The Most Wonderful Attractions of Kolkata
On the mention of Kolkata, the first thing which comes to our mind is the world famous Victoria memorial, Howrah Bridge and Eden Gardens. The capital of West Bengal is filled with extraordinary beautiful places, with its colonial architecture, art and festivities; accompanied with the sweetness of Bengali language all around, Kolkata becomes a must visit destination to go for everyone once in their lives. Let’s have a look at some of the most enchanting places to visit while travelling to Kolkata.
Built between1906 to 1921 and dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, this marble building is now a museum and a tourist destination. Laying on the banks of Hooghly River this magnificent building becomes the soul of Kolkata city. The design of the memorial consists of elements from British and Mughal elements with Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic architectural influences. Victoria memorial has 25 galleries to explore and a great collection of works from William Shakespeare, Thomas Daniel and many other artworks from around the world. The gardens and statues in front of the memorial makes it more majestic and beautiful and every traveler or tourist visiting there with family, friends or solo will have a soulful day at the Victoria Memorial.
If Victoria Memorial is the soul of Kolkata then Howrah Bridge is definitely the heart of the city. The cantilever bridge acts as a symbol of Kolkata city. The magnificent bridge over the Hooghly River provides a serene and picturesque view for anyone visiting or staying in the city. The 705 meters long bridge carrying a daily traffic of 100,000 vehicles everyday serves as a gateway to Kolkata.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Dakshineswar close to Kolkata. The temple was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal. Built in the Nava-ratna style of Bengal architechture, the temple houses an idol of goddess Kali and there is a Vishnu Temple or the Radha Kanta’s Temple near the Dakshineswar temple premises on the North Eastern side. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees and it is a destination to must visit while in Kolkata.
The huge cricket ground in Kolkata is famous worldwide for being India’s largest cricket ground and World’s second largest cricket ground. Its majestic size makes it one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. The stadium gets its name from the Eden Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Kolkata, adjacent to the stadium, named after the Eden sisters of Lord Auckland, the then Governor-General of India. The stadium was established in 1864 and can currently hold 66,349 people and is a must visit venue in Kolkata to be visited by every cricket lover.
The largest and oldest museum in India is the Indian Museum, Kolkata. For every knowledge lover this is the place to be in Kolkata, the museum contains rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. The museum has six sections namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany and has many cultural and scientific artifacts. The most famous gems of the collection of the museum include an Egyptian mummy, the Buddhist stupa, the Buddha’s ashes, the Ashoka pillar and fossils of prehistoric animals.
So, plan your next vacation to the amazing city of Kolkata and enthrall in the exploration of these places present here.