The second largest city of India, Kolkata is a charmer. Along with all the “bangali” people, this city welcomes you to its own style, culture and traditions which will make you wonder if you have always belonged to here or not. From the metro stations, hand-pulled rickshaws, the tram to the famous Howrah Bridge, Kolkata will totally have you under its spell, not to forget the delicious fish curries and Bengali delicacies. So, while you continue with your list of things-to-do and places-to-visit in Kolkata, we make it easier by introducing you to some of the landmarks of the city that should top that list.
A marvelous architecture, the design and view of Victoria Memorial itself makes you feel as if you have stepped into a foreign land. Built during the British rule, it carries every sight of elegant foreign structure surrounded by small ponds and lush green gardens from all four sides. Dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria Memorial was constructed in 1921 AD and is completely made of white marbles. Currently, it is a museum which houses the artifacts and collection related to the British Empire in India and independence struggle. Another striking thing about the memorial is an ‘Angel of Victory’ on the top of main dome which rotates according to the wind and can be spotted from a distance.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
If there is one place that you shouldn’t miss, then it’s the Dakshineswar temple. Even if you are not a spiritual person, a visit to this temple will have you witness life from a different view point. Built on the bank of river Hooghly and dedicated to Hindu goddess Kali, the temple is one major attraction of the city. In 1855 AD, Queen Rashmoni constructed this beautiful temple, and later the association of Ramakrishna Pramhanas added to the glory of this place. Spread over a very large courtyard, along with the main temple there are twelve shrines of Lord Shiva in a line. The Dakshineswar temple is not only considered amongst holy and sacred places of Kolkata, but it is also a remarkable architecture in itself.
While Dakshineswar was known for its association with Ramkrishan Pramhanas, Belur Math was constructed by his well-known and world famous disciple Swami Vivekanand. More of a monastery, students and people used to come here to train for joining the Ramkrishna mission. Built in 1938 AD, on the banks of river Hooghly, the architecture of the temple and place involves a fusion and amalgamation of Hindu, Islamic, Rajput, Christian and Buddhist style which is a strong indicator of the fact that religion shouldn’t differentiate people or their devotion. The trip to Kolkata is considered completely incomplete if you miss out on visiting the Dakshineswar temple and Belur Math.
This stadium has seen history begin made and records begin broke. It has felt the emotions of players and audience, and also heard thundering applause echoing. One of the most popular cricket stadiums of the world, Eden Gardens just adds to the pride of Kolkata. And, irrespective of the fact that whether you are a cricket fan or not, this stadium will win your heart without any match. The fourth largest stadium of the world, Eden Gardens is open for public and attracts many visitors each day.