Most famous places in kolkata | 20 popular places tour for 160 rupees
Famous Places in Kolkata sightseeing with cheap cost
Kolkata is called ‘The CITY OF JOY.- I think everyone is familiar with this term. The culture of this city is ancient and it is one of the famous cites in India. I am trying to describe, how to go smartly to the 20 most famous places in Kolkata with a cheap cost (160 rupees only) in one day.
This city has so many popular places. Where you can find different cultural people with their different entity. In central Calcutta, esplanade and park street is the prime place. Those two locations are famous for their own style. Esplanade is a shopping destination and Park Street is like a Modern place of Kolkata, where you can find Bar, Disc, Night Club, tourist spots etc.
In this tour guide, I will help you to discover the beauty of this city. Many people of different states are asked me where to visit in Kolkata, so this guide is the one-stop solution for every traveller, who have faced problem sightseeing in Kolkata.
Beautiful Kolkata history
In the year of 1690, Job Charnock assembles 3 villages, namely Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kalikata and these 3 villages known as Calcutta. But later Calcutta name change to Kolkata. The population of Kolkata currently have 45 lakh (2011 census). Howrah Bridge, GPO, Principe Ghat, Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Birla Planetarium, these are the famous places in Kolkata. This is some basic information about Kolkata.
List of Must popular Places to visit in Kolkata in one day
In this article, I give you some interesting information which helps to explore the famous places in Kolkata within a short period of time. I give the total route plane of central Kolkata. In central Kolkata main attraction is Esplanade.
In that place you can find different types of garment shops, food shops and some shopping malls and so on and the most interesting thing is that all the items are available in this area are not costly.
Kolkata tour place cost
Note : -This cost calculated after you reach Esplanade .
|Cost||Indian Citizen (PP)||Foreigners (PP)|
|Tram museum entry fee||10||10|
|Esplaned to park street metro fair||5||5|
|Indian museum entry fee||20||500|
|Park street to maidan metro for elliot park||5||5|
|Birla Planetarium entry fee||80||80|
|Victoria memorial (garden and museum)||20||200|
|Nehru children’s’ museum||20||20|
|Other visiting site||Nil||Nil|
|Total||160 rs||820 rs|
Kolkata list of places Travel Guide (short)
In this kolkata tourism guide, our first spot is Smaranika Tram Museum. After visit the tram museum, next we go for Sahid Minar. This ‘Minar’ built-in memory of freedom fighters of India. The “Sahid Minar” is the landmark or junction of Kolkata.
From here you can ride the oldest metro in India. The metro station is called Esplanade. Now reach park street Metro station from here and you can explore the Indian Museum. This is the oldest museum in India.
After reaching Maiden metro station from park street and visit Elliot Park Kolkata, it is just beside the metro station. Eliot Park is a well maintained Park. Sitting there for a while and go for the Birla Planetarium. Enhance your knowledge in this planetarium and next move for Saint Paul Cathedral Church. The church is beside the Birla Planetarium. On 25th and 31st December they decorate this church so well and that time its look gorgeous.
Now your next stop is Victoria Memorial. Which is just a walking distance from St Paul Cathedral church. It’s a historical place and a copy of Tajmahal in Agra. It’s a must visiting place in Kolkata.
Then go Mahanagar Peace park is situated beside at the exit gate of the Victoria.
After the next spot is Mohor Kunja Park. It is located just opposite beside of Victoria memorial. Previously the light and sound show happened here but it’s closed. The show happens now on Eco park Kolkata.
Our next stop is Nandan, this is a cinema hall. The place famous for gossiping and all age’s people is coming here. The Rabindra Sadan, Academy of fine arts, Paschim Banga Bangla Akademi (West Bengal Bangali Academy), Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala or Gaganendra Art Gallery, Sisir Mancha, The Calcutta Information Center is on the same place.
Your next destination is Nehru children’s museum which is opposite Rabindra Sadan. This place is famous for kids. A regular puppet show done here and now finished your tour.
