Kolkata City Tour

Kolkata City Tour

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Kolkata City Tour

Duration:
02 Nights / 03 Days
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Day 01 - Arrival Kolkata
Arrive in Kolkata. Meet our representative and transfer from airport / railway station to your prebooked hotel (check in/out 12.00 hrs).
Day 02 - Kolkata Sightseeing
After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of the city which includes all the popular monuments / tourist palace here.
Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 - Departure / Onward Destination
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Transfer to airport / railway station to depart for your onward destination / home.
Kolkata - City Information & Tourist Attractions
Dominique Lapierre’s ‘City of Joy’, the city of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta is more than 300 years old. This span has witnessed its development into one of the world’s most densely peopled metropolises. And yet, there is something undoubtedly special about Calcutta. For, it combines the past and the present on a covetous plane. It amalgamates the traditional and the modern, and brings the intense and the frivolous together. At one level Calcutta is always in transition, and at another, it is firmly anchored to a tradition and culture quite uniquely its own.

Kolkata is the current capital of the state of West Bengal, and was also the first capital of the British in India. It was established in 1686 when the British shifted their operations to the small villages of Govindpur, Sutanati, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It flourished and prospered until in 1756 Siraj-Ud-Daula (Nawab of Bengal) attacked the town and drove the British away. Lord Clive then later regained control of Kolkata and until 1911, it remained the capital of the British government in India. Having been the centre of power of the British for so long has given Kolkatta a unique culture and heritage, that is quite unlike any other city in India.

Some of the important places worth visiting in Kolkata are listed below-
The Victoria Memorial - Kolkata
It was built by Lord Curzon in memory of Queen Victoria and is a fine huge white-marble structure. It is now a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia from the days of the Raj.
The Howrah Bridge - Kolkata
It is a 450 m long bridge without any pylon in the river and has the distinction of being the busiest bridge in the world catering to around 100,000 vehicles and innumerable pedestrians. It is an excellent example of engineering techniques of the early 20th century.
Eden Garden - Kolkata
A small and pleasantly laid-out garden that was once the gathering place of the social elite. It today houses the renowned cricket ground by the same name.
Kali Mandir - Kolkata
Also known as Kalighat, the Kali Mandir is dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of destruction and is a frequented tourist destination.
Fort William - Kolkata
Fort Williamwas constructed in 1781 and is still in use. The large patch of green around the fort is known as the Maidan (ground), or the lung of Kolkata. It stretches for a distance of 3 km and is 1 km wide.
The Birla Planetarium - Kolkata
It is a single-storied circular structure that is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Its central dome is an imitation of the Buddhist stupa at Sanchi.
The Marble Palace - Kolkata
Exhibits art forms of Italy, the Netherlands, England and other European nations. The interiors of the palace-the floors, walls, and tabletops-are all made of marble.
The Indian Museum - Kolkata
is the oldest museum in India, which was built in 1874. The entrance to the museum has an original Lion Capitol, the national symbol of India and the museum itself is home to a rare collection of artefacts.
Dalhousie Square - Kolkata
Dalhousie Square, which was renamed Binoy Badal Dinesh Bagh (also BBD Bagh), is the hub of West Bengal’s administration and commerce. All important government institutions of the state are located here.
Excursions from Kolkata
Shanti Niketan: Tagore’s university township, is a must on any itinerary that plots Bengal as a stopover. The hot springs here are famous for curing many chronic diseases.

The Belur Math: It is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission. It is a universal place of pilgrimage, visited by people belonging to diverse castes and creeds. It is committed to social service, religious harmony, spiritual attainment and renunciation.

The Dakshineshwar Temple: It is dedicated to Goddess Kali, and was the dwelling place of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, the spiritual guru of Swami Vivekananda, most of his life.

Botanical Gardens: The main attraction of the Botanical Gardens, which cover an area of 110 hectares, is a 250-year-old banyan tree (Ficus bengalhensis), which is 98 feet high and over 1,300 feet in circumference.

Bishnupur’s: It is renowned for its crafts such as intricate Balucheri saris, the rare ganijifa (circular Indian playing card), delicate carving on shells and bell metal artefacts. It has a rich architecture, music tradition and handicraft legacy of pottery and weaving. Some unique terracotta temples can be found here.
How To Reach - Kolkata
Kolkata is well connected with direct domestic airlines services to and from Kolkata to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc. there are also direct flights to most of the countries in the Southeast Asia. The airport is situated at Dumdum, about 17 km northeast of the city center. Trains from the other parts of the country connect Calcutta.

The city has two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other at Sealdah. Kolkata is also connected with most of the Indian cities by road.
Important Travel Information about Kolkata
Kolkata can justly be described as the shopping paradise for those who want excellent bargains. For, Kolkata is teeming with markets, which might be crowded and dusty, but have their own history and specialize in exotic and unique items.

The Calcutta Book Fair is the largest book fair in Asia and provides ample opportunities to explore the fascinating world of books. It is held in the month of January or February every year.

The city has uniform temperature throughout the year due to proximity to the sea. Temperature range from 12-27°C in the winter and 24-38°C in the summer. Humidity can be very high during the summers.
 

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