West Bengal – Kolkata

West Bengal - Best 8 Places To Visit

Situated on the eastern end of India and extending from Himalayas into the north to the Bay of Bengal in the South, the wonderful state of West Bengal is known for the radiant landscapes and characteristic excellence. Not neglect to say its way of life and rich legacy. From ancient landmarks in Kolkata, Murshidabad, Hooghly and Darjeeling to rich timberland scopes of Sundarbans Mangrove to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Darjeeling Himalayan Hill Regions to wonderful shorelines to the mountain ranges like Sandakphu, it offers a great deal to discover.

Kolkata

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Kolkata is known for its literary, creative, and innovative legacy; as the earlier capital of India, it was the source of present Indian scholarly and aesthetic thought. Many Nobel laureates—have influenced to, arts, sciences, and different sectors. It is the capital of West Bengal. Situated on the east bank of the Hooghly River, the third-most crowded metropolitan zone in India. It is a diverse, cosmopolitan city. Apart from the assorted qualities of India, the values signified is that of the Europeans and Asians. Kolkata is an important business and military port, and is the main city in eastern India to have a global air terminal. It is the financial center point of eastern India and with a massive hinterland it clamors with monetary exercises. Long the world's exclusive significant city where human-pulled rickshaws were still an important type of transport.

How To Reach Kolkata

  • By Air : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport connects Kolkata with South East Asia and Europe. Distance from airport to the City of Joy, (Kolkata) is 14.1 km or 8.7 miles.
  • By Train : Kolkata is well connected by train to almost all the big stations in India.
  • By Bus : All major cities of W. Bengal are connected with Kolkata by road and easily accessible

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North Side of Kolkata Nakhoda Mosque (the greatest mosque in Kolkata) and the Shobhabajar Rajbari.

Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Tagore gallery).

Parashnath Jain Temple, close to the Belgachia metro station.

Marble Palace. The marble royal residence was the private mansion of Zamindar (Land lord) Raja Rajendro Mullick, who had constructed this castle in 1835.

The Howrah Bridge traverses the Hooghly River connecting Howrah to Kolkata. It is said to be the busiest bridge on the planet.

Kali temple of Dakshineswar is toward the north of the city on the banks of the Ganges.

South Side of Kolkata Rabindra Sarovar is a huge open lake and park area having rowing clubs, an outdoors theater and diners.

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum.

Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the most established golf club on the planet after St. Andrews in Scotland.

The Kalighat Kali Temple, extremely popular to Hindus.

China Town close to Park bazaar houses.

The Birla Temple is the biggest in Kolkata and worth a visit.

West Side of Kolkata The Botanical Gardens.

Belur Math. the head office of the Ramakrishna Mission.

Central Kolkata Victoria Memorial, St. George's Gate Road, - Kolkata's most popular historic point.

Chowringhee, the Market place of Kolkata.

Galleries and Museums Indian Museum: It is the oldest and biggest exhibition hall of India. Situated close to Esplanade. Other attractions are Marble Palace, Gurusaday Museum, and Science City.
Things to Do in Kolkata Boat cruise in small boats.

The Kolkata Book Fair, in Jan/Feb.

Go to Durga Poja Festival, the popular celebration of Kolkata.

Yoga Classes-many exclusive classes are accessible in many parts of Kolkata.

Shopping Handicrafts, Chandni Market is popular for all little electronic things/devices and old reusable electronic items, Clothing, Toys and so forth., leather goods are cheaply available in Kolkata. Bargain is a must.

Darjeeling

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Darjeeling-West Bengal: The principle attractions for the foreigners are the existence of a variety of cultural or ethnic groups within a society. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was opened in 1881 (it is presently a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town turned into the true summer capital of India amid the days when the Raj was represented from Calcutta. The lovely panoramas incorporate the superb vista view of Kanchenjunga, an assortment of trekking choices, and the chance to chill off after a stretch in the fields. The town is also a hub for tourists going to Sikkim. The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park has expertise in saving and reproducing jeopardized Himalayan species. The fauna found in Darjeeling incorporates a few types of ducks, greenish blue plovers and gulls. The thick evergreen woodlands of sal and oak lie around the town, where a wide assortment of special orchids are found. The Lloyd's Botanical Garden reserves regular and uncommon types of plants.

How To Reach Darjeeling

  • By Air : Bagdogra, near Siliguri is the nearest Airport. It is 96 km away from Darjeeling
  • By Bus : There is a regular bus service from Silguri to Darjeeling
  • By Rail : New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station. It is well connected by all major railway stations of major cities of India.

