department of tourism

government of west bengal

KOLKATA

Kolkata the 'City of Joy' of West Bengal is the most apt place for the eager visitants as places of interest in Kolkata are numerous. This eventful city with its many marvels has truly a lot to offer. It is one the most sought after destinations for the tourists from all over the globe. The British Raj-era architectural gems, sprawling gardens and historical colleges, universities, with museums, National Library, Auditoriums, Theater Halls, Art galleries, markets, The Festivals, sports stadium, Gangar ghats are of great attractions. It has many places of great pilgrimage. Known as the cultural capital of India, Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners. If your trip only allows for a visit of one or two of India's metropolitan cities, than definitely consider placing Kolkata on your itinerary. You definitely won't forget the city on the Hooghly and a boat/ launch trip on it is truly enjoyable.
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    VICTORIA MEMORIAL
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    VICTORIA MEMORIAL

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    Today the Victoria Memorial Hall is a museum having an assortment of Victoria memorabilia, British Raj paintings and other displays. As night descends on Kolkata, the Victoria Memorial Hall is illuminated, giving it a fairy tale look. It is interesting to note that the Victoria Memorial was built without British government funds. The money required for the construction of the stately building, surrounded by beautiful gardens over 64 acres and costing more than 10 million was contributed by British Indian states and individuals who wanted favours with the British government. At the top of the Victoria Memorial is a sixteen foot tall bronze statue of victory, mounted on ball bearings. It rotates with wind.

    At present, the Victoria Memorial has notable collection of weapons, sculptors, paintings, maps, coins, stamps, artifacts, textiles etc. The Royal gallery in Victoria Memorial has portraits of the Queen and Prince Albert. There are numerous paintings, illustrating events from Victoria's life. Another remarkable peice of art in Victoria Memorial is a painting by the Russian artist Vasseli Verestchagin, portraying the state entry of the Prince of Wales in Jaipur in the year 1876. In the post independence period a new addition was made to the Victoria Memorial. It was the addition of the national leader's gallery with the portraits and relics of the freedom fighters.

    Nearest Eden Gardens / Rabindra Sadan / Maidan / Birla Planetarium.

    How to Reach: Howrah is the nearest major Railway station. Rabindra Sadan is nearest Metro Railway station. Exide More is nearest bus stop to reach this place. Many buses are available from several part of Kolkata to reach this place.

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    HOWRAH BRIDGE
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    HOWRAH BRIDGE

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    The Howrah Bridge is a bridge that spans the Hooghly River in West Bengal. It was originally named the New Howrah Bridge because it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after Rabindranath Tagore a great poet and the first Indian Nobel laureate. However it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.

    The bridge is one of the 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 engineering marvel Nivedita Setu. Apart from bearing the stormy weather of the Bay of Bengal region, it successfully bears the weight of a daily traffic of approximately 80,000 vehicles and, possibly, more than 1,000,000 pedestrians. It is the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world.

    Vidyasagar Setu, also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. It links the city of Howrah to its twin city of Kolkata. The bridge is a toll bridge for all vehicles. At a total length of 822.96 mtrs, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. It was built at a cost of Rs 388 crores and commissioned on October 10, 1992. Its construction was a joint effort of the Public Sector Undertakings and private firms, under the control of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners.

    It was the second bridge to be built across the Hooghly River, after the Howrah 12 kms (7.5 mi) to its south was built in 1943. The bridge is named after the 19th century Bengali educationist reformer Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.

    Nearest Boro Bazar / Phool Market.

    Nearest Railways Station Howrah.

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    ALIPORE ZOO
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    ALIPORE ZOO

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    Zoological Garden or Zoo in Kolkata is one of the prime tourist spots in the city. The Alipore Zoological Garden first opened its gate on the 1st of May, 1876 and since then has remained an absolute favorite of children. The history of Alipore Zoo Garden dates back to as early as 1842, when the curator of Bengal Asiatic Society, Dr John McCleland came up with a plan for the establishment of the zoological garden in Calcutta. However, this did not materialize and was followed by the plan of Dr. Joseph Bart Fayrer (the president of Asiatic Society of Bengal) in 1867. This plan drew great public attention but failed due to a lack of space. For the same reason the plan of Carl Louise Schwendler, the postmaster to the Govt. of India failed in 1873. At last, in 1875 the Lt. Govt. of Bengal Sir Richard Temple took the initiative. The land on Alipore Road was chosen and approved leading to opening gates to the public on 1st May, 1876.

    It spreads on an area of 18.11 hectares and particularly is a favourite for Children and their family. There are many animals, reptiles, primates and birds at the Zoological Garden Kolkata. However, the most popular ones are the Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, African Lion, Giraffe, Zebra, Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Pelican, Pheasant, etc. It is also home to one of the few captive breeding projects involving the Manipur brow-antlered Deer. The zoo sports a large collection of attractive birds, including some threatened species - large parrots including a number of macaw species, conures, lories and lorikeets; other large birds like turacos and hornbills; colourful game birds like the golden pheasant, Lady Amherst's pheasant and Swinhoe's pheasant and some large flightless Birds like the emu, cassowary and ostrich. It also has a kids Corner at which children enjoy and learn.

    A new glass-walled enclosure has been built for the tigers which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. The glass which was manufactured in Switzerland, is 10 ft high, and measures 200 ft from end to end. A new 750 ft aviary has also been built for the birds, where pelicans, spoonbills and storks have been relocated.

    Nearest ZooAquarium / Taj bangal Hotel / Royal Calcutta Turf Club.

    How to Reach: Howrah is the nearest major Railway station. Rabindra Sadan is nearest Metro Railway station. Alipore Zoo is nearest bus stop to reach this place. Many buses are available from several part of Kolkata to reach this place.

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    VIDYASAGAR SETU
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    VIDYASAGAR SETU

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    Vidyasagar Setu, which is famously called Second Hooghly Bridge is located over the River Hooghly in Kolkata. Vidyasagar Setu is reckoned as one of the longest bridges of its type across India. It is also acknowledged as one of the longest bridges of Asia. This cable-stayed bridge covers a little over 457 m and has a deck of 35 m width. The building of the bridge was initiated in 1978 and it was eventually opened to the public on the 10th of October, 1992. A whopping amount of Rs.3.88 billion was invested for constructing the Vidyasagar Setu. The bridge carries the NH 117, also known as the Kona Expressway. With six lanes of traffic, the bridge can carry more than 85,000 vehicles every day.

    Vidyasagar Setu, popularly called Second Hooghly Bridge is located over the Hooghly River (Ganges) in Kolkata, West Bengal. It bridges the gap between the two pulsating cities of Howrah and Kolkata.

    Nearest Princep Ghat /Outram Ghat / Babu Ghat / Armenian Ghat.

    Nearest Railways Station Princep Ghat.

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    KALIGHAT TEMPLE
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    KALIGHAT TEMPLE

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    Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Kalighat was a Ghat (landing stage) sacred to Kali on the old course of the Hooghly River (Bhagirathi) in the city of Kolkata.

    The Temple is visited by pilgrims from all over India irrespective of sectarian differences. The thousands of pilgrims who flock daily to the Kalighat Temple treat Kali very much like a human mother, bringing her their domestic problems and prayers for prosperity, and returning when their prayers are fulfilled to express their gratitude. Their attitude towards the Goddess is guided by their religious traditions and training, their spiritual and intellectual capacities and the guidance of their Temple priests.

    Kalighat is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India, where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava. Kalighat represents the site where the toes of the right foot of Dakshayani or Sati fell. Legend has it that a devotee discovered a luminant ray of light coming from the Bhagirathi river bed and upon investigating its source came upon a piece of stone carved in the form of a human toe. He also found a Sambhu Lingam of Nakuleshwar Bhairav nearby, and started worshiping Kaali in the midst of a thick jungle.

    Kalighat is also associated with the worship offered to Kali by a Dasanami Monk by name Chowranga Giri and the Chowringee area of Calcutta is said to have been named after him.

    Nearest Keoratala Burning Ghat / Kalighat Police Station / Alipur Central Jail.

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    By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata is the nearest airport to Kalighat. Kalighat is easily accessible from this airport by road.

