India as a country has always been bustling tourist destination and Kolkata as a city is home to few major tourist places. Heritage Buildings, Historic Spots, Pilgrimage Sites or just about riverside have dotted the city with dynamic destinations. Whether travelers, the vacationers or the residents, nobody runs short of places to visit for leisureor knowledge in the city.
Whatsup lists top incredible tourist places in Kolkata:-
Kolkata is home to the oldest and largest Museum in the country-the Indian Museum or “Jadu Ghar.” Located in Central Kolkata, it boasts of rarest collection of fossils, skeletons, mummies and antics. The Ashoka pillar, whose four-lion symbol is the official emblem of the Republic of India, is housed in this very Museum. Founded by Asiatic Society of Bengal, Indian Museum marks the beginning of Socio-Cultural and scientific achievements in India. One cannot afford to miss this tourist place in Kolkata.
Where: 27 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
Mapping of Kolkata Tourist places cannot be complete without the mention of iconic Victoria Memorial. The Historical Architecture was built to mark success of British Raj in India and as Memorial to Queen Victoria. It exhibits collection of paintings, miniatures, statues as well as Arms used during British period. The Royal gallery and the lush gardens around the memorial are top attractions.
Where: 1 Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata
Eco Tourism Park-Newest Tourist Place
Eco-Tourism Park is the latest go to destination in Kolkata. It is Nature Park located in Rajarhat known as Eco Tourism Park. Spread across 480 acres showcasing the rich natural and cultural heritage of the state. The Rose Garden displaying various types of roses from different parts of the world and the music fountain are major attractions of the park. It houses attractive water sports like Water Zorbing and Family Shikara. Quaint Café is located right amidst natural beauty. To make the property truly authentic, you will find Banglar Haat which showcases culture of rural Bengal.
Where: Major Arterial Rd, Action Area II, Newtown, Kolkata.
Theme-Parks take up the top spot among Kolkata Tourist places. Princep Ghat, built during British Raaj beside Hooghly river has been renovated for mass. It is currently a beautiful illuminated stretch with options for Boat-rides during sunsets. For that sudden hunger pang you can gorge at “Scoop” which is the sassy Café at Prinsep Ghat. The James Prinsep Memorial here is famous for historical relevance.
Where: Fort William, Hastings,Kolkata
Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Kolkata has been put on the global map by the Nobel-Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Kolkata has been hometown of the legend and his ancestral house is now one of the most famous Heritage Buildings of Kolkata. Situated in the premises of Rabindra Bharati Campus , it has been restored to portray the original look when the Tagore family lived and currently it houses the Tagore Museum. Tourists can opt for the regular heritage tour of the house coupled with Cultural programmes for special occasions.
Where: 259 Rabindra Sarani, Jorasanko, Kolkata
Talking of Heritage Buildings, another attractive tourist place in Kolkata is the Marble Palace. It is magnificently engineered palatial mansion built by Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur. It is architectural masterpiece as 126 different kinds of marbles from various corners of the world have been used to build this singular building. The Mirror Room and the unheard collection of 82 antic clocks are major attractions of this place.
Where: 46 Muktaram Babu, Kolkata
The Mythological Spot always form an integral part of city’s tourist chart. Since times immemorial, Dakshineswar Kali Temple stands on the eastern bank of Hooghly River and it worships Deity Bhavatarini. It was built by Rani Rashmoni and this temple finds place in Indian History due to its association with Ramakrishna. The Temple houses the nine-spired main temple, 12 Shiva Shrines and Radha-Krishna bathing ghat.
Where: May Dibas Pally, Dakshineswar, Kolkata
Mother Teresa recently achieved sainthood and she has spent major portion of her life in Kolkata. She began working in Kolkata and contributed immensely to the society. Mother House in AJC Bose Road which is the core operation center of Missionaries of Charity has grown to be a major tourist spot in the city. People from far and wide visit the house, meet the Nuns at work and also donate to the children accommodated in the House. More than tourism, this place carries sentimental value for the city.
Where: 54 A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata