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Mar 12, 2016

Bathing Ghat on the Hooghly River, Calcutta (Kolkata) 1885

Jagannath Ghat on the Hooghly River, Calcutta (Kolkata) 1885

Photographer: Johnston & Hoffmann
The view is from the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta, looking towards Chotulal's Ghat (Jagannath Ghat?), which stood on the east bank of the Hooghly river immediately to the north of the bridge. The ghat [stepped embankment] was crowned by a substantial structure in European classical style, topped by a drum. The date of construction is unknown, although it was in position by the mid-1870s. The ghat was still standing in the mid-1940s but has since been demolished.
Source: British Library