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Learn Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, This Institute was established 1953. You can contact the foundation for mountaineering courses for all levels.
Zoo Himalayan Zoo It has a decent accumulation of animals found

in the Himalayan locale.

Buddhist monasteries Japanese Peace Pagoda This great building is a piece of around 30 pagodas spreading over the entire globe.
Hills Tiger Hill - Ideal to visit early morning to see the beautiful sun rise at Mt. Kanchenjunga

Observatory Hill: Observatory slope offers spectacular views of Darjeeling.

Parks Rock Garden. It’s an excellent place with a small waterfall.

Nightingale Park. It is a delightful stop with a set of social and cultural program performed every day amid the vacation time and its timing is 4pm to 8pm.

Rope Way Rope Way. Singamari to Tukvar is about 5km. and it takes about 45 minutes. It is one of the key vacation destinations in Darjeeling.
To Do Things in Dargeeling Singalila National Park:  It’s a trekking location in the far northwest corner of West Bengal state. Numerous trekkers join to different trek courses here.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:  Nicknamed the "Toy Train" It is still controlled by a steam engine.

Mountain Biking This is the most ideal approach to investigate the natural magnificence of the Darjeeling.

Shopping Tea, Darjeeling is renowned the world over for its teas, which are exceptionally fragrant and have a sensitive taste.

Trinket things, for example, thangkas, souvenirs of monasteries etc.

Tibetan craftsmanship from Ava Art Gallery, Darjeeling

In addition, Ethic pieces of clothing, statues in wood, metal, and so forth., leather products and ethnic dresses and footwear, simulated gems, thangkas, (Tibetan Paintings) Rajasthani decor ware, decorations, canvas paintings, and so on.

Sunderbans

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Sunderbans: The Sundarbans has been pronounced as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt on the planet, extending 80 km (50 mi) into the Bangladeshi and Indian hinterland from the drift. Situated mostly in Bangladesh, a small portion of it lies in West Bengal India. The Sundarbans cover a range of 10,500 sq. km, of which around 33% is shrouded in water/swamp regions. Since 1966 the Sundarbans have been an untamed life asylum, and it is evaluated that there are currently 425 Royal Bengal tigers and around 30,200 dotted deer in the territory. Sundarbans is home to various types of birds, vertebrates, beetles, reptiles and fishes. More than 125 types of fish and more than 265 types of birds have been recorded in the Sundarbans. Salt-Water Crocodile is evaluated at under two hundred.

How To Reach Sunderbans

From Kolkata-, local trains can take you to Canning (64 km) from where launch services are available for Sundarbans. Also you can have buses to reach Sonakhali (100 km) Najat (92 km), Raidighi (76 km), and Namkhana (105 km) from where motorboats will take you to Sundarbans.

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Permit For permits, foreigners can contact: The Joint Secretary (Forest), Govt. of West Bengal, 4th Floor, G-Block, Writers' Building, Kolkata- 700 001. Tel: 225-5601 Ext: 411/754.
See the beauty of Sundarbans Hiron Point: a delightful spot, incredible for spotting tigers and other untamed life.

Tin Kona Island: another well- known spot for natural life spotting.

Katka: a center for expeditions, and great spot to see tigers and for bird-watching.

Dublar Char Island: a fishing spot.

Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower - Most of the tigers are located from this tower deers and crocodiles may sometimes see from here.

Sajnekhali Watch Tower - Another watch tower that additionally houses a historical center, Bonobibi Temple and a crocodile spot inside its area.

Netidhopani - It has a sanctuary that is more than 400 years of age

Kanak – A place to watch the Olive Ridley Turtles

Holiday Island - It is acclaimed for the Barking deer.

Experience the village Life of Sundarbans Along with covering the tourist spots, you may likewise take some time-out to go to an adjacent town to see the way of life of the natives of this place and spend time with them to have an understanding into their lives.

Kalimpong

Kalimpong - West Bengal. Tourism is the main industry which supports its economy. The mid-year and spring seasons are the most admired by travelers. The zone around Kalimpong lies in the Eastern Himalayas, which is named as a biological hotspot, one of just three among the ecoregions of India. Neora Valley National Park that exists in this hill station subdivision is home to tigers. The backwoods found at higher elevations are comprised of pine trees and other evergreen snow capped vegetation. Acacia is generally found in this area, while ficus, cinnamon, desert flora, bamboo, and cardamom are found in the slopes around Kalimpong. The mild deciduous woodlands embrace birch, oak, and maple.  Seven types of rhododendrons are found in the east of this beautiful place. More than hundred types of orchid are found around here, and Poinsettia and sunflower are a portion of the wild species that line the streets of this blessed tourist destination.

