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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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A very wise person once said to me, Kolkata is not a city you see or travel to, it is a magical place you feel with your senses and retain with yourself for a lifetime. From striking colonial architecture to fascinating marvels of science and from an electrifying party culture to the tranquil cradle of religion, Kolkata is a wonderland of opposites living in complete harmony. Some of the top attractions of this enchanting city are as follows:

Historical Monuments

  • Fort William

    Built in the late 17th century by the banks of River Hoogly, this magnificent fort overlooks one of the biggest urban parks of the city, Maidan. An octagonal structure with the river bordering its three sides, this palatial fort is the only fort in the world from which a shot was never fired! A special permit is required from the Commanding Officer to visit this fort, as it is now under the stronghold of the Indian Army. Not only is the place well maintained and nicely kept, it is also a symbol of the glory and the grandeur of the Indian forces.

    Timings: 10.00 am-5.30pm, Open on all days
    Entry Fee: Nil

    Address: Khidirpur Road
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

 

  • 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. Enjoy 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.

    Timings: 10am to 5pm, Monday Closed
    Entry Fee: INR 4 for Garden, INR 10 for Museum (Indian citizens) and INR 150 for museum (Foreign Nationals)

    Address: Queens Way
    Kolkata
    700071
    West Bengal
    India

Streets

  • Chowringhee Lane

    One name you can instantly associate with Kolkata has to be Chowringhee! Often called the lifeline of what is lovingly named the City of Joy, not only is this place steeped in history but also continues to be one of the most vibrant parts of the country. Connecting the attraction constellations like Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Birla Planetarium, this street can be called mini Kolkata without a doubt. From majestic mansions of British officials to small, crammed shops selling quaint odds and ends and from street hawkers selling inviting local food items to the sweeping views of the huge park called Maidan, this small lane offers all and more. As appealing as all this sounds, the place is crowded all year long and its not unusual to find beggars who will pester you, so go mentally prepared for all the noise and bustle of Kolkata!

    Address: Taltala
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India
  • College Street

    Love to spend time reading on your vacations? A place straight out of the paradise of Eden for Book Lovers, College Street is the place for you. From International to Indian and Bengali authors, if you are looking for a title you can’t find anywhere else, come to the College Street! The best part about this place has to be the unbelievable prices you get these books at, given that they are often second hand. This place is also a collector’s haven, so if you have been wanting a certain edition of any publication, academic or fiction, it is highly likely that you will find it here. So pack up that big bag and head to this place for a reader-happy shopping experience!

    Address: Bow Bazaar
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India


Museums


  • Birla Planetarium

    A planetarium with one of the largest domes in the world deserves your visit this holiday, doesn’t it? Come to the Birla Planetarium to understand the facts and functioning of our universe in an interactive and fun way! Enjoyable for both adults and children, the place successfully drives home points about our solar system, galaxy, stars and other heavenly bodies by means of twinkling lights, colourful models and painting displays. Daily programmes are organised here in  a variety of languages, from Gujarati, Oriya and Tamil to Hindi, English and Bengali. Astronomers love this place thanks to the stargazing they can do here by means of the Celestron C-14 Telescope.

    Timings: 11am to 5 pm
    Entry Fee: INR 20

    Address: Chowringhee Road
    Taltala
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

 

  • Indian Museum

    Travel back in time, witnessing the beautiful displays that dot the galleries and hallways when here. The six sections devoted to art, archaeology, anthropology, geology, zoology and industry make this the largest museum in India and one of the largest museums in the world. These sections have interactive computer screens as well which add to the fun factor to learning one can do here.

    However, the washroom facilities that are available here are not in the best of shape, so you might want to consider freshening up before hand!

    Timings: 10am to 5pm
    Entry Fee: Indians INR 10, Foreign Nationals INR 150.

    Address: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
    Park Street
    Kolkata
    700016
    West Bengal
    India
    Telephone: +91-33-22499902


Iconic Places

  • Howrah Bridge

    One image that constantly makes its way to picture postcards of Kolkata is a picture of the massive structure of steel, Howrah Bridge. Built in the times of the British Raj, this structure is often called one of the finest examples of engineering till date. Even though the bridge is crowded with all means of transportation possible all day, there is a sense of immense beauty in the way the holy Ganges flows under it incessantly and how the cool breeze envelops this place all day. If you are a morning bird, don’t miss out on watching the breathtaking sight of the sun rising over the glistening waters of the river!

    Address: Hoogly River
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India
  • Mother House

    The erstwhile residence of one of the most iconic women of India, Mother Theresa, Mother House figures in the must visit place list of almost all tourists in Kolkata. The simplicity of this place is so heartwarming in its own quiet way that makes its way straight to your soul. Spend some time interacting with the sisters of Missionaries of Charity, or see them work tirelessly for the upliftment of the ill and unhappy. Take a look at Mother Theresa’s belongings at the small museum here and don’t forget to pay your respects at the tomb of our Angel of Mercy.

    Timings: 8am to Noon, 3pm to 6pm
    Entry Fee: INR 15 on Saturdays, INR 10 rest of the week

    Address: 54A, AJC Bose Road
    Chowringhee
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India
  • Chinatown

    The only place in India which has a Chinatown, Kolkata draws a lot of tourists for its authentic chinese cuisine.Take a walk by these lanes and be awed by the numerous Pagoda like temples, take artistic snaps of the dangling paper lamps and take an almost-journey into the mystic lands of China from your holiday in Kolkata.

