Places to Visit in Kolkata
Traveller's Paradise, photographer's delight, heritage-seeker's joy – a Kolkata tour promises to be a delightful prospect. Kolkata has a host of popular museums including The Indian Museum, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Gurusaday Museum and Nehru Children's Museum among others. A visit to any Museum in Kolkata can translate into a fulfilling, thought-provoking experience. A host of heritage establishments including the Raj Bhavan, Town Hall, Calcutta High Court and Writer's Building all have potential to let you have a sneak-peek into the past. Besides these, there are different city parks, sports venues, statues and memorials you can consider visiting.
Following are the three must-visit tourist places in Kolkata:
Victoria Memorial: Considering the immense significance that Victoria Memorial holds, it would be safe to say that your trip to Kolkata would remain incomplete without a visit to this place. Located on the banks of river Hooghly and surrounded by plush green gardens, this sparkling white marble building is a visual delight. It was built between 1906 and 1921 and as the name suggests, is dedicated in the memory of the English Queen Victoria. The memorial hosts a well-maintained, immensely resourceful museum, wherein you can find an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, lithographs and other historical treasures. You can also have access to a comprehensive collection of memorabilia and paintings associated with Queen Victoria, Indian Freedom Fighters and other significant aspects of both Indian and British history.
Marble Palace: One of the topmost places to visit in Kolkata, the Marble Palace is a nineteenth-century palatial mansion built by an art connoisseur and affluent merchant of the renowned Mullick clan- Raja Rajendra Mullick. If you devour exquisite works of art and wish to see an impressive collection of paintings, Victorian furniture or Western sculpture, Marble Palace can well leave you in awe. The interiors and the architecture of the Marble Palace can have a mesmerizing effect on your senses. There's also a private zoo – the Marble Palace Zoo – located next to the palace and is considered to be the first zoo opened in India.
Howrah Bridge: It is a cantilever bridge over the Hooghly river and is considered one of the most iconic landmarks of Kolkata. Also known as Rabindra Setu after the legendary poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the bridge carries thousands of vehicles and numerous pedestrians on daily basis. No wonder then that it is one of the busiest cantilever bridges across the world. Many movies including Bengali and Hindi have been shot on and around the Howrah bridge. If you like photography, consider taking a ferry that runs from below the bridge, as it will allow you to not only be fascinated by this architectural marvel but also capture it, in all its glory, in your camera.