Places to see in Kolkata
Kolkata, also known as the “City of Joy,” is a vibrant and culturally rich city located in the eastern part of India. It is the capital city of the state of West Bengal and is home to nearly 14 million people. The city is known for art, history, literature, great cuisine, music, dance, and historic monuments. Listed below are the 10 places that are worth a visit while in Kolkata.
Victoria Memorial: Built in memory of Queen Victoria, this white marble structure is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. The museum inside the memorial building houses a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and artefacts.
Howrah Bridge: Built over 8 years starting in 1936, the bridge was renamed Rabindra Setu in 1965. Spanning the Hooghly River, it is an iconic steel suspension bridge connecting Kolkata to Howrah. This most recognizable landmark of the city is best viewed at night when it is illuminated. Walking on the bridge is an experience in itself.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple: Located on the banks of the Hooghly River downstream from the Howrah bridge, this magnificent temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a wealthy and devout Bengali woman, the temple complex has many courtyards and many other smaller temples. It has nine spires, representing the nine forms of goddess Kali. The temple architecture is a blend of Bengali and Odia styles.
St. Paul’s Cathedral: This beautiful church is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Starting from 1939 it took 8 years to build the church. It is also the first newly constructed Anglican church by the British on foreign land. Due to earthquakes, the original structure was damaged and it was rebuilt twice with some alterations.
Kalighat Temple: This ancient temple is one of Kolkata’s oldest and most important pilgrimage sites. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, it is visited by lakhs of devotees every year. Located on the banks of a small canal named Adi Ganga which flows down to join the Hooghly River, the temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas.
Indian Museum: Founded in the year 1814, it is the oldest and the largest museum in India and Asia as well. The museum has a collection of over one lakh artefacts including sculptures, paintings, manuscripts and coins. A rare collection, a fossil of a mummy from ancient Egypt is one of the highlights of this museum.
Science City: It is a popular attraction for kids and families. The place has interactive exhibits, a planetarium and a 3D theatre showcasing the world of science and technology. Managed by the National Council of Science Museums, it was inaugurated in 1997 and is considered to be one of the finest centres exhibiting science and technology to visitors.
Marble Palace: Built by a wealthy businessman during the 19th century, the glittering place has a great collection of art and antiques. The stunning place gives a glimpse of opulence that is beyond the imagination of ordinary people.
Birla Temple: This modern temple dedicated to Bhagawan Krishna and Radha is located in the heart of the city. The place is known for its beautiful ambiance and serene surroundings. A great place to relax after a hectic day.
Park Street: If you love your food then Park Street is the place to be in while visiting Kolkata. It is known as the dining hub of the city with various restaurants, eating joints and small eateries lined up all along the street.