Smaranika Tram Museum – New point of interest in kolkata
The museum form of a tram vehicle. Once upon a time Tram is very popular in the UK and Kolkata. The museum is located near the Esplanade Tram Depo. Tram museum has two coaches. The first coach is used for the coffee shop and the second coach is the museum.
You can enjoy the coffee shop and museum for 45 minutes. The entry ticket is 10 rupees per person and onetime 16 people enter in the tram. In the museum’s café part you can enjoy tea, coffee, cold drinks, snacks etc. In the museum you can see the total history of the tram and the museum is open every day except Thursday and the best part is, the tram is fully air conditioned. You can buy bus and tram Ticket online form tramways department website or you can phisically go there and buy ticket. No queue at all but you may wait for some time.
Calcutta tourism Sahid Minar
It is Formerly called Octarloni Monument was built at a cost of Rs 35000 in 1828-30 to commemorate the win over Nepal by the British East India Company in 1814-16. In 1969 the name changed to Sahid Minar in memory of freedom fighters of India. Ascending the stairs to the top of the Minar is prohibited for security reasons. There are 218 steps in this 52-meter high miner.
J P Parker built this monument. 82 logs of sal trunks (l0 inch x20 feet long) were dug into the earth to make the 80 ft deep pedestal modelled after Syrian columns. The foundation pillar is in Egyptian style. Whereas the round shaped dome is made in Turkish architectural style, Of late it has been renovated.
The minar is illuminated every evening. Buses to the Various places of the city as well as to different destinations of Eastern India are available from the foot of the sahid minar. To the east of the minar is Chowringhee Road. It is also called Jawaharlal Nehru Rd.
An upmarket area with shops hotels and cinema halls. This is the busiest shopping Centre in Kolkata. In the absence of British, the area is now out and out cosmopolitan in nature. The largest shopping complex, New Market, is very near to it.
Indian Museum Jadughar
Indian Museum Jadughar: The museum in Kolkata with its unique collections is the best among the museums in India. The best in Asia, this museum is better known as Jadughar. Rare collections ranging from pre-historic age to modern era are exhibited in this museum. Address is 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd on its intersection with Park Street. This museum is world famous for its zoological and geological collections.
Indian Museum Kolkata History
It’s started in the Asiatic Society premises in 1814. The existing palatial building, built in Italian architectural style, was constructed in 1878. The collection of fossils and stuffed animals especially the fossils of jaws of the whale, large size crocodile and tortoise are splendid. Evolution of Indian culture is presented in the order in 36 galleries of this museum. The 4000-year-old mummy in the Egyptian Gallery, and collections of 414 pieces of meteors that fell in Asia.
The largest being 56287 gram which fell in 1920 the collection of 50000 coins, precious jewellery, the fossils of 12-inch long crab, the emerald cup of Emperor Sha-Jahan, the ash urn of Lord Buddha. All have added to the status of the museum. Bharat Gallery of 2nd century BC, Gandhara Gallery consisting of the collections of Buddhist architectures and sculptures, Theme Gallery with rare paintings are all added attractions.
Similarly Tibetan thangkas, Kalighat pat and collection of many other paintings are rare assets of the museum. Indian museum closed on every Monday.
Indian Museum Entry fee
For Indian citizen—20 rupee and Children below 5 years require no ticket.
For foreigners – 500 rupee.
Indian museum Kolkata timing
Indian museum open between—10 a.m. to 05 p.m.
Elliot Park Kolkata location is on the main road on Maidan metro station, it is well decorated with various flowers sounding the small pond where you can see fishes, along with the pond there are several benches to sit and big open lawn invites the visitor to relax there are some big trees and small pagoda for shelter. But these days it becomes lovers point more than a family park.
Elliot Park Timings
It opens for a short time 1 PM to 4 PM only every day.
Elliot Park Kolkata Entry fee
No entry fee for entrance, but plastic bags, food items is not allowed.
The park is maintained by the municipal corporation and kolkata police, and dedicated to the people of Kolkata. Elliot Park Kolkata is under Kolkata police opened in 2004.
