Around the Bridge
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Kolkata Port Trust (Head Office)
Kolkata Port is India's only riverine port with two dock systems - Kolkata Dock System at Kolkata with the oil wharves at Baj Baj, Anchorages at Diamond Harbour, Kulpi, Sagar and Sandheads and a deep water dock system at Haldia Dock Complex, Haldia . It has the most sophisticated port facilities with extensive storage facility for diverse cargo. (www.portofcalcutta.com)
The Governor's residence, is the finest example of Georgian architecture in India. It was the official residence of the British Governors during the pre independence period. The Throne Room contains Tipu Sultan's throne and its ballroom has the finest polished dance floor in India.
Built in the year 1780, Writers' Buildings, a major landmark in Kolkata, is famous for its Corinthian facade. Originally built as a residence for the British East India Company's clerical and administrative staff, it today houses the main state secretariat. The tall columns, the corridors flanked by ornate arches and the pavilions that grace the center, exhibit the best of colonial architecture.
Howrah Railway Station
The Howrah Railway Station set up in 1906, is one of the largest in the world with rail connections dispersing to all major Indian cities and towns. Howrah Station also serves as an important terminus for the suburban railway services of the Eastern and the South Eastern Railway.
Located on the west bank of the river Hooghly 6 kms from Howrah Bridge and sprawling over several acres of land, it is the headquarters of the famous Ramkrishna Math and Mission. Set up in 1899 by Swami Vivekananda, it is a holy pilgrimage for multitudes of devotees, thronging from various corners of the globe. The Ramakrishna mission runs among other things, an art college, an industrial school and charitable dispensary.
The extensive Botanical Gardens, along the westen bank of the Hooghly river, stretches 1 km along the river and occupy 109 hectares. The gardens were originally founded in 1786 and administered by Colonel Kyd. It was from these gardens that the tea now grown in Assam and Darjeeling, were first developed. Trees of the rarest kinds, from Nepal, Brazil, Penang, Java and Sumatra can be found here. There are towering mahogany trees, an avenue of Cuban Palms and an Orchid House. Mango and Tamarind trees provide a cool canopy to the grassy lawns. The main attraction of the garden is the 200 plus year old Banyan Tree, claimed to have the second largest canopy in the world. It is the world's largest, having a circumference of 330m.
Victoria Memorial, built with white-marble, in memory of Queen Victoria between 1906 and 1921 is one of the structures that the city can justifiably boast of. This now serves as a museum of memorabilia of the days of British Raj. The memorabilia includes portraits, statues and murals of almost all the main events and participants of British India.
James Prinsep was a renowned researcher in field of meteorology, chemistry, Indian scriptures, numismatics, archaeology, mineral resources etc. He carried out the famous research of deciphering the doctrines of Emperor Ashoka, from the inscriptions in rocks and boulders. Prinsep Ghat named after him was constructed in 1843. The princes and the royal emissaries who came to Calcutta after Lord Attenborough, used the Prinsep Ghat to arrive and board ships.
The garden, along the bank of Hooghly river, is a place of attraction for nature lovers of the city. Eden Gardens, named after the sister of Lord Auckland, the former governor general, was developed in 1840 . The name of the garden is, however, associated with the international cricket stadium with a capacity of more than a lakh spectators. The stadium is located alongside the garden. The idea was to make a Biblical - style garden of Eden in India.
The Park is situated on the banks of the river Hooghly. This has been developed by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority on the land belonging to Kolkata Port Trust in an endeavour to promote tourism and to beautify the riverfront. The park has been a major attraction of the city and draws thousands of visitors round the year.
The City of Calcutta dedicated this 165 ft. High monument in honour of the freedom fighters of India. This was erected by public subscription in 1828, to honour Sir David Octerlony, a one- time resident of Malwa & Rajputana. This monument, renamed as 'Saheed Minar' is an important landmark in Kolkata.
Tagore House ( Jorasanko Thakurbari)
The Tagore House is the ancestral abode of the Tagores, a museum of world acclaim and a centre for promotion of Indian dance, drama, music and other arts. This is the birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore, India's greatest poet, and also the place where he breathed his last. It's just off Rabindra Sarani, North of BBD Bag. The adjoining place also houses the Rabindra Bharati University.
Vidyasagar Setu, the look alike of Golden Gate Bridge, 2kms downriver was completed in 1992. It is a modern day engineering marvel and one of the largest cable stayed bridges in Asia. The bridge connects the twin cities of Calcutta and Howrah.
