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Top 10 Places in Kolkata That You Can’t Miss

Famous author and chef Pradeep Sarkar from Kolkata said that “Calcutta is a marvellous city. Wherever you put a camera there is a perfect view” and he couldn’t have been more right.

As one of the most populous cities in the country, Kolkata looks like a dream city straight out of a fantasy book. Innovative ancient monument, sculptures and architectures gives the former British capital an element of awe and makes it a breathtaking wonder. Many people think that the busy city is the social and imaginative capital of the country, due to its intelligent people and vibrant community spirit!

Experience the tumultuous lifestyle of the modern swarm living in an ideal peace against the backdrop of an earlier period of time as we walk through northern Calcutta. Kolkata is home of mouth watering delicious food there. It is imperative that you do not miss the early and amazing opportunity of gourmet company with Kolkata’s captivating food streets. For those feeling a little overwhelmed by the hectic city life, sit down at one of the beautiful ghats and let the hot tea take away all your head ache!

Can you take advantage of the eye catchy offers? New Market retailers can convince you to buy everything they sell, leaving you tempted to buy everything. There are over 2,000 delays each in the new market, so you can find everything you need in one place. In 1874, the British were working in the market, which was previously known as Sir Stuart Hogg Market. 

Today, in the 21st century, the market has changed to accommodate the best day-to-day practices of India. Although the market gets close around 8pm don’t limit yourself to the shopping area, the atmosphere of brightly lit streetlights and cafes serving delicious teas and snacks is a sight that will lift your spirits!


The City of Joy, Kolkata, offers plenty of tourist attractions. The city invites travelers to discover its impeccable craftsmanship, beautiful design, impressive company and declamation writings. Plus, it’s a great destination for photographers, who will find plenty of fantastic spots for beautiful portraits. Besides the shrines, registered tourist attractions, convenience stores and other tourist spots where you can experience the Kolkata culture, the city is  known for its festivals and festival-related events.

Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, is located on the eastern banks of the Hoogly River and has the most experienced working port in the country. A  period when the place was ruled by the Nawab Bengalis under the Mughals was followed by a period when the British took full control of the city in 1772.

In addition, the city was the focal point of the modern insurgency in India and the origin of the social, creative and scientific advancements of contemporary India in the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Kolkata (then Calcutta) was not only the capital of India under British rule, but also the birthplace of the Indian independence movement. Kolkata has become one of the major holiday destinations in India due to the mix of societies living there.

Here is the summary of the 10 best places to visit in Kolkata:

1. Howrah Bridge


Kolkata’s most represented attraction tops the list of places to find, probably because it  often appears in movies. The bridge, built in steel in 1943 to replace the Pontoon Bridge, has a grandiose appearance. Great jetties add to the sheer prevalence  the expansion enjoys, bringing tourists from all over the world to Kolkata to see it.

When you see the view from the extension in the evening, you will be amazed. When you watch the sun set on the horizon over the Hoogli Waterway, there seems to be a perpetual lake. The suspended extension is the sixth longest jetty in the world.

Because the jetty was intended to replace an old boat span on the Hoogly River, the jetty was originally called the New Howrah Bridge. Often referred to as Rabindra Setu, after the famous Bengali artist Rabindranath Tagore, this jetty is further regarded as an important national monument in India.

2. Jorasanko Thakurbari


The ancestral home of the Tagore family, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari (in Bengali: House of the Thakurs (Anglicized in Tagore)), is located in northern Calcutta. As of now, it is located on the grounds of Rabindra Bharati University at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane, Jorasanko, Kolkata 700007.

Rabindranath Tagore was born in this house and is the first Nobel laureate to be born outside of Europe. Moreover, he spent most of his teenage years and also died here on  August 7, 1941. The house has been restored to recreate the feeling of the Tagore family when they lived there. 

Rabindra Bharati University also organizes social events on the birthday of the writer on Panchise Baisakh, when thousands of people come to Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Various events such as his Baishe Shravan commemoration are also organized in addition to a celebration of expressions called Aban Mela.

3. Fort William


This should be one of the most famous places in Calcutta, as Fort William was named after King Williams. On this site, the developer used 1696 blocks and mortar to attach the map post to the site. Interestingly, the harbor is made up of six gates, specifically Watergate, Saint George’s, Treasury Gate, Plassey, and Chowringhee. 4,444 British engineering enthusiasts will love this site.

Its entrances are an architectural marvel created by British architects. Also, you can see a series of cannons. The cannons are very old and hold a special place in British history. The impressive architecture of this great fortress with its high ceiling, wide sidewalks and strong design drives you crazy.

