Chandannagar, is a small city and former French colony located 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Kolkata, in West Bengal, India. Chandannagore Museum and Institute is of the oldest and finest museums of the entire region. It boasts a beautiful collection of French antiques (like cannons used in Anglo-French war, wooden furniture of 18th century, etc.) which are difficult to find anywhere else in the World. The institute still teaches French through regular classes.
Located on the Hooghly River, the city has been able to maintain a separate identity different from all other cities and abide by her own characteristics. Chandannagar is connected to Kolkata by railway, roadways and river and it takes about an hour to reach there by car. Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673, when the French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the Nawab of Bengal, to establish a trading post on the right bank of the Hughli River. Bengal was then a province of the Mughal Empire.
Nearest airport is at Kolkata (Kolkata Airport), which is airlinked with all major Indian and international cities. Chandannagore is only 40 km (25 mi) by road from the airport.