- By Deepak Jaiswal
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| Visit KOLKATA A to Z |
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A : Aquatica
Aquatica is one of the largest 75000sq.ft water theme park in Kolkata as well as of Eastern India. This park was started in 1999. Recently a new water theme park, Wet 'o' Wild, has come up near Nicco Park, Salt Lake City area. It is quite a popular destination on the day of Holi, the festival of colours.
This place has tremendously exiting rides which attracts more people and the most exiciting rides are the Black Hole, the Wave Pool, Niagara Falls, Surf Racer, Tornado and the Aqua Dance Floor. Those who are die-hard karting lover, there is a GoKarting track adjacent to Aquatica. In winter, parties and fashion shows are hosted here on regular basis. There is also Deluxe AC. Rooms suits, Conference Hall, Party Hall, Board Room, Food Courts available.
B : Birla Temple
Temple Overview:Birla Mandir of Kolkata is located on Asutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge and it is built by Birla Family. The temple is opened two times in a day. First, in Morning from 5.30 A.M. to 11 A.M. and second in the evening from 4 .30 P.M. to 9 P.M. On the eve of Janmashtami, which is the birthday of Krishna, devotees come from far away places to pay their respect to the deities.
- Inside main tempIe we easily find the statues of Lord Krishna and Radha.
- Towards the left side of the temple, there is a shikhar (dome) houses goddess Durga.
- Towards the right side of the dome there is a temple which houses Shiva in meditation mode.
- The Temple Spreads over 44 kathas of land and built of white marble.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birla_Mandir,_Kolkata
C : Calcutta University
The University of Calcutta (commonly known as CU or Calcutta University) is a cololegiate public state university,located in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), West Bengal, India established on 24 January 1857. Thi is the first institution in Asia which establishes multidisciplinary and secular Western-style university. It is recognized as a "Centre with Potential for Excellence" and "Five-Star University" by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and the University Grants Commission. The alumni and faculty of this university include four Nobel laureates, namely Rabindranath Tagore (Literature), C.V.Raman (Physics), Ronald Boss (Medicine) and Amartya Sen (Economics). The University has the highest number of students who have cleared the doctoral entrance eligibility exam in Natural Science & Arts conducted by Government of India's National Eligibility Taste to become eligible to pursue research with a full scholarship awarded by the Government of India.
D : Dakshineswar
A dream inspired the construction of the Dakshineshwar Temple in Kolkata, a structure more than 100 ft high, built within a huge complex having houses 12 shrines dedicated to Shiva and one to Radha-Krishna. In 1847, when Rani Rashmoni a wealthy widow was preparing to leave for Varanasi, Goddess Kali appeared in her dream and said, “There is no need to go to Kashi. Install my statue in a beautiful temple on the banks of the Ganga and arrange for my worship there.” The Rani did so.
E : Eden Garden
Eden Gardens Stadium has witnessed many interesting matches. Thank your lucky stars if you happen to be holidaying in Kolkata when the IPL or T20 tournaments are going on, as watching a game at one of the biggest cricket stadiums in India is a memorable experience. It is the largest stadium in India and second largest in the world. The stadium has a seating capacity of almost a 100, 000 people and is a good place to chill in the evening with your family and friends (obviously when there's not a match!). Take a walk around and see the Burmese Pagoda set in the small lake here, and take back a bunch of lovely pictures for your facebook wall!
F : Fort William
During Bengal Presidency of British India a fort is constructed in Calcutta (Kolkata), known as Fort William. It is located on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly. The Fort is built of brick and mortar occupying the shape of an irregular octagon having a huge area of 5 km². The three sides of this fort face towards the Hooghly River and remaining five of its sides face landward.
Fort William was named after King William III, it is situated in front of Maidan, the largest park in the city. An internal guard room became the Black Hole of Calcutta. There are six gates: Plassey, Calcutta, St Georges, Water Gate, Treasury Gate and the Chowringhee. There are similar forts at places like Thalassery, in Kerela. It has a 9-hole golf course currently.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_William,_India
G : Gariahat
Gariahat is famous for its market and the road link which connects Ballygunge Phari with Prince Anwar Shah Road and Raja SC Mullick Road near Jadavpur Police station on the southern part of Kolkata, India. Gariahat comes under Ballygunge area of Kolkata and it is Retail market for saris (not only from typical Bengal but from all across India), electronics item and all together provide a very huge market for window shopping too. It is the hub and shopping capital of South Kolkata. This is one of the main road of South Kolkata that starts from Ballygunge Phari-Hazra Road crossing and from there travels southwards towards the Gariahat market. The two main attractions on the Gariahat Road are the Ballygunge AC market and the Dakshinapan shopping center. A newly built mall named Mukti World attracts more people, came up near Ballygunge Phari
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gariahat_Road
H : Howrah Bridge
Reason Behind Attaraction
One of the most famous eyecatching architecture of Kolkata is the Howrah Bridge. The visitors of Kolkata keep in mind that they must visit Howrah Bridge to take photos and enjoy the beauty in the way of holy Ganges flows under it incessantly and how the cool breeze envelops this place all day which gives you immense relaxation. This structure is often called one of the finest examples of engineering till date and it is built in British Raj. The interesting feature behing this structure is that no nuts and bolts were used in making of the bridge, instead the structure was made by riveting the steel. Those who are morning bird, don’t miss out on watching the breath-taking sight of the sun rising over the glistening waters of the river!
