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The Princep Ghat was built in the everlasting memory of James Princep who was an extraordinarily brilliant researcher and at one point of time served as the honorable Secretary of the hallowed Asiatic Society. This gifted person is especially remembered for his role in deciphering emperor Ashok’s Brahminical script. James Princep for all his enthusiasm in research and analysis, died a premature death at the young age of forty one. Kolkata being an intellectual city and the fact that James Princep had conducted most of his research based out of Kolkata, the people of Kolkata as befitting tribute to the departed scholar built the Princep Ghat and aptly dedicated the Ghat in the everlasting memory of this great man. The Ghat was opened to public in the year 1843. In its initial years, all the royal British entourages used the Princep Ghat jetty for embarkation/disembarkation. By far, Princep Ghat is one of Kolkata’s oldest recreation spot even though it has lost much of its charm. Yet, it is still a marvelous place where tourists can spend hours together sitting on the benches and watching the uncluttered Kolkata life pass by gently. On the distant horizon, the magnificent Howrah Bridge and the the awesome Vidyasagar Setu makes for a kaleidoscopic vignette.