Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, is the capital of West Bengal. The City was the Capital of India under British Raj from 1773 to 1911. In this post, I am going to share 7 important places that you should visit on your trip to Kolkata.
Yesterday, The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his Mann Ki Baat address has said, “I was in a meeting with the Tourism Department recently. I asked people who were planning to go travelling that where-ever they visit ‘Incredible India’, they must send photographs of those places. Lakhs of photographs from every corner of India were received which actually became a treasure for those working in the tourism sector. ” PM also said, “I request you too, to feel the “Unity in Diversity” which is not a mere slogan but is a storehouse of enormous energy. The dream of ‘Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat’ is inherent in this.”
During his address, PM asked all of us to make this campaign a successful one by sharing travel experiences, photographs on MyGov and NM platform using #IncredibleIndia. To Promote tourism, he also asked the listeners to share what could be the seven best tourist destinations in their state. I have decided to contribute my small effort and would request all of you to contribute. After all, ‘Drops together make an ocean!”.
In this article, I am going to share 7 best tourism spots located in the Kolkata.
Kalighat is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, where various parts of Sati’s body is said to have fallen during Shiva’s Rudra Tandava. According to the Legends, the right toe of Sati fell at this place. There’s a sacred water body called Kundupukur inside the temple complex whose water is considered as holy as river Ganga.
Victoria Memorial Hall
The Victoria Memorial Hall was built in memory of Queen Victoria by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. Presently, it is India’s largest and one of the oldest Museums. The monument is surrounded by lush greenery and the grand architecture is worth seeing.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is well known for its ‘Indo – Gothic’ architecture, Gothic architectural style built to meet the climatic conditions of India. It is the largest cathedral in the city and the first cathedral to be built in the overseas territory of British Empire. It is also Asia’s first Episcopal Church.
The Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) is the oldest and the largest Museum in India. Founded in 1814, the Museum features rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings.
A beautified riverfront built along the Kolkata bank of Hooghly river. It is one of the oldest recreational spots of the city. It is a beautiful place for an evening stroll.
Eco Park is Kolkata’s newest tourism spot. It is spread across 480 acres plot and is surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle. The park is divided into various parts reflecting various ecological zones. Therefore, it is also known as Prakriti Tirtha (Nature pilgrimage).
Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house is situated inside Rabindra Bharati University. The house has been turned into a Museum dedicated to the life and works of Gurudev Tagore.
These are the 7 top Tourism Hotspots of Kolkata.
In this next article, I am going to share about Bengal. I am also going to pen down my trip to Varanasi, Mumbai, Somanth, Dwarka and Puri. So, stay tuned because lots of interesting stuff is coming up.
Wishing everyone a Shubho Maha Panchami and a Happy Durga Pujo.