Victoria Memorial Hall
The Marble Memorial is a popular attraction in the whole world and people who come to Kolkata make sure they visit this place. The beautiful marble marble monument is built in Indo- Saracenic style with a blend of Mughal style opf architecture. This is also a symbol of British victory in India. The foundation was laid down in 1906 by the Prince of Wales and the building was built in the memory of Queen Victoria and also named after her. The memorial houses a beautiful museum which is also one of the most prominent if you want to know about the British Era. The whole complex covers a huge area and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which is also a popular picnic destination. Inside the museum you find photographs of people who had contributed in some way or the other towards the development of the state as well as the country. There are also a number of ancient artworks and weapons inside the museum. The light and sound show in the evenings is nerve wrecking as the sound of the British armies walking past behind you thrills you and the light work is done inside the memorial. It is like a time travel and is a place where people of all ages can enjoy.
Howrah Bridge made from 705m long steel cantilevers, is something that catches the attention of old and young alike. It is one place that defines Kolkata in real terms. Though, the place is always polluted and is really crowded, the view of the place is worth the pain taken to reach there. It is one of the top notch architectural icons of Kolkata from World War II till date. For those who want to click this wonderful bridge, needs to do it from a ferry on River Ganga that passes from below it. The Howrah Bridge is also the connection between the city and the 1906 formed Howrah station.
Also known as the Mother Teresa Street, this was originally a burial ground and presently one of the most important places of Kolkata. This is also known as the 'Food street' or the 'Street which never sleeps'. This is the place where most of the oubs and restaurants of Kolkata are situated and has been an entertainment square of Kolkata for many years now. There are also a number of important buildings here such as the St. Xaviers' Church and College, the Asiatic Society Building, The South Park Cemetery and the 7th Century Aventist Church. The region stretches from Chowringee Road to Park Circus and is also a place which was a favourite during the British Era of Calcultta. You will still be able to see a lot of buildings of the British Era standing strong here. This place is such that you get the real essence of charming Kolkata here.
Howrah Railway Station
This is the oldest as well as largest railway station of India and is the second busiest of the country as well. It has 23 platforms andalso one of the largest traffic per day. It is one of the intercity railway stations of India, the others being the Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and the Kolkata Station. The railway station looks awesome from outside with a typical Church style of design with a huge clock on top. This is on the West Bank of the Hooghly River and is connected by the famous air suspended bridge known as the Second Hooghly Setu or simply the Hooghly or Howrah Bridge. The station was started in the year 1824. All the railway authorities have their trains linked from here to other parts of the country and the local authority is no doubt the Eastern Railway.
As you walk a little from Shovabazar Ghat of River Hooghly or from the west gate of the Shovabazar metro Station towards the Rabindra Sarani Lane, you will come across the Kumartuli. This is a place where a number of Kumars or potters are always busy with their work of designing and sculpting huge statues of Gods and Goddesses which are later used for the festivals of the city. The most common are the statues of Goddess Durga here. Initially clay and straw are used to form the figures and then they are spray painted. The original material used are the marrows of the banana trees but now many other materials are being used in making these idols. Later, the idols are dressed in fine attires and are ready to be sent to the pandals for being worshipped.
New Market happens to be an important shopping center in Bhopal that lies in Madhya Pradesh. The market is close to TT Nagar and one can get some good deals on raw silk and fabrics, Chanderi silk and tussar. The Chanderi silk sarees are quite famous and one can get some very good varieties here at New Market. For everything else like cosmetics, footwear, clothing, perfumes, jewelry and accessories, bags and wallets and other such stuff, there are numerous stalls and shops here to browse through all day long.
Prinsep Ghat with a good spectacular view is names after the famous James Princep. The place was built when the city and the whole country was under the Raj of the British. It is among the serene and quaint places in Kolkata where locals and tourists go for a getaway from city's hustle-bustle. This place is also considered by the locals for morning and evening walks by the banks of the river Ganga with not really a great view but also clean and oxygen free of pollution, amidst the lush greenery all around. For those who want to pay some quality time by the Hoogly without spending much, this is actually the spot to head to. An extra activity here's boat rides that are slow and serene in the waters of the Ganga.
