A Chinese colony, the place derived its name from the Chinese businessman, Tong Achi who established a sugar mill on the banks of Hooghly River, on the southern part of Budge Budge, during the time of Warren Hastings. He was the owner of the sugar-cane plantation that provided raw material to his mill. When the sugar plantation and mill was no more in the existence, the Chinese community deserted the place.
Places to see at Achipur: A Chinese temple that was built long ago, when the area was populated by Chinese people is the main attraction of the place. At the complex’s main entrance, a huge gate has been built recently. The temple is situated at a corner of the complex and surrounded by a low wall and you might have to crouch to get inside the temple, owing to the small entrance. The structure of the temple is that of a typical Chinese temple and comprises lovely wood carvings. In this temple, Chinese deities, Khudi and Khuda are worshipped
Another important landmark is the grave of Tong Achi that overlooks the Hooghly. The grave is semi-circular in shape and is red in colour. It comprises of stands between two kilns with Chinese inscriptions on them. The grave can be reached from the temple by means of a short-cut, via two brick kilns.
Nearby attractions of Achipur: You can spend some time at the Budge Budge Ferry Ghat watching the ships crossing the Ganges. The Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge is also historically significant because Swami Vivekananda landed here when he returned from his Chicago visit.
Things to do at Achipur: The place is considered a gateway for those interested in the history of Chinese community. You can even opt for picnics in this place, enjoying the sight of the Hooghly.
Best time to visit Achipur: The best time to visit this place is during the Chinese New Year. During this period, the sleepy hamlet converts into a fairground and is inhabited by a major part of the Chinese community. At that time, you can also get a glimpse of the culture of the Chinese community.
How to go ?
Achipur is situated at a distance of 33 km from Kolkata and can be easily reached by bus. The buses of route No. 77 depart from Esplanade and the journey takes around 2 hours. You need to get down at the bus stop called Boro Battala and from there, walk 15 minutes to Chinamantala, which had the ancient temple.
Where to stay ?
Achipur is just apt for a day trip from Kolkata.
Dining facilities at Achipur: A few eateries are situated in and around the place.