    Our tip, don't forget to try the
    Crab Meat available here, you will bite your fingers off! Steer clear of louts who want to peddle stuff you don't need and keep an alert eye on your belongings when here.

    Address: Rash Behari Avenue
    Gariahat
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India


Gardens and Parks

  • Rabindra Sarovar

    A tribute to India’s first Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, the Rabindra Sarovar is a huge artificial lake surrounded by thickets of greenery. Not only is this lake a treat for the eyes, you can also experience the thrill of rowing or enjoy the simple pleasure of boating when here. Your kids are going to love this place as there are also recreational facilities and parks here for children. Observe an exoctic variety of migratory birds if here in the winters  or simply enjoy the joys of feeding fish from your boat, this place makes a great option for spending a relaxing evening in the City of Joy.

    Timings: 10am to 7pm
    Entry Fee: INR 5

    Address: Baroj Road
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India
  • Eden Gardens

    Mecca to Cricket lovers, Eden Gardens is the biggest cricket stadium in all of India. Thank your  lucky stars if you happen to be holidaying in this place when the IPL or T 20 tournaments are going on, as watching the game at this place is a different experience in itself! The place holds the seating capacity of almost a hundred thousand people and is a good place to chill in the evening with your family  and friends (obviously when theres not a match!).  Take a walk around and see the Burmese Pagoda set in the small lake here, and take back a bunch of beauteous pictures for your facebook wall!

    Address: Strand Road
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India
  • Alipore Zoological Garden

    Take a trip with your kids to India’s first Zoo, the Alipore Zoological Garden to spot exotic birds like the Ostrich, Lorikeet, Sarus Crane and Hornbill and mammals like the ferocious Royal Bengal Tiger. the mighty Indian Elephant and the furry Orangutan! Stop by the moat and look at the lazy crocodiles and shiny cobras, enjoy a cool ice cream at the ice cream parlour here or simply play a ball game! Don't forget to taked a straw hat along while coming to this place to protect your head from all the heat and keep drinking water to prevent dehydration!

    Timings: 9am to 5pm
    Entry Fee: INR 20

    Address: #2, Alipore Road
    Kolkata
    700027
    West Bengal
    India
    Telephone: +91-33-24791150 ‎


Religious Places

  • Kalighat

    One of the major points of pilgrimage for devotees of Maa Kali and Lord Shiva, Kalighat is also one of the oldest areas in Kolkata. Legend has it that when Goddess Parvati’s body was destroyed, her right toe fell here. The shrine at the main temple here depicts Goddess Kali with a long golden tongue and is different from her usual descriptions. Not only does this place figure on the tourist’s map in Kolkata, it is also one place where you can pick up the famous Kalighat Pata Painting as well. Do remember to bargain incase you want to buy one, as prices double the worth of the painting may be quoted!

    A word of caution though, you might find priests and touts here tailing you and asking (almost forcing, at times) you to buy pooja items or make donations. It is best to steer clear of these people as dealing with them tends to get rude and dirty. Also, this place can be crowded at times of Pooja, so if you are with your family and want to enjoy the
    aarti, make sure you keep your kids close.

    Address: Kalighat
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

 

  • Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture

    A major centre for cross cultural activities in Kolkata, the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture was set up to commemorate the birth centenary of the spiritual guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Visit the place to engage in an animated discussion on the various discourses of religion; take a lesson or two in meditation or simply witness a cultural programme in the evening! This place is a haven of serenity, one you must make a visit to, when in Kolkata! The best part about this place has to be its well stocked library, which is an absolute gift to book lovers.

    Address: Dhakuria
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India
  • St Paul’s Cathedral

    A church that took close to 10 years for its construction has to be a marvel, right? Visit the St Paul’s Church in the city of Kolkata and find out! With its grecian pillars and Indo- Gothic architecture, this place mesmerises each person it welcomes to its warm embrace. Stained glass windows, artistically carved pews and chairs, walls decked in intricate mural paintings and an equally breathtaking facade describe this church which houses peace and tranquility in every nook and corner.

    Do make it a point to avoid visiting the place in the afternoon though, the Cathedral remains closed between noon and 3pm everyday.


    Address: 1A, Cathedral Road
    Kolkata
    700071
    West Bengal
    India
    Telephone: +91-33-22230127

Amusement Park

  • Nicco Park

    A huge amusement park that includes water rides as well, Nicco is the place to be if you want to unleash the child in you. Come rushing down the Water Chute here and splash into cool waters, get a thrill kick on the Moon Raker mini roller coaster or get a hair raising scare on the full fledged roller coaster called Cyclone. Enjoy India’s first dark ride at the River Cave Ride here or take a Lazy River Boat Ride around the whole place. Splash about at the Wet O’ Wild section here or take a water massage by standing under the Giant Waterfall, all at the Nicco Park.

    Before you start with the rides, we recommend you take a
    cable car ride around the arena and decide all the things you don't want to miss on! When a hungry stomach rumbles, catch a bite at Food Park or Beach Cafe, the in house restaurants and avoid rigorous rides for about an hour after eating. A visit to the park will squat on one whole day in your itinerary.

    Address: Jheel Meel
    Sector IV, Salt Lake City
    Kolkata
    700106
    West Bengal
    India
    Telephone: +91-33-66285549
    Official Website:
    http://www.niccoparks.com/index.asp


With such an exhaustive variety of things to do, Kolkata offers something for everyone, no matter their age or likes! Come here for a complete family holiday which you, your parents and your kids can enjoy equally and gear up for a fantastic time.  

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