10 must visit places in Kolkata on a trip

Story Walk Tour

Kolkata The Story Walks help people in re-discovering Kolkata like never before. The walking trips and day tours is available for people all across the world. We try to showcase the city that is much more than the regular cacophony, the general travel guides and touristic hotspots. We try to portray the city through the lens of the local people. Building connections – one traveller at a time.

Kolkata Story walk Tour

If you want to get a personal touch to your stay then walk tours are the best way to get to know a place or a city better. ITS offers hand crafted story walks with a way of information being passed or simplified down in the forms of episodes of history, like as it has seen the hues & cries, the rise & downfall of empires, the changing fortunes; the early foreign settlements; political run & with it all that changes that a place has gone through & concluding it by visuals or satiating the quench for knowledge and more

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10 Incredible Places to Visit in Kolkata

1.Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial is one of the greatest and wonderful monuments of Kolkata. Built between 1906 and 1921 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 25-year reign in India. Following the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the British government allowed the lines of authority of the country soon, and in 1876 the British parliament established Victoria the Empress of India. Her reign finished with her death in 1901.
The Victoria Memorial is probably the most wonderful memento of the Raj to be found in India. This large white-marble museum, made of Makrana marbles from Rajasthan, is furnished with a vast collection of pieces from the period of British Empire rule in India.
The Memorial is located on 64 acres of land with the building comprising 338 ft by 228 ft.

  1. Location: Queens Way, Kolkata
  2. Timing: 10 AM – 5 PM
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2. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge sits atop River Hooghly in West Bengal, India and is one of the most noteworthy constructions standing tall till date. The bridge was inaugurated in 1943 following a prolonged construction period of 6 years. The bridge’s construction started in the year 1936. The bridge is regarded as the third longest bridge in the world of its type. Howrah Bridge also stands as the sixth-longest cantilever bridge in the world.
Howrah Bridge is one of the oldest bridges that connects Howrah to Kolkata and is one of the most reckoned ways of transportation to the western flank of the Hooghly River.

3. Indian Museum

Indian Museum also regarded as the Imperial Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world. Counting in at ninth, it is the oldest and the largest museum in India. Indian Museum houses some of the unique collections of antiques, ornaments, fossils, bones and Mughal arts. It was established by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (Calcutta earlier), India in 1814. The custodian was a Danish Botanist named Nathaniel Wallich.

 In special, the art and archaeology divisions are collections of global importance. Indian Museum is an independent organization following the Ministry of Culture, Government of India”. The art and archaeology divisions are collections of global importance.

The idea of it becoming a museum arose in 1796 amongst the multiple brethren of the Asiatic Society. The main motive was to bring together as a community the natural and man-made objects for showcasing and being responsible for its safe-keeping.

The objective started to look available in 1808 when the Community was given suitable service by the Government of India in the Chowringhee-Park Street area.

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4. Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Jorasanko name is synonymous with North Kolkata, located in the Kolkata District of West Bengal, India. The meaning of Jorasanko has been derived from two (Jora) wooden or bamboo bridges (Sanko) that crossed the river at this point.
Aside from the housing the seat of the Tagore family, traditionally recognized as the “Jorasanko Thakur Bari”, the area fitted as being the foundation stone of the Bengal Renaissance. The place was earlier known as Mechuabazar.

Rabindranath Tagore needs no introduction! A Nobel laureate in the field of literature, he is amongst the most famous personalities to have ever been on earth. A journey to Kolkata will be incomplete without visiting the home that ignited thoughts of this laureate, i.e., the Jorasanko Thakurbari.

5. St. Paul’s Cathedral

Registered as one of the churches of North India and representing the Anglican life in Kolkata (West Bengal), St. Paul’s Cathedral stands out for its medieval architecture with its gothic influences. Housing the seat of the diocese of Kolkata, the church’s foundation stone was laid as early as 1839 which finally saw completion in 1847. One of the first episcopal churches in Asia, St. Paul’s Cathedral is also recognized as one of the largest cathedral churches in Kolkata. A cathedral that was built in a territory outside of the British Empire.

You need not be a Christian to tour the cathedral. The St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the first of the constructions that was built by the Imperial British Empire in India.   However, today, it is an important part of Kolkata as any other place in the city.
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6. Birla Planetarium

The Birla Planetarium is made to replicate the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi, built in a single-storeyed circular shape and stylized in the standard Indian design. Located right next to the St. Paul’s Cathedral on one flank and the Maidan in Central Kolkata on the other, it is right at the heart of the Chowringhee Road. The St. Paul’s Cathedral is by far the biggest planetarium in Asia and the second largest worldwide. There are only two other Birla Planetariums in the country, one in Chennai and the other in Hyderabad.

Popularly regarded as the “Taramandal”, the planetarium came into being in July 1963. The then prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated this one-of-a-kind planetarium that houses both an electronics laboratory and an astronomical gallery.

7. Mother House

Mother Teresa or St. Teresa, as she is called after her canonization, lived in a small room on the primary floor of Mother House for nearly 50 years, from 1953 to 1997. The room is so small that at its simplest, it can accommodate a bed. Mother Teresa also added a table and a bench that she utilized for paintings.

The mattress on which she slept became a simple metal frame that become very mild. The mattress on the bed was very thin. A few meters from her mattress, is the laptop (a table and bench) that mom used. Apart from those, there has been a thorn wreath and across that summed up as Mother’s belongings. The Mother House is the headquarters of the missionaries of charity that draws visitors from every nook and corner of the world. The Mother House is the resting abode of Mother Teresa, where her remains are buried in a tomb within the house. Some of the minimal belongings of Mother Teresa are housed in a small museum which includes her sari, rosary, crucifix as well as her sandals. 
This is the room wherein Mother breathed her ultimate breath”.
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8. Botanical Gardens

The gardens had been founded in 1787 by Colonel Robert Kyd, a navy officer of the British East India Company. This was solely done for identification of new plant life consisting of teak and growing spices for a change.

Joseph Dalton Hooker says of this Botanical Garden that “Amongst its best triumphs may be considered the introduction of the tea-plant from China … The established order of the tea-alternate in the Himalaya and Assam is almost absolutely the paintings of the superintendents of the gardens of Calcutta and Seharunpore
The first known landmark of the garden is the “Great Banyan Tree”. A gigantic and enormous banyan tree reckoned as the largest tree in the world measuring 330 metres in circumference. It in part is inspired by the unconventional Hothouse with the aid of Brian Aldiss. The gardens are also famous for Aldiss’s vast collections of orchids, bamboos, palms, and plants of the screw pine genus. It in part inspired the unconventional Hothouse with the aid of Brian Aldiss. The gardens also are famous for his or her vast collections of orchids, bamboos, palms, and plants of the screw pine genus.

9. Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu navaratna temple positioned at Dakshineswar. Situated at the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali. That means, ‘She who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence, Saṃsara’.

The temple was built with aid from Rani Rashmoni, who was a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali. The same came into existence in the year 1855 The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal.

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10. Belur Math

Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa laid the ideology behind the construction of the Beluṛ Maṭh, which is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. It is positioned at the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the greatest institutions in Kolkata.
This temple was at the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is unique for its structure that fuses Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist art motifs as a symbol of the team spirit of all religions. 2003 saw the opening of the Belur Math railway station that was built to ease the traffic to Belur Math Temple.
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