Visit 5 places near marble palace in Kolkata (North) with zoo timings
Visit 5 places near marble palace in Kolkata (north)
We all love Kolkata. It’s our pride. But how many we know about our city deeply? You are here because you are searching for info about the marble palace in Kolkata. That means you have the same type of thought as me. So here is the gift for you. While you visit the marble palace you can visit 5 more places including marble palace. All places are very old history and stories. And the best part is all are very near to the palace. Don’t believe me?? Read this guide.
My holiday story while I visit Marble Palace in Kolkata
My journey starts from Mahatma Gandhi road metro station and my first visiting place is Ram mandir.
Now my second destination is most awaiting Marble palace.
Next we move for Jorasako Thakur bari which is only 2 minutes away from marble palace.
After left Jorasako Thakur bari cross the road of Ganesh Talkis, the special things about Ganesh talkis is you can find wholesale marble idol market here. This is the only market where the marble idol made and sell.
My next destination is Baikunth Nath temple.
Next visiting place is Jorasako Rajbari. Don’t cofused with Jorasako Thakur bari and Jorasako rajbari both are different.
After comes to Ganesh Talkis crossing and takes an auto for Vivekananda road. Here you can find Ramakrishna Vivekananda mission.
And my tour is finished here.
Now this is the time for a bonus if you want to explore more in north Kolkata then you can visit Pareshnath Jain temple.
Take a bus from Vivekananda road and get down to the Hatibagn than take an auto and reach Gouri bari. Pareshnath Jain temple is just 5 minutes walking distance from Gouri bari.
Ram Mandir Kolkata
Ram temple was established in memory of Seth Suraj mal Jalan In 1941. Inside the temple, wall engraved the story of Lord Ram.Photography is not allowed here.
Ram Mandir Temple timing
The temple timing is 5 am to 12 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm.How to reach Ram MandirRam Mandir is very near from the Mahatma Gandhi road metro station. The Ram Mandir is 2 to 3 minutes walking distance from Mahajati Sadan or Mahatma Gandhi road metro station.
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Marble place in Kolkata
Marble place in Kolkata is a combination of Roman epics, Greek mythology and oriental style of Architecture. The museum was built only with the personal Collections of Raja Rajendra Mallick Bahadur in 1835 AD. In old Kolkata at 46, Muktaramababu Street the stunning marble palace is situated. It’s near the Girish Park Metro Station.
A Jagannath temple situated inside the Marble Palace premises. The temple was made by Rajendra Mallik’s father Neelmani Mallick. Naturally, this temple is older than the palace. To go inside the temple is restricted for the public. Only Mallick family’s member can enter here. The Mallick family still lives in one part of the Palace, rest part of the house transformed into museum.
The entire Marble Palace is covered with marble and plenty of marble and bronze statues. Rajendra Mallick was very interested to collect various types of antics from the country and abroad. All of his collections are beautifully shown in the palace museum. He collect the 1800s century’s many furniture’s, watches, mirrors, decorating chandeliers etc. He collects paintings of Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Bartolommeo Esteban Murillo and John Opie.
A group of Western intellectuals of that time was surprised to see this extraordinary collection of Rajendra Mallik. Marble Palace is still standing in the light of old Calcutta, with its outstanding collection and tradition. The museum shows by the guides. In the palace photography is prohibited. There is no entry fee.
History of Marble Palace Kolkata
The Marble Palace name was given by Lord Minto. The Palace was built in the “Gothic style architecture”. In 1830 the palace was built by 126 different types of marbles, on 12 acres of land.
It is said that 5000 artisans labored work for 5 years to complete the building. The visitors are stunned by massive and original paintings of renowned artists, marble statues, fountains, 82 decorative antique clocks, beautiful utensils of glass etc.
As a matter of fact, the collection has been made even more valuable by the paintings of Rubens, depicting Catherine’s wedding, The Last Supper, Battle of Amazons, Horsecare, etc. Magnificent treasures brought from 90 countries across the world have truly increased the glory of the museum here.
There are artificial mountains, parks and oldest private surviving zoo (1856) as well as the shaded palms in lush green surroundings. Six sleeping lion cubs made of marble enhance the charm. On the North-West corner a mini lake is situated, and in the middle of the lake, a fountain is placed. The fountain looks like God is coming out of the Greek epic.
During the terrible famine of 1865-1866, he helps many people and gives donation , rescue suffering from shortage of food. For that, he received the title of “Ray Bahadur” from the British.
In 1878 Lord Littan honourd him with the title of “King”, with a diamond ring.
What to see in the Marble Palace Kolkata
On the right of the marble palace has a statue of Raja Rajendra Mallick.
Next I went to the main building with the guide and proceeded to the left.
