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Best place to visit Kolkata

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Best place to visit Kolkata! There are many places to visit in Kolkata. The city is a beautiful combination of the old British Colonial buildings to new developed sectors and tourist attractions.

From the famous Howrah Bridge to the newest underwater metro, we have it all in Kolkata. If you have not yet visited or visited but could not cover all the places due to tight schedules, just have a glimpse of the places you must visit when you are at Kolkata.

Check out the following list:

1. The Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu)

2. The Hooghly Bridge (Vidyasagar Setu)

3. The Bally Bridge (Vivekananda Setu)

4. Dakhineshwar Kali Temple

5. Kalighat temple

6. Tarapit temple

7. The Eden Gardens of Kolkata

8. The Victoria Memorial

9. The Netaji International Airport

10. Chandni Chowk market

11. Sealdah Railway Station

12. The Kolkata Metro

13. Belur Math

14. Kolkata Gate- Biswa Bangla Hanging Restaurant

15. The Science City

16. The Nicco Park

17. The Alipore Zooligical Garden

18. The ITC Royal Bengal Hotel

19. Indian Coffee House

20. The trum journey

21. Rajarhat New Town

22. City Centre Mall Salt Lake

23. The Eco Park Rajarhat

24. Salt lake town and Central Park

25. The 42- tallest building in the country

26. The Forum Atmosphere

27. Birla Planetorium

28. The Salt Lake Stadium (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan )

– the best place to visit Kolkata and experience the gems of engineering and blessings for tourists. Check out one by one.

The Howrah Bridge

The Howrah Bridge Kolkata

Location: Howrah over Hooghly river

Built in the year: 1943

Speciality: 705m cantillever bridge

Constructed by: Braithwaite, Burn &

Jessop Construction Company

Distance from Howrah station: 950m

Distance from Airport: 14 km by car

The Vidyasagar Setu

Vidyasagar Setu Kolkata

Location: Munsi Prem Chand Sarani

over Hooghly river

Built in the year: 1992

Speciality: 820m cable-stayed bridge

Constructed by: Braithwaite, Burn &

Jessop Construction Company

Distance from Howrah station: 6.6 km

Distance from Airport: 34 km by car

The Bally Bridge

Bally Bridge Kolkata

Location: Dakhineshwar over Hooghly river

Built in the year: 2007

Speciality: 880m cantillever bridge

Constructed by: Rai Bahadur Jagmal Raja

Distance from Howrah station:11.7km by car

Distance from Airport: 13 km by car

Dakhineshwar Kali Temple

Dakhineshwar Temple Kolkata

Location: Eastern bank of Hooghly river,

Dakhineshwar

Built in the year: 1855

Speciality: Adishakti Kalika Temple

Constructed by: Rani Rashmoni

Distance from Howrah station:10km

by car

Distance from Airport: 11 km by car

Kalighat Temple

Kalighat Temple Kolkata

Location: Kalighat (Adi Ganga Ghat),

Kolkata

Built in the year: 1809

Speciality:Kali Temple(one of the Shakti

Peeth)

Constructed by: Sabarna Roy Choudhury

family of Barisha

Distance from Howrah station: 10 km by car

Distance from Airport: 20 km by car

Tarapith Temple

Maa_Tara_Temple Tarapith Rampurhat

Location: Rampurhat, Birbhum,

West Bengal

Built in the year: 1225 BC

Speciality: Tara Maa Temple

Constructed by: Rani Bhawani of Natore

Distance from Rampurhat station:6km

by car

Distance from Airport: 181 km by car

The Eden Gardens of Kolkata

The Eden Gardens Kolkata

Location: Maidan, B.B.D Bagh, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1864

Speciality: 1st cricket stadium in India

(capacity 1 lakh spectators)

Constructed by: British

Distance from Howrah station: 4.4 km by car

Distance from Airport: 14 km by car

The Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Location: Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1921

Speciality: Memory of Queen Victoria on

her demise in 1901

Constructed by: Lord Curzon, a Viceroy

of India

Distance from Howrah station:7km by car

Distance from Airport: 18.8 km by car

The Netaji International Airport

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata

Location: Dum Dum, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1924, 1995, 2013 (the latest

terminal)

Speciality:One of the top 5 busiest airports

in India

Constructed by: Italian-Thai Development

(ITD) Corporation and Sikka Associates.

Distance from Howrah station:16.5km by car

Distance from Airport: n/a

Chandni Chowk market

Chandni Chowk Market Kolkata

Location: Chandni Chowk Market, Esplanade,

Kolkata

Built in the year: Old development

Speciality: Cheap electronic items,

decorative items and goods

Constructed by: no information

Distance from Howrah station:4.6km

by car

Distance from Airport: 16 km by car

Sealdah Railway Station

Sealdah railway station

Location: Sealdah, Raja Bazar, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1869

Speciality: One of the major terminal with

21 platforms at Kolkata

Constructed by: Mr Walter Glanville

Distance from Howrah station: 5.5 km by car

Distance from Airport: 14 km by car

The Kolkata Metro

Kolkata metro rail

Location: Covering Kolkata

Built in the year: 1984, 2020 (2nd line,

others wip)

Speciality: Cheap transportation mode

items and goods

Constructed by: The State and Central

govts.

