Kolkata (Calcutta)

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  • 1. Kumartuli

    North Kolkata | Neighborhood/Street

    Home to hundreds of clay artists, this neighborhood is the most famous producer of idols of popular deities in the Hindu pantheon. The skilled...Read More

  • 2. Marble Palace

    North Kolkata | Castle/Palace

    One of the strangest buildings in Kolkata was the inspiration of Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur, a member of Bengal's landed gentry. Mullick...Read More

  • 3. Victoria Memorial

    Central Kolkata | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This massive, white marble monument was conceived in 1901 by Lord Curzon and built over a 20-year period. Designed in a mixture of Italian...Read More

  • 4. B. B. D. Bagh

    Central Kolkata | Plaza/Square

    With wide, buzzing streets lined with late-Victorian buildings and pavements taken over by vendors selling rice-based meals, snacks, fruits...Read More

  • 5. Belur Math Shrine

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, a reform movement inspired by the mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa, who died in 1886. Having...Read More

  • 6. Chowringhee

    Central Kolkata | Business District

    North Kolkata may be the city's intellectual heart, but the slick commercial area east of the Maidan is the city's spinal cord. Now technically...Read More

  • 7. College Street

    North Kolkata | Educational Institution

    This erudite destination smells of old books and history. This was the hotbed of the Bengal Renaissance movement, and it eventally became a...Read More

  • 8. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Far north along the Hooghly, this 19th-century complex with 13 temples is a major pilgrimage site for devotees of Kali, as well as other deities...Read More

  • 9. Fort William

    Central Kolkata | Military Sight

    The irregular heptagon south of the Eden Gardens in the Maidan is surrounded by a moat almost 50 feet wide. Begun in 1757 after Robert Clive...Read More

  • 10. General Post Office

    Central Kolkata | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1864 and still in use as Kolkata's main post office, this building's massive white Corinthian columns rest on the site of the original...Read More

  • 11. Howrah Bridge

    Bridge/Tunnel

    One of the most enduring icons of the city, the Howrah Bridge was commissioned and built by the British between 1936 and 1943. The tall cantilevered...Read More

  • 12. Indian Botanical Gardens

    Garden

    Across the Second Hooghly Bridge (Vivekananda Setu) in Howrah are these sprawling botanical gardens, first opened in 1786. Darjeeling and Assam...Read More

  • 13. Indian Museum

    Central Kolkata | Museum/Gallery

    India's oldest museum has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in Asia, including one of the best natural-history collections...Read More

  • 14. Kalighat Kali Temple

    South Kolkata | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1809, the Kali temple is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in India, with shrines to Shiva, Krishna, and Kali, the patron...Read More

  • 15. Missionaries of Charity

    South Kolkata | Visitor Center

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and beatified in 2003, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kokata in 1950. Today the...Read More

  • 16. Nakhoda Mosque

    North Kolkata | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This massive red sandstone mosque, which can hold 10,000 worshippers, was built in 1926 by the Sunni Muslim community as a copy of Akbar's tomb...Read More

  • 17. National Library

    South Kolkata | Library/Archive

    Once the house of the lieutenant governor of Calcutta, this hefty neo-Renaissance building has miles of books and pleasant reading rooms. The...Read More

  • 18. Nirmal Hriday

    South Kolkata | Hospital

    Mother Teresa's first home for the dying is now one of 300 affiliated organizations worldwide that care for people in the most dire need. Mother...Read More

  • 19. Ochterlony Monument

    Central Kolkata | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    On the north end of the Maidan stands a 148-foot pillar commemorating Sir David Ochterlony's military victories over the Nepalese in the border...Read More

  • 20. Pareshnath Temple

    North Kolkata | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1867 and dedicated to Pareshnathji, the 23rd of the 24 Jain tirthankaras ("perfect souls," meaning sages who have achieved Nirvana...Read More

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