I took a day tour out of Calcutta to visit the old Danish Trade station of Serampore situated on river Hooghly north of Calcutta. It is lesser known than Tranquebar in Tamil Nadu, allthough an important part of Denmark's colonial history. It prospered initially, but later after continued harassment from the British based in Calcutta, Denmark was forced to sell off Serampore to the British for an almost symbolic sum of money in 1835.
College of Serampore, founded by the Brit William Carey under license from the Danish King. The iron cast gate was a present from the King to the College.
One of the beautiful, old, colonial buildings, now in a state of sad but dignified decay. The whole town is filled with buildings like this, still inhabited but not particularly well cared for.
What might have been one of the main streets of the bustling Danish trade station in the late 18th century is now a sleepy little street with only a few cows and bicycle rickshaws to look at the old buildings.
Some of the buildings have been restored - in this case half a building has been made into a school where the other half stands untouched.
River Hooghly, the lifeline of the Danish trade station at Serampore. My ancestors would sail down this river to the Indian Ocean to begin a gruelling, long journey back to Denmark.