Kolkata, previously known as Calcutta, is the third most populous city in India and is the educational, commercial and cultural hub of the eastern part of India. The city is fondly called the City of Joy, as it brings a certain amount of happiness and joy to all its residents and visitors.
The city is well developed in the fields of theatre, arts and literature with several nobel laureates adding their contributions to the culture of the place. The city is paradise for food lovers, where you would find anything from rosogolla to mishti doi; and, when it comes to culture, one can witness the celebration of one of the most vibrant festivals which is Durga Puja. There is so much more the city offers!
Take a look at some of the must-visit sights here and together we say Kalakātā ānandē śahara sbāgatama! ( Welcome to Kolkata, the City of Joy !)
Mother Teresa House
Mother Teresa once said, "Hearts to love and hands to serve," which finds its meaning when one can find people from all around the globe coming to visit the Missionaries of Charity to spread love in return for a peaceful mind and a happy heart.
Mother Teresa House is a must visit for those who would like to take a closer look at how Mother Teresa lived. Close to the tomb of the Mother is a museum which displays her personal belongings such as her sandal, the saree she wore, etc.
One can also come across a room which displays the place where Mother Teresa worked and slept in, the place is left untouched and is retained exactly how it was when she was alive.
The Marble Palace is a structure which is built in the neoclassical style of architecture with not just one type of Italian marble but 26 different types.
The mansion was the brainchild of a merchant named Raja Rajendra Mullick and it still is home to his family members.
Even though the interiors of the structure throw examples of Victorian architecture, the exterior stays loyal to the Bengali roots with its open courtyards and other features of a traditional Bengali home.
South Park Street Cemetery
The South Park Street Cemetery is a burial ground which is much famed as a peaceful spot for a relaxing stroll. At times, though, it is a little spooky with its grand Gothic stylized tombs which are filled with pillars and facades of tombs engraved with Hindu symbols. The cemetery indeed offers one a beautiful scenery and a sense of history and fascination.
Terreti Morning Market
The streets of Kolkata, like any other city in the country is filled with vehicular movements in the morning hours, with its yellow taxis, hand-pulled carts, etc. just like any other city. But the city has a very unique market which is a hidden treasure and is well known for its mouthwatering street food.
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Situated on the eastern banks of the Hooghly river is the renowned shrine of Kali. The temple was built in the year 1885 by Rani Rashmoni and holds a very important place in the life of Sri Ramakrishna.
The main idol of Goddess Kali can be seen standing on the chest of Lord Shiva which is placed on a thousand-petaled lotus made of silver.
Kumartuli is Kolkata's traditional pottery district, where the craft still remains alive. The locality is the birthplace of the clay idols of various Hindu gods and goddesses who are not only supplied to the surrounding areas but also to places across the country and across the globe. The workshops are truly fascinating places to visit, where one can see how an idol is made from scratch.
Howrah Bridge is a remarkable feat of engineering, the entire bridge is constructed without any nuts and bolts and is one of the busiest bridges in the world.
The bridge connects Howrah and Kolkata. Driving across the bridge over the Hoogly river is a must do and a great way to enjoy the true beauty of this engineering marvel.
Victoria Memorial Hall
When you visit the Victoria Memorial Hall, prepare to be transported to one of the European countries. This iconic structure is dedicated to Queen Victoria of Great Britain who was also known as the Empress of India.
The memorial is a structure which measures 103 m in length, 69 m in width and 56 m in height. The structure is a mixture of British, European, Mughal and Indian styles of architecture.
The Science City of Kolkata, is one of the finest and largest science centres in the country which was established by the National Council of Science Museum.
The museum encourages one to learn science in the most entertaining manner and houses interactive exhibits, hi-tech motion stimulators and much more.
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Kalighat Kali Temple
The Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the most visited and holiest shrine in the city. The shrine is considered as one amongst the 51 Shakthi Peethas in the country. The original temple was a hut which was later rebuilt to its present structure in the year 1809.
The shrine is built at the spot where the right foot of Sati fell. The image of the goddesses was incomplete with only her face carved. With the passage of time, the hands and tongue, made of gold and silver, were added on.