Hey welcome! Hope you are fine and you are just thinking about a tour for beautiful Kolkata. Then what’s your plan? Which places are you interested in visiting? Do you know Kolkata has an area of 80sq mi? Between 80 sq mi, there are too many tourists’ places in Kolkata. We understand it’s really tough to visit all of the places for anyone. So, Don’t worry dear. We are here for helping you. Let us help you to find the 5 best travel places in Kolkata. Also, I will describe you, why should you visit there.
At first, let’s introduce shortly with Kolkata–
Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, the present capital of West Bengal and former capital of British India. The city is located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. So, let’s start.
Location: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Park Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 700016.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/TmG6vUkvW3Ry7uDS9
It’s said that to know about the heritage and culture of any nation, museum is one of the best means.
2 February 1814, Indian Museum founded on the premises of Asiatic Society as the first museum Asia Pacific Ocean. Though it was known as Asiatic Museum. But, subsequently, it later became known as the Imperial Museum.
Almost 8000 sq m area has included huge collections of Arts and Natures. Collections are well decorated in 6 apportion- Arts, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Botany, and Zoology. And these 6 are well-equipped in 60 galleries. Almost 10 lakh objects are preserved there. These collections reflect the cultural history of India from prehistoric to Muslim. So, it’s the most attractive of all travel places in Kolkata.
- Bharhut Gallery: This gallery is based on Architectural creations.
- Bird Gallery: This gallery exhibits birds and their ecosystem.
- Botanical Gallery: This gallery has different categories of industrial botany sections.
- Bronze Gallery: It includes statues and bronzes from various Asian Civilizations.
- Coin gallery: This gallery contains the largest collection of Indian coins in the world.
Besides these, there are also some other galleries of unique and ancient collections.
Opening and closing time:
- March to November 10.00 am -5.00 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
- December to February 10.00 am-4.30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
- Indian visitors INR 10 per head
- Foreigners INR 150 per head
Time required: 1-2 hours.
So, visitors don’t be late to meet with this beautiful place covering with knowledge treasures.
2. Eden Garden
Location: Bbd Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 700021.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KudAEMowEqzfWvfc7
Do you love Cricket? Then you shouldn’t miss visiting the place! Think once, an international Cricket match is running on, and you are watching live from the gallery! Ohhh the feelings!
You can also visit this beautiful green stadium for experiencing and peace of your heart.
It’s the most famous cricket ground in the world. Though it’s used for Cricket and Football both purpose. Eden Garden is called the heart of Kolkata. Below you can see the date of the first international match at all format of cricket in Eden.
- Test Match: 1934 (IND vs ENG)
- ODI: 18 Feb 1987
- T20: 29 Oct 2011
History Of Eden:
Eden garden was firstly introduced as a park of Kolkata designed in 1841 named after the ‘Garden of Eden’ of the Holy Bible. Though at the beginning it was named as ‘Auckland’s Circus Gardens’ after the running Governor-General of India Lord Auckland. It’s reformed as Cricket Stadium in 1864 by the British in India. Now it’s one of the biggest stadiums in India. It can accommodate over 60,000 people at a time. And it’s the second biggest stadium after Melbourne Stadium of Australia in the world.
In 2011, after the renovation of Eden Garden, the later size of the stadium was half of the previous. Now it has a capacity of around 120,000.
After 20 years of suspension, South Africa played their first match at Eden Garden. This stadium is a witness of many interesting matches.
Opening and Closing time: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (all days of the week)
Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
Entry Fees: Entry to the garden is free. But entry to the stadium is only permitted during matches with restricted fees.
3. Victoria memorial
Location: Maidan, Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 700071.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Ya6Bhnj3JkF9GAkt9
Just imagine you are walking on a beautiful road with green carpet of grasses on both sides. Your destination is a very beautiful marble palace. There is a fountain in front of you, from where the water is overflowing. A royal obsession is embracing you! That’s why, it’s one of the most unique from other travel places in Kolkata.
When you pass the main gate, you will see a beautiful garden with a well architect palace. Near to the North Gate, there is a bronze statue of Queen Victoria, seating on her throne, wearing the robes of the star of India.
The Garden of the Memorial designed on an area of 57 acres with the building covering an area of 338ft by 228ft.
A palace of royal Kolkata made of white marble. That’s never could be skipped by visitors of Kolkata. One of the finest pieces and of the splendid example of the colonial style of architecture built on the memory of Queen Victoria after her death. The foundation stones of the construction were laid by Prince of Wales, later George V, on 4 January 1906.
Sir William Emerson took his construction plan into draft mixing traditional style of Italian architect and a bit like the Taj model.
There are 25 galleries within the dome. There are several sculptures allegorically representing Justice, Art, Architecture, Charity, prudence, etc. ‘The Royal Gallery’ full of oil paintings representing queens’ personal life.
