Apart from the Hangsheshwari temple, the erstwhile palace compound also contains an even older terracotta temple. After seeing the temple, you can drive to see the Hooghly Imambara. About two kilometers from Bandel, the town of Hooghly (which also lends its name to the district) was a Portuguese trade port around the 16th century and gradually passed into the hands of the English East India Company in the next century. Built-in 1861, the Imambara contains a sun-dial and a high clock tower.
Known as the Bandel Church, the old Roman cathedral has a beautiful Doric façade. The riverbank adjacent to the church is choc-a-bloc with picnickers in winter.
The round trip to Bandel Church Bansberia Hangsheshwari temple Hooghly Imambara can be undertaken in a day from Kolkata. Bandel, nearly 40 km from Kolkata, can be approached by road and rail. It takes around an hour by train from Howrah station. There are private buses linking the region and one can even hire an auto-rickshaw from Bandel to visit the trio.