Kolkata City Tour-15 Amazing Places to Explore Nearby!
Kolkata-The City of Joy
Kolkata City Tour operates private and small group tours in and around the Kolkata city. All our tours are guided tours in Air Conditioned cars and buses, where guests get the opportunity to see the city through the eyes of real Kolkatans.In Full Day Kolkata City Sightseeing Tour you can visit 10 best places.
Kolkata, India’s second biggest city, is a perpetually ongoing festival of human existence, concurrently luxurious and squalid, refined and frantic, pointedly futuristic, while beautifully in decay. A vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India’s Eastern Coast, the capital of West Bengal thrives on contradictions and imposing spectacles; nothing is commonplace in this city. Famously known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is, in every sense, the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. Kolkata’s streets are vivid, hectic, chaotic, and yet, brimming with life and creativity. Driven by the indomitable spirit of the self-made middle class, the city has created a beautiful juxtaposition of the old colonial-era charm with the nascent upcoming hipster culture that thrives amongst the city’s millennial residents.
Best time to visit in Kolkata
The autumn and winter months between October and February are the best time to visit Kolkata, as the weather is perfect and festivities are aplenty. This is the season which witnesses the peak arrival of travellers, especially during Durga Puja.
How to Reach Kolkata
Kolkata being a major metropolis and the second largest city in India is connected via its own domestic and international airports, railway station and the roadways. Taxis outside the airport and railway station are easily available for pick-up and drop.
Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)
How to reach Kolkata by train: Kolkata has two main railway stations- Howrah and Sealdah. It is connected to all the big stations in India and is a gateway to NorthEastern India.
Full Day Kolkata City Tour by Exclusive Car
Must See Kolkata (Drop and Visit): Mother House, Marble Palace, Victoria Memorial, Parasnath Jain Temple, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Tagore House).
Colonial Calcutta (Drive Pass): General Post Office, Shaheed Minar, Eden Gardens, Akashvani Bhawan, Howrah Station, Writers’ Building, Raj Bhavan, High Court, Maidan, Town Hall, Race Course, Lal Dighi, St. Andrews Church.
Drive Over: Howrah Bridge or Vidyasagar Bridge.
Trip Duration: 10 hours
Tour Starts: 08:00 am
Tour Planning Assistance: Yes
Refreshments & Packaged Drinking Water: Inclusive
Driver with Phone: Yes
Vehicle Parking & Toll: Inclusive
Lunch cost, Entry Fee, Tickets: Not included
GST is extra
Tour in AC vehicle (2 Guest): Rs.4000
Every additional Guest: Rs.500.
Children below 5 years complimentary. 5-10 years Rs.350 per child. Above 10 years full cost
Vehicle Type-Etios for 2 to 4 Pax & Innova 4 to 6 Pax
15 Best Places to Visit in Kolkata City
Victoria Memorial is another relic of the British Raj in India, it is located in the heart of Kolkata, in West Bengal. This white marbled opulent structure was built in memory of Queen Victoria to celebrate her 25 years of rule over India and is almost a replica of the Victoria Memorial in London. Victoria Memorial is an iconic structure that is synonymous with the city of joy!
Time-The gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesdays to Sundays & The gardens are open on all days from 5:30 AM to 6:15 PM.
2>Dakshineswar Kali Temple & Belur Math
Built in 1847 by Queen Rasmani of Janbazar, Dakshineswar Kali Temple is one of the most popular attractions in Kolkata. This temple is devoted to a form of Goddess Kali – Goddess Bhavatarini. On the banks of River Hooghly, this temple is built over 25 acres of land and boasts of a colourful and impressive architecture.
Belur Math is sprawling over forty acres of land on the west bank of the Hooghly River, Belur; the Belur Math in Kolkata is a place of pilgrimage and also the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.People from all over the world, irrespective of the religion that they believe in, visit the temple to enjoy the tranquillity and serenity that it imbues.
3>Jorasanko Thakur Bari – Tagore House
Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore – The most celebrated poet, the author, and the songwriter from the land of West Bengal. Bengali poets consider him as their God. It is quite an old temple, which saw its first light in the year 1785. Besides, it is spread over 35000 square meters. Today the building houses Rabindra Bharati University, inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on Tagore’s birth centenary, 8 May 1962. Within the complex is Maharishi Bhavan, named after the poet’s father, Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, where, as the plaque outside reads, “Rabindranath was born breathed his last here.” Today this house is a museum that has three galleries dedicated to Tagore, members of his family and the Bengal Renaissance.
Timing-Everyday 10.30am to 5.30pm, Monday is closed
4>Marble Palace Mansion
The only colossal structure that stands in a small lane of Muktaram Babu Street of North Kolkata is Raja Rajendra Miullick’s palatial house, popularly known as the Marble Palace.The beautiful 19th century Marble Palace mansion was built by a rich Bengali merchant, Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835.
The façade of the privately-owned mansion is built in neoclassical style, and still continues to be the residence of Rajendra Mullick’s descendants and is considered the most preserved monuments of Kolkata.