The white Marble monument is conceptualized by Lord George Curzon which is now used as a museum. Collections of paintings represent the royalty. Two Marble Lions on the ground of memorial represents the power. The museum also has collections of several antiquarian books.
There are also several royal collections are waiting to welcome you.
So, travelers take your ticket and Go!
Opening and Closing time:
|Day||Victoria Memorial Gallery||Gardens|
Entry Fees (per person)
|Victoria Memorial Gallery||Victoria Memorial Garden area|
|₹20 for Indians||₹10 (daily ticket)|
|₹200 for Foreign Tourists||₹100 (Monthly ticket)|
|₹0 for school children||₹1000 (Yearly ticket)|
|₹2000 (Morning walkers ticket)|
|₹1000 (Morning walkers senior citizen ticket)|
4. Howrah Bridge
Location: Howrah, West Bengal, India, 700001.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UZN6Sabc832GKYiK6
Howrah Bridge is considered as one of the most attractive and significant sightseeing spots for tourists. This is the 6th largest cantilever bridge in the world. It is also the busiest cantilever bridge in the world.
Rabindra Setu is another name of this bridge. On 14 June 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. He was the first Indian and Asian Noble laureate. Though it is still popular as Howrah Bridge. It was designed by one Mr. Walton of M/S Rendell, Palmer, and Triton.
- Construction Beginning and ending Date: 1936-1942
- Opening Date: 3rd February 1943
- Length: 705m
- Width: 71ft with two footpaths of 15ft on both sides.
- Height: 82m
There are no single people who don’t love sightseeing! The bridge is on the Hooghly River. You can have an amazing feeling by ferry riding on the river. To see the colorful Bridge, you can take your ride at evening from Baghbazar. It’s perfect for a romantic evening out on the water. Really, it’s amazing! For refreshment, it’s different from the other travel places in Kolkata.
Restaurants and pubs around the city are in the perfect place to feel the bridge view in the mind.
You can also hire a boat for the party under the bridge!
Sit by the Ghats on the morning will give you refreshments. You will see the normal city people’s life there including their baths, flocking, praying, and more.
Visiting Time: Not limited!
Visiting Fees: Not Applicable!
So, dear visitors must include this bridge to increase your enjoyments of the Kolkata trip!
5. Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Location: Rabindra Bharati University Campus, at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane Jorasanko, Kolkata 700007, North Kolkata.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/r67N1GedFMYckRFfA
This place is highly engaged with the Bengali sentiment. It’s the most historic from the other travel places in Kolkata. Your trip to Kolkata the Bengali Place would be incomplete without visiting it. The name Jorasanko came from the fact that there are twin Shiva temples near the home.
It’s basically an ancestral house of Famous poet Rabindranath Tagore (born in 1861). He is the first Indian and first Non-European Noble laureate. In this place he spent most of his childhood and also he died here on 7 August 1941. The house is spread over 35000sq mi.
Prince Dwarakanath Tagore, grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore was gifted land by the famous ‘Sett’ family. There he built their house in 18th century 1784. After that, it’s renowned as ‘Thakurbari’. Now it’s using as ‘Tagore Museum’.
The house is now also familiar with the name of the famous Rabindra Bharati University. Actually, The house converted into University. They arrange cultural programs on the poet’s birthday, death anniversary every year. Also, they perform on Rabindra Sangeet, Rabindra’s poem, and also dances on Rabindra Sangeet. The rounded verandah helps members to watch the program from all sides.
With the university, there have a Museum. It was established on May 8, 1961, exhibiting intimate stories from the lives of the Tagore’s. This museum has collections of 2071 books, 770 journals, 16 paintings, 3297 photographs, 27 crafts, and sculptures, 208 personalia, and 3 pieces of furniture.
Each gallery reflects Bengali cultures with Tagore families’ photography, lifestyle, Rabindranath Tagore’s evaluation as a poet and philosopher from childhood. Besides these galleries, the museum has also the Japan Gallery, China Gallery, US Gallery which explore the poet’s visit and connection with these countries.
The room, where Rabindranath Tagore lived and died is preserved by the authority. Tagore’s painting of his own hand is also there with lots of attractive collections. That’s why it creates more value for tourists from the others travel places in Kolkata.
Jorasanko Thakurbari is the heart of Bengali peoples. Trip of West Bengal really would be unfinished except it. So, guys don’t miss to understand the culture of Bengali peoples with a beautiful mansion. Your day will not be spoiled for sure!
Opening and Closing Time: 10.00 am-5.00 pm (except Monday and govt. holiday)
Entry Fees (each person)
|Indians||SAARC countries member||Other countries member|
- Entry free for physically challenged peoples, street children, and students up to 5 standards.
- Block Booking Available only for Indian students.
Photography Fee: INR 50 per device (Don’t give permission to use inside the museum).