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Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata is the third largest metropolitan city of India and the capital of the state of West Bengal. It is situated at the bank of Hooghly River. Kolkata has very rich historical and cultural records. It is a major hub of industrial revolution in India. Kolkata is an origin place of modern artistic, literature and poetic sphere. This Metropolitan city is an unforgettable experience of Bengali cuisine.

Location: Eastern part of India, along the banks of river Hooghly

Climate:

Summers are very humid and hot. Monsoons are blessed with heavy rain showers. Winter season is mild cold.

Wear very light woollen clothes in summers. Pamper yourself with normal and trendy winter wears

Best time to visit: From October-March

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, around 15 kms from Kolkata.

By Train: Two main railway stations are Sealdah and Howrah.

By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available

Places of Interest:

Indian Museum

Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, 3.5 kms from Kolkata city centre

Timings: Closed on National Holidays and open all days of the week except Monday

March-November-10.00a.m.-5.00p.m.
December-February - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How to reach: Easily reachable by road

Popularly known as ‘Jadu Ghar’ meaning the ‘House of Magic’ by the locals, Indian Museum was established in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal. A Dutch botanist, Dr. Nathaniel Wallich was the founder curator of the museum. It has over 100,000 exhibits and is magnificently the oldest and largest museum of India. This historical museum is segregated in 6 sections and 35 galleries, with a unique Italian style of architecture. With its greatest collection of mummies, ornaments, paintings, antiques, skeletons and fossils etc, this museum will provide you a memorable trip to the rich history of your nation.

Kalighat Kali Temple

Location: 7.8 kms from Kolkata

Timings: Open all days from 5 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

How to reach: Easily reachable by taxi or cab

Kalighat is a famous old temple of Kolkata. It was founded by Santosh Roy Choudhury, a member of the family of Sabarna Roy Choudhury, a family of Barisha. After Santosh Choudhury’s death, the temple was completed by his grandson Rajiblochon Roy Choudhury. There is a ghat situated in this temple which is dedicated to goddess ‘Kali’. According to Hindu Puranas, this temple is one of the 52 Shakti Pithas. The older name of Kolkata which was ‘Calcutta’ got its name from the name of this temple. Spiritual ambience of this place blesses your soul.

Victoria Memorial

Location: Maidan 1, Queensway, Kolkata

Timings: Open all days except Monday from 10.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

How to reach: Easily reachable by metro, bus or taxi after entering the city

The white Makrana marbles of the Victoria Memorial Hall will give you a royal experience. It is a perfect blend of Mughal and British architecture. This great historical monument was formed by Lord Curzon, but the actual plan was laid down by Sir William Emerson, a well-known architect. The foundation stone of the Hall was laid down by Prince of Wales in 1906 and was inaugurated in the memory of Queen Victoria in 1921. The beautiful lighting at night of the Hall will give you a look of a fairy tale. Here, you can enjoy the oil paintings of Queen Vitoria along with a number of artefacts and antiques.   

Dakshineswar kali temple

Location: 20 kms North from Central Kolkata, along Vivekanand Bridge

Timings: Open all days from 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Kolkata or Howrah city. You can also reach the temple by renting a boat and reaching its bathing ghats.

Dakshineswar Temple is a famous religious tourist place of Kolkata built by Rani Rasmoni. This sanctuary is dedicated to Goddess ‘Bhavtarini’ which means ‘one who liberates its devotees from the ocean of life and death’. Architecture of this temple is very beautiful and is built in Bengali style. The divine atmosphere of the temple freshens your mind and soul. Boating near the temple is also a big attraction here.

Howrah Bridge

Location: About 3 kms from Kolkata

Timings: You can visit this place at anytime but it looks more beautiful in early morning

How to reach: As it is located at river Hooghly, it is easily reachable by taxis, cabs or auto rickshaws.

Howrah Bridge is the sixth longest bridge of the world and the most famous landmark of Kolkata. Being the busiest cantilever bridge of the world, it connects the city of Kolkata and Howrah. It has a record of carrying a daily traffic of over 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles.

You will find this bridge most amazing because no nuts or bolts were used to construct it. The bridge is also famously called ‘Rabindra Setu’ after the famous noble prize winner Rabindranath Tagore.

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