Kolkata- The Capital city, popularly known as The 'City of Joy'. The city is dipped in history, art & culture, sports and socio-cultural activities. This was the erstwhile capital of the British Raj, and thus has architectural gems strewn all around. The city has its appeal for all visitors, with a medley of interest. From architectural wonders to swanky malls, from religious places to centres for performing arts, from historical colleges & universities to state-of-the-art stadiums.
Today the Victoria Memorial Hall is a museum having an assortment of Victoria memorabilia, British Raj paintings and other displays. As night descends on Kolkata, the Victoria Memorial Hall is illuminated, giving it a fairy tale look. It is interesting to note that the Victoria Memorial was built without British government funds. The money required for the construction of the stately building, surrounded by beautiful gardens over 64 acres and costing more than 10 million was contributed by British Indian states and individuals who wanted favours with the British government. At the top of the Victoria Memorial is a sixteen foot tall bronze statue of victory, mounted on ball bearings. It rotates with wind.
How to reach
Howrah is the nearest major Railway station. Rabindra Sadan is nearest Metro Railway station. Exide More is nearest bus stop to reach this place. Many buses are available from several part of Kolkata to reach this place.
Science City, Kolkata, a unit of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and the largest science centre in India, was developed with a onetime capital grant by the administrative ministry.
How to reach
It is situated at the junction of eastern Metropolitan bypass and the park circus and is opposite to Energy Education Park. One can board the local train from Sealdah to Bidhan Nagar and from there can hire an auto rickshaw or a cab. Local buses from anywhere to anywhere in Kolkata makes this place easily accessible.
Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Kalighat was a Ghat (landing stage) sacred to Kali on the old course of the Hooghly River (Bhagirathi) in the city of Kolkata.
How to reach
By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata is the nearest airport to Kalighat. Kalighat is easily accessible from this airport by road.
By Train: Nearest railheads are Howrah and Sealdah. The nearest metro stations are Jatin Das Park and Kalighat. One can easily reach the Temple from these stations via bus or cab.
By Road: Kalighat is located in south Kolkata. Buses are available from all parts of Kolkata for Kalighat. All buses going to south Kolkata have to pass through Shyam Prasad Mukherjee road. The temple is off this road. One can get down in Kalighat (Kalighat Tram Depot) bus stop and walk down the Kali Temple road to the temple. The temple can be reached easily via cab also.
At a Glance
District Head Hq-
185 Sq Kms
4,496,694 (Ref: Census 2011)
Best time to visit-
October - March
Bengali, Hindi, English
Kali Puja & Diwali
Places of Interest-
Distance from Kolkata-
Academy of Fine Arts
Academy of Fine Arts is one of the finest art galleries of India. The Academy of Fine Arts attracts art lovers from different corners of the state and beyond. It was built in the year 1933. There are about eight galleries on its ground floor, which serve as a parlance to have glimpses of the works of the best contemporary artists. Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata, India is truly a place to feast your eyes, as it takes you into a new world of creation and innovation. It is one platform, where the culturally conscious people converge. There is a museum that exhibits an extensive collection of arts of different types, artists and ages. Academy of Fine Arts contains a big hall, where fabulous dance performances and local theatre take place.
How to reach
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
By Rail: Nearest Metro Railway station is Rabindra Sadan. Sealdah and Howrah both are nearest major railway stations.
By Road: Academy of Fine Arts has own bus stop. Many buses are available from several part of Kolkata to reach this place.
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum is the first scientific and industrial museum in India. The heritage building situated in Gurusaday Road comprises of 12 galleries- Fascinating Physics, Transport, Motive Power, Biotechnology, Metals, Electricity, Television, Life Science, Underground mock-up coal mine, Popular science, Mathematics and Children’s gallery. The museum also hosts Science Shows daily and sky observation programme with a 10 inch telescope on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from October to May.
Address - 19A, Gurusaday Dutta Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019
The Eco-Park is a splendid ecological and urban park, the biggest so far in India. Spread over 480 acres plot its surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle. Conceptualised by the Honourable Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, this park is divided into 3 broad categories, ecological zones like wetlands, grasslands, and urban forest, 2)theme gardens and open spaces, 3)and urban recreational spaces. It has Biswa Bangla Haat, Children's Eco Park, Floating Musical Fountain, Butterfly Garden, Play Area, Bamboo Garden, Fruits Garden, Food Court, Adda Zone, Grass Land, Tea Garden, Mask Garden, Formal Garden, Seven Wonders, Eco Island and many more. Apart from these, there are fun & adventurous activities such as Kayakaing, paddle boat, ice skating, cruise, duo-cycling etc. Address - Major Arterial Road in Action Area - II of New Town smart city, Kolkata You can get complete information about Eco-Park here - http://www.ecoparknewtown.com/index.php#
Zoological Garden, Alipore
Zoological Garden or Zoo in Kolkata is one of the prime tourist spots in the city. The Alipore Zoological Garden first opened its gate on the 1st of May, 1876 and since then has remained an absolute favorite of children. The history of Alipore Zoo Garden dates back to as early as 1842, when the curator of Bengal Asiatic Society, Dr John McCleland came up with a plan for the establishment of a zoological garden in Calcutta. However, this did not materialize and was followed by the plan of Dr. Joseph Bart Fayrer (the president of Asiatic Society of Bengal) in 1867. This plan drew great public attention but failed due to a lack of space. For the same reason the plan of Carl Louise Schwendler, the postmaster to the Govt. of India failed in 1873. At last, in 1875 the Lt.Govt. of Bengal Sir Richard Temple took the initiative. The land on Alipore Road was chosen and approved leading to opening gates to the public on 1st May, 1876.
