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LOCAL SIGHTSEEING

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1. Victoria Memorial

Spread over 57 acres of land, housing 21 lush green gardens, 28,394 artefacts, and 3,900 artistic paintings, the Victoria memorial is one of the best and romantic places to visit in Kolkata. Built in the memory of Queen Victoria, this white marble beauty is a host to 20 lakhs of annual visitors.

Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queen’s Way, Kolkata Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2. Fort William

Situated on the eastern banks of the Hooghly river, Fort Williams is a huge building from the colonial era that has served multiple purposes to date. It is one of the few Kolkata points of interest which is a must-visit place during your Kolkata sightseeing tour. Known as the ‘black hole of Calcutta’, this place was once a temporary jail where prisoners were hauled, but now it serves as the headquarters of the Eastern Command.

Location: Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

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3. Howrah Bridge

A Kolkata sightseeing tour is truly incomplete without visiting the ‘Harbour Bridge of India’, the Howrah Bridge.Titled as the ‘oldest but the busiest’ place in Kolkata, the Howrah Bridge was built over the Hooghly river to ensure connectivity between the two major cities of Kolkata and Howrah. It is among the best places to visit in Kolkata in the evening where you can hang out with your friends and gaze out at the lit bridge sparkling in the dark.

Location: Jagannath Ghat, 1, Strand Road, Kolkata

4. Ganga Aarti Ghat

A spectacular show on the banks of the river Ganges (Hooghly) where priests offer prayers to the mother river in the evening wearing traditional clothes while melodious devotional chants are played. Spectators and devotees alike can sit and watch.

Location: Babughat, Timings: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (daily)

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5. Rabindra Sarovar

Previously known as Dhakuria Lake, Rabindra Sarovar is an artificial lake in Kolkata. It is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata if you are looking for a quiet, and peaceful time. Every morning one would find numerous people jogging, or walking along the shores of the lake. It is also a perfect spot for nature admirers who wish to get close to the beauty of nature.

Location: Southern Avenue, Golpark, Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Lake Gardens, Kolkata

6. Alipore Zoo

The Alipore Zoo is also sometimes called the Calcutta Zoo or the Zoological Garden of Alipore. It is India’s oldest ever zoological park and surely one of the best places to visit in South Kolkata. Attracting wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the country, it is immensely popular for once being the home of the ‘Adwaita’, the 250-year old Aldabra giant tortoise that had died in 2006. The many exotic animals living here include the Royal Bengal Tigers, white tigers, Asian elephants, one-horned rhinoceros, zebras, antelopes, and deer. Apart from these animals, the park is also home to bird species like Macaws, Swinhoe’s Pheasant, Lorikeets, Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Ostriches, Emus, Hornbills, and even the Sarus Cranes that migrate here during winters. A sheer delight for families travelling to Kolkata, this park and its numerous wild animals always manage to bring a smile on the faces of youngsters and children.

Location: Belvedere Road, Lake Place, Alipore, Kolkata Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Thursday)

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7. Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Located in the Dakshineswar town of Kolkata, the Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a popular pilgrimage site dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is one of the must-visit places to visit in Kolkata in one day as one cannot afford to miss out on this architectural masterpiece which is also considered one of the holiest places in the city. It is also surrounded by some of the best cafes in Kolkata.

Location: Dakshineswar, Kolkata Timings: 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and3:00 pm to 8:30 pm

8. Kalighat Kali Temple

Seek blessings from Goddess Kali during your trip to Kolkata when you visit the mystical Kali Temple. It is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata to get familiar with the culture, traditions, and religious beliefs of the people of this beautiful city.

Location: Anami Sangha, Kalighat, Kolkata Timings: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm

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9. St. Paul’s Cathedral

Known for its Gothic style of architecture, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Kolkata. Resembling closely to Norwich Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral is also one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for people seeking a religious tour.

Location: Maidan, Kolkata Timings: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

10. Park Street

Park Street is a street in Kolkata that is well-known for shopping. From food to traditional saris, there’s no dearth of things to buy in Kolkata. Some of the most awesome things to buy in Kolkata include Dokra and paper mâché masks. The best time to visit this street is around Christmas to witness the beautiful decorations.

Location: Central Kolkata, Kolkata District, West Bengal.Timings: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

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11. New Market

The New Market is one of the most renowned and oldest markets in Kolkata. It has more than 2,000 shopping stalls selling all kinds of items. If you want to buy sarees for your loved one, then this is the market where you will find a wide range of varieties, including the famed Jamdani, Tant, Tasar Silk and of course all from across India. If you are there in the evening, don’t miss the handcrafted jewelry and handbags. However, you have to hone up your bargaining skills to get a better deal. If you fall short of calories, New Market is a perfect place for a gastronomic ride.

Location: Lindsay Street What To Buy: You can buy clothes, jewelry, bags, and household items Timings: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 8 pm

12. Burra Bazar

Burra Bazar is known for its vast collection of ethnic wear such as sarees, lehengas, salwar suits, etc. You will also find many vendors selling exquisite imitation jewelry at the most affordable prices. If you have an upcoming wedding in the family, hit the streets of Bara Bazar right now.

