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Kolkata

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B.B.D Bagh (Dalhousie Square)

BBD Bagh or Dalhousie square as it was called in the past, was the centre of power during the days of the British. The square was later named BBD Bagh after 3 freedom fighters, Binay, Badal and Dinesh, who shot the British inspector general of police in 1930.

Writers Building dating back to 1880 is on the north side of the square. Clerical workers called ‘writers’ durin...More>>>

Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens to the north west of the maidan is famous for its cricket ground where international cricket matches are held. The garden was designed in 1841 by Emily and Fanny Eden, sisters of governor general Lord Auckland. At the garden there is also a tiny Burmese pagoda set in a small lake. The pagoda was brought from Prome, Burma by Lord Dalhousie in 1854.

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Fort William and Maidan

Completed in 1781, Fort William was built by the British as a massive and impregnable fort in place of an older mud fort. The large part of forest land around the fort was cleared to make room for the cannons to have a clear line of fire. Today the fort is used by Indian Army’s Eastern command while the cleared out forest area is a maidan stretching over 980 acres. Strand Road along the...More>>>

Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge, also called Rabindra Setu bridge, is a cantilever bridge that crosses the river Hooghly in a single 450 m span with no piers at all within the river. Probably one of the busiest bridges in the world, it connects the main railway station of Calcutta with the industrial city of Howrah.

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Indian Museum

Built in 1875, the Indian museum is located on the corner of Sudder Street and Chowringhee Road. This multipurpose and multi-disciplinary institution is one of the first museums of its kind in Asia. Built around a courtyard are two storeys of galleries. The museum has exhibits that date back to 2500BC Indus valley civilization, sculpture from Gandhara, Kalighat paintings, Chadela sculptures d...More>>>

Jorasanko

Built in 1785 Jorasanko is the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore. It is a 3 storied red brick structure which has now been extended and turned into Rabindra Bharati University, specializing in Bengali cultural forms. The original house is preserved as a museum and traces the history of the Tagore family and also has a large collection of memorabilia and paintings done by Rabindranath Tago...More>>>

Kalighat

Kalighat is Kolkata’s oldes pilgrimage site. The Kali temple here is among one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus.  Located on the banks of the Hooghly river the temple is 2km south of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Mother House and Nirmal Hridaya

Mother house is the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity organization formed by Mother Teresa in 1950. Mother Teresa’s final resting place is on the ground floor of the hall here.

Nirmal Hridaya located near the Kalighat temple is Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute. There is a large and very clean hall with several beds where the sick are cared for by the nun...More>>>

Nakhoda Mosque

The largest mosque in Kolkata, Nokhoda Mosque built in 1926 is located north of BBD Square. The design of the mosque is based of the design of Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra. Built of red sandstone the mosque has two 46m high minarets.

The neighborhood around the mosque has some fascinating 19th century bazaars and mansions.

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    Shahid Minar

    Built in 1828, the monument was then known as Ochterlony Monument after Sir David Ochterlony who was a dare devil soldier who led the British to victory in the Anglo Nepal war. Located in the northern part of the maidan, the tower stands 48m high and combines Turkish, Syrian and Egyptian architectural styles.

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    St John's Church

    Established in 1787, St John’s Church is located south of BBD Bagh. The church has an exquisite stained glass panel depicting the scene from ‘the last supper’. The 12 disciples in the picture are faces of British personalities of that time.

    The graveyard here has an octagonal mausoleum of Job Charnock, the founder of Calcutta and Admiral Watson amongst others. ...More>>>

    St Paul's Cathedral

    Located to the east of the Victoria Memorial and south of the Maidan, the cathedral was built between 1839-1847. The original structure got damaged due to an earthquake and so the cathedral was redesigned and rebuilt. Surrounded by sprawling gardens the high vaulted interiors of the cathedral has beautiful mural paintings depicting the life and work of St Paul and its excellent stained glass ...More>>>

    Sunderban National Park

    While 166 kms away, Kolkata is the gateway for most tourists trying to get to Sunderban National Park - often referred to as "The Sunderbans" and a World Heritage Site (UNESCO). Sunderban National Park is a vast swampy delta covering parts of West Bengal and Bangladesh with small islands and swamps with a complex network of small rivers, streams, tidal waterways, and mudflats with salt-tolera...More>>>

    Things To Do

    Go to Birla planetarium located at the crossing of Chowringhee Road and Theatre Road or Shakespeare Sarani. It is said to the largest planetarium not only in India but in all of south east Asia.

    Volunteer at Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute, Nirmal Hridaya.

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    Victoria Memorial

    Victorial Memorial, a landmark monument of the British Raj, was conceived by Lord Curson(then Viceroy of India) as a fitting memorial to Queen Victoria after she died in 1901. Located at the southern end of the Maidan, the building was built with marble from Makrana in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (the same kind that was used for the Taj Mahal).

    The foundation stone for the building was lai...More>>>

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