This is a very good place to go for morning walks, the upkeep of the park could have been better but still, this is the good option because nowadays getting parking near Victoria is near impossible. It has a very nice feel to it in the mornings with birds chirping and the sound of the wind passing through the leaves.
Birla Planetarium Kolkata
The second largest planetarium of the world at the intersection of Chowringhee and Theatre Road to the east of Victoria Memorial. It was built on 29 September 1962 at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Two ends that seem to be widespread like the horizon meet on the floor. The diameter of this single-storied planetarium, built in the style Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi, is 23 m. During day-time, the whole universe is shown on the umbrella-shaped ceiling.
People are introduced to the solar system by English, Hindi & Bengali commentary in the specific shows. The show is held every hour every day between 12-30 and 06-30. Extra shows are arranged on holidays. Ticket: Rs 80, student discount available.
One must attend while visiting Kolkata, An exhibition Concerning astronomy & astronomers in painting and sculpture is available on the terrace. One has to take the seat before the starting of the show. By Metro one has to get down either at Rabindra Sadan or Maidan Station.
Birla Planetarium Show Time
Birla planetarium show time starts at 12.30 p.m.(Hindi) to 06.30 p.m.(English). The show is held every hour every day. And sunday and holidays show starts at 10.30 a.m. (Hindi) and 11.30 a.m. (Bengali).
Birla planetarium Kolkata shows Ticket Price
80 rupee per person and student concession is also available for rupees 35 ( for the group of 25 or more).
Birla Planetarium Kolkata Ticket Booking
Ticket available half an hour before the show.
St Paul’s Cathedral
This is one of the numerous churches in the city. It was built in 1847 by Major W N Forbes in Indo-Gothic architectural style at the initiative of Bishop Wilson. The cost involved at that time was Rs 5 lakh. The height of the church is 201 ft while length & breadth are 247×81 ft.
On 8 October 1847, the church was given the status of Episcopal Church, the first such in the East. The earthquake in 1897 destroyed its peak and was renovated again. It was further destroyed in the earthquake of 1934 and then in 1938, it was rebuilt as a replica of Henry Tower of the Cathedral of Canterbury.
Communion plate presented by Queen Victoria to Bishop Wilson is placed in the Cathedral. The bow-shaped pin-pointed windows, colourful art-work on the eastern windows.
The reflection on the designed stained glasses during sunset are all a treat to watch. The design of these glasses was made by Sir Edward Burne Jones in honour of Lord Mayo in 1880. Two Florentine frescos are unique. The plaques dedicated to the memory of British patriots killed in various struggles are engraved on the wall. The Cathedral hall including the premises is available for rent for any function. It is also a historical places in kolkata.
St Paul Cathedral Timings
week days–10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
sundays– 06.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 03.00 p.m. to 06.00 p.m.
St Paul’s Cathedral Address
This Catholic Church is located between Birla Planetarium and Rabindra Sadan, on the left of Victoria Memorial, to the South East of Maidan.
It is a unique feature of Kolkata. Such a vast greenery on an area of 400 hectares in the heart of the city is unparalleled in the world. It seems that the journey starts from the waving hand’s statue of Netaji at the north. Going past the Race Course, it ends at the feet of the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the south.
Maidan is called the Mecca of Indian politics. In the afternoon political meetings are held here and politicians address their followers on a high pitch. From all around Kolkata long processions are led to Maidan and making the city stand still.
This is Kolkata’s own style. Similarly, religious discourse and discussion of many sadhus are arranged in this area. You can add for your kolkata site seen list.
Victoria memorial Calcutta India
Victoria memorial of Kolkata is another land mark of the city. it is a historical place. Who ever visit Kolkata , they definitely visit to Victoria memorial hall. Inside the Victoria memorial monument the Victoria memorial park is big in size and very well maintened.
Where is Victoria memorial situated
Victoria Memorial is located opposite to the Planetarium and to the south of Maidan.