How To Reach Kalimpong

  • By Air : The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, 80Km, connected to Kolkata and Guwahati. Buses and jeeps are available from the airport to Kalimpong.
  • By Rail : The nearest railheads are Siliguri (66Km) and New Jalpaiguri (77Km)
  • By Road : It is connected by road with Siliguri, Gangtok and Darjeeling by busses, jeeps and taxis.

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To get around Kalimpong Biking is promising as the road traffic is not extreme and its truly pleasant to see the lovely view, and the compassionate natives living in the borders.
To See around Kalimpong Golf Course. It is something special here and should not be avoided.

Dr. Graham's Homes: a school set up in 1900 by the Scottish preacher for the dejected Eurasian children of the locale. The wonderful school is spread in more than 500 sections of land and has distinct bungalows for the school children, the greater part of them implicit the Scottish style, pastry kitchen, swimming pool, visitor houses and significantly more. Vacationers can spend time here with the teachers and students by sharing their life experience.

Cactus Nursery. A decent place to go.

Shopping You can get interior decoration, statues, canvas paintings, knives, gem, dragons, porcelain, things produced using bone curtains, souvenirs, and so forth.

Santiniketan

Santiniketan - West. Bengal is a residential area close to Bolpur in the Birbhum locale of West Bengal. It was founded by Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, and later extended by his son Rabindranath Tagore whose vision got to be what is currently a college town, Visva-Bharati University. Social and enriching occasions happen consistently. These incorporate Basanta Utsav, Barsha Mangal, Sharodutsav, Nandan Mela, Poush Mela, Magh Mela, Rabindra Jayanti to give some examples. Poush Mela is an important tourist attraction. There is a Deer Park 3 km from Shantiniketan. It is currently a natural bird sanctuary with substantial forested region which accommodates herds of deer.

How To Reach Santiniketan

  • By Train : Direct Trains to Bolpur from Howrah and Sealdah station available
  • By Bus : From Durgapur City Centre Bus Stop and Dharmatala Bus Stop, in Kolkata is also available for Bolpur/Shantiniketan.

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To get around Cycle rickshaws are the most advantageous method for transportation as rented autos and cabs are not promptly accessible. On the off chance that you are arranging a long stay, it might be justified to buy a bicycle from one of the numerous neighborhood cycle shops. A fresh out of the box new bike will run you between US$45-55.
To see Santiniketan Rabindra Bhaban Museum-There are unique original copies, letters, reports, awards (includes Nobel Prize emblem), inscriptions, authentications, sketches, photos and so on of Tagore. Open 10:30-16:30. Shut on Wednesdays.

 

Kala Bhavana College of creative arts and artworks, has a historical center displaying statues, murals and wall paintings and a library related with art books.

 

Shilpa Gram is near the Ballavpur deer park, has gathering of portrays, artifacts and so forth. The place is kept up orderly and has great gathering of social and cultural components.

 

Chhatimtala, Prayer location (under the "Chhatim" tree) of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore.

 

Sangeet Bhavana, College of dance and music.

 

Brahma Mandir, Upasana Griha, developed in 1891.

 

Uttarayan complex-The complex has a many structures connected with Tagore's memory. Cameras and bags are not permitted. Wednesdays closed.

Khoai Mela: The mela begins from around 15:00 and goes ahead till around 17:30-18:00 only on Saturdays and it’s one of the tourist’s attractions.

Tagore's Ashram-One needs to stroll through the zone. Tourist guides are accessible outside Uttarayan Complex/Rabindra Bhaban (Closed on Wednesdays.)

Prakriti Bhavan Located in the Ballavpur zone. It is India's unrivaled Nature Art historical center. It is an artistic sign of the legacy of Tagore's Santiniketan in connecting man with nature through Art, music and poems.

Shopping Handiworks: Leather bags, leather craft,  batik prints, dokra (artistic brassware), bamboo toys and locally hand- made cotton are also worth buying.

