Places To Visit In Kolkata
Before discussing The Places To Visit In Kolkata let us tell you something about Kolkata first.
Kolkata formerly knows as Calcutta was the Former Capital Of India From 1772 Till 1911. Situated in the eastern part of India, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata is the home of the oldest functioning port (Kolkata Port) of India which was constructed by the British East India Company. Spread along the eastern bank of Hooghly River, Kolkata has an area of 205 km².
Kolkata is turning into a major hub for IT Industry with the formation of Rajarhat New Town & Saltlake. Many new businesses are setting up their offices in Kolkata.
Now come to the topic, Best Places To Visit In Kolkata. Here it is.
1) Victoria Memorial
Constructed in the memory of Queen Victoria after her demise in 1901, Victoria Memorial is a large building of White Makrana Marbles opened to the public in 1921.
it is a museum and amongst one of the Top Places To Visit In Kolkata. Structure of The Victoria Memorial is based on Indo-Saracenic (Blend Of British & Mughal Architecture).
Victoria Memorial is surrounded by a well-maintained garden of 64 acres and It is located near Jawaharlal Nehru Road (Chowringhee Road). There are 25 galleries here, that includes the sculpture gallery, the royal gallery, the central hall, the portrait gallery, the arms and armoury gallery and the Calcutta gallery. The other demonstration of the museum includes coins, stamps and maps of British era.
Galleries Opening & Closing Time:
|Days||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Monday & National Holidays||Closed||Closed|
|Tuesday – Sunday||10:00 AM.||6:00 PM.|
Garden Opening & Closing Time:
|Days||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Monday – Sunday||5:30 AM.||6:15 PM.|
Lights & Sound Show Timing:
|Oct – Feb||6:15 PM. – 7:00 PM.||7:15 PM. – 8:00 PM.|
|Mar – June||6:45 PM. – 7:30 PM.||7:45 PM. – 8:30 PM.|
Victoria Memorial Gallery Ticket Prices:
- 20 Rupees per person for Indians
- 200 Rupees per person for Foreign Tourists
- Free entry for the school students up to Class XII in uniform and Army personnel in uniform
Garden Ticket Prices:
- 10 Rupees per person per entry (Daily ticket)
- 1000 Rupees per person (Yearly ticket)
- 2000 Rupees per person for Morning Walkers
- 1000 Rupees per person for Morning Walkers (Senior citizens)
How To Reach Victoria Memorial?
This place is well connected with the roads and anybody can reach there by Bus, Taxi, Private Cars, Metro, etc. Rabindra Sadan Metro & Maidan Metro are the nearest metro stations.
2) Fort William – Kolkata
Fort William is located in Kolkata near the Bank of Hooghly River. This fort is named after King William III. It has a long history under its name. I’ve mentioned Fort William – Kolkata here because there are 2 Fort Williams. The original one was built by British East India Company in Kolkata (1969).
Now, Fort William is the property of The Indian Army & The headquarters for the eastern command of The Indian Army is based here. Area of the Fort is spread over 70.9 Acres.
Fort William, Kolkata Opening & Close Timing:
|Days||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Mon-Sat||10:00 AM.||5:30 PM.|
- Free. You don’t need to pay a single rupees to visit Fort William in Kolkata because it’s free for everyone.
How To Reach Fort William – Kolkata?
Fort William is located in the heart of Kolkata and it is well connected by roads. So, you can use Bus, Taxi, Metro, Private Car, etc. to reach there. If you have chosen to go by Metro then the nearest metro station is Maidan Metro Station.
3) Howrah Bridge
The official name of Howrah Bridge is Rabindra Setu, renamed after the name of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It is one of the iconic landmark and the oldest bridge of Kolkata. It is constructed over the Hooghly river and it connects Howrah & Kolkata. This bridge is one of the busiest bridges in Kolkata which carries over 1,00,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians daily.
Howrah Bridge was the Third Longest cantilever bridge in the world during its construction time but now it is in Sixth place. The length of this iconic bridge is about 1500ft. and the width is 71ft. with two footpaths.
Howrah Bridge Opening & Close Timing:
This bridge is open 24X7 to everyone. The is no closing time. You can go here whenever you want.
- Free. You don’t have to spend a single paise to visit and witness one of the iconic bridge of The World.
How To Reach Howrah Bridge?
You can take a Taxi, Bus, Rail, Private Cars to reach Howrah Bridge. There is no nearby Metro Station as of now. As Howrah Railway Station is one of the major railway stations here so you can reach Howrah Bridge by train as well.
