Kolkata is located at the eastern banks of River Hooghly and it is the capital of the state of West Bengal. Kolkata is home to the oldest possible port all over India and it is also the third most populated metropolitan city just after Mumbai and Delhi. This region of West Bengal came under the supremacy of the Bengal Nawabs under Mughals and ultimately later on the British took control of the entire city in 1772. Kolkata also marks to be the centre of industrial revolution in India and it is the birthplace of modern poetic, artistic and literary movement during the 19th and 20th centuries. If you’re about to visit Kolkata, here are few place you should definitely visit.
One of the most popular landmarks in the world is Howrah Bridge, the 6th longest cantilever bridge in the world. Originally, the bridge was named the New Howrah Bridge as it was done to replace an older bridge on the River Hooghly. This is considered as one of the biggest National landmarks in India and later on it was given the name of Rabindra Setu, after the popular Bengali literary figure, Rabindranath Tagore.
Park Street is also given the name of Food Street and this is the place that never sleeps due to the abundance of pubs and restaurants which are located in that area. Park Street was one of the top places for perfect night life during the 70s and 80s and this makes it one of the biggest attractions in Kolkata and it is visited by a large number of local crowds and tourists.
The Indian Museum in Kolkata is the largest and also the oldest museums in the country and it was established in the year 1814. There are 6 sections in the museum and all these are split into 35 galleries which contain different artifacts, antiquities, mummies and paintings. A Dutch Botanist, under the British, Dr. Nathaniel Wallich established this museum and since then it became the oldest museums in the world.
Victoria Memorial is located at the plains of River Hooghly and this historical monument was completed in 1921. This was dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria and present it has been turned into a museum. The Queen Victoria died in 1901 and since then Lord Curzon commissioned the memorial construction and built it in an architectural blend of British and Mughal styles. There are 25 galleries in this museum and there are different types of artifacts and antiquities in the museum.
The temple construction started in 1970 and it took 26 years to complete. This is one of those several landmarks in India which needs special mention. The Industrial Birla Family sponsored this temple and it is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, his consort. White marble has been used to build this temple and it is spread over an area of 130 acres of land.
So, if you’ve come from somewhere outside West Bengal, you can visit Kolkata to check out the above mentioned destinations. Don’t forget to take pictures of these places as they will definitely give you some really good memories.