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Howrah Bridge

 
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The Howrah Bridge is a bridge that spans the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. It was originally named the New Howrah Bridge because it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after Rabindranath Tagore a great poet and the first Indian Nobel laureate. However it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.

The bridge is one of the four on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. The other bridges are the Vidyasagar Setu (popularly called the Second Hooghly Bridge), the Vivekananda Setu and the newly built engineering marvel Nivedita Setu. Apart from bearing the stormy weather of the Bay of Bengal region, it successfully bears the weight of a daily traffic of approximately 80,000 vehicles and, possibly, more than 1,000,000 pedestrians. It is the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world.

Fort William

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images/marinedrive.jpgThis fort is situated on the banks of river Hooghly and is named after King William III. The fort occupies five square kilometers of area and has six gates namely Chowringhee, Plassey, Calcutta, Water gate, St Georges and the Treasury Gate. The Arsenal inside, is worth visiting for which a prior permission is required from the Commanding Officer. This fort was built by Robert Clive in the year 1781.
Today this fort is the property of the Indian Army with a provision to accommodate 10,000 army personnel. The fort still stands as before, except the St. Peter’s Church which no longer exists. The fort is built in a shape of an octagon. A telephone office, recreation club, canteen, cinema hall, restaurant, swimming pool and wide moat surround it. A museum inside the fort consists of arms and armors, swords, muskets and machine guns kept on display for the visitors.

Bellur Math

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images/Crawford Market, Mumbai (Bombay )Bellur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission, is situated in the north of the city. The place was founded in 1899 and houses a structure that was designed to be a church, temple, and mosque all in one. To know and understand Calcutta in its eternity, one is invited to the city during Durga Puja-a time when Calcutta becomes unforgettable. Every year, for four days, Calcutta forgets its worries and yields to a paroxysm of celebration and worship. This special time of the year comes just before the full moon in late September or October. This is a special occasion because of the transcendent place Goddess Durga holds in the Bengali imagination.

St. Paul's Cathedral

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images/victoria.jpg It was established largely through the efforts of Bishop Wilson in 1839. It was originally designed on an Indo-Gothic pattern.In 1847 it was consecrated as the first Episcopal Church of the Orient. The original structure got destroyed in an earthquake but it was subsequently re-buit. It is a replica of the Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

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images/chowpatty-beach-mumbai.jpg The Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, literally meaning, 'She who takes Her devotees across the ocean of existence'.[1] The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855.
The temple compound, apart from the nine-spired main temple, contains a large courtyard surrounding the temple, with rooms along the boundary walls. There are twelve shrines dedicated to the aspects of Shiva, Kali's companion, along the riverfront, a temple to Radha-Krishna, a bathing ghat on the river, a bookshop, a shrine to Rani Rashmoni. The chamber in the northwestern corner just beyond the last of the Shiva temples, is where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa spent a considerable part of his life.  

Eden Garden

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images/florafountain.jpg Eden garden of Kolkata, India is one of the major tourist attraction places of the city of joy. Eden gardens is basically a cricket stadium, where people have witnessed the history of Indian cricket. It is the oldest cricket playground in the country and also the finest one. Calcutta Eden Gardens Cricket Club came into existence in the year 1864.
The first ever first-class match that took place in the Eden Gardens was in 1917-18 and the first test match to be played here was in January 1934 against Douglas Jardine's MCC. It was in February 1987, when the first ODI match was hosted here. It has undergone a tremendous modernization and infact, today it boasts of its large accommodation that can capaticitate about 1,20,000 persons. Eden gardens of Calcutta definitely falls into the category of must see places.

BBD Bagh

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images/dhobighat-mumbai.jpg The British had a penchant for creation of colossal monuments. The BBD Bagh area is witness to a similar structure created in one of the affluent zones of the city. Once the very seat of British Power, fondly remembered as the Dalhousie Square, it was later renamed after the three original writers (Binoy, Badal and Dinesh) who toiled in building. Established in the year 1880 the BBD Bagh building and the surrounding area is still remembered by the old timers as a British landmark. The BBD bagh area is formed as a square and the wide area often witnesses surging business crowds during the morning and evening times. One can see groups gather around the open area and spend some leisurely time remembering former moments.

