1 Queen's Way, Kolkata (Calcutta)
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 Railway Station, Howrah, West Bengal, India
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.
Jagganath Ghat, 1, Strand Rosd, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700001
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.
Lindsay Street, Kolkata (Calcutta)
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.
Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata (Calcutta)
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.
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.
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.
Strand Rd, Kolkata (Calcutta)
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.
Near Bali Bridge, Dakshineswar railway Station, P.O. :Alambazar, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700 035
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.
212 Rash Behari Avenue, Gariahat Crossing, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700019
Stayed near this uptown market place in Kolkata for shopping
Foreshore Road, Howrah 711 101
Shobhabazar Metro Station
Jatindra Mohan Avenue Road, Shobhabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005, India
Locally known as Lewduh, this is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets and trade center of the North East India. Most of the shopkeepers here are women and there are a number of monolithic idols of gods and goddesses out here. A number of religious ceremonies are performed here every year and this place is directly managed by the government authorities. The best thing you can shop from here are flat bamboo items such as mats, hats and other decoratives. It is suggested that you do not bargain much out here as the women are poor and they work really very hard with very low sales turnover due to the remote location.
Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal, India
So we started at 11 in morning, took an uber and landed up in Belur Math, a place well known after Swami Vivekanand(I'm a big fan of his and this place was on the top in my list). Beautiful, peaceful place, everyone meditating, hardly thought of seeing such calm place right in the middle of the fast moving crowded city. It took us about 30 mins to reach there. Just by the side of Belur Math was river hugly flowing. It was indeed a magnificent site. I have shared the picture.
Bepin Behari Ganguly St, Sealdah, Raja Bazar, Kolkata, WB, India
Tiretta Bazar Ln, Tiretti, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India
Initially, we were confused what to eat but then decided to try whatever looked tempting. The Chicken momos were succulent and juicy. I did not like the pork dumpling soup but the fried version of pao was what I still crave for. Somehow, I felt there were lesser shops in the market that I heard about; maybe because we reached a little late or because the road was half blocked by a Durga Puja Pandal.If you are visiting Territy Bazaar then you cannot miss out on Hap Hing Co. a medical and Chinese provision store which was opened in 1934. When you enter the store, you will be smitten by its old-world charm. The store sells different Chinese products like homemade noodles, green tea, sauces and condiments, medicines and more.Reaching this place won’t be a problem for most. It is better to take a taxi to reach this market early in the morning, as buses and the metro starts a little late. We returned home via metro as the nearest one was Central.This market should be visited by all those who love to eat and discover new places. What I love the most about this place is that the people are very warm and friendly. It is a perfect place to witness a slice of China in Bengal.
Belur Rd., Howrah, Kolkata (Calcutta)
This is the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission and Math and is also the center of the Ramkrishna Movement. This was built by Swami Vivekananda who was a disciple and an ardent follower of Ramakrishna Paramhandsa. When Swami Vivekananda went to Colombo in 1897, he ordered the building of two missionaries, one at Belur and the other near Almora. Thhese were places meant for the young boys who would become future sanyasis and to train them for their activities. The Belur Math is on the western banks of the hooghly River and also encompasses the Ramakrishna Mission University. This is one of the most important institutions as well as an architectural marvel of the country. The design and architecture of the building is a mixture of Hindu, Islam, Christian as well as Buddhist styles of architecture. The reason behind this was the motto of Swami Vivekananda that all human beings are equal and that humanity is their only religion. The building looks different from different angles and the three chattris are inspired from thew thatched huts of Kamarhati, a village which was also the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. There is a temple where the statue of Paramhansa is seated on a 100 petalled lotus. There is also a shrine of Swami Vivekananda built on the same place where parts of him were cremated in 1924.
4th Floor, Mani Square Mall, 164/1 Maniktala Main Rd, Maniktala, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Flame and Grill is one of the best restaurants for those meat lovers! Unlimited kebabs of all sorts from fish, mutton, and chicken start flowing in non-stop. The dinner buffet is extremely filling and delicious for the price!