Bishnupur

Bishnupur-W. Bengal is acclaimed for its terracotta temples- Bishnupuriya (Malla) and Shree Krishna Raslilla. There are numerous sanctuaries which stand witness to the graceful craftsmanship of the artisans of the district. The temples were created from the reddish clay material and blocks available from local area. They are coated with earthenware tiles delineating scenes from the epic Mahabharata, which are situated in Bishnupur and crosswise over numerous other small towns in the Bankura area. Beside from the temples, terracotta stoneware, artwork and even ornaments made in this actual traditional material is popular. The most acclaimed of the terracotta items are the hand-crafted attractive pots, disks and the more well- known of them are the terracotta statues of Ganesha elephants, horses, and nataraj.

 

How To Reach Bishnupur

  • By Bus : Regular bus is available from Kolkata to Bishnupur about 155 km.
  • By Train : The distance from Kolkata is 200 km and it takes 3.45 to 4.30 hours.
  • By Air : The nearest commercial Airport is Kolkata.

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Bishnupur Temples Please note that Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) preserves most of the places of Bishnupur. So it charges an entry fee for the sites. It also charges a fee for video photography (still photography is free).

Temples: Jorbangla Temple of Keshta Rai of 17th. Century.

Mahapravu Temple

Radhalaljiu

Nandalal Temple

Radhamadhab Temple

Chhinnamasta Temple

Jugol Kishore Temple

Kalachand Temple

Radhagovinda Temple

Radhalaljiu Temple

Madangopal Temple

Sarbamangala

Madanmohan Temple 1694 AD. Remarkable cuttings on the walls represent scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.

Malleswar

Sanreswar

Nearby places

(The best choice to visit the place is to take a rickshaw, it takes only a few hours to visit the most interesting places of Bishnupur.)

Rasmancha Oldest block structure. Constructed in 1587 by Bir Hambir is a pyramidal structure in the focal point of the town, where the idols from nearby temples are carried in a procession on celebration day.

 

Dalmadal Caman: expected to have sheltered Bishnupur when the Bargis (Maratha plunderers) assaulted from the west

Stone Chariot

Nutan Mahal

Lalbandh

Gumgarh - the place of no return.

Pathar Darja (Main Gateway of Bishnupur)

Garh Darja (Small Gateway of Bishnupur)

Digha Beach

Image credit : Atudu CC-BY-SA-4.0 Digha Beach

Digha Beach W. Bengal is a standout amongst the most prominent excursion centers in West Bengal, especially for people belong to Kolkata. In Digha summer begins in April and keeps on going to June with a most extreme temperature of 37 °C (99 °F). Although chilly breeze from ocean keeps the climate lovely in this time. Next comes rainy season in July and keeps going till the end of September. Digha usually gets normal rainfall during the season with high humidity in the rainy season. Winter sets in October and keeps going till February with a temperature run from 24-15 °C. July to March is regarded as the top time to visit Digha as climate remains most wonderful during this time.

How To Reach Digha Beach

  • By Bus : Frequent and regular bus services to and from Garia, Dharamtala, Kudghat, Dumdum and Howrah of Kolkata.
  • By Rail : Daily trains are available from Howrah. It is better to book your tickets before you leave. A journey by Duront Express (12847) leaving Howrah at 11.15 can be a great experience.
  • By Road : The roads are excellent and one can easily reach Digha from Kolkata in 4.5 hrs.

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To See around Promenade: One can spend a whole night here among the overflowing masses of joyful vacationers and look at the products of several temporary stalls while relaxing in the sea breeze. The boardwalk is more than a mile long and proceeds on a long isolated extend to New Digha - a van ride is joyful in this place. Appreciate cool ocean breeze with pleasant Bengali melodies being played through sound boxes making a quiet and alleviating feel.

Marine Station/Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India: This is potentially the most well-arranged marine aquarium in India. Opened Monday to Saturday 09:30-18:00.

What you can do here Swimming: New Digha has a wonderful long and level shoreline which is perfect for swimming. Local Beer is served at the shoreline by the beach sales people. There are spots to sit with overhead umbrella or shed, folding chairs can be leased.

Horse riding: Facilities are accessible.

Play cricket, Volleyball or football on the shoreline

Shopping Jewellery and trinkets made of ocean shells, Cashew nuts is less expensive.

Shankh: is a conch shell. Most of the shops are offering best quality shankh close to Chandeneswar temple. Bargaining is a must.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary W. Bengal:  It was announced as an untamed life asylum in 1941 with the point of caring the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. In May 2012, its status was elevated to that of a national park. Riding elephants and 4x4 safaris are the main methods to move inside these backwoods. An elephant safari is chosen by most people remaining at Jaldapara overnight. The 4x4 safari is accessible both in the morning and toward the evening. The fundamental glamour of the national park is Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. The sanctuary holds the maximum rhino populace in India after Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Apart from this, tigers, elephants, deers, sambar, muntjac, spotted deer, short-legged heavily built deer having a yellow-brown coat with darker underparts, wild boar and buffaloes are found in large numbers.