Location: Barabazar Market, Kolkata Nearest Metro Station: M.G. Road Key Attractions: Ethnic wear, household essentials, spices, festive decorations, puja items

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13. Eco Park

India's largest urban park is spread over 480 acres (190 hectares) and is near the WCES-IAGES Convention Centre. It has an island within, surrounded by a huge water body with boating facilities. The park has wetlands, grasslands, deciduous forest, urban forest, theme gardens, open spaces, replicas of the seven wonders of the world, urban recreational spaces, restaurants, a sweets hub, crafts centres, and lots more to entertain the visitors.

Location: Major Arterial Road, Kolkata Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 am to 07:30 pm

14. Indian Museum

The tour to Kolkata is uncomplete without a visit to the largest Museum in the country- Indian Museum. Presently, the museum has 35 galleries which have been divided into six categories namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. The Museum has the finest collection of contemporary paintings, sacred relics of Buddha, Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures.

Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata. Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Closed on: Monday

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15. Science City

Located in a one hour drive from the venue Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Science City is one of its kind in the country. It is one of the finest and the largest science museums in the world and provides a fun way of learning science. The science city is a perfect blend of education with fun. There is a special section dedicated to the aquatic world wherein you can learn every minute detail about the various fishes and insects in the aquatic world.

Location: JBS Haldane Ave, Mirania Gardens, Kolkata. Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

16. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden

Located in the total area of 273 acres that is located in Shibpur, Howrah, near Kolkata. The gardens were established in the year 1787 and were commonly known as the Company Garden in that time. It is presently under the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Location: Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 05:30 am to 04:00 pm Closed on: Monday

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Walking Tour

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1. Street Food of Kolkata

Known for its variety of street food, Kolkata is a heaven for street food lovers not only in India but from across the world. Starting with the famous “Puckha” (cousin of Pani puri), Egg roll, Moghlai Paratha, Bhel Puri, Samosa, Kachori- you name it, Kolkata have it. And the best part, you need not go to a particular place, just a few minutes away from your house, wherever you live. However, some of the well known places for street foods are Vivekananda Park, Park Street, China Town, Burra Bazar, College Street among the others

2. Mullick Bazar Flower Market

One of the top things I wanted to do while in the amazing city of Kolkata, was visit Mallick Ghat flower market. As one of the biggest flower markets in the whole of India; it’s a wonderful array of colours, sights, smells and sounds.

The place is famous for its expertise with sculpting Indian Gods and Goddesses out of clay for different festivals in West Bengal throughout the year. They also export their idols to other countries and communities. The name of the famous street with the idol merchants is known as Banamali Sarkar Street.

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3. B.B.D. Bagh

Binoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh, shortened as B. B. D. Bagh, formerly called Tank Square and then Dalhousie Square is the administrative, financial and commercial region and one of the central business districts of Kolkata, capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the seat of Government of West Bengal and houses all three branches of it.

The area consists Writers' Building, the official state secretariat building, Raj Bhavan, the residence of Governor of West Bengal, Vidhansabha Bhavan, the building housing the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and also the Calcutta High Court.

4. Bow Barracks

Bow Barracks is one of the attractions of the city of Joy. Constructed in the British era, Bow Barracks is a small locality in central Kolkata, just behind Bowbazar Police Station, which was a garrison's mess built for the army during World War I. Eighty percent of the families that live here are Anglo-Indians.

The rows of red-brick buildings (each floor houses about two to four Anglo families) are a characteristic feature of Bow Barracks that almost take you back in time.

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Day Trips In Kolkata

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City of Joy experience, a full day tour of Kolkata

Experience the best of Kolkata with this full-day tour of the city. You'll get to see many of the so-called City of Joy's greatest buildings and attractions, including the Victoria Memorial, St John's Church, the 18th-century Writers Building and the 19th-centry Shaheed Minar, as well as the oldest museum in India. You'll finish your tour with a three-hour cruise on the Hooghly River, a distributary of the Ganges

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Day trip from Kolkata to Bishnupur for Terracotta Temples and Silk

Stray from the beaten path and see a different side of India on a day trip to Bishnupur from Kolkata. A great choice for travelers that have already ticked off Kolkata’s top sights, this tour lets you avoid the hassle of advance planning, and transports you to lesser-known attractions such as the 17th-century terracotta temples of the Malla Kingdom.

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Day trip from Kolkata to Sundarbans

The most famous Kolkata tourist spot, Sunderbans is one of the natural wonders of the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sunderbans is a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. It is also the largest tiger reserve and national park in India. Other than wildlife, the Sunderbans are the epitome of breathtaking natural beauty and the most surreal landscapes which make them one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for couples.

Long Duration Trips

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Day Trip to Taj Mahal and Agra from Kolkata

(With Both Side Commercial Flights)

There’s no need to miss a trip to India's Taj Mahal when you’re in Kolkata. This private full-day tour makes it as easy as possible to check out Agra's UNESCO-listed, 17th-century wonder, with return Kolkata-Delhi flights, private Delhi-Agra return road transport, and a private guide to show you and provide insight into the multi-domed tomb. An optional Agra Fort visit, Agra shopping time, and Kolkata hotel transfers, make the day extra enjoyable.

