice versa.
Hangout places near Outram Ghat
Outram Ghat also offers a number of street stalls along the bank, offering mouth-watering Indian fast food and Crunches. It is the most sought ideal places which lets your mind free in the tranquility of the Hooghly River, making it the perfect spot for relaxing and let you peacefully enjoy the atmosphere of the Eternal city. Other tourist spots nearby Outram Ghat are Victoria Memorial, Millennium Park, Howrah Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Belur math and more.