Historical background of Victoria memorial
History of Victoria memorial is, On January 4, 1906, Prince of Wales who built victoria memorial. Later, King George, the 5th Laid the foundation of this Victoria monument. On December 21, 1921, the Duke of Windsor inaugurated the Taj of Kolkata. Sir Rajendra Nath Mukherjee build this memorial with the design of Sir William Emerson.
After the demise of Empress Alexandrina Victoria in 1901, Lord Curzon took an initiative to build this memorial on a plot of 26 hectares of land. In order to please the British, native king had subscribed Rs 10 crore towards the cost. It took 15 years to build this 200 feet high memorial of white marble. It may be called the Museum of British Raj in India.
Information of Victoria memorial
It is 25 of its galleries Contain 3500 different articles associated with the memories of the queen. The architecture is the combination of Mughal and British style. There are tombs in every corner the inspiration was the Taj Mahal. Stones similar to that of Taj were brought from Makrana. Immediately after climbing up the stairs, one will find a bronze statue of the queen. On top of the memorial is a bronze fabricated revolving angel of victory 4.9 feet high, weighing 3 ton.This was made in Italy. If you see on the top of the kolkata’s Tajmahal, you will notice a angel on the top. This angel can move with the air.
Victoria museum Kolkata attractions
Victoria hall museum is also called Victoria Bhawan, there are paintings and Statues of Queen Merry, King George the 5th, Queen Victoria and other British royals who had participated in the administration of India.
Various war episodes like Battle of Plassey, Jaipur tour of King Edward the 7th in 1876, coronation of queen and marriage with Albert are depicted in watercolor by William & Thomas Daniel. Dresses of the queen, rose-wood piano murals, manuscripts of letters, the Whispering Gallery in the dome, a miniature of the Fort William, the black stone throne of Siraj, French canons used by Siraj in the battle of Plassey, the sword of Tipu Sultan, firearms & many other things are on display. This is the most beautiful house in kolkata.
The attraction of the Kolkata gallery portraying Kolkata during 1690— 1911 is also unique. Otto put (the pot containing afar) of Dwarakanath Tagore. Ivory chair, presented by Munni Begum (wife of Mirzaffar) to Warren Hastings, pen-stand of Vidyasagar, snuff pot of Hastings are all on display with a chronological history of Kolkata. Researchers will be interested in 11000 books on Kolkata in its library. This is also the best photography place in kolkata.
Victoria garden Kolkata
The premises adjoining the Kolkata memorial are attractive for people desirous to get fresh air.
Victoria Memorial Kolkata timings
Victoria memorial garden timing is 5:45 am to 5:30 pm (October to February) and 06:30 am to 06: pm( March to September), garden open all day. The Victoria memorial museum timings is 11:00am to 12:00pm, 01:00pm to 02:00pm and 3:00:pm to 04:00pm (Monday museum closed).
Victoria memorial entry fee
Indian citizen 20 rupees for garden and museum and for foreigners its 200 rupees.
Mahanagar Peace Park
Mahanagar Peace Park, best places in Kolkata to hang out and you can say hangout places in Kolkata for couples. The Park Situated at the exactly back gate of the Victoria Memorial. Although not nearly as magnificent as the neighboring Victoria Memorial, but it does add to the aesthetic brilliance of the area around it.
The beautifully manicured park features foliage pruned to resemble giraffes and a central jet fountain. As the sun sets, this entire space is a visual treat as the musical fountain comes to life in an array of colours, perfectly choreographed to soothing Bengali music. As the name suggests one finds people from all walks of life happily enjoying nature at its best.
The symbolic hand hold dove at the entrance can’t be missed as one approaches the park. Mornings are full of people doing their own thing in the form of exercise. Walking, jogging, yoga, or just sitting around soaking in the beauty of the lush greenery and the brilliantly hued flowers.
The park even has a fruit orchard with pomegranate, chikoo, mango, lemon, guava, wax apple and other fruit-bearing trees. And this park also a dating places in Kolkata. Its also the best places to visit in kolkata for couples.
