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Places to see In Kolkata

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Famous places in Kolkata

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VICTORIA MEMORIAL One of the everlasting impressions that stay with you long after you’ve left the City of Joy is the gleaming white Victoria Memorial surrounded by lush greenery and wide roads. It was built to commemorate Queen Victorias diamond jubilee in 1901 but was completed only two decades later. It has been built it the Indo-Saracenic architectural style by Sir William Emerson and makes extensive use of white marble. It exhibits an impressive collection of colonial-era paintings manuscripts and other memorabilia which provide interesting insights into Indian history right from the arrival of the British up to independence.

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Morning Bazaar Walking Tour in Kolkata Watch the city come to life during this early morning walking tour of Kolkata bazaars. This populous city is known as one of Indias educational and commercial capitals that once existed under British East India rule. Follow your local guide through the eclectic stalls of open-air markets interact with sellers and learn about daily life on this incredible interactive tour. Youll make stops at Burra bazaar and College Street where youll have the opportunity to see and purchase fabrics handicrafts souvenirs books and other unique items.

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Rail Museum Kolkata An Interesting Open Air Museum South of the Howrah Station is this lovely little museum. It houses examples of old and rare steam and electric locomotives of the Eastern Railway. There is an exhibition of photographs tracing the history of the railway together with artefacts and models recording the evolution of signalling and track laying. The miniature toy railway which tours the site is nice for the children. A nice oasis in a lovely setting.

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Howrah Bridge Opened to traffic in 1943 the Howrah Bridge officially called Rabindra Setu after renowned Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore crosses the Hooghly River to link Kolkata with its twin city of Howrah on the other side. The bridge has a single span without any pylons connecting it to the river bed and its one of the longest bridges of its type in the world. Approximately 150000 vehicles and 4000000 pedestrians use the bridge each day. To get a feel for why its said to be the busiest bridge in the world you really must walk across it

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Dakshineshwar Kali Temple This old and very popular Hindu temple dedicated to Bhavatarini "savior of the universe" an aspect of Goddess Kali was founded in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni. Widowed at a young age she very successfully took over her wealthy husbands zamindar land ownership business. Apparently the idea to establish the temple came to her in a dream before a pilgrimage to Varanasi. The temple was made famous by spiritual leader Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who was appointed as its chief priest.

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Belur Math From the riverbank of Dakshineshwar Kali Temple take a boat 20 minutes down the river to Belur Math. This peaceful leafy complex set on 40 acres of land is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The main shrine dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna has unique and distinctive architecture that combines Hindu Buddhist Christian and Islamic styles. Its worth experiencing the evening aarti ceremony which beings at sunset. Unfortunately photography isnt allowed on the premises .

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South Park Cemetery Visiting a cemetery isnt usually high on the itineraries of tourists. However this one is worth seeing especially if youre interested in Indias colonial history Established in 1767 this poignant grand old British cemetery was used up until 1830 and is now a protected heritage site. Overgrown and disheveled its tombs are an elaborate mix of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic design and contain the bodies of many remarkable men and women from the Raj era. Its intriguing to spend some time wandering around and reading the stories of their lives on the headstones. One of the people buried there is English trader Job Charnock who was regarded as the founder of Kolkata Calcutta.

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Old Chinatown Kolkata is the only city in India to have a Chinatown actually it has two Old Chinatown and newly established Tangra. Many migrants came from China in the late 18th century to work at Calcutta port. As the sun rises the stoves are fired up and knives start chopping to produce the legendary Chinese breakfast that Old Chinatown is notorious for. Feast on fresh delicacies such as momos dumplings prawn crackers pork sausages and fish ball soup. Unfortunately the authenticity has waned in recent years and the dirt has piled up though.

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