Kolkata is the culturally rich capital of the Indian state of West
Bengal. It is located on the eastern banks of river Hooghly and was
established in the year 1686. Kolkata has remained the centre of education,
literature, science and politics since time unknown. The city played a
pivotal role in the freedom struggle of India. Many considers, Kolkata to be
the cultural capital of India. Till 17th century, Kolkata was only a village
but with the passing time. The city has become one of the major
metropolitans along with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
The period between October-March is the best time to visit Kolkata. The
climate during this time is very pleasant and refreshing. The city turns
kaleidoscopic during the Durga Puja celebrations.
Main Attractions in Kolkata
far as main attractions of Kolkata are concerned, they are in plenty here.
The place offers all the delights of a fun-filled holiday to the tourists
coming here. Some of the noteworthy attractions in Kolkata are:
- Fort William is one of the prime
attractions in Kolkata. Situated on the banks of the river Hooghly, Fort
William has got its name from King William III of England. It was
constructed in the year 1696. It was the place where Black Hole Tragedy took
place, which ultimately led to the battle of Plassey.
- Victoria Memorial in Kolkata is
a wonderful museum, established in the year 1921. The museum houses
photographs and effigies of the prominent personalities who contributed in
making India, incredible. It is one of the finest art museums of Kolkata,
spread in 64 acres of land.
- Eden Gardens is basically a cricket
stadium where Indian Cricket team has played several innings and have made
innumerable records. It is the oldest cricket playground in the country. The
stadium boasts of a large accommodation.
- This is one of the largest
museums in Asia. It was built in 1962 and the credit for its construction
goes to Birla Education Trust. It provides useful piece of information about
our solar system, galaxies, life span of stars, space, planets and other
heavenly bodies in the most interactive manner via audio video aids. Usually
the lectures are given in English, Hindi, and Bengali and occasionally in
Oriya, Tamil & Gujarati.
- The Howrah Bridge is located over the river Hooghly. It
connects the city of Howrah to Kolkata. It is said to be the busiest bridge
of the world. It was set up in 1784 and is also famous as " Rabindra
Setu". The bridge is an important landmark for the city of Kolkata.
- Marble Palace in Kolkata is an
exquisite art gallery, putting on display the marvelous objects of art,
sculptures, pictures & Oil Paintings.
- Nicco Park is an amazing amusement park
of India. One can indulge in umpteen joy rides and other entertainment
activities in the park. The cave ride here is very exciting and thrilling.
The park is fondly called as Jheel Meel and is spread over an area of about
40 acres. It is one of the biggest amusement parks in the country and was
opened in the year 1991.
Shaheed Minar, National Library and Writer's Building
are some of
the added attractions of the city of Kolkata.
Shopping in Kolkata
For all those, who are looking for a hectic shopping schedule are most
welcomed in the culturally rich city of Kolkata. The shopping destinations
here has something to offer to all the shopaholics. Some of the shopping
centres in Kolkata are:
Other Options are :
- Central cottage industries emporium at Chowringee where exquisite
handicrafts are available
- Shreeram arcade
- Shops on the arcade near Oberoi Grand
- City Centre
- Treasure island
- Forum- multiplex
- New Market
- AC Market
- College Street
- Dakshinapan Shopping Complex