Distance from Howrah station: 0km (wip)

Distance from Airport: 12 km (Dum Dum

metro station)

Belur Math

Belur Math Kolkata

Location: Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math,

Howrah Kolkata

Built in the year: 1938

Speciality: Symbol of unity of Hindu, Islamic

and Christian communities

Constructed by: Ramakrishna Mission

Distance from Howrah station: 6.8 km by car

Distance from Airport: 14 km by car

Kolkata Gate- Biswa Bangla Gate

Biswa Bangla Gate Kolkata Gate Newtown Kolkata

Location: Newtown, Kolkata

Built in the year: 2017

Speciality: Hanging restaurant and

symbol of Biswa Bangla

Constructed by: HIDCO under WB govt.

Distance from Howrah station: 25 km

Distance from Airport: 12 km

The Science City

Science City Kolkata

Location: J.B.S. Haldane Avenue, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1997

Speciality: Science gallery, theatre and

science park

Constructed by: Punjab state govt and

Central govt

Distance from Howrah station:16.8km by car

Distance from Airport: 16.5 km by car

The Nicco Park

Nicco Park Kolkata

Location: Jheel Meel, Salt lake Bypass,

Bidhannagar, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1991

Speciality: Water and amusement Park

Constructed by:Nicco Parks & Resorts

Ltd.

Distance from Howrah station: 3.8 km

Distance from Airport: 13 km

The Alipore Zooligical Garden

Alipore Zoological Garden Kolkata

Location: Alipore Road, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1800 (private), 1875

Speciality: Zoological Garden

Constructed by: Richard Wellesley

Distance from Howrah station: 8.6 km by car

Distance from Airport: 22 km by car

The ITC Royal Bengal Hotel

ITC Royal Bengal 5 star Hotel Kolkata

Location: 1 JBS Haldane Avenue, Tangra,

Kolkata

Built in the year: 2019

Speciality: 5 star Classic Hotel

Constructed by: ITC Hotels Ltd.

Distance from Howrah station: 15 km

Distance from Airport: 12.2 km

Indian Coffee House

Indian-Coffee-House Kolkata

Location: College Street, Kolkata

Built in the year: (Initially a political meet

house), coffee house since 1942

Speciality: Famous heritage coffee and

snacks house

Constructed by: Govt.

Distance from Howrah station: 4 km by car

Distance from Airport: 14 km by car

The trum journey

Trum Service Kolkata

Location: click here

Started in the year: 1873 (electrifaication

on 1902)

Speciality: 1st city in Asia to get electric

trum

Operated by  by: CTC • WBTC

Distance from Howrah station: 0 km

Distance from Airport: 10 km

(nearest service)

Rajarhat New Town

Rajarhat Newtown Kolkata

Location: Rajarhat, Newtown, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1999

Speciality: Modern Kolkata- a treat to the

eyes

Constructed by: New Town Kolkata

Development Authority

Distance from Howrah station: 24 km by car

Distance from Airport: 11 km by car

City Centre Mall Salt Lake

City Centre Mall Salt Lake Kolkata

Location: DC block, Sector-1, Salt Lake

Kolkata

Built in the year: 2004

Speciality: Hybrid mall

Constructed by: Ambuja Neotia.

Distance from Howrah station: 24 km

Distance from Airport: 13 km

Eco Park (Prakriti Tirtha) Rajarhat

The Eco Park Kolkata

Location: Major Arterial Road(South-East,

Biswa Bangla Sarani, Action Area

II, Newtown, Kolkata

Built in the year: 2013

Speciality: Replica of 7 wonders of the

world

and many attractions (biggest park in India)

Constructed by: New Town Kolkata

Development Authority

Distance from Howrah station:18.4km by car

Distance from Airport: 6 km by car

Salt lake town and Central Park

Salt Lake and Central park Kolkata

Location: DC block, Sector-1, Salt Lake

Kolkata

Built in the year: 1962

Speciality: Large town Built over lake

Constructed by: Dobrivoje Toskovic

master planner and WB govt.

Distance from Howrah station: 9.7 km

Distance from Airport: 10 km

The 42- tallest building in India

The 42 Kolkata

Location: JN road, Kankaria Estates, Park

Street, Kolkata

Built in the year: 2019

Speciality:Tallest building In India (268m)

Constructed by:Mani Group, Salarpuria

Sattva

Group, Diamond Group & Alcove Realty

Distance from Howrah station: 6 km by car

Distance from Airport: 18 km by car

The Forum Atmosphere

The Forum Atmosphere twin tower building Kolkata

Location: Eastern Metropolitan Bypass,

Mirania Gardens, East Topsia,

Dhapa, Kolkata

Built in the year: 2016

Speciality: 152m twin tower bldg with

Deya

Constructed by: Government of

West Bengal

Distance from Howrah station: 14 km

Distance from Airport: 16.8 km

Birla Planetorium

Birla Planetorium Kolkata

Location: Paul’s Cathedral, 96, Jawaharlal

Nehru Road, Adjacent To St Kolkata

Built in the year: 1963

Speciality: Dome screen planetorium

theatre

Constructed by: ML Dalmiya & Co.

Distance from Howrah station: 7 km by car

Distance from Airport: 19 km by car

The Salt Lake Stadium

Salt-Lake-Stadium-Kolkata

Location: JB Block, Sector III,

Bidhannagar, Kolkata

Built in the year: 1984, rennovated in 2017

Speciality: 85000 capacity multi purpose

stadium

Constructed by: Indian Football

Association

Distance from Howrah station: 10.4 km

Distance from Airport: 13.2 km

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