Raichak is a small town situated in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Famous for its Fort which stands as a testimony to the bygone era, the quiet town of Raichak provides picturesque views of the Ganges. Raichak is situated on the outskirts of Kolkata, on the banks of the River Hooghly. Raichak lies close to Diamond Harbour and acts as a link between Haldia and Kolkata. Raichak is at a distance of 15 km from Diamond Harbour and 50 km from Kolkata. Raichak was originally founded by the British East India Company during the era of colonisation. They built a fort in Anglo – Indian style, which was called as Raichak Fort, on the river bend in the year 1783, to guard against pirates taking the river route to Kolkata. General Watson, the British Commander, resided here along with his wife Mary, daughter Caroline and 65 soldiers.