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Top 5 Tourist Sites in Kolkata

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The ‘city of joy’, Kolkata is where the past and present are perfectly entwined. Old-world colonial buildings and bazaars rub shoulders with modern glass buildings and malls. However, what remains unshaken through the progress is the city’s unmistakable charm. Here are top 5 tourist sites in Kolkata that embody its heart and soul.

1)Victoria Memorial Victoria Museum Kolkata

The Victoria Memorial was built in the early 1900s as a memorial to Queen Victoria. Designed by noted British architect, William Emerson, the structure rises to a height of 56 meters and is constructed of white Marana marble. There are 25 galleries inside, which include paintings, sculptures, armory and other royal artefacts. The gardens cover about 26 hectares and are scattered with larger than life statues. With fountains and archways, Victoria Memorial remains a popular picnicking spot in the city.

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • Rs20 p.p. for all adults
  • Rs.200 p.p. for all foreigners
  • Free for all school students

Working Days: All days

 

2) St. Paul’s Cathedral St.Paul's Cathedral Kolkata

With its grand Gothic Revival architecture whose credit goes to Major General W.N. Forbes of the Bengal Engineers, St. Paul’s Cathedral dates back to 1847 and is the first Episcopal Church in Asia. The interiors boast of stained glass panels, iron trusses, wall frescos and carved pews. The cathedral bell is inscribed with the words “its sound is gone out into all lands”. The complex also houses a library with a marble sculpture of Bishop Wilson, the founder of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: None

Working Days: All except Sunday

 

3) Dakshineswar Kali TempleKali Temple Kolkata

On the banks of the Hooghly River, the 19th century Dakshineswar Kali Temple stands as a protector. Attracting believers and blessing seekers from near and far, the temple itself is a visual masterpiece with its traditional Bengali nine-spire design. The main sanctorum has an idol of Bhavataraini, a representation of goddess Kali. The temple complex also has a row of identical Lord Shiva shrines and Lord Vishnu temple along with idols of Radha and Krishna on a silver throne. Irrespective of when you go, expect to see crowds.

Timings: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: None

Working Days; All days

 

4) Howrah BridgeHowrah bridge and Hooghly river

Kolkata’s most iconic landmark, Howrah Bridge, officially named Rabindra Setu after the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, is a suspension cantilever bridge over Hooghly River that ferries over 100,000 motorists and 150,000 pedestrians every day. A unique feature of this structure is that it has no nuts and bolts but is 26,500 tonnes of steel riveted together. The gateway in to the city, when illuminated at night, Howrah Bridge simply looks magical.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry Fees: None

Working Days: All days

 

5) Eden Gardens Eden Garden in Kolkata

The ‘home of cricket’, Eden Gardens is not just any stadium. With its inception in 1864, it’s where history has been made on the field many a time. Eden Gardens was where football legend Pelé played against Mohun Bagan in 1977, Kapil Dev scored a hat-trick against Sri Lanka in 1991 and where Sachin Tendulkar scored the most runs in a one-day game. Having hosted many World Cup games and T20 matches, among a long list of crucial games, Eden Gardens always sees vociferous crowds no matter what the event!

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: Tickets are priced according to the matches

Working Days: Not Specified

Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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