How To Reach Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

  • By Air : Bagdogra is the nearest airport at a distance of 140km.
  • By Train : The nearest railway station is Madarihat which is only 7km from the sanctuary. All passenger trains stop here.
  • By Road : Jaldapara is connected by road with Siliguri and other places in North Bengal.

Opening Time: All days of the week 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Entry Fee: Rs.150 per person for foreign nationals, Rs.50 per camera

Rs.750 per person Elephant Safari fees for foreign nationals

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To Experience Elephant safari: An exciting elephant safari is arranged out in the early morning from Hollong to offer the dazzling excellence of the incomprehensible meadow of Jaldapara. The elephant ride is the most ideal method to investigate the asylum with the uncommon sight of one horned rhinos, Asiatic elephants, wild ox, having a large head, a dark brown or black coat with white stockings, and a hump, (India buffalo), deer and so on. The administration is given on a first come - first served system. Seats for 4 people are provided on an elephant. There are 6-7 elephants working from Hollong each morning and they make 2 trips. In the peak season 3 trips are available.

The jeep safari inside the park is another important benefit for the travelers. Jeeps can be employed from Madarihat for day visits.

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Belur Math

Belur Math

Belur Math This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. It is situated on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, and is one of the huge foundations in Calcutta. It is the central command of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, established by Swami Vivekananda, a leading follower of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The sanctuary is prominent for its engineering that connects Hindu, Christian and Islamic themes as an image of solidarity of all religions. It is a home of pilgrimage for individuals of various religious beliefs. This place of religious significance is visited by many, from all over India and abroad.

How To Reach Belur Math

Timings: April to September: 6 am to 11:30 am, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
October to March: 6:30 am to 11:30 am, 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
In the evening, when the aarti begins the visitors are supposed to sit inside the main Sri Ramakrishna Temple and not allowed to loiter around.

Entry Fee: No entry fees
Photography: Not allowed inside the temple.

  • By Train : Northern part of Howrah (about 4 km from Howrah railway station.)
  • By Road : All modes of transportation are easily accessible from adjacent to the Howrah railway station

Cooch Behar

Image credit : Amartyabag CC-BY-SA-3.0 Cooch Behar Palace-Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar Palace is well-known for its class and glory is preserved by the Archeological Survey of India. This grand Palace was built by the "Koch" ruler Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887 AD. constructed in the traditional Western style also called the Victor Jubilee Palace, is a milestone in Cooch Behar city, West Bengal. It was composed on the model of Buckingham Palace in London. The face part comprises of a number of arches. The introductions of the vault are cut in stepped designs and columns bolster the base of the dome. This adds multi-colored hues and outlines to the whole surface. There are different corridors in the royal residence and rooms that incorporate the Drawing Room, Dressing Room, Bed Room, Billiard lobby, Treasure house, Dining Hall, Library, Ladies Gallery and Vestibules. It is one of the notable area of Cooch Behar for the guests.

How To Reach Cooch Behar

Timings : All days of the week 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Entry Fee : Rs.10 per person
Photography Not Allowed

  • By Air : The nearest airport to Cooch Behar Royal Palace, is Cooch Behar Airport is 4.4 km or 2.8 miles
  • By Train : New Cooch Behar Railway station is 6.9 km. or 4.3 miles
  • By Road : Buses are well connected with Cooch Behar.

Dakhshineswar Kali Temple

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The Dakshineswar Kali temple: The Temple was constructed in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a humanitarian and a worshipper of Kali. It is also popular for its connection with Ramakrishna, a spiritualist of nineteenth Century of Bengal. The temple is situated in Dakshineswar near Kolkata, located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River. It is made in the customary 'Nava-ratna' or nine towers style of West Bengal tradition, the three-storied south-fronting temple has nine towers appropriated in upper two stories, and stands on a high base with a flight of stairs. Near the main temple are the line of twelve indistinguishable Shiva sanctuaries built confronting the east in the distinctive aat-chala in Bengal design, they are based on either side of the ghat on the Hoogly waterway.

