Kolkata is a wonderful city and capital of West Bengal, India. The city attracts numerous tourists to visit on vacation. Kolkata is famous for its architecture, attracting places, notable persons, ethnic, cuisines, and sweets, festivals, shopping, and many more. In this article, I have listed the best places to visit in Kolkata.
The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building that was built between 1906 & 1921. The building located near Jawaharlal Nehru Road (also known as Chowringhee Road), in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The Victorial Memorial dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, then Empress of India, and now it is a museum under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. This building completely made of marble just like the Taj Mahal. The architecture and structure reflect a blend of both British and Indian architectural styles. It houses a fine art and paintings collection and a gallery from the British Colonial period including many sculptures, and books. The museum open from 10 am to 6 pm. The old colonial Victoria Memorial one of the famous and amazing monuments of Kolkata.
Fort William a popular fort located in the Hastings area of Kolkata. It was built during colonial times. It situates on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River. The fort was named after King William III. This Fort extends over an area of 70.9 hectares. The Fort built of brick and mortar in the shape of an irregular octagon pattern. Fort William open from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
The iconic Howrah Bridge a balanced cantilever bridge over the Hooghly River in Kolkata. This bridge is one of the the best places to visit in Kolkata. It is a massive steel bridge constructed over the Hooghly River. And, it considered one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world. This bridge also known as Rabindra Setu, after the name of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. But still, it popularly known as Howrah Bridge. The bridge carries a daily traffic of over 100,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians. This bridge unique because it was built without a single nut or bolt and held together by rivets. You can also take a long drive as it runs between Kolkata and Howrah.
The Tagore House is the house of the Nobel prize in Literature winner Rabindra Nath Tagore. You could spend easily a whole day at this wonderful house, by reading about his work and life. The house has a total collection of 2071 books, 770 journals, Tagore’s original paintings, 3297 photographs, 27 crafts and sculptures, and 53 pieces of furniture. Moreover, you can ponder about his wonderful speeches, essays, and comments, which are even today still so relevant.
Sundarbans National Park
The Sundarbans National Park a national park, tiger reserve, and biosphere reserve in West Bengal. The Sundarbans are densely covered by mangrove forests. And, it one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. Also, home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has been designated as a Ramsar site. If you love wildlife you shouldn’t miss this place.
Aquatica the largest Resort & Water Park. It spread across an area of 17 acres of land situated at Kouchpukur, Kolkata. This water park one of the best water parks in India. Moreover, this park offers, thrilling rides, luxurious resorts, roller coasters, and waterpark rides. However, Aquatica has a bar inside which serves every kinda drink. It is a place where everyone can enjoy. You can visit during summer to enjoy yourself with family or friends.
The Alipore Zoo one of India’s oldest zoological parks and a big tourist attraction in Kolkata. It covers 18.811 ha of area. And, best known as the home of the now expired Aldabra giant tortoise ‘Adwaita‘, who was reputed to have been over 250 years old when he died in 2006. This zoo a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, or families with kids, to explore the abundant and plentiful wildlife of the country at its best. The winter season is the ideal time to visit this zoo.
I hope, I helped you finding the best places to visit in Kolkata. For experiencing and attending festivals, you should visit between October and February to explore and enjoy this place.