Next morning I was ready to roll. A friend of mine who lives in Kolkata joined me to be my guide for the trip. We took a bus to Maidan,the area where industrial companies are situated and ironically most of the historical places too.
We started with the Victoria Memorial.It is a large marble building which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum and tourist destination under the Ministry of Culture.The Memorial is situated in Maidan near the banks of the Hooghly River. The monument in itself was statuesque, a marvelous example of pre-modern architecture.
St. Paul's Cathedral
Next on our Kolkata oddysey was St. Paul's Cathedral .Known for its Gothic architecture,it is said to be the largest cathedral in Kolkata and the first Episcopal Church in Asia. It was also the first cathedral built in the overseas territory of the British Empire.
Inside of the church felt divine. The angelic presence of Jesus could refine and channelise one's soul with positivity and life.
The Indian Museum
My next stop was the largest museum of India.
One humongous building and everything you can imagine from science to theories ,ancient cultures,historical artifacts,astrological remains,egyptian mummies, discoveries and that huge dinosaur remains found home in those corridors. I instantly fell in love with that place.
-No photography allowed
St. Xavier's College ,Park street
Since my friend was from the well reputed St. Xavier's College I had to go there. The 159 year old iconic college is located in park street,also known as the poshest street of kolkata,the home of the riches. The fact that how beautifully the city has managed to adapt to modernity yet keeping its historical English roots in touch fascinates me.
Our last stop for that day was New market. The nearest metro station for this place was Esplanade.Like CP is the heart of Delhi, New market is the breath of kolkata. The atmosphere was so exhilirating. And if u are in kolkata u have to eat those 'roshogullas' and which place was better than the inventors The KC Das themselves. Phuchkas here were equally appealing. Infact I was amazed to see how cheap the food was. Even the poorer strata could afford their two square meals.
I was done for that day.