Kolkata, as we have already explored, is a city teeming with possibilities, hopes and desires, offering something for almost everyone. The unique cultures and social mores of the city make it stand out from almost every other metro city in India. Kolkata has already been explored as a business, commercial, cultural, creative and social hotspot of the country. What’s in it for tourists?
Here’s taking a look at some of the best attractions for tourists in the city.
- Victoria Memorial – This is arguably Kolkata’s most endearing monument and landmark for tourists. The Victoria Memorial was built after the death of Queen Victoria as a tribute and was modelled on the famous Taj Mahal. Lord Curzon commissioned this in 1906 and it finally opened to the public in 1921. The Victoria Memorial offers an amazing experience with its lovely lawns and special laser-enabled audio-visual show every evening.
- Indian Museum – This is Asia’s biggest museum and the oldest in the entire Asia-Pacific. The museum is a treasure trove for travellers and has arguably the best and biggest collection of Indian art and natural history at par with the British Museum. The exhibits and the overall ambience will definitely wow any tourist instantly.
- Marble Palace – This is a must-visit landmark for tourists. This was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick in the year 1835 and is home to several artefacts and other treasures which have to be seen to be believed!
- Science City – This has several attractive exhibits and the first OMNIMAX theatre in the city along with live bio-science exhibits. This is a hit with children by all means.
- Jorasanko Thakurbari – The residence of the Tagore family is now a museum and offers a charming cultural experience for visitors. This gives you an option to experience the work and life of Poet Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore up close.
- Birla Planetarium – This is another popular attractions in Kolkata which offers educational and entertainment sessions related to space science, astrophysics and astronomy among other aspects.
- Shaheed Minar – This was built on the Maidan to commemorate Sir David Ochterlony who commanded the British East India Company in the famous Gurkha War in 1814-1816. It was renamed as Shaheed Minar to commemorate freedom fighters after the country gained independence.
- Prinsep Ghat – This is where you will feel the real charm and nostalgia of Kolkata. Prinsep Ghat has the beautiful Palladian porch built to commemorate James Prinsep and one can walk amidst the lush lawns, sit down for a hot cuppa and even take a mesmerizing boat ride along the Ganges with gorgeous views of the Howrah Bridge.
The huge Maidan is also something that has to be seen to be believed and is the lungs of the city along with the delightful Rabindra Sarobar Lakes which are another major hotspot for tourists. College Street with its traditional establishments, hallowed educational institutions and book shops is another must-visit along with the St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. The Kali Temple at Kalighat is also something that should not be missed by tourists. There are tons of other attractions including new-age top picks like the Eco Park which is another place to simply soak in the beauty of nature and have fun along with the Arts Acre and the Mother’s Wax Museum to name a few. Of course, taking a tram ride, enjoying lip-smacking street food and gorging on delicious meals at Park Street are part of the must-not-miss list!
Kolkata is and will always be a city for enlightened souls who think ahead of the rest. It is a city of warmth, love, affection, celebrations and lovely odes to life as it should be lived!