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Bhowanipore or Bhabanipur is the oldest locality of South Kolkata. It is located just south of the Lower Circular Road (now A.J.C. Bose Road). It is the second largest locality in South Kolkata after Ballygunge. The locality has its boundary touching the AJC Bose Road, Maidan, Victoria Memorial and consists of well-known and posh localities like Elgin Road, Gokhale Road, Woodburn Park, Bakulbagan Road, Harish Mukherjee Road, Beltala Road, Townshend Road and parts of Chakraberia & Lansdowne. The locality has an illustrious past and abound with stories of great men and women who lived here,although in the recent years it has lost much of its glory to Ballygunge(which has gone ahead in terms of good roads,posh locales,and modern day developments).


Bhowanipore is perhaps the first 'posh' south Kolkata neighbourhood. In the early 19th century, it was just a small village on the southern outskirts of the city of Calcutta. Soon it developed into a favourable home to many immigrants into the city from the countryside of West and East Bengal. These immigrants were very literate and prosperous and just wanted to settle outside the more famous localities of northern Kolkata.

The Lower Circular Road (present A.J.C. Bose Road) had just been constructed and the area just south of the road became to many Indians who wanted to live in proximity to the city and yet away from it.

Many Britishers also took fancy...
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