Kolkata, earlier known as Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.A city replete with gardens, museums, temples, churches and mosques and lots of character! A walk in the moonlight at the Victoria Memorial, shopping at New Market and a ride in the subway are a few must dos when in the city. One of the four metros of India, Kolkata is set on the east back of the river Hoogly. An old city, Kolkata served as the capital of India untill 1911 during the the British rule, still you can witness the colonial imprints in its streets.
Once the major centre of modern education, culture, science and politics in India, Kolkata now serves as a gateway to Eastern India. Kolkata has also been home to Nobel laureates like Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen. Often referred to as the ‘Cultural Capital of India,’ Kolkata is a hub of music, dance, theatre and arts. City of Kolkata is also known for its colouful festivals and cultural events. So visit the ‘city of joy’ Kolkata to enjoy a pleasant vacation, to experience its rich culture and also get a glimpse of the British era.
Tourist Attractions in Kolkata
Victoria Memorial : An elegant edifice in while-marble, Victoria Memorial was built in the memory of Queen Victoria. Considered among India’s most beautiful monuments, Victoria Memorial presents a unique combination of classical European architecture and Mughal architectural style. Constructed in 1921 with an attempt to match the Taj Mahal, Victoria Memorial is a major attraction for tourists. Victoria memorial has a fine collection of rare items belonging to the British. The Royal Gallery of the building houses the massive oil paintings that illustrate the story of Queen Victoria’s life and reign.
Howrah Bridge : An engineering marvel, Howrah Bridge is the main landmark of the city. Howrah Bridge is a hanging bridge, without any pylon in the river. The bridge is 450 m in length, 71 ft wide and supported by two piers 270 ft. high from the road level. Hawrah Bridge has eight vehicular ways and two footpaths.
Birla Planetarium : Considered one of the biggest Planetarium in Asia, Birla Planetarium is a good place for entertainment and infotainment. Built on the lines of London Planetarium, Birla Planetarium is only the second of its kind in the commonwealth, Birla Planetarium looks like Buddhist stupa at Sanchi from outside and hosts regular astronomical shows in Hindi, Bengali and English. Astronomical shows are held on held on all weekday expect Mondays.
Indian Museum : Constructed in 1875, the Indian Museum is the largest and one of finest museums in India. Built the Italian style of architecture, the museum has six sections namely : Art, Archeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Industry (Economic Botany) sections. Being one of the oldest museums of the country, the Indian Museum has a rare collection of antiques including more than 54000 coins, some are more than 2400 years old.
Dakshinewar Temple : Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple lies at a distance of 12 km from the city centre. Set on the banks of the river Ganga, the magnificent temple is also known as Kalighat. An old temple, Dakshinewar Temple replete with sweeping curved roof, typical of the traditional bamboo and wood construction of West Bengal.
Diamond Harbour : Diamond Harbour is situated at a distance of 48 kms from Kolkata. Set at the mouth of the Hoogly river, the Diamond Harbour is an ideal picnic spot.
Shopping in Kolkata – For those who have value for their money, Kolkata can be describe as a paradise. All over the city there are a number of markets and shopping complexes where you can buy everything from A to Z. Visit New Market, one of oldest and most famous markets of the city, it offers shoes, clothes and several other items. Park Street, Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, Shakespeare Sarani, Camac Street, Chowringhee Road, Dakshinapan Shopping Complex and Russel Street area are other famous shopping spots of the city. Here you will find numerous eating joints, multi-cuisine restaurants, bookstores and music stores. Charnock City at satellite township of Salt Lake is an air-conditioned shopping complex and it houses a number of shops dealing in various items.