How To Reach Dakhshineswar Kali Temple

Timings: 5.00 am-1.00pm and 4.00pm-8.00pm
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Not allowed

  • By Train : Dakshineswar is the railway station on the Sealdah (in the heart of Kolkata)- Dankuni (on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line) sector. It is 14 km from Sealdah and 10 km from Dankuni.
  • By Road : It is connected to Kolkata. One has to travel along Barrackpore Trunk Road, and turn left for Dakshineswar just after Baranagore.

Katra Mosque

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Katra Mosque – Murshidabad West Bengal built around 1723 and 1724. It is encompassed by twofold storied domed cells, which were made for the people who learn the Holy Quran in past times, they are known as a Madrasa. The cells in the mosque are two storied and are 20 feet square, each have 6 curved entryways. 15 steps edged with stones pave the way to the entryway with 5 curves on either sides and a stone cleared pathway which prompts to the main entryway of the mosque. The remarkable aspect is the two huge corner towers having narrow slit in the wall for fire arm. Its significance lies not just as a famous location of Islamic studies, but also for the tomb of Murshid Quli Khan, who is buried under the passage staircase.

How To Reach Katra Mosque

Timings : 5.00AM – 6.00PM
Entry Fee Rs.5/-
Photography Allowed

  • By Air : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata is 147.2 km or 128 miles.
  • By Train : Murshidabad is well linked with major railway stations of W. Bengal.
  • By Road : The road network is connected with major cities of the state.

Nizamat Imambara

The Nizamat Imambara 1847 AD W. Bengal. This Imambara is the biggest Shia Muslim assembly lobby in India. It stands opposite to the Hazarduari Palace and is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. The focal quadrangle has the Madina Mosque and the Memberdalan. It has a lectern to present poem. The vat between this lobby and the mosque had silver headed wellsprings. The western quadrangle of the Imambara has a two storied mosque which remains on the Mint Ghat. It has stately columns and roomy marble floors. The lobby, the verandah and its ground surface, are made with marble. The passage of the Naubat Khana is a massive entryway made in Imamia style which is encompassed by this Naubat Khana. The mosque has many brilliant chandeliers, a large portion of them presented to the Nawabs by the East India Company.

Timings 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM

Photograph: Not allowed inside

Entry Fee: Rs.100 (Foreigners), (Closed on Fridays)

How To Reach Nizamat Imambara

  • By Train : Murshidabad railway station is 1.9 km or 1.2 miles.
  • By Road : Murshidabad is having a good network of roads with all major cities of W. Bengal

Rasmancha

Rasmancha It was built by Mallabhum ruler Hambir Malla Dev in 1600 AD. It is an authentic ancient building situated at Bishnupur, Bankura region, West Bengal. Here the Vaishnava Ras celebration is very popular and all the Radha Krishna icons of Bishnupur town used to be brought here to be adorned by the devotees. It is the most ancient brick temple has an uncommon stretched pyramidical tower, encompassed by hovel formed turrets, which were very common of Bengali rooftop structures of the time. There are a few cannons of the Malla rulers in the zone and this is the only temple of its kind in the entire world.

How To Reach Rasmancha

Timing : The temple is open from early morning until late evening.
Photography : Inside photography is not allowed.

  • By bus : Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) buses operate regularly between Dharmatala/ Esplanade bus stand of Kolkata and Bishnupur. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Bishnupur.The road distance is shorter than the rail distance, it is about 150 km.
  • By train : It takes about 3:30 to 4:15 hours from Kolkata, distance 201 km.

Samadhi Mandir Of Srila Prabhupada At ISKCON

Image credit : Joydeep CC BY-SA 3.0 Samadhi Mandir of Srila Prabhupada at ISKCON

Samadhi Mandir of Srila Prabhupada at ISKCON, Mayapur, West Bengal, An overwhelming size of brass statue, of Srila Prabhupada has been placed and adorned here. The festoon which enhanced him while assigning him in Samadhi has been taken and arranged out in the Pushpa Samadhi Mandir. The heavenly commemoration hallowed place of Srila Prabhupada is the biggest of its kind in India. The elevated superb marble arch rules the horizon and sparkles perfectly in the brilliant beams of the sun at dawn and dusk. The Samadhi Mandir's patio nurseries are exceptionally wonderful and broad. They never decline to invite the attention of visitors. The upper floor of Samadhi, an expansive show delineates Srila Prabhupada's life and difficulties to set up ISKCON and its proclaiming mission. Outside, the dividers are embellished with earthenware showcases of Krishna's life from the Bhagavatam.

