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35 Unique Things to Do in Kolkata (2024) – Your Ultimate Kolkata Travel Guide

By: Author Sophie Pearce

Posted on Last updated: January 1, 2024

Categories INDIA , KOLKATA

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Are you looking for all the amazing and unique things to do in Kolkata? I was in your shoes before I went.  

There seems to be so much to do in this Mega City, it’s hard to get your bearings and you can get totally lost in these city streets and struggle to find the highlights!  

Kolkata is the old capital of the British Raj and has the third biggest population of any city in India.  

So expect big crowds, roaring traffic, grandeur colonial architecture and a labyrinth of bazaars with the holy Hooghly river connecting it all.  

I hadn’t heard or read great things about Kolkata to be honest. I knew there was poverty and from what I heard it was chaotic and dirty. But, I’m never one to judge a place before I have been myself.  

So I jumped headfirst into the fray.

The result? I absolutely fell in LOVE with this amazing city and already want to return.  

So, in this ultimate Kolkata travel guide, I am going to not only be going through the absolute best things you can do in this city.  

But also I’ll be covering how to get around, where to stay, top foodie places, important travel tips and some itinerary suggestions too!  

Howrah Bridge Kolkata

A brief history of Kolkata in West Bengal  

I think to really understand the mix of colonial architecture and culture here in Kolkata, you have to know the history of the city and its humble beginnings.  

That way, a lot of what you’re seeing will make more sense and you can understand why the city is a melting pot of cultures!

Kolkata used to be known as Calcutta and was a city that was originally developed by the British East India Company in the 17th century.  

During this time it was the centre for English trade in India and the British controlled many major villages in the regions of Calcutta.

Most of the officers were stationed at Fort William in the biggest village which had a presidency.

Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Later, it was established as a city and it became the capital of British India from 1711 controlled by the British East India Company.  

Then, eventually, it became the capital of the British Raj from 1858 after British Crown rule was established.

At this time, all of India became part of the British Empire. In 1911, the capital of the British Raj switched over to Delhi on the orders of King George V, so Calcutta changed to the capital of all Bengal.  

After the Indian Independence, in 1947, Kolkata remained the capital of West Bengal and still is the capital of the state to this day.  

Today, the vibrant city of Kolkata has over 4.4 million residents and that’s a whopping 24,000 people per square kilometre making it one of the most densely populated cities in India and the world. It’s also classed as a Mega City as it stretches out over 205 square kilometres (79 square miles).

Sunset over Hooghly River, Kolkata

What is the best time to visit Kolkata?

The best time to visit Kolkata is hands down in the winter season from around October – March.

Here is when it will not be as humid from monsoon or hot from summer;

July – September: Monsoon season. Although I visited in early October, the monsoon seemed to run a little later this year. So, it was on and off heavy rains on my visit, and the city suffered floods.

The drainage system here cannot handle all the water so you’ll be wading in polluted water sometimes. Not fun.  

October – March: Wintertime. Probably the best time to be here as the temperatures won’t be as hot and you’ll get the most sunshine! Plus, you may visit for festivals and holidays like Kali Puja and Diwali!  

April – June: Summers are brutal in India, I used to live in Delhi so I know the heat and have been really sick from it too. Many cities face temperatures up to the late 40s up to the 50 degrees Celsius mark.

As you’re by the sea the breeze may be a reprieve. But, during these times, I highly suggest air-conditioned cabs, staying hydrated all day with water and electrolytes, sticking to shaded areas etc.

Don’t take risks, sunstroke is not a great travel buddy.

Mullik Ghat Flower Market

How long do I need to visit Kolkata?  

It’s a HUGE city and there are so many things to do in Kolkata you’ll be spoiled for choice. I originally had planned 3 days for my visit.

But as I loved the city so much and wanted to explore it even further, I instantly extended my stay by two more days.  

I would suggest a minimum of 3 days to explore Kolkata.

This means you’ll have enough time to do everything you want at a comfortable pace. Any less time and I think you’ll try and shove too much in.

I would personally split your travel itinerary up by certain areas and aim to hit a couple of sites per day.  

My go-to strategy is to pin everything I want to look at on Google Maps. Then I look at ‘groups’ of those pins and aim to hit those sections so I’m not flying around all areas of the city. This makes the best use of your time.  

The next step, look at opening times for attractions (I include most of them below). These will be your main restrictions.

See what those are and then plan anything that doesn’t have an opening time before/after those.  

This itinerary has a Google Map I’ve made for you below with pins for all the things to do on this list. You can steal this and use it to plan your trip and itinerary!  

Statues in Kumortuli Street

Tours of Kolkata  

When I landed in Kolkata, I had heard that the West Bengal Government-run guided tours of the city for a cheap fee. But, when I enquired at the desk, they weren’t running due to Durga Puja.  

If you would rather enquire for yourself you can do so here. It’s a bus tour that will take you around the main sites.

Failing that, there are plenty of tours you can book for Kolkata online if you wanted to do a half-day tour, day tour, food tour, or temple tour.

Click here and book the below Kolkata tours;

  • Full day city tour with lunch
  • Complete day tour

Things to do in Kolkata travel guide

Is Kokata safe?  

100% YES, if you use caution and common sense like you would in any city.  

I know that a lot of people panic when they visit India as they think that it’s really dangerous, dirty and you’re going to be attacked on every street corner.

But, having visited 22 of 29 states in India most of them by myself as a solo female traveller, it really is just about being wary and keeping your wits about you.  

I’ve had my fair share of scams, stresses, and scares, but nothing too major. The hospitality in India is out of this world and people are really friendly.  

Man carrying basket on head at Mallick Ghat Flower market kolkata

Don’t go out late at night alone, don’t ask men for directions and follow them down a dark alleyway, don’t tell strangers where you’re staying, wear clothes that respect the culture, learn about customs and traditions and what not to do.  

Drinking isn’t really condoned so if someone offers, be cautious.

Drugs aren’t really common either apart from Bhang Lassi (religious cannabis) which I do not recommend drinking alone.

From my years of personal experience in India now, Indian men don’t need a lot to be encouraged. A smile or a friendly face can do it.

So, make your feelings plain and stand your ground. Don’t be afraid to say NO or refuse to give out your phone number or social media details if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.    

I know you can’t avoid everyone and everything and meeting locals is one of my favourite parts of travel. I’ve made lifelong friendships in India from being open.  

Just always keep your wits and be on your guard is all. Keep these numbers handy just in case;

  • 24 hours tourist help line in 12 languages: 1800-11-1363
  • Womens helpline: 1091
  • Police: 100

Kolkata at night

35 unique things to do in Kolkata  

So, let’s start this EPIC list of all the amazing things to do in Kolkata!

I’ve tried to group them into certain sections so you can easily organise your itinerary.

It includes colonial sites, cultural attractions, foodie things, shopping streets, market bazaars, and even things to do in Kolkata at night.   So, there is definitely something on this list for everyone!

The Second Hooghly Bridge

Colonial things to do in Kolkata

1. visit victoria memorial.

This is truly the jewel in the crown of Kolkata attractions and this marble building is a marvel of colonial architecture.

The Victoria Memorial was commissioned after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, but wasn’t opened to the public until twenty years later in 1921.  

It’s a huge domed building made from Makrana marble and massive quarries were made in Rajasthan to procure it.  

There are two parts to this attraction, the gardens which surround it and the Gallery Museum inside.  

Victoria Memorial Gardens Kolkata

The gardens open at sunrise and are a gorgeous way to spend a morning. You can take some of the many walking routes and admire the memorial from the reflection lagoon.

Or, you can enter the museum from 10 am that has 26 galleries and over 30,000 items in its exhibits.  

Better yet, come back in the evening to watch a light and sound show on the grounds.

Did you know that the Victoria Memorial was painted black during World War II and was funded by Indian royalty?

The gardens open from 5.30 am-5 pm. The museum is open from 10 is – 5 pm. The light and sound show start from around 6 pm, more info here. Completely closed on Mondays.

Click here to read more amazing facts about the Victoria Memorial !

2.   Step inside St John’s Church

St John’s Church was the very first public building that was erected by the British East India Company in 1787.  

The lands were kindly donated by Maharaja Bahadur and the funding for its construction was raised by a public lottery!  

The architect was James Agg who based it on St-Martin-in-the-fields in London.  

At the time, the stone was a very rare material in India, and the ones they used to build the church were actually stolen from the ancient city of Gour (Gauda)! They were then shipped down the Hooghly River.  

St John's Church Kolkata

In the graveyard, you can see tombs of some notable people in the city such as Job Charnock.

He is often seen as the founding father of Kolkata! He was one of the first administrators of the British East India Company who landed here in 1690.

He tragically died two years later but his tireless work united villages here that eventually became the Indian trading post for the English.

Also on the grounds, you can see a memorial dedicated to the ‘smothered’ of The Black Hole of Calcutta.

A tragic incident where over 100 British officers were kept in a small cell and only 20 survived (more below).  

Job Charnok Grave Kolkata

Inside the church are some beautiful stained glass windows, a pulpit, and architecture! While we were here it was being renovated but it was still incredible to see.  

There is also a small museum that houses old artifacts from members of the British East India Company.  

Warren Hastings’s original chair is kept here, he was the first English governor of the presidency at Fort William and laid the foundation stone of this church.

St. John’s Church is FREE to visit but donations are always appreciated. Opening times are 8 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday. 10am – 4pm Sundays.

St John's Church British East India company museum

3. Admire the Writer’s Building

The Writers Building was constructed in 1777 and was the principal administrative office for writers of the British East India Company.  

Over time since Thomas Lyon designed it, the building has undergone many improvements and extensions and is now 150 metres long with 13 blocks!

It was home to the Fort William college and during the British Raj it served as the building for writers of the secretariat.  

One of the most notable events that happened in this building was when Lieutenant Colonel NS Simpson, the Inspector General of Prisons, was assassinated.  

Simpson was infamous for his harsh treatment of Indian Prisoners. So three Bengali freedom fighters infiltrated the building dressed as Westerners and shot him.

The busy area of BBD Bagh is named after them. Nowadays it is the home of the State Government of West Bengal.  

Although you cannot go inside, it is still a marvel to look at from the outside!

Kolkata Writers Building

4. Enter St Paul’s Cathedral

Due to the growing numbers of British and European citizens in Kolkata, St John’s Church was getting far too small to cater to those wanting to worship.  

So, the city decided to build a brand new church that could cater to the masses. The founding stone of the church was laid in 1839 and the Gothic building was completed in 1847.  

It is regarded as an architectural wonder and the very first Episcopal Church of the Eastern world. It’s 247 feet in long and 81 feet wide, so it’s mesmerising to take in.

As well as the outside looking pretty. If you pop inside the church, you’ll be in for a treat.  

Inside there are multiple memorial statues, a beautiful nave with stained glass windows, and a bell from the old bell tower.  

I loved sitting under the cooling fans in here for a while, it was so peaceful.

As it’s the diocese of Kolkata, you can see all the notable seats with coats of arms inside.  

Fun fact: There is a legend that the first Bishop Wilson is buried somewhere beneath the church in a vault. But, to this day no one has found any evidence of it.  

St Paul’s Cathedral is FREE to visit but donations are accepted. Open daily from 10 am – 6 pm. No photos are allowed inside.

St Paul's Church Kolkata

5. Look around the Indian Museum

The Indian Museum was opened in 1814 by the Asiatic Society, making it the oldest museum in all of India.

It’s set inside a wonderful colonial building that has two floors, six sections, and 35 galleries full of historic, rare, and unusual artifacts.

You can take in some antiquities sourced from Egypt, or look at prehistoric ruins and fossils on display, admire old coins or visit the art gallery.  

It was really interesting at first, but after around an hour, I got a little bored.

Some of the exhibits are dated and I saw a lot of similar stuff in the British Museum back home.  

But I have to admit it was a great place to come with the rain pouring down, so I didn’t mind the distraction!

There is no air conditioning (just fans) so it gets really hot and sticky inside. Just letting you know now.  

Tickets for Indian nationals tickets are 50 rupees, for foreigners it’s 500 rupees! You will also need to buy a photo pass for photography.

The Indian Museum is open from 10 am-6.30 pm Tuesday – Friday and 10 am – 8 pm Saturdays and Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays and public holidays. See here for more.

Indian Museum Kolkata Travel Guide | things to do in Kolkata

6. Visit the infamous Fort William at Maidan Park

I’ve mentioned Fort William a lot in this post. That’s because this place was really the beginnings of the city as we know it today.  

Job Charnock arrived on the shores of Calcutta in 1690 and in just two years he united three villages in the area. After that, Fort William was born in 1696 by the East India Company.  

It was named after King William III and took ten years to complete. It then became the seat of the presidency of Bengal in British India.  

This was the original Fort William or the ‘Old Fort William’ as it is now known.

Unfortunately, it was partially destroyed when the Nawab of Bengal temporarily sacked the city and committed the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’.

A second Fort William was then built by the British in Maidan in 1758 and it’s now occupied by the Indian Army.  

The Old Fort was eventually restored and used as a customs house. This is now where the General Post Office (GPO) stands.

Although you cannot go inside Fort William you can walk around and see it on the grounds at Maidan Park.  

It’s a huge green space that also has the Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Barrack, the Command Museum, and The Water Gate.

Old Fort William Kolkata GPO

7. Take a look in the GPO (General Post Office)

If you want to see where the Old Fort William stood, you only need to visit the GPO or General Post Office which is a gorgeous piece of architecture in itself.  

On the steps outside of the GPO you can see brass lines that lead down. This marks the boundaries of the first Fort William and is the only piece that remains.  

A sign on the wall outside of the GPO marks the alley of the site of the guardhouse.

This held the dungeon where the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta happened. Although it does mark a grisly past, the GPO itself is a marvel.

This huge domed building with giant columns was designed by Walter B. Grenville in 1864. Inside you can visit the GPO Postal Museum that has original stamps and postal memorabilia from the time!

The museum is FREE, non-flash photography is allowed and it’s open from 11 am – 4 pm every day

8. Go palace and mansion hopping

Did you know that there are hundreds of old mansions and palaces dotted around Kolkata? Most of these have been repurposed into government buildings but some are completely abandoned!  

They’re often known as the Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta and a whole book was written about them by Joanne Taylor. My tour guide in Kolkata was a historian who contributed to this book!

Most of the mansions were built by members of the British East India Company or wealthy businessmen.  

Although there are many dotted around the city which is crumbling and serve merely as facades, they give you an idea of the grandeur of the time.  

One of the best-preserved of these mansions that you can actually visit today is the Marble Palace.

This neoclassical building was constructed in the 19th century by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy Bengali businessman. It is filled with amazing statues and paintings. It’s well worth checking out.  

The Marble Palace opens at 10 am and closes at 3 pm but is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. It’s completely FREE to visit!

Some of the forgotten palaces of Kolkata have been converted into Government buildings

9. Visit India’s oldest high court

The Calcutta High Court claims the title of India’s oldest high court and was built on permission by Queen Victoria in 1862.  

But this incredible red and white Neo-Gothic building was built ten years later in 1872. Although the city is no longer called Calcutta, the Calcutta High court still retains the original name.

Today, this High Court makes a striking impression on the strip and has a long line of Chief Justices.

Its remit covers the whole West Bengal area, Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, and Jalpaiguri too!  

You cannot go inside the High Court Building. But, it’s a nice photo opportunity.

Calcutta High Court

10. Metcalfe Hall

Finally, our last colonial building in this list takes us to Metcalfe Hall which can be found on Strand Road.  

It’s built in the British Imperial Style with elements of the Neoclassical from the Corinthian pillars at the entrance.  

A fun fact about this museum is that it used to be the Calcutta Public Library! Lord Metcalf, the then Governor-General, transferred over 4,600 books from Fort William College.

Today, this museum is a little bit of a hidden secret and so that’s why you HAVE to go.

You can visit the hall and see its various exhibitions including rare artifacts donated by the Asiatic Society.

There are antique hand-drawn rickshaws, old boats, and galleries that celebrate the life of the people in the city.

Entry is FREE. The Metcalfe Hall is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm, and is closed on Mondays. 

Cultural things to do in Kolkata

11. visit kalighat temple – shakti peetha.

Kalighat Temple is one of the most famous temples in Kolkata and is dedicated to the blood-thirsty warrior goddess Kali.  

It’s also famous due to the fact it is home to a Shakti Peetha. If you’re not aware of what Shakti Peethas are, I’ll give you a short overview.

In the ancient texts, it reads that Lord Shiva’s wife Shakti died. Shiva was so upset and enraged he carried Shakti’s body with him everywhere he went, mourning her and performing his dance of destruction.  

Eventually, he was causing so much chaos, Lord Vishnu cut Shakti’s body up into 51 pieces and they fell all over India.  

Where each of these pieces fell, a temple is set up as a place of worship. Kalighat Temple is where Shakti’s right toe fell.

Many people come on a pilgrimage to Kolkata to visit this temple. You can find thousands of people every single day. Even more around festival times.  

Kalighat Temple Kolkata

Queues can take hours so Brahmin’s (higher caste priests) usually charge a ‘VIP’ fee for tourists. Although it sounds like a tourist trap, many locals do this to skip long queues.  

We felt like the 300 rupees was a good deal. It saved so much time and it included an offering, entering the temple, being blessed, and receiving our red-yellow thread or Kautuka. I still wear mine now!

Although photos are not allowed inside the temple of the idol, I saw this mural painted outside which gives you an idea of what it looks like.  

Kalighat Temple is FREE (although I do recommend the VIP fee), open dawn until dusk

Kali Idol Kalighat Temple

12. Admire the clay statues in Kumartuli  

One of my favourite areas of Kolkata can be found in the potters quarter of Kumartuli.  

When the British East India company were here, they split up “Black Town” or the Indian quarter of Calcutta by trade.

There were wine traders, carpenters, chicken sellers etc. The Potters of Kumartuli were located in Barabazaar.

Although many of the old trades have disbanded with time, the karigars of Kumartuli still remain.

A long tradition of potters settling here started with Durga Puja that celebrates the Hindu warrior Goddess Durga.

Straw outline Kumartuli

A Raja asked for an idol to be made of the Warrior Goddess after she came to him in a dream in the 19th century and ever since it has become an annual tradition.  

Kumartuli is a labyrinth of streets that has over 500 workshops. Although the potters make idols of many Gods and Goddesses all year, the best time to visit is around Durga and Kali Puja.  

In the build-up to the festivals, people are asking for many idols to be made and so the potters will showcase their best work.  

Fun fact: the statues are made from clay that is taken from the Ganges river (Hooghly). During Durga Puja they immerse the statues into the river. So, the statue does a full cycle and Hindus believe the Goddess has returned to nature.

It’s FREE to visit but they may charge a voluntary donation during festival times. Click here to read my complete guide about the incredible potters quarter

13. Cross over the bustling Howrah Bridge

There are many iconic bridges in Kolkata, but none so famous as Howrah Bridge or Rabindra Setu.

It sounds weird, but I was so excited to see this bridge for myself.

I had heard about it long before my visit to West Bengal and it’s almost a tourist attraction in its own right.

It was commissioned all the way back in 1871 by the British but wasn’t built until 1935. It stretches over 705 metres, required 23,000 tons of steel and it’s the busiest cantilever bridge in the entire world.

Ganges River cruise in Kolkata the Howrah Bridge from our ship on Hooghly River

Approximately 100,000 vehicles and 150,000 pedestrians cross it each day! That’s not including the cows that roam here.  

So, you must join the crowds and cross for yourself!  

If you are wondering, there are a total of 4 bridges on the Hooghly River connecting Kolkata to Howrah.

The others are the second Hooghly Bridge, which kind of reminded me of a grey Golden Gate Bridge, Bally Bridge (Vivekananda Setu), and New Bally Bridge (Nivedita Setu).

waving at locals on the Howrah Bridge

14. Visit the world’s biggest Banyan Tree  

One of the top attractions in this city is The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden. It’s the oldest botanical garden in all of India and was commissioned by Colonel Robert Kyd in 1787.  

The only reason why this was created was to cash in on some of the tropical plants and trees like teak wood and spice trade!  

The Great Banyan Tree Kolkata Botanical Gardens

This is actually where the English first started growing tea from China, so one of India’s biggest exports had its humble beginnings here.  

The most famous resident in the whole park is The Great Banyan Tree which is the widest Banyan tree in the whole world.

It’s over 250 years old and its circumference is over 4 acres! It survives without the main trunk and it has over 3,770 aerial roots.

Read my post with my top tips for the Botanical Gardens in Kolkata

The Great Banyan Tree is the biggest Banyan tree in the world

15. Marvel at Parashnath Jain Temple in Kolkata  

One of the most impressive temples that I visited in Kolkata was the Parashnath Jain Temple or Calcutta Jain Temple.  

Jain is an ancient Indian religion that has a supreme principle of ahimsa (non-violence, peace, and charitable deeds) . They also have three guiding principles of the right belief, knowledge, and conduct.  

The temple complex is actually split into four separate temples and was built in the 19th century by Ray Badridas Bahadur in honour of Parashnath.  

Things to do in Kolkata

The most amazing part of this temple is the fact is was made of thousands of mirrors, jewels, and glass. Some even call it the temple of a million mirrors!

The work is truly exquisite inside and out and you could spend hours in this serene place admiring the architecture.  

Fun fact: There is an eternal flame inside the temple that burns with ghee. Apparently, it has been burning since it opened in 1867!  

It’s FREE to enter and is open daily from 6 am – 10 am then from 5 pm – 8 pm

Parashnath Jain Temple in Kolkata 

16. See life on the Ghats of the Ganges

The Hooghly River in Kolkata is actually a river that falls off of the River Ganges. So many people in the city refer to it simply as ‘Ganga’.  

The Ganges river is important in Hindu religion as many believe it is personified as the Goddess Ganga.  

So, it plays a huge part in the local culture of the city. People believe if you wash in the Ganga, the water is pure and you’ll be cleared of your sins.  

There are temples lined up along the Hooghly River with ghats or stairs that lead down to the water.  

Every day you’ll see locals praying, meditating, washing clothes, and even drinking this water.  

Visiting is a great way to not only learn about Hindu culture but also see the local life on the waterways.

Mullick Ghat on the Ganges River

17.   Visit Dakshineswar Kali Temple  

Another famous temple in Kolkata is the Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

Despite the name, it’s actually dedicated to Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali rather than the warrior goddess herself.  

In pictures, it almost looks like an etching or 2D drawing due to the trippy line patterns on the architecture of the domes! Or maybe that’s just me, haha. Either way, it’s awesome to look at.   

It was built by Rani Rashmoni in 1855 who was a devotee of Kali.  

Inside there is the main Bhavatarini temple on nine domes, then outside there are shrines dedicated to Shiva here and a temple for Rada-Krishna.

If you’re on a temple trail, this is quite close to Belur Math as a next stop.

But, you will need to cross the river to access it. The local ferries here have a direct connection over the water. Ticket prices are 6 rupees ahead.

Or, click here to book a Kolkata temples tour which includes this one

18. Visit Kolkata for Durga Puja!  

Durga Puja is celebrated all over the world for those of the Hindu faith, but it is a huge and famous celebration in Kolkata.  

Many people from around the world visit the city during this time and it has huge events going on for 10 days. It’s all about celebrating the warrior goddess Durga.  

The city goes a little crazy around this time. So, you’ll find roads are blocked off, buses and taxis are packed to the rafters and people will walk the streets all night.  

Durga Puja l in Kolkata

There will be raucous music, street parades, and people singing and praying in the streets.  

Temples will be rammed, attractions and shops may be closed. It really is a big deal here.

During this time, I would highly recommend booking a quiet hotel. It’s a 24-hour party and you may struggle with the endless noise.  

I stayed at the Oberoi Grand and made sure I had an indoor-facing room away from the road.

Durga Puja Kolkata

Pandals of Durga Puja  

Although it would be a bit of a scrum and you may be queuing for hours, one of the best ways to see and experience Durga Puja is to visit the many ‘Pandals’.

Pandals are a series of temporary altars that are created for the festival and usually draw many talented artists to create them.  

The city even has a competition for the best Pandals and so you’ll find those big companies shed a LOT of money to sponsor these.

Durga Puja Pandal

Pilgrims during Durga Puja will walk the streets all night, queueing to visit and giving offerings to the Goddess here.  

We actually visited one the day after Durga Puja and it was completely empty!

I couldn’t believe the size of it. Seriously, It was like a HUGE temple in itself.

The Pandal we went to had massive gold hands, faces of the goddess, and lotus flowers the size of elephants! I couldn’t get over the epic details and talent.  

It’s definitely something I would recommend seeing if you find yourself in Kolkata during the festival. But, if you don’t like mass crowds, I would do what we did and wait til the next morning when it’s emptier.  

Pandal in Durga Puja Kolkata

19. Check out College Street Book Market

Did you know that the world’s largest second-hand book market is right here in Kolkata? You can find it on College Street and it even has the nickname Boi Para or “Book Town.”

Although I loved being here over Durga Puja, I was gutted that it was closed over the festival and if we went there no stalls would be open!  

It spans over 1 million square feet and has long been associated with the universities, colleges, and learning centres in the area.

You can find rare books here, including first editions at dirt cheap prices. So keep your eyes peeled for a bargain that you could make a fortune on back home.  

A highlight of any visit here is meant to be the old Indian Coffee House. It has been the haunt of many famous writers including Rabindranath Tagore. So, sip on a chai and watch the chaos of the market.

The nearest tram stop for College street is Esplanade Tram Depot

Markets to visit in Kolkata  

20. visit mullick ghat flower market at sunrise.

Every morning, thousands of flower sellers come to Mullick Ghat to sell their freshly cut blooms by the kilo! All the while they will be bartering and making sales with locals.  

Lots of colour, chaos, petals and people await you and you’ll experience the sights, smells and sounds of this amazing market.

The best time to visit is at sunrise as this is when the flowers are freshest. So, you’ll get to see all the nice colours and the best of the bunch!  

It can be a bit of a maze making your way around. But, that’s part of the fun. You’ll see lots of conversations and money being passed around too.  

This is one of the top things that I would recommend in Kolkata. So don’t miss out!  

Click here to read more reasons why you should visit the Mullick Ghat Flower Market and top tips

Mallick Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata

21. Explore the labyrinth of New Market in Kolkata  

Another market that should be on your list is New Market. It’s a huge space that’s mainly undercover and has everything you could need from an abattoir to saaris!

As it was monsoon around here, we were pretty much ice skating on the floors and much of it was flooded. So, we were wading through dirty, murky water with entrails and eggshells floating around.