4) Birla Planetarium (Taramandal) – Kolkata
Located at Chowringhee Road in Kolkata nearby the victoria memorial, Birla Planetarium is also known as Taramandal. It is the Largest Planetarium in Asia and also the Second Largest Planetarium in The World.
Birla Planetarium (Taramandal) was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 2nd July 1963 and from this day it was opened for public.
Regularly, Taramandal holds many shows in different languages like English, Hindi, Bengali. Occasionally it holds shows in Oriya, Gujarati and other regional languages. In addition to that, Birla Planetarium also has an Electronic Laboratory and an astronomic exhibition that has a collection of celestial models and paintings.
If you are an astronomy lover and you haven’t visited Birla Planetarium yet then It is one of those places where you should consider to visit once in your life.
Show Timings Of Birla Planetarium:
|Mon-Sun||12:30 PM. ,|
2:30 PM. &
(Sun & Other Holidays)
Note: Birla Planetarium is Closed on 1st Thursday of each month.
- 80 Rs. Each For General Public.
- 35 Rs. Each For Group Of Students (25 or More).
- 80 Rs. For Children 3 or Above 3 Years Old.
How To Reach Birla Planetarium?
You can easily reach here by Taxi, Private Car, Bus, Metro, etc. Maidan metro station is one of the nearest metro stations.
5) Dakhineshwar Kali Temple
A must visit place in Kolkata for Hindus, Dakhineshwar Kali Temple was founded by Rani Rashmoni on 31st May 1855 and The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The Dakhineshwar Kali Temple is one of the famous pilgrims in Kolkata. Dakhineshwar Kali Temple is situated at the eastern bank of Hooghly river alongside the Vivekananda bridge.
This is the place where Ramkrishna Paramhansa spent many years of his life and found his pupil Swami Vivekananda. Pilgrims can also take a ferry ride here and visit Belur Math by ferry over the Ganges.
Opening & Closing Time Of Dakhineshwar Kali Temple:
You can visit here Everyday (Mon-Sun) from 5 AM. to 8 PM.
Note: Phone, Camera, Bags, Etc. are not allowed inside the temple.
You don’t need to pay even a single rupees. There is no Entry Fees or Ticket Charges. But, keep in mind there are some mediators will ask you to pay them money for a quick visit to Goddess Kali. It’s totally up to you whether you want to pay them money for a quick visit or you want to visit on your own.
How to Reach Dakhineshwar Maa Kali Temple?
As it is well connected by road and train stations. You can take Bus, Taxi, Private car, Train to visit Dakhineshwar Maa Kali Temple. By train, you need to go to Dakhineshwar Railway Station.
6) Indian Museum
The Indian Museum is the largest and the oldest museum in India located at Park Street near Chowringhee Road. It was known as the Imperial Museum at Calcutta (Former Name Of Kolkata) during the British era and it was founded in the year 1814. Indian Museum has rare collections of Fossils of prehistoric animals, Antiques, Armours and Ornaments, Skeletons, Mughal Paintings, Collection Of Meteorites, Ashoka Pillar (Indian Emblem – Four Lion Symbols), Gautam Buddha’s ashes, etc.
Main the museum has 35 galleries at present and the galleries have been divided into 6 categories as follows: Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. There is also a Library inside the museum.
Opening & Closing Time Of Indian Museum:
|Months||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Mar-Nov||10:00 AM.||05:00 PM.|
|Dec-Feb||10:00 AM.||04:30 PM.|
Note: The Museum is closed on Republic Day ( 26th Jan), Holi, Independence Day (15th Aug), Mahatma Gandhiji’s Birthday (2nd Oct), Dusshera, Diwali and Id-ul-Fitr.
- Indian – 20 Rs / Person
- Foreigner – 500 Rs./ Person
- Baby In Lap – Free
How To Reach Indian Museum?
The Indian Museum is well connected to roads and there is a nearby metro station as well. So, you can take a Taxi, Bus, Metro, Private Car, etc. to reach the Indian Museum. The nearest metro station is Park Street.
7) Belur Math
Belur Math is the headquarter of non-communal, non-political spiritual organisation Ramkrishna Mission & Ramakrishna Math. It was constructed in the honour of Ramkrishna Paramhansa. Swami Vivekanand spent the last few years of his life here. Belur Math is located on the west bank of Hooghly River in Belur and it is spread over 40 acres land.
Sri Ramakrishna Temple, the Old Shrine, Swami Brahmananda Temple, Holy Mother Temple are located inside the Belur Math. Swami Vivekananda Temple, the Samadhi Enclosure, Old Math and the Ramakrishna Museum are also the part of this math.