The address is Maidan, Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021.

4. M.P. Birla Planetarium


Birla Planetarium is the largest planetarium in India and has a curved theater that projects the highest quality  night sky projection. The buildings must have a history and follow a plan that corresponds to Buddhist architecture. Founded in 1963, the historic center now serves as a meeting point for a variety of cultural events. The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata was considered the largest planetarium on the Asian continent when it opened and was completed by then-Indian Prime Minister Sri Jawaharlal Nehru.

Birla Planetarium is located next to St. Paul’s Cathedral and within walking distance of the Victoria Memorial, one of Kolkata’s iconic landmarks. The best thing about this website is that it is constantly updated to keep up with the latest technological advances. The planetarium was completely renovated at the end of 2017 to integrate the latest hybrid projection system from Carl Zeiss.

5. Victoria Memorial


An open area on the banks of the Hoogly River houses the Victoria Memorial. It was completed in 1921. This is a beautiful white marble building completed in 1921 after its commissioning in 1906. In its current form, it serves as an exhibition hall commemorating Queen Victoria.

After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, Lord Curzon set about developing this monument, which is based on an interesting structural mix of Mughal and British styles. This exhibition hall contains 25 samples of ancient artifacts and curiosities.

6. Botanical Garden


Previously known as the Calcutta Botanical Garden, the nursery was set up in 1786 and it is spread more than 270 segments of place where there is land. At present, it is known to this world by the name of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden.

As the name recommends, the nursery is loaded with plants, trees, and blossoms identified with the field of natural science. Right now, the nursery is a permanent spot for more than 12000 enduring plants that are as yet alive. Perhaps the best fascination here is the monster Banyan Tree which shapes the second biggest shelter on the planet. Additionally, the nursery highlights more than 1400 outlandish types of plants and trees.

Address: Botanical Garden Road B Shalimar Area Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Botanical Garden, Area, Howrah, West Bengal 711103.

7. Belur Math


In terms of religion, Belur Math is a well-known shrine with a prominent design that showcases numerous religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam with exhibits celebrating the bond of religion. As the main operational center of Ramakrishna, Belur Math played a crucial role in its development.

The peculiarity of the place is that it looks like a mosque,  a sanctuary and a community at the same time. The statue of Sri Ramakrishna, the founder of the development of Ramakrishna, is also that of the lotus sitting on it. Kolkatas Belur Math has become one of the most popular tourist destinations.

8. Indian Museum


There are few showrooms on this planet that can compete with the Indian Museum. This organization was founded in Calcutta in 1814 by the Asian Society of Bengal. Mummies are displayed in the exhibition hall along with jewelry, fossils, ornaments and shields. In addition, the extraordinary building also contains four exhibits dedicated to normal history and zoological information. For people who want to discover deeply authentic information, this place is one of the best places in Kolkata.

Often referred to as “Jadughar” by the locals of Kolkata, this gallery is a popular attraction. It is noteworthy that the museum has a huge collection of contemporary art, sacred Buddha compositions, classical sculptures, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, Mughal paintings, etc. for those who appreciate ancient curiosities.

It is located at 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Fire Department Headquarters, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016.

9. Eden Gardens


Eden Gardens in Bengal is owned by the Bengal Cricket Association and has a capacity for 66,000 people. It is fascinating to note that the nurseries made the 1987 World Cup possible after it was remodeled to increase its capacity from 40,000 to 94,000. You might be surprised to find that the sand is currently over 150 years old. The British appearance in India gave the country its most popular game of cricket.

Eden Gardens is a huge cricket ground and they are often referred to as the Cricket Colosseum. Eden Gardens is the largest cricket ground in the country and the third largest in the world. The stadium is one of the most notorious cricket grounds in India and is home to the Kolkata Knight Riders cricket club of the Indian Premier League.

10. Marble Palace Mansion


The palatial castle was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835 and remains the home of his relatives to this day. The design of the Marble Palace Mansion is neoclassical and it is considered to be the best protected places of this engineering style. The castle also houses a gallery containing various antique furniture and old canvases. The nearby zoo called Marble Palace Zoo is also a must see.

The birthplace of the Bengali Renaissance, Kolkata is one of the most industrialized and socially created urban areas in the country. Kolkata is regularly compared to urban parishes in Western countries due to its rise among the British. The above are just a small selection of the travellers’ destinations you will find in Kolkata, but you shouldn’t miss out these when visiting this noisy city.


Edited by Anupama Roy

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