West Bengal offers a remarkable range of destinations & experiences within a single Indian state. With its unique position of stretching all the way from the Himalayas to the seas, West Bengal has always been a traveller’s delight – as there are fantastic trips set around the misty and romantic hill stations of Kalimpong and Mirik to the diverse wildlife and verdant tea gardens of the Dooars, historical monuments & temples of Murshidabad and Bishnupur and more.
Closer home in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, which is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, the experience is multiplied manifold with its colonial grandeur and natural attractions. Howard Johnson Kolkata highly recommend eight destinations in Kolkata that are a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Your visit to the “cultural capital of India” will be incomplete without a visit to Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, Belur Math, Dakhineshwar Temple, Prince of Ghat Ferry Ride, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral Church & Spencer Mall.
Places to Visit in Kolkata
Established in 1864, Eden Gardens is often regarded informally as India’s home of cricket. It is the home venue of the Bengal cricket team and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, and is also a venue for Test, ODI and T20I matches. With a seating capacity of 66,349 it is the largest cricket stadium in India, and the second-largest cricket stadium in the world.
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The Victoria Memorial, officially the Victoria Memorial Hall, is a memorial building dedicated to Victoria, Empress of India , which is located in Kolkata (Calcutta), India – the capital of West Bengal and a former capital of British India. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction. It is an autonomous organization within the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture.
Belūr Maṭh or Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta.This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions.
Dakshineswar Temple was founded on the 31st of May, 1855. A series of 12 identical Shiva temples are established within the premises of the Devalaya. Opposite to the Kuthi Bari these temples are close to the banks of the River Ganga. The interior of the temples is done in white and black stone and each of the temples houses Shiva lingas done in black stone. The temples face the east and are constructed in the typical ‘Aat Chala’ Bengal architecture. The series of temples are divided by the Chadni (River bank), keeping the six Shiva temples to the left and the other six to the right. Prayers are offered here every day and it was here Sri Ramkrishna is said to have meditated here to reach enlightenment.
Prinsep Ghat is a ghat built in 1841 during the British Raj, along the Kolkata bank of the Hooghly River in India. Prinsep Ghat is one of the oldest recreational spots of Kolkata. People visit it in the evenings on weekends to go boating on the river, stroll along the bank and purchase food from stalls there.
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The second largest planetarium in the world, M P Birla Planetarium is in the central part of Kolkata adjacent to the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the maidan. It started functioning from 1962 as an educational, scientific and research institution. The planetarium deals with many facets of astronomy, astro-physics, celestial mechanics, space science, and history of astronomy and mythology regarding stars and planets.
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Founded in 1814 at the cradle of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (in the present building of the Asiatic Society, 1 Park Street, Kolkata), Indian Museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose Museum not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Asia-Pacific region of the world.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, noted for its Gothic architecture. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta. It was also the first cathedral built in the overseas territory of the British Empire. The building stands on Cathedral Road, on the “island of attractions” in Kolkata, along with the Victoria Memorial, Nandan, Rabindra Sadan theatre complex, and the Birla Planetarium.
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New Town Eco Park
New Town Eco Park – Prakriti Tirtha is an urban park in Rajarhat, Kolkata. The park is situated on a 480 acres (190 ha) plot and is surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle.
The Science City, one of its kind in India, inaugurated on 1st July,1997 has been developed as a major attraction for the residents’ of Kolkata as well as for the national and international visitors to the metropolis. Developed by the National Council of Science Museums, it is one of the largest and finest in the world, presenting science and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is truly educational and enjoyable for the people of all ages. It has, over the years, become a place for memorable experience and enjoyment for both the young and the old.