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Kolkata , West Bengal

Kolkata is the city of joy for the best reasons possible. It is the perfect mix of the old and the new. It is like watching a bygone era sitting in a multiplex eating popcorn. The city is an assault to the senses. From the sound, colours to the smells from the small corner stores, this is one city that will make you fall in love with it. Of course there is the grand Victoria Memorial, the vast and red Writers building, the fortified fort William and the celestial Birla Planetarium and they are all worth their due visits. But if you want to experience the soul of the city, it lies in the sudden twists and unexpected bends in the road. There is nothing like a cup of tea from Maharaja, walking on the broken railroad in Princep Ghat, the street food near Vivekananda Park and the sweets of Sen mahashoy. You have to be caught up in a Bangal and Ghoti verbal fight during East Bengal and Mohun bagan football match to appreciate the spirit of the people here. Another out of this period experience is the ancient tram. A very busy Kolkata will pass you by while you ramble along believing yourself to be in a time warp. Even though there are 13 festivals for 12 months in Bengal, the best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Puja. The thousands of “pandals”, white sarees with red borders, aarti at 4 in the morning, streets littered with goodies and the millions of tiny lights light up the city like nothing else. With the onset of autumn and time for celebration, Kolkata is truly a city to behold.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 28.0°C /82.0°F 140 mm 32feet 27462.0 /km2 Jan-Dec Coming Soon

Places of Interest

  • Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

    "Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM), a unit under National Council of Science Museums [NCSM], Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is at Gurusaday road, Kolkata.The first science museum in India was set up by the industrialist Ghanshyam Das Birla at BITS, in Pilani in a hall (185 sq.mt area) of the Tower Building. The museum depicted mainly the industries and business enterprises of the Birlas. The museum was opened to the public in 1954. Ten years later the museum was shifted to the present building.\nThe second science museum was mooted by Professor K S Krishnan, physicist and the then Director of National Physical Laboratory (NPL), he was inspired and encouraged by the then prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. Professor R. Subramanian was appointed to develop science museum and planetarium project by NPL in 1956. The science museum of 555 sq.mr floor space in Delhi was opened for public in 1956, but it was close down by the authority after few years, although it was appreciated by general visitors.\nDr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal and physician was impressed to see Deutsches Museum of Munich. He thought to set up a science museum and a planetarium in Calcutta. Dr. Roy requested to Ghanshyam Das Birla for a help. Ghanshyam Das Birla donated his residential house to the then prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. The three storied Victorian style architectural building along with five bighas land of 'Birla Park', where they had lived for thirty five years.[3]"

    Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

  • Birla Planetarium

  • Fort William

    "Fort William is a fort built in Calcutta 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 and Ireland and II of Scotland.[1] In front of the Fort is the Maidan, which used to be a part of the Fort and is the largest urban park in Calcutta."

    Fort William

  • Gurusaday Museum

    "The Gurusaday Museum is a folk arts and crafts museum located in Kolkata, India. The collection, with over 3000 artifacts, include archaeological objects, manuscripts, masks, musical instruments, paintings, textiles and woodwork.[1] It is the outcome of a lifetime of collection by Gurusaday Dutt."

    Gurusaday Museum

  • Howrah Bridge

    "The Howrah Bridge, ???????? ???? is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943,[4][10] the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate.[10] It is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.\nThe bridge is one of four on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. The other bridges are the Vidyasagar Setu (popularly called the Second Hooghly Bridge), the Vivekananda Setu, and the newly built Nivedita Setu. It weathers the storms of the Bay of Bengal region, carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles[11] and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians,[9] easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world.[12] The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction,[13] the Howrah Bridge is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.[14]"

    Howrah Bridge

  • Indian Museum

    "The Indian Museum (Bengali: ??????? ??????) is the largest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1814. The founder curator was Dr Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist.\nIt has six sections comprising thirty five galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. This multipurpose Institution with multidisciplinary activities is being included as an Institute of national importance in the seventh schedule of the Constitution of India.[2] It is one of oldest museums in the world. This is an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The present Director of the Indian Museum is Dr. B. Venugopal. [3] The Museum is preparing for its bicentennial in February 2014. Presently the museum has been closed to the visitors due to massive restoration and upgradation from 1st September 2013.[4] [5]"

