Kolkata, fondly referred to as 'City of Joy', is among the four metropolitan cities of India (after Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai) which is known for its colonial charms and historical monuments. The erstwhile capital of the British India, it houses numerous colonial and historical buildings which makes it cultural hub of India. Tourist attractions are many in Kolkata, which give a charming peek into the splendid past of the city by showcasing its cultural charms, Indian ethos and shades of history.
The Victoria Memorial is among the prime attractions of Kolkata, which reminds tourists of Queen Victoria. The Nicco Park is a heaven for kids due to several exciting games, rides and a water park. The Botanical Gardens on the bank of the Hoogly River adds to the charm of the city. The Indian Museum, among the biggest in India, houses artefacts under six different categories-majorly Art, Anthropology and Archaeology.
The gigantic MP Birla Planetarium remains among the most frequented tourist spots in the city. If the Fort William reminds of British days, then the Eden Gardens (Stadium) showcases the cricketing legacy of the city. Other popular tourist attractions in Kolkata include Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Writer's Building, Saheed Minar, National Library and Belur Math.
By Air Kolkata has regular domestic as well as international flights to most nations.
By Rail All top-class super-fast trains connect Kolkata to rest of India.
By Road Kolkata is well-connected to rest of India through a network of roads.
The city of Kolkata has many glorious monuments and buildings but none acts as perfect a reminder of the British Raj as the Victoria Memorial does! Famous and beautiful, this enormously huge white-marble museum is situated on a land of 64 acres and was built between 1906 and 1921. Further, tourists here can find a vast collection of remnants from the British period in India.
Victoria Memorial is an iconic structure and perhaps one of the most po...
Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata is a renowned Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali. It is the holiest spot in the City and this ancient temple is the reason kolkata got its name. 2000 year old, it is believed that the temple was once located on the banks of river Hooghly but gradually moved away to its present location - on the banks of AdiGanga canal. Pilgrims from all over India visit this Temple in great numbers to worship Goddess Kali.
Sagar Island is an island in the Ganges delta which is also a famous place of Hindu pilgrimage. Located about 100 km south of Kolkata, on the Bay of Bengal about 100 km, this place in South 24 Parganas District West Bengal attracts a huge number of religious visitors every year. This is a place where hundreds of thousands of people congregate here every year on the auspicious day of MakarSankranti (14 January).
For religious visitors, Ganga Sang...
A mere mention of the Howrah Bridge evokes romance and ride. After all, it’s one of the most iconic landmarks located in West Bengal, India. Built in 1942 by Jessop Construction Company, the bridge is also known as RabindraSetu and remains a major attraction in the state. More importantly, this bridge connects Howrah and Kolkata, and is maintained by the Kolkata Port Trust.
The construction of Howrah Bridge was started on 1936 and ended in...