About Kolkata

Places to Visit in Kolkata

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is widely regarded as the “cultural capital” of India. It is also called the “City of Joy”.

With a magnificent cuisine, once you get to Kolkata, you’ll find it hard to leave. The busy city is charming and packed with historical sites. The food here like none other. Make sure you like fish before you go here though. You can’t leave Kolkata without doing the following things. Use Goibibo promo codes from CashKaro to book your tickets to see Kolkata.

Why Go there: Grand colonial architecture | Art galleries | Cultural festivals
Ideal For: Families | Friends | Solo trips
Trivia: It is commonly called the “city of palaces”, “city of processions” and the “cultural capital of India”
Things to Bring Back: Designer Sarees, Terracotta Wares, Jute Items, Tea Leaves, Sweets

Places To Visit In Kolkata

16. Science City


It is the largest science centre throughout India. It is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata in terms of technology and architecture.

Time Required: 3-4 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

Also Read: Things To Do In Kolkata

15. Birla Mandir


It is a shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. It is an amalgamation of traditional and modern architecture.

Time Required: 2 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

14. Kalighat


It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas.

Time Required: 2 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

13. Lake Kalibari

The official name of the temple is SreeSree 108 Karunamoyee Kalimata Mandir after the name presiding deity Karunamoyee.

Time Required: 2 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

12. Japanese Buddhist Temple


Here the monks worship in the Japanese language. They chant in Japanese to the drum beats during dawn and dusk.

Time Required: 1 hour
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

11. Belur Math


Belur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, and the heart of the Ramakrishna movement.

Time Required: 1– 2 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

10. Nakhoda Mosque


Nakhoda Mosque is the largest mosque in Kolkata. It has become one of the prime tourist attractions of Kolkata, owing to its sheer size and magnificence. Around 10,000 devotees can perform their prayer together. One can spend an evening devouring delectable kebabs or a handi of Biryani at Chitpur Road, where the mosque stands.

Time Required: 1-2 hours
Ideal For: Families
Best Time to Visit: Winters
Location: Navigate

9. Birla Planetarium


Birla Planetarium is known for space science and astronomy museum. It is one of the largest museums in Asia. It is known for its appealing architecture and amazing sky shows which are screened every day.

Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Location: Navigate

8. Dakshineswar Kali Temple


Dakshineswar Kali Temple holds a lot of religious importance for the locals as well as aesthetic value for the tourists. Rani Rasmani, a wealthy woman got this temple constructed because of her devotion for the goddess. The temple is located on the banks of river Ganga and offers a breath-taking view.

Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Families
Best Time to Visit: Early morning at around 4:30 a.m, during Kali Puja
Location: Navigate

7. St Paul’s Cathedral


St Paul’s Cathedral is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. It is known for its Gothic style of architecture.

Time Required: 1-2 hours
Ideal For: Families
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Location: Navigate

6. Marble Palace


It is one of the best restored family royal houses in India. It acts as a host to statues, glassware and elegant paintings of artists of the British Raj.

Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Location: Navigate

5. Howrah Bridge


One simply cannot visit Kolkata and not see the majestic Howrah bridge. It is built over the Hooghly River. The bridge is used by 1.5 million pedestrians and about 1 million vehicles every day. It is regarded as the 6th longest cantilever bridge in the world.

Time Required: 1 hour
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to visit: Early morning
Location: Navigate

4. Victoria Memorial


The Victoria Memorial is one of the major landmarks which lie in the heart of Kolkata. This architectural masterpiece is a blend of British and Mughal artery. It was built in the memory of Queen Victoria. It houses 25 galleries and lush green gardens.

Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: History buffs
Best time to visit: 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Navigate

3. Tagore’s House


Anyone who loves Tagore or wants to know more about him should visit this place. It is well-maintained and one can read the touching description of the bard’s last few days. The gallery upstairs is a treasure trove of art and history. One can get a fair idea of the Tagore family and its contribution to Bengal renaissance.

Time Required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: During light and sound shows
Location: Navigate

2. Fort William


Fort William was built in the 17th century on the banks of the river Hooghly. The magnificent fort overlooks the biggest urban parks of the city, Maidan. It is believed to be the only fort in the world from which a shot was never fired! Not only is the place well maintained and nicely kept, it is also a symbol of the glory and the grandeur of the Indian forces.

Time Required:3-4 hours
Ideal For: History Buffs
Best Time to Visit: Winters
Location: Navigate

1. Sunderbans


Sunderbans is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is a listed 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.

Time required: 1 day
Ideal For: Everyone
Best Time to Visit: November- February
Location: Navigate

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How to Reach Kolkata

Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (17 km from the city centre)

Check out: Air India Express | Travelofast | Via Com

Nearest Railway Station: Kolkata Railway Station, Sealdah Railway Station

Most Popular Bus Stop: Esplanade Bus Stand

Check out: Travelyaari | Booking Khazana Bus Bookings | Confirmtkt

Where Should You Stay in Kolkata?

There are some popular hotels that you can look at.

Taj Bengal | Hyatt Regency | Casa Fortuna | The Vedic Village

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Places to Visit Near Kolkata

Digha (171 km), Sunderbans (125 km), Santiniketan (179 km), Talasari Beach (170km)

CashKaro Recommendation

There is plenty to do in Kolkata. However, we recommend you definitely don’t miss the following things:

  • Shopping at New Market
  • Breakfast in Chinatown
  • Party at Roxy

Find out more about things to do in Kolkata

Planning to leave Bengal without taking a trip to the Sunderbans?

The Sunderbans mangrove forest is one of the largest such forests in the world. It is a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site. Your trip to Kolkata is simply incomplete without visiting the Sunderbans! Take a 2 hour fun road trip with your friends or family and make the most of your visit. If you don’t have a car, rent one.

Check out: Beecabs | Avis | Zoomcar

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Other Useful Links When Booking A Bus:

  • Kolkata To Siliguri Bus
  • Kolkata To Digha Bus
  • Siliguri To Kolkata Bus

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