Dufferin Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, WB, India
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.
Zakaria St, Kolutolla, Barabazar Market, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India
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!
Jheel Meel, Sector IV, Salt Lake City, Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fantastic place to visit with your family, Nicco Park is located in Kolkata and attracts many tourists and youngsters. Nicco Park has a lot of rides and games that one can play.
18, Park Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India
The Fourth day in Kolkata was slightly better in terms of my health but I decided to take it slow and just wandered in the nearby streets of Kolkata. I had a very light breakfast at a small sweets shop, had tea at 'Balwant Singh ka Dhaba' nearby and went back to PG. In the evening, I went to the much talked about confectionery ' Flurys' to soothe my chocolate cravings and had a long chat with friends over tea-tasting at ' Au Bon Pain'. We strolled in the Park Street, had dinner at Subway and returned to the PG.
46, Muktaram Babu Street, Chorbagan, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700007
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.
G2 Sector-3, Salt Lake, Salt Lake, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
The train runs across the railway line on the 2.2 km barrage and you can see the vast expanse of the ganges on the western side. Some of this water is diverted down south to the hoogly bhagirathi through a 25 mile canal. The water on the eastern side flows to Bangladesh known as river Padma there.
Keibul Lamjao National Park
10 Km from Moirang Bazar, Bishnupur
Known as the only floating National Park in the whole world, this is located in the Bishnupur District of Manipur. The park was set up in the year 1975 and the main aim was to protect the Sangai Deer which has since then increased by a huge percentage. Being in a tropical zone, trees are pretty basic here like anywhere else and you can also find grasslands here. The other animals here include wild goat, leopard cat, hog deer and fishing cat. This is a major tourist attraction of Manipur and is well connected with Koirang which is the nearest town. Dimapur is the main railway station which has good communication facilities with other parts of the country.
Kalighat Road, Kolkata (Calcutta)
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.
Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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…’
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
27 Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700016
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.
Queens Park Bus Top & Birla Mandir Bus Stop, Queens Park Rd, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India
For those seeking a dose of adventure it is recommended to travel beyond Kalap and trek to the high altitude grasslands of Vijaya Top. En route camp on the lush grass of Bangla Top and enjoy the 270 degree view of Himalayas. To the left are the striking four pinnacles of Swargarohini, Black Peak graces the center along with the silken slopes of Bandarpunch glistening in the evening sun and to the right the summit of Kedarkantha is buried in snow. Listen to the wind howl in the night and experience the terrifying rumble of a mountain as a waterfall of ice plummets down its slopes.
6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane, Rabindra Bharati University Campus, Jorasanko, Kolkata (Calcutta)
There is hardly anyone who has not heard of Rabindra Nath Tagore and his immeasurable contribution to poetry and literature. Jorasanko Takur Bari also known as the House of the Thakur is where this famous personality had spent most of his life. There are more than 700 paintings in this house which attracts tourists. There are also manuscripts, books and antique items here that can be explored. The history and important events that this place reflects about Rabindra Nath Tagore is commendable. The sounds and lights is an add-on attraction that enhances the entire experience. The vicinity also includes Rabindra Bharti University which was made to impart education. You can also get a detailed knowledge about all the works done by the Father of Literature- Rabindra Nath Tagore when you visit this place.
South Park Street Cemetery
The church was an entirely unique gothic church in Kolkata! After the church, we went to South Park Street Cemetery. The cemetery sent chills down my spine as it was absolutely one of its kind and incited numerous mixed emotions of awe and sadness. We then went to ' Govinda's' (ISKCON Temple's restaurant) for lunch. The sattvik food there was very delicious (although I could not each much due to my poor health). We went for a quick stroll post lunch to Victoria's Square Park opposite ISKCON temple. To our surprise, we saw monkeys, ducks, and rabbits! We sat down for a while and looked back at the entire trip and summarized our experiences briefly. After that, we went inside the ISKCON temple and after the evening 'Aarti' I went back to my PG, packed my bag, and left for the station.
