The department of State tourism ( with lots of help from the Danes ) has actually rekindled up a relic way back from the 18th century – a Danish Tavern – Well, yes. You can now book a stay here. Excited yet?
All you need to know about it:
Well, now you can absolutely book any of the five high-ceilinged spacious room on Bengal’s tourism department website.
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The fact that the tavern has been restored, is a part of the Serampore Initiative by the National Museum of Denmark which is actually restoring several other buildings in the erstwhile Danish colony with a layered past.
For your stay at the tavern, prepare yourself by getting some books along – as a homage to British Baptist missionary William Carey who has been a resident here. Settling in Serampore in the year of 1799, it was the only place in Bengal where he wasn’t ostracized for being a Baptist evangelical (British Indian territory frowned upon them).
The famous Serampore Press published religious Christian texts, and translations of the Bible in various Indian languages. It also brought out the first Bengali newspaper and magazine and several Indian literary works, books on grammar, dictionaries, history, and legends. Pioneering Bengali printer, publisher and newspaper editor Gangakishore Bhattacharya began his career as a compositor at the Mission Press.
How To Get There?
If you want to know how to get there, simply stick to the right set of rules: Take a train from Howrah station to Serampore but we suggest you take the ferry from the dhobi ghat in Barrackpore to the Serampore jetty. It’s a much more picturesque route and you can see the tavern from the river as you approach.
Besides the tavern, an old registration building that was built by the British has also been revived which serves as a heritage canteen in the court complex. There is another thing you should really do: Make sure to check out St Olav’s church while you are there.