Timing-Everyday from 10.00m to 4.00pm,Monday & Thursday is closed.
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5>St. Paul’s Cathedral
Located in the heart of the City of Joy – Kolkata, St Paul’s is an Anglican cathedral that operates under CNI – Church of North India. St Paul’s Cathedral is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. It is an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India. Besides, being a religious site, the cathedral is also an architectural marvel. St. Paul’s Cathedral is 247 feet in length, 81 feet in width and 114 feet at transept. The flagstaff rises to a height of 175 feet above ground level. The St. Paul’s Cathedral took eight years to be built at a whopping cost of Rs. 5 lakhs (Five Hundred Thousand rupees) and was finally consecrated by Bishop Wilson on 8th October 1847.
Timing-Everyday 9.00am to 12.00pm & 3.00pm to 6.00pm except Sunday(7.30am to 6.00am)
6>Boating in Princep Ghat
Princep Ghat is one of the oldest recreational spots of Kolkata. The Ghat was named after James Prinsep. Located along the banks of the beautiful Hooghly River (River Ganges), the Ghat is surrounded by greenery and overlooked by the Vidyasagar Setu. Around evening, people flock the place and enjoy long strolls along the bank
James Prinsep was the son of John Prinsep, a rich indigo planter who later became a merchant for the East India Company. James Prinsep studied architecture under the gifted Augustus Pugin. But he had to discontinue his studies because of an eye infection. James was appointed the Assistant Assay Master in Calcutta Mint and he arrived at the city on 15th September 1819.
Boating is a favourite recreational activity at the Prinsep Ghat. Early mornings (6:00 AM to 9:00 AM) and evenings (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM) are highly recommended for boating in the serene river
7>Mother Teresa House
The Missionaries of Charity Mother House is a holy place of pilgrimage and reverence for those who are searching for a more meaningful existence.In the year 1997, she left for the heavenly abode. Right now, she is resting inside the tomb that you will find in this house. Besides, a considerable number of tourists visit this place to witness peace and salvation at the same time.
On 7th October 1950, Mother Teresa, along with her dedicated pupils, founded the Missionaries of Charity. The purpose of this charity was to serve humankind. Besides, she also decided to help for free to the poorest of the poor. Moreover, they took a mission to take care of the naked, the hungry, the disabled, the homeless, the lepers, and the blind.
Timing-The missionaries of charity open at 8:00 am, closes at 12:00 pm. Again, it opens at 3:00 pm, and closes at 6:00 pm. Besides, it opens every day except for the Thursday
8>Parasnath Jain Temple
The temple is dedicated to Parshwanath, who was the 23rd Jain Tirthankar, and he is worshipped by the Jains, and this is one of the most important Jain temples in Kolkata. The place is famous all over that is why devout Jains from distant parts of India flock to the Temple precincts all round the year. The temple consists of four temples inside of it.
Built in 1867 by Ray Badridas Bahadur, the Jain Parasnath Temple is one of the holiest shrine belonging mainly to the Shwetambar sect of Jainism. The beautiful temple also has four main shrines dedicated to different Tirthankars of the Jains. Though primarily it belongs to the 23rd Tirthankar Parasnath Dev. The four main Shrines.
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9>Kalighat Maa Kali Temple
One of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the Kalighat Kali temple is a one of the most well-known places of worship in Kolkata. Goddess Kali is worshiped as the Mother Goddess in the city.The present temple dates back to the 19th century, however, it finds reference in certain bhakti literature of Bengal dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries. Constructed under the patronage of a zamindar, the present temple was completed in 1809. The idol is unique with three huge eyes, a long protruding tongue and four hands—all made of gold.
The present structure of the temple was built under the benefaction of the Sabarna Roy Chowdhury family of Barisha.
Timing-the temple is open to public from 5 am to 2 pm and then from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. Although the temple’s first aarti takes place early in the morning right at 4 am, it is not open to the public. Besides, the bhog or prasad timing is from 2 pm to 5 pm, but then the temple’s sanctum sanctorum is not open for prayers or public viewing at that time.
10>India’s Oldest Auction House In Kolkata- Russel Exchange-
The 77-year-old auction house is run by two brothers – Anwar Saleem and Arshad Salim; and their elder sister, Sarfaraz Begum Shamsi (India’s only female auctioneer) provides a helping hand. They hold a garment auction every Thursday and a general auction very Sunday.
the Colony of Potters, you would find almost 400 sculptors etching through clay brought from the nearby River Ganges to create some of the most fascinating idols ofHindu Gods and Goddesses. A whole army of sculptors, potters, frame decorators and dressers work in harmony with heaps of straw, clay, cheap gold foils, bamboo, beads and mundane things to create art pieces so vivid, stylised and grand that it evokes a lifetime awe.
Kolkata Tram Museum “Smaranika” is housed within a vintage tram built in 1938. Interestingly, this wooden body streamlined tram is still functional. This tram has been modified at the Nonapukur Workshop with a vestibule to help visitors move from one car to another within the tram. One car is a modified cafeteria whereas the other showcases some interesting memorabilia on trams in Kolkata from the early days to the present day. The whole experience of going through an archive on trams within a tram is quite fascinating.
