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Kolkata


Location
East Bank of River Hooghly
Temperature
40 c Summer/ 9 c Winter
Latitude : 22.572646    Longitude : 88.363895

Language : Bengali,English,Hindi,Urdu
Kolkata ,formerly Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly. The city has a population of more than 4.6 million, with an extended metropolitan population of over fourteen million, making it the third-largest urban agglomeration and the fourth-largest city in India.

Alipore Zoo
Alipore Zoo
Alipore Zoo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kolkata. The zoo, comprising an area of 16 hectors, is a home to several species of animals, birds and reptiles. Modern trends include breeding threatened animals in captivity, exhibiting animals in enclosures simulating their natural habitat rather than in cages (open-range zones or safari parks), and educating the public about principles of ecology. The zoo has an open-air enclosure for tigers, a large fresh water aquarium and a reptile house. It also holds a giant tortoise in its collection since 1875. During the month of December and January the zoo records maximum attendance.
Belur Math
Belur Math - Temple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsar
Belur Math is the headquarters of the twin organizations of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishnan Mission.Spread over several acres of land, it is a pilgrimage for people from different faiths and religions. It is situated at a distance of 6 kms from the Howrah station and located on the bank of the river Hooghly. The Math provides a picturesque view of Ramakrishna temple which was built in the year 1899. People from all over the world come here to receive the message of harmony between the religions of the world, divinity of the soul, renunciation and service. The main attraction of Belur Math is the temple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansadev which was built by Swami Vivekananda with several other monks. Other worth visiting sites in the campus includes Swami Vivekananda's Room, Swami Brahmananda's Temple, Holy Mother Sarada Devi's Temple, Swami, Vivekananda's Temple, and Ramakrishna Museum.
Birla Academy of Art and Culture
Birla Academy of Art and Culture - Sculpture collection of Art and Culture
The Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum is one of the country’s best museums which boast a collection of miniature paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. You can see paintings of the mediaeval period as well as modern art and some archaeological specimens. Regular exhibitions by modern Indian sculptors and painters are held from time to time. The main attraction of the museum is the sculpture collection of art and culture dates from 2nd to 19th century AD. There is a granite image of Ganesha which dates back to the 12th century. Other displaying objects include metal statuettes, book covers in peppier mache and silver gilt and old textiles.
Birla Planetarium
Birla Planetarium - One of the Largest Planetarium of Asia
. P. Birla Planetarium is one of the largest planetariums of Asia. The planetarium started its functioning from September 29, 1962 as an educational, scientific and research institution whichwas inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The internal diameter of the tomb is 82 feet. The auditorium has a capacity of 500 persons. The Planetarium owns an astronomical observatory equipped with a Celestron C-14 Telescope with accessories such as ST6 CCD Camera, Solar Filter etc. An Electronics Laboratory for design and fabrication of scientific equipment is also present inside the planetarium. The laboratory has now developed an Automation System for executing special effects and visuals during a planetarium show. The planetarium organizes special shows during solar and lunar eclipses
Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens, in the Shibpur suburb of Howrah was administered by Colonel Robert Kyd, a Secretary to the Board in the Military Department of Fort William and also a proletarian botanist. The gardens were initially established for the purpose of growing new plants of commercial value and growing spices for trade. But as time passed, the gardens were developed in to an extensive herbarium. The land area now measures 270 acres comprising of 50,000 different kinds of plants, trees, herbs. The oldest banyan tree present in this garden is nearly 250 years old and has a trunk circumference of 330 metres. The Gardens have become a popular picnic spot for the city dwellers.
Dakshineswar Temple
Dakshineswar Temple - Navaratna Temple
This colossal Kali temple in Kolkata is situated on the bank of the river Hooghly near Bally Bridge. It was built by Rani Rasmani of north Calcutta in the 19th century. The place is also famous for the fact that, the great spiritual leader Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa attained his spiritual enlightenment here. The main temple is called Navaratna temple which is surrounded by 12 other temples of Lord Shiva.
Fort William
Fort William - Property os Indian Army
This fort is situated on the banks of river Hooghly and is named after king william III.The fort occupies five square kilometers of area and has six gates namely Chowringhee, Plassey, Calcutta, Water gate, St Georges and the Treasury Gate. The Arsenal inside, is worth visiting for which a prior permission is required from the Commanding Officer. This fort was built by Robert Clive in the year 1781.