How To Reach Samadhi Mandir Of Srila Prabhupada At ISKCON

  • By train : From Howrah 146.5 km or 91 miles
  • By Bus : ISKCON Kolkata operates AC and non-AC buses thrice a week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Also buses are available from all major cities of W. Bengal

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St. Paul's Cathedral Kolkata 1847

St. Paul's Cathedral Kolkata 1847: It was the first basilica made in the foreign domain of the British Empire. It is also said to be the biggest basilica in Kolkata, West Bengal and the primary Episcopal Church in Asia. The tower was fixed with five clock, each of which weighed around three tons. The building design of the basilica is "Indo-Gothic", a Gothic compositional style intended to meet the climatic nature of India.  The church complex has a library, located over the western yard, and a show of plastic art work and souvenirs. The center point is fitted with carved wooden seats. Inside has cuttings of scenes identified with the life of St. Paul, the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Flight into Egypt. The church's plan, also called Gothic Revival style, incorporates three colored glass windows and two murals in the Florentine Renaissance style.

How To Reach St. Paul's Cathedral Kolkata 1847

Timings: All days of the week except Sunday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sun 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Entry Fee: Free

Photography: flash photography and tourist visits are not allowed inside the church during daily or Sunday Masses

  • By Train : Nearest Railway Station is Howrah Jn. Station
  • By Road : Kolkata is having wide network of roads, which connects with all major cities of W. Bengal

Victoria Memorial

Image credit : PlaneMad. CC-BY-SA-2.5 Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial It is a huge marble work in Kolkata, West Bengal, which was constructed during 1906 and 1921, and devoted to the Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is presently a historical center and traveler spot under the support of the Ministry of Culture.  The building is in the Indo-Saracenic evangelist style. This style utilizes a blend of British and Mughal components and in addition Egyptian, Deccani, Venetian and Islamic design impacts. It is developed of white Makrana marble. At present the Victoria Memorial has striking accumulation of stone works, weapons, maps, stamps, canvases, coins, relics, materials and so forth. The Royal museum in Victoria Memorial has pictures of the Queen and Prince Albert. There are various depictions, representing occasions from Victoria's life. The Memorial lies by the bank of the Hooghly River, close to Jawaharlal Nehru street.

How To Reach Victoria Memorial

Timings: Museum: - 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs (Monday Holiday)

Entry Fee for Museum: for Foreigners : Rs.150

Days Closed: Monday and All national holidays’

Entry Fee for the Victoria Memorial Hall: Foreigners: Rs.20

Photography: Not allowed inside.

  • By Train : Nearest Railway Station is Howrah Jn. Station
  • By Road : Kolkata is having wide network of roads, which connects with all major cities of W. Bengal.

The Celebration Of Dol Yatra

The Festival of Dol Yatra: This celebration is devoted to Sri Krishna. On this propitious day, an idol of Krishna, grandly decorated and covered with colored powder is taken out in holy procession by the devotees, in a swinging palanquin, adorned with colored garments, flowers, leaves, and papers. It is popular with magnificence and nobleness in the state of West Bengal. Dol Yatra is the last celebration of Bengali year and celebrated from the traditional times. The procession continues forward to the backup of music, producing sounds from conch shells, trumpets and yells of "Jai" (triumph). Usually, Dol celebration proceeds for a couple of days based on the customs of the general public. In any case, in Mathura and Vrindavan, Dol celebration is commended for 16 days due to the reason that Lord Krishna’s events were related to this place.

Durga Puja Celebration

Durga Puja West Bengal, is a  celebration speaks to the triumph of Good over Evil. It denotes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the malevolent wild ox evil spirit Mahishasura. Durga Puja is commended from the 6th to tenth day of splendid lunar fortnight. In Bengal, Durga is revered as Durgotinashini, the destroyer of malice and the defender of her aficionados. In West Bengal, which has a larger part of Bengali Hindus, it is the greatest celebration of the year. Not just is it the greatest Hindu festival celebrated all through the state, it is additionally the most important socio-cultural occasion in Bengali Hindu society.  The State Tourism board also plays an important role in this great festival. These days, numerous migrant Assamese and Bengali social associations orchestrate Durgotsab in countries, like, United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, France, Singapore, Bahrain and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, an excellent Durga Puja service was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.