I : Indian Museum
The Indian Museum of Kolkata is the largest and oldest museum in India also referred to as the Imperial Museum, it has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. This museum was founded in the year 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Inside this museum there are six sections comprising thirty five galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. Apart from this, we found many rare and unique specimens, both Indian and trans-Indian, relating to humanities and natural sciences, are preserved and displayed in the galleries of thesesections.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Museum,_Kolkata
J : Jadapur University
Jadavpur University is a public state university established in 1955 and located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Being a unitary university, it has other institutes like the Jadavpur Vidyapith, Jawahari Devi Birla Institute of Commerce and Management as well as the Institute of Business Management, Jadavpur University affiliated to it, which operate out of independent campuses. These institutes have their own independent curriculum as well as examination systems. In these institutes Jadavpur University only offer final degree.
Jadavpur University ranked 601-650 internationally by the QS World University Rankings of 2018, 74 among BRICS nations and 125 in Asia. It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018, Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2017, 99 among BRICS and 127 in Asia. According to CWTS Leiden Ranking report the university was ranked 543rd in the world in 2017, for the period 2012-2015.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadavpur_University
K : Kidderpore Dock
The photograph you are viewing above is taken by an unknown photographer showing sailing-ships and steam-ships at their berths at the Kidderpore Docks in 1892. This Kidderpore Dock was adopted as the site for construction of new docks in 1884 which would provide suitable accommodation for sailing vessels in the export trade. There are two dock and both are used for two different purposes. First dock(outer dock) is used for vessels bringing imports and loading export cargoes. Second dock(inner dock) had a frontage set apart for the discharge of salt ships.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Kolkata
L : Lindsay Street
M : Marble Palace
Raja Rajendra Mullick built Marble place and he is the adopted son of Nilmoni Mullick, who built a Jagannath temple. Marble Palace is a luxurious nineteenth-century mansion in North Kolkata. It is one of the most elegant houses of nineteenth-centuary and located at 46, Muktaram Babu Street, Kolkata 700007. In this palace there are marble walls, sculptures and floors from where it gets its name. Inside this palace we easily find many Western sculptures, paintings by European, pieces of Victorian furniture and Indian artists, and other artifacts. Some decorative objects include chandeliers, urns, clocks, floor to ceiling mirrors, and royal busts. Just next to palace we found Marble Palace Zoo, the first zoo opened in India by Raja Rajendra Mullick. In this Zoo there are peacocks, hornbills, pelicans, storks, and cranes. Apart from these thre are monkeys and several species of deers.
N : Nakhoda Masjid
The Nakhoda Maasjid is the principle mosque of Kolkata, India. It is located in business district, Burrabazar of Central Kolkata, at the intersection point of Zakaria Street and Rabindra Sarani. The foundation stone was laid on 11 September 1926 and total cost incurred at that time was 1,500,000 Indian rupees. The prayer area of mosque has a capacity of 10,000 people. The masjid has three domes and two minarets which are 151 feet high and additional 25 smaller minarates ehich range from 100 feet to 117 feet high.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakhoda_Masjid
O : The Oberoi Grand
The Grand Hotel (or, Oberoi Grand) is a faous building in Kolkata. It is situated on Chowringhee Road, the heart of Kolkata. The hotel was first developed at No. 13 Chowringhee Road as the private home of s Colonial Grand in the early nineteenth century. Mrs. Annie Monk converted this house into boarding house who later expanded his business to include Numbers 14, 15 and 17. After the death of Stephen, in 1930, a typhoid epidemic in Calcutta resulting in the death of six people at the hotel. The drainage system at the hotel was suspected and it was closed in 1937. After this the property was leased by Mohan Singh Oberoi who reopened the hotel in 1939 and was able to buy the property outright in 1943.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Hotel_(Kolkata)
P : Park Street
Mother Teresa Sarani or Park Street is very popular place in Kolkata, India. The official name of Park Street is Mother Teresa Sarani and the name is given by Kolkata Municipal Corporation in honour of a lady who won Nobel Peace prize in 1979, Mother Teresa. This place is famous for its night life in 1970s and 1980s. The best night spots in Park Street are Trinca's, Blue Fox, Mocambo and Moulin Rouge where many popular misicians play their music for entertainment. The chain of Park Street starts in 1967 with the opening of its very first 150 room hotel, The Park Hotel. Park Street is popularly known as "Food Street" and "The Street that Never Sleeps".
