Places To Visit In Kolkata

Kolkata is blessed with many sightseeing places that offer a unique experience to every visitor. The city has many interesting places to keep its visitors pleasantly engaged. From refreshing gardens, serene lakes, historical buildings, museums, libraries, sports stadiums to ancient temples and churches, there are umpteen number of places to visit in Kolkata.

Howrah Bridge

 Howrah Bridge is considered to be the busiest bridge in the   world and a fine example of 20th century engineering. A   popular place to visit in Kolkata, Howrah Bridge stands over   the Hooghly River. Around 705 meters long, this bridge   connects Kolkata and Howrah.
  It was built in 1874 on two 270 feet tall pillars, without the   usage of nuts and bolts.  


Victoria Memorial

 Victoria Memorial is the sightseeing place that one cannot   miss  when in Kolkata. Built in the memory of Queen Victoria,   this memorial was opened to the public in 1921. It was   designed by the renowned architect of that period, William   Emerson, who was the then President of British Institute of   Architects. This place is undeniably one of the finest art   museums in the country with a rich collection of paintings on   royal Britis.


Indian Museum

 Built in 1814, Indian Museum in Kolkata is considered to be   the  oldest museum of the country. Founded by Asiatic Society   of Bengal in Kolkata, its founder curator was a botanist from   Denmark, Dr. Nathaniel Wallich. It was opened to the public   in  1878. With six main sections and over 60 galleries, this   museum is the largest museum in the country. It also boasts of   being the ninth oldest museum in the world. A wide collection   of Mughal paintings, fossils, armour, mummies etc..


Dakshineswar kali Temple

 Dedicated to Devi Bhavatarini, a form of Goddess Kali,   Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a place that attracts hordes of   devotees every day. Built in 1847 by the Queen of Janbazar,   Rani Rashmoni, this temple stands on the banks of River   Hooghly. There is both   spiritual as well as socio- political significance attached to the   history of the temple. When it comes to talking about the   architecture, the temple structure was built in traditional ‘nav-   ratna’ .

Kolkata Race Course

  Many of the horse races are conducted during public holidays     and over weekends; however the best time to visit this place is     during the months of September to March.The race course is     maintained by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.The polo ground     located adjacent to the race course is said to be the best in     India. When there are no horse races organized, the elites of   the city settle for polo matches organised by the Royal Calcutta   Turf Club.


Eden Gardens

 With a seating capacity of 68,000, it has undergone many   improvements since its construction. The first ever first- class   match that was hosted in this stadium was in 1917-18. The first   test match in Eden gardens was played in 1934 while the first   ODI match was played in 1987. It is indeed a place worth   visiting in Kolkata.It is not only the largest cricket stadium in   India but the second largest in the world, second to the   Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.


Kali Ghat

 Out of the 51 Shakti Peeths, Kalighat Temple of Kolkata is   considered to be one of the most important. It was earlier a   ghat on the old course of River Hooghly, which also led to the   name of the city. Kalighat is believed to be the place where   Goddess Sati’s right foot toes fell off from her burnt body   during Lord Shiva's Rudra Tandava.There is mention of   Kalighat temple in 15th and 17th century literature too.The   temple premises houses a couple of smaller temples, one   dedicatede to Shiv called as Nakuleshwar Mahadev Temple ..


Alipore Zoological Gardens

 The set up of the zoological garden was successful in 1875,   after  3 failed attempts, in 1842, 1867 and 1873 respectively.   The very first collections of the zoological garden.The zoological   garden is home to around 1266 animals, that are a mix of   primates, herbivores and carnivores belonging to 108 different   species. Among the avian population, there are exotic   pheasants, cockatoos, macaws, storks, and few endangered   species like Spoonbill.


National Library

 The largest library in India, National Library is an important   place to visit in Kolkata. Built with the prime objective to   preserve, collect and distribute literary material. This library is now managed   by  the Dept. of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture,   Government of India. Its rich collection consists of books in   almost all the prominent languages of the country, varying   from Telugu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and many more.   The library also has a separate section for children.


Belur Math

 Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and   Mission is a temple for seekers of spiritual fulfilment and   makes it a must visit destination as it follows a non- sectarian   and spiritual approach .The Math was conceptualized and     founded by the chief disciple of Shri Ramakrishna   Paramhansa,  Swami Vivekananda during the 20th century.   The ideology behind setting up such an institution was ‘selfless   service of God in man’. It was Swami Vijnanananda, who   designed the Belur Math temple.


Jorasanko Thakurbari

 The Thakur Bari, which literally means, ‘House of Tagores’ has   now been converted into Rabindra Bharati University and   serves as a centre for Indian Classical Fine Arts and quality   education. A portion of the building was converted into a   museum in 1961 and is called Rabindra Bharati Museum. It   exhibits the life and stories of all members of the Tagore   family.  It is a palatial ‘red brick’ mansion. It just Rabindranath   Tagore who was a person of importance in the house.


Birla planetarium

 one of the unique features of Birla Planetarium of Kolkata is   that there are live lectures during the shows, which helps   visitors to gain additional information, mostly trivial, thus   giving them an opportunity to interact with industry experts.   one of the reasons for the popularity of Birla Planetarium is   also because of its location within the vicinity of Maidan area   and being in close proximity of the Victoria Memorial and St.   Paul’s Cathedral, two most iconic structures of Kolkata.


Science City

 Science City in Kolkata, being the largest science centre in the   entire Indian subcontinent, is one of the major attractions and   is a must visit as it offers one of a kind experience for the   visitors. The Science City is a perfect place to experience the   blend between Science and Entertainment. It was opened in   1997. The centre which is equally famous among domestic as   well as international tourists has a dedicated section for aquatic worlds that houses some of the most exotic fish and insects.


Nicco Park

 The Nicco Park is also certified green park and keeping with   the  green theme, there is a greenhouse with a variety of plants   grown and sold by the Indo-American Hybrid Seeds Limited,   an organization which also runs the greenhouse. The   conception of the idea of an amusement park was made by   Rajive Kaul, who is the Chairman of Nicco Group, during the   300th anniversary of the founding of Kolkata.


St. Paul's Cathedral

 St. Paul’s Cathedral is a historical building with religious   significance. The foundation to this building was laid out in   1839 while its construction was completed after 8 years.   Designed by Major William Nairn Forbes, the building of the   cathedral was built in Indo-Gothic architectural style.   However,  due to natural calamities, it was destroyed twice.   Later in 1934, St. Paul’s Cathedral was again constructed with   an architectural resemblance to Bell Harry Tower of   Canterbury Cathedral.


Others Must visit Places

Marble Palace

Birla Mandir

Eco park

Aquatica Water Park

Shaheed Minar


Raj Bhawan

Tipu Sultan mosque

Prinsep Ghat

Rabindra Sarobar

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