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Don't Miss Out On These Incredible Places To Visit In The City Of Joy-Kolkata

By Arushi Bhalla

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 7 min read

This city looks like it has come straight out of a brilliant novel! It is the second biggest city in the country and artistic capital of the country. From eye-catchy architecture to being rich in literature, this city has it all; you just can't miss out on their luscious rasgulla. We have curated a super amazing list of things to do and places to visit in Kolkata. 

 

Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial is situated in the heart of Kolkata which is a relic of the British Raj in India. It is an absolute white beauty which was built in memory of Queen Victoria to celebrate her 25 years of rule over India. Victoria Memorial is an iconic structure that is synonymous with the city of joy! The best part of the memorial is that it is surrounded by a lush green and well-maintained garden, which spreads over 64 acres and has numerous statues and sculptures in it. The interiors are a treat for the eyes as it consists of a sixteen-foot tall bronze statue of victory, mounted on ball bearings at the top of the memorial. 

Photo Courtesy: Kolkata Tourism

 

Timing: 10am–5pm

Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan

Entry: INR 30 - INR 500

 

Birla Mandir

This is not only the religious attraction for tourists but it is also highly appreciated by the architecture lovers because of its magnificent architecture. This temple is an epitome of craftsmanship that is a product of an amalgamation of traditional, and contemporary art and is also one of the best places to visit in Kolkata.

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Timing: 5 am – 11:30 am | 4 pm – 9 pm

Location: 29, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, Opposite Ballygunge Post Office, Kolkata

Entry: Free!

 

St. Paul’s Cathedral

You need to make a visit to this mesmerizing Church in Kolkata. It is known for its Gothic style of architecture, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Kolkata. Resembling closely to Norwich Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral is also one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for people who are seeking a religious tour.

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Timings: 9 am to 12 pm, and 3 pm to 6 pm

Location: Maidan, Kolkata

Entry fee: Free Entry

 

Howrah Bridge

How can you miss out on Howrah Bridge when you are visiting Kolkata! It is known to be the ‘oldest but the busiest’ place in Kolkata, the Howrah Bridge was built over the Hooghly river to ensure connectivity between the two major cities of Kolkata and Howrah. It is among the best places to visit in Kolkata in the evening where you can hang out with your friends and gaze out at the lit bridge sparkling in the dark.

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Location: Jagannath Ghat, 1, Strand Road, Kolkata

 

 

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden boasts of being home to 12,000 living perennial plants as well as thousands of dried out plants which have been collected from all across the globe. Located along the western banks of River Ganga, Botanical Garden is a 273-acre garden known for its extensive floral diversity. Housing more than 12,000 different species of plants, it is one of the most beautiful places to see in Kolkata for travelers who wish to witness the mesmerizing beauty of nature. 

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Location: Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Entry fee: INR 10 for Indians | INR 100 for foreigners

 

Indian Museum

Witness the charm of the glorious country of India the oldest, and the largest museum in India, the Indian Museum. It is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for youngsters where they can gain insights into the rich traditional and cultural heritage of their country.

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Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

Location: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Colootola, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata

Entry fee: INR 20 for Indians, and INR 500 for foreigners

 

Things To Do In Kolkata

Experience Wildlife At Sundarbans

This is one of the most visited tourist places in Kolkata. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sunderbans is a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. It is also the largest tiger reserve and national park in India. Other than wildlife, the Sunderbans are an epitome of breathtaking natural beauty and the most surreal landscapes which make them one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for couples.

Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

 

Location: Dayapur, Gosaba, West Bengal

Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM

Entry fee: INR 15 for Indians | INR 150 for foreigners

 

Explore Tagore’s House

Known as the ‘Jorasanko Thakur Bari’, Tagore’s house is one of the most important historical places in Kolkata. This place is every reader's paradise; the residence of Rabindranath Tagore has been converted into a museum which houses a photo gallery, fascinating paintings, and Tagore’s literary works.

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Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

Location: Girish Park, Chittaranjan Avenue, Kolkata

Entry fee: INR 10 per person, and INR 5 for students

 

Shop At Mullik Ghat Flower Market

Flowers can make any place beautiful so just imagine how colourful a flower market would be. The colorful chaos of Kolkata's flower market presents a fantastic photo opportunity. The interesting fact about this place is that it is more than 125 years old. Not just this, it is East India's largest wholesale flower market with thousands of flower sellers visiting it every day. The market is dominated by sacks overflowing with long garlands of marigolds, popularly used in Hindu devotional rituals.

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Location: Along Strand Road, starting from below Howrah Bridge on the Kolkata side.

 

Have A Fun Day At Aquatica

Splash through these super fun water rides in Kolkata at Aquatica water park! It is spread across a huge 75,000 square feet area. Aquatica is one of the largest water amusement parks in Eastern India. For those who are seeking a fun day in water should head to this super fun water park. Aquatica is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata with friends where one can enjoy numerous thrilling rides and activities.

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Timings: 10 am to 6 pm

Location: Kochpukur, P.O Hatgachia, Near Rajarhat Township, Kolkata

Entry fee: INR 450 to 550 for adults, and INR 300 for children

 

How To Reach Kolkata

By Air

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, which is about 17 kilometers away from the heart of the city. This airport has good connectivity across major cities in India and abroad. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to your final destination. 

By Train

Kolkata has an efficient network of railways and is well linked to cities across the country. Superfast trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connect Kolkata from Delhi and nearby places. There are two major railway stations in the city – one is located in Howrah and the other at Sealdah.


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FAQ’s

Q. Where can one find an unlimited buffet in Kolkata?

A. Zaranj Restaurant, Wasabee, Kalikapur, Jhal Farezi, Ballygunge, Rajdhani Thali, Chapter 2, Since 2016 

 

Q. What are the top 5 vegetarian eateries in Kolkata?

A. Kaidi Kitchen, Cream Center, Oh! Calcutta, Kewpie’s

 

Q. What are the best places to go on a date in Kolkata?

A. Blue and Beyond, Paris Cafe, Linferno Lounge Bar, Spice Kraft, Starstruck, Tamara, Fairlawns

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