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Home » Important Places in India » Kolkata Travel Guide

Kolkata Travel Guide

Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is one of largest metropolis of KolkataIndia. The city of Kolkata is situated in the state of West Bengal, India. Popularly described as the City of Joy, Kolkata is more than 300 years old city. The city of Kolkata was the first capital of British in India. During the British government Kolkata was known as the Jewel of the East. Today Kolkata is the most significant city of East India. Kolkata enjoys having several tourist attractions. Every year a large gathering of tourists from each corner of the world come to India to visit the city of Kolkata. Kolkata never fails to impress its visitor with its outstanding attractions.

Kolkata is a city which is known for amazing Howarh Bridge over Hugli River. Kolkata is a city which is known for the first metro train in India. Kolkata is a city which is known as the hometown of Mother Teresa in India. Kolkata is city which is known for its Victoria Memorial Building. Birla Planetarium, Eden Garden Stadium, Belur Math, Kali Temple, Tagore House,and more… in fact there are much, more, much more to see in the city.

Shopping in Kolkata is also worth enjoying. It is the shopper’s paradise. During your tours to Kolkata city you will have a glorious opportunity to indulge yourself in shopping activities. You will find one of best souvenirs available in the city in New Market of Kolkata city. If you want to buy leather items, jewellery, fancy silverware, plastic toys, garments, clothing, fabric, dry fruits, flowers, etc it will be worthy to visit Bertram Street market. Air-conditioned market at Shakespeare Sarani offers a brilliant opportunity to buy clothes, artificial plants, jewellery, electronic items, watches, novelties, etc. Lake Market, China Bazaar, College Street, Dakshinapan Market, Bagri Market, Bow Bazaar and Chandni Market are also very popular shopping outs in the city of Kolkata.

Tourist Attractions in Kolkata


Victoria Memorial:
The Victoria Memorial Hall is one of most mesmerizing attractions of Kolkata. Victoria MemorialHall is British Raj structure and it is known for its fine architecture. It is a white marble structure built in the memory of Queen Victoria. It is the fine blend of Classical western and Mughal style. The idea of building Victoria Memorial was conceived by Lord Curzon. The foundation stone of this memorial was laid by the Prince of Wales on 4th January, 1906. This memorial was opened for public visit in the year of 1921 by the Duke of Windsor.

Howarh Bridge: The Howarah Bridge is also one of the majorattractions of Kolkata. Also known as the Rabindra Nath Setu, this bridge is 450 m long. This bridge is over the Hugli River and has no any pylon in the river. It is the busiest bridge in the world. It is a brilliant illustration of engineering of the early 20th century.

Birla Planetarium:
Birla Planetarium is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is circular structure and its central dome is like the Sanchi Stupa (Buddhist Stupa).

Dalhousie Square: Dalhousie Square is a famous hub of West Bengal’s Kolkataadministration. All major government institutions of West Bengal are located here. You can see here West Bengal Tourist Office.

Eden Garden: Eden Garden is also a famous attraction of Kolkata. It is a cricket stadium.

Academy
of Fine Arts: Established in 1933, Academy of Fine Arts is also a major attraction of the city. It is the major centre of cultural activities of the city. It houses Rabindra gallery which puts on display paintings, manuscripts, and personal belongings of Rabindra Nath Tagore.

Other Attractions: Besides above mentioned attractions, there are many more in Kolkata which are also worth seeing. There are more, much and much more to see and do in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Some major other attractions of Kolkata are Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kali Ghat & Kali Madir, Marble Palace, Indian Museum, Shanti Niketan, Belur Math, Dakshineshwar Temple, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), National Library, Science City, Missionaries of Charity (Nirmal Hriday), St. John's Church, Fort William, Zoo Gardens and Botanical Garden. Don’t miss to enjoy the attractions of Kolkata when you are in Kolkata.

How to reach in Kolkata

By Air:
Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is well-connected by air with all the major cities of India and also the major countries.

By Rail:
Kolkata is well-connected by rail with all the major cities of the country.

By Road:
Kolkata is well-connected by bus services with all the major cities of the state. It is also connected by surface with some cities of Bihar and Orissa.



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