Amherst Street (Kolkata)

Amherst Street is a north–south street in Central Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal. The street was named after William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst. It has been renamed as Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani after Raja Rammohan Roy, one of the most famous social-reformers of India.[1] The road starts from Vivekananda Road crossing (Chaltabagan, Maniktala) and extends up to Bepin Behari Ganguly Street crossing (Lebutala, Bowbazar) via MG Road crossing and Surya Sen Street crossing. On the extreme north lies Raja Rammohan Roy Memorial Museum and on the extreme south lies the Bank of India (Bowbazar).[2]

Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani
Amherst Street and Keshab Chandra Sen Street Crossing - Kolkata 2014-01-01 1842.JPG
Amherst Street and Keshab Chandra Sen Street Crossing
Former name(s)Amherst Street
Maintained byKolkata Municipal Corporation
LocationKolkata, India
Postal code700009
Nearest Kolkata Metro stationGirish Park, MG Road, Central and Sealdah(under construction)
Coordinates22°34′45″N 88°22′11″E / 22.5791049°N 88.369807°E / 22.5791049; 88.369807Coordinates: 22°34′45″N 88°22′11″E / 22.5791049°N 88.369807°E / 22.5791049; 88.369807
North endChaltabagan, Maniktala
South endLebutala, Bowbazar
William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst, after whom the street was first named


Police districtEdit

Amherst Street police station is part of the North and North Suburban division of Kolkata Police. It is located at 57, Raja Rammohan Sarani, Kolkata-700009.[3]

Amherst Street Women police station, located at the same address as above covers all police districts under the jurisdiction of the North and North Suburban division i.e. Amherst Street, Jorabagan, Shyampukur, Cossipore, Chitpur, Sinthi, Burtolla and Tala.[3]

Places of interestEdit




The popular and famous landmarks are Union Bank of India (Maniktala), Raja Rammohan Roy Memorial Museum, Lawrence Day School, Bose's Clinical Laboratory, Shree Vishudhanand Saraswati Marwari Hospital (Popularly known as Marwari Hospital), Holy Trinity Church (Kolkata), Amherst Street Post Office (Now Raja Rammohan Sarani Post Office), Shraddhananda Park, Lady Dufferin Hospital and Union Bank of India (Bowbazar). St.Paul's School ( 33/1, Amherst Street)[4]


Some of the notable festivals that take place in and around the street include Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja, Somendra Nath Mitra's Kali Puja (Amherst Street Sarbojonin) and Jhamapukur Sarbojonin (Subal Chandra Lane) Tamoghna Ghosh's Kali Puja and Fatakesto's Kali Puja.

In popular cultureEdit

Born Into Brothels, a 2004 documentary film directed by Zana Briski mentions this street in the movie.



  1. ^ "In Remembrance of Raja Rammohan Roy" (PDF). Shodhganga - INFLIBNET. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ Google maps
  3. ^ a b "Kolkata Police". North and North Suburban Division. KP. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. ^

External linksEdit

  Kolkata/North Kolkata travel guide from Wikivoyage