    By Train: Nearest railheads are Howrah and Sealdah. The nearest metro stations are Jatin Das Park and Kalighat. One can easily reach the Temple from these stations via bus or cab.

    By Road: Kalighat is located in south Kolkata. Buses are available from all parts of Kolkata for Kalighat. All buses going to south Kolkata have to pass through Shyam Prasad Mukherjee road. The temple is off this road. One can get down in Kalighat (Kalighat Tram Depot) bus stop and walk down the Kali Temple road to the temple.The temple can be reached easily via cab also.

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    INDIAN MUSEUM
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    INDIAN MUSEUM

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    The Indian Museum is the largest and oldest 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. It 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. 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. The museum was closed to the Visitors due to massive restoration and upgrades from 1 September 2013 to 3 February 2014.

    Nearest Lindsay Street / Maidan.

    Nearest Metro Station Park Street.

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    JORASANKO THAKUR BARI
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    JORASANKO THAKUR BARI

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    The Jorasanko Thakur Bari in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is the ancestral home of the Tagore family, at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane Jorasanko, Kolkata 700007. 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. The house has been restored to reflect the way the household looked when the Tagore family lived in it and currently serves as the Tagore museum for Kolkata. The museum offers details about the history of the Tagore family including its involvement with the Bengal Renaissance and the Brahmo Samaj.

    Nearest Rabindra Bharati Museum / Rabindra Bharati University.

    Nearest Metro Station Girish Park.

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    Science City

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    Science City, Kolkata, a unit of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and the largest science centre in India, was developed with a onetime capital grant by the administrative ministry.

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    It is situated at the junction of eastern Metropolitan bypass and the park circus and is opposite to Energy Education Park. One can board the local train from Sealdah to Bidhan Nagar and from there can hire an auto rickshaw or a cab. Local buses from anywhere to anywhere in Kolkata makes this place easily accessible.

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    BIRLA PLANETARIUM
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    BIRLA PLANETARIUM

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    Popularly known as Taramandal, the planetarium was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. It has an electronics laboratory for design and fabrication of science equipment. It has an astronomy gallery that maintains a huge collection of fine paintings and celestial models of renowned astronomers. The Planetarium also has an astronomical observatory equipped with a Celestron C-14 Telescope with accessories such as ST6 CCD camera and solar filter. It offers to the public and students more than 100 astronomical projects dealing with various facts of astronomy, astro-physics, Space Science as well as myths concerning stars and planets.

    Nearest St. Paul's Cathedral / Victoria Memorial Hall / Maidan.

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    By Road: From St. Paul Cathedral via Cathedral Rd it will take nearly 9 minute (700 m) to reach at Birla Planetarium.

    Nearest Metro Station Maidan.

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    EDEN GARDENS
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    EDEN GARDENS

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    The Gardens came into being when the Governor General Lord Auckland desired to create a circus and a garden. A pleasure ground with an oblong tank in center was laid out on this site generally for recreation activities. The site was initially named Auckland Circus Gardens. The adjacent Eden Gardens Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in India and the second largest in the world according to its seating capacity. The historic and iconic cricket stadium has a seating capacity of more than one lakh spectators. It was one of the first cricket stadiums in India where floodlights were installed and Day-Night cricket was played. The gigantic electronic scoreboard is also one of its kind in the country. The stadium has had the privilege of hosting the most important cricket matches like World Cup Finals of 1987, World Cup Semi Finals of 1996, Hero Cup and many other tournaments both national and international.

    It is the home of the Bengal Cricket Team and the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League, as well as being a venue for Test, One Day International and Twenty 20 International matches. Nevertheless, it remains the third biggest cricket stadium in the world, trailing Melbourne Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium in Australia. As the saying goes in the world of cricket that a cricketer's cricketing education is not complete till he has played in front of a packed Eden Gardens.

    Nearest Akashvani Bhavan / Kolkata High Court / Netaji Indore Stadium / Shaheed Minar, Kolkata 700021.

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    SHAHEED MINAR
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    SHAHEED MINAR

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    The Shaheed Minar, formerly known as the Ochterlony Monument is a monument in Kolkata that was erected in 1828 in the memory of Major General Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company, to commemorate both his successful defense of Delhi against the Marathas in 1804 and the victory of the East India Company's armed forces over the Gurkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War. The monument was constructed in his memory. It was designed by J.P. Parker and paid for from public funds.

    In August 1969, it was rededicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Indian freedom movement and hence renamed the Shahid Minar, which means Martyrs Monument in both Bengali and Hindi, by the then United Front Government in the memory of the martyrs of the Indian independence movement. The present government has decided to illuminate the tower during evenings and allow Visitors to the top. The last persons who went up there were former governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and his family.

    Commonly referred to as the Monument, the Shahid Minar is located at Esplanade in central Kolkata in the north east of the Maidan. The tower is 48 m (157 ft) high. It has a foundation based on the Egyptian style. The column is a combination of styles with a classical fluted column, a Syrian upper portion and a Turkish dome. It has two balconies at the top. The top floor of the minar is accessible by a serpentine staircase, a total of 223 steps. It has a total of 218 steps until the top of the tower.

    Nearest Dharmtalla Bus Stop, Raj Bhawan, Eden Gardens, Akashvani Bhavan, Curzon Park.

    Nearest Metor Station Esplanade.

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    Race Course
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    Race Course

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    The Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), popularly known as the Race Course is a premier horse racing club of Kolkata. In fact, it is one of the best horse racing grounds in India. Built by the British and placed strategically in the heart of the city, it’s a must visit destination for all. It also has a Polo Ground attached to it which is considered to be the best in the country. The race events are held twice in a year beginning from the season of monsoon. Towards the end of the year, the most prestigious events are held with eminent presence from all over the country. Other than being known for sporting events, Kolkata Race Course is also known for its wonderful surroundings and peaceful atmosphere. It is surrounded by the beautiful Elliot Park nearby and Maidan ground (biggest playground in Kolkata). Since its inception, this race course has been maintained by the Royal Turf Club of Calcutta. It’s a major source of entertainment and fun in the city. The illustrious Racecourse of Kolkata, reminds people of the British era and their landmarks in the city. The Racecourse is one of the major attractions of the Kolkata city because it has been a symbol of British rule over two centuries.

    The Race Course was built in 1820 under the Imperial British Administration. Horse Polo being a favorite pastime sport of the British, had therefore naturally found its way into our land. Calcutta (Kolkata) at that time was one of the central seats of British Administration. As the British ruled our land then, they incorporated many of their westernized influences on the city. Apart from being known for their cruelty on the Indians; they were also known to have some developed sense of several amusement and sports which they brought into the city. They organized an elite club known as the Royal Calcutta Turf Club, which looked after the gaming events of the Race Course. Some prestigious races started by them were the Queen Elizabeth Cup & the Calcutta Derby Cup. Many other important and prestigious racing events were also held there from time to time. Apart from horse races, the ground was also used for playing polo.

    Nearest Victoria Memorial / Fort William, Calcutta Ladies Golf Course / P G Hospital.

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    PRINCEP GHAT
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    PRINCEP GHAT

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    Princep Ghat is one of the oldest recreational spots of Kolkata. The Ghat was named after James Princep. Located along the banks of the beautiful Hooghly River (River Ganges), the Ghat is surrounded by greenery and overlooked by the Vidyasagar Setu. Around evening, people flock the place and enjoy long strolls along the bank. There are many food-stalls nearby that sell a variety of street delicacies. There is also a 50 years old ice-cream cum fast-food joint near the Ghat, which is popular among the crowds, especially the youngsters. People can conduct rituals and take a bath or go for boat rides. The short river cruises on the traditional wooden boats and speedboats are available nearby. After the recent beautification of the Princep Ghat premises with gardens, lawns, park benches and shady trees, the Ghat has become a very peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Visitors can take a nice long walk along the riverside through the gardens and trees.

    Nearest Vidyasagar Setu (2nd Hooghly Bridge), Fort William, Babu Ghat, Outram Ghat, Eden Garden.

    Nearest Chakra Rail Station Prinsep Ghat.

