Kolkata

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly river, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India. Kolkata is subject to a tropical wet-and-dry climate. Historically the former capital of the British Raj, a trip to Kolkata is recommended for tourists.

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Belur Math Shrine
10 kms from Kolkata city limits
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Belur Math or Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions around Kolkata. Belur Math, sprawling over forty acres of land on the western bank of the Hooghly river, is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world professing different religious faiths.

This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement and has become the hub of a worldwide spiritual movement ...

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Birla Temple
Within Kolkata city limits
ArchitectureHistory

Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple in the city of Kolkata. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation, which has also constructed several similar temples across India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir. The construction of the temple began in 1970. It took 26 years to complete the entire structure.

The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectureal styles. It is constructed of 2000 tons of pure white marble. The granite idol of presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is about 11ft tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top. There is a brass flag...

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Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary
22 kms from Kolkata city limits
Wildlife

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary also known as CKBS, is situated at south Kolkata and near Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission. This is also known as Kayal-r Bagan. This place is famous for the place for exotic birds. In addition many different species of butterflies, ferns and orchids are present in this Santuary.

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary houses a a botanical graden that spreads accross 270 acres. It is filled with wide mixture of birds, butterflies, epiphytes, plants and orchids. The place was declared as a sanctuary in 1982. The flora includes mango trees, jackfruit, coconut palm, t...

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Dakshineswar Kali Temple
12 kms from Kolkata city limits
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal.

Built in the traditional 'Nava-ratna' or nine spires style of Bengal architecture, the three-storeyed south-facing temple has nine spires distributed in upper two storeys, and stands on a high platform with a ...

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Digha Beach
183 kms from Kolkata city limits
Water

Digha is a seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. It lies in East Midnapore district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach with gentle waves extending up to 7 km in length. It is one of the most popular sea resort in the West Bengal. Located 183 km from Kolkata/Howrah, this proximity has probably helped this small hamlet to emerge as a popular weekend getaway with number of good hotels and tourist lodges. Digha is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway and a rail-link via Tamluk.

There is frequent bus service to Dig...

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Fort William
Within Kolkata city limits

Fort William is a fort built in Kolkata on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly, the major distributary of the River Ganges, during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India. It was named after King William III of England. In front of the Fort is the Maidan, which used to be a part of the Fort and is the largest urban park in Kolkata.

There are actually two Fort Williams, the old and the new. The original was built in 1696 by the British East India Company. In 1756, the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah, attacked the Fort, temporarily conquered the city, and changed...

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Marble Palace
16 kms from Kolkata city limits
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Marble Palace is a palatial nineteenth-century mansion in North Kolkata. It is one of the best-preserved and most elegant houses of nineteenth-century Calcutta. The mansion is famous for its marble walls and floors, from which its name derives.

The house was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy Bengali merchant with a passion for collecting works of art. The house continues to be a residence for his descendants, and the current occupants are the family of Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur. The house is basically Neoclassical in architectural style, while the plan with its o...

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Netaji Bhawan
Within Kolkata city limits
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Netaji Bhawan or Netaji Bhavan is a building maintained as a memorial and research center to the life of the Indian nationalistic leader Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata. The house, built by Bose's father in 1909, is owned and managed by the Netaji Research Bureau and includes a museum, archives and library. It is a documented museum which shows the struggles faced by Netaji Subhash chandra bose and Azad hind Fauj whilst fighting for India's Independence . Any Indian Would be filled with pride knowing about his story.

The house of Netaji is typically like any Bengali household....

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Park Street
Within Kolkata city limits
Food

Park Street officially Mother Teresa Sarani and earlier Burial Ground Road, is a famous thoroughfare around the city of Kolkata. The street runs through what was a deer park of Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Calcutta from 1773 to 1789, hence the earlier name. Its current official name was given by Kolkata Municipal Corporation in honour of Mother Teresa.

In the 1970s and 1980s much of Kolkata's night life took place at Park Street. Many noted musicians had played at popular night spots such as Trinca's, Blue Fox, Mocambo and Moulin Rouge. Even before that, i...