It was NOT very pretty. But, some of the markets were amazing to see like the fruit and spices stalls. Also, there were bright and colourful clothes and jewellery to admire.

Food at New Market Kolkata

We found some unexpected delights in here like the Lalit Great Eastern Bakery.

Where they sell off their amazing (quite expensive cakes) from their hotel here for dirt cheap prices. I got a mouth-watering chocolate brownie for 50 rupees!  

Although the market is undercover, there are some great food stalls around the outside too.  

We stopped off at an Islamic eatery outside. Many of the local hole-in-the-wall restaurants in India are associated with different religions due to eating requirements and cooking traditions.

For example, many Hindus don’t eat meat but Muslims do. So, there are different restaurants.  

We treated ourselves to chai and some buttered toast here as a snack and the owners were so friendly. It was only 12 rupees (15p) each!  

Lalit Great Eastern Bakery New Market

22. Go Shopping on Esplanade

Another colonial area is Esplanade which still uses the old shopping street buildings from years ago.  

It’s a huge area that connects with Park Street another famous shopping street. So, it’s a great place to start out.  

Esplanade has lots of mainstream Western stores like Nike and Puma, some Indian chains like Bata, and huge shopping malls. But, that’s not really the fun part about this street.

The fun part is seeing all the amazing stalls that have been set up on either side of the Esplanade and   trying to battle through the crowds here.

You’ll have guys selling sunglasses, shampoo, toys, clothes, fake designer wallets, vanity mirrors, everything you could think of really!  

My hotel, the Oberoi, was in the middle of this street. So I passed it pretty much every day.

The same sellers would be shouting at me to buy something and each day I’d still say no lol. It became a little thing.

Esplanade Market Kolkata

Dark tourism things to do in Kolkata  

23. visit the mother house of the missionaries of charity.

One of the main attractions in the city is to visit Mother Teresa’s tomb in Kolkata.  

It sits in the Mother Teresa Memorial home and, although it does sound a little morbid, it’s a nice little tomb to celebrate her life.  

Inside you can visit the museum to learn all about her life’s work. People often call her Saint Teresa here.  

She came from Albania and taught in a convent in Kolkata for many years. But she was so moved by the poverty in Kolkata she started to provide charity to the city.

She eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work and she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Gandhi in her time.

Mother Teresa Memorial Home

After the museum, you can pay respects to her tomb and even visit her bedroom which has been preserved. Inside the room are her desk and original appointment book, her writing chair, and her telephone.  

On the day of her death, she attended mass. Then she came back and died in her bed.

After your visit there is a small café outside that has some nice souvenirs if you’d like to take something home to remember your visit.  

Entry is FREE but it is by donation. All proceeds will be donated to the missionaries of charity. You will need to take your shoes off to see the tomb.  

Opening times vary throughout the week and it’s closed on Thursdays.

Mother Teresa's Grave Kolkata

24. Learn about the Black Hole of Calcutta  

I have always heard about the Black Hole of Calcutta, but I didn’t really have any idea what it meant really. It sounded something similar to the Bermuda Triangle but that wasn’t the case at all.  

The Black Hole of Calcutta was a tragedy that took place for three days starting on the 20th June 1756. It started with the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-Daulah, taking over the Old Fort William with his army.  

He then proceeded to shove over 146 men and women into a small dungeon in the fort.

This room was only around 4.3 × 5.5 metres or 14 × 18 feet. Many of the European men and women in here died of heat exhaustion and suffocation. Only 23 men survived.  

It was a terrible tragedy and it was wildly beefed up in the newspapers back home in the UK.

This was in the hope that the British would send a relief effort to rescue the men and send their armies from Madras to recapture Calcutta. Which they did and Siraj was overthrown and killed in the Battle of Plassey.

You can visit a memorial dedicated to the ‘smothered’ in St John’s Church and what remains of   the Old Fort William at the General Post Office.

Black Hole of Calcutta Memorial in the graveyard of St John's Church

25. Get spooked at South Park Street Cemetery  

Another fascinating place that is hidden away in South Park Street Cemetery.  

Often labelled as the most haunted place in all of Kolkata, there are 1600 gothic tombs that make up the graveyard. Established in 1767, it was used for European members of society, mainly the officers of the British East India Company and their families.  

It fell into disuse around 1790 and was completely abandoned in 1830. Today, it is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

South Park Street cemetery haunted?

Similar to Highgate Cemetery in London , the are lots of elaborate gothic tombs built around here. They’re all covered in green moss and there are ancient fern trees too.  

Some notable tombs are a bust of Henry Derozio, a radical Indo-Portuguese thinker, Walter Landor Dickens, Charles Dickens’ Son, and Sir William Jones, the founding father of the Asiatic Society.

Look out for the tomb shaped like a pineapple core! It was made for Rose Alymer who was just 17 years old when she died of Cholera. Walter Savage Landor, a famous poet, was in love with her and wrote a poem for her tomb.

The graveyard is open from 10 am – 5 pm and costs 50 rupees per person to enter. You must sign a guestbook. A kind volunteer here took us on a really informative tour and we tipped him for his time.  

Read my post on South Park Street Cemetery with what to expect when visiting

South Park Street Cemetery Haunted Kolkata

Foodie things to do in Kolkata

26. go on a kolkata street food tour  .

Kolkata is known for its street food, so if you’d rather go on a street food tour, there are a few that take place each evening.  

You’ll try a range of famous Kolkata street foods like;

  • Fish Curry (Macher Jhol)
  • Kolkata Biryani (yes each place has their own version in India and it’s almost criminal to just call it ‘Biryanai’)
  • Mutton Curry (Kosha Mangsho)
  • Phuchka – similar to Gol Gopan or Pani Puri
  • and… so much more! (There are vegetarian options for those that do not eat meat)

So, make sure you book your food tour here to learn all about them

Hot Kati Roll Kolkata

27. Try Hot Kati Rolls  

If you’re feeling peckish and looking for foodie ideas, you have to try one of Kolkata’s famous Hot Kati Rolls.  

There are many dotted around the city, but the original is a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ (quite literally) counter that can be found on Park Street. It’s the ultimate street food and can be compared with a kebab back home.  

You’ll get a wrap, filled with hot chicken, onions, spices, some unidentifiable sauce, and it will be all wrapped up and fried on the counter!  

It is absolutely delicious, ridiculously cheap at 50 rupees and crowds of locals come here to eat each evening.  

There are no seats inside as it’s just a street food counter, but just nearby you can sit down and enjoy.

Hot Kati Roll in Kolkata on Park Street

28. Wander down Park Street

Park Street in Kolkata is a famous shopping street but it’s also the place where you can find some of the most amazing restaurants and bars in the city!

As well as the Hot Kati Roll, you have some of the most famous restaurants dotted along here like Peter Cat.  

Park Street Kolkata

We wanted to get in here but unfortunately, the waitlist was over an hour and we were already hungry.  

So, we popped into the famous Mocambo instead that has been open since 1956. It used to be on what was known as ‘Cabaret Row’ back then and singers used to belt out covers of US pop stars of the era.  

The whole vibe in here is vintage with low light, red tassel lampshades and the waiters are all in their historic finery.  

It serves up a great mix of classic Kolkata dishes like its famous grilled Beckty, a Bay of Bengal delicacy. Plus, it has a range of European classic dishes too.  

I had the Beckty sizzler and washed it down with a minty Mojito. It was absolutely fantastic and great value for money too!  

Mocambo in Kolkata travel guide

29. Try Sugar Cane Juice

Sugar Cane Juice can be found all over India but I found so many stalls selling it in Kolkata. So, you must try it if you get the chance.

We were watching them make it outside of Kalighat Temple. Essentially they run sugar cane through a press and then juice it!  

The result is a rather green-looking but refreshing sweet drink that will cool you down with the heat. Just be careful as they often mix it with local water.  

Sugar Cane Juice kolkata

30. Sample the original Rasgulla

Every state has a sweet that they are famous for. Indians have a massive sweet tooth and so you’ll always find a famous shop in every city serving up sickeningly sweet sugary treats.  

In Kolkata, they are famous for Rasgulla and it’s almost a crime not to try it while you’re here!  

Rasgulla was invented right here in the city by Nobin Chandra Das in 1868. It’s a spongey syrupy dumpling made of chhena and semolina dough.

Now, it’s not only popular in Bengal but all over India too. I have tried Rasgulla many times in India, but they really are something special in this city.

The most famous sweet shop to try in Kolkata is K. C. Das. People queue up to buy boxes of the desert to take home. So, you must try some to see if they live up to the hype.  

Original Rasgulla in Kolkata

Things to do in Kolkata at night time  

31. go on a hooghly river cruise  .

One thing I really wanted to do in Kolkata was a river cruise. Kolkata has the roaring Hooghly River, or Ganga, snaking through it and it brings together many of the cities main attractions.

We were recommended to book with Vivada Cruises who are a highly rated day cruise company in the area. We were not disappointed!

We opted for the 3-hour evening cruise, which included chai, snacks, and a stop at Belur Math for the evening aarti.

Sunset over the Hooghly River in Kolkata

Not only were we treated to the most amazing colourful sunset over the river, but we also got to see a lot of the local life on the river and wave to people under the Hooghly Bridge.

It was an unforgettable experience and those ‘snacks’ were pretty much a whole meal. We were so stuffed we couldn’t eat another bite!

It only cost 1,000 rupees plus GST which is incredible value for money. They also do a lunch and dinner cruise for 1,500 rupees + GST.

Click here to read my full review of my Hooghly River Cruise

Howrah Bridge Kolkata Ganges River

32. Visit Belur Math Temple Complex

One of the highlights of my evening cruise was a visit to Belur Math . It’s a HUGE temple complex that spans 40 acres on the banks of the Hooghly River.  

It’s the Headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission who is a spiritual organisation.  

It was founded in the 19th century by Sri Ramakrishna, known as the Prophet of the Modern Age, and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda, a forward thinker, and religious leader.  

Although there are 4 temples, plus education and medical centres in Belur Math, the Sri Ramakrishna Temple is the jewel in its crown.

Here, we got to see the magical evening aarti. Where the priests of the temples lead the local pilgrims in prayer.  

Women must observe in one section and men must be on the other as is the custom. You’ll quickly be ushered on by security if you end up in the wrong place.  

You can also buy all sorts of books with the teachings of Swami Vivekananda in the library afterward.

Shri Ramakrishna Temple in Belur Math Kolkata

33. Watch the sound and light show at the Victoria Memorial  

If you’re looking for something unique to do in the evenings, why not visit the Victoria Memorial for a sound and light show?

By day, this incredible building is gleaming white in the sunshine, but after the sun sets it’s lit up beautifully against the night sky in all different colours.

In the memorial gardens, there is a sound and light show that has a magic water fountain with music and commentary.

One show is in Bengali and one show is in English, so make sure you get the right time!

34. See the city light up at night  

Something that I really didn’t expect to love so much was the city lit up at night time.

Although the colonial architecture is lovely in the day, it really comes alive at night when it’s all lit up.

The Howrah Bridge is also lit up and many of the buildings on the Hooghly come alive in different colours, so they make an amazing reflection on the river.

After our cruise, we were in for a real surprise as they had a street parade as part of the celebrations.  

We got to see all sorts of Durga floats, heading down the strip. Some were decorated with massive idols and others had dance troops performing scenes from sacred texts.

Kolkata at night time is really something special and you don’t know what surprises you may find!  

Howrah Bridge at night

Day trips from Kolkata  

35. visit the sundarbans national park  .

The Sundarbans National Park is a treasure in West Bengal and is somewhere you should definitely visit if you’re in the area.

It’s a huge mangrove forest and bio reserve that is also inhabited by tigers. It spreads over both Bangladesh and India on the Ganges Delta.  

Personally, I would recommend a two-day one night trip as a minimum. Day trips are possible from Kolkata but depart at 4 am!

Sunderbans National Park day trip from Kolkata

I went on an overnight trip to the Sundarbans with Sundarbans Chalo !

They are a budget tour company but came highly recommended and the value for money was crazy.

My trip cost 4500 rupees (£48 /$56 USD) which is a total bargain. This included;

  • Return transfers to the Sundarbans (4 hours each way)
  • A sunset cruise 
  • A double room with private bathroom
  • All meals (2 lunch, 2 breakfast and 1 dinner, tea & snacks) 
  • A cultural dance performance
  • A full 8 hour day cruising on the Sundarbans
  • All my permits, photograhpy and entrance fees too.

You can’t really turn your nose up at that!

Our Sundarbans Chalo boat!

The things you absolutely cannot miss in the ‘City of Joy’  

I know that 35 things to do is a LOT and maybe you just want to prioritise the most important attractions.  

So, I’ll suggest some of the MUST DO sites to limit down your options;

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Mullick Ghat Flower Market  
  • Kalighat Temple  
  • Howrah Bridge
  • The Mother House  
  • South Park Street Cemetery  
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple

My top travel tips for Kolkata  

1. plan to stay connected  .

Buying an Indian SIM card in Kolkata: Getting an Indian SIM card for your phone is really simple. You can even do it on arrival at Kolkata Airport.

I would recommend an Airtel SIM for West Bengal and the North East. You’ll get packages where you’ll receive 1GB per day for 30 days. It’s recommended as it has the most signal.  

Use a WiFi hotspot: Failing that, you can stay connected with a WiFi Hotspot . I use Keepgo to stay online without the fuss of buying a SIM card.  

2. Don’t forget travel insurance

While you think of it, if you haven’t yet, make sure you have travel insurance!  

It’s always a necessary thing to have for peace of mind. I always use World Nomads for their reliable policies.

Kolkata street photography

3. How to get exchange money in Kolkata  

I have never actually exchanged British currency in India itself. I’ve always just rocked up and got my money out of an ATM when I got here.  

I always use SBI, or State Bank of India as they give you FREE withdrawals and I’ve never had an issue with International Cards.

I know that sounds reckless to some but I really hate having to exchange money in India. I’ve been ripped off in the past.  

My biggest tip would be to NOT use the services at the airport. They have ridiculous rates.

Go to a currency converter in the city and use the ‘Currency Converter’ app to check the rates for the day. Then see what exchange they will give you.  

SBI in Kolkata lit up at night!

4. Prepare for some uncomfortable sights

Kolkata is a densely populated city and has a lot of poverty, so you can expect to see sights that may make you feel uncomfortable.

It cannot be avoided and many times I feel totally helpless as I wish I could help in some way.

More than 24% of India’s people live below the poverty line.

But, there are ways that you can support the people in the city. Supporting local businesses, buying products from people who are selling on the street, giving any money you can, and donating to organisations like the Missionaries of Charity all help to improve livelihoods.  

Hooghly River Kolkata

5. Always remember to haggle and look out for scams

Although I found that Kolkata had a lot fewer scams than the likes of Delhi, it wasn’t completely immune. Especially with things like transport.

Yellow Ambassador Cabs were an awesome way to get around. But, I found they were constantly overcharging.

At one point, a local even got involved and told him he was ripping us off (thank you to whoever you were!). My biggest advice here is to make sure the meter is switched on. Or, agree on a price before you get in.  

The same goes for auto-rickshaws (three-wheeled tuk-tuks), it was always a hassle to get a good price! So, there are a few ways to get around it.

I would use Uber for cabs, as it’s cheaper and you get a fair price. Or, get the metros and trams which are far more economical.  

The buses here looked like a death trap to me.   I’ll go through some more transport options below;  

Things to do in Kolkata travel guide

How to get around Kolkata while you’re here

Getting from kolkata airport to kolkata city.

When you land at the airport, if you haven’t already scheduled a pickup, you have some choices.

All the locals gravitate over to the Pre Paid Taxi counter owned by the Bidhannagar City Police.

It’s an awesome service with cheap non-air-conditioned ambassador city cabs. They are a union, so you’ll pay a fixed price and get given a receipt/ticket that you’ll hand to the driver.  

But, they only take cash, so make sure you have rupees on you.

Prepaid Taxi at Kokata Airport

For me, a ride from the airport to my hotel on Esplanade in the centre cost 300 rupees! If I booked a transfer with my hotel directly they charged 4000.

If you’d prefer, there is both an Uber and an Ola (a competing app) counter here but it’s more expensive.  

Both counters will give you access to a WiFi hotspot so you can book one if you don’t have data.  

Then you just wait out at their collection point. You do need the app on your phone to use the service. So, make sure you have it.  

Click here to get a special discount on your first ride with Uber.

Prepaid Taxi at Kokata Airport

Transport options in Kolkata  

While you’re in the city, there are plenty of ways to make your way around.   As one of the most populated cities in India, you’ll find the city has thousands of buses, trams, ferries, rickshaws, taxis, and even an underground metro to help everyone get moving!

By Bus: Buses were plentiful here, but they were also crazy. They would zoom around the city shouting for passengers, while locals chased after the bus and hopped on.

Same as most of India, but I really struggled with the local language here (Bengali). So, I didn’t even attempt it. But, it is a cheap way to get around if you know where the bus is headed.

Buses in Kolkata

By Tram: Kokata is famous for its trams and its the only tram network in the whole of India. So, if they are running you must hop on. Unfortunately for us, these were under construction on our visit.

By Metro: The underground metro in Kolkata is really cheap and efficient. But, it only has one line that runs through the central spine of the city.

You pay per kilometre and tokens start out at 10 rupees for 5 kilometre and max out at 25 rupees for 25 kilometres. It’s quick but there’s no air con so it’s pretty sweaty.  

Kolkata Metro

By Rickshaw: You can get private and shared rickshaws here. Private will be the more expensive option. Always make sure that you haggle for a price before you get in or ask for the meter to be switched on. At night, if you’re in a private rickshaw, DO NOT allow anyone else to get in.

By Taxi / Uber: Yellow ambassador cabs are king in this city and they are plentiful but can rip you off! I preferred Uber, click here to read my article on how to use it with a discount code.

By ferry: The Hooghly River is the way that many people travel around the city. There are public ferries that run every 15-20 minutes throughout the day until around 9 pm at night. Tickets cost 6 rupees a journey and have many stops along the river.

Ganges River Cruise in Kolkata | Vivada Evening Cruise review

A small note on hand pulled rickshaws in Kolkata

Kolkata is the only city in India where hand-pulled rickshaws are still running.  

Although I struggled morally to see it and it’s not something I would personally support. I understand it’s their livelihood and they’re struggling for trade. Many live hands to mouth.  

So, if you feel like it, you can use them for short journeys. They would be more than happy to have you.  

Outside Kalighat temple I simply tipped them without a ride as I felt heartbroken to see them ask so many for work and everyone pass by.  

Where to stay in Kolkata  

I stayed in the beautiful Oberoi Grand Kolkata. This was like an oasis to return to after a hot sweaty day out exploring in the monsoon!  

Their hotel is almost an attraction in itself and an icon of the city as it’s the second oldest hotel.

You can stay in one of their beautiful deco-like rooms with four-poster beds and it has a gorgeous washroom with a bathtub.

I would highly recommend booking a room indoor facing as the traffic is quite loud, especially during festivals.

Their delectable buffet breakfast at ThreeSixtyThree comes included and they have a refreshing pool with free smoothies!  

Click here to book your stay at Oberoi Grand for the night

the Oberoi Grand Kolkata

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Thursday 8th of December 2022

Nice post,Kolkata is full of beauty and culture.

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Hi Survi, yes I completely agree! Sophie x

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I agree with you

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Friday 6th of March 2020

Great post, Kolkata is one of the most beautiful city and has the third biggest population of any city in India. You are a great travel blogger, thanks for sharing an interesting article with us. Keep share more!

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Hi Sameer, I completely agree with you! Kolkata is one of the most amazing cities :) more to come ! Thank you for reading. Sophie x

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Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), more than anything, is an emotion, and one that people find difficult to put into words. The capital of British India from 1772 to 1911, and now the capital of West Bengal state , Kolkata blends its history under British rule with its Bengali roots and the influence of immigrant communities. These top things to do in Kolkata will connect you to the heart and soul of the city. In addition, check out our Kolkata city guide for help with planning your trip.

Go Museum Hopping

Start by acquainting yourself with Kolkata's heritage at any of its informative museums. One of the city's most imposing monuments, Victoria Memorial , houses an impressive Indo-British art history museum, while the city's new generation of themed museums have dynamic exhibitions on Bengali theater, film, art, and culture. The ancestral homes of acclaimed Bengali poet Rabindrinath Tagore and spiritual leader Swami Vivekenanda have also been turned into museums that document their lives.

Wander Through Historic Neighborhoods


One of the most absorbing things to do in Kolkata is simply wander the streets. The city is divided into distinct neighborhoods, their names a reflection of colonial-era segregation and stratification when Kolkata was the capital of British India. So-called "White Town," around Chowringhee Road and Dalhousie Square, is where the British and Europeans lived and worked; today, it is known for landmarks such as Raj Bhavan and the Currency Building. Meanwhile, "Black Town" in the north is where wealthy Bengalis resided, the Shobhabazar Rajbari perhaps the most prominent among the palaces. In between both neighborhoods is "Grey Town," home to the city's diverse immigrant communities. Ideally, sign up for a walking tour for the most immersive experience.

Marvel Over Palatial Noble Homes

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Several grand aristocratic homes provide a glimpse into the well-heeled lifestyles of their Bengali owners. Illustrious Bengali merchant and art connoisseur Raja Rajendra Mullick made his Marble Palace out of some 100 types of the rock in the 19th century. Inside is an eccentric collection of valuables from around the world. Entry is free, though foreigners will need to get a pass in advance from the West Bengal Tourism office at BBD Bagh; otherwise, you must pay a fee to the guard. Nearby, 18th-century Sovabazar Rajbari is a prominent example of early Bengali noble architecture. It was built by Raja Nabakrishna Deb, who had close ties with the British East India Company.

Further afield, Itachuna Rajbari and Rajbari Bawali are now heritage hotels that can be visited on day trips from Kolkata. Both are about an hour and a half from the city, albeit in different directions. Itachuna Rajbari has guided tours and evening aartis (worship rituals).

Stay in a Heritage Hotel

Calcutta Bungalow

Don't pass up the opportunity to stay at Calcutta Bungalow , a cozy 1920s Bengali townhouse. A home-away-from-home, it has been thoughtfully restored with contemporary and antique features, and even has its own vintage Ambassador car! The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel and The Oberoi Grand are outstanding 19th-century luxury options in the heart of the city, while the legendary Fairlawn Hotel on Sudder Street is still steeped in history dating back to 1783.

Visit the Markets

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If you're looking for a bargain and can brave the crowds, New Market—with its undercover maze of 2,000-plus stores—stocks almost everything imaginable. Often the subject of photos, the flower market at Mullick Ghat (next to Howrah Bridge), is also worth a visit. Or, check out the lesser-known Mechhua fruit market in north Kolkata or the 24-hour Koley vegetable market near Sealdah railway station, both of which are devoid of tourists. In south Kolkata, a floating market in Patuli—India's first—is a new attraction with more than 50 stationary boats.

Explore the Riverside Ghats

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Kolkata's riverside ghats (steps leading down to the water) are an integral part of the city where life and religious rituals are played out. Many have become dilapidated, but have significant stories to tell about the city's past. Prinsep Ghat is beautifully illuminated in the evening and is an appealing place to relax; it's even possible to walk from here to Babu Ghat, between Vidyasagar Setu and Howrah Bridge, along a 1.2-mile stretch of landscaped riverfront. Other notable ghats include Ahiritola, Nimtala, Jagannath, Prasanna Kumar Tagore’s, Armenian, and Mutty Lal Seal. The Ganges Walk conducts guided tours of them upon request.

Take a Boat on the Hooghly River

The Hooghly River, which separates Kolkata from its twin city Howrah, is best enjoyed by boat at sunset. Most convenient is a traditional nouko from Prinsep Ghat, which holds up to four people and costs 400 rupees for a 30-minute ride. If you don't mind splurging, another option is Calcutta Walks private three-hour sunset river cruise , which includes a visit to Belur Math. West Bengal Tourism also conducts regular evening Hooghly Boat Cruises . For those traveling on a super tight budget, you can opt for the inexpensive local ferry service for a ride on the river.

Cross the Howrah Bridge

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Opened to traffic in 1943, the Howrah Bridge (officially called Rabindra Setu, after Rabindranath Tagore) links Kolkata with Howrah just north of BBD Bagh. One of the longest bridges of its type in the world, it has a single span without any pylons connecting it to the river bed. Approximately 150,000 vehicles and one million pedestrians use the bridge each day. To get a feel for why it's said to be the busiest bridge in the world, you really must walk across it!

Ride a Tram

Dating back to 1902, Kolkata's tramway is said to be the oldest one operating in Asia, with trams unlike any other in India trundling slowly along set north-south routes in the city. Routes 5, 11, 18, 25, 24/29, and 36 are currently functional; buy a 100 rupee ($1.40) Tram Pass for unlimited travel for a day and entry to Tram World museum at Gariahat Tram Depot. Alternatively, you can get a single one-way trip, which won't cost more than 7 rupees. Details of routes and a map are available online here .

Feast on Local Food

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Bengali cuisine itself is commonly flavored with mustard and mustard oil, and also incorporates distinctive dishes made from flowers such as banana and pumpkin. Fish, too, is a mealtime staple in West Bengal, and Kolkata is especially famed for its kathi rolls. Those with a sweet tooth should sample popular dairy-based desserts such as mishti doi and rasgulla. Head to any of these authentic Bengali restaurants in Kolkata to sample some of the city's best cuisine.

Step Back in Time at a Heritage Eatery

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Many of Kolkata's eateries have historical or cultural significance—some are more than a century old! In 2019, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) awarded heritage status to 14 of them in recognition of their longevity. These include the Indian Coffee House (1942), Mocambo (1941), and Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy sweets (1844). Other iconic establishments loved by tourists and locals alike are Flurys tearoom , Peter Cat for chelo kebabs, Arsalan for Kolkata-style biryani, and 115 year-old Jewish bakery Nahoum’s for cakes and pastries.

Visit the Temples

There are several important temples dedicated to goddess Kali, the fearsome dark mother who presides over Kolkata. Kalighat Temple draws the most devotees and is fascinating, albeit crowded. One of the largest Kali temples in eastern India, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple , alongside the Hoogly River on the city's northern outskirts, is more orderly and peaceful. Downriver, Belur Math was founded by Swami Vivekananda, and hosts a sunset aarti ritual worth attending. Those who are interested in temple architecture will also appreciate that of Birla Mandir, inspired by the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneshwar , Odisha. Pareshnath Jain Temple (Calcutta Jain Temple) has intriguing architecture, colorful stained glass, and a continuously burning lamp, too.