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    Birla Mandir
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    Birla Mandir

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    Birla Mandir in Kolkata, is a Hindu Temple on Ballygunge, built by the industrialist Birla family. On Janmashtami, the birthday of Krishna, devotees come from far away places to pay their respect to the deities. The magnificent Birla Mandir of Kolkata is an exemplary work of art. It is one of the finest architectural beauties of the city. The indigenous craftsmanship of the Temple is the hallmark of its grandeur. It represents a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary art. The Temple is also a revered place of worship and devotion. Thousands of people from various parts of the country come here to offer their prayers especially on Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna). During the festive months when the Temple and its surroundings are illuminated with lights, it provides for a spectacularly divine vision. The best time to visit this beautiful Temple is in the evening during evening Aarti when the white marble Temple is at its glittering best. The serene and sublime atmosphere of the Temple offers much peace and tranquility to the mind. It is one of the most visited tourist spots of Kolkata.

    Ashutosh Chowdary Ave, Ballygunge, Opposite Ballygunge Post Office, Kolkata.

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    Pareswanath Temple Digambar

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    Built in 1914, the Shree Digambar Jain Pareswanath Temple of Kolkata is a very sacred place of worship for the Digambara Jain community. Digambara is one of the two main sects of Jainism - the other branch is Svetambara. This glorious red temple with its bright red entrance greet the pilgrims to the temple premise, which has four sprawling gardens surrounded by trees, hedges and flowering plants for the visitors to take rest and feel the oneness with nature. The pilgrims can also feed the hundreds of fish in the fish tank. There are some symbolic installations like a cow and tiger feeding from the same waterhole and some fountains within the temple premise too. The other attraction is the Stambha or tower made of white marble beside the sparkling red temple. Religious inscriptions preaching non-violence and other aspects of Jainism can be found throughout the Stambha. Other buildings include the monks’ quarters, temple office building (a part of which would be soon used to house a library) and a community area where religious programs are held.

    The Digambara monks believe in complete abstinence from all material desires of the world. According to them, material possessions increases dependency and desire and ultimately lead to sorrow. Therefore, to attain Moksha or liberation they do not even attach importance to basic clothing of the body. Such is their philosophy about life. However, the monastic practice is strictly for the males only. The female monks or sadhvis known as Aryikas are exempted from this practice. They are allowed to wear simple white seamless clothing.

    Nearest Belgachia More,R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital, Shyambazar.

    Nearest Railways Station Tala & Kolkata / Nearest Bus Stop Belgachia More / Nearest Metro Station Belgachia.

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    Pareswanath Temple Swetambar
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    Pareswanath Temple Swetambar

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    The Pareshnath Jain temple of Kolkata is one of the most revered and holy shrines of the Jains in Kolkata. The temple is known not only for its enthralling beauty but also for its spiritual atmosphere that attracts a lot of faithful devotees. Along with the interiors, the temple premise is also very scenic with a beautiful garden decorated with blocks of glass mosaics and silver European-styled statues. The garden is surrounded with a huge variety of flowers. There are also many fountains that look brilliant when water gushes out of them in perfect harmonization. A well-maintained reservoir, adds up to the surrounding beauty with colorful fish swimming the surface of the glistening water. The whole environment of the temple radiates much peace and serenity that has a very calming effect on the mind, body and spirit.

    The temple is devoted to Pareshnath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. Besides the Pareshnath Temple, the temple complex also houses four other temples, devoted to four different holy preachers, who are regarded as Avatars by the Jains. One of the major attractions of the temple is a lamp, which is burning with ghee perpetually inside the sanctum sanctorum, since the inception of the temple in 1867.

    Nearest Gouri Bari Bus Stop / Khanna More.

    Nearest Railways Station Bidhan Nagar Station.

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    PARK STREET
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    PARK STREET

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    Mother Teresa Sarani, formerly Park Street and still often called by that name, and originally Burial Ground Road, is a street in the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Park Street has been the recreation zone for Kolkata people since the British era, with many restaurants and pubs. It is often known as Food Street and the street that never sleeps. This road runs from Chowringhee Road in the west to Park Circus in the east. The portion of Park Street between Chowringhee Road and Mullick Bazar has been the one of the city's attractions for years. Park Centre has many shops, and several notable buildings such as the Asiatic Society, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, a Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the South Park Street Cemetery has cenotaphs and tombs of prominent figures from the British Raj era and Kolkata's Armenian population.

    Nearest Indian Museum, South Park Street Cemetery, Bangal Club.

    Nearest Bus stop Park Street / Nearest Metro Station Park Street.

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    KOLKATA TOWN HALL
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    KOLKATA TOWN HALL

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    Kolkata Town Hall in Roman Doric style, was built in 1813 by the architect and engineer Major General John Garstin (1756-1820) with a fund of 700,000 Rupees raised from a lottery to provide the Europeans with a place for social gatherings. At first, the hall was placed under a committee, which allowed the public to use the hall under such terms and conditions as were fixed by the Government. The public could visit the ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings but they were not allowed indiscriminate access to the upper storey. Applications for the use of the upper storey were to be made to the committee. In 1867, Town Hall came under the custody of the Calcutta Municipality (later the Kolkata Municipal Corporation). In 1897 the Town Hall was partly renovated. After independence in 1947, indiscriminate interference with the structure inevitably took its toll, but was stopped in 1998 by timely intervention. The town hall was featured on the 6th leg of The Amazing Race 18, when the teams had to compete in a tea-drinking roadblock.

    Nearest Calcutta High Court / Raj Bhavan / Eden Gardens / Vidhan Sabha Bhavan.

    Nearest Metro Station Esplanade / Chandni Chowk.

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    RAJ BHAVAN

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    The Raj Bhavan is not just a heritage building. It is Kolkata's outstanding landmark evoking the past and sublimating it. Raj Bhavan, Kolkata, the erstwhile Government House, used to be the seat of British imperial power.

    Built in the years 1799-1803 when Marquis Wellesley was the Governor General, this historic and magnificent building was designed on the lines of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the ancestral house of Lord Curzon who later lived here as the Viceroy and the Governor General exactly 100 years after Wellesley.

    This three-storied building with a magnificent central area consisting of large halls has curved corridors on all four sides radiating to detached wings, each constituting a house in itself. Raj Bhavan, Kolkata, was built over 1799 and 1803.
    Governor General Lord Wellesley took up residence in Government House, as it was then called, in 1803, even before the last of the artisans had vacated the mansion. Such was his impatience to live in a home worthy of a ruler of the British Empire in India. The magnificent edifice of Kolkata's Raj Bhavan, or the Government House, was completed on January 18, 1803. Twenty-three Governors-General and, later, Viceroys lived in this house, until the capital shifted to Delhi in 1912.

    In keeping with Lord Metcalfe's imperial vision, this meticulously structured building was specially created away from the rest of the metropolis, magnificently proportioned amidst acres of formal gardens. Tall intricately patterned wrought iron gates with massive lions perched atop reiterated the same regal majestic message. The common folk were to be kept out of what was the abode of the Governor General, the symbol of the power and might of the Monarch and the Throne.

    The total area occupied by the Raj Bhavan is 27 acres. The Raj Bhavan building has 84,000 sq ft of floor space. The residential suites are in the four corners of the second floor while the main suite - the Prince of Wales suite-used by visiting dignitaries, on the first floor North West. In the ground floor, the central area is called the Marble Hall. The first floor central area consists of the Throne Room, The Banquet Hall and the Blue Drawing and Brown Dining Rooms. On the first floor, the north east corner has the Council Chamber, in which major Government decisions were made during British rule. The second floor has the Governor's apartments and the Ball Room.

    The Government House retained this awe-inspiring quality even after the departure of the last British incumbent, Sir Frederick Burrows, and the assumption of office by the first Indian Governor, the illustrious Shri C. Rajagopalachari in 1947. But the imposing gates began to open for a steadily increasing stream of visitors from all classes.

    Nearest Eden Gardens / Maidan / Vidhan Sabha Bhavan / Town Hall.

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    NATIONAL LIBRARY OF INDIA
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    NATIONAL LIBRARY OF INDIA

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    The National Library of India on the Belvedere Estate in Alipore, Kolkata is the largest library in India by volume and India's library of public record. It is under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism Culture. The library is designated to collect, disseminate and preserve the printed material produced in India. The library is situated on the scenic 30 acres (12 hectres) Belvedere Estate. It is the largest in India with a collection existing 2.2 million books. Before independence, it was the official residence of the Lt. Governor of Bengal.