    Indian Museum

  • Jawahar Shishu Bhawan (Nehru Children's Museum)

    "The love and affection showered by the first Prime Minister of India Jawahar Nehru was equally reciprocated by the children of the country. The construction of Shishu Bhawan in 1972 was a step initiated to carry forward the legacy of the great leader and provide a platform for the budding artists and children to assemble and exchange artistic views. \nThe museum is a mini paradise for kids and presents a humongous massive and an amazing collection of dolls from across the globe. Open from 1300-1900 hr daily, except Mondays, the Museum is a must visit especially for the sake of the little ones."

    Jawahar Shishu Bhawan (Nehru Children's Museum)

  • Jorasanko Thakur Bari

    "The Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Bengali: House of the Thakurs (anglicised to Tagore) in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, West Bengal, India is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. It is currently located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane[1] Jorasanko, Kolkata 700007.[2] It is the house in which the poet and first non-European Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was born. It is also the place where he spent most of his childhood and died on 7 August 1941."

    Jorasanko Thakur Bari

  • Marble Palace

    "The Marble Palace (Kolkata), located at 46,Muktaram Babu Street, Kolkata 700007, is a palatial mansion located in North Kolkata, India, which was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835 and contains many beautiful Western sculptures, pieces of Victorian furniture, and paintings by European and Indian artists. Large chandeliers, clocks, and busts of kings and queens decorate the hallways of the palace. It is famous for marble wall & floors, antiques, paintings by Rubens, curios, marble statues,floor to ceiling mirrors and for its collection of rare birds. Marble Palace is still resided in. Entrance is restricted and permission must be obtained from the government tourist office.\nLocated next to the palace is the Marble Palace Zoo,which was the first zoo opened in India, also by Raja Rajendra Mullick. It now primarily serves as an aviary, including peacocks, toucans, storks, and cranes."

    Marble Palace

  • Sabarna Sangrahashala

    "Sabarna Sangrahashala (?????? ??????????) in Kolkata is a museum about the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. It has been developed by The Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad. It was established in 2005 to cater the need of students and research scholars and also to create an awareness about the preservation of historical source materials.The Museum exhibits rare articles and historical documents of history. It is located at Barisha in Kolkata. The Institution caters to the needs of researchers doing studies on Kolkata and the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. This family museum possesses rare documents and articles, including Kabilatipatras dating from the 18th and 19th centuries: an important holding being one which has signature of Kavi Ramprasad Sen dated 1794. Other articles include a huge earthen rice pot dating 1840 with a capacity for 240 kg of grain, a metal hookah dated circa 1878, a metal candle stand dated circa 1795, and grinding wheels dated 1845. The philatelic and numismatic divisions possess rare stamps, First Day Covers and coins.\nAlso on display is the historic judgement of the Kolkata High Court regarding the Kolkata Birthday Case and the Expert Committee Report on the matter. The Judgement states that Job Charnock was not the founder of Calcutta (Kolkata), nor is 24 August is the city's birthday: Kolkata was an important trade and religious centre before the arrival of Charnock.[1]"

    Sabarna Sangrahashala

  • Science City

    "Science City, the largest science centre in the sub-continent, under the National Council of Science Museums (the apex body of science museums/centres in India), consists of two facilities, the Science Centre and the Convention Centre. The Science Centre complex comprises Space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Evolution Theme Park, Maritime Centre and a Science Park. The Space Odyssey houses India's first Large Format Film Theatre, Time Machine, 3-D Vision Theatre, Mirror Magic and exhibits on space science, motion, electricity and virtual reality. The Dynamotion Hall has a Butterfly Corner, Aquaria, an exposition on giant robotic insects and host of interactive exhibits on science & technology for both education and entertainment of the visitors. \nThe Convention Centre complex comprises the Grand Theatre (2232 seating capacity), one Mini Auditorium (392 seating capacity) and a Seminar hall building with 11 halls ranging from 15 to 100 seating capacity, indoor (270sq.m.) and open air exhibition ground (20000 sq. m). The auditoria's and the seminar halls are fully air-conditioned. The Convention Centre of Science City is the most sought after destination for conventions, meetings, company AGMs and cultural programmes."

