The City Of Joy – Top 9 Places to visit in Kolkata

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Places to visit in Kolkata – Located on the banks of river Hooghly, Kolkata (also rendered as Calcutta) is India’s second-largest city and West Bengal’s capital.

The port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port. Kolkata is also known as the ‘cultural capital of India.’

It is a 350-year-old metropolis with perpetually an ongoing festival of human existence. In its true sense, Kolkata is the cultural and artistic hub of the nation.

Vivid streets, the chaotic hustle of the indomitable self-made middle class, and bustling creativity make the city unique.

With an attractive juxtaposition of the millennial hipster culture and the old colonial-era magic, you can stop admiring the city’s beauty.

The former British capital of India, the city, will baffle you with its diversity. Do not miss out on these things while in Kolkata-

01. Marvel At The Architecture Of The Victoria Memorial Palace

Built in the Indo-Saracenic revivalist style (which uses the best British and Mughal elements with Venetian, Egyptian, Deccani, and Islamic architectural elements) between 1906 and 1921, this architectural grandeur is breathtaking.

This opulent structure is built with white marble in memory of Queen Victoria—an absolute must-visit to relish the essence of the Victorian era.

Victoria Memorial
The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, built between 1906 and 1921.

02. Watch A Beautiful Sunset At The Prinsep Ghat

Arguably the most romantic place in the city, Prinsep Ghat is the oldest ghat built in Kolkata under the British Raj.

Situated on the banks of river Hooghly, it is an idle place for a romantic escapade. You can enjoy the various street food of Kolkata in the vicinity.

Places to visit in Kolkata
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03. Do Not Forget To Take A Tram Ride

Get an essence of the old-world charm of Kolkata by enjoying a tram ride. Kolkata is one of the few places where the tram is still functional, and it helps thousands of passengers to commute daily.

History of the Tram :

1873–1901: Horse-drawn trams
1900–1951: Electric trams
1951–1990: Nationalisation
1990–present: Later developments

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04. Gape A Panoramic View Of The Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge, or the Rabindra Setu, is a cantilever bridge located over the Hooghly River and is the primary connection between Howrah and Kolkata.

The unique fact about the bridge is that it is built only with rivets and without using a single nut or bolt.

At the Kolkata end of the bridge terminated by the vibrant and colorful Mallick Ghat, Mallick Ghat is one of the largest flower markets in Asia.

You can see a myriad of hues and distinctive fragrances as you enter the market.

Places to visit in Kolkata
Ferry boat crosses the Hooghly River nearby the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata. Using the ferry is the easy, fast, and cheap way to cross the Hooghly River.

05. Seek For The Almighty At Dakshineshwar And Kalighat

For those who want to drown their body and soul in purity, a sanctum should visit Dakshineshwar, located on the banks of the Hooghly River and Kalighat in the suburbs of Anami Sangha.

These are two prominent Hindu temples in the city where the deity worshipped is ‘Ma Kali’ or goddess Kali. These temples are flooded with pilgrims throughout the year.

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06. Visit The Indian Museum

Behold and wonder at the largest and oldest museum in India. Marvel at the sprawling collection of antiques, fossils, Mughal paintings, ornaments, and artifacts.

It’s a treat to history lovers and anybody for that matter.

07. A Haunted Escapade In The Park Street Cemetery

For an aesthetically pleasing, soothing, and spine-chilling experience, you cannot afford to miss out on the famous Park Street cemetery.

A heritage site in Kolkata, the cemetery is built in Gothic and Indo-Saracenic styles.

08. Enjoy A Ferry Ride

A visit to Kolkata would be incomplete without taking a ferry ride to the iconic ghats of the city. This ride is even more magical at night.

No written document can justify the experience one has at night in the waters of the Hooghly River as you go along to watch the Howrah Bridge light up.

A mesmerizing and soothing experience, and you well deserve it.

09. Visit Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden

Do not forget to soak yourself in the serenity of the garden. It harbors The Great Banyan, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

It is 250 years old and has a circumference of over 330 meters. The garden also has a huge orchids, palms, and bamboo collection.

Kolkata is a myriad of beautiful architectural marvels, beautiful bridges, a few of the best markets in India, the best street food, holy places, art, culture, and smiling faces.

These are a few of the places to visit in Kolkata. The city has much more to office.

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