See Hindu Idols Being Made at Kumartuli

The Kumartuli potters colony in north Kolkata is a hive of activity in the lead-up to festivals, when idols are handcrafted out of clay especially for the occasions. Most of the action occurs from June to January, with the months before the Durga Puja festival being the busiest time. The colony is made up of rows of small workshops, and you can walk through at leisure and stop by whichever ones grab your attention. The idol-makers are welcoming and used to tourists.

Experience a Festival

Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata, taking place in September or October each year. The mother goddess, Durga, is believed to descend to Earth during the week-long festival, and spectacular themed displays of her take over the city. The fun continues as people visit them all, before the idols are taken out and immersed in the river on the last day. Kolkata is one of the best places in India to experience Christmas , too, with a special Christmas festival happening along Park Street. And in February, the city's Chinese community celebrates Chinese New Year.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Courtesy of The Park Hotel

Park Street is the hub of Kolkata's thriving nightlife, with The Park Hotel being the focal point. However, there are bars and clubs all over the city where you can get your groove on to live music, electronica, and Indian Bollywood. Or, settle into a comedy club for laughs instead. Our guide to nightlife in Kolkata will point you in the right direction.

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Kolkata, located in eastern India, is renowned as “the City of Joy” and is well-known for its stunning historical architecture and has spread along the banks of the Hooghly River in a straight line.

You can find colonial buildings, museums, art galleries, traditional cuisine, temples, live music, and theatre in Kolkata. It combines classic and contemporary elements. Kolkata is well-known for its theatre and movies. The city is home to Rabindranath Tagore, and every home may be heard playing Rabindra Sangeet. Kolkata is also known to be India’s most chaotic yet lively city. Take a day trip to Sundarbans and see the world-famous Bengal Tigers. Savour the local street food of Kolkata, and enjoy the world-famous Bengali sweets and deserts the Indo-Chinese historic restaurants are a must-visit.

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18 Fun and Unique Things to Do in Kolkata | 2024 (with Photos)

Rosalia Ignatova

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Last Updated: March 25, 2024

Hey there! I'm Rose, an avid traveler and explorer who loves uncovering hidden gems and unique experiences in cities around the world. Join me as I share some fun and exciting activities to check out in Kolkata for your next adventure!

Fun and Unique Things to Do in Kolkata

Anyone interested in learning more about India's vibrant culture and history should visit Kolkata, West Bengal.

With so many things to do in Kolkata City, the city offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, science museums, and Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

Anyone looking for an unforgettable travel experience will find Kolkata to be the ideal destination due to its historical significance and vibrant culture.

There are plenty of things to do in Kolkata City , from wandering around the top attractions to enjoying the local street food and recreational activities.

Most Recommended Thing to Do

  • Victoria Memorial

Top Choice Hotel

The Oberoi Grand Kolkata

Our Top Choice Restaurant

Oh! Calcutta

Our Top Choice Bar for Nightlife

Best Time to Visit

Winter months. October to February. Pleasant weather.

Average Temperature

Hot and humid climate all year round

Transportation Options

Buses, trams, taxis, rickshaws, metro, ferries, walking, cycling.

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My Top Recommendation

Start by exploring the iconic Victoria Memorial, a stunning marble edifice that bears witness to the city's colonial past, and take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Hooghly River for a taste of the city's bustling riverside charm.

To truly immerse yourself in the local experience, venture into the maze-like streets of the Kumartuli neighborhood, where skilled craftsmen breathe life into intricate clay idols, especially during the festive season. As day turns to night, indulge your taste buds at Flurys, Kolkata's legendary tearoom, and savor delicious pastries while soaking in the old-world charm of Park Street – the epitome of Kolkata's cultural melting pot.

What You'll Need to Bring

  • Travel guide or map of Kolkata
  • Travel documents
  • Local currency (Indian Rupees)

What Not to Miss

  • Howrah Bridge
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  • Marble Palace
  • Indian Museum

What to Avoid

  • Overlooking street food
  • Underestimating traffic conditions
  • Ignoring public transport options

Table of Contents

Sundarbans National Park

1. Visit the Sundarbans National Park

Sundarbans National Park

A trip to the Sundarbans National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the famous Royal Bengal Tigers, is among the best things to do in Kolkata.

The park requires an entry fee and contains the largest area of mangrove swamps in the world, providing visitors with an incredible view of the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

The Sundarbans National Park is unquestionably one of the tourist attractions in Kolkata for everyone who enjoys nature, adventure, or animals.

2. Visit Howrah Bridge to Capture the Landscape

Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge in West Bengal, India is an iconic landmark and the sixth-longest bridge of its ilk in the world. 

This thrilling location offers a breathtaking view over the Hooghly River and requires no entry fee, making a visit to the Howrah Bridge one of the best things to do in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Howrah Bridge connects Kolkata and Howrah, which are both cities on the west bank of the Hooghly River, and is the busiest cantilever bridge in West Bengal and the entire globe.

The Howrah Bridge is a must-see destination that offers a mesmerizing landscape, whether you're a history enthusiast, a photographer, or just seeking a picturesque place to visit.

3. Visit the Largest Science Museum in the Indian Subcontinent

National Council of Science Museums

The National Council of Science Museums is in charge of Science City, which is the largest science center in the Indian subcontinent and Asia.

A must-visit destination on your list of things to do in Kolkata, West Bengal, Science City offers a variety of interactive exhibits, shows, and activities that cater to kids and adults alike.

The National Library of India is a suggested trip for people seeking out further educational attractions.

Don't forget to check out the nearby College Street, which is famed for its many bookstores and historic buildings. Furthermore, a visit to College Street should be on the list of educational things to do in Kolkata for those interested in academics.

4. See St. Paul's Cathedral and St. John's Church

St. Paul's Cathedral

Visits to Kolkata's St. John's Church and St. Paul's Cathedral are unquestionably worthwhile. Both cathedrals offer a serene and tranquil atmosphere to visitors and feature a traditional style of architecture.

While St. John's Church was the first Anglican church and one of the first structures built by the East India Company, St. Paul's is the bishop of North India. Beautiful stained glass windows may be found throughout St. John's Church.

The best part is that neither cathedral charges an entry fee, making them open to the public and one of the top things to do in Kolkata.

5. Stop by The Famous Victoria Memorial Palace

Victoria Memorial Palace

One of the must-visit tourist attractions in Kolkata is the Victoria Memorial.

Victoria Memorial is a large marble building that is now a museum dedicated to Queen Victoria.

Visitors can get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the city at the Victoria Memorial Hall, which serves as a symbol of both the city and the British Raj.

One of the best things to do in Kolkata is to pay a visit to Victoria Memorial, which is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about British rule in India.

6. Visit The Indian Museum

Indian Museum

Visit the Indian Museum if you're looking for educational things to do in Kolkata.

The museum, which is the ninth oldest museum in the world and largest in India, is situated in Central Kolkata, West Bengal.

The foundation stone of the Indian Museum was laid down in the year 1814, and it houses an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits that reflect India's rich cultural and scientific heritage.

Everything from antique sculptures and coins to meteorites and fossils is available for visitors to investigate. 

Even though an entry fee is required, the Indian Museum is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in history and culture.

7. Visit The Mother House Of The Missionaries Of Charity

Missionaries Of Charity

Anyone interested in the life and legacy of Mother Teresa should pay a visit to the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity.

It is situated in Kolkata and holds Mother Teresa's tomb in addition to being the world headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity.

One of the best things to do in Kolkata for people who want to honor Mother Teresa and discover more about the legacy of Mother Teresa towards the ill and underprivileged is to visit the Mother House.

8. Get Awestruck at the Famous Marble Palace

Marble Palace

The Marble Palace in Kolkata is a magnificent home with spectacular architecture that combines Mughal, Indian, and European styles.

The palace has a sizable collection of sculptures, paintings, and antiquities from all over the world, and its walls and floors are entirely constructed of marble.

One of the best things to do in Kolkata is to visit the Marble Palace, which is free to enter but requires a permit from the West Bengal Tourism Information Bureau in advance.

9. Visit Salt Lake to Enjoy a Boat Ride

Boat Ride

Salt Lake, also known as Bidhannagar, is a popular destination in Kolkata for its serene environment and boat tours on the lake.

An entry fee is required to enter the lake area, but it's worth it for the peaceful boat ride.

After the ride, visitors can also enjoy delicious street food in the environs of Salt Lake.

With its natural beauty and recreational activities, Salt Lake is a must-visit for those looking for quiet things to do in Kolkata.

10. Visit the Haunted South Park Street Cemetery

South Park Street Cemetery

A visit to the South Park Street Cemetery is an interesting and spooky attraction that is among the things to do in Kolkata.

Built during the British era of administration in India, this cemetery contains the graves of many British citizens.

Numerous activities, including boating, cycling, and picnicking, are available in the park.

All things considered, exploring the South Park Street Cemetery is a singular adventure that mixes history and excitement.

After their visit, visitors can continue their enjoyment and relaxation at India's biggest urban park, the eco-tourism park.

11. Learn about Kolkata's Colonial Past at Fort William

Fort William

Fort William, one of the remnants of British India, is a must-visit location for anybody interested in Kolkata's colonial heritage. Fort William is named after King William III.

Fort Williams is currently controlled by the Indian Army and is located on the east bank of the Hooghly River.

Additionally, tourists can still see the surroundings of Fort William and learn more about its history and construction.

One of the best things to do in Kolkata is to visit Fort William.

12. Birla Planetarium: Treat Your Adventurous Soul

Birla Planetarium

A renowned destination and one of the top things to do in Kolkata is the Birla Planetarium, which is close to the Victoria Memorial.

The planetarium requires an entry fee and offers visitors a unique and interactive experience to learn about the universe and the stars.

The building itself is a circular, one-story building with a traditional Indian design, which adds to the attractiveness of the area.

The Birla Planetarium is likely to satisfy your adventurous soul, whether you're a science aficionado or just looking for an engaging experience.

13. Visit Kolkata for Durga Puja

Nalin Sarkar Street Durga Puja

Durga Puja , one of the biggest and most colorful festivals in India, is an incredible time for visiting Kolkata.

It commemorates the devotion to the Hindu mother goddess and is observed in September or October and has been recognized by UNESCO.

Durga Puja is celebrated in grand style, especially in Kolkata, with enormous pandals (marquees) displaying intricate idols of the goddess.

The festival is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Kolkata during this holiday season and a wonderful way to see the city's cultural richness.

14. Tour The Belur Math

Belur Math

Anyone visiting Kolkata should not miss Belur Math. The Belur Math Temple complex, which is located on the west bank of the Hooghly River, is a major destination for pilgrims who belong to the Ramakrishna movement.

The Belur Math Temple complex also has minor temples devoted to different deities in addition to the main temple.

Visitors are welcome to participate in spiritual discussions and listen to devotional music during daily worship.

The architecture of the complex is a blend of different styles and traditions, making a visit to the Belur Math Temple among the spiritual things to do in Kolkata.

15. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden

This Botanical Garden, commonly known as the Calcutta Botanical Garden, is a must-visit attraction that requires an entry fee.

Previously known as the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, the gardens were founded by Colonel Robert Kyd, an army officer of the East India Company.

The garden is home to a vast assortment of uncommon and exotic species, including the renowned banyan tree.

One of the top things to do in Kolkata for environment enthusiasts is to visit the lovely landscaped gardens, lakes, and greenhouses.

16. Visit Mullick Ghat Flower Market at Sunrise

Mullick Ghat Flower Market

For photographers and flower enthusiasts, Mullick Ghat Flower Market is a must-visit location.

One of the largest in Kolkata and Asia, the market comes alive at sunrise when the fresh blooms arrive.

Buying flowers at this market is one of the popular things to do in Kolkata, West Bengal, and is close to the Howrah Bridge.

The flower selection at the market is diverse, ranging from domestic marigolds to exotic orchids.

The activity of the sellers and purchasers creates a vibrant and active environment.

For memories that will last a lifetime, don't forget to take photos of the market's breathtaking sights.

17. Visit The Park Street: Shop Your Heart Out

Park Street

In Kolkata, India's thriving commercial district known as Park Street, shoppers can indulge in retail therapy to their hearts' content. Consequently, it is one of the things to do in Kolkata for shoppers.

Visitors can browse the numerous shops, malls, and boutiques that line this famous street and provide a wide selection of souvenirs, clothing, and accessories.

Park Street is a great addition to the list of things to do in Kolkata because it offers visitors the chance to experience delectable street food after a long day of shopping at the area's many restaurants. Lastly, an entry fee is not required to visit Park Street.

18. Try your Hand at Street Photography at New Market

New Market

A visit to the New Market, formerly known as Sir Stuart Hogg Market, is among the free things to do in Kolkata and a great spot to capture the city's vibrancy.

A popular location for street photographers in Kolkata is The New Market.

This historic market offers a lively atmosphere with a variety of people, things, and colors to photograph.

There is a diverse selection of both contemporary goods and traditional Indian goods.

Additionally, the New Market is a great location to practice street photography without spending a dime. So, add a trip to this market to your list of things to do in Kolkata.

FAQs: Fun & Unique Things to Do in Kolkata

Below are answers to questions about things to do in Kolkata.

What is the famous thing in Kolkata?

Kolkata is famous for its rich cultural heritage and tourist attractions. These include iconic landmarks such as the Howrah Bridge, The Victoria Memorial Hall, and South Park Street Cemetery, as well as popular destinations like Science City, Fort William, Mother Teresa's Tomb, and Eco-Tourism Park, among other things to do in Kolkata.

How can I have fun in Kolkata?

There are several fun things to do in Kolkata for kids and adults alike, such as visiting the Sundarbans National Park, exploring the New Town Eco Park, touring the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, and taking a boat tour on the Hooghly River.

How can I spend my whole day in Kolkata?

There are so many things to do in Kolkata for a whole day. You can start by enjoying a Chinese breakfast, strolling along the Howrah Bridge, visiting the Marble Palace and the Indian Museum, getting souvenirs at Quest Mall and flowers for your loved ones at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, enjoying the serene atmosphere of the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, and close your day by relishing some delicious street food.

Are 3 days enough in Kolkata?

Yes. 3 days are more than enough to enjoy the various things to do in Kolkata, such as visiting Eden Gardens, Science City, St. Paul's Cathedral, and St. John's Church, going on a temple tour, visiting a children's park if you have kids, exploring botanical gardens, and visiting the iconic Calcutta Public Library.

Summing up: Things to do in Kolkata, West Bengal

As is clear to see from this guide, there are lots of interesting things to do in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Every traveler will note something interesting about Kolkata, from the historical importance of its science museum to the relevance of Mother Teresa and other Kolkata attractions.

Kolkata has it all, you can get lost in its bustling culture, or just unwind and savor beverages at the Indian Coffee House.

Book your next vacation to Kolkata and discover the local culture of this stunning city in the Indian subcontinent.

Visit the Sundarbans National Park

Visit the Sundarbans National Park

Visit Howrah Bridge to Capture the Landscape

Visit Howrah Bridge to Capture the Landscape

Visit the Largest Science Museum in the Indian Subcontinent

Visit the Largest Science Museum in the Indian Subcontinent

See St. Paul's Cathedral and St. John's Church

See St. Paul's Cathedral and St. John's Church

Stop by The Famous Victoria Memorial Palace

Stop by The Famous Victoria Memorial Palace

Visit The Indian Museum

Visit The Indian Museum

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Places to visit in Kolkata

Kolkata is blessed with many sightseeing places that offer a unique experience to every visitor. The city has many interesting places to keep its visitors pleasantly engaged. From refreshing gardens, serene lakes, historical buildings, museums, libraries, sports stadiums to ancient temples and churches, there are umpteen number of places to visit in Kolkata .

Making the sightseeing more interesting are the shopping streets, amusement parks and mouth-watering eateries. With all these and much more, a tour to Kolkata is sure to leave every traveller enchanted.

1. Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Victoria Memorial is the sightseeing place that one cannot miss when in Kolkata. Built in the memory of Queen Victoria, this memorial was opened to the public in 1921. It was designed by the renowned architect of that period, William Emerson, who was the then President of British Institute of Architects.

This place is undeniably one of the finest art museums in the country with a rich collection of paintings on royal British families, lithographs, historical documents and artefacts. With a 184 feet tall structure, spread over 64 acres of land, it presents an impressive architecture as well.

The massive premises of the Victoria memorial consist of manicured lawn and gardens that surround the museum building along with two huge pools in the gardens. The gardens and lawn were designed by Lord Redesdale and David Prain.

The entrance of the museum gates is donned by two lions made out of marble and as one enters the gates, there sits the humongous bronze statue of Queen Victoria. This statue was sculpted in England and was shipped to India.

There are quite a few trivial facts about Victoria Memorial and the most interesting among them is that it took 15 years to complete the building of the memorial and the total cost of construction went up to INR 10, 500, 000, where a major portion of the funds came from Indian princely states.

2. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge Kolkata

Also called as Rabindra Setu, Howrah Bridge is considered to be the busiest bridge in the world and a fine example of 20th century engineering. A popular place to visit in Kolkata, Howrah Bridge stands over the Hooghly River. Around 705 meters long, this bridge connects Kolkata and Howrah.

It was built in 1874 on two 270 feet tall pillars, without the usage of nuts and bolts. There are two other bridges at other points of the Hooghly River, namely Vivekananda Setu and Vidyasagar Setu.

It is considered as the icon of Bengal’s history and culture as the bridge has witnessed several historical events, both World War I and II included. The bridge was called an architectural marvel at the time of its construction due to its classification as ‘Suspension Type Balanced Cantilever’ type structure, and was the third longest cantilever bridge in the world.

The major amount of high-tension steel required for the bridge’s construction was commissioned from Tata Steel and the entire project cost INR 25 million.

Today, the bridge is considered to be the busiest cantilever bridge in the world as it serves as a gateway to over 200, 000 vehicles and 150, 000 pedestrians every single day.

3. Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple Kolkata

Dedicated to Devi Bhavatarini, a form of Goddess Kali, Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a place that attracts hordes of devotees every day. Built in 1847 by the Queen of Janbazar, Rani Rashmoni, this temple stands on the banks of River Hooghly. Spread over an area of 25 acres, this temple is rightly regarded among Hindu devotees who come here to seek Goddess’s blessings and get rid of their problems.

There is both spiritual as well as socio- political significance attached to the history of the temple. When it comes to talking about the architecture, the temple structure was built in traditional ‘nav-ratna’ (nine spires) style which is associated with the Bengal School of architecture. It took 8 years and a staggering amount of INR 900,000 to complete the structure.

The temple became famous among the devotees after Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa took over as the head priest after the demise of his elder brother. Being an ardent devotee of Goddess Kali, he made quite a few changes to socio- religious environment in Bengal.

Rani Rashmoni, the founder of the temple was equally important in getting the reputation of the temple widespread. As opposed to archaic beliefs, she opened the temple gates for every sect of the society, thus breaking the societal barriers of class, caste, creed and religion.

The massive courtyard of the main temple has 12 smaller Shiva temples identical to each other with black stone shivalingas. The Shiva temples represent 12 Jyotirlingas and the temples are constructed in typical Bengal architectural style called ‘Aat- Chala’ (eight eaves). It is here in one of the Shiva temples that Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa attained enlightenment.

4. Nicco Amusement Park

Nicco Amusement Park

Located in the posh Salt Lake City of Greater Kolkata, Nicco Amusement park is spread across a total area of 40 acres which makes it the largest amusement park of Eastern India and it is best to spend an entire day at leisure to enjoy and have a good time with family here.

It was opened for public in the year 1991 and houses over 35 different attractions which include water rides, amusement rides such as Toy Train, Tilt-a-Whirl, Striking Cars, Paddle Boat, Water Chute, Water Coaster, Flying Saucer, Pirate Ship, River Caves, Cyclone and Moonraker.

The Nicco Park is also certified green park and keeping with the green theme, there is a greenhouse with a variety of plants grown and sold by the Indo-American Hybrid Seeds Limited, an organization which also runs the greenhouse.

The park is run as a joint venture between Nicco Corporation Limited and the Government of West Bengal. The conception of the idea of an amusement park was made by Rajive Kaul, who is the Chairman of Nicco Group, during the 300th anniversary of the founding of Kolkata.

Apart from the fun rides and exhibits, the park also provides educational recreation for kids under which there are quite a few educational exhibits within the park premises along with information on the scientific mechanism behind all rides right at the entrance gates of each ride.

Additionally, there is a solar energy village set up inside the park for children to understand how non-conventional energy sources can be utilized as alternatives instead of fossil fuels thereby making attempts of conserving them.

The Nicco Park has also received numerous awards and recognitions at national as well as global levels. Its river caves have been rated as most popular and innovative rides of 2010 and the giant cyclone was rated as best indigenously manufactured ride of 2007 by the Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries.

5. Indian Museum

Indian Museum Kolkata

Built in 1814, Indian Museum in Kolkata is considered to be the oldest museum of the country. Founded by Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata, its founder curator was a botanist from Denmark, Dr. Nathaniel Wallich. It was opened to the public in 1878. With six main sections and over 60 galleries, this museum is the largest museum in the country. It also boasts of being the ninth oldest museum in the world.

A wide collection of Mughal paintings, fossils, armour, mummies, skeletons, ornaments and antiques are displayed here. Not only with a rich collection, this museum captivates visitors with beautiful architecture as well. It was designed by Walter B Grawille, an Italian architect.

6. Kalighat Temple

Kalighat Temple Kolkata

Out of the 51 Shakti Peeths, Kalighat Temple of Kolkata is considered to be one of the most important. It was earlier a ghat on the old course of River Hooghly, which also led to the name of the city. Kalighat is believed to be the place where Goddess Sati’s right foot toes fell off from her burnt body during Lord Shiva's Rudra Tandava.

There is mention of Kalighat temple in 15th and 17th century literature too. It is said that the original temple, which was a small hut was built during the early 16th century. However, the current structure of the temple is said to be only 200 years old.

The Kalighat temple is located by the banks of Adi Ganga, a small canal which falls into the Hooghly River. It is believed that the route of this canal was the original course or path of the Hooghly River and hence, it is named Adi Ganga where ‘Adi’ means ‘Original’. The presence of archer coins that were popular during the Gupta period, prove the fact that the temple had been present at the same location during Gupta period.

The temple premises houses a couple of smaller temples, one dedicated to Shiva and is called as Nakuleshwar Mahadev Temple and the other temple is dedicated to Radha- Krishna and the locals call it Shyamo- Ray temple. There are few raised platforms in the courtyard of the temple premises to carry out certain activities and also for watching the rituals that take place inside the sanctum sanctorum.

An interesting trivia which relates Kalighat and Kolkata is that, the presiding deity of Kalighat goes by the name ‘Kalika’, and the city of Kolkata is named after her.

7. Alipore Zoological Gardens

Alipore Zoological Gardens

Popularly known as the Alipore Zoo or Calcutta Zoo, the Alipore Zoological Garden established and opened in 1876, is the oldest formal zoo of India. The zoo spans a total area of around 46.5 acres and has been home to several indigenous mammals, reptiles and bird species.

It was first established as a project of Indian Natural History, the private menagerie owned by Richard Wellesley, the then Governor General of India in 1800. Later it went on to become the first formal zoo of India.

The set up of the zoological garden was successful in 1875, after 3 failed attempts, in 1842, 1867 and 1873 respectively. The very first collections of the zoological garden came from private collections of the elites and nobility.

The zoological garden is home to around 1266 animals, that are a mix of primates, herbivores and carnivores belonging to 108 different species. Among the avian population, there are exotic pheasants, cockatoos, macaws, storks, and few endangered species like Spoonbill.

The Reptile House of the Alipore Zoological Garden is placed in a special corner, custom designed as per the specific need of each inhabitant, be it snakes, marsh crocodiles or ghariyals. The centrally located water bodies within the zoo premises attract a lot of migratory bird population every year.

The mention of Rai Bahadur Ram Brahma Sanyal, the first Superintendent of the garden becomes a must when Alipore Zoo comes into picture because of his immense contribution towards the captive breeding of animals coupled with his dedication to providing proper nutrition and medical care to the animals. His observations were recorded and published in his book “A Handbook of the Management of Wild Animals in Captivity in Lower Bengal" in 1892.

8. Kolkata Race Course

Kolkata Race Course

Boasting of being one of the oldest racecourses in India, Kolkata Race Course is the place where the first ever horse race was conducted. Its beautiful landscape makes it a must place to see on your Kolkata tour . Many of the horse races are conducted during public holidays and over weekends; however the best time to visit this place is during the months of September to March.

The race course is maintained by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club. Established in 1820 for the East India elites as a common place for social gatherings, sports and other amusements, the race course serves the perfect reminder of the colonial era.

The polo ground located adjacent to the race course is said to be the best in India. When there are no horse races organized, the elites of the city settle for polo matches organised by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.

9. Marble Palace

Marble Palace Kolkata

Another place to visit in Kolkata is the Marble Palace, which was constructed in the year 1835. As the name suggests, it has been built with marble. Built as a private property of Raja Rajendro Mullick, who was a landowner, this palace is often referred as the ‘Palace of Art’.

The family members of the Raja’s family still reside in the palace although one can also visit and admire its beautiful architecture and the rich and artistic collection. It houses a mini zoo where you can spot varied kinds of birds and animals. Its various exquisite oil paintings and original works of renowned painters, sculptures, pictures and other artefacts are worth exploring.

There is a Jagannath temple inside the premises which can be visited only from outside since it is only the family members who have access inside the temple. The specialty of this temple is that it was built even before the palace was built.

The architectural style of the building is a mix of traditional Bengali and Chinese elements and was built with over 120 different varieties of marbles, collected from various parts of the country. The marble pillars, walls and floorings of the mansion have carvings that bear resemblance to one of the earliest wonders of the world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

10. Eco Tourism Park

Eco Tourism Park Kolkata

Spread across 470 acres of land, Eco Tourism Park is a popular place to visit in Kolkata, offering a wide array of recreational choices. Also known as Prakriti Tirtha, it has lakes, museums, garden, amphitheatre, grassland, restaurants, mist house, etc., making it an ideal place to take a break from the monotony of everyday life.

The entire park area is surrounded by 103 acres of water body, giving it an appearance of an island. The three sections of the park are Ecological Zone, Theme Garden and Open Spaces with an array of activities that include zorbing, kayaking, cycling, rowing, paddle boating, speed boat rides, etc. which the visitors can choose to indulge in as per their interests.

