Elliot Park is a huge park that occupies a total area of nearly 90,000 square feet. It may interest you to know that Tata Steel constructed the park. The park consists of several walk-throughs, restaurants, museums as well as outlets. Also, the park is easily accessible as it is located at the center of the city. It would surprise you to know that the site where the Park is located used to be a dump for offal. In recent years, the dumpsite has been transformed into this beautiful park consisting of fountains and a vast expanse of trees and flowers. It also has sitting space and food stalls for visitors. Due to its easy accessibility, a lot of locals are drawn towards visiting this park in the evenings. Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071.
Rabindra Sarobar is a popular man-made lake, and was previously known as Dhakuria Lake. Today the lake occupies a total area of 300,000 square meters. The lake is surrounded by several trees of different varieties which makes the air around the lake very fresh. You’ll be happy to learn that the lake is close to the Dum Dum airport.
It is one of the most attractive and peaceful places in the city making it a common place for people to take walks or meditate. Additionally, it is also a good canvas for people interested in naturalistic photography.
Location: Dhakuria, Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029.
South Park Cemetery
South Park Cemetery Kolkata, India Overview South Park Cemetery is a privately-owned cemetery with a total of 1600 graves. Previously, the South Park cemetery was known as Park Street. The Cemetery has a mix of the Indo-Saracenic as well as the Golic style. You’ll be happy to know that the cemetery has three big restaurants that serve both modern as well as traditional foods. Opened in 1767, it contains a mix of tombs, cenotaphs and mausoleums protected by a brick wall. The cemetery contains a number of the graves belonging to famous military and political figures like Sir William Jones, Sir Elijah Impey, Walter Landor Dickens (Son of Charles Dickens), and more. Green mosses and ferns cover most of the cemetery and give an eerie setting to the place. Location: 52, Park Street, Opp Assembly Of God Church, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017.
Birla Planetarium is India’s biggest planetarium that features the largest projection of the night sky in the dome theatre. The structure has one floor and has a design that agrees with the Buddhist Stupa. It was constructed in 1963 and now serves as a museum. Inauguration of the planetarium was done by the then Prime Minister of India, Sri Jawaharlal Nehru. Birla Planetarium is among the largest planetariums in the continent of Asia. The Birla Planetarium is situated adjacent to St. Paul’s Cathedral and near Victoria Memorial is Kolkata’s landmark. The best fact about this site is that it is constantly upgraded to keep pace with modern technology. Recently in 2017, the planetarium was renovated to incorporate the latest advanced Carl Zeiss Hybrid Projection System. Location: Paul's Cathedral, 96, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Adjacent To St, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071.
The Eden Gardens is owned by the Cricket Association of Bengal and has a capacity of 66000. It is interesting to know that the gardens hosted the World cup in 1987 after it got renovated to expand its capacity from 40,000 to 94,000. It may shock you to learn that the stadium is now over 150 years old. You may already know that the Eden Gardens has the largest seating capacity in India and third-largest seating capacity in the world. It is often referred to as “cricket’s answer to the Coliseum. For cricket lovers, this place is a must visit. Location: Maidan, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021. Pricing: There is no entry fee to generally visit the stadium. (Tickets depend on the season and the matches held in the stadium).