Gangasagar Mela

Gangasagar Mela: The Gangasagar pilgrimage and festival is the second biggest gathering of humankind after the triennial customary dip of Kumbha Mela. In 2007, around 300,000 Hindu devotees took the heavenly bathing where the Hooghly meets the Bay of Bengal on the event of Makar Sankranti.  The Gangasagar festival and pilgrimage is conducted every year on Sagar Island's southern tip, where the Ganges enters the Bay of Bengal, West Bengal. This juncture is likewise called Gangasagar or Gangasagara. Close to the conversion is the Kapil Muni Temple. Right around five-hundred thousand devotes crowded Sagar Island in 2008

How to reach for Gangasagar Mela

From Kolkata, Diamond Harbor Road (NH-117) runs south around 90 km to Harwood Point, near Kakdip, there is a boat service to Kachuberia at the north end of the island.

Trains keep running on the Sealdah South lines from Kolkata through Kakdwip to Namkhana.  At Bok-Khali there is a boat service over the Muriganga distributary (Channel Creek) to Sagar Island (Gangasagar).

Kolkata Book Fair

Kolkata Book Fair. The book fair was begun in 1976 at very small level, by the Kolkata Publishers' and Booksellers' Guild in West Bengal. It was started with an intention of meeting the demand of books and the lack of its availability in the open market. The fair generally begins on the last Wednesday of January, and closures on the first or second Sunday of February (to confirm that the length is always 12 days). Presently it has raised to the world's biggest non-trade book fair, Asia's biggest book fair and the most attended book fair on the planet. It is the world's third biggest yearly accumulation of books after the Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Book Fair. With an aggregate participation of more than 2 million people, it is world's biggest book fair by participation.

In Kolkata, Poila Boishakh (New Year)

In Kolkata, Pahela Baishakh (New Year) Young ladies dressed in white saris with red fringes and  men dressed in dhoti and kurta participate in the Prabhat Pheri parades at dawn to welcome the principal day of the year. It is the day for social and cultural activities. Supplications are offered for the prosperity and success of the family. The Mahurat is performed, denoting the start of new pursuits. This day being promising, new organizations and new pursuits are begun. Pahela Baishakh is the start of all business deeds in West Bengal. The Bengali Hindu dealers buy new account registers. The bookkeeping in the halkhata (new account book) starts in the wake of offering puja. Mantras are droned and shostik are drawn on the bookkeeping register by the ministers. The greater part of the shops, business organizations and commercial centers are enlivened with blooms, laurels and promising "aam".

Poush Mela

Image credit : Sub4u.roy CC-BY-SA-3.0 Poush Mela

Poush Mela: At sunrise, Santiniketan awakens to the delicate music of shehnai. It is trailed by a religious meeting at Chhatimtala. After this, the whole gathering proceeds to Uttarayan singing melodies. This fair is led each year at Santiniketan in Birbhum area of W, Bengal, denoting the harvest season. Poush Utsav is introduced on 7 Poush (around 23 December). This fair offers an immaculate knowledge of genuine legacy of the state. Poush Mela is portrayed by the live performance of Bengali music, particularly the baul music. It incorporates traditional folk songs, dances and tribal games. Somewhere in the range of 1,500 shops partake in the fair. The normal number of sightseers visiting in for the three-day fair is around 10,000 every day, it goes up at least 40,000.

 

The Rathayatra Of Mahesh W. Bengal

The Rathayatra of Mahesh W Bengal

The Rathayatra of Mahesh, W. Bengal: Devotees join together to participate in pulling the long ropes (Rosshi) connected to the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra on the holey procession from the temple to Serampore Mahesh Gundicha Bari and back. Lakhs of people participate during month-long festival. It is the second most ancient Rathayatra on the planet and the oldest and greatest in Bengal, having been famous since 1396. It is held in Mahesh, an authentic territory inside Serampore in West Bengal. It is a week-long celebration and a fabulous fair is held during this time. The idol of Lord Jagannath, Balarama and Subhadra goes to Serampur Gundicha Temple and stays there till Punarjatra, or Ultorath, as it is prevalently known in Bengal.

 

Bengali Peas Pulao With Mutton Masala

Image credit : Rajdeep Das CC-BY-SA-4.0 Bengali Peas Pulao with Mutton Masala

Bengali Peas Pulao with Mutton Masala - Traditional Bengali Style

Bengali Platter

Cool Mishti Doi

Cool Mishti Doi on a hot summer day in Kolkata. Quenching and sweet and provides relief.

Fish Curry In Bengali Style

Ilish Macher Paturi

Jack Fruit And Potato Curry

Kati Kebab Roll

Mughlai Keema Paratha

Potabarir Chomchom

Rasagula Sweet