There are official conference rooms as well as cottages to rent out for arranging both personal as well as official engagements. The location of the park makes it an absolute destination for a weekend getaway where one can unwind after a hectic work week.

11. Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens Kolkata

Being the oldest cricket ground of India, Eden Garden is nothing less than a pilgrimage for cricket fanatics and has been named as one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. It is a place for several historical moments related to the sport.

With a seating capacity of 68,000, it has undergone many improvements since its construction. The first ever first- class match that was hosted in this stadium was in 1917-18. The first test match in Eden gardens was played in 1934 while the first ODI match was played in 1987. It is indeed a place worth visiting in Kolkata.

It is not only the largest cricket stadium in India but the second largest in the world, second to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. It is home to the Bengal Ranji Team and IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. Eden garden is famous for being home to the loudest and liveliest audience and has been called ‘The Lords of Indian Subcontinent’ by former Australian captain, Steve Waugh.

The trivial fact about Eden Garden is that it was initially named ‘Auckland Circus Gardens’ but later was changed to ‘Eden Gardens’, after the Eden sisters of Lord Auckland Eden, Emily and Fanny Eden.

12. Jorasanko Thakurbari

Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata

A visit to Kolkata is incomplete without visiting the ancestral home of one of its most loved citizens, who also happens to be the first ever Asian to win the coveted Nobel Prize. Jorasanko Thakur Bari, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore, who was a poet and an artist, is a not to be missed destination when in Kolkata.

The Thakur Bari, which literally means, ‘House of Tagores’ has now been converted into Rabindra Bharati University and serves as a centre for Indian Classical Fine Arts and quality education. A portion of the building was converted into a museum in 1961 and is called Rabindra Bharati Museum. It exhibits the life and stories of all members of the Tagore family. It is a palatial ‘red brick’ mansion built on an area of 35,000 square metres.

It wasn’t just Rabindranath Tagore who was a person of importance in the house; all members of the Tagore family were known for their eminence in various walks of life, including the women of the family.

It is interesting to know that the purdah system which was prevalent in pre- independent India was never followed in the Tagore household. The women were equally encouraged to participate in discussions pertaining to politics, culture, art, literature, business and other worldly matters. One gets to get a glimpse of this and understand the family better while cruising through the museum.

Today, Jorasanko Thakur Bari is a must visit hub for all artists and art lovers from across the globe. It remains as popular as it used to be in the pre- independence era when all reformation activities, be it art or cultural, brewed right inside this mansion, including Bengal renaissance and Brahmo Samaj.

13. National Library

National Library Kolkata

The largest library in India, National Library is an important place to visit in Kolkata. Built with the prime objective to preserve, collect and distribute literary materials that are created in India, the National library is a place that will interest everyone.

Spread over 30 acres of land, it is located on the Belvedere Estate in Alipore. This library is now managed by the Dept. of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India. Its rich collection consists of books in almost all the prominent languages of the country, varying from Telugu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and many more. The library also has a separate section for children.

14. Mother House

Mother House Kolkata

The headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, which is popularly known as ‘Mother House’ was found by Mother Teresa in 1950, with the motive to serve humanity. As her last resting place, her tomb lies in the same place.

Visitors can also see the house where she has spent most years of her life along with the tomb. It is an important place to visit in Kolkata. A small museum has also been built near the building, showcasing the life of Mother Teresa and whatever minimal utilities she lived with.

The artefacts and exhibits of the museum include handwritten letters of Mother Teresa, her saree, her crucifix and rosary, her worn out slippers and a worn out bowl. Her handwritten spiritual urgings are also placed as exhibits here. They are a reflection of the humility with which she spent her life.

The burial place or the room where Mother Teresa’s tomb is built is used by visitors for offering prayers and meditation. Sometimes, there are pilgrim group masses conducted here in presence of priests however; there is a need of an advanced notification to carry out such requests.

15. MP Birla Planetarium

MP Birla Planetarium Kolkata

Among the many famous landmarks and attractions of the City of Joy, Birla Planetarium, which loosely resembles the Sanchi Stupa in design, has its own uniqueness by being the oldest and largest planetariums in Asia, and second largest in the world. It was built in 1962 and had a grand inaugural at the hands of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, who was the then Prime Minister of India.

The idea of building a planetarium in India was conceived by the famous industrialist and philanthropist, Mr. M. P. Birla, the founder of the M. P. Group. He wanted it to not only be a planetarium but also an institute where education on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology would be carried out.

The institute offers a 10- month course in astronomy on a weekly basis without any charges. The course is conducted during the evenings. Additionally, there are also graded programmes for school kids of all age groups and a detailed post- graduate diploma course in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences for students who majored in Physics and Mathematics.

One of the unique features of Birla Planetarium of Kolkata is that there are live lectures during the shows, which helps visitors to gain additional information, mostly trivial, thus giving them an opportunity to interact with industry experts.

One of the reasons for the popularity of Birla Planetarium is also because of its location within the vicinity of Maidan area and being in close proximity of the Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral, two most iconic structures of Kolkata, being significant in terms of both history and architecture.

16. Belur Math

Belur Math Kolkata

Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission is a temple for seekers of spiritual fulfilment and makes it a must visit destination as it follows a non- sectarian and spiritual approach. It is spread across a total area of 40 acres, and is surrounded by palm trees and well maintained gardens.

The temple itself is the representation of one universal faith and is visited by people from all over the world. The Math was conceptualized and founded by the chief disciple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda during the 20th century. The ideology behind setting up such an institution was ‘selfless service of God in man’.

Due to its impressive architecture, peaceful ambience and historical significance, Belur Math has become a must visit destination when in Kolkata.

It was Swami Vijnanananda, who designed the Belur Math temple, which is built in chunar stone and concrete in an area spanning 32, 900 square feet and 113 feet high. Since it is based on one universal faith, the elements and styles of design are inspired by religious diversity and blend into each other very smoothly. Due to this, the monument appears to be a temple, a cathedral and a mosque when seen from different angles.

Due to the many facets of its design, the monument has also been named as ‘Symphony of Architecture’ by the Ramakrishna Mission. The architect was also a direct disciple of Shri Ramakrishna.

Apart from the central monument, there is a museum which exhibits information and personal belongings of Ramakrishna and others, and temples of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, wife of the great sage Sri Ramakrishna and all direct disciples of the sage. There is also a Samadhi enclosure which houses a marble plaque with names of 7 direct disciples of Shri Ramakrishna who were cremated there.

Participating in their volunteering services is a good way to be associated with and understand the philosophies of the Mission.

17. Fort William

Fort William Kolkata

Kolkata is a treasure trove of history and historical buildings and another must visit place that played a very significant role in India’s history is Fort William. It was named after King William III or William of Orange. The Fort William that now stands strong is the second and new fort which was commissioned by Sir Robert Clive in 1758 and was completed in 1781. The old Fort William was a smaller two- storeyed structure built in 1696 and is known as the infamous ‘Black hole of Calcutta’.

The new Fort William was built after British East India defeated and killed the then Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah in the Battle of Plassey. The new fort was built in a separate area and with a stronger defence structure laid over 5 acres of land. The fort building is octagonal in shape and the irregular star design makes it impassable. Fort William is the only fort in the entire world which could never be besieged.

Today, Fort William acts as the military headquarters of Eastern Command with a capacity to hold around 10,000 army personnel at a time. The fort complex has a museum wherein the exhibits are a collection of utilities or ammunitions or cannons captured during wartime right from medieval to modern day. Among them, a couple of such attractions are the cannons and tanks captured during the Bangladesh Liberation war of 1971.

The fort has a boxing ring, swimming pool, firing range, restaurants, outdoor playground, shopping complex, movie theatre, post office, library and laundry. The access to the fort is restricted for civilians without prior permits however; the Indian Army arranges a special display on 16th December every year, which is celebrated as ‘Vijay Diwas’.

18. Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir Kolkata

Birla Mandir of Kolkata is another prominent place to visit in the city. Its impressive architecture with intricate carving and sculpting that has been built at an elevation of 160 feet above the ground, presents a mesmerising sight. Built in white marble, it is spread over an area of 130 acres of land. Started in 1970, its construction was completed in 1996. Also known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Birla Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.

Apart from the principal deities, the temple also has statues of other Hindu Gods- Shiva in meditation mode, Goddess Durga and Goddess Shakti.

Built by the illustrious Birla Family of West Bengal, the temple has structural resemblance to the Lingaraj Temple of Bhubaneswar in Odisha and has a huge number of devotees from far off places visiting during the Janmashtami festivities.

Built with a mix of design elements from both traditional and contemporary art, it is considered one of the finest architectural works of the country with fine and intricate artworks adorning the dome, pillars and walls of the temple. The marble walls have pictorial carvings of teachings and verses from the Bhagavad Gita. The entire structure was designed by architect Nomi Bose.

The temple is located on Ballygunge Road in South Kolkata.

19. Science City

Science City Kolkata

Science City in Kolkata, being the largest science centre in the entire Indian subcontinent, is one of the major attractions and is a must visit as it offers one of a kind experience for the visitors. The Science City is a perfect place to experience the blend between Science and Entertainment. It was opened in 1997.

It is a unit of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and was started with the single motto of popularization of science. Built on what used to be a dumping ground for more than 100 years, the Science City lies over a 50 acre land. The complex is divided into two portions namely, the Science Centre and the Convention Centre.

Paul Jozef Crutzen and Mr. Jyoti Basu, the then CM of West Bengal had inaugurated the Convention Centre in December 1996. The complete centre was inaugurated by Mr. Indra Kumar Gujral, the then Prime Minister of India in July 1997.

The centre which is equally famous among domestic as well as international tourists has a dedicated section for aquatic worlds that houses some of the most exotic fish and insects. Additionally, this section is also home to Space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Science Exploration Hall, Maritime Centre, Earth Exploration Hall and a sprawling Science Park.

20. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden Kolkata

Built in the 18th century, the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden is spread over 109 hectares. With over 14,000 trees, shrubs, creepers and climbers put together, the garden houses 1400 different species of flora. It is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Kolkata, with lush greenery and refreshing environment to relax. It has an orchid house, an in-house library, and artificial lakes with the facility of boating as well.

The garden was conceptualized in 1787 by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kyd, an army officer of the British East India Company. The garden was called East India Company Bagan and has been renamed many times until 2009 when it was named after the famous Indian Scientist, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose.

The Botanical garden has an envious collection of several exotic plants including rare and endangered species, which is conserved into 25 separate divisions. These collectives are placed in glass houses, greenhouses and conservatories depending on the type of environment they need for their well- being.

The garden houses the oldest herbariums of the country which was named Central National Herbarium. It is one of the most extensive herbariums in the entire world with 2.5 million specimens of dried plants. This is maintained by the Botanical Survey of India.

Some of the rarest collections include Victoria Amazonica, a type of water lily, double coconut, Krishnabot and the Shivalinga tree. It is interesting to know that all the artificial lakes inside the garden are interconnected via underground pipes, which are further connected to the river for smooth inlet and outlet of water via sluice gates.

The major highlight of the botanical garden is its 250-year-old banyan tree, occupying an area of 1.89 hectares forming the largest canopy in the world. The tree finds mention in the Guiness Book of World Record, in almost all travel books and is famously called ‘The Great Banyan Tree’.

21. Writers’ Building

Writers’ Building Kolkata

Initially built for the clerical and the administrative staff in 1690s, Writer’s Building which is also known as Mahakaran, is now used as the Secretariat of West Bengal Government. The building was named Writers as the junior staff was called writer back then.

The present impressive structure of the writer's building was built during the tenure of Lt. Governor Ashley Eden in 1877. The construction was done in the place of an old building. Located in the heart of the city, its red colour and gigantic structure is impossible to miss when in Kolkata.

22. St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Kolkata

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a historical building with religious significance. The foundation to this building was laid out in 1839 while its construction was completed after 8 years.

Designed by Major William Nairn Forbes, the building of the cathedral was built in Indo-Gothic architectural style. However, due to natural calamities, it was destroyed twice. Later in 1934, St. Paul’s Cathedral was again constructed with an architectural resemblance to Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral. Its beautiful structure makes it a place worth visiting.

23. Shaheed Minar

Shaheed Minar Kolkata

Given the history of Kolkata, it is quite clear that there were many wars and rebellions fought here, which makes the city a place of memorials. Located in the Esplanade area of Kolkata, next to the Brigade grounds, stands the Shaheed Minar, which literally translates to ‘Martyr’s Monument’.

It was first constructed in memory of Sir David Ochterlony, who was a Major General of Bengal Artillery in British East India Company. The memorial monument was initially named as Ochterlony Monument and was built to commemorate East India Company’s victory over the Marathas in Delhi in 1804 and Gurkha War in 1816.

Designed by architect J. P. Parker, the monument is mostly a blend of many architectural styles with elements inspired from Middle Eastern and Turkish designs. The ground surrounding the monument has remained witness to several political activities.

24. Aquatica Water Park

Aquatica Water Park Kolkata

Spread across a total area of 17 acres, the Aquatic Water Park in Kolkata is considered to be the largest water themed park of Eastern India. The water park is located in Hatgachia, near Rajarhat township and was built in 1999. To get your dose of weekend getaway when in Kolkata, a visit to this theme park becomes necessary.

As the name suggests, the park’s main attraction is its various themed water rides however, the premises also have resort facilities wherein the guests can select from the deluxe and super deluxe rooms and book themselves a relaxed stay over the weekend and unwind.

When it comes to the themed water rides, there are options for every age group and they include Jungle safari, Black hole, Raft slide, Aqua dance, Niagara Falls, Cyclone, Wave pool, Lazy river, The Family pool, Pendulum and Multi-lane. Among these, the wave pool is the most popular and is rated highest on the demand scale.

In addition to resort and rides, Aquatica Park also offers services for corporate and large-scale events which also include weddings and receptions. There are conference halls, party lawns and an Aqua Hall that are specifically designed to host wedding receptions along with a few large scale corporate events that require a setup of formal sit- down dinners.

The 3 open lawns are named Aqua lawn, which is the largest among the open lawns, Central lawn which is surrounded by the lazy river and the third one is called Niagara Lawn as it has the Niagara fall ride which makes a pretty backdrop.

25. Rabindra Sarobar

Rabindra Sarobar Kolkata

An artificial lake which was dug out of a marsh, the Rabindra Sarobar is the second largest water body of Kolkata, spread across 73 acres out of the total green cover of 192 acres which constitutes indigenous flora and vegetation. The lake was made in 1921 and has become a favorite for thousands of morning walkers and joggers of the nearby area.

Considering it as a major environmental and ecological reserve, the Rabindra Sarobar has been named as a water body of national importance and also been declared to be a ‘National Lake’ in 1997. The lake also becomes home to several migratory birds during winter and is a sight to watch. Several birding enthusiasts flock to the lake during this time.

26. Rabindra Sadan

Rabindra Sadan Kolkata

Established in the year 1967 on the Belvedere Street, Rabindra Sadan is one of the oldest cultural hubs and is a prime venue for theatre and several film festivals in Kolkata. It was named Rabindra Sadan in memory of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Being the hub for culture and fine arts, artists from all over the world visit and participate in theatre and performing arts.

It is interesting to know that the foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1961 and the construction was completed in 1967.

The entire complex houses several cultural centres like Rabindra Sadan Stage, Nazrul Academy, Nandan- a fil and cultural centre sponsored by the government, Gaganendra Pradarshanshala, Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi- the official regulatory body of the Bengali language in West Bengal, and the auditorium named Sisir Mancha.

27. Raj Bhawan

Raj Bhawan Kolkata

Originally built in 1803, across a land area of 27 acres, the Raj Bhavan of Kolkata is the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal. Boasting of an impeccable architecture and surrounded by massive gardens, the Raj Bhavan is accessible to the public only upon producing government photo ID cards. For international visitors, both original and photocopies of passports are a must. Visitors are given guided tours of the building.

The scandalous but interesting story behind the building of the Raj Bhavan dates back to 1799 when the then Governor-General of India Marquess Wellesley decided to have a palatial house to himself as a symbol of his status. It took him four years and around 63,000 pounds to complete the construction, which did not go very well with the treasury of the East India Company. He was finally sent back to England after being accused of improper usage of Company funds.

Designed by architect Captain Charles Wyatt, the structure is built in neo- classical architectural style with baroque overtones. The impressive halls and curved corridors, balconies, throne room, banquet halls, residential suites are worth a visit to get the feel of the colonial opulence.

28. Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat Kolkata

One of the highlights of one’s Kolkata trip should be a visit to Prinsep Ghat. Located between Fort William’s St. George Gate and the Water Gate, Prinsep ghat was constructed in 1843 using Palladian style architecture with Gothic and Greek inlays. The monument was designed by W. Fitzgerald and named after the Anglo- Indian scholar James Prinsep to honor his contributions to the fields of archaeology, meteorology, and ancient Indian scriptures.

With the Vidyasagar Setu in the background, sunsets from Prinsep Ghat are a sight to revere. Most locals flock here in the evenings and wait till sunset as it offers one of the most beautiful sunset views. One can also take a walk on the newly constructed riverfront that stretches from Prinsep ghat to Babughat and the entire stretch is lined by garden and fountains.

29. Park Street

Park Street Kolkata

When in Kolkata, one cannot and must not avoid a visit to Park Street, the nerve centre of the city’s evening recreations and happening night life thereby gaining its reputation as ‘the street that never sleeps’. The park street area is thronged with youngsters and elites alike due to the variety of places it offers.

Apart from being the hub of most prominent landmark heritage buildings of the city, Park Street is also famous for the food, hence, is also called the ‘Food Street’. It is the place where the iconic South Park Street Cemetery is situated, which is considered among the most haunted places of India.

Some of the famous restaurants and nightclubs in the area are Trinca’s, Peter Cat, Moulin Rouge, Mocambo, Blue Fox, Charcoal Grill, Tung Fong, Over the Top and Only Pub. Park Street also offers shopping experience for both street shoppers and elites.

30. Tipu Sultan Mosque

Tipu Sultan Mosque Kolkata

The multi-dome mosque in the heart of Esplanade in the city of Kolkata tells tales of a fallen royal family. The mosque in question is the Tipu Sultan mosque which was built by Prince Ghulam Mohammed Anwar Shah, the youngest son of the legendary and braveheart King of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.

Constructed in the year 1832, the mosque locally known as Tipu Sultan Shahi Masjid is an architectural and cultural heritage with double aisles and tall minarets. It is believed that the family of Tipu Sultan was exiled in the then city of Calcutta after the king was killed.

Forced to live a penniless life after the death of his father, the young prince started saving the stipend he received from the British East India Company and used his enterprising skills to acquire all the land from South to Central Kolkata. He built twin mosques in honor of his father, Tipu sultan and named both the mosques after him.

The mosque might not be very popular but due to its interesting history, is visited by people from far and wide.

Along with these, there are a few more interesting places to visit in Kolkata such as South Park Street Cemetery , Town Hall , Nakhoda Mosque , etc. And if you have a day or two extra, then you can plan a visit to various sightseeing places near Kolkata city. Some of these are Sundarbans National Park, Shantiniketan, terracotta temples of Bishnupur and beaches in Digha and Mandarmani.

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Is Kolkata safe for tourists? Kolkata is generally safe for tourists. Exercise basic precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

People fondly call Kolkata “The City of Joy,” and for good reason – its vibrant culture, rich history, and literary heritage make it a delightful destination for travelers.

Today, let’s embark on a virtual Kolkata sightseeing tour to discover the best places to visit, the must-see historical spots, and exciting things to do in this fascinating city.

1: Victoria Memorial Structure In Kolkata

2: indian museum, 3: birla planetarium.

  • 4: St. Paul's Cathedral

5: Howrah Bridge

6: kalighat temple, 7. botanical gardens in kolkata, 8. dakshineshwar temple, kolkata, 9. vivekananda samadhi at belur math, kolkata, 10. kumartuli, kolkata, 1: shantiniketan, 2: bishnupur, 3: sundarbans, 4: digha beach, 5: darjeeling, historical marvels, cultural delights.

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Art and creativity, serene getaways, local markets, festivals galore, quaint cafes and hangouts, educational hub, sporting spirit, riverside retreats, nightlife in the city of joy, hidden gems, religious harmony, transportation hub, planning your visit, q. what are the must-try street foods in kolkata, q. how can i travel within the city, q. when is the best time to visit kolkata, q. are there budget-friendly shopping options in kolkata, q. can i capture photographs at religious sites, q. is kolkata safe for solo travelers, q. are credit cards widely accepted in kolkata, q. can i visit the sundarbans as a day trip from kolkata, 😇 conclusion, ✉ tell us in the comment as per you which are the best places to visit in kolkata..

Best Places To Visit In Kolkata

📃 List of 10 Best Places To Visit In Kolkata

If you prepare a journey, you need at least 3 or 4 days on hand for Kolkata sightseeing.

Kolkata has a robust public transportation city with a strategy of buses, cable cars, yellow taxis, radio taxis, regional trains, and ferryboats throughout Ganga.

Exclusively based upon my personal favorites. I kept in mind listed below is a list of the most popular tourist places in Kolkata to see.

Victoria Memorial Structure In Kolkata

Spanning 57 acres with 21 lush gardens, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata is a romantic haven.

Built in memory of Queen Victoria, it hosts 28,394 artifacts and 3,900 paintings, attracting 20 lakh visitors yearly.

This marble beauty, now a museum, is adorned with marble statues, artifacts, and oil paintings, making it a top destination in Kolkata.

The surrounding expansive gardens are often called the city’s lungs, adding to its allure.

  • Location:  Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queen’s Way, Kolkata
  • Timings:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Entry fee:  INR 30 for Indians, and INR 200 for foreigners
  • Reviews  |TripAdvisor ratings:  4.5/5

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Indian Museum

The Indian Museum, an esteemed institution, holds the distinction of possibly being the oldest museum in Asia. Situated close to the Victoria Museum, it stands as one of the popular attractions in Kolkata.

For museum enthusiasts, a visit here can easily span the entire day, given its extensive offerings. As the oldest and largest museum in India, the Indian Museum showcases the charm of the country.

It’s an ideal destination in Kolkata, especially for youngsters, providing valuable insights into the rich traditions and cultural heritage of India.

  • Location:  27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Colootola, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata
  • Timings:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry fee:  INR 20 for Indians, and INR 500 for foreigners
  • Reviews  | TripAdvisor ratings:  4.5/5

Birla Planetarium

The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, designed with the grace of Buddhist Stupa and Sanchi styles, is a captivating destination.

Beyond its unique circular architecture, the daily sky show steals the spotlight, unraveling astronomy’s wonders and heavenly myths.

Step inside for a brief, yet enchanting journey through the night sky, gaining insights into celestial marvels. Whether an astronomy enthusiast or casual visitor, the Birla Planetarium promises a unique blend of architectural charm and cosmic revelations.

Explore the universe’s wonders in a concise visit, leaving you with both visual and educational treasures.

  • Location:  Cathedral Road, near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
  • Timings:  11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Entry fee:  INR 80
  • Reviews  | TripAdvisor ratings:  4/5

4: St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

Nestled among the Kolkata tourist attractions, St. Paul’s Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, was completed in 1847, showcasing an exquisite example of Gothic architecture in India.

This cathedral is renowned not only for its architectural grandeur but also for hosting Kolkata’s finest Christmas service. Over the years, the popularity of this event has surged, leading to a shift in its accessibility. Presently, the Christmas service is exclusively reserved for parish members, adding to its allure as one of Kolkata’s sought-after destinations.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, boasting a design reminiscent of Norwich Cathedral, stands as the largest cathedral in Kolkata. Its Gothic style makes it an architectural marvel and a prime spot for those on a religious tour.

Discover the serene beauty and historical significance of St. Paul’s Cathedral, a unique gem among Kolkata’s landmarks.

  • Location: Maidan, Kolkata
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Entry fee: None
  • Reviews | TripAdvisor ratings: 4/5

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Howrah Bridge | Best places to visit in Kolkata

Belur Math holds a significant place as a pilgrimage site and serves as the headquarters for Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Renowned among Kolkata’s tourist destinations, it stands out as an ideal spot for those seeking inner peace.

The serene surroundings and architectural brilliance of Belur Math make it a focal point of Kolkata’s tourism, inviting visitors to experience tranquility and appreciate its creative essence.

Explore the harmonious blend of spirituality and architectural beauty at this prominent destination.

  • Location:  Belur, Howrah, West Bengal
  • Timings:  6:00 am to 11:30 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entry fee:  Free Entry
  • Reviews  | TripAdvisor ratings:  4.5/5

Kalighat Temple | Best places to visit in Kolkata

Immerse yourself in the spiritual allure of Kolkata by visiting the Kali Temple, an architectural gem constructed in the early 1800s in the Chala or Bengal hut design.

Located in the southern part of Kolkata, this temple serves as a magnetic draw, attracting a multitude of devotees year-round. It stands proudly as one of the premier destinations in the city.

Embark on a journey to the Kali Temple to seek blessings from Goddess Kali. This sacred site not only offers a spiritual experience but also provides a unique opportunity to delve into the rich culture, traditions, and religious beliefs of the people of Kolkata.

Discover the profound significance of this place, making it a must-visit for those looking to connect with the cultural essence of this vibrant city.

  • Location:  Anami Sangha, Kalighat, Kolkata
  • Timings:  5:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Entry Fee:  None
  • Reviews  | TripAdvisor ratings:  3.5/5

 Botanical Gardens In Kolkata

Nestled along the western banks of the River Ganga, the Botanical Garden spans 273 acres, celebrated for its diverse floral tapestry.

Home to over 12,000 plant species, it stands as a breathtaking sightseeing destination in Kolkata .

For travelers yearning to immerse themselves in the enchanting beauty of nature, this garden is a must-visit, offering a serene escape along the banks of the Ganges.

  • Location:  Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal
  • Timings:  10 am to 7 pm
  • Entry fee:  INR 10 for Indians | INR 100 for foreigners
  • Reviews  | TripAdvisor ratings:  5/5

Dakshineshwar Temple, Kolkata

Situated in the town of Dakshineswar in Kolkata, the Dakshineswar Kali Temple stands as a revered pilgrimage site dedicated to Goddess Kali.

A vital inclusion in a one-day Kolkata itinerary, this architectural masterpiece holds immense significance as one of the city’s holiest places.