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Street,_Kolkata
Q : Quest Mall
Quest Mall is one of the largest shopping mall located in the heart of its eclectic city, Kolkata. It has a very huge shopping area of 730,000 sq.ft and a whooping parking space of almost 1300 vehicles. It is located at the cusp of its premium residential area like Ballygung and Park Street. The people of Alipore and New Alipore can easily reach there via swift flyover. This place become radical revolution for fashion and lifestyle over a span of three year since its inaugration.
More Info: http://questmall.in/about.php
R : Raj Bhavan
Government House of West Bengal is now popularly known as Raj Bhavan. It is the official place where Governor of West Bengal lives. In 1858, it is the official residence of Viceroy of India when East India Company transferred his power to the British Crown. It is the official residence of Lieutenant Governor of Bengal when capital of India shifted to Delhi. From 1947 it serves as the official residence of the Governor of Bengal and since then it is popularly known as Raj Bhavan.
This finest colonial structure, Government House (now Raj Bhavan), was constructed in nineteenth centuary when Calcutta was the largest, richest and the most elegant colonial cities of India. Before 1799, Governor-General of West Bengal resides in rented house in the same place and the land belongs to the Nawab of Chitpur.
More Info: http://rajbhavankolkata.nic.in/
S : Shahid Minar
The Shaheed Minar is located at Esplanade in central Kolkata. It is named "Shaheed Minar" which means "martyrs monument" in both Bengali and Hindi. The tower is 48 meters high and its foundation is based on Egyptian Style. It was built in the memory of Major-general Sir David Ochterlony, commander of the British East India Company. This beautiful monument was designed by J.P.Parker and built with the support of public funds.
- "Cloud Kissing Monument"
- The present Government illuminate the tower during evening and allow visitors to the top.
- The monument gives bird's-eye view of the city, and is similar to the London Eye.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaheed_Minar,_Kolkata
T : Town Hall
The elegant Town Hall was built in 1813 and one of the important heritage building in Kolkata. It is a fine structure built in the Doric style of architecture. The public could not allowed to visit the the upper part of the hall but they are allowed to visit in ground floor hall to see statues and large size portrait paintings.
After Independence, the Town Hall fell in disuse. A unique step is taken to generate funds for restoration of hall. The fund was generated after the auction of famous paintings and outside support. The new restored Town Hall was handed over to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolkata_Town_Hall
U : Uttam Mancha
V : Victoria Memorial
Why it is so famous???
Before Independence, at the time of English Rule, they decided to create a replica of Taj Mahal in the honour of the Queen and this replica is named has Victoria Memorial. This monument is made up of white marble in an oasis of green. This historical monument is a museum displaying British memorabilia and recognized as the symbol of Kolkata. Enjoy a momentous sunrise and sunset at the sprawling gardens with a loved one. If you want to give your enjoyment a boost come with your family to enjoy a Light and Sound Show in the evenings! Don’t forget to take your camera along for awesome pictures by the Lord Curzon statue, King Edward Statue and Queen Victoria Statue.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Memorial,_Kolkata
W : Wet-o-Wild
Nicco Park located in Salt Lake, Kolkata is an amusement park in India. It is opened on 13 October 1991 and reffered as Disneyland of West Bengal. This 40 acre park serves over 24 million customers with his 35 different rides which includes Toy Train, Striking Cars, Paddle Boat, Tilt-a-Whirl, Water Chute, Water Coaster, Pirate Ship, River Caves, Flying Saucer, Cyclone and Moonraker. In these rides you will also find a Giant Cyclone which is in the list of Asia's largest cyclone. The cyclone ride is 750 meters in length having seven drops and goes as high as 55 feet. The panoramic view of the park can be seen from Eiffel Tower and from cable cars.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicco_Park
X : Xrong Place
Y : Yuvo Bharati
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), commonly known as the Salt Lake Stadium is a multipurpose stadium situated in Bidhannagar, Kolkata. It is the largest stadium in India by seating capacity and has a capacity of 85,000. It was the second largest football stadium in the world, having a seating capacity of 120,000 before its renovation in 2011. Prior to the construction and opening of Rungrado May Day Stadium in 1989, it is the largest stadium in the world having capacity of 114,000 and located in North Korea. The highest attandance in Salt Lake Stadium was recorded in 1997 when 131,781 spectators watched the Federation Cup Semifinal between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_Lake_Stadium
Z : Zoological Garden
The Zoological Garden of Alipore (commonly known as Alipore Zoo or Calcutta Zoo) is the oldest formally stated zoological park in India and is the biggest tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is opened in 1876 and covers 46.5 acres of land. As it is the home of the now expired Aldabra giant tortoise Adwaita which attracts more people to visit this place. Adwaita was died in 2006 after living a long life span of 250 years. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction at the time of winter season and draws a huge crowd in December and January. The highest number of attandance recorded here is 110,000 visitors on January 1,2018.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoological_Garden,_Alipore