The first surprise is a beautifully designed marble floor. Then, on the right-hand side Billiard board is placed. After enter the billiard room, there are many marble and bronze statues are placed. Then proceed to the house of Maharani Victoria with a large statue of lady. It is made of single rosewood, glassware and the Carpet Design ceilings are also marvelous. After a wooden statue of Medusa, Hercules and beautiful table clock brought from London.
Then we went to the Reception Hall. The Marble floor of the hall was chosen by the King himself. In the hall, big size comfort sofa, square-long-table, two tall flowers vase and many painting on the wall. There are 4 statues describe the 4 seasons – Autumn, Spring, Winter and Summer. There is a stunning piano, which is the first piano in India. Now it is played on Monday and Thursday to keep the piano tone correct. There is a huge brass Dhunuchi (ধুনুচি). And a Setar (সেতার ) which was played by Pandit Ravi Shankar. After Striking magnificent ivory (elephant’s) teeth is very large in size look attractive.
Then I came out of the Thakur Dalan. It is a unique combination of Indo-European Mythology. I found sculpture of Surpanakha (সুর্পনখা ) and Laxman (লক্ষণ ) with other Greek and Roman goddesses on the walls. In this Thakur Dalan “Maa Kali” and Saraswati I found.
However, no outside visitors are allowed to enter inside. Their Many Victorian styled iron chairs are placed. The four statues are placed which is representing four countries. In Thakur dalan pigeons are flying everywhere. One side of the Thakur Dalan(ঠাকুর দালান ) many bird cages are made such as Parrot, Macao, Badri, Muniya, Kakatuya, Nilkanth etc.
Then I visit second floor in marble palace Kolkata.
The stairs are made of Segun wood with beautiful design. Carpets are Spreading on the stairs. In one step, I saw the magnificent Belgium Mirror. Even today, it gives a proper reflection. The eyes are stuck in the wall when you see the painting of Raja Ravi Verma.
Look up upwards and see large hand-painted oil paintings. Here are some pictures of Italian famous artist Rubens, and all of them are rare in the collection.
A clock found beside of me and then, I realized that is the Grand Father Clock. The same pair of Grand Mother Clock is on the ground floor.
Here are many other paintings and two of them are 3D paintings. The one name is – Belly Dancer.
Next we went to the dance room or ballroom. In front of the room, a big “hookah” is placed. It can be used by 14 people together.
On the walls of the dancer room or Nachghar, there were two large Belgium glass mirrors wrapped in golden frames. There are many chandeliers on the ceiling and wall. Those chandeliers are still lighted with candles.
There Porcelain vases are placed, those are directly brought from China and Japan. You can find India’s largest flower vase here.
After we move to the painting house or the Rubens Room.
There have foreign painter’s paintings as well as paintings of Indian painters like Sir Joshua Reynolds, Titian, Murillo, John Oppie, Shashi Hesse, Bijay Chandra Dey etc.
Some of the significant photographs of this room are “Marriage of St. Catherine”, “Martyrdom of St. Sebastian”, “Minerva giving the love cup to Apollo”, “The return Ulysses” by Ruben O Murillo.There are paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds “Venus & Cupid”, “Child Hercules & Serpents”.
Marble Palace Zoo Kolkata
In the marble palace area, India’s first zoo was established in 1856. It still exists with some birds and deer. It is India’s first private zoo. These cages are about 250 years old. These zoo cages received the honour of “Heritage cage”.
On the right side of the marble palace, there is a pond and zoo. There are deer, ducks, and various birds. Many seating arrangements made with marble stones.
Marble palace Kolkata address
The Marble palace Kolkata location is 46, Muktaram Babu Street you will find this Marble Palace.
Marble palace Kolkata nearest metro
The Marble palace, nearest metro station is Mahatma Gandhi Road metro station and the Girish Park Metro Station.
Marble Palace Kolkata Timings
The Marble palace in Kolkata opening hours is open from 10 am to 4 pm.
Note – Marble Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday
Marble Palace Kolkata Permission
For permission to entry in the Palace, you will have to go to the West Bengal tourism office. The office is near Tea Board. Carry your Voter card or Aadhar card they’ll make a permission letter. At the time of entering in the marble palace, you have to show the permission letter.
West Bengal Tourism Office Address is
Tourism Department Government of West Bengal
2, Brabourne Road, 4th floor Kolkata – 700 001
Phone – 033-2225 4723/4724/4725; 2225 4565
Marble Palace Kolkata entry fee is Nil.
How to visit or reach marble palace Kolkata
First getting down to the Mahatma Gandhi Road metro station, walk towards Central Avenue, Mahajati Sadan and comes to the Ram Mandir. On the opposite side of the Ram Mandir at Chorbagan.
Jorasanko Thakur Bari
The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the pride of Kolkata. It is situated on 2 to 3 munities walking distance from the marble palace. In the main entrance of Jorasanko Thakur Bari Kolkata, the Rabindra Bharati University is established. On the front part of the house, the university is built.