College Street (Boi Para)
Also known as boi Para, this is a long stretch from the Ganesh Chandra Avenue to the Mahatma Gandhi Road and is known for the many colleges out here. Apart from colleges there are other building for the city's intellectual group to spend time in. The Coffee House has served as the hangout for budding poets and politicians discussing on serious agendas over hot cups of coffee and kobiraji cutlet for years now. Above all what makes this place even more famous are the presence of many small and big book stalls and thus the name, 'boi para'. If you want to buy old or new books there can be nothing better than a couple of hours in College Street.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
This is one of the great temples in Kolkata which has a lot of religious importance for the locals as well as aesthetic value for the tourists. It was made in the 19th century with a dedication to the goddess Bhavatarini, a reincarnation of Kali. Rani Rasmani, a wealthy woman got this temple constructed because of her devotion for the goddess. The temple is located on the banks of river Ganga and has quite a breath-taking view all around. One can either take a ferry or a train to reach this place. Do not forget to take proper footwear and an umbrella to safeguard from the heat.
This place was started by Lord Ramakrishna Dev's disciple, Swami Vivekananda. This place is not only a place of worship, but it's an admirable piece of art if it's viewed from the eyes of an artist. The main temple, has been constructed quite beautifully with minute detailing to every nook and corner of the structure. The place where Lord Ramakrishna Dev's idol is placed, is made in such a way that devotees can get a clear view from the corners as well. There are shrines of Goddess Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. You could even think of spending the night there as there are clean and well maintained guest houses and delicious food (veg though.) served to guests. Also, you might get to witness the 'Arti' at the temple at dawn. Now this might sound quite petty a thing, but it does instil a lot of inner peace and tranquility. Local's tip: please keep your gadgets in your bags, switch off your cell phones and please don't try clicking pictures from any corner of the campus. This is considered to be punishable. Also, if you want to take a dip in the river Ganga, you are gladly welcome, but make sure you carry spare clothes with you. Try not littering the place, not because it's punishable, but you don't want to carry around the guilt of littering a place that's clean and beautiful as Belur Math, which has maintained this reputation for over 200 years.
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
Built in the Italian style in the year 1875, this is one of the oldest museums of the world and also the largest of the country. This was built by the asiatic Society and was opened to the public in the present location in the year 1878. There are three floors of the museum with over 60 galleries and also a library and a publication unit. This is a round building with a fountain seating arrnagement in the middle. The museum halls are divided under six main sectors- Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Industry and Zoology.
After trotting non stop, my stomach made funny noises, and so I took myself out to Bara Bazaar, one of the biggest wholesale markets in India, and also the place with cheap priced lip smacking food. On Jagmohan Mullick Lane, the footpaths are covered with stalls of chaat vendors, and their pav-bhaaji is worth dying for! Sizzling hot butter right on top of mouth watering bhaaji made me lose all my table etiquettes, and eat like a crazed up person, who hasn't had meals for days! Right on the crossing of the road sits an old aged man, who sells Pani Puri and Jhalmuri - the things-you-should-eat-in-Kolkata, since 30 years. And he still hasn't lost the charm for sure!
This is a palatial residence of North Calcutta which was built in the 19th Century and named by Lord Pinto. The beautiful residence was built by Raja Rajmohan Mullick who was the adopted son of Nilmoni Mullick. As the name suggests this building was made up of 126 varieties of Italian Marble imported overseas. This is a lavishly built structure where the descendents of Raja Mullick still reside. The whole mansion is surrounded by luxurious gardens with eccentric seating arrangements in the form of marble table tops and chairs. There are fountains and statues of mermens and mermains that are now not in very good conditions. The palace zoo does not function anymore though the aviary is still a place where birds migrate down especially during winter. As you enter the mansion you will find yourself awestruck with the beauty, grandeur and classic taste of everything. There is also a small statue of Raja Mullick near the entrance. The wooden staircases with beautiful chandeliers and huge rooms are a symbol of the lavishness of rich men during the 19th century. There is also a statue of Queen Victoria beautifully carved inside a room that was dedicated to her. All around the house you will find statues of lions spread around in different positions and also other statues including one of Christopher Columbus. There are rooms also on the first floor with billiards tables and musical instruments. Parts of the palace are inaccessible as people stay in these parts. To visit the palace you need a permission from the tourism Department one day in advance.
