Places to visit in Kolkata

Kolkata has always been known as the city of joy and once you step to this city situated beside the River Hooghly, a sense of love fills you from inside. This city was the capital when British people ruled India before the centre shifted to Delhi. This city has a lot of colonial structures and being the capital of Bengal this place is said to be the top notch when it comes to cultural heritage.

When one decides to spend a holiday in Kolkata, there are in numerous places that they should not give a miss. Here is a list of places that are must visits when you are in Kolkata.

Victoria Memorial

This is one of the largest marble buildings in Kolkata which was built in living memory of Queen Victoria. This place has been turned to a museum now and one can get see a perfect mixture of Mughal and British style of architecture here. The best time to visit this place is in winter when a lot of things happen in the memorial compound and the famous one being the literary meet every year in January.

Writers Building

This was the building where the office for the writers of the East Indian Company used to sit and work. Later it became the house and centre of operation of the chief minister of Bengal. This is a major landmark in this city and one can get to see when they are travelling through the city.

Indian Museum

This is the largest and oldest museum in India and is one of the oldest museums in the entire world. This place has a rare collection of armours, ornaments, Mughal paintings, skeletons and fossils. One can have a close look to the world history in this place.

Marble Palace

This was a private residence and at present it has been preserved very well. It is one of the oldest and elegant houses of Kolkata all famous for its exquisite marble floors and walls. This place is a proper store house of many famous sculptures and paintings along with some Victorian furniture.

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

If you are in Kolkata and you miss the birth place of Rabindranath Tagore, then you are seriously missing something. The Jorasanko Thakur Bari has been the house of the Tagore’s for ages and the ancestral home of them where the world famous poet Rabindranath Tagore was born. At present it has turned into a Tagore museum where one gets to see all the private rooms and a glimpse of their lifestyle.

National Library

Known as one of the largest libraries in the world, this one is also labelled as a haunted place in Kolkata. This library has a collection of 2.2 million books and one can get the rarest collection of printed material products of India which you obviously cannot take a look at if you do not have a membership.

Fort William Fort

This is a fort built of bricks and mortar and located in the eastern banks of Hooghly River.

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