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2 days tour of Murshidabad from Kolkata (In private car about the great betrayal)

History enthusiasts will enjoy this two-day tour from Kolkata to Murshidabad, the old capital of Bengal. Learn all about the layers of history in this beautiful city and listen to your guide’s fascinating stories. Visit the site of the Battle of Plassey, the grand Imambara, the beautiful Palace of a Thousand Doors, and more. Go at your own pace as this is a private tour.

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Ecstatic Shimla 4 Night 5 Day Tour Package

Explore the former summer capital of the British in India at its best with an ecstatic 5 nights 6 days Shimla tour package. Enabling a traveler to relish the lush green hills with snow-capped peaks, one can witness the amalgamation of the Himachali and British traditions, capture a glimpse of the British architecture, and savour the taste of authentic Himachali food with a Shimla sightseeing package. This package also includes a road trip from Delhi to Shimla.

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Special Uttarakhand Tour Package From Kolkata 6 Days & 5 Nights

>Uttrakhand is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India with numbers of sightseeing places such as Nainital, Almora, Kausani, and Ranikhet. These all are the dream travel destinations for many as it gives real pleasure to eyes, heart as well as touches the soul. The splendid beauty of Jim Corbett National Park which is rich in flora and fauna is the place you will visit in Kerala. Jim Corbett is renowned for its Bengal tigers, elephants, and birdlife.

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7 Days Nepal Package From Kolkata

Nepal is one of the best value destinations to travel in Asia surrounded by the majestic Himalayas. The Nepal tour package from Kolkata gives a chance to all the travelers to spend some time amidst the beautiful environs of the Himalayan valleys. Nepal is altogether a perfect getaway destination for travelers, tourists, couples, family, and friends. The best time to visit Nepal is considered to be between March to may and September to November. However, some tourist also chooses to visit it in the summer months. The time of your availing a Kolkata to Nepal holiday tour package depends upon your choice of experiences. While the summer months ensure that you experience everything in a lush natural glory, the winters here are for the travelers who want to experience the snow and indulge in adventurous activities that are best enjoyed during this weather.

Sight Seeing In North East India

Northeast India, officially known as the North Eastern Region (NER) is the easternmost region of India representing both a geographic and political administrative division of the country. It comprises eight states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura (commonly known as the "Seven Sisters"), and the "brother" state of Sikkim.

The states of North Eastern Region are officially recognised under the North Eastern Council (NEC), constituted in 1971 as the acting agency for the development of the north easternV states. Long after induction of NEC, Sikkim formed part of the North Eastern Region as the eighth state in 2002. India's Look-East connectivity projects connect Northeast India to East Asia and ASEAN. Popular among tourists for their trekking routes, parks to spot wild animals in their natural habitat, ancient temples, and snow-covered mountain peaks, North East India offers a never ending saga for the nature lovers. Nestled among nature, North East India is “far from the madding crowd”. There are some of the “must visit” places:

North East India

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

The Kaziranga National Park, with its dense forests, elephant-grass meadows, and swampy lagoons is home to the largest Indian rhinoceros population. This 430 square kilometer national park is also the breeding ground for Indian rhinoceros and other rare kind of animals and birds

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Tawang Monastery

The Tawang Monastery, is the largest monastery in India and the second largest in the world. The monastery houses residential complexes for the monks, a Buddhist cultural study center, school, temples, a library, and a printing press.

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Majuli

Majuli is the largest river island in the world. The island is inhabited mostly by tribals who follow unique lifestyle. With its lush greenery and pristine waters, Majuli is also one of the trendiest long weekend destinations in Northeast India. It is located few kilometres away from Jorhat, Assam.

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Dibrugarh

Known as the tea city of India, Dibrugarh is the largest city in Assam. The city is a gateway to other tea-producing districts of Assam. With its emerald fields, gurgling rivers, and a unique culture, the city is one of the most interesting places to visit in Northeast India. Some of its attractions are Dinjoy Satra, Radha Krishna Mandir, Jagannath Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Udyan/Khanikar Park, Jokai Botanical Garden, Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Joypur Rainforest, and the Tea Gardens.

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Shillong

Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is surrounded by tall pine trees. Some of its primary attractions are Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum, Lady Hydari Park, Sweet Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Diengiei Peak, Sohpetbneng, Meghalaya State Museum, Laitlum Canyons, All Saints Church, Air Force Museum, Butterfly Museum, Ever-Living Museum, and Rhino Heritage Museum

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Aizawl

The capital city of Mizoram, Aizawl attracts Indian and international tourists alike. This 124-year old city has rich cultural heritage and is well-known for its scenic beauty and elevated setting. Some of its attractions are Durtlang Hills, Reiek Tlang, Mizoram State Museum, KV Paradise, Phawngpui Peak, Solomon Temple, Falkawn Village, Phawngpui, Salvation Army Temple, Vantawng Falls, and Tamdil, Saiha.

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