National Library

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images/dhobighat-mumbai.jpg National Library CalcuttaNational Library in Kolkata, India is the largest library of our country that is supported by the Dept of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India. It is constructed on 30 acres Belvedere Estate in Kolkata. It was basically set up to collect, distribute and preserve material that is produced within the country. There are no special criteria for membership of Calcutta national library. Infact, any person who is above the age of 18 can become its member. However, to avail the facilities of reading room and lending, separate membership is required.
National library has a huge collection of books and periodicals received from different parts of the country. Here, you can find books in almost all the Indian languages. There are separate language divisions that process the information for their readers in their respective native languages. Some of the language divisions that maintain their own collection consist of Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, Telugu and Urdu. Also, these language divisions help in solving the reference queries of their readers. There is a separate division for children that cater to their information and recreation needs

Indian Museum

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images/kamlanehrupark-mumbai.jpgIndian Museum, Kolkata One of the oldest museums in Asia, the Indian Museum was founded in 1814. You'll need an entire day, or more, to fully enjoy the fossils, coins, stones, Gandhara art, meteors and much more that go to make up this museum. Don't miss the 4,000-year-old mummy here, whatever else you do! Also on display is an urn said to contain the Buddha's ashes. Just ask anybody on the road for the way to the "Jadughar" (literally, house of magic).
Timings: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday (Between March and November); 10 am -4.30 pm,
Tuesday-Sunday (Between December and February)

Birla Planetarium

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images/malabarhill-mumbai.jpg Birla planetarium of Kolkata, India is one of the largest museums in Asia. It came into existence in the year 1962 and the credit for establishing this wonderful center of science, communication & environment goes to Birla Education Trust. It is situated at the Eastern metropolitan bypass of Calcutta.
Birla planetarium provides a parlance where astronomical presentations take place. It provides useful piece of information about our solar system, galaxies, life span of stars, space, planets and other heavenly bodies in the most interactive manner via audio video aids. Usually the lectures are given in English, Hindi, and Bengali and occasionally in Oriya, Tamil & Gujarati.

Calcutta Birla planetarium is a single storied circular edifice designed in the typical Indian style. It is a must see place for those interested in astronomy. Its astronomy gallery maintains a huge collection of fine paintings & celestial models of renowned astronomers. It enables you to explore science outdoors.

Victoria Memorial

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images/malabarhill-mumbai.jpg Calcutta Victoria memorial hall is a fabulous museum that was established in the year 1921. The credit for designing and drawing the plan for this monument goes to Sir William Emerson, President of the British Institute of Architects. Victoria Memorial of Kolkata, India is a fantastic place that will take you into the world of past history, where you can view the photos and effigies of prominent personalities, who made an incredible contribution in the glory of India. Today, Victoria memorial is one of the finest art museums in Kolkata. It is a 184 ft tall edifice that was constructed on 64 acres of land. The museum houses a group of mind-blowing figures above the north porch that epitomize prudence, learning and motherhood.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

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MANI BHAVANThe land of Bengal has been blessed with natural resources and scenic beauty. The abundance of nature and efforts to preserve it are visible at places such as the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary, located near the city. Spread over an area of 25 square kilometers, the sanctuary boasts of a huge congregation of exotic animals such as the one horned Rhino, Indian elephants, barking as well as spotted deer.
The drive to the sanctuary is so full of life and greenery (green plateaus, tea gardens, sloping fields etc) that one is primed to spend a lifetime at the place. What more, the sanctuary also provides an opportunity to watch some of the most exotic species of birds such as the Crested and Pallas's fishing eagles, partridges as well as the Jungle fowl alongwith the pythons, deadly cobras and monitor lizards.

Marble Palace

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Tower of Silence Considered as is one of the most amazing collection of art the Marble palace situated near the Chorbagan area of North Kolkata is a must visit for any art lover. Constructed in 1835 by Rajendra Mallick the Marble Palace is an art gallery, depicting history in arts, photographs, oil paintings and beautiful sculptures.
The star attractions of the Marble Palace are undoubtedly the collection of masterpieces by Reuben and the paintings by various renowned international artists such as Reynolds, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Moreover the Marble Palace also boasts of a Zoo with different rare birds and animals.

Science City

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Versova Beach If you ever visit Kolkata and skip the Science City then your family, especially children are bound to hold a grudge against you for life. This amazing place has been so well conceptualized and created that it takes at least 6-8 hours to be completely satiated by what it offers. On offer are 3-D movies, Fish eye projected I-MAX movies, train rides, Space station tour, Creepy crawler section, excellent garden for kids as well as a Naval Ship structured museum.
Open on all weekdays except Mondays the Science city is one place to get lost in the cycle of evolution with roaring dinosaurs, mammoths, sabre tooths and many other Jurassic life size creatures. Hold your breath all these activities can be undertaken within a budget of Rs 100/- per head, just make sure that you reach early so that you don’t regret the lack of time for not being able to do justice to each section. 

Botanical Gardens

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Marve Beach The most riveting sight of the Botanical Gardens in Kolkata is the huge canopy cover of a 200 year old Banyan tree. Situated on the western banks of river Hoogly the Botanical Gardens were established in 1786 by the British officer Col. Kyd with an aim to create a central research and cultivation facility for crops and plantations from across the globe.
Thus the scrumptious Assam and Darjeeling teas trace their roots to this garden. Apart from the regular Indian species it is also possible to be amongst some rare breeds straight from the Amazon and Congo basins, Brazil, Sumatra as well as Java. The grand sight of soaring Mahogany trees, enchanting and natural Orchid House and the glorious Cuban Palms is a memory of a lifetime.