Kolkata Tourist Places

Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is a vibrant cultural hub and the third most populous metropolitan city in India. With the Ganga River flowing through it, the streets are alive with the chatter of locals. The city warmly welcomes visitors eager to explore its artistic essence. In this blog, we have some must-visit spots in Kolkata you must check out.

Victoria Memorial 

Discover the splendour of colonial architecture at the Victoria Memorial, a striking white marble palace in the heart of Kolkata. To dodge the crowds, consider visiting right after it opens at 10 am. The surrounding gardens are a popular spot for locals to relax with friends and family, especially on crisp winter days or summer evenings. Inside, the main complex houses an array of artefacts from the colonial era and exhibits about the life of Queen Victoria.

Statue of a lion and Victoria Memorial in the backdrop
an image of the famous dakshineswar temple captured during the day

Dakhineshwar Kali Temple and Belur Math

Seek the blessings of Kali at Dakhineshwar, a temple built on the banks of the Ganga river. The temple complex is spread out and reverberates the powerful energy of the Goddess. Sit on the riverbank after your worship bask in the cool river breeze and ground yourself for this is one of the places in the bustling city where you can find moments of peace. Later catch a ferry and head on to Belur Math on the other side of the river. It was constructed in 1897 by Swami Vivekananda and dedicated to his teacher Ramakrishna.

Howrah Bridge 

Kolkata tourism is driven by pictures of the Howrah Bridge. Hence, it would be disheartening to leave your trip incomplete by missing out on the famous bridge. The bridge connects the busy city to Howrah railway station and is of thus great importance to the city. The bridge is often crowded with vehicles but do not fret. Take a leisurely stroll in the early hours of the day and enjoy the views of the Hooghly River.

Alternatively, a ferry ride also poses as an excellent option for you can cruise along the river while enjoying the rustic and busy views of the Howrah Bridge and Kolkata. 

howrah bridge in the night with lights on
Indian Museum in Kolkata with clear sky

Indian Museum 

Visit the Indian Museum, the largest in India, founded in 1814. It houses a vast collection of antiquities from different centuries. The collection includes historically significant items such as fossils, paintings, armour, and sculptures. The museum is divided into six sections for easy navigation and encourages visitors to engage with sections that interest them the most. 

Park Street 

Explore Kolkata's iconic Park Street which is also known as 'the street that never sleeps'. This is the best place in Kolkata to experience the city's nightlife as it is a haven for foodies, shopaholics, and party-goes. One can start their morning with breakfast at the infamous Flurys and their night at one of the gorgeous rooftop bars on this street.

park street with vehicles moving during dusk
a book fair selling Bengali books

College Street

Explore the world's largest second-hand book market at College Street also known as Boi Para by the locals. Be prepared to find rare editions, academic textbooks, classics, and literary gems in the shops on this street. It is a significant place for literature enthusiasts since Bengali authors and artists like Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray frequented this area. If this is not inspiring enough to visit this place, the famous Coffee House established in 1917 still stands tall in the area today. It is the meet-up spot for college students, artists, and political activists. 

A Kolkata tour is a lifetime experience for anyone who gravitates towards art and culture. Explore the city where the effects of the colonial era can be felt to date through the buildings and bustling lanes. Amidst all this chaos find your peace at Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata, an amalgamation of colonial-era charm and millennial hipster culture awaits in an ideal location very close to Park Street. Enjoy a warm and delicious meal along with a cup of coffee at Aromas and enjoy a luxurious stay in one of the rooms at the hotel. With a wide range of options to choose from all the rooms at Kenilworth Hotel are all tastefully decorated keeping the culture and history of the city in mind.