Travel India: 10 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Kolkata dream!

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Kolkata is a wonderful city located in the eastern side of India. Kolkata is a capital of West Bengal, and was also the past captial of India during the British Raj. This city has been the most vibrant place for variety of reasons including politics and culture. Kolkata was one of the most important city during British Raj and many of the industries have ushered here. Today Kolkata happens to be one of the four most developed metropolitan cities in India. Apart from that, there are many of the amazing places in Kolkata which has been attracting many of the tourists here. So, let’s look at some of the 10 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata:

1. Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial is a famous tourist spot in the Kolkata. The memorial was built in the memory of the Queen Victoria. Presently Victoria Memorial is a museum where one can see different paintings and memories of the Queen Victoria. The construction of this memorial required around Rs.10 million and it was constructed with the help of large marbles. The memorial looks really amazing. The Victoria Memorial is visited by larger number of tourists every year.

Information

  • The garden of the Victoria Memorial is spread across 64 acres of land
  • William Emerson was the architect of this memorial

2. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge happens to be one of the very famous landmark of the Kolkata. This bridge is located on the Hooghly river. Howrah Bridge is a huge bridge which carries approximately 1,00,000 vehicles daily from this bridge and more than 1,50,000 pedestrians from this bridge. Every tourists coming in the Kolkata simply loves to watch this bridge several times. Howrah Bridge is really a wonderful landmark and a must visit attraction.

INFORMATION

  • This Howrah Bridge is also known as “Rabindra Setu” in memory of Rabindranath Tagore
  • Howrah Bridge is the sixth longest cantilever bridge in the whole world

3. Fort William and Prinsep Ghat

Fort William is located near the eastern banks of the Hooghly river. The fort is named after the King William III. The fort comprises of two parts inner Bastille and wings, which is why it is known as the “Black Hole of Calcutta”. The fort is built with the help of mortar and bricks. This fort looks absolutely royal and the tourists should definitely visit this fort and the PrinsepGhat in Kolkata. The fort has been maintained nicely since several years.

INFORMATION

  • Fort William is spread across the area of 70.9 acres land
  • There are total of six gates to this fort

4. Jorasanko Thakurbari

Jorasanko Thakurbari was the residence of the Tagore family. This mansion was built by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore’s grandfather. This place looks wonderful and is spread over large area. Presently this place is having a museum. This place now reflects the history of the Tagore’s family. The tourists coming here are really delighted to watch such wonderful museum.

INFORMATION

  • Rabindranath Tagore was born and died in this place only
  • The festival of Aban Mela is been organized here every year

5. Science City

The Science City happens to be one of the very exciting places for the people in Kolkata and the tourists visiting here. This place being the governmental organization, it is being looked upon by the ministry of the culture. Here one can see various wonders of the science in a fun way. Many of the tourists from around the world visit the Science City to have some exciting moments here.

Information

  • Science City is largest science museum in the world
  • The Grand Theater here has the seating capacity of 2232 members

6. Indian Museum

The Indian Museum is one of the very old museum in India, which was established in the year 1814. One can see various paintings, antiquities and artifacts in this museum. Many of the rarest human and natural specimen can be easily found in this museum. This museum is one of the oldest museum in the world. The museum is being visited by many tourists from all around the world.

INFORMATION

  • Dr. Nathaniel Wallich had established this museum
  • The Indian Museum is looked after the Ministry of Culture

7. Kalighat Temple

Kalighat temple is a very famous temple in the Kolkata. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The temple is located on the banks of the canal Adi Ganga. This temple is architecturally very nicely built and is having a large size. Many of the tourists coming in Kolkata definitely visits the Kalighat temple . The people coming here have tremendous peaceful feelings.

INFORMATION

  • The name of the city Kolkata is derived from the word “Kalighat”
  • The Kalighat temple is around 200 years old

8. Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium was started in the year 1963. This planetarium is one of the three planetariums in India. This planetarium has some of the fabulous creativity and innovations. Here the fascinating astronomical shows are one of the main attractions for the tourists. Space related photos really makes this place very exciting. The Birla Planetarium is really worth visiting place.

INFORMATION

  • Birla Planetarium was earlier known as “Taramandal”
  • This planetarium is the second largest planetarium in the world

9. Eden Gardens

In the country where cricket is considered as the religion, the cricket stadiums are one of the attractions among the people. Eden Gardens is one of the well-known cricket stadium in the whole world. Eden Garden is a very big cricket ground, which has the capacity to take large number of audience. Eden Gardens has hosted many of the international matches here. The tourists coming here definitely like to see this stadium, with possibly a cricket match here.

INFORMATION

  • Eden Garden is the third largest cricket grounds in the world
  • In 1934, the first test match watch played at the Eden Gardens

10. Marble Palace Mansion

The Marble Palace Mansion is a very beautiful place which is built with the marbles. The mansion was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick in the year 1835. The sculptures, floors and walls are built with marbles which looks extremely fabulous. The courtyards of this house looks beautiful with traditional Bengali style. There are large number of the tourists who visit Marble Palace Mansion every year.

INFORMATION

  • There are two paintings in the house by Peter Paul Ruben
  • Photography is prohibited in Marble Palace Mansion strictly

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