How to reach
Howrah is the nearest major Railway station. Rabindra Sadan is nearest Metro Railway station. Alipore Zoo is nearest bus stop to reach this place. Many buses are available from several part of Kolkata to reach this place.
Aquatica is Eastern India’s best water park, spread across a huge area of 17 acres. The park also has a resort with 23 well-appointed rooms, restaurant and party lawns for private bookings. There are a number of great thrill rides for the entire family, a wave pool, a family pool and a rain disco in the park area. One can rent swim gear, towel, tubes and other related items from the park premises. The park timings are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open on all days. Address: Kouchpukur, P.O.- Hatgachia, P. S.- K.L.C, Kolkata- 156. Near Rajarhat township. You can get complete information about Aquatica here(http://www.aquaticaindia.in)
The Bow Barracks is a unique locality in central Kolkata region populated mainly by Anglo Indians who have lived here for generations. The narrow lane is bordered by six blocks of three storied buildings with their iconic red brick exterior and green painted windows. The Bow Barracks was probably a garrison’s mess built for the army during World War I and later rented out to Anglo Indians. The locality has it’s unique cultural heritage and comes alive during Christmas, celebrating with song, dance and great food including homemade cakes and wine.
Kumortuli is a popular locality in Kolkata that is known for its traditionally potter quarters. It is one of the unique places to visit in Kolkata and one can discover the core of Indian culture, right from the artistic works of the artisans. Kumortuli not only supplies clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses to barowari pujas in Kolkata and its neighbourhoods, but a number of idols are exported. Kumortuli boasts of the presence of some 30-odd women-artisans, like Minati Pal, Soma Pal, Kanchi Pal and Chapa Rani Pal. Nonetheless if visitors are visiting the place couple of months before the Durga Puja they can notice the fantastic skeleton works of Goddess Durga Idols. In addition, during Durga Puja Kumortuli boasts of its own Puja, which is one of the oldest Durga Pujas in Kolkata.
How to reach
It's easiest to take a taxi (it will take around 30 minutes from central Kolkata) to Kumartuli. Otherwise, buses and trains go there. The nearest metro station is the Sovabazar Metro. Sovabazar Launch Ghat (alongside the Ganges river) is also close by. Taking a walk to the riverbank is worthwhile, can see old Gothic and Victorian style mansions. From there visitor can get a boat back to central Kolkata.
Popularly known as Taramandal, the planetarium was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. It has an electronics laboratory for design and fabrication of science equipment. It has an astronomy gallery that maintains a huge collection of fine paintings and celestial models of renowned astronomers. The Planetarium also has an astronomical observatory equipped with a Celestron C-14 Telescope with accessories such as ST6 CCD camera and solar filter. It offers to the public and students more than 100 astronomical projects dealing with various facts of astronomy, astro-physics, Space Science as well as myths concerning stars and planets.
How to reach
By Road : From St. Paul Cathedral via Cathedral Rd it will take nearly 9 minute (700 m) to reach at Birla Planetarium.
One of the most popular amusement parks, this is located in Salt Lake City and is popularly known as Disneyland of West Bengal. The grounds are designed to provide educational recreations apart from complete family fun-filled activities. The entrance of every ride offers explanations of the scientific principles behind the working of the rides. Nicco Park has around thirty-five rides that include the Toy Train, Tilt-a-Whirl, Magic Carpet, Paddle Boat, Water Chute, Water Coaster, Flying Saucer, Pirate Ship, River Caves, Cyclone, Moonraker etc. The Giant Cyclone, is among Asia's largest. Attractions such as the park's cable cars and Eiffel Tower provide panoramic views of the park from above. Natural attractions include a rose garden and a forty feet high waterfall. A decommissioned MIG-21 fighter aircraft from the Bagdogra Airbase is on display at Nicco Park, serving as an attraction with educational value. There is also a water park called Wet-o-Wild, a raindance performance, 4 D movie theatre etc. There are food kiosks, souvenier shops and other attractions Address- Salt Lake City, Kolkata You can get complete information about - https://niccoparks.com/