Vidyasagar Setu Kolkata – A Star Attraction Of The CityVidyasagar Setu or the Second Hoogly Bridge is a toll bridge that connects the twin city of Kolkata and Howrah. Named after the renowned educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was the forerunner of women education in India, Vidyasagar Setu spans over the Hoogly River.With a stretch of 823 metres long curve connecting the two edges of the river, Vidyasagar Setu happens to be the longest cable–stayed bridge in the country. It also ranks among one of the longest bridges in all of Asia. The cables are arranged in the order of a fan. The beautiful lights arranges on each sides of the bridge in a linear patters add to the glitz to the night view of the city.Hoogly River is a favorite recreational hub for the people of Kolkata. The river bed is marked with some of the beautiful ghats that provide boating and cruising experience for the people. The Vidyasagar Setu towering on the top adds to the charm of the place. I decided to spend an entire day by the river.Just like any other place, this area of the city was equally crowded. But the best part is that you can turn your back to the crowd and face the sprawling Ganges right in front of you. It is a beautiful experience.The day breaks with people taking a dip into the river. The calmness of the river is marked with small boats, or large carriers ferrying people from one shore to the other. On the other side of the river lay some notable satellite cities like Chandan Nagar and Sreerampore.I sat on a concrete bench in the Princep Ghat experiencing the entire hustle bustle happening all around. As the day proceeds, the loud traffic fills the air, breaking the tranquility. And then comes the pleasant evening. Watching the sun set by the Hoogly River is a very beautiful experience.I booked a boat and decided to stay on the waters for the next few hours. As the sun went down, the sky turned crimson with white specks of cloud strewn all over. As you look at the sky through the cables of the Vidyasagar Setu, the sheer beauty of the moment touches the heart. A much known melancholic tune echoes…. ‘hmmmm… chingari koi bhadke toh sawan use bujhaye…’
Kalighat Kali Temple
Next stop was Kalighat Temple, 500 years old Goddess Kali temple is equally good to visit as Dakshineshwar Temple. And we have seen the shots from there in a famous movie of Vidya Balan's KAHANI. White uniform wearing Policemen in Calcutta can be found everywhere near the temple and you're aren't allowed to photograph here. From Kalighat, we headed to Howrah Bridge and VidyaSagar Setu. My personal favorite is Vidya Sagar Setu because it exactly looks like Brookyn Bridge in NYC. You don't believe me? Leave a ping and I'll share the pictures i have clicked and then you'll probably trust me. You can do boating there in a happening boat with some old songs playing and romantic lighting just for 150 bucks. Rights by the side is millenium park where you can see love birds hanging around and some seriously tasty bengali Puchka. Other places I saw on the fly like Tipu Sultan Mosque, Shaheed Minar and how could i forget, world famous Eden Gardens. And ending the day with it being my Birthday, I landed up in Park street for some good food in One Step Up And hopped to a 100 years old Jewish Bakery Nahoum and sons in New Market(worth going if you love bakery stuff) to get fruit cake on my birthday and some sweet cheese.So this was what i had from my birthday trip which was cheaper then what i had to spend if i was partying in Hauz Khas or Cyber Hub.
Esplanade Bus Terminus
This is the biggest shopping arena in the city where you literary get everything. This place is very interesting because sweaty, haggling hawkers are juxtaposed against the majesty of the Grand Hotel. Dalhousie or Dharamtalla is a place which is infested with buildings from Calcutta's colonial past.