    Nearest Kolkata Zoo / Zoo Aquarium / Taj bangal Hotel / Royal Calcutta Turf Club.

    Nearest Bus Stop Kothari Hospital.

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    RABINDRA SADAN
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    RABINDRA SADAN

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    Bubbling with passion and enthusiasm, Rabindra Sadan is one of the most prominent locations in the metropolitan city of Kolkata. It is the center of rich Bengali culture and entertainment, presenting vivid opportunities for dance, drama, cultural programmes and exhibitions every evening. Rabindra Sadan was erected in the memory of the great Noble Prize winner, poet and composer of the National Anthem of India, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

    Rabindra Sadan epitomizes captivating culture, fine art, and rich traditions of Bengal. It is a premier venue for theatre and cultural activities of the city, attracting footfalls from around the world.

    Rabindra Sadan is located on Belvedere Road, Bhawanipur in Kolkata. It is a culture center as well as theatre that are located near the Nandan Cinema and cultural complex. A place of interest near the Rabindra Sadan is the Academy of Fine Arts located on Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu Road in South Kolkata.

    Rabindra Sadan is well known for its large stage that can accommodate the largest shows. That is why it is a premier location for staging Bengali theatres and also the traditional location for Kolkata Film Festivals. A number of other cultural activities are also staged here. Components of Rabindra Sadan are the following.

    Rabindra Sadan stage, Nandan Pashcimbanga Bangla Akademi (West Bengal Bengali Academy), Gaganendra Pradarshanshala (Gaganendra exhibition center) above mentioned four are the prime centers of cultural activities. In addition to these, Sisir Mancha, Academy of Fine Arts and The Calcutta Information Center make Rabindra Sadan a treasure trove for rich cultural heritage and exuberance.

    Nearest Metro Station Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata.

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    STAR THEATRE
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    STAR THEATRE

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    The Star Theatre, built in 1883 was initially situated on Beadon Street, the theatre later moved to Cornwallis Street - now called Bidhan Sarani. The Star, along with the Minerva Theatre, was one of the first institutions of commercial Bengali theatre. The Star, along with Minerva and The Classic Theatre, were also one of the places where the first motion pictures in Bengal, made by Hira Lala Sen, were screened. Star Theatre maintains the heritage facade although the interiors are contemporary. During winter (December and January), plays are staged here, atleast ten days per month. The auditorium has excellent acoustics. Star Theatre is close to the junction of Grey Street (Aurobindo Saranee) and Cornwallis Street (Bidhan Saranee) the area near this junction is called Hatibagan (Elephant Park). The theatre is a 10-minute walk from the Shobhabazar-Sutanuti station of the underground railway. Star Theatre has an underground car park with a nominal parking fee. Tramcar tracks, and services, on Grey Street and Cornwallis Street enhance the heritage ambience. Girish Chandra Ghosh was one of the first to produce plays at the Star Theatre, in the 1880s. In 2012, the Star Theatre was to be returned to civic ownership, to stop commercialization of the historic building that was once visited by Bengali luminaries such as Vidyasagar, Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Rabindranath Tagore.

    Nearest Hatibagan More / Shyambazar / Bidhan Sarani, Kolkata 700006.
    Nearest Bus Stop Hatibagan More and Nearest Metro Station Shyambazar Metro.

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    MILLENNIUM PARK
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    MILLENNIUM PARK

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    Millennium Park situated along the Strand Road on eastern shore of Hooghly River for a stretch of 2.5 kms near Fairlie Ghat and opposite to Railway Club. The park consists of landscaped gardens and children's amusement rides. It was opened along the riverside to provide a green area for Kolkata's polluted waterway. It is a millennium gift from Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) inaugurated on 26 Dec, 1999. The park is part of the first phases of the Kolkata Riverside Beautification Project. The park is open from 11am-8pm.

    Nearest Armenian Ghat / Babu Ghat / Town Hall / New Secretary Building.

    Nearest Chakra Rail Station Bibadi Bag Station.

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    SOVABAZAR RAJBARI
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    SOVABAZAR RAJBARI

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    The present Sovabazar Rajbari, a Grade I heritage building built by Raja Naba Krishna Deb is situated at 33R/1A, Raja Naba Krishna Street. Its architecture represents an ensemble of Hindu, Moorish and colonial traditions. Raja Naba Krishna Deb was Lord Clive's 'Munshi' or tutor in Bengali, Persian, as well as the close confidant. During his lifetime this Rajbari played important role in the cultural and social life of Bengal. He was one of the first residents of Kolkata to celebrate Durga Puja in 1757 on a grand scale after the British defeated Siraj-ud-daulah at the battle of Plassey. Many renowned English men like Lord Clive and Warren Hastings were in the list of invitees during this festival, thus making it sarbojonin. It was here that the first civic reception of Swami Vivekananda after his return from Chicago Parliament of Religions was organized in 1897 by Raja Binoy Krishna Deb Bahadur.

    Nearest Hatibagan More / Jaipuria College.

    Nearest Metro Station Sovabazar Station.

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    THE MOTHER HOUSE
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    THE MOTHER HOUSE

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    On October 7, 1950, the church had a new congregation in its fold: the Missionaries of Charity, headed by Mother Teresa. In February 1953, Mother Teresa and her group moved into their new residence. In tribute to their founder, the sisters called it the Mother House. It is the headquarters of the international religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity.

    Muzaffar Ahmed St,Ripon Street, Mullick Bazar, Taltala, Kolkata.

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    General Post Office

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    GPO or the General Post Office of Kolkata is the central post office of this metropolitan city and it is also the major post office of West Bengal. The post office manages majority of the outbound and inbound mail and parcels of the city. GPO is one of the most prominent landmarks of Kolkata. The construction process of this imposing structure was initiated in the year 1864 and it was finally completed in 1868 at a cost of Rs. 6,30,510. Walter B. Grenvile designed this marvel of architecture. The star feature of the grand structure of Calcutta GPO is the towering Ionic-Corinthian pillars.

    The postal system was introduced in Kolkata by Warren Hastings in 1774. The General Post Office (GPO) is one of the most popular landmarks of Kolkata. The construction of the majestic structure started in 1864 and was completed in 1868. GPO is the central post office of Kolkata and the prime post office of West Bengal. It takes care of the outbound and inbound mails and parcels of the city.

    The imposing structure of the Post Office has been designed by Walter B. Grenville in 1864. Walter B. Grenville served as the consulting architect to the Government of India from 1863 to 1868. The massive and structure of the Post Office is highly admired for its high domed roof, which raises over 220 feet and the towering Ionic-Corinthian pillars. The building's white dome with a huge clock is supported by an octagonal base and 28 Corinthian pillars.

    Nearest Writers Building / Lal Dighi / B.B. Bag.

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    ASUTOSH MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART
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    ASUTOSH MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART

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    Since its inception, the Museum had to change its location more than once. Originally, the collections were housed in the rear portion of the old Senate Hall from where the portable exhibits were shifted to Murshidabad Imambada and heavy stone sculptures were deposited underground in 1942, due to the threat of bombing during World War II. The collections came back to their old location after five years only to be shifted again in 1960, to make room for its new building. Having sojourned in a temporary home for seven years, the Museum returned in 1967 to the newly constructed Centenary Building of the University where the ground and first floors accommodate the galleries, maintenance and administration of the establishment.

    The Museum has not only gained an accommodation befitting its utility and stature but has also earned a reputation as being a premier museum of national importance. Soon after establishment, the Museum organised a certificate course in Art Appreciation. The publications of the Museum include useful books on preservation, reports on excavation by the Museum and handbooks on Bengal sculpture, terracotta and coins in its collection. Several sets of coloured and monochrome postcards have also been issued for sale. In 1959, the University of Calcutta instituted a Postgraduate Diploma Course in Museology and the Museum served as the base and a working laboratory for this course.

    Nearest University of Calcutta / College Street / College Square.

    Nearest Railways Station Sealdah / Metro Station Mahatma Gandhi Road.