Howrah Bridge
Howrah Bridge - Rabindra Setu
The Howrah Bridge, also known as the Rabindra Setu, is a bridge over the Hoogli River in West Bengal and was completed in 1941. It is so named as it links the city of Howrah, near Howrah Station, to its twin city of Kolkata. There are no supporting pillars bellow the bridge and therefore, it looks like a hanging bridge. The Howrah Bridge is believed to be the busiest bridge in the world. The bridge was constructed entirely by riveting, without any use of nuts and bolts. There are two sister bridges over the river namely the Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekananda Setu.
Indian Museum
Indian Museum
Indian Museum is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world and oldest of its kind in the Asia pacific region. This multipurpose and multi disciplinary institution of National Importance was established in the year 1814 at the Asiatic Society and transferred to the present building in 1978. Started with only two galleries, the museum has now over sixty galleries of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Botany sections, spreading over ten thousand square feet area. You can see some rare specimens of both Indian and Trans - Indian origin relating to Humanities and Natural Science which are preserved and displayed in the galleries of these sections.
Kalighat Kali Temple
Kalighat Kali Temple - One of the 52 Shakthi Peedam
Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimages of the country, situated at Kalighat near Rasbihari Avenue in Kolkata. It is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India, where various parts of Sati's body are believed to have fallen, in the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava. It also represents the site where the toes of the right foot of Shakti or Sati fell. The temple in its present form is 200 years old and is decorated with thin, multicolor layers of painted trim. The idol of Goddess Kali is made up of black stone and decorated with gold and silver. The festivals like Navarathri and Kali Puja are major celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple which attracts thousands of devotees from various parts of the country.
Marble Palace
Marble Palace
This luxurious palace was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy zamindar (land owner). His descendants still live inside the palace, but most of the house is open for the general public. The palace is built of 100 varieties of marbles that provides a glimpse into the life of a rich Bengali household.
Nalban
Nalban - Place for Migratory Birds
Nalban is a serene natural attraction situated at sector V of Salt Lake City in Kolkata. The prime attraction is the giant lake which provides facilities for water sporting and boating. There are large numbers of boats available for boating and water driving, ranging from the luxurious "Shikaras" to the simple "Paddle Boats". Apart from the plethora of the boating options, you can also have the taste of Bengali dishes in the small cottages situated nearby the lake. The lake is also a popular place for migratory birds.
Nehru children Museum
Nehru children Museum - Collection of Dolls
Nehru Children Museum was inaugurated on 14th November, 1972. The primary objective of the museum is to impart education to children through informal means and make the mode of learning more visual for the children. It exhibits a good collection of dolls from all over the world. The epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are well depicted in the museum. Some science models are also kept for display
Nicco Park
Nicco Park - Disney Land of West Bengal
Nicco Park – the Disney Land of West Bengal is an ideal place for recreation and enjoyment. Spread over an area of 40 acres near salt lake city,the park is an appropriate destination.The park popularly known as Jheel Meel attracts thousands of tourists every day. One of the most exciting of all rides in the Nicco Park is the Cave Ride.
Rabindra Sarovar
Rabindra Sarovar
Rabindra Sarovar also known as Dhakuria Lake is a popular recreational site for the residents of Kolkata. This artificial lake occupies an area of 76 hectares covered by water, while shrubs and trees, some of which are more than 100 years old, occupy the rest of the area. It also constitutes swimming clubs and rowing clubs. A stadium is also situated which is adjacent to the lake. Fishing is strictly prohibited in the lake.
Sahid Minar
Sahid Minar - Ochterlony Monument
This is a 48 meter (218 steps) tall monument built in the year 1848 to commemorate Sir David Ochterlony's victory in the Nepal War (1814-1816). The column is a fine example of Turkish, Egyptian and Syrian architecture which are fused to give a distinctive shape to the monument. In 1969, it was renamed as 'Sahid Minar' in memory of the martyrs of the freedom struggle of India. From the top, you can have a very beautiful view of the downtown Calcutta.
Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial is a splendid example of British Architecture exhibiting British artifacts.This domed Classical structure was constructed by the Viceroy of British India ,Lord Curzon.It represents a unique combination of classical European architecture and Mughal motifs. The magnificent structure was completed in the year 1921.
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