Kolkata:: Places Of Interest

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Howrah Bridge:
One of the prime historical landmarks of the city, the Howrah Bridge is a stunning 2115 ft wide cantilever bridge connecting Kolkata with Howrah across river Hoogly in a single span. Opened in 1943, this is one of the busiest bridges in the world.
Flower Market:
This unique wholesale market of flowers is situated in the bank of river Hoogly near the famous Howrah Bridge. Every morning this market fills with range of colorful flowers from the different parts of Kolkata and the suburbs.

Heritage Buildings of BBD Bagh:
Dalhousie Square was created in the heart of the imperial capital of Kolkata and after independence in 1947, it was renamed after three martyrs of the freedom movement - Binoy, Badal and Dinesh.

In 1885 queen Victoria took over the administration of India form the East India Company and Kolkata became the capital of British India and this place remained the nerve centre of power till 1911 when the capital was shifted to Delhi.

With a huge tank in the centre, there are around 15 historic colonial buildings surrounding this City Square. On the Southern side is the “Raj Bhavan”, now the Governor House, built in Georgian style of architecture.Close to the Raj Bhawn you can see “St. John's Church” - the oldest Church in Calcutta. Then there are Assembly House, Kolkata High Court and The Town Hall. The High Court is a unique specimen of Gothic architecture which was completed in 1872.

The Town Hall was built in 1813 in Doric style of architecture and now is the City Magistrate’s House. On the western side of the square stands the magnificent white domed General Post Office and next to which is the Reserve Bank of India.

The entire northern side of the square is occupied of the by the “Writers Building”, which was originally built as the residence of the writers or clerks of East India Company and is now the administrative head quarter of the Government of West Bengal.

Shahid Minar :
The history of Shahid Minar dates back to 1828, which was originally built in the honor of Sir David Ochterlony. He had led his army to victory in the war against Nepal. It was known as Orchterlony Monument before being renamed in 1969.
Indian Museum:
Established in the year 1814, this is the oldest museum in India. It has some of the rare collections of archaeological importance. It is spread out over an area of 930 sq. m. A multipurpose and multi disciplinary institution of national importance, the museum is the largest repository of artifacts in India.
Victoria Memorial:
The Victoria Memorial, was conceived by Lord Curzon to commemorate the British Empire at its peak. Western architectural style is predominantly seen in this heritage site, designed in Italian style. The domes, designed by Sir William Emerson, resemble Mughal architecture. It was built between 1906 and 1921 and took 20 long years to complete. This majestic white marble structure at the southern end of the Maidan is surrounded by sprawling gardens.
St. Palls Cathedral:
The St Paul's Cathedral was built in 1847. It is one of the most impressive religious landmarks in the city. The interim of the church is a feast for the eyes, with excellent floral designs on the walls. Beautiful architecture and exquisite mural painting captivate the beholder. The life and work of St. Paul is vividly described in pictures.
Kalighat Temple:
Built in 1809, Kalighat temple is an ancient centre of Hindu pilgrimage and regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India. The architecture of the temple is of typical medieval Bengal style. Godess Kali represents the destructive side of Siva's consort and goats are sacrificed to satisfy the goddess's blood lust.
Birla Temple:
Birla temple is also one of the major attractions for tourists in Kolkata. The architecture of the temple drawn mainly from the neighboring state of Orissa. The marble structure with very high quality Rajasthani engravings. It is a splendid and imposing structure in white and attracts huge crowds.
The Missionaries of Charity:
The Missionaries of Charity was founded by Mother Teresa in 1950. The mission of the charity is to work for the salvation and the sanctification of the poorest of the poor all over the world. Today the Charity runs several homes around the city such as Nirmal Hriday for moribund patient, Nirmala Sishu Bhawan for the children and Shanti Nagar for the Lepers. In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize for her great dedication to the dying and destitutes. Mother joined her god on 5th September 1997.
Marble Palace:
Constructed by Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur in1835, The Marble Place is a unique example of architecture where 90 different types of Italian marble had been lavishly used to complete its construction. One can also see the rare collections of antiques, curios, status and paintings inside the Palace. The Palace houses the private collection of Raja Rajendra Mullick in an ornate and expansive house.
Tagore’s House & The Rabindra Bharati Museum:
Situated near Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue, Tagore House is the ancestral home and birthplace of world-renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore. The Tagore’s house is one of the renowned centers for Indian dance, drama, music and other arts. North of BBD Bagh, it houses an impressive museum and university for fine arts. The Rabindra Bharati museum within the walls of Tagore House, highlights the Bengal renaissance of the nineteenth century.
Jain Temple:
Located in the busy Shyambazar area of North Kolkata, the temple is nearly 150 years old and is dedicated to Sital Nath, the 10th of the 24 Jain Tirthankars or prophets. The temple was built in the year 1867.
Kumartuli - The Hindu Religious Idol Market:
Kumartuli is the hub of the potters and clay idol-makers of Kolkata. The potters work here to create all type of idols and images of various gods and goddesses for different Hindu religious festivals round the year.
College Street Book Market & The Indian Coffee House:
Kolkatans are well-known for their passion for books and this area is a treasure for the book lovers of the city, you can find of them every day spending hours browsing through the loads of new books or bargaining for buying a second hand one. College Street - a stretch of narrow road between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Bowbazar in North Kolkata is indeed an exceptional market of old and new books. Some of the Kolkatas most renowned academic institutions like Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College and Sanskrit College are also located in this street.

Dakshineswar Temple:
This temple of Goddess Kali is situated 20 Kms North of Kolkata, on the bank of River Ganges. Across the river, the visitors can get a glimpse of Belur Math. The temple was built in the year 1847. The central shrine in the temple complex is dedicated to the goddess Kali.
It is one of the famous places of pilgrimage where Sri. Ramakrishna Paramhamsa lived inside the colossal kali temple and offered prayers.The main temple is called the Navaratna Temple. There is a silver lotus with a thousand petals and Goddess Kalis statue is placed on the flower, standing on the prostrate body of Lord Shiva. A temple dedicated to Rani Rasmoni has later been added near the entrance.

Belur Math:
Belur Math is the international headquarters of Ramkrishna Mission which was built in 1899 by Swami Vivekananda. The Belur Math stands testimony to the various architectural styles of Indian religion. The architecture of Belur Math combines the features of a church, a temple and a mosque, to embody the spirit of religious harmony. Don't miss the evening ritual here which culminates is a grand, soul-stirring prayer.
Botanical Gardens:
Kolkata's Botanical Gardens is a respite from the choking noise and crowds. Spread over an area of 273 acres, the gardens were founded in 1787 and extend along the west bank of the Hooghly River. It was in these gardens that the Assam and Darjeeling teas were first developed. The prime attraction is a 250-year-old banyan tree, offering plenty of merciful shade with a circumference of 400m (1300ft).

The Zoo & the Horticultural Garden:
The National Library maintains Zoo and Horticultural Garden in Kolkata. Orginally it belongs to the Society started by Baptist Missionary William Carey in 1820. A flower show is held every year in this garden in the month of February. The Zoo dates back to 1876 and is spread over 16 hectres.It is home to a variety of birds, reptiles, tigers and mammals.