Not only does it offer spiritual resonance, but it is also surrounded by some of the finest cafes in Kolkata, adding an extra layer of charm to your visit.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the cultural and culinary delights that converge around this iconic temple.

Vivekananda Samadhi at Belur Math, Kolkata

Belur Math, a pivotal pilgrimage site and the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, stands out as one of the premier tourist destinations in Kolkata.

Ideal for those seeking inner peace, its tranquil surroundings and architectural brilliance make it a highlight in Kolkata’s tourism landscape.

Discover serenity and spiritual reflection at this iconic spot in the city.

Best places to visit in Kolkata

Kumartuli, nestled in northern Kolkata, West Bengal, is a historic potters’ quarter celebrated for its sculpting excellence.

This vibrant city is not only a hub for crafting clay idols for diverse festivals but also serves as a prominent exporter of these artistic creations.

Dive into the rich tradition of craftsmanship at Kumartuli, where every sculpture tells a story of cultural brilliance.

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Places To Visit Near Kolkata

In addition to the well-known places in Kolkata, there is an unlimited number of tourist places near Kolkata .

For covering the popular ones, you would require a minimum of a month. Here is a list of a few of the leading tourist places to visit near Kolkata.


Shantiniketan, located approximately 165 kilometers from Kolkata, is a distinguished university town, renowned for its association with Rabindranath Tagore.

Serving as the headquarters of Biswa Bharati University, this academically rich institution is adorned with impressive wall art, statues, and sculptures, creating an atmosphere that exudes tranquility.

A visit to Shantiniketan promises a unique and peaceful experience, making it one of Kolkata’s distinctive and captivating destinations.


Bishnupur, a temple town located around 150 kilometers from Kolkata, boasts an abundant collection of terracotta temples. Constructed by the Malla dynasty in the 17th century, Bishnupur was once a thriving center of music and art.

Besides the grand temples, a visit to Bishnupur offers a glimpse into the cultural heritage of Bengal, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the artistic pursuits that define the region.


The Sundarbans is a vast mangrove area situated in the delta where the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Rivers converge into the Bay of Bengal.

The Sundarban Reserve Forest in Bangladesh holds the distinction of being the largest mangrove forest globally, highlighting its ecological significance and biodiversity.

Located approximately 100 kilometers from Kolkata, the Sundarbans, also known as Sundarban or “Beautiful Forest,” is characterized by its rich and diverse ecosystem.

This unique mangrove forest stands as a testament to the natural wonders found in the region.

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Digha Beach

Digha, situated on the Bay of Bengal, is a renowned seashore approximately 200 kilometers from Kolkata, reachable in about 4 hours.

This popular destination serves as a favorite picnic spot, attracting large crowds seeking a getaway by the sea.


Accessible by an overnight journey from Kolkata, exploring Darjeeling on the “Toy Train” adds a distinctive charm to the visit, making it a memorable and one-of-a-kind adventure.

Darjeeling, a town in the Himalayan foothills of India’s West Bengal state, once served as a summer resort for the British Raj elite. Retaining its historical charm, it is notable for the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the “Toy Train,” which was completed in 1881.

The region is renowned for its distinctive black tea produced on surrounding plantations. Set against the backdrop of Mt. Kanchenjunga, one of the world’s highest peaks, Darjeeling offers a picturesque and unique experience.

  • Victoria Memorial: A testament to Kolkata’s colonial past, the Victoria Memorial stands as an architectural masterpiece. Encircled by lush gardens, this white marble beauty is a tribute to Queen Victoria.
  • Howrah Bridge: Connecting the bustling Howrah district to Kolkata, the Howrah Bridge is an iconic symbol. Witness the sunset from this engineering marvel for a breathtaking view.
  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple: Perched on the eastern banks of the Hooghly, this temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is a spiritual haven. The traditional architecture and serene surroundings make it a must-visit.
  • Indian Museum: Delve into Kolkata’s cultural treasures at the Indian Museum. With artifacts spanning centuries, it offers a journey through India’s rich history.

Nature’s Embrace

  • Maidan: Escape the city buzz at Maidan, a vast green expanse. Ideal for leisurely strolls or a game of cricket, it’s the lungs of Kolkata.
  • Eco Park: A modern marvel, Eco Park is a green oasis featuring themed gardens, water bodies, and recreational activities.

Must-try Street Food: Savor the flavors of Kolkata through its street food. From Kathi Rolls to Puchka, the city’s culinary scene is a gastronomic adventure.

  • Academy of Fine Arts: Immerse yourself in Kolkata’s art scene at the Academy of Fine Arts. Exhibitions, performances, and workshops await art enthusiasts.
  • Marble Palace: An architectural gem, Marble Palace is a blend of art and opulence. Open to the public, it houses an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings.
  • Prinsep Ghat: A riverside retreat, Prinsep Ghat offers tranquility amidst colonial architecture. Boat rides on the Hooghly add a romantic touch.
  • Botanical Gardens: For nature lovers, the Botanical Gardens showcase diverse plant species. The iconic Banyan Tree is a major attraction.
  • New Market: Indulge in shopping at New Market, a bustling hub offering everything from clothing to souvenirs.
  • Gariahat: Known for its vibrant street markets, Gariahat is a treasure trove for budget shoppers.
  • Durga Puja: Experience the grandeur of Durga Puja , Kolkata’s most celebrated festival. Pandals, cultural performances, and artistic displays adorn the city.
  • Diwali Celebrations: Witness the city aglow during Diwali. From vibrant decorations to cultural events, Kolkata celebrates the Festival of Lights with zest.

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  • Flurys: Step into Flurys, an iconic tearoom exuding old-world charm. Indulge in delectable pastries and aromatic teas.
  • College Street Coffee House: A literary haven, College Street Coffee House is perfect for book lovers. Enjoy a cup of coffee amidst a collection of timeless novels.
  • Presidency University: As an intellectual hub, Presidency University has nurtured minds for centuries. Explore its historic campus and academic legacy.
  • Jadavpur University: Known for its vibrant student life, Jadavpur University is a melting pot of culture and innovation.
  • Eden Gardens: Cricket enthusiasts must visit Eden Gardens, India’s oldest cricket stadium. Feel the sporting spirit in this iconic venue.
  • Salt Lake Stadium: For football aficionados, Salt Lake Stadium hosts thrilling matches. Immerse yourself in the passion of Kolkata’s football culture.
  • Millennium Park: A serene enclave along the Hooghly, Millennium Park is perfect for riverside picnics and leisurely walks.
  • Outram Ghat: Capture stunning views of the river and cityscape from Outram Ghat. It’s an ideal spot to unwind.
  • Park Street: Kolkata’s nightlife comes alive on Park Street. From pubs to fine dining, the options are endless.
  • Howrah Riverfront: Experience the magic of the Howrah Riverfront at night. The illuminated Howrah Bridge creates a mesmerizing scene.
  • Rabindra Sarovar: Escape the urban hustle at Rabindra Sarovar. This peaceful lake surrounded by greenery is a hidden gem for nature lovers.
  • Kumartuli: Witness the artistic prowess of Kolkata at Kumartuli, where skilled artisans craft exquisite idols, especially during Durga Puja.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral: A symbol of religious harmony, St. Paul’s Cathedral showcases Gothic architecture. The tranquil atmosphere invites contemplation.
  • Nakhoda Masjid: For a glimpse into Kolkata’s Islamic heritage, visit Nakhoda Masjid. The grand mosque is a testimony to the city’s diversity.
  • Howrah Junction: One of India’s busiest railway stations, Howrah Junction is a gateway to Kolkata. The historic station itself is worth exploring.
  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport: Arrive in Kolkata through the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, a modern and well-connected aviation hub.

Travel Tips:

  • Visit during the winter months (October to February) for pleasant weather.
  • Embrace local transport like trams and hand-pulled rickshaws for a unique experience.

Best Seasons:

  • Explore Kolkata’s vibrant festivals during Durga Puja in October.
  • Enjoy mild temperatures and festive spirit during Diwali in November.

🙋🏻‍♀️ FAQ’s About Best Places To Visit In Kolkata

There are a lot of questions that come to our mind while planning for the Kolkata visit, some of the commonly asked questions are answered below.

A. Don’t miss out on Kathi Rolls, Puchka, and Rosogolla for an authentic culinary experience.

A. Opt for the iconic yellow taxis or use the efficient metro and local trains for convenient city travel.

A. The winter months, from October to February, offer pleasant weather and vibrant festivals.

A. Yes, markets like New Market and Gariahat offer a wide range of affordable shopping choices.

A. While photography is generally allowed, it’s advisable to respect the sanctity of religious places and seek permission if required.

A. Kolkata is generally considered safe for solo travelers. However, it’s advisable to stay vigilant and follow standard safety precautions.

A. While many establishments accept credit cards, it’s advisable to carry some cash, especially when exploring local markets and street vendors.

A. Yes, day trips to the Sundarbans are possible. However, for a more immersive experience, consider an overnight stay to explore the mangrove forest thoroughly.

In every nook and cranny, Kolkata unfolds its tales of history, art, and warmth. From the grandeur of Victoria Memorial to the tranquility of Rabindra Sarovar, the city offers a mosaic of experiences. Embrace the spirit of the City of Joy, and let Kolkata leave an indelible mark on your heart.

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With its quaint yellow taxis, vintage trams, massive bridges, age-old jazz bars, colonial structures, heritage homes, iconic eateries, Durga Puja festivities, picturesque ghats and boat rides over Ganga -- Kolkata is the city of picture perfect snapshots.


Things To See & Do

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dedicated to goddess kali.

Minimum 2 hours

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Vast Public Park in the Heart of Kolkata

0.5 hours to 1 h...

Belur Math

A Beautiful Pilgrimage Destination

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

The floating lifeline of kolkata.

15 to 30 minutes

Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial

British-era palatial marble museum.

Indian Museum

Indian Museum

Treasure-trove of indian history.

Netaji Bhawan

Netaji Bhawan

Memorial for freedom fighter subhas chandra bose.

Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat

River hooghly's most famous ghat.

1 to 2 hours

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Birthplace of rabindranath tagore.

Maulana Azad Museum Kolkata

Maulana Azad Museum Kolkata

Celebrating a freedom fighter's legacy.

Dalhousie Square

Dalhousie Square

Kolkata's colonial heritage, best time to visit kolkata, throughout the year, peak season, moderate season.

  • Whattoexpect : Cool weather.
  • Thingsyou'lllove : Regional festivals, street food and sightseeing.


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Set on the opposite side of the Hooghly River, this temple is devoted to Bhavatarini, a manifestation of Parashakti Adya Kali. Rani Rashmoni, a devotee of the goddess Kali as well as a prominent reformer and independence fighter in Bengal, is credited with establishing the shrine. It is among the most revered places to visit in Kolkata.

This museum, one of the most insightful places to visit in Kolkata, is located in New Market, and it features exhibits of precious artwork, fossils, antiques, and more. It is the ninth-oldest museum in the world and is more commonly referred to as "Jadughar." Not to mention, it is among the top 10 places to visit in Kolkata.

The Howrah Bridge is a cantilever structure that carries traffic over the Hooghly River in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is among the most popular places to visit in Kolkata.

This enormous marble palace is one of the most recognisable places to visit in Kolkata. It was constructed between 1906 and 1921. It was built in remembrance of Queen Victoria, the British monarch who served as Empress of India from 1876 until 1901. This is also among the most popular places to visit in South Kolkata.

The magnificent Belur Math , one of the holiest places to visit in Kolkata, is a temple that is found on the western bank of the River Hooghly. It is set on the western bank of the Hooghly River in Belur. It is considered to be the spiritual epicentre of the Ramakrishna movement as a whole. Belur Math should be on your list of places to visit in Kolkata for 2 days.

Best Time to visit Kolkata

The summer season in Kolkata begins in March and lasts all the way through the month of May. The heat and humidity are both at their peak levels, and the temperature is consistently about 40 degrees Celsius. Despite the stifling heat, there are places to visit in Kolkata in summer.

The monsoons typically occur between the months of June and September. Heavy rains fall during the monsoon season, raising the humidity level to its highest point. The greatest time to visit Kolkata is in the months following the end of the monsoon season.

The city experiences winter from the months of November through February. At this time of year, the temperatures that drop to their lowest point typically average around 12 degrees Celsius. This is the perfect time to explore the best places to visit in Kolkata since the temperature is just right and the weather is really lovely.

Places to visit in Kolkata with family & friends

The Tagores made their first home in Kolkata in a building known as Jorasanko Thakur Bari. It is among the most historically insightful places to visit in Kolkata. It was the scene of considerable political and cultural debate throughout India's war for independence, and it was also the location of the conflict. It is also counted among the top places to visit in North Kolkata.

This park, which is 1,000 acres in size, is regarded highly by the city's sports-obsessed population and serves as the city's lungs. Another name for the Maidan is the Brigade Parade Ground. It is India's largest urban public park. You can have a wonderful time here with your family, making it one of the top places to visit in Kolkata.

If you are looking for places to visit in Kolkata in one day, then include this tourist site in your list. This building was once Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birthplace but is now used as a museum dedicated to his legacy. It is among the most incredible places to visit in Kolkata. This structure is currently being used as the headquarters for the Netaji Research Bureau.

Best Places Kolkata for couples

Dalhousie Square is the name that most people give to the administrative district which is known as BBD Bagh. The vast majority of these buildings were created during the period of time that Kolkata served as the capital of the British Empire. You can have a wonderful time exploring the vintage charm of this area with your partner. It is among the ideal places to visit in Kolkata in evening.

Fort William

If you are looking for unique places to visit in Kolkata, then Fort William should be on your list. It was built at the time that the Bengal Presidency was a part of British India. It has a strategic location on the Ganges River's most significant tributary, the Hooghly River, which runs along the river's eastern banks. It also has no less than six gates.

Park Street

There are plenty of famous places to visit in Kolkata, including Park Street. The city of Calcutta in India is home to a roadway that is known as Park Street. It is home to several spots such as showrooms, schools and colleges as well as restaurants and pubs.

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This contemporary hotel bar is well-known for its wines and cocktails as well as its stylish and minimally decorated interiors. It is among the good places to visit in Kolkata for enticing drinks.

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The hotel bar exudes an air of yesteryear and is decked out entirely in wood; it serves beer and cocktails and frequently features live entertainment.

The Irish House

This is a lively pub with an Irish atmosphere that serves classic cocktails, beer from the tap, and a global cuisine menu with a unique spin.

Best places to visit near Kolkata


If you are looking for nearby places to visit in Kolkata, then you must head to Barrackpore. The Viceroy of Bengal had his country residence or suburban weekend retreat located in Barrackpore, which is a cantonment on the Hooghly River about 20 kilometres north of Kolkata. Barrackpore is located on the Hooghly River. It is also home to several stunning temples.

Mayapur has a border with Nabadwip and is located at the confluence of the Jalangi River and the Bhagirathi River, which are both rivers that flow into the Ganges. This place is quite famous among those who practise the Gaudiya Vaishnava religion.

The town of Bishnupur offers the perfect opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by exploring the stunning temples built of local terracotta.

You can spend a wonderful time exploring the cultural capital of India with your loved ones. From stunning temples and incredible monuments to winding lanes and bustling markets, Kolkata has plenty to offer. Not to mention, the historic places to visit in Kolkata make this city a top-rated tourist destination in India.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Kolkata

What are the top things to do in kolkata.

Kolkata is an incredibly lively place and is popularly known for its topmost things to do like Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Maidan, and Belur Math. You will have a great time here, then why wait? Book your trip now!

What are some of the most famous restaurants and eateries to explore in Kolkata?

If you are a foodie, Kolkata is the right place for you. Kolkata has many famous restaurants and eateries for you to explore, some of which are Peter Cat, Park Street, Mocambo, Park Street and Nahoum and Sons @ New Market.

What are the things that you should not miss out on when you are in Kolkata?

If you are a true traveller, you should definitely not miss out on Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Maidan, and Belur Math when you are in Kolkata to make a funfilled vacay.

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“Calcutta is beautiful. Wherever you place a camera, you get a vision” said the popular writer and director – Pradeep Sarkar, and the man couldn’t have been more right. The second biggest city in the country looks like a fantasy town that came to life straight out of a brilliant novel. The old-colonial era buildings in the former British capital add a certain charm to the city that makes it an absolute treat to a beholder’s eyes. No wonder the busy city is praised by many as the intellectual, cultural, and artistic capital of the country! Book the best hotels in Kolkata and enjoy a luxurious stay in India’s east.

Take a walk in North Kolkata to witness the chaotic lifestyle of the present-day crowd function in perfect harmony against the backdrop of a bygone era. And the food! Don’t miss out on a delightfully gastronomic experience in the alluring food streets of Kolkata. If the hectic city life slightly aches your bones, sit near one of the picturesque Ghats and let the hot tea help you forget the world!

Are you ready to bargain? This is because the shopkeepers at the New Market can convince you to buy anything under the sun, and truly so. With over 2,000 stalls, the  New Market  is a one-stop destination for all your needs. Built by the British in 1874, the market was formerly known as Sir Stuart Hogg Market and was bustling with the upper-class British. Now, in the 21st century, the market has adapted to the classic Indian routine. Even though the market closes around 8 pm, don’t restrict yourself, the tranquility of the brightly light street lights and stalls serving delicious tea and snacks is a sight that will soothe your soul! Go for Kolkata hotels bookings now.

1. Victoria Memorial

The great big, white marble building that stands in the heart of the city is the brainchild of George Curzon, Viceroy of India. It is a vital part of Kolkata tourism. The memorial was built to commemorate Queen Victoria between the years 1906 to 1921. It has now been transformed into a beautiful museum that houses a remarkable collection of ancient artefacts in its 25 stunning galleries. One of the most popular tourist spots in Kolkata, Victoria Memorial receives visitors from all over the globe. The architectural wonder is built in Indo-Saracen revivalist style with a blend of British architecture and methods borrowed from various parts of the world such as Egyptian, Mughal, Venetian, Islamic, and Deccan. It is a good idea to go for Kolkata hotel bookings near the Victoria Memorial.

The memorial is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days of the week and the entry fee starts from Rs 20. Avail  Tickets for Victoria Memorial  Now.

3. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

The fourth busiest Cantilever bridge in the world –  Howrah Bridge  is probably the first suggestion you will get when you ask about the best places to visit in Kolkata. The celebrated landmark built upon River Hooghly acts as a gateway to Kolkata and connects the eastern Bank of Howrah to the western banks of Kolkata. The construction of this architecturally brilliant bridge was initiated in 1939 and the bridge was renamed Rabindra Setu to honour the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, in 1965. About 90,000 vehicles and hundreds of pedestrians travel on this bridge every day. Go for Kolkata hotel bookings near this milestone.

4. Park Street

Park Street  – “The street that never sleeps” has been the seal of Kolkata’s vibrant nightlife since the 40s. Many popular musicians, artists and writers walked around, wrote, sang, and played in the long-standing, popular nightspots that still have the power to light up the creativity in any artist that walks into them. With plenty of restaurants and pubs, Park Street has forever remained Kolkata’s favourite hangout spot and an integral part of Kolkata tourism. The historical street houses some ancient monuments and buildings from the British era that add to the culture of this unique street. The street has now been officially renamed as Mother Teresa Sarani and was earlier called the Burial Ground Road.

5. South Park Cemetery

Another popular tourist spot in Kolkata, the  South Park Street Cemetery  is unlike any other place in the city. Well-known as one of the earliest non-church cemeteries in the world, it is located on the popular and busy Park Street. The heritage site that’s protected under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the resting place of many notable personalities. Constructed with a mix of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic styles of architecture, the memorials are constructed with a classic taste and peppered with tombs and sculptures. Even though visiting a cemetery on a trip isn’t for everyone, it is a perfect spot for those who poetically look for beauty in death.

6. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Temple  – The temple of the goddess who is believed “to liberate her devotees from the ocean of existence” – Bhavatarini, a manifestation of goddess Kali, was constructed by a philanthropist called Rani Rashmoni in 1855. The beautiful temple complex built in the classic ‘Nava-Ratna style of Bengali architecture is a popular pilgrimage spot for Hindu devotees. The temple that stands on the calm eastern bank of the Hooghly River was once a residing place of the Hindu mystic – Ramakrishna Paramahansa. It is among one of the most  famous temples in Kolkata . It would be a good idea to go for the best hotels in Kolkata near this historical milestone.

7. Belur Math

On the western bank of the Hooghly River, the historic Belur Math welcomes peace-seekers from all over the world, whether or not they are interested in or follow any religion. As the headquarters of the Ramakrishna mission, the popular pilgrimage spot consists of prayer halls and shrines dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. As Sri Ramakrishna’s resting place, a memorial lies within the Math and the swami’s belongings are displayed in his room for the visitors. The excellent architecture and spiritual ambience make Belur Math one of the best places to visit in Kolkata. Check details before  visiting Belur Math  here.

8. Fort William

The monumental fort initiated by the British East India Company and reconstructed by Sirāj al-Dawlah, Nawab of Bengal stands speaking volumes of India’s historical past. Built on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River, presently, the fort serves as the headquarters of the Eastern Command wing of the Indian Army. Named after King William III, the fort stands in front of the largest park in the city – Maidan. A special permit from the Commanding Officer is required to visit  Fort William  and it is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days of the week! It is no doubt one of the best  historical places in Kolkata .

9. Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat

Built by the British in 1841 on the bank of Hooghly River, the  Prinsep Ghat  is a great place to spend a relaxing evening. Open your picnic baskets or enjoy delicious street food and chai as you sit in front of the silent waters overlooking the Vidyasagar Setu. Boating services are also available at the Ghat and it makes for an excellent spot for romantic dates. The picturesque location boasts of monuments built in elegant Greek and Gothic styles.

10. Old Chinatown

The only such Chinatown in India is home to Kolkata’s ancient market that comes alive during the sunset.  Tiretta Bazaar  crawls with hungry Indians looking for authentic Chinese street food. Once home to hundreds of Chinese merchants, the old market is slightly losing its originality with the struggle to adapt to the modern world. The historical street food destination opens up early in the morning for those looking to have a scrumptious breakfast with a minimal budget.

11. Kumortuli

If you’re looking for the ultimate cultural tour of Kolkata, turn your graze towards the artistic lanes of  Kumortuli . The traditional potters’ quarter is where most of the globally admired Durga idols are sculpted with devotion and perfection for the famous Durga Puja. The skilled potters here depend on their ancestral art of clay idol making for their livelihood. Over 150 families and thousands of artisans work hard in the congested studios to bring out some of the most intricate work ever seen in history. If you have an innate passion for art and untouched empathy for artists, this is the place you have to be.

12. Mother Teresa’s House

Kolkata tourism thrives due to this famous place as well. The tale of the historical and cultural land of Kolkata is incomplete without the moving anecdotes from the life of the humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate – Mother Teresa.  Mother Teresa’s House  receives hundreds of visitors from all over the world who come here to pay homage to the sacrifice of a great human being and rest amongst the peacefulness of her followers’ beliefs. The place also receives many volunteers who attempt to walk in the path that was charted by Mother Theresa and serve the ones that need other’s help. The missionary remains open from 8 am till 6 pm on all days except Thursdays.

13. National Library

The National Library is where you will find a massive and stunning collection of books from all parts of India. The largest library in the country is the perfect place for book lovers and history buffs. With a collection of over 2.2 million books, it is a delight to just walk around in this library and feel the touch and smell of age-old books that are carefully preserved. As an ancient building that was built as early as in 1836, the library is also popularly rumored to be home to  haunted  spirits that roam the corridors. Well, who can blame them, right?

Know more about  National Library  visiting hours & timings.

14. Piyali Islands

Planning a short trip from Kolkata? Well, Piyali Island definitely deserves your consideration.  Piyali River  is the gateway to Sunderbans, and a bridge over the river will take you to this remote lush green island. It is a source of tranquillity, and perfect for having a good time away from the city. The island is covered by mangrove forests and has a pollution-free environment. Many migratory birds fly to the island so one can see a variety of bird species. There is one tourist lodge that provides nice accommodation for overnight staying and decent dining facilities. Take a walk in the wilderness, enjoy boat rides and relish the village life surrounding the island. If you wish to include this island in your Kolkata sightseeing, do plan them with these points in mind: –

  • It is located 72 km away from the main city, nearby the Piyali River.
  • It will take around 2 hours if you are travelling by car. If you are travelling by train, get down at South Barasat Station, from where trekkers can take you to the destination.
  • The best time to visit the island is during the winter season if you are a bird watcher.
  • Prices for boating starts from Rs 100.

15. Shantiniketan

The abode of learning-  Shantiniketan  was brought into light by Rabindranath Tagore, one of the famous poets of India, and will evoke many childhood memories. From his songs to his poems, this place gives us a nostalgic environment. The Vishva Bharati Campus is the most famous place in town, where the students are the guides who show you around for a nominal fee. The university brings in many students as it provides conjunction of cultures. Famous alumni of the university include our former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, filmmaker Satyajit Ray and economist Amartya Sen. Shantiniketan is a paradise for shoppers. You can find many beautiful handmade products like leather bags, jewellery, terracotta etc. at pocket-friendly prices. The place is humble and has many temples, melas, gardens and institutes which brief up the historical times. Shantiniketan is perfect for a short trip from Kolkata.

Located near Bolpur in Birbhum district, about 163 km away from Kolkata, it is well-connected via trains and roads. The journey by train is shorter and scenic. It is a 3-hour drive by road. E-rickshaws called Toto are available at reasonable price within the town. You might prefer to explore the town on foot.

The best time to visit is from September to March when the town hosts fairs and festivals. One can also visit in December during the Poush Mela which is a celebration of music and crafts.

16. Calcutta Botanical Garden

Ranked number one in Kolkata’s tourism list, the  Calcutta Botanical Garden  is one of the oldest gardens in India and one of the best things to do in Kolkata is to explore it. It was founded by the East India Company in 1787 to cultivate plants for commercial purposes. Located on the west bank of the Hooghly River about 8 km away from the main city, the garden covers an area of about 273 acre which has approximately 12000 flora species from all over the world. The main attraction of the garden is a Banyan tree, covering an area of 3 acres, and is about 250 years old. The landmark gives an appearance of huge foliage than a single tree and is the second largest canopy in the world. One can find an abundance of beautiful palm trees, bamboos, orchids and other colourful flowers too. Refresh your mind with the thriving greenery of the ever-growing flora. A visit to the garden is a must if you are travelling to Kolkata.

