Visit to Kolkata

Kolkata, renowned as the “City Of Joy” is the place where beauty, magic, charm and verve all unite to offer a harmonized dimension to the city. Through this article you will get the best travel guide than any other.

West Bengal pioneered museum development in India with institutions like the Asiatic Society (1784), the Indian Botanic Garden (1787) and the Indian Museum (1814) -institutions which are amongst the oldest in India and up to this day remain principal attractions of tourists visiting Kolkata.

The Victoria Memorial

Situated on Kolkata Maidan , it stands majestic in its symmetrical construction of white marble. There is an Art Gallery and Museum inside. The surrounding open Space, beautifully laid out with trees, pools and lawns, is one of the most cherished areas of Kolkata. Don’t miss it during your trip to Kolkata.

BirlaPlanetarium Situated close to the crossing of Theatre Road and Chowringhee road, the Birla Planetarium is adjacent to the maidan. The Planetarium owes its existence to the Birla Education in 1929. The Planetarium is a single-storeyed, circular structure constructed in pure Indian architectural style.

Science City

The pioneering effort of NCSM, in setting up open air Science Parks has now added a new dimension to science teaching through a process of discovery in the outdoor setting. Set amidst trees and lawns, here one finds science out of doors and alive.

Nicco Park

Nicco Park is situated at Salt Lake. This Amusement park is the Disneyland of West Bengal, with a variety of unusual games and rides. The Cave Ride is the latest addition and is the only of its kind in this part of the world.

Academy of Fine Art

Collections include contemporary Indian Art. Rabindra Gallery contains original paintings, manuscripts and personal belongings of Rabindranath Tagore.

Zoological Garden

The Zoological Gardens at Alipore opened to the public in 1876, have one of the finest collections of birds, animals, and reptiles. Within the Gardens,there is also a childrens` Zoo.

Kalighat Temple
Built in 1809, the Kali Temple is an Ancient center of Hindu pilgrimage. The architecture is of typical mediaeval Bengal style.

Botanical Garden

Laid out in 1787, the Garden contains 12,000 living perennial plants and over two and a half million dried out plant specimens in the herbarium, collected from all over the world.

St Paul`s Cathedral
The Anglican Cathedral of Kolkata built in 1847, adjacent to the Birla Planetarium. It towers 65 m high and is famous for the serene service conducted on Christmas Eve.

Belur Math

Founded by Swami Vivekananda, the world famous yogi and disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, it is the Headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission and is 6.4 kms from Howrah Station on the banks of the River Hooghly.

Dakshineswar Temple

Built by Rani Rasmoni of north Kolkata in the 19th century on the bank of Ganges, north east of Kolkata. It is here that Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, the renowned spiritual personality and the guru of Swami Vivekananda had worshipped the Goddess Kali, Bhaba Tarani, and did his sadhana at the Panchabati Garden adjacent to the temple.

Eden Garden
A sprawling garden set up by the British in the early 20 century with a band stand and a beautiful pagoda. A stadium has been built adjacent to it for cricket test matches which can accommodate about 85,000 people.

Howrah Bridge

This Engineering marvel has been the firmest symbol of Kolkata. The huge cantilever bridge, strung on two 270 feet high pillars connects Kolkata from Howrah. It four traffic lanes are daily used by over a lakh vehicles.

Saheed Minar
A monument similar to Qutab Minar of Delhi. This was known as Octerloney Monument. Located near Esplanade on the Maidan and seat of many memorable political meetings.

Getting There

By Air

India Airlines connect Kolkata with Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Port Blair, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Patna, Lucknow, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Imphal, Bagdogra, Agartala, Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), Guwahati, Dimapur, Hyderabad and Car-Nicobar.

By Rail
Howrah and Sealdah, two main railway stations are there in Kolkata. Kolkata is connected by rail to most of the important places in India.

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