Salt Lake City in Kolkata, boasts as a planned satellite town in West Bengal. If you happen to be residing for long or just staying here, during travel visits you will know about the must-visit neighborhoods.
But being in Kolkata, you would love to see several grand architectural buildings testifying British Raj. Even if you have visited the places prior, re-visiting the places are always a good idea. And incase, you are new to the city, then you must witness the city's tourism grandeurs.
It is wise to keep two days time in hand to visit all the remarkable places in Kolkata. If you have own car, then nice otherwise you can go for a good car hire option.
Here is a quick guide to your 2 days' exploration in Kolkata
You can cherish the following prides of the city, in the first day as sequenced:
- Victoria Memorial
A famous historical place in Kolkata, covering 57 acres of land, that house 21 lushly green gardens, 28,394 artifacts and 3,900 artistic paintings were a tribute to Queen Victoria in celebration of her 25 years of rule over India. The memorial testifies British Raj in India and showcases the technological architectural advancements.
Timings: 10 am - 5 pm
Entry Fee: For Indians, Rs. 20 and for foreigners Rs. 200
- Birla Planetarium
This is a circular structure with design loosely styled on the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. In the planetarium, you can see a mesmerizing sky show that is shown daily. The planetarium uses equipment, quite old that finds no usage in new facilities.
Location: Cathedral Road, near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
Timings: 11 am - 7 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 40 per person
- Fort William
The remarkably huge structure of the fort is a must visit the historical site in Kolkata. It was built in 1696 and earned the name from King William III. Painstaking stonework embellishes the building surface and it took a decade for completion. Presently, it is owned by the Indian Army with an accommodation capacity of about ten thousand army personnel.
Timings: 10 am - 5:30 pm
- Prinsep Ghat
This is another popular site of attraction. The spectacular memorial got inspirations from the Gothic and Greek style of architecture and built on banks of river Hooghly. One of the amazing places to visit in Kolkata during night hours, it remains lit with gleaming lights and serves as a popular picnic spot.
Timings: 8 am - 8 pm
- Indian Museum
This happens to be the 9th oldest world museum and largest in India. Also known as ‘Jadughar’, it houses some of the best collections of historical significance that ranges from a sacred relic of Buddha, Egyptian mummies, and modern paintings. The museum also has some beautiful collections of ornaments, skeletons, fossils, antiques, armors, and amazing paintings of the Mughal era.
Timings: 10 am -5 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 500 for foreigners and Rs. 20 for Indians
- Shaheed Minar
This 18th-century monument erected to show gratitude to the martyrs who fought for India's independence was earlier called the Ochterlony Monument, and a huge tourist attraction. This 48-m tall monument is a major landmark of Kolkata city that you can miss visiting.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Just with a new morning, you can make a fresh start. It is good to visit the farthest spot first and then watch the rest, as you make way back. So you start with Belur Math, and as you return, take a look at Tagore's house and Marble palace. The Howrah bridge, will wonder you both the ways.
- Belur Math
Belur Math is of much historical significance, established by Swami Vivekananda. This is a holy site, and headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission. The architecture artistically amalgamates Hindu, Islamic and Christian motifs and symbolize the unity of religions.
Timings: (6 - 11:30) am, and (4 -7) pm
In case, you are traveling for the first time to Kolkata, no worries. Just avail the option of car rentals in Kolkata for an easy and hassle-free city tour.
- Marble Palace
This happens to be one of the best revived royal palatial mansions in India. The palace was built in the 19th century and testifies finest artistic statues, amazing glassware, and excellent paintings of artists from belonging to the British Raj.
Timings: 10:30 am - 4 pm
- Tagore’s House
The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is a favorite for lovers of literature and history. The abode of Rabindranath Tagore got transformed into the museum and has 700 paintings portrayed on the walls, a must place to visit for art lovers too. There are 3 different galleries for books, manuscripts, and other antique pieces.
Timings: 10 am - 5 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 for students, Rs. 10/ person
- Howrah Bridge
Howrah Bridge is a historic landmark of Kolkata, runs majestically over the river Hooghly. With its huge steel structure, this is one of the longest bridges with cantilever, of the kind in the world. The unique fact about the bridge is that it has no bolt or nut and is held with rivets only.
Intrigued by the places of historical importance in Kolkata? Get your travel bags ready and make a trip with family, or in group or in solo and enjoy the historical glimpses of the city and also the present scenario. It's beautiful and worth to be penned in your travel nostalgia.
To navigate through the city what could be better than your travel buddy, the Kolkata car hires with its pick up locations, in almost every place for your convenience. And stationed at Salt Lake area, you can avail car rental in salt lake.