You can easily reach it via the metro or bus. If you are taking the metro, get down at Tollygunge station and book a cab till the garden. If you choose to drive, parking facilities are available. Best time to visit is during the winter season, i.e., October to March when the weather is just right for strolling. The Ticket charges are Rs. 5 per person, and if you are carrying a camera, an extra Rs. 10 is charged. They are closed on Mondays and can be visited between 10 am to 5 pm on all other days of the week.

So, are you all set for your trip to the City of Joy? You can take you pick depending on your taste, budget, and accommodation. The city is best for tourists during the Durga Puja if you want to feel the festive pulse and during winter, when exploring is a pleasure and you can dig into a variety of dishes at famous restaurants or at street stalls.

17. Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium

Located on the Chowringhee Road close to the Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral is the Birla planetarium which is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest in the world. Catering to the city of joy – Kolkata, the Birla Planetarium is an outstanding structure established by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 2nd July 1963. It is locally famous as Taramandal and among the best places to visit in Kolkata. The Birla Planetarium often hosts many shows and programs in Hindi, English, Bengali, and other regional languages. Another noteworthy feature of this place is that it also has an electronics laboratory and an astronomy gallery with a collection of paintings and astronomical models.

Note: – Ideal place for science lovers

It is open from 12:00 AM to 6:30 PM It has an entry fee of INR 40. Avail tickets for  Birla Planetarium  today.

18. Alipore Zoo

Alipore Zoo

The Alipore Zoo is the oldest zoological park to have been established in India which has been operating since 1876 and is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is also known as the Calcutta Zoo or the Zoological Garden of Alipore. It is home to various animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, the Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, White Tiger, Grant’s Zebra, Antelope, Deer and more. At the same time, the zoo is also the home to various attractive birds like Macaws and Lorikeet, colourful and flamboyant birds like Swinhoe’s Pheasant, Lady Amherst’s Pheasant and Golden Pheasant, large birds like Ostrich, Emu, Hornbills and more. During the winters, the Alipore Zoo also witnesses a few migratory birds like the Sarus Crane. The zoo attracts tourists from all over the world who come to visit and explore the wildlife comprised in it.

Note:-  The zoo can be visited from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Thursday).

-There is an entry fee of INR 25 for Adults and INR 10 for kids below 5 years of age.

– Ideal place for animal lovers and photographers. Avail  Tickets for Alipore Zoo  here.

19. Science City

Science City

The science city is a perfect blend of education with fun. Being one of its kind in India, the Science City is one of the finest and the largest science museums in the world and providing a fun way of imparting knowledge about science to people. It is running since 1st July 1997 and has emerged as a major attraction for the people of Kolkata as well as for the tourists in Kolkata.

There is also a separate area designed for aquatic creatures. The area provides with a detailed description of the various fishes and insects in the aquatic world. Many unique and rare fishes can be seen in these aquariums. The ground floor of the science city comprises of some optical illusions which are very interesting to look at. Tornado, the energy ball, ocean waves and quicksand are a must-watch. Time Machine is a common favourite amongst all the visitors. It gives one the opportunity to travel to outer space from where you can travel back in time and enter the age of dinosaurs by being a part of the artificial Jurassic Park.

– The timings are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM 

– The cost to enter is INR 50 per head. Avail  Tickets for Science City Kolkata  here.

– Located at the crossing of the EM Bypass and the JBS Halder Avenue in Kolkata.

20. Indian Museum

 Indian Museum

The Indian Museum is the ninth oldest museum of the world and largest in India. It is located in Kolkata – the city of joy. Founded in the year 1814, it a centre of multidisciplinary activities ever since. It is also called ‘Jadughar’, comprising the finest collection of contemporary paintings, sacred relics of Buddha, Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. The Indian Museum also hassome of the most exquisite collections of ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armours, and stunning Mughal paintings.

– The timings are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Tuesday to Sunday in the months of March to November and 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM in the months of December to February.

– The entry fee for Indians is INR 10 per head and foreigners INR 150 per head. Learn more about  Indian Museum, Kolkata  here.

21. Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens

The  Eden Garden  is a beautiful, well-maintained cricket stadium located in Kolkata’s B. B. D. Bagh area, near State Secretariat and Calcutta High Court. It is the homeground of cricket in Kolkata. Its foundation was led in the year 1864 by Governor- General Auckland, who named the place after his sisters Emily and Fanny Eden. Stretched over 50 acres, this cricket stadium has the capacity to seat about 66,349 people and is the second largest stadiums in the world.

– The entry fee is based on events and matches being played

– Sport lovers’ paradise

22. Marble Palace Mansion

The  Marble Palace  is situated near the Chorbagan in North Kolkata. It was constructed by a famous artist Rajendra Mallick in 1835. The place is well-known for its art collection of masterpieces by Reuben and paintings by various renowned international artists such as Reynolds, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. The Palace also consists a zoo with many animals and rare birds.

– You can visit the place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

– You will have to pay an entry fee of INR 15 per head.

Frequently Asked Questions About Kolkata

Q. What are the things to do in Kolkata?

A. There is much that Kolkata has to offer. Some of the places worth seeing are Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Nakhoda Mosque, Pareshwanath Temple and many others

Q. What is a good time to visit Kolkata?

A. The very best time to visit Kolkata is between the months of October to March. The climate is pleasant during this period and you can also take in the festivities of the grand Durga Pooja celebrations if you time it right.

Q. What is the best food that you can eat here?

A. A trip to Kolkata is incomplete if you do not taste the Roshogollas. The best place for those is K.C. Das. Mouth-watering sweet Sandesh from Nakur Nandy is another don’t-miss item.


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Tourist Places to Visit in Kolkata (2024): Timing, Entry Fee

Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Kolkata > Tourist Places to Visit in Kolkata (2024): Timing, Entry Fee

Kolkata is equal parts chaos and charming! From its busy corners to its ever-evolving markets, the City of Joy has plenty on offer to tourists who are ready to explore. Whether you are a literature student or a person who likes to dive deep into different cultures, there is something for everyone.

If you are planning to visit the city anytime soon , here is a list of all the best places to visit in Kolkata. While some are iconic, there are some places that are hidden from the touristy crowd of the city and still demand a visit.

Tourist Places in Kolkata:

1. victoria memorial, kolkata.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial | #1 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

An imposing white monument, Victoria Memorial is one of the most visited places in Kolkata, and for all good reasons. Named after Queen Victoria, it now serves as a museum and is perfect for history buffs. If you ever feel like taking a walk down our past and reflect on how long India has come from its colonization days, visit this place. There are light and sound shows held in the evening. The era of India’s freedom struggle is shown not only through the light and sound show but through a series of paintings, artifacts, sculptures and books. We would recommend spending at least 3-4 hours to gain knowledge about our country’s past.

  • Museum – 10:00 am to 05:00 pm; closed on Mondays and National Holidays
  • Gardens – 05:30 am to 06:15 pm; every day
  • Museum – ₹20 for Indians; ₹500 for foreign nationals
  • Gardens – ₹10 per person

2. Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge | #2 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

To say that Howrah Bridge is one of the top places to visit in Kolkata would be an understatement. An unofficial emblem of the city, Howrah Bridge merits a visit if you want to spend some time alone with just the ocean in front of you. Sit here in silence or simply observe the fishermen go about their work at dawn and dusk.

  • Trivia : Did you know that the bridge has been renamed after Rabindranath Tagore and is now called Rabindra Setu.
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Howrah Bridge

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3. Park Street, Kolkata

Park Street, Kolkata

Park Street | #3 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

If posting photos of brunches with your bffs is your favorite thing to do, head to Park Street. Because this place has the most instagrammable cafes and restaurants ! Park Street has become a hub for people who want to chill out in the evening. From high-end restaurants to iconic clubs and pubs , this place has them all.

  • Trivia : Park Street is also home to India’s first independent nightclub. 
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Park Street

4. New Market, Kolkata

New Market, Kolkata

New Market | #4 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Built by the British in 1874, New Market is the place where all the shopaholics go to get the best of clothes, jewelry, and other items. One of the places to visit in Kolkata for youngsters , the market is a maze of stalls and has around 2000 of these. If you can bargain and have a good eye for items, this market is perfect for you.

  • Pro Tip : If you cannot shop in crowded spaces, avoid the place during the weekends. Check Malls in Kolkata
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near New Market

5. Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata

Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata

Dakshineswar Kali Temple | #5 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

The temple is dedicated to Bhavatarani, an aspect of Goddess Kali and ‘the savior of the universe’. One of the oldest and most important temples to have ever been built, it receives pilgrims from all over the world.

The temple was founded by Rani Rashmoni, who lost her husband and was left with a vast amount of wealth. The idea of building this temple came to her in a dream and this was the last thing she did before going on a pilgrimage to Varanasi.

  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Dakshineswar

6. Kumortuli, Kolkata

Kumortuli, Kolkata

Kumortuli | #6 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Durga Pujo is perhaps one of the most vibrant and extravagant festivals to be celebrated in Kolkata. Spanning over 10 days, everything from the pandals to the delicious food served on the final day, this festival happens on a grand scale. While witnessing the splendor of this festival in the city should be on everyone’s bucket list, if you are more of a creative person, we recommend go and watch how the Durga idols are made in Kumortuli.

A potter’s community which is around 300 years old, the place buzzes with life in the weeks preceding the festival. Over 150 families reside in the area and toil away diligently to complete all the idols for the festival. You can take a walk through the place and talk to the potters and get a better idea of how these beautiful idols are made.

7. Babu Ghat, Kolkata

Babu Ghat, Kolkata

Babu Ghat | #7 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

While Princep Ghat is one of the most famous places to visit in Kolkata, if you want to visit a place which is not much crowd and offers scenic views, visit Babu Ghat. Offering a stunning view of the iconic Howrah Bridge, it is perfect for photography enthusiasts and merits a visit before it gets too crowded.

  • Location: Strand Road, BBD Bagh

8. College Street, Kolkata

College Street, Kolkata

College Street | #8 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

If you want to shop for books in Kolkata, there is no better place than College Street. One of the top places to visit in Kolkata for youngsters , College Street is akin to Daryaganj of Delhi, the only difference being that this street is open throughout the week.

Everything from course books to second-hand novels can be found at College Street. Don’t forget to haggle and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

9. South Park Cemetery, Kolkata

South Park Cemetery, Kolkata

South Park Cemetery | #9 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Fan of everything spooky and haunted, visit South Park Cemetery. One of the most haunted places in India , this place is equal parts beautiful and equal parts eerie. Established in 1767, the cemetery was founded by the British and is a remnant of their architectural style. Take a walk through the cemetery during the day and you will find plenty of spots that are worth admiring.

However, by night the place is shut down and entry is prohibited because of the strange incidents that have happened in the past.

10. Old Chinatown, Kolkata

Old Chinatown, Kolkata

Old Chinatown | #10 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

The only Chinatown in all of India, this place is a haven for people who want to taste the delicacies of this Asian country. The place evolved after Chinese traders who came to work on the ports settled here. While the place may have lost its authenticity, there are some stalls that still serve authentic Chinese appetizers like pork sausage, prawn crackers, momos and fish ball soup.

  • Timings : 10 am – 8:30 pm

11. Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum | #11 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

With its foundation laid down in 1814, the Indian Museum is one of the oldest in the world. Its 35 galleries are filled with historically significant items like stunning Mughal paintings, skeletons, fossils, Egyptian mummies, and other sacred items. This is the largest multi-purpose museum in the whole of the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Location: Park Street, Kolkata
  • Timings: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹10 for Indians, ₹150 for foreigners
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Indian Museum

12. M.P. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata

Birla Planetarium, Kolkata

Birla Planetarium | #12 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

In the list of places to visit in Kolkata, one cannot ignore the majestic Birla Planetarium. Inaugurated in 1963 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the planetarium has exhibition corners, several galleries, a library, and a very impressive theatre room with high-end projector screens. It is a great place to introduce astronomy to children.

  •   Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
  • Timings: 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹100 per head

13. Alipore Zoo, Kolkata

Alipore Zoo

The Alipore Zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata, especially if you are travelling with children. The zoo is the oldest in the country and houses amazing species of animals, birds, and reptiles. You can spot the one-horned rhinoceros, white tigers, zebras, the Swinhoe’s Pheasant, and many migratory birds here.  

  • Location: Alipore Road, Kolkata
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Entry Fee: <5 years old – ₹10, >5 years old – ₹30 

14. Town Hall, Kolkata

Town Hall, Kolkata

Town Hall | #14 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

This architectural brilliance is a beautiful example of the Roman Doric construction in the country. You can spend your time looking at the statues of kings, queens, and important British officials in this well maintained historical gem. Fun fact- The ceilings of the building are 30-feet high!

  • Location: B.B.D Bagh, Kolkata
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹10 per head
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in B.B.D Bagh

15. Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Eden Garden , kolkata

Eden Garden | #15 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

If you are a cricket fan, there is no way you can miss the Eden Gardens. This is one of the popular visiting places in Kolkata. Cricket fans get really fond memories of matches played and won here when they step into the building. This is the second-largest cricket stadium in the world and can house an impressive 66,349 spectators at a time. 

  • Timings:  5:30 AM to 11:30 PM

16. Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata

Jawaharlal Nehru Road

jawaharlal Nehru Road | #16 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

If you want to experience Kolkata at its best, pay a visit to the Chowringhee road. Located in Central Kolkata, this is a favourite hangout spot for locals and tourists. The street is lined with small and big shopping complexes and stores. Strolling in the street in the evenings is a great way to enjoy the local culture and people.

  • Pro Tip: Do not hesitate to bargain here! 

17. Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata

Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata

Jorasanko Thakur Bari | #17 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Do you have an affinity for poetry and Rabindranath Tagore? Then you must check this place out. This is the ancestral home of late Tagore and the house has three separate galleries filled with paintings, personal items of the Tagore family, including his books and manuscripts. The house is surrounded by a lush garden and is a peaceful spot in the middle of the city.

  • Location: Rabindra Bharati University campus, Jorasanko, Kolkata
  • Timings: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

18. Marble Palace Mansion, Kolkata

Marble Palace Mansion

Marble Palace Mansion | #18 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Located in North Kolkata, the Marble Palace Mansion was built in the year 1835. This property houses very rare paintings and also has a zoo that is filled with rare and exotic species of birds and animals. You can visit the property for its beautiful architecture and paintings.

19. Prince Ghat, Kolkata

Princep Ghat

Prince Ghat | # 19 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Located along the river Hooghly, Princep Ghat is a perfect place to spend your evenings. The surroundings are fully lit up post-sunset and you can pack some food and spend a relaxed time enjoying the grounds. The Princep Ghat is a Greek-style building located in a strategic place right under the 2 nd Hooghly Bridge.

  • Best time to visit: After 6:00 PM

20. Birla Mandir, Kolkata

Birla Mandir, Kolkata

Birla Mandir | #20 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Another of the famous places in Kolkata you should not miss is the Birla Mandir. Named after the Birla family who commissioned it, this abode of Lord Krishna, made completely of white marble stone, took 26 years to be built. 

  • Location: Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, Kolkata
  • Timings: 5:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

21. Science City, Kolkata

Science City

Science City | #21 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

The Science City is one of the top tourist places in Kolkata in the recent past. Inaugurated in 1997, this government-run centre is the largest in the country. Students love visiting the centre and exploring its popular exhibits like The Aquatic World, the Jurassic World, and the Time Machine.

  • Location: East Topsia, Kolkata
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: ₹60
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Science City

22. Fort William, Kolkata

Fort William

Fort William | #22 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Fort William was constructed in the year 1696 and has served a variety of purposes in the past. Right now, the fort is the property of the Indian Army. You can visit the grounds and enjoy the majestic architecture of the fort.

  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Fort William

23. Kalighat Kali Temple, Kolkata

Kalighat Kali Temple

Kalighat Kali Temple | #23 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

The original name of the city Calcutta originated from the term ‘Kalighat’. Kalighat is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Kolkata and houses the famous Kali Temple that devotees flock to. Surrounded by shopping streets, the temple is located in a busy and crowded part of this city.

  • Places to stay: Hotels near Kalighat Kali Temple

24. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral | #24 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

This is one of the first cathedrals built by the Britishers in India. Located in the heart of the city, St. Paul’s Cathedral is built in an indo-gothic style and is an impressive structure you should not miss visiting. The cathedral complex is serene and calm and the building leaves you feeling relaxed.

  • Entry timings: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

25. Belur Math, Kolkata

Belur Math

Belur Math | #25 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Belur Math is located on the banks of the river Hooghly and is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math. You can see Swami Vivekananda’s room here and the old shrine. This is a perfect place to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle and calm your mind.

  • Location: Howrah District, West Bengal
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Belur math

26. Mother House, Kolkata

Mother House

Mother House | #26 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Mother House is a small building that houses Mother Theresa’s Tomb. There are also many photos, personal belongings, and articles displayed here. If you are around Rippon Street, definitely visit this beautiful building.

  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

27. Rabindra Sarovar, Kolkata

Rabindra Sarovar

Rabindra Sarovar | #27 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

This is an artificial lake located in South Kolkata. This is a common recreational spot for most locals. The perfect time to visit the lake is early mornings or after 5:00 PM. You can spot migratory birds here during the season. The pathway is filled with a park, beautiful gardens, and even an auditorium. 

  • Pro tip: Take a long stroll around the lake and gorge on lip-smacking street food outside the lake complex.

28. New Town Eco Park, Kolkata

New Town Eco Park

New Town Eco Park | #28 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

This is the largest park in the country. Spread over 480 acres, the park is complete with a water body and an island in the middle. The park is split into three regions – a themed garden and open spaces, recreational spots, and ecological zones. This is definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Kolkata. 

29. Nicco Park, Kolkata

Nicco Park, Kolkata

Nicco Park | #29 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Are you an adventure lover? The Nicco Amusement park is the place for you then! Located in Bidhannagar, Kolkata, the park is complete with hundreds of rides and games for adults and children of all ages. You can easily spend the whole day here.

  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 AM
  • Entry Fees: ₹300 per head

30. Nakhoda Masjid, Kolkata

Nakhoda Masjid

Nakhoda Masjid | #30 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

The tall minarets and artistic dome of the Nakhoda Masjid, which was built in 1926 by Abdar Rahim Osman, attracts tourists to this busy place of worship. The prayer hall of Nakhoda has the capacity to hold 10000 worshipers at one time and it is considered the Kolkata’s largest masjid. 

  • Location : Rabindra Sarani, Chowringhee North, Bow Barracks

31. Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum | #31 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Established in 1959, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM) is the first science museum in the country. The museum via various interactive programmes and exhibitions is actively engaged in promoting science among the masses especially the youth and children. Its popular shows include Sky Observation, Fun Science, 3D Film, Surprising Chemistry and Mathematics Demonstration.

  • Timings: 10 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 30

32. Pareshnath Jain Temple, Kolkata

Pareshnath Jain Temple

Pareshnath Jain Temple | #32 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Parshwanath Temple or Calcutta Jain Temple is a major tourist attraction of Kolkata. Built by Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim in 1867, this beautiful temple complex attracts visitors from across the country for its divine aura, intricately carved marbles and gorgeous glasswork. Visitors are advised to meditate here while the quietude and calm of the place immerse you in it.

  • Timings: 6 am to 10 am & 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Places to Stay: Hotels in Pareshnath Jain Temple

33. Millennium Park, Kolkata

Millennium Park

Millennium Park | #33 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

Located along the Hooghly River, on Strand Road, Millennium Park is a gift from the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). Besides being known for a variety of flora and pretty lights, the park has loads of things to do for people of all age groups. While the tiny tots can have fun at the kid’s zone which has multiple rides, adults can enjoy boat rides and long walks. The park also has a food court that offers a range of cuisines.   

  • Timings: 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 10

34. ISKCON Temple, Kolkata


ISKCON Temple | #34 of 34 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata

ISKCON Kolkata is the first ISKCON centre in the country, established in 1972 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Also referred as Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir, the organisation popularises the teachings of Lord Krishna based on the sacred  Bhagwad Geeta  and  Vedas . When here, do savour the 100% Satvik meal prepared by volunteer devotees.

  • Timings: 4:30 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Apart from these places, there is Mother Teresa’s House which also merits a visit. Of course, Kolkata has plenty of attractions worth seeing and if you have enough time on hand, explore the city in its tram (or on foot), you will be surprised and in awe. Which is your favorite place in the City of Joy?

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Q: What are the most loved shopping places in Kolkata?

A: New Market, Chandni Chowk, Burrabazar, Gariahat Market and Hatibagan Market are the most popular places to visit in Kolkata for shoppers. Malls like South City, City Centre I and II, Quest, Acropolis and more are great for finding branded everything. Park Street is also quite popular, especially for designer stuff.

Q: What are local markets in Kolkata famous for?

A: Kolkata's markets are known for a variety of sarees including Laal Paad, Tant, Kantha and Baluchari or Swarnachari. Moreover, you can find Solapith handicrafts, Kalighat paintings, conch shell bangles, terracotta artefacts, Putul dolls, Dhokra crafts and jute items in the oldest shopping districts in Kolkata.

Q: Suggest some street food delicacies that are a must-try in Kolkata.

A: A food trail through the streets of Kolkata should always start with the delicious puchkas, followed by churmur, ghugni chaat, aloo chop, peyaji, shingara, jhalmuri and the famous kathi rolls. To end it on a sweet note, try rasgullas or chanar jilipi.

Q: I'm looking for fine dining places in Kolkata. Any recommendations?

A: Aaheli, Alfresco, Bohemian, La Cucina and Asia Kitchen are some of the best restaurants in Kolkata. But we'd also recommend you to try streetside eateries like Sree Hari Mistanna Bhandar, Vien and Mitra Cafe to enjoy authentic flavours of Kolkata.

Q: Where can I go for partying in Park Street, Kolkata?

A: There are many good pubs in Kolkata's Park Street including Someplace Else, The Myx, Hard Rock Cafe, Olypub, Roxy, M Bar Kitchen, Aqua, Tantra, Barf Soda Paani and The Lords and Barons.

Q: What are the main transit hubs in Kolkata?

A: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the main air gateway to the city, connecting it to cities across India, Southeast Asia and some in Europe. There are two main railway stations in Kolkata -- Howrah and Sealdah. For inter-city and inter-state buses, Esplanade Bus Station is the main gateway.

Q: How to travel within Kolkata?

A: To get around Kolkata, you can use public transport like CSTC, CTC and WBSTC buses, suburban trains, the very famous yellow ambassador taxis, age-old tram network, auto rickshaws and the latest addition, Kolkata metro.

Q: What is the best time to visit Kolkata?

A: October to February are the ideal months to visit Kolkata, especially if you are interested in sightseeing and outdoor activities. However, you can plan a trip to the city at any time of the year as it has something or the other to offer in every season.

Q: What are the Kolkata experiences that must not be missed?

A: Do not miss to see the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger at Sunderbans, stop by the famous Victoria Palace, try the local delicacies, explore the largest science museum in the subcontinent, take a ride on the tram, spend a day learning about the local culture in Kumortuli precinct and shop your heart out at the city's age-old street markets.

Q: Are there any good places near Kolkata for a weekend trip?

A: Sunderbans (109 km), Bakhali (132 km), Bishnupur (141 km), Shantiniketan (157 km), Tajpur (174 km) and Digha (180 km) are a few of the most popular weekend getaways from Kolkata.

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Top 13 Un Tourist Places In Kolkata For The Discerning Tourist

Kolkata, the capital city of the state of West Bengal, warrants no special introduction to tourists from across the globe. As a destination, there are a lot of tourist places in Kolkata that are especially talked about, famous and obviously commercialized.

In this piece, we decided not to chew the same gum and talk about great tourist places in Kolkata that are less talked about. For any tourist who wants to know and understand Kolkata at depth, these are a must in the bucket list.

Understanding The Common Tourist Places in Kolkata

The city has its own fair share of history and heritage. At the same time, the city has developed a lot like a modern-day metropolis. Architectural marvels, art galleries, and a very special, very warm cultural ambiance welcome you in the city.

If you plan to go on a shopping spree, you have more than enough options here. There are the lavish outlets and malls in South City, City Center, Forum or Quest area. For the budget options, the street markets in Gariahat or Hatibagan give you ample opportunities.


When you walk the roads in Kolkata, the hidden gems by the road can surprise you. From old buildings with ornate gate to theme parks- Kolkata offers a plethora of tourist spots.

West Bengal claims herself as “The Sweetest Part of India”. As a result, the sweetmeat shops spread across the capital will tempt you to come and relish the items. The festivals of the city have their own appeal too. Irrespective of religion, all the citizens take part and have a great time across the year. The nicknames- “The city of palaces” and “The city of Joy” describes the beauty and the spirit of the city perfectly.

The issue of too common, too seen, too hackneyed!

However, typical to the really famous travel destinations in the world, there comes a slight problem. When you come to Kolkata or search for tourist places in Kolkata, there are certain destinations that pop up.

The places like Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge or Maidan are quite symbolic with Kolkata and its visual representation in movies or tv shows set in the city backdrop. All of these destinations are quite well-known and tourist magnets.

While these points make up a vibrant side of the city, Kolkata is far more beyond the popular destinations. The city is the third-most populous metropolitan area in India, and the soul of the city lies with its residents.

If you wish to look into the heart of the city, you will need to go beyond the common points from tourist handbooks. A city of religious and cultural harmony, Kolkata can amaze you in every turn and twist of the road.

The Un Tourist Places in Kolkata, Holds the Key to Know the Real City of Joy

The city thrives not in the common destinations but in the untouched, un tourist places in Kolkata. Make no mistake, these parts are well-known to the inhabitants of the city. They flock here for years, even for generations in some places. When you want to feel the real vibe of the city, you will need to go to these places.

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See for yourself how the city laughs and lives with the native flock full of joy and vitality.

If you love to know cities by its nerve, if you love to travel like locals, if you love to click pics of less clicked these are the places for you. So, if you have some time in the city and obviously the serious intent to know the city do not miss to visit these so-called un tourist places in Kolkata.

These are the places, where history unfolds, these are places where Kolkata lives and breathes. In short, these are places that make Kolkata what you know it for.

Here is our list of some un-tourist places which will make your Kolkata memory unforgettable.

# 1 khalasitola; The Heady cocktail 

A small watering hole that withstood the test of time, Khalasitola is a part of Kolkata and its heritage. It is associated with a long history of intellectuals, artists and literary legends of Bengal, even the world. The place dates back to the early nineteenth century.

At that time, the “Khalasi” or dockyard workers used to frequently visit the bar. In 1918, it was re-initiated by an engineer, Mohito Saha. The place is still run by his family, keeping true to the tradition. The popular poison here was country liquor, and the place still serves them.

