Fort William is a brilliant example of the British’s military acumen. Now an Indian military base, Fort William is out of bounds for visitors. However, no one can stop you from gawking at this fantastic piece of architecture from the maidan that surrounds the fort. If you do know someone in the army or the navy, you might just be privy to an escorted tour of this imposing edifice.
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Awesome place if u want to experience history and British Raj in India. The place is showcases tunnels and roadways of that time. Beautiful gardens surround the area. But civilians are not allowed to enter dis place.
it's a nice place with many historical significance...one can witness the forts and the buildings of the 19th CE inside the base..though ARMY is busy in changing the landscape of this area
Fort William is a must visit tourist attraction place of Kolkata. It was named after King William III of England. Fort William of Kolkata, India, was established during the tenure of British Raj in 1696.
Fort William was built as a symbol of British Raj and was perceived as an icon of imperialism for two centuries, the Fort adapted with remarkable alacrity to its new role - a military base of a democratic and secular nation, avowed to preserve its territorial integrity and internal security. The changed role has been accomplished with a human face resulting in forging strong bonds between the soldiers and citizenry. To consolidate its mil power and provide security to its trading interests, the East India Company commenced construction of the present Fort William at an approx cost of 2 million sterling pounds. The construction of the fort was completed by 1770. Fort William roughly occupies an area of 177.42 acres on ground and has a regular octagonal shape with 5 sides towards the land and 3 sides towards the Hoogly river. The ramparts around the fort housed hundreds of guns to meet any attack. The fort also housed the garrison strength of 1000 soldiers and rations consisting of 71 thousand maunds (1 maund=37 kgs) of food grains for use during famine besides storing ration, weapons and equipment for the troops. Calcutta Gate By the time construction was completed the ascendancy of the East Indian Company in Bengal had been established. Thus in the entire history, not a single gun was ever fired from its ramparts. Fort William has a reputation of being the only fort in India which was never besieged. Even after the shifting of the capital of the British Indian empire from Calcutta to Delhi, the fort continued to excite the public admiration because of its aura of regal grandeur.
The security guard didn't not allow entry. His excuse was nothing is there inside to see. But then I saw a bus full of visitors exiting. Upon enquiring I learnt that you have to be a relative of anyone in the army to get to see the place. Such a shame. Outright nepotism.