Tiretta Bazar Ln
Sea Voi Yune Leong Futh TempleSea Voi Yune Leong Futh Temple is little hard to locate because it is accommodated of a single room of a building and from outside it is indeed hard to locate. It is located just opposite of Sea IP Church and beginning of Blackburn Lane. This is a very small Church established in 1908 by Chinese carpenters from............................................Read More
17A Tiretti bazaar
Some of the weekend mornings usually began at 5, when I headed towards Territi Bazaar along with a couple of crazy neighborhood friends who never failed to accompany me. Territi Bazaar offers the best Chinese breakfast in town, and although many people may say it's overrated, I believe it's not the food but the entire ambiance that makes everything perfect. I still remember that morning, when it was raining heavily as we were eating our bowl-full of meatballs and soup. It was just us, and a few lamas who also ordered their momos.
19. Roopark Village, Panchalingeswar -This quaint and unique tribal village resort will offer weekend escapees an unparalleled experience. Located far from urban life, the mud and thatch dwellings resonates with the natural surroundings. One can also admire the tribal craftsmanship and way of living. The period from October to February is perfect for a trip here. If you are interested in bird watching, this is the place for you.
Also known as the Bhagirathi- Hooghly, this is a distributary of the River Ganga. The river is associated with the kings of the ancient Sagar Dynasty who are said to have brought down the river from the heavens. This river is the main source of water for all household and commercial purposes of the state of West Bengal. Farakka is the largest barrage built over this river. The river is perennial and thus also floods in parts of Bengal. This river is like the hero of the state as it is important in all fields including Tourism, Agriculture and Industry too.
Another much loved place was Lake, next to Southern Avenue, where mostly the couples flocked during the evenings. I went there because I loved the calmness of the place, looking at the still water, and the sunset at times, and the newly constructed sky-scrappers on the other-side of the Lake.
This is probably the largest and the oldest market that is there in Delhi for the past more than three centuries. This was the place where initially merchants from Turkey, Holland and other places used to visit during their business trips to India. The oldest merchants who have shops inside this market are known to have been carrying on the same business generations after generations. The true colors of Delhi can be enjoyed in this place. If you are a shopaholic then this is a must visit during your trip. The specialty of this place is that you feel like buying whatever you see out here. the main shops here are Dariba Kalan, known for pearl, gold and silver jewelry, Gulab Singh Johri Mal for attars or perfumes, Khari Baoli for spice shopping. The Kinari Bazaar is the zardosi den for all females and the Katra Neel for all kinds of fabrics. The Bhagirath Palace is Asias largest market of electronic goods and the Moti Bazar is famous for shawls and pearls.
Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir
We then went to SRI SRI RADHA GOVIND TEMPLE, it was really so beautiful and we were so hungry that we were just wishing that someone may ask us for prasadam but no one asked and we came out of the temple,Suddenly the phone rang and PRABHU JI told"ankit prabhu whenever you reach temple please tell me, I will arrange prasadam for you"It was just like someone listening to our heart and making every arangement for us. It was none other than LORD KRISHNAAfter having the plate full of prasad with some bengali dishes my friend Ramu was just like as if she will not eat for her whole life now.We were feeling so satisfied and were feeling sleepy also, we went to
I still remember those lanes that led to my school, and a friend's house next to the school, where I've spend hundreds of lazy afternoons. I used to wait for the school bus, standing in front of a shop that sold hot "kochuri" in the morning, and it was always crowded. The school bus gave a short tour through the crowded South Calcutta streets as it picked up my friends waiting at different stops.
It was Day two, Morning 7 am at Lalbazar. Lalbazar is known for his wholesale and retail shops. The streets over here is fully packed with People, Tram, Taxi, Buses and other vehicles. At Lalbazar you will get some Historic residential Buildings When you are at Lalabazar you cant go without drinking this Milk(Malai Marke). It was really hot and tasty. yummmmm
Hap Hing Company
Hap Hing Company also known as Hap Hing Co is an old provisional store that caters to all the Chinese requirements. The place was opened up in 1934 by Stela Chen with the aim of providing authentic Chinese taste and food products that was amiss in Kolkata at that time. This place is still renowned for these products not only among the Chinese people residing in the city but also those who are visiting Kolkata for the first time. Starting from homemade Chinese sauces to tea and from noodles to Chinese medicines, there is a whole lot of items that you can depend on this place for. Other items that one requires in the day to day activities is also available here at cheap rates.