The planetarium is one of the largest in the world and is located at the inter-junction of Jawaharlal Nehru Road/ Cathedral Road. The daily stellar and cosmic shows are a huge attraction and a source of educational entertainment for all. Set amidst trees and lawns, here one finds science out of doors and alive
It is located on Calcutta's Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. This 21st century marvel of science, communication and environment is the first and only institution of its kind in India. The pioneering effort of National Council of Science Museums (NSCM), in setting up open air Science Parks has now added a new dimension to science learning through an interactive process of simulation and discovery.
With financial and material contribution from Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), a new Maritime Centre was setup, with a ship-shape look and housing artifacts, murals, dioramas etc., chronicling the world and Indian maritime culture and evolution. The centre was thrown open to public on the occasion of KoPT's 133rd Anniversary on 17th October, 2003.
This museum was established in 1878. The museum, considered as the largest museum in the country, is built in Italian architectural style. The entire collections are housed in six different sections: Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Industry. From the Egyptian mummy to the skeleton of the whale and some rare statues, it is a virtual treasure trove for all, the initiated and the sundry. One of the rooms has a collection of meteorites. The museum also has a unique fossil collection of prehistoric animals which includes a giant crocodile and a huge tortoise. The art collection has many fineries from Orissa and other temples with superb works of Buddhist, Chola and Gandharan art.
Calcutta's zoo, the oldest in India and set up over a sprawling area, was the creation of Sir Richard Carnac Temple, the then Governor of Bengal from 1874 to 1877. It was opened on Jan 1st 1876, by the Prince of Wales. The 16 hectare ground houses a wide species of animals & birds including the rare white Bengal Tiger. There is a separate reptile house and a children's zoo. Migratory birds, even from Siberia, find a safe roosting place in the zoo every winter. The aquarium in front of the Zoological Gardens contains sea-fishes of exquisite varieties.
Situated on the southeast corner of the Maidan, the Rabindra Sadan is the seat of Oriental - culture where every evening, drama cultural programmes & exhibitions are held to regale the culture conscious citizens of the city.
Located on Ashotosh Chowdhury Avenue near Ballygunj Phari, it is one of the latest additions to the places of visit in Calcutta. Built over twenty- two years of painstaking labour, it is an all marble structure with very high quality Rajasthani engravings.
Despite the influences of globalization and cosmopolitanism in the commercially bustling city of Calcutta, the Kalighat temple continues to attract devotees from all over the world.
References of this temple are found in Biprodas Pipalai's Manasa Mongal (1545), Mukundaram Chakraborty's Chandikabya (1577-1592) and even in Ganga Bhakti Tarangini (1740 AD) .Later, the temple received ample patronage from ancestors of Sravarna Chowdhury of Barisha , and other wealthy gentry viz. the Rajas & Zamindars of Sovabazar, Hatkhola, Paikpara & so on.
It is an important tourist land mark of the city and frequented by scores of pilgrims from the country & abroad.
Kali Temple of Dakshineswar
The temple complex , built in the western bank of river Hooghly between 1847 & 1855 under the spiritual mission of Rani Rashmoni is an important religious seat where pilgrims from different corner of the globe congregate, in search of peace and salvation. It has as its centre piece, a shrine of the goddess Kali and temples dedicated to other deities viz. Shiva & Radha-Krishna . The temple also have intimate association with the life and spiritual pursuits of Paramhansha Shree Ramakrishna.
The Jain temple was built in 1867 by Ray Badridas Bahadur. The Jains worship Pareshnath in this temple.
Maha Bodhi Society endeavours to initiate and sustain programs of action in conformity with the principles of Buddhism.
This was built in the year 1835 by the Bengali Zamindar Raja Rajendra Nath Mullick in the city of Kolkata. One can find a succession of large halls and marbles everywhere - of 90 different varieties.
Nakhoda Mosque on Rabindra Sarani is the biggest Muslim Mosque in Kolkata.
St. Paul's Church
The Church one of the wonderful buildings in the city of Kolkata is first Episcopal Church of the Orient. Its Indo-Gothic architecture is credited to Major W.N. Forbes. The original Church, which was 61 meter high, was built in1847. After being destroyed due to earthquake the Church was rebuilt (24 meter high) as a replica of the Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral.
Nicco Park, set up in line with the Disneyland, is situated at Salt Lake. This Amusement park has variety of games and rides.
A fishary run by local fishermen, a part of which has been converted into an amusement park. Nalban is especially dear to the nature lovers of the city because of visit by migratory and local birds in large numbers almost all through the year.
A huge water theme park near Nicco park that boosts of world class recreational facilities drawing number of visitors round the year.