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Kolkata :

Kolkata – The City of Beautiful People and Beautiful Monuments
A Sneak Peek into History
Kolkata, a major economic and cultural hub of Eastern India, is also the capital city of West Bengal. The word Kolkata is derived from the Bengali word Kalikkehtro, which means “Field of goddess Kali”. Based on the archeological discoveries made near the city, it is believed that the region has been inhabited by humans for more than two million years, making it one f the oldest cities on Earth. It is also said that the area of modern Kolkata was initially covered by three villages which were under the reign of the Nawab of Bengal, until the advent of the East India Company. This ancient city which is located on the eastern bank of River Hooghly later became a primary operational point for revolutionaries fighting for the freedom of India from British rule.  

The Cultural Aspect
Kolkata is famous for its rich culture, which includes a heritage of literary and artistic skills. It is quite rare for the people of Kolkata to not be involved with any cultural, theatrical or artistic club. It is because of the love of the people of Kolkata for various art forms, that the city is also known as the “Cultural Capital of India”.

Places of Interest in Kolkata
Kolkata is haven for tourists as it houses many beautiful monuments, museums and several other places of cultural and historic importance, some of which are listed below.

Victoria Memorial: This British era building is undoubtedly one of the most important tourist attractions of Kolkata city. The memorial was build under the tutelage of Lord Curzon as a symbol of remembrance of Queen Victoria, after her death in 1902. The memorial is designed like The Taj Mahal and was first opened to public in 1921.  The memorial is generally famous for its numerous paintings, which include those of the British royal family and the Mughal School as well as many historical artifacts and documents.

Indian Museum: This largest museum of Asia is also the oldest one to be found in the entire Asia-pacific region. Although the museum was originally located elsewhere, it was shifted its current expansive abode in Chowringhee Avenue, more commonly known as the J. L. Nehru road in 1875. The museum has on display the greatest collection of not only the Indian natural history but also of Indian art, making it comparable with America’s Smithsonian Museum and Britain’s British Museum.

Birla Industrial & Technological Museum:  This is the 1st ever science museum for the public in India. People visit this place to enjoy the light and sound show.

St Paul's Cathedral:  St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the ancient churches of Kolkata. The Construction started in the year 1839 and took 8 years for the completion. Bishop Daniel Wilson is the man behind the construction of the Church. Indo-Gothic style of designing was followed while constructing this Church.

Kalighat Kali Temple: Kalighat Temple is located in the KalighatGhat Ghat. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. People from all across India visit this temple to take the blessings of Goddess Kali. This place is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India.

Science City: If you are a science Freak person, then it is must for you to visit the Science City. Especially children will definitely love the rides and shows over there.

Marble Palace: The Marble Palace, as the name suggests is constructed from 50 different varieties of marbles. In addition, the palace has on display a great collection of electric sculptures and paintings, all of which are privately owned. The palace was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick. Among the various other prized possessions of the palace are the two little known paintings by the famous painter Reubens, as well as one painting   of Joshua Reynolds, another well-known painter.

Jorasanko Thakur Bari: Although it was converted into a museum in 1961, Jorasanko Thakur Bari is more famous as the ancestral abode of Tagore family. The Bari was a major cultural centre for more than 100 years, and also played an important role in the movement for liberation of women as well as the struggle for independence. The museum, consisting of three galleries, displays the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore, his close relatives and about the Bengal Resistance.

Famous Items to Shop For
Jute Items: Kolkata is quite famous for a wide range of jute products including hand bags, wall hangings, footwear and even jute jewelry. Visitors can purchase a wide variety of these items from Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, Ankur Kala Kendra in Park Street, Swabhumi Heritage Park and Central Cottage Industries Emporium.

Sarees: This traditional dress of Bengali women is quite popular among females across the globe. Sarees such as the Lal Paar, Tussar and Vishnupuri Silk and even the Tant Cotton Sarees are a must buy for visitors.

Sweets: Bengalis are well known for their sweet tooth and the famous Bengali Rasgullas are something almost every visitor wants to take back home. People can get the best quality sweets from Balaram Mullick Sweet Shop or Sharma Snacks in Bhawanipur and Chittaranjan Mishthan Bhandar in Hathkola.


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