Welcome | City of Joy | Kolkata | 21st July 2022 | Virtual Wire
Kolkata lovingly called “Tilotama” is the second biggest city in India.
It has numerous iconic places to visit which provide an always-to-be-remembered experience.
Jorasanko Thakur Bari
The ancestral home of the famous Tagore family and the birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore. It was built in the 18th century by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore. The house is now the Tagore Museum and offers details about the lifestyle and household of the Tagore Family. It is now under the supervision of Rabindra Bharti University.
Indian Botanical Garden
The heart of science, the next one is the Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden in Shibpur, Howrah. It was created in 1781. This houses the only female double coconut tree in India which was artificially pollinated some years ago. It has the Great Banyan Tree covering an area of 4.67acres which is also more than 250 years old. The whole garden covers an area of 270 acres.
Indian Coffee House
The Indian Coffee House located opposite the Presidency University on College Street is such nostalgia. The Coffee House has been made immortal by a famous song sung by Manna Dey - “Coffee Houser Sei Adda ta Aj Nei.” This place has been graced by the presence of legends like Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, and Mrinal Sen. The coffee house has its own ambience of vintage and elegance.
Eden Garden Stadium
I guess there are very few people who haven’t heard of the Eden Garden Stadium. The oldest stadium in India. It was built in 1864 and this is also the second largest stadium in the country and the third largest in the world. The first match played in this “batsman’s paradise” was a test match between India and England in 1934. This stadium conducted India’s first-ever Day and Night test match.
The Howrah Bridge
India houses the sixth longest cantilever bridge in the world- Howrah Bridge. It is over the Hooghly River and is also known as Rabindra Setu. It was built in 1943. It is the busiest bridge of its kind in the world.
The Indian Museum
Located in New Market Area, Dharmatala, the next centre of attraction is the Indian Museum. It was established in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal. It has an Egyptian mummy about 4000 years old and Buddha’s ashes. It also contains the huge skeleton of a dinosaur.
The hub of traditional potters in Kolkata, it is known for its sculpting culture which is a curious art for the world. Most of the idols of deities are made here. The clay items made here are exported to various parts of the world. This has led to the self-dependence of a lot of women artists.
Making our way through Maidan, let’s pay a visit to Victoria Memorial. The large marble building built between 1906 and 1921 is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria the then empress of India. Atop the central dome, there is the figure of the Angel of Victory.
Alipore Zoological Park
It is India’s oldest Zoological Park which opened in 1876. It has 1266 animals.
National Library of India
India’s largest library has 2.2 million books and records. It is located on Belvedere Road, Alipore.
Kolkata’s Patuli Market is India’s first floating market. It has fish; meat, vegetable and grocery, there will be boats selling goods and walkways to help customers reach.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
It was built in 1847 and is under the administration of the Diocese of Calcutta. The design is “Indo-Gothic” and is the centre of attraction on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
M.P .Birla Planetarium
Its structure is based on the famous Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. It is adjacent to Victoria Memorial. It shows detailed views of astronomical projects.