Belur Math Opening & Closing Time:
|Days||Morning Timing||Evening Timing|
|Mon-Sun||06:00 AM. – 12:00 PM.||04:00 PM. – 09:00 PM.|
Sandhya Aarati takes place @ 05:30 PM. At this time a bell is rung to notify all the visitors that they are not allowed to loiter on the ground or visit any other temple than Sri Ramkrishna Temple at the time of aarti.
Belur Math Ticket Price or Entry Fee:
The ticket price or entry fee of Belur Math is free. You don’t have to pay any money to visit this place which is a symbol of unity of all religions.
How To Reach Belur Math?
Belur Math is around 4 Km. from Howrah. All the modes of transports (Auto, Bus, Taxi )are accessible from outside of Howrah Railway Station to reach Belur Math.
8) Birla Mandir
Dedicated to Lord Krishna & Goddess Radha, Brila Mandir – Kolkata is a magnificent piece of art located at Ballygunge, Kolkata. It has been built by “Birla Family” and inaugurated on 21st of February 1996 by Doctor Karan Singh. The perfect craftsmanship of the temple represents the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary art. Thousands of pilgrims from all over India come here for prayers Especially on the sacred occasion of Janmashtami.
The best time to visit this temple is in the evening during the Aarti of Lord Krishna & Goddess Radha. When the white marbles of the temple are at its glittering best. The divine atmosphere offers peace to the mind. It is amongst one of the most visited Tourist Places In Kolkata.
Birla Mandir- Kolkata Opening & Closing Time:
|Mon-Sun||5:30 AM. – 11:00 AM.||4:30 PM. – 9:00 PM.|
Birla Mandir – Kolkata Ticket Price:
There is no Entry Fee or Ticket Charge to visit this spiritual temple. Entry is Free of Cost.
How To Reach Birla Mandir – Kolkata?
To reach Birla Temple of Kolkata, You can take a bus, Taxi, Private Car or Metro. Rabindra Sadan, Metro, Kalighat Matero & Maidan Metro are the nearest metro stations to the Birla Temple. From there you can take an auto-rickshaw or bus to reach this beautiful temple.
9) Eden Gardens
Established in the year 1864, Eden Gardens is one of the well maintained and beautiful and the Second Largest Cricket Stadium in the world. The stadium currently has the sitting arrangments for around 68,000 spectators. It is also known as India’s Home Of Cricket. Eden Gardens is the Oldest Cricketing Stadium in India. Spread to over 50 acres, It is located at B.B.D. Bagh in Kolkata, India.
It is the home venue of The Bengal Cricket Team & two times IPL (Indian Premier League) champions Kolkata Knight Riders. And also it is a venue of Indian Cricket Team for their international matches (ODI, T20, Test). Many of the Cricket World Cup, T20 World Cup Matches have been hosted here. It has also hosted 4 World Cup Final Matches (Men & Women).
As a tourist, you can’t visit inside the Eden Gardens if it is not hosting any cricket match. There are only 2 ways to visit inside this cricketing stadium.
First one is to buy a ticket when it is hosting a cricket match or In case if it not hosting any match then you need to have official permission from Cricket Association Of Bengal.
How To Reach Eden Gardens?
You can reach there by Bus, Taxi, Private Car, Metro, etc. The nearest metro station is Esplanade. From the esplanade metro station, it will take around 15-20 minutes to reach Eden Gardens by walk.
10) Kalighat Kali Temple
Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the most popular Divine Place To Visit In Kolkata. This temple is one of the 52 Shakti Peetha where the toes of the right feet of Goddess Sati had fallen During Shiva’s Rudra Tandav. The present fabrication of Kalighat Kali Temple was built by Sabarna Roy Chowdhury of Barisha about 200 years ago (In 1809).
Thousands of pilgrims (Especially on the occasion of Kali Puja, Durga Puja, Poila Baisakh, The Bengali New Year Day) visit here to take blessings of Goddess Kali. This place is especially preferred by Devotees of Goddess Kali.
Kalighat Kali Temple Opening & Closing Time:
|Everyday||05:00 AM. – 02:00 PM.||05:00 PM. – 10:30 PM.|
Kalighat Kali Temple Ticket Price:
There is no entry fee to visit Kalighat Kali Temple and take blessings of Goddess Kali but be aware of Mediators who might ask you to pay them money if you want a quick visit to Goddess Kali.
How To Reach Kalighat Kali Temple?
