For long, Kolkata was the capital of British empire. And more than a century after the British left for greener pastures, a visit to the city explains why the place is still so special. Every alley, every nook and corner of the city of joy is steeped in history. It’s a city where history merges with the modern, culture mingles with passion and sports have a special place in every heart. Though the list of must-visits during a Kolkata tour is exhaustive, here’s a top pick of what not to miss.
Built between 1906 and 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria, this majestic marble edifice in the heart of Kolkata is now a museum of exclusive historical artefacts.
Commissioned in 1943, this cantilever bridge that connects Kolkata to Howrah has become the icon for the city of joy. An illuminated Howrah bridge from the Vidyasagar Setu is a sight to behold at night.
Though there’s nothing specific to see here, the vast expanse of green amid a bustling city is an experience that you would cherish for a long time.
The largest in India, National Library is a big crowd-puller for years. The colonial structure of the building and the huge campus is sure to mesmerize you. And if you are a bookworm, there’s no better place to be. Daily membership cards are available at Bhasha Bhawan.
This headquarters of the eastern command of Indian Army on the iconic Red Road is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata.
It is one of the 52 Shakti Peeths spread across the country. It is where the toes of the right foot of Sati is believed to have fallen. Kalighat Temple is one of the most sacred places in the world.
Another sacred place in Kolkata tour. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni in 1855. Apart from the Bhavatarini avatar of Goddess Kali, there are 12 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for its association with Shri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.
Located in central Kolkata, it is the colony of Anglo Indians living in Kolkata. It is said that Bow Barracks was originally garrison’s mess built for World War I armymen. At present, the place is famous for Christmas and Chinese New Year celebrations.
These apart, famous places in Kolkata include Shobabajar Rajbari, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Parasnath Jain Temple, Mother House, Birla Temple, Town Hall and Marble Place.