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    KUMORTULI
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    KUMORTULI

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    Kumortuli is a popular locality in Kolkata that is known for its traditionally potter quarters. It is one of the unique places to visit in Kolkata and one can discover the core of Indian culture, right from the artistic works of the artisans. Kumortuli not only supplies clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses to barowari pujas in Kolkata and its neighbourhoods, but a number of idols are exported. Kumortuli boasts of the presence of some 30-odd women-artisans, like Minati Pal, Soma Pal, Kanchi Pal and Chapa Rani Pal. Nonetheless if visitors are visiting the place couple of months before the Durga Puja they can notice the fantastic skeleton works of Goddess Durga Idols. In addition, during Durga Puja Kumortuli boasts of its own Puja, which is one of the oldest Durga Pujas in Kolkata.

    How to Reach: It's easiest to take a taxi (it will take around 30 minutes from central Kolkata) to Kumartuli. Otherwise, buses and trains go there. The nearest metro station is the Sovabazar Metro. Sovabazar Launch Ghat (alongside the Ganges River) is also close by. Taking a walk to the riverbank is worthwhile, can see old Gothic and Victorian style mansions. From there visitor can get a boat back to central Kolkata.

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    INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE

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    College Street Coffee House is a cafe located opposite the Presidency College on College Street, Kolkata. It has been for a long time a regular hang out and a renowned meeting place (adda) for intellectuals and students (and ex-students) of the Presidency College, University of Calcutta, and other institutions in College Street. It has played an important part in Calcutta's (Kolkata) cultural history and known as the hub of intellectual debates.

    The history of the Coffee House at College Street can be traced to Albert Hall, which was founded in April 1876. Later, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall in 1942. Notable citizens were frequent visitors to the place. In 1947, the Central Government changed the name of the place to Coffee House.

    The place became a meeting place for the poets, artistes, literatti and people from the world of art and culture. In 1958, the management decided to shut down the Coffee House, but it was re-opened the same year, after professors of Presidency College and Calcutta University rushed off a special petition to the government, to save the heritage place. In 2006, a huge financial crunch kept the co-operative society from undertaking renovation of the coffee house. Though a few companies such as Asian Paints approached the society with offers to renovate the restaurant, the offers were refused due to clash of norms and conditions.

    The prestige of the Coffee House increased with regular visitors such as Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen. The Coffee House is of historical significance for being the rendezvous of innumerable versatile people, from its inception to date. Scholars, editors, artists and writers like Ritwik Ghatak, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sanjeev Chattopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, Subhas Mukhopadhyay and Shakti Chattopadhyay have been just a few among the patrons of the restaurant. In early sixties of the 20th century the Coffee House became the intellectual battleground of the famous Hungry generation literary and cultural movement; iconic poets and brothers Malay Roy Choudhury and Samir Roychoudhury who pioneered the movement were arrested and prosecuted. Several literary magazines owe their origin to the inspiration from the adda sessions at this coffee house. Though popularly known as College Street Coffee house, this branch is actually on Bankim Chatterjee Street. The coffee house is famous for its adda sessions, and as the breeding place of several political and cultural personalities and movements. Many people come here just for the sake of adda and just being a part of the long talking sessions. Several talented and illustrious persons from different streams have been thronging this renowned 'adda thek' for a long time.

    Nearest Sanskri College / Presidency College / Calcutta University / College Square.

    Nearest Bus stop College Steet & Calcutta University.

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    ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

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    Academy of Fine Arts is one of the finest art galleries of India. The Academy of Fine Arts attracts art lovers from different corners of the state and beyond. It was built in the year 1933. There are about eight galleries on its ground floor, which serve as a parlance to have glimpses of the works of the best contemporary artists. Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata, India is truly a place to feast your eyes, as it takes you into a new world of creation and innovation. It is one platform, where the culturally conscious people converge. There is a museum that exhibits an extensive collection of arts of different types, artists and ages. Academy of Fine Arts contains a big hall, where fabulous dance performances and local theatre take place.

    It has a gallery that is completely dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore. It contains a superb collection of Indian textiles, sculptures and miniature paintings. One can experience the cultural heritage and traditional legacy of West Bengal in the corridors of The Academy of Fine Arts that displays numerous paintings of the middle and modern era. The Academy of Fine Arts is adorned with the paintings of some of the famous painters of the bygone days. The excellent piece of art work by the great Jamini Roy still inspires a sense of awe among the visitors.

    You will find exquisite paintings and sculptures of India from 1900 to the present day. Rare and old textiles in the Gallery of Old Textiles, the Ram-Sita series of 18 miniature paintings in the Gallery of Miniature Paintings and exclusive carpets in the Carpet Gallery are the proud possessions of the Academy. Located in the center of Kolkata, the Academy of Fine Arts is one of the most important places of tourist attraction of West Bengal and anyone who visits the state makes sure to experience the rich cultural and intellectual fervour of the region.

    Nearest Rabindra Sadan,Nandan,Victoria Memorial,Madan, Exide More.

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    By Rail: Nearest Metro Railway station is Rabindra Sadan. Sealdah and Howrah both are nearest major railway stations.

    By Road: Academy of Fine Arts has own bus stop. Many buses are available from several part of Kolkata to reach this place.

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    Netaji Bhawan
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    Netaji Bhawan

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    Netaji Bhawan or Netaji Bhavan Netaji's Residence is a building maintained as a memorial and research center to the life of the Indian nationalist "Netaji" Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata. The house, built by Bose's father in 1909, is owned and managed by the Netaji Research Bureau and includes a museum, archives and library. The Bureau is run by Sugata Bose and his mother. The building is on Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani in Kolkata.

    Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Near Bhawanipur Kolkata.

    Nearest Metro Station Netaji Bhawan.

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    NANDAN
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    NANDAN

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    Cardinal to Bengali culture is this icon of Bengali Cinema, theatre and other performing arts. Nandan Film Centre a complex that showcases, disseminates knowledge, raises awareness and promotes global cinema with specific emphasis on Bengali cinema. Nandan is located on the St. Paul's Cathedral Road - southeast of Victoria Memorial in Kolkata of West Bengal.

    Nandan - a government sponsored cultural centre shares territory with the Rabindra Sadan cultural centre, Sisir Mancha and the Academy of Fine Arts forming a triumvirate and hub of cine culture for film enthusiasts and professionals in Kolkata. A symbol of art and culture, Nandan is where Bengali and Foreign cinema is screened and showcased in its modern cinema complex with National and International Film Festivals; Publications Seminars, discourses and annual lectures Training Courses Archival work and Research Library of books and periodicals; commercial releases, Retrospectives and Exhibitions being hosted regularly. Every day of the week, live performances of theatre and dance and even film-related exhibitions are hosted in an attempt to satiate the ever-growing hunger and interest of Bengalis in Cinema. Its either flair or fetish for film that drives scores of college-goers and octogenarians alike to Nandan every single day of the year which also explains why Nandan is one of the most visited tourist places in Kolkata.

    An impressive and stylishly architecture building that exudes modernity coupled with the oldish charm, Nandan was inaugurated by the 1992 Oscar winner and 32 Indian National Film Awards recipient, Satyajit Ray, on 2 September, 1985. Satyajit Ray patronized this center of culture and designed its captivating emblem which has been given a prominent spot on the front elevation of the building. Nandan houses a grand stage and three large motion picture theatres with a total seating capacity of 1324 and one of the theatres has been dedicated to screening solely art films. The main auditorium Nandan I has a capacity of over 1100. There are two mini auditoria, Nandan II and III. There is also a seminar and conference hall (Nandan IV). Movie mania knows no timing. Camping overnight outside the tickets counters of Nandan just to get hold of tickets during a Film Festival is a common and thrilling experience and adds to all the joy!

    Celebrated as the best cultural centre in Eastern India, a select committee forms the core of it, the stalwarts being Bengali filmmaker - Satyajit Ray; Bengali dramatist - Utpal Dutt; Bengali actor - Anil Chatterjee.

    Nandan also has researched and published several books on cinema such as - A poet with a Camera; 100 years of cinema; Bengali Film Directory; Bengali Cinema; Short Films etc.

    Nearest Rabindra Sadan Metro Station / Exide More / Victoria Memorial.