You can take Bus, Taxi, Metro, etc. to reach Kalighat Kali Temple. Kalighat Metro Station is the nearest metro station and the temple is about 15 minutes away from the Kalighat Metro Station.
11) Snow Park (Axis Mall, Kolkata)
It is located at the 6th Floor of Axis Mall at Newtown, Kolkata. Snow Park at axis mall is the first-ever Snow Park in the city of joy Kolkata. The area of this park is around 9000 sq. ft. big. They have used high capacity compressors and the temperature of this Snow Park is -6 Degree celsius to make you feel like you are in a hill station.
There are many activities one can do. Such as Crafting a snowman, Snowslides, Tubeslides, Rope Climbing, etc. If you want to play some sports then you can play Badminton, Football & Basketball. The miniature of The Eiffel Tower And Statue Of Liberty are worth watching. You can witness an Igloo and Penguins (Artificially Created).
This Snow Park is popular amongst the Kids, Teenagers & Adults. Especially who haven’t witnessed any snowfall in their life yet. The crew members of this Snow Park will be there to see whether all the things are working fine or not. They have the first-aid arrangement as well if in case you get injured inside the park,
Snow Park Opening & Closing Time:
|Days||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Everyday||11:00 AM.||09:00 PM.|
Snow Park Entry Fee:
The ticket price of Snow Park is around 500 Rs. – 600 Rs. Each person including the Winter Garment & All the activities for an hour.
How To Reach Snow Park?
You can reach Snow Park by A Bus, Taxi, Private Car, etc.
12) Eco Park (New Town)
Located in Newtown, Kolkata. Eco Park is also known as Prakriti Tirtha spread across 480 acres. It was inaugurated on 29th December 2012 by Hon’ble Chief Minister Of West Bengal, Smt. Mamta Banerjee & On 1st January 2013 this park has been opened for the public.
Eco Park is surrounded by a water body to all directions of the park, which multiplies the beauty of this Eco-Tourism Park and it looks like an island in the middle of a water body. This park is more popular amongst Picnickers. Natural Landscapes of Eco Park are worth watching and it’s a treat for nature lovers.
Gardens Inside New Towns Eco Park:
There are around 10 gardens inside New Town Eco Park.
- Butterfly Garden: In this garden, you will find different species of butterflies.
- Mask Garden: Mask Garden in Eco Park is reserved to showcase different types, sizes & colours of masks from all over the globe.
- Tea Garden: Designed by Andrew Yule and Co., Tea Garden in New Towns Eco Park spread over 1 acres land.
- Formal Garden: Formal Garden of Eco Park is located near the Children Park & Visitor Center. The concept of this garden is based on vertical gardening surrounded by a flat landscape.
- Rose Garden: This garden has a route lined with rose thickets at both sides.
- Rabi Aranya: Rabi Aranya features different types of plant & trees which have been mentioned in the belletrist works of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
- Bamboo Garden: In the bamboo garden you will be able to see different sizes of bamboos including small grass size bamboos & giant size of bamboos.
- Fruit Garden: As the name suggests, Fruit garden is to display different kinds of food possessor trees.
- Meadow Garden: Meadow garden is to showcase different kinds of wildflowers plant.
- Sculpture Garden: Sculpture Garden in Eco-Tourism Park displays many sculptures of 19th & 20th Century.
Activities One Can Do At Eco Park:
- Gaming Zone
- Electric Bike
- Eco Cart
- Toy Train
- Roller Skates
- Duo Cycling
- Butterfly Release
- Floating Pontoon
- High-Speed Boat Riding
- Rifle Shooting
- Paddle Boating
- Family Shikara
- Water Cycling
- Water & Land Zorbing
- Baby Cycling
- Ice Skating
New Towns Eco Park Opening & Closing Time:
|Seasons||Days||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Summer (Mar-Oct)||Tue-Sat||02:30 PM.||08:30 PM.|
|12:00 PM.||08:30 PM.|
|Winter (Nov-Feb)||Tue-Sat||12:00 PM.||07:30 PM.|
|11:00 AM.||07:30 AM.|
- Eco Park is Closed on MONDAY.
- Child above 3 years old required full ticket.
- Ticket Counter Closes @ 06:30 PM.
New Town Eco Park Entry Fee:
- Rs. 20 Per Head For Entry
- You Need To Pay Extra For The Activities Mentioned Above.
How To Reach Eco Park?
As it located at New Town. So it is well connected to roads. You can reach here by Bus, Taxi, Private Vehicles, etc. There are no nearby metro stations.
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