The Victoria Memorial is one of India’s tributes to the British Raj and it was remodeled and was based on the Taj Mahal. It became open to public in 1921 and features some rare pictures of the royal family. Besides the exhibits, which are priceless, tourists visit the Victoria Memorial just for the sheer beauty of the structure.
It is one of the most famous leisure spots of Kolkata.
Owned by the Indian Football Federation, Salt Lake Stadium is the second largest in the world and is home to some high profile international and national events. The setting of the stadium is perfect and it's pretty centrally located. Don’t forget to take your mobile camera along.
The General Post Office building is located in the centre of the city of Kolkata. It has long been one of the city’s most popular landmarks and a photographers dream come true. Everything from its intimidating white appeal to its well-maintained dome, everything is remnant of British times and offers loads of tourist value.
Park Street and Camac Street, proximate to each other, are both upmarket shopping areas in southern Kolkata and offer goods by some of the world's leading brands. The street shopping in these areas also offer a great discount on some premium goods. Whether you’re in Kolkata for business or leisure, a walk down Park Street and Camac Street are well worth the time. The nightlife in Park Street is famous.
This majestic red and white building built in the mid-1800s is a site frequently visited by tourists. It is a building remnant of typical colonial architecture and offers tourists a trip back in time. The structure is actively used and is immaculately maintained.
This is the home of international cricket in Kolkata. The main stadium of the city serves as the home of Kolkata’s IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders. The game of cricket is very close to an Indian heart and catching a live match is a must do for a first-time tourist! The stadium is packed with people and support for the home team is a sight worth seeing.
A trip to Kolkata is incomplete without a trip to the Howrah Bridge and the signature photo session. The suspended bridge was built by the British Raj way back in 1943 and has been immortalised in many Bollywood and Hollywood movies.
Indian Museum boasts of being the largest in India and one of the oldest in the world. It has exhibits from a variety of eras, ranging from science to anthropology to trivia. It lays special emphasis on the British Raj. Apart from this it also features Tibetan, Burmese and Mughal exhibits.
Alipore Zoo dates back to the British era and has been frequented by tourists for years. The park’s beauty is awe-inspiring and makes for an ideal canvas for photography enthusiasts and a perfect afternoon family getaway especially on a light monsoon afternoon. The park was recently acclaimed for keeping a turtle that reportedly lived for over 250 years.
Keeping with the Birla’s interest in technology in India, this set of exhibits, inaugurated in 1959, features some old technological wonders of India, like steam engines, gramophones, sound recorders, telephones and road rollers, including a one of a kind Rolls Royce Phantom 1 maintained in pristine condition.