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    ARMENIAN CHURCH

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    Armenian Church is located in Armenian Street, in the north-west corner of Barabazar, near Howrah Bridge in Kolkata. Built in 1764, designed in the early 18th century, the Armenian Church is the oldest extant Church in Kolkata. The interiors of the Church are decorated with marble, and the overhead gallery contains mural tablets. The altar has a cross, the gospels and 12 candlesticks symbolizing Christ and his Apostles. There is a staircase leading to an overhead gallery whose walls are full of mural tablets. Three oil paintings representing The Holy Trinity, remains of the Armenian cemetery can be seen in the premises.

    Some opine that this is the oldest Church in Calcutta. The Armenians have been staying in India since remote antiquity. The Armenians claim to have arrived in India before the British. They also claim to have been the first to be converted into Christianity in the European continent. On 22nd June, 1688, the East India Co. had entered into a contract with the Armenians in Europe. Sir Josia Child on behalf of the East India Co. and Khoja Sarhad along with Khoja Phanoosh on behalf of the Armenians, signed the contract. As per the contract, the East India Co. was supposed to construct a Church in all corners of India where a minimum of 40 Armenians would inhabit. The former would also grant 50 pounds to the appointed priest as his remuneration.

    In 1690, Job Charnock came to Calcutta for the last time. After 17 years, the East India Co. built a tiny wooden Church at the south-eastern wing of the present Armenian Church. A different opinion suggests that an Armenian named Aga Nazar had collected funds painstakingly and constructed this Church.

    In 1734, this Church was built by Aga Mamed Hazaar Maliyar. The interior decoration of the Church was done by Katchik Arfiel. He was of Armenian origin. He built residential abodes for the priests and erected high wall around the cemetery. He also donated the wonderful Church clock.

    How to Reach:

    By Rail: B B D Bagh, Burrabazar are nearest railway stations which are well connected by circular rail. Sealdah & Howrah are very nearby railway stations to Burrabazar. Mahatma Gandhi Road and Central are nearby Metro Railway stations to Burrabazar. Tram service is also available.

    By Road: S. N. Banerjee Road Bus Stoppage, Bow Bazar Bus Stoppage, Nirmal Chandra St. Bus Stoppage are the nearby Bus Stops to Burrabazar. Numbers of busses are available from many places to Burrabazar.

    Jagannath ghat is the nearest ferry ghat of this place.

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    JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY
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    JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY

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    In 1910, the Society for the Promotion of Technical Education in Bengal which looked after Bengal Technical Institute (which later became College of Engineering and Technology, Bengal) was amalgamated to NCE. NCE henceforth looked after the College of Engineering and Technology, Bengal which by 1940 was virtually functioning as a University. After Independence, the Government of West Bengal, with the concurrence of the Govt. of India, enacted the necessary legislation to establish Jadavpur University on the 24th of December 1955.

    Now Jadavpur University has successfully established itself as a foremost Indian University with a vast repertoire of courses offered, an enviable list of faculty members and has come to be known for its commitment towards advanced study and research.

    Sri Aurobindo was the first Principal of the Bengal National College and among the teachers were luminaries like Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Gurudas Banerjee, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Surendra Nath Banerjee, Ramendra Sundar Trivedi, Radha Kumud Mukherjee, Benoy Kumar Sarkar, Sakharam Ganesh Deoskar and others.

    Pioneering efforts came from such dedicated and learned people like Prof. Hemchandra Das Gupta, Prof. Hiralal Roy, Prof. Satish Chandra Bhattacharyya, and many others, who introduced new disciplines and domains of engineering and changed the dimensions of colonial engineering education. Their work has been carried further by Dr. Triguna Sen, Prof. Hemchandra Guha, Prof. Karuna Roy, Prof. M. L. Schroff., Prof. Tuhin Roy, Prof. Gopal Chandra Sen and many others.

    The University has been enriched by contributions from people like Prof. Sushil Kumar De, Prof. Amartya Sen, Prof. Ganesh Chandra Bose, Prof. Sudhindranath Datta, Prof. Buddhadev Bose, Prof. Gourinath Sastri, Prof. Susovan Chandra Sarkar, Prof. Subodh Chandra Sen Gupta, Prof. Prithwis Chandra Chakravorty, Prof. Panchanan Chakravorty, Prof. Prabhat Sarbadhikary, Prof. Prafulla Kumar Guha, Rev. S.J.Antoine, Prof. Bibhuti Bhusan Sen, Prof. Satyasundar Deb, Prof. Anil Kumar Majumdar, Prof. Syamadas Chatterjee, Prof. Bankim Chandra Mukherjee, Dr. Amitava Bhattacharyya, Dr. Jnan Saran Chatterjee, Prof. Sukumar Datta and many others who steered the early progress of the Arts and Science Faculties-the new additions to the original Faculty of Engineering Technology.

    Prayukti Bhawan, 188, Raja Subodh Chandra Mallick Rd, Jadavpur University Campus Area, Jadavpur, Kolkata.
    Nearest South City Mall / Jadavpur Police Station.

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    Park Street Cemetery

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    The Park Street Cemetery is an important heritage place of Kolkata. It was established during the colonial rule of the British. Previously known as Burial Ground Road, it is one of the oldest cemeteries of Kolkata. The mausoleums and memorials are architecturally impressive and represent the grandeur of the colonial period. It houses the tombs of distinguished expatriates who were once an integral part of Kolkata’s history.

    The Park Street cemetery was ceremonially declared open in 1767. It is one of the first non-church cemeteries in the world. In the 19th century, it was known as the Great Christian Burial ground in Asia. The cemetery was named after Park Street after the private deer park built by Sir Elijah Impey around Vansittart's garden house. The cemetery served as a burial ground for the European expatriates who were settled in Calcutta during the colonial period. The cemetery houses the graves of many notable European figures of the regal era. Most distinguished tombs are those of Rose Aymler, beloved of the poet Walter Savage Langdor, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, the initiator of the Young Bengal Movement who lived an eventful life for a short period of just 22 years; Charles Dickens son, Sir William Jones, founder of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta in 1796, David Drummond, C. F. Andrews and Michael Madhusudan Dutta, the illustrious and anglicized poet of Bengal.

    Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Park Street.

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    ESPLANADE
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    ESPLANADE

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    To the east of Raj Bhavan is the area popularly referred as Esplanade, which once stretched from Dharmatala Street to Chandpal Ghat. Today, it is loosely bounded by Esplanade Row East to the North, Red Road to the West, Rani Rashmoni Avenue to the South Chowringee to the east. This esplanade is located in the heart of the city and is one of the busiest portions. South West of the Esplanade is the well-known statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose; while a short walk further west leads to the Bidhan Sabha, or Assembly House, via the landmark Akashvani Bhavan, the office of All India Radio. Esplanade also crowns the Maidan. The vast expanse of land was cleared to provide Fort William with a strategically open space around it. These lavish grounds have been Kolkata's lungs, enjoyed by one and all through every season. The finest road in Kolkata is Red Road built by Colonel Henry Watson in 1781.

    Nearest New Market / Shahid Manar / Tipu Sultan Masjid.

    Nearest Metro Station Esplanade / Nearest Bus Stop Dharmatala.

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    LAL DIGHI

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    The Lal Dighi is also popularly known as Tank Square or Dalhousie Square. It is a man-made water tank believed to be built before the British era. The name Lal Dighi means Red Water in Bengali. It was so named because of the red color the water acquired during the festival of Holi or Dol in Bengal. The British used to call it The Great Tank. The water body is surrounded by many types of greenery all around and is presently a great spot for angling. Many of Kolkata's Heritage buildings are around the Lal Dighi, like GPO, High Court, Writers' Building, Andrew's Church etc.

    Nearest Metro Station Central Avenue & Chandni Chowk.

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    ISKCON KOLKATA
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    ISKCON KOLKATA

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    After establishing many temples all over the world, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada returned to India in August 1970. He established ISKCON’s first center in India in Kolkata at 3C Albert Road, Kolkata – 700017.  He came to Kolkata along with his foreign disciples.  Shaven – headed Westerners, with sikhas, Vaisnava tilaka, saffron robes, playing mrdangas and karatalas, chanting Hare Krishna, quoting Sanskrit verses eloquently created sensation in Kolkata.  Hundreds of people would gather to have a glimpse of these Western devotees.  Sankirtan was performed at places like Dalhousie Square, Chowringee and at other different places.