Sun Yat Sen Street
If you are in Kolkata and still haven't taste the sea food you get in the Tiretti Bazaar, then you should rush today only. The Sun Yat Sen Street in the Tiretti Market Area is where you get the best and most authentic seafood. This street was made famous by the Chinese who came and settled here mainly for business purpose. You will enjoy this place at its best during an early morning walk when the street is lined with vendors selling authentic Chinese dim sums and steaming soups which are so light to the palette yet so flavorful. These piping delicacies during foggy winter mornings give the perfect start of a lazy day.
Druk Air Corporation Limited
Druk Air Corporation Limited in Kolkata is one of the rare ways to get into Bhutan. For most of the tourists and foreigners, this is the place to head to if they have plans to go further east to the beautiful land of Bhutan. The tour arrangements can be made here at this attraction of the city. For people who want to take the aerial route to Bhutan from Kolkata, this place is a must visit.
This is a famous bar and restaurant in the Park Street area of Kolkata. They probably serve the cheapest beer in the whole city. The ambience is cozy and comfortable and their meat steaks are superb. If you are shopping around Park Street, this is a very good place to grab a quick bite and wash it down with a mug of chilled beer.
I was always apprehensive about doing solo trips. It was one of the things I knew I wanted to do but somehow always found reasons not to. However, with a week free in the middle of classes and with most of my friends in Europe on student exchange, I knew that this was the best shot I had. And so I stuffed my backpack and took off on my first visit to the Northeast. Day 1 was familiar turf, my train pulled into Calcutta in the wee hours of the morning and after a delightful cab ride I was at Flury's feasting on some delightful tuna sandwiches and Darjeeling tea. I then took a long walk all the way to Victoria Memorial where I spent most of the morning sitting in the lawn by the lake and exploring the museum exhibits. Another long walk back, I visited F Bloc, the geek-paradise that's tucked away in a basement on a lane close to Park Street and after spending an inappropriate amount of money, I found a nondescript dive bar where I  befriended a middle-aged man with alcohol issues over a bottle of Budweiser. Arriving at Bagdoghra airport and booking a prepaid cab, I set off on the long drive to Gangtok. A treat in itself, the fresh mountain air was a welcome change after the months spent in Jamshedpur. It was dark by the time we hit the mountain roads but the driver knew the route like the back of his hand and expertly navigated them while I sat in the back drinking beer out of cans, with the sound of crickets and and the Teesta to give me company.Arriving at my hotel which I had booked online I got the staff to cook me some food and I crashed soon after.
Kolkata Zoo & Zoological Garden
The meter starts running. Standard yellow cab. And off we go. Destination Mumbai. Reason aplenty.Its raining.Howrah station is it's usual self, passengers scattered all over and waiting for their trains to arrive and take them outstation, somewhere possibly nice. I'm waiting, as well... Our train's called Duranto, which in Bengali means fast and the train is actually 68 km an hour fast, taking you to Mumbai in little over a day's time span. The staff is friendly and our coupe is chilled out, making the atmosphere travel friendly. We just had lunch rounded off with vanilla ice cream. Snooze time, it is!!
Academy of Fine Arts, Mohur Kunj and Nandan are places of cultural interest. The Kolkata intellectual community dominates this area. You can catch movies or plays at these places, or be lucky to watch a live performance of any artist. Rabindra Sadan leads to Camac Street, where each street is different and alive with the hustle of city life. But in the nooks there are quaint little Tibetan shops with their peaceful dark décor and delicious food.
Ahiritola Launch Ghat
After shopping, trotting and eating I finally got on a haath rickshaw, that dropped me off at Bhootnath Mandir. Post worshiping Baba Bhootnath, I went on to board the launch from Ahiritola to Howrah Station. Boarding the launch for me has always been one of the most exciting modes of transportation!