Why is this Place Famous?

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Artists and legends like Ritwik Ghatak, Sunil Ganguly, Kamal Majumdar, and other Bengali artists used to hang in this place often. During the sixties, there was a rise in the Hungryalists movement in literature. The poets arranged reading sessions and distributed bulletin here.

Khalasitola has a history and legacy, which transcends the brand of a wine shop. When you reach the place, the unique ambiance will strike you.

After your eye gets adjusted with the squeaking chair and caged counters, you can see the efficiency and discipline of the place. Queues at the counters, neat and distinct service of food items to try, management and removal of chaos-makers, the place offers it all with a touch of legacy.

The place is at an old and central part of Kolkata, by the Maidan. The exact location is the intersection of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai-S.N. Bannerjee Road opposite the Lotus cinema bus stop. Take a bus or tram from the Esplanade area through the Maidan, and walk the rest of the way.

#2 Territy Bazar; Mini China in Kolkata 

The city welcomes and hosts people from all across the world. Irrespective of country of origin and language, they have settled here and were integrated into urban life. Still, they retained their own culture without any trouble. Territy Bazar is a prime example of that inclusivity.

Why Special?

Kolkata’s very own little “China Town” is a hidden gem in terms of cultural assimilation and a heaven for those who crave oriental breakfast. The Chinese had settled here from the late eighteenth century.

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Since then, they have played a significant role in  Kolkata’s culinary journey. When you walk in the area for the first time, you have to walk through a busy market area, just like other parts of Kolkata. Then the slow transformation begins, with a change in building styles and the assortment of breakfast options.

The place runs 7 days a week, from 6:00 a.m to 7:30 a.m. But on Sundays, you will find more food varieties and more stock.

Through the bustle of the market, walk in here and find the Chinese people ready with their breakfast choices of fishball, soup, momo and Maggi. Here, you can find soups with both pork and fish, with sauce and other condiments.

The peeping hot preparations do not burn a hole in your pocket also. To reach the place, walk towards Poddar court from the central metro station.

On your left, you will find a small mosque. The wide lane by it organizes this magnificent breakfast fest.

This is surely one of the must-visit tourist places in Kolkata for the discerning traveler.

# 3 Chor Bazaar

If you wake up with a small tug in your belly to trade lightly on the other side of the law, or yearn for some value-for-money shopping, Chor Bazaar can be a unique experience. It can also pull you in with an array of antiques and other rare/unique commodities.

As the name suggests, the place primarily started as a market for stolen goods.

Since the old days, it has expanded and you can now find A to Z items here, at a throwaway price. Here lies the catch though, some of the items can really be stolen, where some are second-hand.

Unless you are really aware, you can end up with duplicate or defective items. Still, shopping at chor bazaar could be quite an enthralling experience. The Chandni market region in Kolkata is the most famous Chor Bazaar in Kolkata, which has flourished like a paradise of electrical and electronic gadgets.

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What you get here?

The maze of lanes are lined with shops, and they offer various electronic goods and gadgets, from headphones to the latest smartphones.

For a first-timer, it can be quite mind-boggling with the calling from the shops, the price, and the items spread without much care.

You will find CCTV cameras, phones, phone covers, speakers, the latest LED TVs, all being sold in shops on pavements, or in big malls at a price that competes with the largest e-commerce platforms.

Another attraction here is the junkyard sale section, which is the ultimate example of recycling. Here the discarded electronics are dismantled, and the extracted parts are sold at a throwaway price.

If you wish to revive some ancient model of TV or PC you are attached with, and can not find the parts anywhere, come here before giving up hope. If you are lucky, when you are roaming the streets, you can stumble upon a jail-broken iPhone set at one-tenth of the price.

However, do not blame us if you find it to be an android running on Apple hardware.

Also, barring the big shops and malls, forget about anything called a warranty in here for the cheap goods. To reach the place, take any bus that goes to Chandni region, or take a metro to Chandni. You will have to walk the rest of the way for the shopping experience.

# 4 Dacres Lane; The  ‘Delicious’ Walk

The ultimate and oldest food street of Kolkata, Dacres Lane or James Hickey Sarani serves history with its excellent food. The tale of the lane goes back to the colonial days. The dishes in the old food joints, like the unique chicken stew and loaves, still keep to that trend and quality without changing a bit.

What is Special Here?

Take a walk through the lane to see shops overflowing with office-going loyal customers. The small shops offer a quick service of fresh tasty food with a smile. The lane is located in the heart of the city and office-para of BBD Bagh region. As a result, the dainty tables are never empty and no food is wasted.

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Bengali, Chinese, Tandoor, Toast, Khichdi-papad or Lassi- you can find all types of food and cuisine here throughout the day. The legendary shops like Chitto Babur Dokan, Apanjan, Hindu Hotel etc stay full to the brim during the lunch hours.

When the lights start to dim in the evening hours, the lights are lit in the local classic bars, for another set of frequent customers.

The famous chef Gordon Ramsey was wonderstruck when he visited the place for an episode of ‘Gordon’s Great Escape’. The place is exactly at the Esplanade more near the KC Das crossing, opposite Tipu Sultan Mosque.

From the KC DAS shop, walk towards Babughat. Take a right turn after a few meters, as your nose will guide you to this heaven for foodies.

# 5 Maidan Tent

Maidan, Or “Garer Math” which actually means a large open field, is a vast urban outdoor park in Kolkata, and its largest too. From Raj Bhawan in the north to the National Library in the south, this stretch of greenery acts as the lungs of the city.

The Maidan is a popular area for outdoor sports like Hockey, horse race,  football, and cricket. International stadium like the Eden Gardens, various football club tents, Victoria Memorials, Kolkata racecourse, and Royal Kolkata Golf club, there are numerous landmarks spread across here.

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The whole maidan area is under the direct control of the Indian Army. It has strategic importance too with the mighty Fort Williams. With the various clubs and sports associations, the need is there for delicious and healthy food.

The century-old club canteens serve the need perfectly, and the common people can try those out too. If you are lucky, you can get a glimpse of the local sports stars too, after their practice session.

The Calcutta Referee Association Club Canteen’s vegetable stew with soya chunks, carrots, papayas, onions and a piece of potato is to die for. In Central Excise Tent, the delicious, tender mutton stew small mutton pieces can offer you the ultimate foodgasm at a pocket pinch. Deepak Ghosh’s Stall is famous for the vegetable stew to the officegoers and maidan people.

If you visit Maidan on a cold winter morning, the breakfast in the Maidan tents is a must.

# 6 Sonagachi; Largest and Oldest Red Light Area in India 

For the adult explorer, the Kolkata visit is incomplete without a glimpse of Sonagachi. The place is Kolkata’s biggest and one of the largest red-light areas of India. Sonagachi is located in North Kolkata near the intersection of Chittaranjan Avenue and Shobhabazar with Beadon Street.

To reach the place, Sovabazar Metro is the easiest option.

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Why So Special?

The history of this place goes back to the colonial days. It was started by the British East India Company, to fulfill the needs of British soldiers who left their partners back home. The company used to bring local women, widows and sex workers from across the state here.

According to the legends and lore, the place was owned by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, one of the earliest and wealthiest merchants in India.

The brothel business that started back in the day is still in full motion. The lanes stretch in every direction with houses, shops catering to the needs of sex workers and their customers.

In present times, the social and economic condition of the region has improved a lot with unionization and proper medication drives like the Gates Foundation’s HIV/AIDS prevention program Avahan.

Still, those who wish to partake in the pleasures of the place, are advised to use proper protection and settle the fees beforehand to avoid any trouble.

# 7 College Street and Coffee House; ‘The Great Indian’ Coffee House 

Literature, education, culture, and books are deeply intertwined in the history of Kolkata. The college street area is the ultimate proof of this, with the special and unique charm of the city. The place is famous as ‘Boi-para’ or Book-zone locally.

It is one of the most important gathering centers of the literary crowd with colleges and universities scattered across the whole street. College street is the largest second-hand book market in the world and the largest book market in India.

Even at the age of digital books and shopping in e-commerce sites, book shopping in college street is the best it can get.

The big and small bookstores, selling points of the publishing houses that make up the street houses many rare books which can be found nowhere else in the world. The sellers can offer a hefty amount of discount on popular books too, throughout the year.

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The University of Calcutta, Presidency University, and Calcutta Medical College are the jewels in here. While the alumni gather to their institutions for reminiscing memories, the most popular place of gathering is the coffee house.

Coffee House

The Indian Coffee house is deeply rooted in contemporary Bengal culture, music and lore. The Coffee Board started a coffee joint in 1942 in the heart of College Street. Since the inception, students and intellectuals alike gathered in here.

Cheap and unique infusion coffee, good side dishes were always the major attraction.

Besides, you can spend long hours here debating with your friends or the unknown individual from the next table over political or philosophical ideologies, without being asked to leave. The place has been immortalized in a song by the famous singer Manna Dey.

The India Coffee house is a part of the cultural nostalgia of Bengal. The place has a huge rush throughout the day.

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If you are visiting the place in the evening, it will be hard for you to get a seat. The place is quite easy to find though. You may take any bus from the Sealdah station or Esplanade to reach the place.

The nearest metro station is Central. Walk along College Street and bargain over books. When you reach the heart of the street, look across the road from the well-lit Presidency University. Cross the road, and follow a narrow stair to feast your eyes and also the stomach in the ambiance of Indian Coffee House.

# 8 Mallick Ghat Flower Market; Largest Flower Market in Asia 

There are numerous temples and houses across Kolkata where daily worship of the Gods takes place. A huge part of the flowers needed for this is sold and shipped from Mallick Ghat Flower Market. The place is located under the famous Howrah Bridge.


The markets wake up at the crack of the dawn, and fully functional from 5 a.m. The place is known as the biggest flower market in not only India but the whole of Asia. It was built by Ram Mohun Mallick in 1855. To see a large spread of various bright colored flowers with the first ray of sun is a visual treat itself.

To reach the place, take a bus from Sealdah station to here. You can walk in the market if you are coming from Howrah station. The nearest metro station in M G road.

# 9 Barabazar; The Real ‘Bada’ Bazaar of Colonial India 

Back when Kolkata used to be the financial capital of the country, the Barabazar market flourished. Foreign goods and wholesale markets, these two were the primary selling points of the place, whose name literally means a big market.

What Sets it Apart?

Even in its diminished state, Barabazar is the ultimate paradise for a shopaholic. It is still the largest wholesale market in the country. In the British era, the place started as a yarn and textile market.

The merchants who did business here with the British East India company became millionaires overnight.

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Everything under the sun was sold here, from English broadcloth, cashmere silk or ivory from Srilanka. Even after suffering a number of calamities and fires, the market in Barabazar is still going strong.

When you visit Barabazar, you will find that the place is divided into specialized areas like Dhotipatti, Fancypatti, Tulapatti, Chinipatti etc, and further divided into Katras.

The specified divisions deal with specific goods. From clothes to ornaments, everything is sold here in wholesale and retail. There is a huge crowd throughout the year.

During the festival times, the costumes and dress for idols, Puja items, designer earthen lamps, ladoos, and other items, gift items and other novelties are also sold.

For festival dress shopping in a budget, the whole city flocks to the streets of Barabazar at that time. The place lies in between two major stations, Howrah and Sealdah. You can take a bus from either of the places to reach here. The nearest metro station is Central.

Do try the street food here, when you take a break from your shopping spree.

# 10 Rabindra Sarovar Lake

An oasis of greenery in the southern part of Kolkata, Rabindra Sarobar is an artificial lake. The place was previously known as Dhakuria Lake. It was renamed to honor the son of the city, the great Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagor.

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Why Special Tourist Place in Kolkata?

The only Japanese Buddhist temple in Kolkata is located on the southern fringe of the Rabindra Sarovar. The place acts as a pollution remover and carbon sink for the whole south Kolkata. It is a famous morning and evening walk spot throughout the year.

In winter, many migratory birds come and spend for a few weeks to a month in the pristine lake water as a pit stop. You can take a gander in the lake and the surrounding area at any time of the year.

There is no entry fee, and thus family and friends often gather here for a short recess or picnic. Enjoy the scenic beauty in the well-maintained garden, or visit the only Japanese Buddhist temple of Kolkata on the southern fringe of the Rabindra Sarovar.

You can get down in the Tollygunge rail station or Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station to reach the place. Early morning or late evening is the best time to see the place. You can see the rowing boats or flock of a goose floating lazily in the calm water of the lake.

# 11 Princep Ghat

One of the classic Kolkata structure, which is well-known to the locals and often ignored by the tourists, Princep Ghat is one of the major points in our list. It is a beautiful ghat, that stands tall and proud, from the surrounding dull neighbors.

It is situated between the Water Gate and St. George’s Gate of Fort William beside the Hooghly River.

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The white monument is one of the finest pieces of British Architecture in Kolkata. With the turn of the river, it is now a bit away from it. Still, the sweet river breeze touches your cheek softly when you reach the place. The best time to see it is in the late afternoon.

After the sun sets, the mellow and subtle lights turn on which transforms the whole place in a fairyland.

The place was built in memory of James Princep, in 1843. He was an English scholar who founded the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. He also deciphered the Kharosthi and Brahmi scripts of ancient India.

The Palladian style monument was designed by W. Fitzgerald. It is a favorite place for city couples and poets. A number of social and cultural events also take place across the popular monument from time to time.

The Metro station for Princep Ghat is Esplanade. From the opposite of Oberoi Grand, you can board a minibus to reach the place in five minutes. The landmark is Netaji Indoor Stadium. You could also walk down from Oberoi Grand to All India Radio, then take a left turn by the stadium to reach here.

# 12 Indian Botanical Garden

Even with all its glory, the roads and rush of a metropolitan city like Kolkata can feel a bit tiring from time to time. Your ears deserve a rest from all the cacophony, and the lungs can soak in the fresh river breeze in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden near the city.

Botanical Garden is actually across the river from Kolkata, located in Shibpur in the twin city of Kolkata, i.e. Howrah. The verdure paradise is spread over 109 hectares and it has a collection of over 12,000 species of plants and trees from across the world. The origin of the garden dates back to 1787, by Robert Kyd, an officer of the East India Company.


Why a must-go tourist place in Kolkata?

Botanical Garden place housed commercial plants, spices, etc. back then. It also played a very important part of introducing tea plantation in India from China.  Even after facing a few years of negligence, the place now is well-maintained and boasts an amazing collection. The most famous one attraction this garden is the Banyan tree, which is known as the biggest one and the second largest canopy in the world.

The prop roots are so thick that you cannot find the main trunk and it looks like a mini-forest.  Among other exotic collections, there is a rare water lily,  Victoria Amazonica . The leaves are so big that it can hold a child easily while floating on the water. It is also a home of a number of resident and migratory birds, as well as butterflies.

Visit the place in the early morning for a morning stroll, or take your time and spend the whole day in here.  The sculptures here even are blended with green, and they can remind you of the Goddess of Life, Te Fiti from Moana. In recent times, there was another unique development with the changing climate.

The river salinity rose, and Mangrove returned to Kolkata naturally after centuries in the Hooghly River in here, with a Mangrove project for more than one-kilometer stretch. The place is open from sunrise to sunset and closed on public holidays. To go to the place, reach Howrah station from your location. You can find a number of buses starting from there to Indian Botanical Garden easily.

# 13 Behala Flying Club

Kolkata has a very good aerial connectivity with the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, but it has a lesser-known civil counterpart in the Behala region. The Behala Flying Club or BFC has a very bright future ahead as the Airports Authority of India is planning to convert to a fully functional airport soon.

The place, located at the southern fringe of Kolkata, also has a functional flying training institute.  If you wish to experience the bird’s-eye view of the city, take an early morning ride to the place in the cab, or come from the nearest metro stations i.e. Kalighat/ Rabindra Sarovar. Under private operators, Behala Flying Club offers helicopter ride over the city.

The joyride takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at a cost of INR 1700 per person. There are other special rides organized from this place also, like Malda and Gangasagar. Also, if you wish to see the Bay of Bengal from the city within an hour, there is the most popular ride to Digha.

The romantic joyride costs INR 2000 per person one way, and the flights are on Saturday generally. To see the sea as well as the aerial city view, you may have to plan and book in advance.

Concluding Thoughts; Tourist and Un Tourist Places in Kolkata

Here we tried to present not so common tourist places in Kolkata, which never got the celebrity value from the tourist. However, these are the places make the city of joy what it is today. So, if you feel you want to see kolkata and touch the soul to understand in its totality, these are the places you should never miss.

We hope with time and with increasing interest to travel like locals, these unknown, uncelebrated places of Kolkata will gain its due importance among the travelers across the world.

If you feel we are missing out on something, or if you feel like contributing to making it much bigger and detailed work on such un tourist places in Kolkata, feel free to let us know. We would love to integrate your piece with due credit in this very article.

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Once the seat of the Nawab of Bengal, this quaint town located on the banks of the Hooghly is one of the best places to visit in West Bengal. It served as the capital of Bengal before Calcutta, and several arts and crafts were born here. Not only that, but it was also famous for the sericulture, producing world-class silk. The beauty of the town is unparalleled. It is home to tiny  jheels , which become  hotspots in winter when the migratory birds arrive. The pristine blue lakes with colourful, exotic birds at its edges is a sight to behold! It is also home to several gardens, which have rows of colorful and fragrant flowers. The gardens are all adorned by meticulously sculpted statues and fountains! This is the perfect place for a short trip amidst the lap of nature.  The Hazarduari Palace, located on the banks of the River Bhagirathi, is the prime attraction here. Apart from that, there are a handful of beautiful mosques which you must include in your itinerary- Nizamat Imambara, Footi Masjid, Madina, and Katra Mosque. Apart from these, it has many palaces among which Wasif Manzil and Nasirpur Palace are worth mentioning. Apart from gazing at the various forms of architecture and the massive palaces, there are other things you can do in Murshidabad. You could go shopping because the local artisans are pretty much the authority on ivory and woodcraft. You could also drop into the Belampore market to pick out a few intricately designed Murshidabad silk sarees for yourself or family members. The weather is usually too extreme- too hot in summer and too chilly in winter. So the best time to visit would be the early winter months of October and November when it is pleasant- sunny and breezy!


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Bhubaneswar aka ‘Temple City’ is the kept best secret of incredible India. This city is widely known for its amazing architecture and temples. Apart from being one of the important cities of India, it also happens to be the main centre for education and business in the country. The city is replete with historical places to visit near Kolkata. You can stopover at places Lingaraj Temple, Parasurameswara Temple, Dhauli Shanti Stupa, and Raja Rani Temple. Best Time to Visit:  The perfect time to visit this place is in the course of the winter months starting from October to February. This is the time when the temperature range is perfect for out-of-doors happenings and travelling around the city. Distance from Kolkata:  450 Km. Highlights: 1.   Mesmerizing architecture and grand temples. 2. A flourishing centre for commerce and business. 3. Majestic Lingaraj and Raja Rani temples. 4. Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves.


Konark (35.8 km from Puri)

Konark (35.8 km from Puri)

Known widely for its ancient temples, pristine sandy beaches, and Annual Dance Festival, Konark is a quaint little town of Odisha. The beauty of this charming city lies in its iconic Sun Temple, which has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This age-old architectural marvel makes for one among the most spectacular monuments in the country and speaks of the glorious past of the state. Konark hosts a number of festivals and events at the Sun Temple, including the Sun Festival, Annual Dance Festival, and Handicrafts Mela. The historical city of Konark is one of the major places to visit near Puri to get an insight into the history and culture of Odisha. Best Time to Visit: September to March Distance from Puri: Konark is located at an approximate distance of 35.8 kilometers from Puri Highlights: Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Beach, ASI Museum, Konark Dance Festival, Sun Festival

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Puri is one of the four dhams in India as per Hindu Mythology. This beach city is located on the shorelines of Bay of Bengal in the Indian State of Odisha. Considered to be the abode of Lord Jagannath, this place has at all times been one of the top tourist places around Kolkata. With a multitude of things to do, this is perfect for individuals who love to spend time in a spiritual atmosphere. Best Time to Visit:   Puri can be visited all over the year except for the summer season. The best time to land in Puri would be in between the month of October to February, as the climate remains pleasant makes tourism a bliss. Distance from Kolkata:  500 km. Highlights: 1.  Must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindu followers because of Lord Jagannath Temple. 2.  Part of Char Dham in India. 3. A plethora of hotels and homestays. 4. Rath Yatra (chariot festival)


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On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. The tourist places in Darjeeling will leave a traveler mesmerized and awed with the beauty that the place offers. And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root. This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

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Kalimpong is another hill station in the state of West Bengal, which is popular for its beautiful panoramic view. You can find stunning Buddhists monasteries and Tibetian crafts in the city. The town is just at a distance of 50 mins from Darjeeling, at the foothills of the Shivalik range. The ideal time to visit Kalimpong is the Summertime from (March to May), although, all throughout the year, the temperature is pleasant. Apart from the ancient monasteries and age-old churches, the town marks the presence of Bhutanese history. Thus it is one of the attractive tourist spots in eastern India. Best time to visit - Summertime from March to May. Highlights - Apart from the ancient monasteries and age-old churches, the town marks the presence of Bhutanese history, The best places to visit in Kalimpong are: -Durpin Dara Hill -Cactus Nursery -Morgan House -Deolo Hill -Galingka -Jang Dong Paliriffo Brang Gompa.


This hidden hillside beauty, located at Himalayan foothills between Jalpaiguri & Darjeeling is one of the most picturesque places around Kolkata. Samsing is dotted with lush green tea gardens, forested hills, and valleys all enveloped in the cool misty breeze. The place, on a clear day, even offers views of snow-capped peaks of Bhutan. Best time to visit: Winter months (November-February). Distance from Kolkata: 665 kilometres. Highlights: Visit the nearby Neora Valley National Park to see near-extinction species of flowering plants, red panda, Himalayan black bear, marbled cat, Malayan giant squirrel, etc. The charming village of Suntaley Khola for its scenic surroundings and orange orchards. Rocky Island for its nature resorts and watersports.


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It is a beautiful White Marble structure which began making in 1906 and was completed by 1921. While it originally got built with the idea of dedicating a memorial to Queen Victoria of Britain, it has now turned into a museum that attracts numerous people due to its stunning architecture and display.The artistic monument is a mixture of British as well as Mughal form of architecture. Inside the huge fortress is a museum that has 25 galleries featuring sculptures, portraits, national leaders, arms, and armour. Moreover, it has unique, and original  works of William Shakespeare, Omar Khayyam, as well as Arabian Nights.Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata.Price:-Rs. 30 for Indians,-Rs. 100 for citizens of the SAARC countries,-Rs. 500 for nationals of all other countries.Timing:-From 10 am to 6 pm (Tuesday- Friday)and,-From 10 am - 8 pm (Saturday, Sunday).Best time to visit: October and March.

Howrah Bridge

This one tops the list of places to see in Kolkata, probably because it gets so often portrayed in movies. It was constructed in 1943 replacing the Pontoon Bridge and is made of steel. Due to the immense popularity that the bridge has, tourists from far and wide travel to Kolkata just to visit the amazing bridge.One will be amazed to see the view from the bridge in the evening. The entire river Hoogli seems like an endless lake with the sun going down into the horizon. The suspended bridge ranks 6th amongst the longest bridges in the world.Location: Hooghly RIver, Kolkata.Best Time To Visit: In the Evening.

Botanical Garden

Previously known as the Calcutta Botanical Garden, the garden was established in 1786. It is spread over 270 acres of land. The present name of the garden is Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden.As the name suggests, the garden is full of plants, trees, and flowers related to the field of botany. At the moment, the garden is a home for over 12000 perennial plants that are still alive. One of the best attractions here is the giant Banyan Tree which forms the second largest canopy in the world. Also, the garden features over 1400 exotic species of plants, and trees.Location: Botanical Garden Road B Shalimar Area Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Botanical Garden, Area, Howrah, West Bengal 711103.Price:-INR 10/- for Indians and-INR 100/- for foreigners.Timing: 10 am to 5 pm, ( Mondays Closed).Best time to visit: October to February.

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1. digha, west bengal.

Digha, West Bengal

Known For : Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India New Digha Beach Udaipur Beach

Beach town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its pristine beaches and scenic views, especially among people in West Bengal.

Distance from Kolkata: 181 km

Best Time: July to March

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2. Sundarbans, West Bengal

Sundarbans, West Bengal

Known For : Marichjhanpi Ghoramara Island New Moore Island

Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans provides the best mix for ecological balance right from 'Royal Bengal tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries.

Best Time: September to March

3 Sundarbans Attractions

3. Navadvipa, West Bengal

Navadvipa, West Bengal

Known For : Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ISKCON Temple, Nabadwip Radha Rani Temple

With almost 200 temples concentrated in this small rural setting, on the banks of Ganges, Navadwipa is God's own land, in every sense of the term.

Distance from Kolkata: 123 km

Best Time: October to March

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4. Haldia, West Bengal

Haldia, West Bengal

Known For : Mahishadal Rajbari and Goplajew Temple Marine Drive, Haldia Sataku

Often considered as a mere river port assisting Kolkata, Haldia has more to offer to India than just foreign trade.

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5. Santiniketan, West Bengal

Santiniketan, West Bengal

Known For : Tagore's ashrama Poush Mela Amar Kutir

Known to few, mainly as Rabindranath Tagore's home and now a university, Santiniketan is a small town located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.

Distance from Kolkata: 163 km

Best Time: Mid August to March

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6. Bakkhali, West Bengal

Bakkhali, West Bengal

Known For : Bakkhali Beach Henry's Island Jambu Dweep

If you wish to have the perfect beach getaway that doesn't include ear ripping music or just alcohol laden evenings, Bakkhali is the place to be.

Distance from Kolkata: 125 km

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7. Raichak, West Bengal

Raichak, West Bengal

Known For : The F fort Diamond Harbour Lighthouse at Diamond Harbour

Located only 50 kms away from Kolkata and yet a world apart, Raichak, is a riverside town and is nothing short of a breathe of fresh air in its ultra urban and commercialized surrounding.

Distance from Kolkata: 54 km

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8. Durgapur, West Bengal

Durgapur, West Bengal

Known For : Bhabani Pathak's Tilla Durgapur Barrage Durgapur Steel Plant

Often touted as the Steel Capital of East India, Durgapur is the embodiment of the quintessential Bengali town.

