Last Updated on July 1, 2022
Of all the places that the Britishers occupied in India, Kolkata was the hotspot of all the major activities during British time. The city is known for its art, architecture, literature, some famous dishes, rivers, lakes and amazing people. It is also the cultural and intellectual spot of India and the rich history, culture and traditions that are still prevalent here. It is located on the banks of river Hooghly and it is one of the most populated cities in India. The following are some places to visit in Kolkata.
Important things to know before visiting Kolkata
|Climate||Tropical wet-and-dry climate|
|Best time to visit||October to February|
|Major attractions||Howrah Bridge, Jorasanko Thakurbari, Park Street, Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Birla Temple, Calcutta Racecourse, Eden Gardens, Marble Palace Mansion, etc.|
|Nearest Railway station||Kolkata Railway Station|
|Nearest Airport||Kolkata Airport|
|Activities to do||Try your hand at Street Photography at New Market, Explore the Myriad Temples of Kolkata, Spend a Quiet Evening near Howrah Bridge, Visit the Largest Science Museum in the Indian Subcontinent, Commute Through a Tram for a day, Visit the Haunted South Park Street Cemetery, Relish the Street Food, etc.|
|Languages spoken||Bengali, Hindi, English, etc.|
Here’s the list of the most amazing places to visit in Kolkata:
It is one of the most famous streets in Kolkata and it is known for many entertainment activities, restaurants and historical landmarks that include many colonial buildings. On this particular street, the first independent nightclub was also built.
It is very well-known for shopping from food to saris and one should try to visit this street during Christmas as the place is decorated lavishly. It is said that this street never sleeps as some or the other activity keeps taking place. Many popular writers and musicians walk around this place, spreading their creativity and entertaining people. It has numerous restaurants and pubs and today it is known as Mother Teresa Sarani.
It is made using white marble and has completed in 1921. At present, it is used as a museum and it was constructed in the memory of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. This particular building has many amazing paintings, books and sculptures. The view of this building is astonishing at night when it is illuminated with light.
This museum is open from 10 AM to 6 PM from Tuesday to Friday and from 10 AM to 8 PM from Saturday to Sunday and it is closed on Mondays. The ticket costs 30 rupees for Indians and 100-500 rupees for foreigners.
It is one of the busiest beaches in the world it is also one of the first places that comes to mind when you talk about Kolkata. Constructed over the Hooghly River and it has been renamed Rabindra Setu to honour the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore. It has been called the oldest but busiest place in Kolkata.
It is located on the banks of the Hooghly River and it is one of the best places for those who are seeking peace within. This place used to be the headquarter of the Ramakrishna Mission and it was dedicated to Swami Vivekananda along with other saints. Belur Math also has Swami Vivekananda’s belongings that have been displayed to the visitors.
It is home to the ancient market of Kolkata and people come here in huge numbers to try different kinds of Chinese food. It is also called as Tiretta Bazaar and at one point of time, it was home to more than 20000 ethnic Chinese-Indian nationals. However, the number has dropped now and the significance of this market is slowly waning away as its not able to keep pace with the modern world. Yet, it is a great place for food lovers and those who love Chinese traditions and culture.
South Park Cemetry
Don’t be frightened after hearing the name cemetery. It is a great spot for tourists who love to experience colonial-era architecture. This particular place was established in 1767 and now, it is a protected heritage site. The architecture is a mixture of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic designs. The cemetery is located on Park Street and opens daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Entry to the cemetery is free.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
It is a famous pilgrimage site located in the Dakshineswar town of Kolkata. The temple has been dedicated to Goddess Kali and it is one of the most visited places in Kolkata. It is located on the Hooghly River and was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni. Do try to visit the temple during Kali Puja, Snana Yatra time.
Its construction was initiated by Fort William and it lies on the eastern side of the Hooghly River. At present, it is used as the headquarters of the Indian Army. A visit to the fort requires a special permit from the Commanding Officer of the place and it is open from 10 am to 5 pm throughout the week.
It has numerous collections of a variety of books from all parts of India. It is the largest library in India and it is the best place for people who love to read literature and historical books. It has more than 20 lakh books and it was built in 1836. It is protected and preserved by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The best thing about this library is that it has books in almost all the languages of India and it serves the taste of people of all kinds.
The national library is located on the Belvedere Road in Alipore and it is open from 9 AM to 8 PM on all working days and from 9:30 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Calcutta Botanical Garden
It is one of the oldest gardens in India founded by the East India Company in 1787 to cultivate different kinds of plants for commercial purposes. It is located on the western bank of the Hooghly River and it has more than 12,000 species of flora from all over the world. The major attraction of this botanical Garden is a Banyan tree which is almost 250 years old and covers an area of almost 3 acres. It also has many beautiful palm trees, bamboo, orchids, and colourful flowers. One can visit this place using the Metro or a bus and the best time to visit this garden is from October to March.
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