Here are some of the most famous places in Kolkata which have Historical significance. The former British capital of India, Kolkata, is known for its artistic brilliance, exceptional architecture, and legendary literary landscape. Fondly called the ‘City of Joy’, it encapsulates the essence of Eastern India. Standing tall as the cultural and intellectual hub of India, this fascinating city invites you to witness its diversity and experience the joy of immersing yourself in its ancient culture and historical monuments.
1. Victoria Memorial
It is an outcome of Lord Curzon’s wish to create a lovable memorial to honor Queen Victoria. This white marble memorial, established in 1921, is surrounded by 64 acres of garden and we can see the figure of the Angel of Victory on top of the memorial’s central dome. The museum houses 25 galleries displaying an array of collections including sculptures, arms, rare and antiquarian books, paintings, etc.
Location: Queen’s Way, Kolkata
Timings: Museum – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed on Mondays
Gardens – 5:30 am to 6:15 pm
2. Belur Math
It is located on the west bank of River Hooghly, serves as the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. This place was established by Swami Vivekananda and is noted for its splendid architecture that integrates Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian to symbolize the unity of all religions.
Location: Belur, Howrah
Timings:6:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
3. Paul’s Cathedral
It is one of the most iconic churches in Kolkata, which was built in 1847 for the European Christians living in the city at the time. Today, this cathedral is affiliated to the Church of North India and is the biggest church of all.
Location: Maidan, Kolkata
Timings: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
4. Writer's Building
It was built in 1777, served as an office of the writers of the East India Company . Currently, it serves as the secretariat building of the West Bengal State Government.
Location: B.D. Bagh, Kolkata
Timings:10:00 am to 6:00 pm; closed on Sundays
5. Raj Bhavan
It is one of the outstanding monuments in Kolkata, serves as the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal. Built in neoclassical architecture with Baroque overtones, this grand three-storied structure was once the seat of British Imperial power.
Timings: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Kolkata has many religious places and Kalighat is a fine case in point. The temple is more than 200 years old and the place also gave birth to one of the most distinctive styles of Indian painting called Kalighat Pata.
Temple Timings: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
7. Howrah Bridge
Commissioned in 1943, this grand structure over River Hooghly is a fine example of architectural brilliance and is perhaps the most famous landmark, It shoulders daily traffic of around 100,000 vehicles and more than 150,000 pedestrians.
Location: Howrah, Kolkata
8. Shobha bazar Rajbari:
It was constructed in 17th century and was once the royal residence of the Shobha bazar family. The place is now converted as a tourist’s monuments where people can find many belongings of the royal family.
Timings: 6AM - 10 PM Disclaimer: Some places may not allow entry for tourist.