As I left the city with mixed emotions and experiences, I just had one word to bid adieu to the city of contrast, 'Aashchi' (I'll be back).This post was originally published on Nivedita's Blog.
Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
Your trip to Kolkata is incomplete if you have not explored the city’s hidden food gem and being a die hard bhukkhad during my recent visit to the City Of Joy, Territi (or Terity) Bazar was on top of my list. Kolkata’s own little “China Town”, where the Chinese had settled as early as the 1780’s, and from then onwards they have played a significant role in defining Kolkata’s food scene.
Tagore Castle, 26, Prasanna Kumar Tagore St, Jorabagan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006, India
Reaching the Rajbari is a feat in itself if you wishfully get lost...top it up with a rainy evening ...and the yellow lights in the narrow by-lanes will take you back in an era which suits the Palace in itself
6 Km from Chandni Chowk, Kolkata (Calcutta)
Triangular Park, lake Terrace, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029, India
Mandir Road, Gora Bazar, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal 700028, India
1, Asiatic Society, Park Street,A.J.C. Bose Road, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India
17, Tiretti, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India
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.
College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
a, AC-031, Salt Lake Rd, DD Block, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064, India
As soon as I arrived in the city of joy, I had an unnerving experience with the Ola cab driver. I managed to see and admire Victoria’s Memorial, anyhow, on my way and met my friends at the arranged accommodation. It was a budget travel so my friend and I decided to stay at a PG facility in Bhawanipore. There I met a common friend who is a resident of Kolkata and she took it upon herself to make our experience in Kolkata worth cherishing! We went for lunch at 6th Ballygunj – Flavours of Kolkata and I was simply left in awe of the place! From the food to the tastefully done interiors, everything shouted ‘Bengal’ in that place and the start of our trip couldn’t have been better! From there we went to Birla Temple, Kalighat Temple, and Esplanade. I tried Grape Pulp Juice, Fire Paan, and freshly made Ice cream as well! On the first day, I couldn’t help but compare my previous encounters with the city and I was surprised to see how everything appears different when your perspective grows with age. I was able to appreciate the architecture, culture, lifestyle and authenticity of the place more!
Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026, India
From there we went to Birla Temple, Kalighat Temple, and Esplanade. I tried Grape Pulp Juice, Fire Paan, and freshly made Ice cream as well! On the first day, I couldn't help but compare my previous encounters with the city and I was surprised to see how everything appears different when your perspective grows with age. I was able to appreciate the architecture, culture, lifestyle and authenticity of the place more!
Deshapriya Park W, Manoharpukur, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029, India
15, Bankim Chatterjee Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India
18, Park Street, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India
Galiff Street, Kolkata (Calcutta)
6. Hatibagan Market For Your Silken Delights -
135K, S p Mukerjee Road, Opp. Tallygunge Thana, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Chittaranjan Ave, Sealdah, Calcutta University, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India
Tourist places in Kolkata offer an interesting mix of sightseeing attractions, historical monuments, street shopping places and some of the country’s best museums, food and drink nightlife places. Victoria Memorial Hall, as it is called is full of surprises and the list of places to visit in Kolkata is bursting at the seams.
Some of the most talked about tourist attractions in Kolkata include the Howrah Bridge, which is among the best and most visited in the country. Shopping at New Market and praying at the religious site Dakshineswar Kali Temple are among the most popular activities to experience the best the city has to offer.
Sightseeing in Kolkata would include water them parks to the celebrated Hooghly river and wildlife sanctuaries, Kolkata offers a range of options for all types of travellers, be it families, couples or solo travellers. Eclectic and vibrant, the city is both cosmopolitan and yet full of traditional flavours and nuance. There’s never a shortage of places to visit in Kolkata.
Kolkata is well connected to all major cities in India by air and all modes of public transportation. The best way to get around the city is on public transportation and taxis.
The best time to visit most places in Kolkata the months between October to March, when the weather is cool and perfect to experience all the top tourist attractions in Kolkata.
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