Perfectly maintained with garden benches, toilets and dustbins. And not to forget those lovely message bearing placards blending nicely with the surroundings. Mahanagar Peace Park Opening time is 9 am to 6 p.m.
Mohor kunja park
Mohor Kunja, One of the most peaceful places of Kolkata. The park also called Citizen Park. It is a famous park in Kolkata, where you can come with your family members and spend here your free time without any cost. You can enjoy here peaceful music’s.
Mohor Kunja park located on the Cathedral Road, beside to the Victoria Memorial and opposite the Rabindra Sadar.
Mohor Kunja park was built in 2005 by the Kolkata municipal corporation and opened as a citizen park Kolkata. In 2007, the citizen park park was changed. And Rabindra Sangit shilpi, Kanako Bandyopadhyay, who popularized the name Mahar-de.
The construction cost of the park was around Tk 64 lakh. Earlier, the musical fountain was shown in the evening. which was a joy to see. But it has been closed in the last few years. There is also an open sky stage, sometimes organized by various organizations, cultural programs of different types.
Entry fee is free for all. The park is popular among Kolkatans and tourists both.
Mohor kunja timings
Morning walkers throng the place from 5 am until 9 am then again the park reopens at 3 pm and close at 8 pm every day
When people from various parts of the city come to spend leisurely time amidst lush greenery. Plastics, food items are generally not allowed inside.
Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata
Lady Ranu Mukherjee established academy of fine arts in 1933. It was initially located in a room loaned from Indian Museum, and the annual exhibitions used to take place in the adjoining verandah. A small Indian Museum room is used for the art society.
After Jawaharlal Nehru visited Kolkata in the 1950 to attend a violin concert of Yehudi Menuhin. A small discussion between Nehru and Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy took place and Calcutta (now Kolkata) got its own art gallery.
Miss Ranu Mukhopadhyay was given the responsibility to select an appropriate land, to build an art gallery. The Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata building was built between 1959-1960. Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Academy Board, a fund for building construction. The academy was shifted to a much larger space in the Cathedral Road, beside St. Paul’s Cathedral, the present location.
The Academy of Fine Arts attractions
The Academy of Fine Arts have several interesting thing in the art connoisseurs. It will take any visitor about 2 hours aprox to cover all the interest. The textile museum offers elegant Dakhai, Patola, Jamdani, and Benarasi silk items also you can also visit the Gallery of Contemporary Art. Here you can find works of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Abanindra Nath Tagore etc.
A Jamini Roy collection and Desmond Doig’s pen and ink sketches of Calcutta’s nostalgic landmark are also on view. Local theatre and dance programs are performed in a hall, which has a stage. The Rabindra gallery contains paintings and manuscripts of the great man of letters. The carpet and textile museums is also a must visit is the Gallery of Contemporary Art.
The state of the art auditorium of the academy serves as another major attraction. The Studio and Sketching club of the Academy of Fine Arts is another must visit places in kolkata. Painting and sculpturing classes are regularly held at the academy. Academy of fine arts Kolkata admission fee is nil.
A visit to the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata would present a vivid picture of Bengal’s fascination with art.
Academy of fine Arts Kolkata Timings
Its galleries are open daily from 3 PM to 8 PM (except the Rabindra Gallery – 12 PM to 6 PM daily, closed on Mondays).
Academy of Fine Arts location
academy of fine arts Kolkata located at 2, Cathedral Road, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020 in South Kolkata. The nearest metro rail station is Rabindra Sadan and nearest railway station is Howrah.
Rabindra Sadan is Kolkata ‘ s pride and The cultural hub of the city and one of the most prominent locations in the metropolitan city of Kolkata. It is the center of rich Bengali culture and entertainment, presenting vivid opportunities for dance, drama, cultural programmer and exhibitions every evening. Rabindra Sadan was established in the memory of the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
People come here to sing, chat and spend a warm evening Artists sit down on the grass, engrossed in their artworks. Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated here pompously. The place is epitomized captivating culture, fine art, and rich traditions of Bengal.
