West Bengal, India, 712222
Baidyabati is a city and a municipality in Hooghly district in the state of West Bengal, India. Now it is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The name Baidyabati developed as many ‚ Baidyas‚ (doctors) used to live there. It covers an area of 11.5 Sq.Km. The distance from Kolkata to Baidyabati is 40Km. The several small but important towns in the district are each a testimony to the rule of foreign settlers such as the British and Portuguese at Hooghly, the Dutch at Chinsurah, the French at Chandernagore, and the Germans and Austrians at Bhadreshwar. The Portuguese were the first to settle here in 1537, but were defeated by Shah Jahan in 1632. The British East India Company then followed and set up a factory here in 1651. Chandernagore was once a French colony and is still influenced by French language and culture. The Hooghly (as the Ganga river is called here) dominates the landscape and people use ferries to cross over from one town to another. Baidyabati was the home town of the first Indian Medical student to dissect a body, Mr Madhusudan Gupta.