College Street is a ~1.5 km long street in central Kolkata,It stretches from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar area to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing Kolkata’s historic College Street is India’s largest book market, lending it the endearing nickname Boi Para–”Book Town.”it houses Kolkata’s most prestigious and renowned academic institutions like University Of Calcutta, Calcutta Medical College, Presidency College, Sanskrit College, Hare School and Hindu School.
The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, better known as the Botanical Garden, is a sprawling garden spanning a 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.A total of 12,000 trees and shrubs which belong to 1,400 exotic species can be found at the Botanical Gardens.
Perhaps the most famous attraction that can be found in the Botanical Gardens is the 250-year-old massive and colossal banyan tree, which is fondly known as the Great Banyan Tree.
15>South Park Street Cemetery
Possibly one of the earliest cemeteries not connected to a church, and probably the largest Christian cemetery outside Europe and America in the 19th century, the South Park Street Cemetery no longer welcomes the dead, but attracts hordes of the living.
The Park Street cemetery was ceremonially declared open in 1767. It is one of the first non-church cemeteries in the world. In the 19th century, it was known as the ‘Great Christian Burial ground’ in Asia.
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The biggest Mangrove Forests in the World, Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal, India. It is also a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere reserve that provides a complete nature’s circle to the tourist right from ‘Royal Bengal tigers’ to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries. Sundarbans National Park is a part of Sundarban delta that is covered with Mangrove Forest and the largest population of the Bengal Tigers. It is a UNESCO world heritage site with a large variety of birds and reptiles including saltwater Crocodile. Sundarban safari will be the most memorable trip in your life.
Bishnupur is a small heritage town in Bankura district of West Bengal, it is located 132 km from Kolkata. Bishnupur is famous for its terracotta temples and Baluchari sarees.Famous pyramid-shaped Rasmancha, established around 1600,Madan Mohan Temple is decorated with scenes from Hindu legends,including the “Mahabharata”. Explore Bankura Bishnupur Mukutmanipur Tour Package with The Weekender.
Gangasagar Day Tour
Gangasagar or Sagar Island is an island in the Ganges delta, lying on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 kms (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. The island is large with an area of 224.3 kms. Gangasagar is a charming tourist destination, which attracts both pilgrims and adventure lovers. Located on an island in the Sundarbans, Gangasagar offers the charms of an unspoilt beach on the estuary of the river Ganges. Gangasagar offers acres of silver sand and clear blue sky, and the calm sea for visitors who would like to spend their weekend in tranquility. Call us +91 9830011715for best deal in Gangasagar Day Trip
Cruise in River Hooghly
While cruising on the Ganga River, you would get to see the old buildings, the various sections and segments of the city divided into various eras. You would see the lovely Howrah Bridge over the Ganga, and also many must-see new and ancient buildings and structures, parks and places on the banks of the river. Here are 54 Ghats on either sides of the river, which you must discover during your Vivada cruise on the Ganga. Breakfast Cruise(8.30am-11.30am) & Evening Cruise (4.00 pm-3.00pm) @Rs.1000+GST Lunch Cruise(12.30pm-3.30pm) & Dinner Cruise(7.30pm-10.30pm) @Rs.1500+GST
Known to few, mainly as Rabindranath Tagore’s home and now a university, Santiniketan is a small town located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. The town comprises mainly of Visva Bharati University. The University was set up by Rabindranath Tagore’s father and later popularized by him to radically change the concept of education in India.
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Mayapur Day Tour
Mayapur (125km from Kolkata)is a place for spiritual tourism. A place for relaxation & rejuvenation of your mind & soul. The ISKCON Mayapur campus houses several architectural feats including the upcoming largest temple – the Temple of Vedic Planetarium. This project includes a vedic planetarium describing the universe according to the vedic cosmology. Discover Mayapur from Kolkata on this 14-Hour Full Day excursion Tour. Get Picked up and dropped-off within Kolkata. Drive with your guide for a more personal tour for your Full-day trip. Tours to Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir, ISKCON, Sri Chaitanya Math, Ma Anandamayee Ashram, Yoga Peeth and top places in Mayapur. Call us +91 9830011715for best deal in Gangasagar Day Trip
Purulia is a land of natural beauty. The lush green landscape, verdant hills and dense forests make it a perfect tourist destination that gives a rustic ambience and peaceful surroundings to weary city dwellers.Try our exclusive Purulia Tour Package of 2N/3D. This westernmost district of West Bengal is part of the Chota Nagpur plateau which unravels her untapped mystery and wondrous beauty. The landscape is rocky and undulating.
Experience Durga Puja Parikrama 2020-Rural Bengal along with “Bonedi Bari” (Zamindar or Ancient House) of West Bengal, The annual week-long carnival of Durga Puja is undoubtedly the most anticipated event in West Bengal.Gram (rural) Banglar Puja ,where you can find the rituals of some century old Durga Puja of Bengal.