Lighthouses of Kolkata (Calcutta), India

The photos on this page are from a former web site of the Kolkata office of the Indian Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL). The web site has disappeared, but copies of the photos were saved by Klaus Huelse. Thanks to Klaus and to Michel Forand for making these images available to lighthouse researchers everywhere.


This is the keeper's house for the 1909 Sagar Island Light, built on the east side of the entrance to the Hooghly estuary. It is likely the building continued in use until the 1980s, more or less. It's sad to see this historic structure in such poor condition.

The 1909 Sagar Island Light, a 26 meter cast iron tower, appears in good condition in this undated photo. This is one of the oldest active light stations in India, founded in 1821.

Dariapur Light, located on the west side of the entrance to the Hooghly estuary. This relatively modern concrete tower is larger in cross section than other Indian concrete light towers, the colored bands are narrower than usual, and the gallery has a unique design.

All photos by the Indian Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships.

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Posted February 7, 2006. Checked and revised January 28, 2014. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.