The Human City

The Ganges (called the Hooghly in Kolkata) is still the inspiration, as it was to Job Charnok, East India Company agent, who reached the shores in August 1690 finally, to settle here.

The Ganges (called the Hooghly in Kolkata) is still the inspiration, as it was to Job Charnok, East India Company agent, who reached the shores in August 1690 finally, to settle here.The City was founded 300 years ago out of 3 villages namely Sutanati, Gobindapur and Kolikata. Once the capital of British India, the capital of undevided Bengal and now the capital of West Bengal since independence. Kolkata, on the east bank of river Hooghly, retains the aura of days long gone, weaving the past and the present, the intense and the fun loving into a charming fabric. Kolkata is the gateway to Eastern India. A city with a rich heritage, bustling streets and bewildering variety of facets. From October to March, Kolkata wears a radiant look. Sunshine, mild winter, lights, colours, fairs, festivals, galas and excursions, the mood is infectious and spirit sweeping.

Attractions in Kolkata, around and from Kolkata

  • BBD Bagh (Dalhousie Square) When Kolkata was the administrative centre for British India, BBD Bagh was the centre of power. It is a square area built around the old Lal Dighi tank which exists till date.

  • Belur Math Belur Math is the most enchanting temple in Belur. In 1897 Swami Vivekananda founded Ramakrishna Mission in loving memory of his Guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa who preached unity of all religions.

  • Birla Temple (Kolkata) It is the latest addition to the places of visit in Kolkata built by the industrialist Birla family.

  • Calcutta Jain Temple Calcutta Jain Temple (also called Parasnath Temple) a Jain temple at Badridas Temple Street is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata.

  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple It is famous for its association-with Ramkrishna who achieved spiritual vision here. Rani Rashmoni built this temple in 1847.

  • Flower Market The Kolkata Wholesale Flower Market is one of the Kolkata highlights. The market is almost directly under the Howrah Bridge, itself a landmark.

  • Howrah Bridge Howrah Bridge is still the gateway to Kolkata built on the Hooghly River. It was originally named the New Howrah Bridge because it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta).

  • Indian Museum It is a huge piece of Italian architecture on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, which was built in 1875 & designed by Walter B Grawille.

  • Johns Church St. John's Church was built by the grave of Job Charnock, the founder of Kolkata (Calcutta). It was constructed between 1884-1887, popularly known as the 'stone church'.

  • Kalighat Kali temple Kalighat is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India, where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava.

  • Kumartuli Kumartuli is the center of the clay idol-makers of West Bengal. It is home and workshop to more than one hundred and fifty families of clay model-makers.

  • Marble Palace Marble Palace is a palatial nineteenth-century mansion. It is one of the best-preserved and most elegant houses of nineteenth-century Calcutta.

  • Mother Teresa House The Mother Teresa House established by missionaries of Charity a Roman Catholic religious order in 1950 by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which consists of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countr

  • Raj Bhavan The Raj Bhavan is not just a heritage building. It is Kolkata’s outstanding landmark evoking the past and sublimating it.

  • Shaheed Minar Saheed Minar was initially known as Octerloney Monument. The Calcutta Shaheed Minar was erected to commemorate Major-general David Ochterlony.

  • St. Pauls Church St. Paul's Cathedral is a Anglican cathedral. The building itself stands on the "island of attractions" in Kolkata - beside the Victoria Memorial, Nandan - Rabindra Sadan theatre complex, and the Birl

  • Tagore House Rabindra Nath Tagore needs no introduction as such. The Nobel laureate was born in this house known as the Tagore House or the Jorasanko Thakurbari.

  • Victoria Memorial Victoria Memorial is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata, It was built between 1906 and 1921 on the lines of white marble.

  • Writers' Building A massive red building was originally built as a residence for the British East India Company's clerical and administrative staff called as Writers' building.