Kolkata (Calcutta) Sights

Kolkata and Howrah (also written as Haora) straddle the Hooghly River, with Kolkata on the east side, and Howrah on the west. Across the Hooghly from Kolkata's old quarter, the Howrah district—which holds Kolkata's massive train station—is a constantly expanding suburb. On the eastern side of town is Salt Lake City, a planned, upscale residential community.

In Kolkata itself, the Howrah

Bridge spills into Burra Bazaar, the vibrant wholesale-market area that anchors the city's commerce. North Kolkata includes Burra Bazaar and Kolkata University and extends to the distant neighborhood of Chitpur and the Jain Temple in Tala. The heart of Central Kolkata remains B. B. D. Bagh (Binoy Badal Dinesh Bagh, formerly Dalhousie Square), where commerce and government have been concentrated since British times. Central Kolkata also holds the expansive Maidan park, the crowded bazaar at New Market, and the upmarket shops and restaurants on Park Street. At the south end of the Maidan are the Victoria Memorial and Kolkata's racecourse. South Kolkata has the Kali Temple and the late Mother Teresa's hospice in Kalighat and the National Library and zoo in Alipore, a posh residential community. To the east of the city is the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (known simply as "the bypass"), which links south Kolkata to the north. The expanding city now stretches well beyond the bypass, which is now lined with five-star hotels, exclusive condominiums, malls, and parks that overlook vast stretches of agricultural lands and fisheries. The Chinese settlement in Tangra, famed for its Indo-Chinese cuisine, is a popular dining destination.

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Pareshnath Temple

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Built in 1867 and dedicated to Pareshnathji, the 23rd of the 24 Jain tirthankaras ("perfect souls," meaning sages who have achieved...

Prinsep Ghat-Babu Ghat Promenade

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The promenade between the restored Prinsep Ghat (steps leading into the river), north to Outram Ghat and then Babu Ghat, has been spruced...

Rabindra Bharati University and Tagore Museum

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Rabindranath Tagore's sprawling and well-maintained mansion is a pilgrimage site for his fans and followers. A poet, philosopher, and...

South Park Street Cemetery

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The graves and memorials here form a repository of British imperial history. People who lived within the Raj from 1767 on are buried...

St. Paul's Cathedral

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Completed in 1847, the cathedral now has a steeple modeled after the one at Canterbury; previous steeples were destroyed by earthquakes...

The Maidan

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Maidan, the green lungs of the city, and loved and prized by its people, stretches from the Governor's house in the north to the National...

Tiretta Bazaar/Old Chinatown

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Chinese settlers in Kolkata have given the city a few things to fall in love with, and the breakfast served at Tiretta Bazaar is one...

Town Hall

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Built with Doric columns in 1813, Town Hall was where Europeans of British India met to socialize. After India's Independence, the structure...

Victoria Memorial

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This massive, white marble monument was conceived in 1901 by Lord Curzon and built over a 20-year period. Designed in a mixture of Italian...

Writers' Building

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The original "writers" were the clerks of the British East India Company. Now a government office building, this dramatically baroque...

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