    Science City

  • Victoria Memorial

    "An attempt of the British to create a replica of Taj Mahal in the honour of the Queen, the Victoria Memorial is an imposing monument of glittering white marble in an oasis of green. Recognized as the symbol of Kolkata, this monument houses a museum displaying British memorabilia and knick knacks from the time of the Raj. \nEnjoy a momentous sunrise at the sprawling gardens here or witness a romantic sunset with a loved one or simply come here with your family to enjoy a Light and Sound Show in the evenings! Don't forget to take your camera along for awesome pictures by the Lord Curzon statue, King Edward Statue and Queen Victoria Statue. \nA tourist's favourite in Kolkata, every night the setting sun witnesses the dancing musical fountain in front of the Victoria Memorial in the Citizen Park. Be awed by the swaying jets of water lit in colourful hues and fascinated by the aesthetic quotient of these fountains. One of the unique features in Kolkata, this musical fountain is equally mesmerising for both adults and kids. "

    Victoria Memorial

  • Eden Gardens

    "Eden Gardens (Bengali: ???? ????????) is a cricket ground in Kolkata, India. It is the home of the Bengal cricket team and the Indian Premier League's Kolkata Knight Riders, as well as being a venue for Test, One Day International and Twenty20 International matches.[2] The largest cricket stadium in India and third-largest in the world by seating capacity, it is widely acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in India. Eden Gardens has been called \"cricket's answer to the Colosseum\".[3]"

    Eden Gardens

  • Rabindra Sarovar

    "Rabindra Sarobar (Bengali: ???????? ????) (previously known as Dhakuria Lake) is an artificial lake in south Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal.\nThe name also refers to the area surrounding the lake. It is flanked by Southern Avenue to the North, Rashbehari Avenue(Russa Road) to the West, Dhakuria to the East and the Kolkata Suburban Railway tracks to the south."

    Rabindra Sarovar

  • Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

    "Jaldapara National Park (Pron: ???ld??p?:r?) (formerly Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary) is a national park situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal and on the bank of the Torsa River. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m and is spread across 216.51 km2 (83.59 sq mi) of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests.[1] It was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of its great variety flora and fauna. Today, it has the largest population of the Indian one horned rhinoceros in the state, an animal threatened with extinction,[2] and is a Habitat management area (Category IV).[3] The nearby Chilapata Forests is an elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve[4] Near by is the Gorumara National Park, known for its population of Indian Rhinoceros."

    Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Birla Temple

    "Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple, built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was consecrated in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation[disambiguation needed], which has also constructed several similar temples across India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir."

    Birla Temple

  • Kali Temple

    "eshoreshwari Kali Temple (Bengali: ?????????? ???? ??????) is a famous Hindu temple in Bangladesh, dedicated to the goddess Kali. The temple is located in Ishwaripur, a village in Shyamnagar upazilla of Satkhira. The name \"Jeshoreshwari\" means \"Goddess of Jeshore\"."

    Kali Temple

  • Nakhoda Mosque

    "The Nakhoda Masjid is the principal mosque of Kolkata, India, in the Chitpur area of the Burrabazar business district in Central Kolkata, at the intersection of Zakariya Street and Rabindra Sarani.The mosque was built as an imitation of the mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar at Sikandra, Agra by Kutchi Memon Jamat, a small community of Sunni Muslim community from Kutch.[1][2][3][4] Abdur Rahim Osman, a leader of the Kutchi Memon Jama'at, who funded the building was a shipping prince: The mosque was named Nakhoda meaning Mariner.[2][5]\nThe foundation stone was laid on 11 September 1926. The total cost incurred for the construction was 1,500,000 Indian rupees in 1926.[6][2]"

    Nakhoda Mosque

  • St Paul's Cathedral

    "St Paul's Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.[1] The present church, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed within Wren's lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding programme which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London.[2]\nThe cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years.[3] At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. In terms of area, St Paul's is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.\nSt Paul's Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity of the English population.[4] It is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as postcard images of the dome standing tall, surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz.[4] Important services held at St Paul's have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer, the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for the Golden Jubilee, the 80th Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. St Paul's Cathedral is a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services."

    St Paul's Cathedral


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