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Parshwanath Temple
Within Kolkata city limits
Architecture

Calcutta Jain Temple is a Jain temple at Badridas Temple Street is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata. The temple was built by a Jain named Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim in 1867. The Pareshnath Jain temple of Kolkata is one of the most revered and holy shrines of the Jains in Kolkata.

The temple is dedicated to Parshwanath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankar and this is one of the most important Jain temples in Kolkata. The place is quite famous and Jains from distant parts of India flock to the Temple precincts all round the year. The temple consists of four temples inside of it. T...

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Princep Ghat
6 kms from Kolkata city limits
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Prinsep Ghat is a ghat built in 1841 during the British Raj, along the Kolkata bank of the Hooghly River in India. Located between the Water Gate and the St George's Gate of the Fort William, the monument to Prinsep is rich in Greek and Gothic inlays. It was restored by the state's public works department in November 2001 and has since been well-maintained. Located along the banks of the beautiful Hooghly River, the Ghat is surrounded by greenery and overlooked by the Vidyasagar Setu.

Prinsep Ghat is one of the oldest recreational spots of Kolkata. After restoration, it has now tran...

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Rabindra Sarovar
8 kms from Kolkata city limits
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Rabindra Sarobar is an artificial lake in south Kolkata. The name also refers to the area surrounding the lake.

The area around this excavated lake was later developed to build recreational complexes, which included children's parks, gardens and auditoria. Today the lake and its surrounding areas are one of the most popular recreational areas in Kolkata. 73 acres are covered by water, while shrubs and trees, some of which are more than 100 years old, occupy the rest of the area. In the winter, one can spot some migratory birds around the lake. The lake itself is home to many variet...

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Shaheed Minar
Within Kolkata city limits
ArchitectureHistory

The Shaheed Minar is a monument in Central Kolkata that was erected in 1828 in memory of Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company, to commemorate both his successful defense of Delhi against the Marathas in 1804 and the victory of the East India Company’s armed forces over the Gurkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War. In August 1969, it was rededicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Indian freedom movement and hence renamed the "Shahid Minar" which means "martyrs monument" in both Bengali and Hindi, by the then United Front Government in memory of the marty...

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Shobhabazar Rajbari
Within Kolkata city limits
History

Shobhabazar Rajbari is the palace of the Shobhabazar royal family located near the city of Kolkata. The Shobhabazar Rajbari is among one of the oldest Royal houses of Kolkata aristocracy. It was built by Raja Nabakrishna Deb, who was a prominent aristocrat of Kolkata.

The Rajbari is famous for its annual Durga Puja celebrations in the month of October-November. It is also an important heritage site of Kolkata resplendent with memories of the old zamindari era that dominated the region once upon a time. It is definitely worth visiting this place during the pujas as this is one of th...

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The Basilica of the Holy Rosary commonly known as Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, situated at around 80 km from the city of Kolkata. Situated in Bandel, Hooghly district of West Bengal, it stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Founded in 1599, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal as well as in India.

On November 25, 1988, Pope John Paul II declared the sanctuary a minor basilica. A historic 500 year old ship's mast stands in ...

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Tagore House
Within Kolkata city limits
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The Tagore House in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. The mansion is huge. It is the place with the stories and important events in Tagore's life. His paintings, poetry and life flow from room to room. The house has been restored to reflect the way the household looked when the Tagore family lived in it and currently serves as the Tagore museum for Kolkata. The museum offers details about the history of the Tagore family including its involvement with the Bengal Renaissance and the Brahmo Samaj.

A place of extreme historical importance. One ca...

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Victoria Memorial Hall
6 kms from Kolkata city limits
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The Victoria Memorial is a large historic marble building in Kolkata which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria and is now a museum and tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The Memorial lies on the Maidan by the bank of the Hooghly River, near Jawaharlal Nehru road.

The architectural design is in the Indo-Saracenic revivalist style. This style uses a mixture of British and Mughal elements as well as Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic architectural influences.The Victoria Memorial's architect was William E...

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