    Srila Prabhupada unfolded the Life Membership program in Kolkata. The members were entitled for several benefits including copies of Srila Prabhupada books and free accommodation in ISKCON centers around the world.

    The first deity in India was installed in Kolkata and worship started from this temple in May 1971. HH Tamala Krishna Goswami, Srila Prabhupada's one of the most beloved disciples, was the second president of ISKCON Kolkata.The first Rath Yatra of ISKCON in India was celebrated in Kolkata on 12th July 1972.The Rath Yatra procession began from 3C Albert Road and culminated at Mallick's Thakurbari at 12 M.G. Road.Hundreds of thousands of people participated in this wonderful event.

    Whenever in Kolkata, Srila Prabhupada resided at 3C Albert Road.He used to stay in a small room located beside the temple hall. A dictating machine, a small typewriter, Srimad Bhagavatam and a picture of his beloved spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati used to be always there in his room.He met his guests in this room and gave many instructions to his disciples from here. He took many important decisions while being in Kolkata, notable among them is the purchase of Mayapur land for Rs 14, 500.His personal belongings are still preserved in the room where he stayed.

    Albert Road, Near Birla High School, Minto Park, Kolkata.

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    BIRLA ACADEMY OF ART & CULTURE

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    The museum of the Academy has a distinct character of its own and depicts the growth and development of Indian art from 1st century, B.C. till now. The museum houses works by many celebrated contemporary Indian artists as well as few fine specimens of modern western art. The Garden adjacent to the Academy is often used for open air expositions, art fairs and cultural performances.

    In order to unearth hidden and young talent, the Academy organizes all India annual exhibitions, one man shows, group shows and Kala melas at regular intervals. In the field of performing arts, a cultural performance is organized once a month.

    The Academy is not only concerned about India's glorious artistic past. It also promotes artistic activities and to help artists, the Academy lets out its 2nd and 4th floor Galleries including Auditorium to artists, art societies and cultural groups at a very nominal rent. The Academy also holds educational programmes, lectures, seminars, film shows, workshops and art appreciation classes. The Academy maintains an impressive library with a fine and eclectic collection of art books, journals and periodicals for public use.

    A distinctive achievement of the Academy has been the presentation of quite a few international exhibitions; of which the most memorable is the show of the outstanding French sculptor Rodin; a landmark exhibition for Kolkata. Other notable exhibits included the works of Henry Moore and the Graphics of Picasso. It has also hosted Russian festival shows, German Expressionist graphics, French designs and also American, Chinese and British porcelains.

    With the active co-operation of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the U.S.I.S., legendary American plays such as Once Upon A Mattress and Driving Miss Daisy had been organized for the enjoyment of the people.

    Nearest Lake Kalibari / Lake Market / Vivekananda Park / Deshapriya Park.

    Nearest Metro Station Kalighat.

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    CHINATOWN KOLKATA

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    Chinatown Kolkata, situated in the eastern part of Kolkata in Tangra and Topsia, is the only Chinatown in the country with the largest number of Chinese inhabitants living in the area. Chinatown has retained its distinctive cultural charm. The Chinese migrated to India in 18th century itself, in Calcutta. Chinatown is also the cultural centre for most of them. One can rediscover the charms of the Chinese society in Chinatown, with Buddhist temples and an age-old Chinese pastry shop. This mini Chinatown is reputed to serve authentic Chinese food scrupulously preserved by the Chinese families living in the area for past few generations. The area is dotted with amazing Chinese restaurants and bars. Chinese restaurants offer a mind boggling variety of Chinese cuisine. However, the Chinese cuisine that evolved here is today, a distinct cuisine on its own, in which traditional Chinese food has been mixed together with Indian ingredients and modified to the Bengali taste. A visit to Chinatown is certainly a wonderful experience in itself. On the occasion of Chinese new year, there are lot of festivity. The employees and workers who have gone outside for employment and in other countries will return to participate in Chinese new year celebrations, they wear new clothes on New Year celebrations, they perform dragon dances on the streets, there is a temple in that area, it is a wonder that two Kali Goddess idols and one Lord Shiva idol are in the temple. This is the only Chinese temple having idols of Indian gods in the world.

    Nearest Topsia More / Tangra More.

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    OUTRAM GHAT
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    OUTRAM GHAT

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    The quaint looking Outram ghat located to the south of Babughat is one of Kolkata's premier riverside entertainment spots. In many ways, the Outram Ghat is a multipurpose ghat. Visitors can bathe, conduct ceremonies releted to birth and death and during the festive season, idols can also be immersed at Outram Ghat.

    Nearest Eden Gardens / Millennium Park / Babu Ghat / Netaji Indoor Stadium.

    Nearest Chakra Rail Station Princep Ghat.

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    COLLEGE STREET

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    College Street is in North Kolkata that approximately stretches from Bowbazar to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing. Various centres of intellectual activity are situated in this place. College Street also houses a number of renowned academic institutions like Calcutta University, Presidency College, Scottish Church College, Medical College, Vidyasagar College, Hindu School, Sanskrit College, Bethune College, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management and Hare School. Besides several bookstores, it houses the renowned cafe called Indian Coffee House that has attracted the intelligentsia of the city, for decades. The book market of College Street is the largest book market of India and the largest second-hand book market of the world. This market is traditionally known as Boi Para. Almost any rare or new book can be found at this place, at very economical prices. The place is the famous landmark of India and houses a number of Bengali publication industry. Another interesting place situated in College Street is the Vidyasagar Sarovar that is also known as College Square.

    Nearest Calcutta University / Presidency College.

    Nearest Railway Stations Sealdah / Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro Station.

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    NEHRU CHILDRENS MUSEUM
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    NEHRU CHILDRENS MUSEUM

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    In order to pay homage to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the National Cultural Association established the Museum in 1972 on Panditji's name on his birthday. Today when a child walks into Nehru Children's Museum, he walks into a world of treasure. It touches the imaginative mind and encourages him to know more. The exhibits in the museum which are spread over 4 floors, enable a child to take off to the world of epics, the world of science and to the dream world. More than 100 million adults and 10 million under-privileged children have stepped inside this Treasure World.

    Nearest St. Pauls Cathedral, Birla Planetari, Nandan,Chawdhury Estate Private Ltd., Exide More.

    Nearest Bus Stop Exide / Nearest Metro Station Rabindra Sadan.

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    GURUSADAY MUSEUM
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    GURUSADAY MUSEUM

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    The Gurusaday Museum, a National Treasure of Indian Heritage has a rich collection of approximately 3300 exquisite exhibits of folk arts and crafts, which amply reflect the vigour and vitality of the rural life of undivided Bengal as well as in India. The museum was initially started with 2325 exquisite specimens including several heirlooms, collected by Shri Gurusaday Dutta, I.C.S., between 1929 and 1939, when he was the head of the District Administration (Magistrate/Collector) of various districts of undivided Bengal. No duplicate of these items can be found in any museums in the world.

    Later on several people donated their collection to enrich this museum. One of the notable donations came from Dr. Pratap Chandar Chunder, the ex-Union Minister of Education, Govt. of India, who donated 80 Chinese artefacts and from Shri Prasanji Roy, who had donated his entire collection of Dokra Metal crafts that he had collected from the Chattisgarh.

    Nearest Diamond Harbour Rd / Joka Post Office.

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    MAHAJATI SADAN

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    Mahajati Sadan an important landmark, a heritage building, a beautiful cultural auditorium in Kolkata. This was an important part of India's freedom movement. It is located on Central Avenue, near Mahatma Gandhi Metro, not too far from the Central Avenue - MG Road crossing.

    The idea of this hall was conceived by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The foundation stone was laid by Rabindranath Tagore on 19 August, 1939 and called this auditorium House of the Nation. The poet recited his famous poem 'Banglar Mati, Banglar jal'. He hailed Bose as Deshnayak or leader of the nation in the speech he gave on the occasion. However, the sudden disappearance of Bose stopped the construction work of this building. After the independence of India, Bidhan Chandra Roy completed the construction work. The auditorium is now used for social and cultural programmes- theatres, music and dance events, magic Shows, seminars/ meetings etc.

