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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Prinsep Ghat-Babu Ghat Promenade

    Promenade

    The promenade between the restored Prinsep Ghat (steps leading into the river), north to Outram Ghat and then Babu Ghat, has been spruced up...Read More

  • 10. Rabindra Bharati University and Tagore Museum

    North Kolkata | Museum/Gallery

    Rabindranath Tagore's sprawling and well-maintained mansion is a pilgrimage site for his fans and followers. A poet, philosopher, and Renaissance...Read More

  • 11. Tiretta Bazaar/Old Chinatown

    Central Kolkata | Market/Bazaar

    Chinese settlers in Kolkata have given the city a few things to fall in love with, and the breakfast served at Tiretta Bazaar is one of them...Read More

  • 12. Town Hall

    North Kolkata | Museum/Gallery

    Built with Doric columns in 1813, Town Hall was where Europeans of British India met to socialize. After India's Independence, the structure...Read More

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