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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  • I was struck by the disregard the English colonialists testified 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. I advise to make a detour to the bus stop South of the square to see the portraits of these separatist heroes.
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  • It has important landmarks like the GPO, Reserve Bank, Telephone exchange and Writers building. Worth a drive around, especially on Sunday when the traffic flows.  more »
  • Binay Badal Dinesh Bag aka BBD Bag is the heart of Kolkata. This place is an unique fusional hub of both old colonial Kolkata with the modern Kolkata. Armenian Church (also called 'Mother Church of th...  more »