    There is a library inside this Sadan with a permanent exhibition on Bengal freedom fighters with clay models on the first floor. Pictures of freedom fighters are exhibited on the Sadan's wall.

    Nearest Ram Mandir, Marble Palce,Jorasanko Thakurbari, Muhammad Ali Park.

    Nearest Bus Stop Mahajati Sadan / Nearest Metro Station Mahatma Gandhi Road.

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    KOLKATA POLICE MUSEUM
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    KOLKATA POLICE MUSEUM

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    Located at 113, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, formerly the residence of the renowned social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy, this place now brings forward the glorious history of the police administration of this eastern metropolitan and erstwhile capital of India. The museum portrays how the department has evolved to provide best of its service. The role of the department during the pre-independence era and also after the partition is well depicted. A gallery in the museum has also been allotted to display the evolution of guns. A large number of weapons recovered from the revolutionaries during pre-independence days are also on display. Exhibits include various items seized during the freedom struggle of the country. The museum is open to the general public from Tuesday to Sunday (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). If you want to know the contents of the 64 Netaji files which are in possession of West Bengal Govt., visit the Kolkata Police museum.

    Nearest Maniktala Crossing, Science College.

    Nearest Bus Stop Sukia Street / Nearest Railways Station Sealdah Station.

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    DUM DUM AIRPORT
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    DUM DUM AIRPORT

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    Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is an international airport located in Kolkata, serving the Kolkata metropolitan area. It is located approximately 17 km from the city center. The airport was earlier known as Dum Dum Airport before being renamed after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a prominent leader of Indian independence movement. Spread over an area of 2,460 acres (1,000 hectres), Kolkata airport is the largest in eastern India and one of only two international airports operating in West Bengal, the other being in Bagdogra. It is the fifth busiest airport in India in respect of aircraft movement after Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. The Airport is a major centre for flights to North-East India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Southeast Asia.

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    Mallick Ghat (Flower Market)
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    Mallick Ghat (Flower Market)

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    Just below the Howrah Bridge on the banks of Hooghly River at Mallick Ghat a unique more than 125 years old flower market is held every morning. This is the largest wholesale flower market in eastern India. The Ghat was built by Ram Mohun Mallick (son of Nayan Chand) in the year 1855. The market starts around 4 am in the morning and flower sellers from all the adjacent areas of Kolkata come with different types of flowers. The market is chaotic, filthy and overcrowded, but still a unique experience all together. This market becomes more lively and vibrant during festive and marriage seasons.

    Different types of flowers from marigold to lotus and from red rose to yellow roses are easily available here. If Visitors are trying to find out garlands, do not go elsewhere, just come down here at early morning. They will get everything. They do not need to be a flower merchant. The sellers assures fresh quality of flowers and garlands in this historical market.

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    Aquatica
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    Aquatica

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    Aquatica is Eastern India’s best water park, spread across a huge area of 17 acres. The park also has a resort with 23 well-appointed rooms, restaurant and party lawns for private bookings. There are a number of great thrill rides for the entire family, a wave pool, a family pool and a rain disco in the park area. One can rent swim gear, towel, tubes and other related items from the park premises.
    The park timings are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open on all days.
    Address: Kouchpukur, P.O.- Hatgachia, P. S.- K.L.C, Kolkata- 156. Near Rajarhat township.
    You can get complete information about Aquatica here(http://www.aquaticaindia.in)

    How to reach:
    The water theme park is located beside the Rajarhat New Town area. The area is well connected by public transport. There are buses available and there also is an auto service that ply from Box Bridge to Aquatica.
    Aquatica also conducts a convenient free pick-up and drop-off service from Nicco Park.

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    Bow Barracks
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    Bow Barracks

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    The Bow Barracks is a unique locality in central Kolkata region populated mainly by Anglo Indians who have lived here for generations. The narrow lane is bordered by six blocks of three storied buildings with their iconic red brick exterior and green painted windows.
    The Bow Barracks was probably a garrison’s mess built for the army during World War I and later rented out to Anglo Indians.
    The locality has it’s unique cultural heritage and comes alive during Christmas, celebrating with song, dance and great food including homemade cakes and wine.

    How to reach:
    Bow Barracks is located just behind the Bowbazar police station, off Central Avenue. Central Avenue and Chandni Chowk are the nearest metro stations.

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    Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
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    Birla Industrial & Technological Museum

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    Birla Industrial & Technological Museum is the first scientific and industrial museum in India. The heritage building situated in Gurusaday Road comprises of 12 galleries- Fascinating Physics, Transport, Motive Power, Biotechnology, Metals, Electricity, Television, Life Science, Underground mock-up coal mine, Popular science, Mathematics and Children’s gallery. The museum also hosts Science Shows daily and sky observation programme with a 10 inch telescope on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from October to May.
    Address - 19A, Gurusaday Dutta Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019
    How to reach:
    The museum is very well connected through public transportation.

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    Eco Park
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    Eco Park

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    The Eco-Park is a splendid ecological and urban park, the biggest so far in India. Spread over 480 acres plot its surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle.  Conceptualised by the Honourable Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, this park is divided into 3 broad categories, ecological zones like wetlands, grasslands, and urban forest, 2)theme gardens and open spaces, 3)and urban recreational spaces.
    It has Biswa Bangla Haat, Children's Eco Park, Floating Musical Fountain, Butterfly Garden, Play Area, Bamboo Garden, Fruits Garden, Food Court, Adda Zone, Grass Land, Tea Garden, Mask Garden, Formal Garden, Seven Wonders, Eco Island and many more. Apart from these, there are fun & adventurous activities such as Kayakaing, paddle boat, ice skating, cruise, duo-cycling etc.
    Address - Major Arterial Road in Action Area - II of New Town smart city, Kolkata
    You can get complete information about Eco-Park here - http://www.ecoparknewtown.com/index.php#
    How to Reach – You can reach Eco Park by various buses and private vehicles.

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    Nicco Park
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    Nicco Park

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    One of the most popular amusement parks, this is located in Salt Lake City and is popularly known as Disneyland of West Bengal. The grounds are designed to provide educational recreations apart from complete family fun-filled activities. The entrance of every ride offers explanations of the scientific principles behind the working of the rides.
    Nicco Park has around thirty-five rides that include the Toy Train, Tilt-a-Whirl, Magic Carpet, Paddle Boat, Water Chute, Water Coaster, Flying Saucer, Pirate Ship, River Caves, Cyclone, Moonraker etc. The Giant Cyclone, is among Asia's largest.
    Attractions such as the park's cable cars and Eiffel Tower provide panoramic views of the park from above. Natural attractions include a rose garden and a forty feet high waterfall.
    A decommissioned MIG-21 fighter aircraft from the Bagdogra Airbase is on display at Nicco Park, serving as an attraction with educational value. There is also a water park called Wet-o-Wild, a raindance performance, 4 D movie theatre etc. There are food kiosks, souvenier shops and other attractions
    Address- Salt Lake City, Kolkata
    You can get complete information about - https://niccoparks.com/
    How to reach - You can reach Nicco Park by various buses and private vehicles.

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By Air: The Kolkata International airport better known as the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport located at Dum Dum, connects the city with all the major cities of the country as well as the World.

By Train: Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata railway stations are the three major railheads situated in the city. These railway stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country. Metro rail service also runs inside the city which helps to reach different places inside the city, which is easily available to the visitors and citizens.

By Road: The state buses let the travelers to come to this city without any difficulty. There are various private buses as well to reach Kolkata from different parts of the state.
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  • State Youth Centre, Moulali

    142/3, A. J. C. Bose Road, Kolkata- 700014.
    Contact No.: 033- 2265- 3231

  • WBTDC Kalighat Pilgrimage Facilitation Centre

    35A, Kalighat Temple Road Kolkata - 700026
    Contact No.: (033) 24550658
    Mobile - 09874026908
    Email: kalighattouristlodgelodge@gmail.com

  • WBTDC Udayachal Tourist Lodge

    DG Block Sector-II, Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700091
    Contact No.: (033) 23589347
    Moblie - 09874026899

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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