Top 10 Places To Visit In Kolkata, India

Kolkata is the second largest city in India, situated on the banks of Hooghly River. Kolkata has a separate culture, traditions, life styles etc. to explore. There are number of largest structures in India you can find. The popular tourist attractions are Science museums, colonial architecture, memorials, spiritual destinations, zoological gardens etc.

1. Howra Bridge

Address: Howrah, West Bengal 700001, India.

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The name of Howra Bridge that most people use to hear eventhough they haven?t visited Kolkata ever. It is built across the great Hooghly River in west Bengal. This is considered as the iconic landmark of Kolkata. This is a steel bridge and considered as the longest cantilever bridges in the world. During nights, the bridge views are amazing with number of illuminated lights.

2. Eden Gardens

Address: Maidan, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021, India.

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This is a very well-known cricket stadium in Kolkata, and largest one also. This was opened in 1864 and considered as one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in India. Most of the International matches were played from here and this is a dreamland for cricket lovers. It has the seating capacity of 68,000 persons.

3. Mother Teresa?s house

Address: 54A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Ripon Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India.

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Most of us have known about Mother Teresa and you will get a chance to visit her house at Rippon Street. Mother established Missionaries of Charity over here to service the poor people. All kinds of people are same for Mother and you can visit her tomb inside this house where she rests, a small museum where you can learn more about paths of life of Mother.

4. Indian Museum

Address: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Fire Brigade Head Quarter, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India.

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You can visit the oldest museum in the India as well as Asia-Pacific region, Indian Museum in Kolkata. This museum is also known as Imperil museum established in 1814 with the aim of multidisciplinary purposes. You can find huge collections of contemporary paintings, antiques, sacred relics of Buddha, ancient sculptures, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, Egyptian Mummies etc.

5. Alipore Zoo

Address: Alipur Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700027, India.

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This is the largest Zoological garden in Kolkata, a favourite tourist destination. This was established in 1876 and considered as the oldest Zoo in India. Before entering into Kolkata itself you may be aware of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Here is the chance to meet the great Bengal tiger over here, other than that you can find African lion, Asiatic lion, jaguar, hippopotamus, Grant?s Zebra, Antelope, Deer and rare species of attractive birds.

6. Birla Planetarium

Address: Paul's Cathedral, 96, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Adjacent To St, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India.

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If you are interested in astronomy, you can take a visit to Birla Planetarium where you can find an observatory with daily astronomy shows in different languages. This is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest in the World. This is was established by the then Prime Minister Sri Jawaharlal Nehru in 1963. You can find a gallery with astronomical models and collection of paintings.

7. Victoria Memorial

Address: Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India.

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This is one of the first things that you can do in Kolkata. This is a marble structure built in memory of 25years of rulings of Queen Victoria in India. This is built in the same model of London Victoria Memorial. Later this is turned as a museum with greatest collections of ancient artefacts in 25 stunning galleries. Indo-Saracenic revivalist style with a blend of British style architecture was used in its design.

8. Fort William

Address: Maidan, Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021, India.

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This fort is situated on the banks of River Hooghly and built in the British periods, 1961. It comprised of wings and an inner bastion where prisoners were hauled which is why it was known as 'the black hole of Calcutta Now it functions as the headquarters of the Eastern Command wing of the Indian Army. It spreads around 70 acres with number of arched windows with the views of gardens.

9. Science City

Address: JBS Haldane Avenue, Basanti Hwy, Kolkata, West Bengal 700046, India.

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This is a paradise for Science lovers. This was established in 1997 and considered as one of the largest museums in the World and the largest science centre in India. It provides education as well as fun attractions for visitors. There is an aquatic region associated with it where you can see and learn more about colourful marine species. Time machine is another attraction of Science city, so explore it once.

10. Belur Math

Address: Belur, Howrah, West Bengal 711202, India.

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Belur Math is situated on the Western Banks of Hooghly River, offers visitors a peaceful atmosphere in all times. This is a popular pilgrim centre which was established by Swami Vivekananda and dedicated to his Guru?Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsar?. This is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission. The spiritual atmosphere and stunning architecture makes this a favourite destination for peace seekers.

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