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Must Visit Places in Kolkata

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Kolkata is known as the 'City of Joy' though it doesn't have much of historic monuments. The best is to visit the magnificent Victoria Memorial and the Howrah Bridge which crosses the Ganga river. However there are some delicious snacks which are available like the 'phuchkas' which are made on the streets of Kolkata and as well as 'roshogollas' which is a kind of sweet.

1.Academy of fine Arts

Established in 1933, the Academy of Fine Arts holds impressive collection of Indian art. Majority of the pieces have been donated by Lady Ranu Mukherjee from her personal collection. The collection includes rare paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, contemporary Indian art, mediaeval Bengal and Indian textiles, sculptures, miniature paintings, manuscripts. There is a room dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore which displays some of his personal belongings. The auditorium hosts group theatres, dance programs and various cultural shows through out the year.

Art Galleries: Daily open 3-8 pm except national holidays.

Museum: Daily 12-7 pm except Monday. Entry Rs.5

Website: academyoffinearts.tripod.com

Location : 2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata 700071.

Phone: 22234302

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2. Agri-Horticultural Garden

Agri-Horticultural Garden is situated in Alipore and was founded by William Carey in 1820. This garden has a significant collection of botanical varieties with facilities for gardeners and plant/flower lovers. The pleasant and quiet garden is ideal for a walk. There is state-of-the-art greenhouse in the garden which was donated by the royal family of Darbhanga. Picnic is not allowed.

Timings: Garden 7am - 10am & 2pm - 6pm

Location: Alipore. The garden is opposite to the Zoological Garden.

Phone: 24791713

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3.Asiatic Society

Located in the intersection of Park Street and Chowranghee, Asiatic Society was formed in 1784 by Sir William Jones and a group of Europeans with Warren Hastings as it's first patron. The library inside has approximately 149,000 volumes including 8,000 rare Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Hindi manuscripts. It is also rich with archaeological relics, geological and ethnological specimens. The rooms of the society contain valuable work of art, including original paintings by Reubens, Guiles, Reynolds and others. The library also has an interesting collection of manuscripts, coins, inscriptions and engravings. The Ashokan rock edict is a unique item here.

Web Site: www.asiaticsocietycal.com

Location: The Asiatic Society, 1, Park Street, Kolkata 700016. Intersection of Park Street and Chowringhee.

Timing: Mon-Fri 10:30am - 6pm


4.Asutosh Museum of Modern Art

Designed by Armenian architects (Aga Nazar and Katchik Arfiel) in the early 18th century, this is the oldest extant church in Kolkata today. The Armenians settled in the city in 17th century and used to be a vibrant community. The church was originally designed as a wood structure, which was later replaced by a brick and mortar building. The interior is decorated with marble and the overhead gallery contains mural tablets. Three oil paintings by artist A.E. Harris can be found in the altar.

Location: 1, Armenian Street (off Brabourne Road).


5.Belur Math

Belur Math at its magnificent best

This magnificent temple located on the bank of river Ganges is the head quarter of the Ramakrishna Mission. It was conceptualized by Swami Vivekananda, the illustrious disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The construction took four years and was completed on 1899. The temple building is one of the finest specimen of temple architecture in India. The display includes Swami Vivekananda's room, meditation bed, belongings etc. From the temple, one can have a panoramic view of the holy river Ganges.

Website: www.belurmath.org

Timing: 8am - 11:30am & 4pm - 7:30pm

Location: PO Belur Math, Dist Howrah 711202

Phone: 2654 1144/1180/5391/8494/9581/9681

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For all the tourists out there. Here is the link which will give you the gateway to the heaven which is many mouths called as the “City of Joy”