It is a premier venue for theatre and cultural activities of the city, attracting footfalls from around the world and a must go to for cultural art lovers.
Rabindra Sadan is well known for his big platform which can organize the biggest event. That is why it is a major place for the Bengali theatre and the traditional place of Kolkata Film Festival. Rabindra Sadan is a treasure for rich cultural heritage and peace.
Rabindra Sadan is located on Belvedere Road, Bhawanipur in Kolkata and well connected with Rabindra Sadan metro station surface and 2nd hòogly bridge or vivekananda setu.
Another landmark in the culture of Bengal is Nandan, located behind Rabindra Sadan. Regular cultural programs are held here. Satyajit Archive in Nandan is another attraction. Adjacent to it are Bangla Academy, Sisir Mancha, Kolkata Information Centre; opposite to Nandan is Calcutta Club. The famous Bengali commercial theatre or Nandan cinema hall is on the verge of extinction.
Truly those places have alluring and interesting. Likewise, Esplanade is the main heart of Kolkata, similar way Nadan is also a Hart of Kolkata where different ages people have come and they are expressing their feelings and some time they are become exult at that moment. This popularity is burgeoning day by day.
Those who are enjoying the art form they can visit the Academy of fine arts. The shows of Academy of fine arts mainly organize at evening every day. So that ends our tour and within a short span of time, one can easily cover all those places. These are the most famous places in Kolkata (Central).
Paschim Banga Bangla Akademi (West Bengal Bengali Academy)
The Bengali Academy of West Bengal, also known as the Bengali Academy of West Bengal, is the officially regulatory body of Bengali language in West Bengal.
Bangla Academy was founded on May 20, 1986, in Kolkata as the official authority of the language and undertook reform of Bangla spelling and grammar, compiling dictionaries, encyclopedias and terminology and development of Bengali language and culture in West Bengal.
This academy regularly organizes literary shows. It is in the Nandan Film Complex.
Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala or Gaganendra Art Gallery
Gaganendra Exhibition center hall, located within the Nandan Complex. Not very large but good for a medium exhibition of arts and photography.
The art gallery is very close to Nandan. The gallery is very clean and very well organized. Once I had an art exhibition of a friend of mine. It hosts many Nandan-related programs like the West Bengal Children Film Festival.
A nice art gallery giving opportunities to new talents, where they can showcase their photography skills or painting skills. Newly renovated with a great environment.
This exhibition hall was built in the heart of Rabindranath’s nephew Gaganendranath Tagore.
Sisir Mancha One of the hidden treasure of Kolkata. The “mancha”(stage) is for whom who can understand the beauty and creativity of arts. There are a lot of paintings on the wall and to understand the inner beauty you have to watch these very carefully. One of the beautiful place but not an overhyped place.
Sisir Mancha named after Dramatist Sisir Kumar Bhaduri ESTD in 1978. Very good auditorium over 400 settings capacity. Neat and clean. Photograph and sculpture exhibition place. You should come here at evening and spend some of your valuable time to see the art exhibition.
The Calcutta Information Center
Various types of information (digitally and manually) on Kolkata and West Bengal can be found here.
Nehru children’s museum
It is a museum for the children. A regular puppet show of the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata is demonstrated here. Entertaining dolls from 88 countries have enriched this museum. Various entertainment programmers for children and an aquarium of colourful fishes is available here.
The Nehru Children’s Museum has 3 Gallery, a large collection of dolls from all over the world, and the 3 rd demonstration of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Suitable for kids If you can enjoy craftworks with your kids, then you must visit Nehru Children’s Museum.
Nehru Children’s Museum entry fees
16 years and above–20 rupees per person and under 16 years — 10 rupees per person.
Here we finish our tour if you are hungry you can eat at haldiram . Please note I am not promoting anything here. Moreover, Exide more bus stand is the junction where you get buses for almost every single place you can think of and Rabindra Sadan metro is just some foot away. Please comment anything you need to know more. Have a safe journey.
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