BBD Bagh (formerly Dalhousie Square), Kolkata (Calcutta)

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B.B.D. Bagh (Bengali: বি.বা.দী.বাগ), formerly called Dalhousie Square, is the shortened version for Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh (বিনয়-বাদল-দীনেশ বাগ). It is the seat of power of the state government, as well as the central business district in Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal.Origin of nameB.B.D. stands for three young Indian independence freedom fighter — Benoy, Badal and Dinesh — who on 8 December 1930 shot dead the Inspector General of Prisons, N.S. Simpson, in the balconies of the Writers' Building of the then Dalhousie Square. The square had been named after Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. At different times it has been called ‘The Green before the Fort’ or Tank Square.GeographyThe B.B.D. Bagh area is near the Hooghly River in the western part of central Kolkata and is a square built around the old Lal Dighi tank. The old fort built by the British was near where the General Post Office now is. The area was in the heart of Kalikata or the White Town in old Calcutta.
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  • Buildings are beautiful, area is also a commerical district so you walk through crowded street with officegoers. you get to see local life 
  • We stayed at the Great Eastern Hotel recently and quickly found the location to be superb for a walking tour of the area. We didn't take an organised tour as they were very expensive but took the Lone...  more »
  • The English colonialists have shown great contempt for Indian architectural traditions. No buildings "indo-saraceniques" here, but a nice collection of buildings neoclassical enough successful. The district bears the initials of three young separatist heroes, Binay, Badal and Dinesh, who executed the head of the English police in 1930 here.
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