Unusual Places to Explore in Kolkata
City of Kolkata is an epitome of natural beauty and landmarks showcasing enchanting destinations for the tourists and travellers, making their visit to Kolkata a memorable one. The city’s most popular destinations to enthrall are counted as Victoria memorial, Howrah Bridge and Eden Gardens which fills the soul of anyone there in the city. Along with those, the city offers some other unusual venues and hidden gems to be explored and enjoyed by everyone in the city. Let’s have a look onto some of the offbeat venues in the city.
Lal Dighi or the ‘Red Pond’ is one serene place to go in Kolkata city to spend a quiet and nice evening. Earlier it was known as Dalhousie Square or Tank Square. Its charming and tranquil effect creates a serene atmosphere with greenery everywhere. Also its nearby proximity to Kolkata General Post Office (GPO), the Reserve Bank of India building and also the Writers Building creates a magnificent view of the city’s skyline to enjoy.
National Library of India
For any reading lover, this is the ultimate place to go! The National Library of India was opened to general public in 1953. It contains a massive collection of book, which is more than 2 million and is spread over 30 acres of land becoming India’s largest library by volume. The library’s magnificent grandeur makes a perfect place to visit and enthrall within the colonial designs and architecture. The officials of the library have now preserved the Dining tables, fire places and a London-made grandfather clock used by the British viceroys for the tourists and locals to see. The outside of the magnificent building is covered by greenery to make anyone’s visit to the library a worthy one. Its nearby location to the Alipore Zoological Gardens gives another reason to any traveller or tourist to visit the National Library of India.
The best time to visit Kumortuli is from August and September if one wants to witness the idol-making art in Kolkata. At this time of the year when Durga Puja which is the biggest and most holy festival of West Bengal is about to arrive and all the ‘Kumors’ or the artisans create clay idols of Goddess Durga and Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganesh and Karthikeya. Their tireless work on the streets of Kumortuli is a sight to watch and gives an insight to their lives. A walk in the lane of Kumortuli at that time of the year promises to fill anyone with a sense of wonder.
The Marble Palace is a standing epitome of lavish architecture to mesmerize one’s eyes upon. Enclosing 100 different types of marble, gardens with lawns, a lake, a rock garden and a zoo the palace emits magnificence and luxury. The Marble Palace was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy Bengali merchant in 1835. The magnificent building covered in European and Bengali architecture with Neo-classical and Corinthians design is one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire Kolkata. Inside the palace, there is an exquisite collection of world famous paintings by European and Indian artists. Being a private residence, some parts of the palace are not allowed to be visited but a tour is available to the tourists and travellers.
So plan and head for some of the offbeat venues in the City of Joy for a mesmerizing trip.