Distance from Kolkata: 172 km

Best Time: November to March

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9. Midnapore, West Bengal

Midnapore, West Bengal

Known For : Tamluk Chandrakona Jora Masjid

In the interiors of West Bengal is yet another treasure- Midnapore town or Medinipur, as it is locally known. Midnapore combines the beauty of India's multi religion culture with the exuberance of ancient history.

Distance from Kolkata: 132 km

Best Time: October to February

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10. Bankura, West Bengal

Bankura, West Bengal

Known For : Susunia Hill Joyrambati Bishnupur

With much historical significance, Bankura is a town famous for its hills and temples and a treat for adventure sports enthusiasts such as trekkers and hikers.

Distance from Kolkata: 213 km

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11. Bishnupur, West Bengal

Bishnupur, West Bengal

Known For : Rasmancha Lalji Temple Susunia Hill

A small town in West Bengal famous for its terracota temples, Bishnupur is famous among tourists, especially for its rich culture including architecture, music and handicraft.

Distance from Kolkata: 137 km

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12. Bardhaman, West Bengal

Bardhaman, West Bengal

Known For : 108 Shiv Mandir Christ Church Golap Bagh

With a convergence of religion, nature, man-made marvels and the proverbial old world charm, Bardhaman is the ideal fit for a weekend getaway.

Distance from Kolkata: 102 km

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13. Talasari Beach, Odisha

Talasari Beach, Odisha

Located in Baleswar district of Odisha and at a distance of 10 Km from Digha, the Talasari beach is pristine, serene and has been bestowed with spectacular panorama.

Distance from Kolkata: 191 km

Best Time: October to December, February

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14. Shankarpur, West Bengal

Shankarpur, West Bengal

Known For : Mandarmani Beach Shankarpur Beach Digha Beach

Known for its scenic beauty, the one thing that gives Shankarpur an edge over other beaches of India is it's pristine surroundings.

Distance from Kolkata: 175 km

Best Time: October to Apr

3 Shankarpur Attractions

15. Mayapur, West Bengal

Mayapur, West Bengal

Known For : ISKCON Chandrodaya Temple Yoga Peeth Sri Chaitanya Math

Standing at the junction of river Ganga and Jalangi, Mayapur is a laidback city with lovely views and plenty of temples, making it ideal for multitudes of team.

Distance from Kolkata: 115 km

5 Mayapur Attractions

16. Chandannagar, West Bengal

Chandannagar, West Bengal

Known For : Chandan Nagar Museum The Patal Bari The Chandan Nagar Strand

Wrapped in the interiors of West Bengal, in the Hooghly District, is the small yet significant town of Chandan Nagar. This small town could have been in place of present day Kolkata, had history gone as planned.

Distance from Kolkata: 45 km

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17. Sagardwip, West Bengal

Sagardwip, West Bengal

Known For : The Sagar Beach Ganga Sagar Mela Kamil Muni Temple

Sagardwip is a small island, a part of the Sunderbans group of islands. Sagardwip is at the confluence of the holy river Ganga (Ganges) and the Bay of Bengal, making it one of the most popular religious havens of the country.

Distance from Kolkata: 119 km

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18. Ganga Sagar Pilgrimage and Fair

Ganga Sagar Pilgrimage and Fair

A stunning island just off the Bengal coast, Ganga Sagar is a place of great beauty and religious importance. Home to some spell binding beaches, it is famous for hosting the Sagar Mela which sees millions of devotees flock to its beaches every year. The island is stunning in its greenery and one can trek around the whole island to discover its beauteousness. Besides being a place for religion, Ganga Sagar is also a place for relaxation and rejuvenation among the sun and sand.

19. Mandarmani Beach

Mandarmani Beach

Perhaps the longest motorable beach in India, a crazy high speed ride on the beach at Mandarmani can give you the ultimate thrill along with some time to chill at the beach. Mandarmani is a small and upcoming beach resort with great potential to be a top notch destination. The beach town with great scenery, beautiful sand beaches and amazing aura about itself, Mandarmani is a great place to be away from the hustle bustle of daily life.

20. Belur Math

Belur Math

Sprawling over forty acres of land on the west bank of the Hooghly River, Belur; the Belur Math in Kolkata is a place of pilgrimage and also the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. People from all over the world, irrespective of the religion that they believe in, visit this temple to enjoy the tranquillity and serenity that it imbues.

Distance from Kolkata: 10 km


One of the most secluded beaches of the country and one of the newest entrant in the tourism scene of West Bengal, Tajpur is slowly carving out a niche for itself as the stopover destination between the two major centers Digha and Shankarpur. The red crabs that are found here in plenty and the gentle breeze that lulls idle strolls by the sea make Tajpur a perfect place getaway.

22. Jayrambati


Jayrambati is a quaint village in the Bankura district, popularised as an important pilgrimage point among followers of Sri Ramakrishna for being the place of residence of the Holy Mother Sri Sharada Devi. The village has a certain old-world charm to it and has several small temples all across the village, the most popular one however being the Sri Sri Maitri Mandir devoted to the Holy Mother. The religious aspect of the village is what draws most visitors to the village and is an integral part of the village’s culture. The village has been an integral part and woven itself in the life of the holy mother Sri Sharada Devi, the village has witnessed several milestones in the life of the holy mother and has thus resultantly been an important source of pilgrimage for the ardent followers of Sri Sharada Devi.

Distance from Kolkata: 103 km

23. Bakreswar


If you have been fascinated by delightful and thrilling stories about religious deities tussling with one another, or find yourself intrigued by learning about ancient temples, or even have an all-around interest in mythology, and you would like to cultivate this interest further by visiting attractions that are of immense cultural importance, then there is exactly such a place for you. Indeed if, in addition to all of the above, you’ve harboured the itch to take a dip in the calming waters of a hot spring, then this place would also offer you that! This is the town of Bakreswar in West Bengal, and visiting it should be on your bucket-list, especially if you’re travelling to the state. At a distance of about 230 km from Kolkata, Bakreswar is visited by pilgrims and non-devotees alike. It is a spiritual and natural extravaganza that you cannot afford to miss.

Distance from Kolkata: 216 km

24. Ghatshila


If you’ve visited Ranchi and Kolkata -- and having fallen in love with both the cities, you now crave to experience their magic in unison, then do not worry. Your craving is not in vain for there is a place matching exactly that description! Situated in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, the town of Ghatshila has the winding rivulets and serene waterfalls of Ranchi while also harbouring ample sites of religious worship and a rich multicultural heritage that Kolkata does. Ghatshila is a town of festivals, where the locals are fond of celebrating in unity. Visiting Ghatshila means not only that you’re in for the opportunity of spending quality time in nature, by the side of mystical waterfalls and picturesque hills, but also that you get to pay heed to deities in old historical temples.

Distance from Kolkata: 239 km

25. Sonajhuri Forest

Sonajhuri Forest

Away from the mell pell of the city lies a hidden gem in the state of West Bengal. Considered to be one of the most clean forests in India, Sonajhuri Forest is a great retreat to be close to nature. The Sonajhuri Forest is replete with lush green trees that has blooming flowers. This place is picturesque with quite a number of mesmerizing places to see and explore. This place is untouched by industrialization and is a inhabited by tribal who lead simple lives. The pristine river flowing alongside the forest makes the whole place look even more magical. Just like Tagore, after seeing its beauty, this place might invoke the poet in you.

Distance from Kolkata: 164 km

26. Jhargram


Jhargram is small city located in the state of West Bengal with a rich historical and cultural background. Surrounded by dense forests this place is mystical. A perfect place to spend few days in the lap of nature surrounded by friendly tribal population, you are bound to be mesmerized not only by its picturesque beauty but by the gregarious people who inhabit this place. The chirpings of birds will make your heart swell with happiness and you will feel as if you are in paradise.

Distance from Kolkata: 169 km

27. Barrackpore


Barrackpore was the first place where Britishers set up their cantonment and later spread their rules in India. This place is of great historical significance as it was also the first place where the spark to attain I from Britishers was lit. Not to stop at that, this place is also home to some of the most mesmerizing and green parks which are perfect to spend some time lazing around? and relaxing. Pristine temples are also situated in Barrackpore that will purge you soul and invite positive vibes. A visit to Barrackpore will let you enjoy some calm away from the hustle bustle of the city and also give knowledge about one of the most important chapters in the history of India.

Distance from Kolkata: 27 km

28. Kamarpukur


A cluster of small villages, Kamarpukur is nestled between Vishnupur and Tarakeshwar. Birthplace of a pious and sagacious saint, Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa, this village is perfect getaway from the pell-mell of the cities. In this village you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of simple rural life. This place being pious is filled with positivity and you will feel recharged after visiting it. Replete with temples and scenic beauty this is just the place to unwind from the pressure of all the deadlines that you are struggling to meet.

Distance from Kolkata: 96 km

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At a distance of 20 km from Barrackpore, 48 km from Howrah, 50 km from Kolkata, 150 km from Haldia, 155 km from Kharagpur, 158 km from Midnapore, 177 km from Murshidabad, 469 km from Bhubaneshwar, 478 km from Tatanagar, 526 km from Puri, 531 km from Siliguri, and 589 km from Darjeeling, Hooghly is a historical city & district located in the Indian state of West Bengal. Also known as Hugli or Hooghly-Chuchura, it is one of the popular places of heritage in India and among the must include tourist destinations in West Bengal Tour Packages. The town of Hooghly got its name from the famous river that flows through it. The name of the place is also spelt as Hugli & Hoogli. It shares its borders with Howrah in South, Bardhaman in North, River Hooghly flows in its East, and Medinipur in West. Between the 13th-15th centuries, the Hooghly town used to be an important sea route for the trade carried between India & other countries. Hooghly port was the place where the 1st cross-trade began between India & Portugal. Dotted with several small but important towns, the district of Hooghly is among the few places in India that features remnant culture-based influences of several civilizations like Portuguese, Dutch and British. The Portuguese were the first to settle here in 1537 but were defeated by the Mughal armies in 1632. Hooghly was regarded as the first English settlement in Lower Bengal after the British East India Company set up a factory here in 1651. Later, it was abandoned ... more

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At a distance of 35 km from Bankura, 50 km from Chhatna, 85 km from Kharagpur, 113 km from Purulia, 119 km from Hooghly, 136 km from Kolkata, 143 km from Barrackpore, 149 km from Jamshedpur, 163 km from Dhanbad, 187 km from Haldia, 216 km from Murshidabad, 565 km from Kurseong, Bishnupur is a small town located in Bankura district of West Bengal. Also called Vishnupur, it is one of the beautiful tourist destinations in India and among the famous heritage places to visit in West Bengal. Bishnupur is famous among tourists, especially for its rich culture including architecture, music, and handicrafts. The history of Bishnupur dates back to 694 AD when King Raghunath I founded the Malla dynasty. The town is also referred to as Mallabhum, after the Malla dynasty, who once ruled this region for almost a thousand years. Bishnupur was the administrative capital under the reign of the Malla kings. It is believed that the town derives its name from the Hindu God, Vishnu as the Malla rulers were Vaishnavites. The legends of Bipodtarini Devi are associated with Malla Kings of Bishnupur. Bishnupur is most famous for its beautiful terracotta temples. The Malla kings built grand terracotta shrines to celebrate their love for Lord Krishna sometime between the 17th and the 18th century CE. Each and every temple in this region bespeak of excellent craftsmanship and intricate carvings. The distinctive architecture incorporated various styles from the neighboring regions. Crafted from ...

Distance from Kolkata: 148 Kms

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At a distance of 96 km from Haldia, 124 km from Midnapore, 164 km from Howrah, 171 km from Kolkata, 193 km from Barrackpore, 209 km from Hooghly, 228 km from Tatanagar, 289 km from Bhubaneshwar, 345 km from Puri, and 364 km from Ranchi, Digha is a seaside resort town located in Purba Medinipur (East Midnapur) district of West Bengal, India. It is one of the beautiful beach destinations in India and among the must include tourist places in West Bengal Tour Packages. Situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Digha is a popular tourist destination known for its untouched beaches, scenic views, religious temples, and museums. Originally known as Beerkul, the town of Digha was discovered in the late 18th century by the British. It is mentioned as the 'Brighton of the East' by Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of British India. However, the town started gaining fame when in 1923, John Frank Smith, an English tourist got so greatly allured by its charm that he started living here and writing about Digha. After the independence of India, he convinced Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, then the Chief Minister of West Bengal to develop this place as a sea beach resort. For ages, Digha has been a one-stop destination for families looking forward to spending pleasurable holidays or at least a weekend together. Being a seaside resort town, Digha naturally boasts of a number of stunning beaches such as New Digha Beach, Udaipur Beach, Talseri Beach, Chandpur Beach, and Shankarpur ...

Distance from Kolkata: 163 Kms

4. Susunia Hill

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At a distance of 28 km from Bankura and 65 km from Bishnupur, Susunia hill is situated at Susunia village in Bankura district of West Bengal. It is one of the ideal picnic spots for the people residing in the surrounding areas. Placed at an altitude of 1442 feet, Susunia is a part of the Eastern Ghats. The entire hill is covered with a rich flora of beautiful shrubbery, majestic trees, and rare medicinal plants. The hill is famous for rock climbing and trekking. During winters, trekking and camping activities are arranged on the Susunia Hill. Enveloped in the ranges of the Eastern Ghats and resting amidst the lush greenery, spending a day on this hill is the perfect way to escape the loud and polluted airs of the city. Susunia hill is one of the well-known fossil and archaeological sites where thousands of years old fossils of animals like hyenas, Asiatic lions and giraffes have been found. Not just fossils, upon excavation, tools that were known to be used in the Stone Age were found here too. The history of Susunia hill dates back to the 4th century. The Stone inscriptions of King Chandravarman are found in the Susunia Hill, referring to the place was ancient Pushkarana, the modern-day Pakhanna. It is also believed that King Chandravarman had built a fort here but ruins could not be traced out. There also stands an ancient but impeccably carved monolith structure on the Susunia Hill named as the Narasimha Stone. The carvings on the monolith call it the oldest ...

Distance from Kolkata: 220 Kms

5. Jhilimili

At a distance of 78 from Bankura and 95 km from Bishnupur, Jhilimili is a magnificent tourist place in Bankura district of West Bengal. Also known as Darjeeling of South Bengal, it is one of the unique spots in West Bengal and among the popular tourist places to experience Bishnupur tourism. Jhilimili is famous for its dense forests and natural beauty. Jhilimili, in Bengali, means 'sparkle' and is said that the place partially derives its name from the 'sparkle' of the soil. The place is situated on a hillock and amidst thick, dense forests of varying heights. The Kangsabati River flows right through this forest and its banks are a perfect spot to have a picnic. There is a watchtower which offers an amazing view of the surroundings, including that of the descending elephants from the Dalma Hill during winters. Jhilimili has a serene and peaceful climate, which makes it a perfect gateway for city dwellers in search of some peace from their hectic schedule. Small tribal villages are scattered in and around the forest. Those who wish to get a taste of tribal life can hike to one of the villages and spend some time with the inhabitants. The annual Tusu Parab, a tribal festival worshiping Goddess Tusu is a major attraction in the region. The tribes in Jhilimili celebrate Tusu Parab during mid- January. The tribes from various places flock here to sell different items and enjoy the music and dance celebrations.

Distance from Kolkata: 237 Kms

6. Jayrambati

At a distance of 41 km from Bishnupur and 75 km from Bankura, Jayrambati is a religious and tourist destination located in Bankura district of West Bengal. It is one of the best places in West Bengal and among the important tourist places to visit near Bishnupur. Jayrambati is the birthplace of Ma Sarada Devi, wife of Ramakrishna Paramhansa. She is worshipped as the Holy Mother by the followers of Sri Ramakrishna. Surrounded by lush green trees and shrubs, it is an offbeat but stunning tourist destination. Jayrambati Math is the main attraction and a must-visit place, especially for the people who seek spirituality and wish to offer their prayers to Goddess. The other major attraction here is Matri Mandir, dedicated to Ma Sarada Devi. Built-in 1923, the temple houses a marble image of Sarada Devi along with the holy relics of Sarada Devi in the sanctum sanctorum. The place has few other attractions such as Dharma Thakur Temple dedicated to Sundara Narayana Dharma Thakur and Singhabahini Temple, where Sarada Devi has taken on fasting in order to get healing from an acute disease. One can also visit Puratan Bari, the house of Ma Sarada Devi.

Distance from Kolkata: 113 Kms

7. Hadal-Narayanpur

At a distance of 47 km from Bishnupur and 59.5 km from Bankura, Hadal & Narayanpur are the twin villages located in Bankura district of West Bengal. Situated on the banks of the Bodai River, it is one of the famous places to visit near Bishnupur. Hadal and Narayanpur are situated side by side and belongs to the same administrative division. It is said that the village was first established by one 'Murokata' Chakraborty, who literally cut down trees to start up the village. The village is famous for the Mandal family terracotta temples that comprise of Barataraf, Mejotaraf, and the Chhototaraf temples. The first temple that houses the idol of Bramhani Devi is not like the traditional structure. It was a modern flat-roofed structure with the entrance displaying a painting of Lord Shiva dancing with the body of Sati on his shoulder. Made of black 'Kasti Pathar', the idol of the goddess has four hands and surprisingly has a strong resemblance to south Indian idols. There are small female figures at the foot of the main idol. This statue is said to be from the Pal era of Bengal. At Barataraf, there is a huge Rasmancha that resembles a 17 pinnacled terracotta structure near the entrance. One can find the sculptures depicting Durga and her family, Shiva's Marriage, Gaja Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu in Anantashyana pose here. The residence of the Barataraf of Mandal Family is painted yellow with a cylindrical shaped entrance. The windows at this entrance were like full-sized ...

Distance from Kolkata: 157 Kms

8. Tajpur Beach

At a distance of 20 km from Digha Railway Station, Tajpur Beach is another beautiful beach located near Digha, West Bengal. Situated between Chandpur Beach and Mandarmani Beach, it is one of the less commercialized beaches in Digha and among the best Digha Tourist Places. Set on the tranquil shore of the Bay of Bengal, Tajpur Beach is one of the most hidden beaches in India. This virgin beach is still untouched by commercialization and tourism. Fringed by dense tamarisk, eucalyptus, and casuarina trees, the crescent shape of the beach here endows photographers an unusual panoramic view of the sea. The highlight of the pristine beach is the hundreds of red crabs that are found on the shores during the morning hours. With pristine sea beach and tranquil environs make Tajpur a popular weekend getaway for the traveler who wants to laze on a hammock and spend some time in solitude amidst the sun, sea, and sand. The road that takes you to the beach passes through marshy land, large fishing lakes, or 'Bheris' on one side and the sandbanks by the sea on the other side. The coconut-tree clad beach is a favorite habitat of sea-gulls who spread their wings to the wind at the break of dawn. Tajpur offers various adventure sports options like Surfing, Sun Bathing, Parasailing, Kayaking, Zorbing, Rock Climbing, Beach Football, Beach Volleyball, Beach Cricket, Long Drive, etc. The beach is also an ideal spot to watch sunrise and sunset. Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM Entry: ...

Distance from Kolkata: 154 Kms

9. Mandarmani

At a distance of 15 km from Tajpur, and 28 km from Digha, Mandarmani is a large and rapidly developing seaside resort village in the East Midnapur district of West Bengal. Situated at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the popular weekend getaways from Kolkata and among the must-visit places during your Digha Tour. With great scenery, sandy beaches and an amazing aura of luxury, the coastal town of Mandarmani is a great place to relax, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Mandarmoni boasts of a 13 km long motorable beach, perhaps the longest motorable beach road in India. The drive-in beach is the primary attraction as a crazy high-speed ride on the beach at Mandarmani can give you the ultimate thrill. Red crabs crawling around the 13 km long beach is a special attraction of Mandarmani and the sight is incredible as the entire beach looks like it's filled with red crabs. The beach, one of the cleanest of its kind, has a lot of lodging options available for tourists, with plenty of hotels and resorts lined up along the beach. Due to its top-notch facilities and luxuries, Mandarmani has a tremendous potential of becoming a world-class destination. There is also a string of local shops selling shells, handmade jewelry, and handicrafts. A few locals also offer groups to take a trip towards the Mohana (Estuary) during sunset. Timing: 6 AM - 10 PM Entry: Free

Distance from Kolkata: 158 Kms

10. Baba Taraknath Temple

At a distance of 49 km from Hooghly, Taraknath Temple is a famous Hindu shrine situated at Tarkeshwar in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in West Bengal and among the must-include places in Hooghly Tour Packages. Also known as Tarakeshwar Temple, the Taraknath Temple is dedicated to Lord Taraknath, a violent (Ugra) form of Lord Shiva who drank venom (Vish) during Samudra-Manthan. According to the legend, the temple was built after a dream which led the mendicant brother of Raja Vishnu Das to discover a Linga in the jungles near Tarakeswar. Later, a small temple was built around the swayambhu linga (self-manifested) by the villagers. The present structure of the temple was built in 1729 by Raja Bharamalla. The temple is built in central West Bengal style of temple architecture with features such as 'atchala' and 'natmandir'. The temple has four roofs above the sanctum sanctorum and extended galleries for the congregation of the devotees. This temple also has minor shrines dedicated to Goddess Kali and Lord Lakshmi-Narayan. Dudhpukur, a tank to the north of the Shiva temple is believed to fulfill the prayers of the devotees those taking a dip in it. Pilgrims visit the temple throughout the year, especially on Mondays. But thousands of pilgrims visit Tarakeswar on the occasions of 'Shivaratri' in Phalgun month and Gajan Mela in Chaitra (mid-April). Also, the month of Sravana (mid-July to mid-August) is auspicious ...

Distance from Kolkata: 62 Kms

11. Radha-Govind-Jiu Mandir / Antpur Temple

At a distance of 22 km from Tarakeshwar, and 50 km from Hooghly, Radha-Govind-Jiu Mandir is an ancient temple located at Antpur in Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is one of the beautiful terracotta temples in West Bengal and among the well-known Hooghly Tourist Places. Sri Radhagovindjiu Temple is one of the Terracotta Temple in West Bengal and the most famous temple in Antpur. The temple was constructed in 1786 by Shri Krishna Ram Mitra, the Diwan of Bardhaman Raj. It has Chandi Mandap and Dol Mancha and both are beautifully crafted wood carvings and terracotta. The main sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses a black stone idol of Lord Krishna. This 100 feet high temple has exquisite terracotta carvings depicting stories from all the 18 Puranas. While Radha and Krishna are predominant in the carvings, there is also the goddess Durga, whose worship had been revived in a big way by Nabakrishna Deb of Shovabazar Rajbari in 1757. Besides the main temple of Radhagovindjiu are the temples of Gangadhara, Fuleswara, Rameswara, Jaleswara, and Baneswara. Antpur was the village home of Baburam Ghosh (later Swami Premananda). The Ramakrishna-Premananda Ashram of Antpur has built a temple on the birthplace of Swami Pramananda. Antpur is also the place where Swami Vivekananda and eight other disciples of Sri Ramakrishna took their vow of 'sannyasa' on 24 December 1886. Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM Entry: Free

Distance from Kolkata: 55 Kms

12. Kamarpukur

At a distance of 49 km from Bishnupur, and 90 km from Hooghly, Kamarpukur is a small hamlet in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is one of the popular religious places in West Bengal and among the prominent places to visit near Hooghly. Kamarpukur is the birthplace of the great 19th-century Indian philosopher Sri Ramakrishna. He was born in 1836 in a poor Brahmin family. The holy hamlet attracts a massive number of devotees of Sri Ramakrishnan across the year and thus, over a period of time has become a site of pilgrimage. Kamarpukur Ramakrishna Math and temple was built in 1951 by the monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math. Designed by Nandala Basu, the opulent temple houses a marble statue of Sri Ramakrishna. Apart from being a pilgrimage, the natural beauty and calmness of Kamarpukur attract thousands of solitude seeking tourists to this place round the year. Besides Ramakrishna Math, there are also many attractions in this place including the ancestral home of Sri Ramakrishna, and Gopeshwar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Shri Gopeshwar temple is an ancient temple located towards the east of the ancestral house of Sri Ramakrishna.

Distance from Kolkata: 97 Kms

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Passenger shares scary visual of loose berth from overnight train


It's only been a few days since a passenger named Ali Khan lost his life on a train from Kerala to Delhi. While the earlier reports suggested that he died after the heavy berth fell on him, IRCTC was quick to claim that he died after the improperly latched berth fell on him. Recently, a passenger on board the S1 coach of 16525 CAPE – SBC Express lost his sleep after he saw how the berth allotted to him was a potential threat to his own and his co-passenger's lives. On July 4, he had to spend the entire night sitting on the berth, on his journey to Bengaluru. The passenger on board train number 16525 CAPE – SBC Express to Bengaluru shared the visuals of dangerously loose berths with Manorama Online. In the visuals, berths, including the screws that are supposed to secure them, can be seen hanging loosely from the ceiling of the compartment.

He says that he couldn’t help but think about the plight of the passenger who had recently died after a train berth fell on him. Ali Khan, a native of Maranjeri died while undergoing treatment at a hospital due to injuries sustained after a middle berth in a train compartment collapsed on him. Now, the shocking visuals of another loose berth prove that the railways aren’t always able to promise ‘Shubyatra’ even to passengers with reserved seats. Passengers demand that the railways should take timely action to ensure the safety of rail travellers. The passengers often protest against the authorities’ apathy towards their concerns regarding safety and other difficulties.

Ali Khan's death in Millennium Superfast Express 62-year-old Ali Khan from Ponnani died last month while he was travelling in the Millennium Superfast Express (Train 12645 Ernakulam - H.Nizamuddin) on June 15 when the train was passing by Telangana. He was rushed to a hospital in Warangal in Telangana with severe injuries. Three bones of his neck were reportedly fractured and he became paralysed following the accident. Manorama News reported that he underwent three emergency surgeries. According to the report, the efforts of the doctors went in vain as Khan breathed his last.

In a clarification issued to Onmanorama, Railway authorities claimed that the berth in the sleeper coach had no defect and it was unsecured. As per the information received from the TTE, two seats were allotted. Ali Khan was in seat number 57 of the S6 coach (lower berth). The passenger in the middle berth upgraded his seat and went to the third AC coach. Due to improper chaining of the seat of the upper berth by the passenger, the seat fell. The berth had no defects, according to a press note issued by the Railways. Ali Khan was supposed to disembark at Warangal. As soon as the incident was reported, he was rushed to a hospital at Ramagundam and then to a multi-speciality clinic, authorities said.

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