Prince Dwarkanath built this house in the eighteenth century. As per the Jorasanko Thakur Bari history, it is said that this house was built in 1785 AD on the land given by the Sarthaparibar of Barabazar. The area is approximately 3500 square meters. The inner part of the house has been transformed into a museum. Inside the Jorasanko Thakur Bari museum, photography is prohibited. Photo can be taken only outside of the house by Exchanging of 50 rupees. Jorasanko Thakur Bari’s whole atmosphere is very peaceful and pleasant. Inside the house, the memorable moments of Rabindranath’s life are explained through the picture.
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Jorasanko Thakurbari address
The Jorasanko Thakur Bari address is 6/4 Prince Dwarkanath Tagore Lane.
Jorasanko Thakurbari Kolkata Opening Timings
The Jorasanko Thakurbari museum timings
Tuesday to Sunday – 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
Last ticket issued – 4.30 pm
Light and Sound Show Timings
November to January
6:00 pm – 6:40 pm (Bengali)
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm (English)
February to June
7:00 pm – 7:40 pm (Bengali)
8:00 pm – 8:40 pm (English)
Jorasanko Thakur Bari Kolkata Entry Fees
Adults 10 rupees per person
Students 5 rupees per person
Foreign Tourists 50 rupees per person
Light & Sound show 10 rupees per person
For taking photography only outside of the house 50 rupees (per camera)
Wholesale Marble idol market @ Ganesh Talkies
Do not skip the Ganesh Talkies stone idol market while crossing the road of Thakurbari. It is the only market in Kolkata who makes stone idols.
While you are planning to visit Marble Palace or Jorasako Thakur Bari you should visit this beautiful temple with south Indian architecture in this area.
The Baikuntha Temple was built in the 1960s. The entire Ramayan is engraved on the temple entrance. In this temple, you can see lord Baikuntha with Sridevi and Budavi. All deity is made with stone. The temple made with white marble and granites.
Devotees are coming daily in the morning and evening. Regular prayer happens in both times.
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Baikunthnath Temple timing
The temple timing is 5.30 am to 11 am and 4.15 to 8.45 pm.
How to reach Baikunth Nath Temple
Best way to come here is to get down to Girish park metro or Mahatma Gandhi road metro station and walking towards Ganesh Talkies.
Don’t confused with Jorasako Thakur Bari and Jorasako Rajbari. Both houses are different. Jorasako Raj bari is 5 minutes away from Jorasako Thakur Bari.
This Jorasako Rajbari belongs to the Roy family’s. In north Kolkata towards Chitpur, among the old Bengali residents, the first Bengali family residence is Rajendra Narayan Roy’s family. The residence is known as Jorasanko Rajbari. The house is approx. three hundred years old. It has a nice colonnade front with porch, decorated with cast iron grips. Durga Puja is a special attraction here.
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Jorasanko Rajbari Address
329, Rabindra Sarani, Ahiritola, Ram Bagan, Kolkata – 700006
How to reach Jorasanko Rajbari
While you are visiting Marble Palace and Jorasako Thakur Bari visit this ancient house. From Jorasako Thakur Bari its distance is 5 minutes. Nearest metro station is Girish Park. Nearest bus stoppage is Jorasako/ Ganesh talkies.
Ramakrishna mission : Swami vivekananda’s ancestral house museum and cultural centre
Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863 in this house. It’s became a museum now. Visit The ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda is a wonderful experience. Kolkata Municipal Corporation has declared this house is a Grade-I Heritage Building.
The childhood memories of Swami Vivekananda is depicted quite nicely through pictures and working models.
Photography prohibited inside the museum.
Ramakrishna mission museum at Vivekananda Road timings
The museum timings are Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.
The museum is closed on Monday.
Ramakrishna mission at Vivekananda Road address
The house is situated at 105 Vivekananda Road, Kolkata 700006. West Bengal. India.
Pareshnath Jain Temple Kolkata
The Pareshnath Temple in north Kolkata was built in 1867 by Roy Badridas Bahadur Mukim.
In this area, you can find 4 temples
1) One is the main temple, where Jain’s 10th Tirthankara is situated
2) On the south side of the Pareshnath temple is Chandra Prabhuji temple
3) In front of the main temple are Jain Dadaji Garu and Kushalji Maharaj’s temple.
4) North side of the main temple is Mahavira’s temple.
Paresnath Jain temple is a very decorative and gorgeous temple. Here you can see well maintain garden, European statues, engraving work on the wall with valuable metal and stones like- corals, crystals, pearls, rubies, diamonds etc.
In front of Sri Sitalanath Ji, a ghee lamp is burning from 1867 to still today. When you visit this temple don’t forget to see the diamond on the forehead of the Sitalanath Ji.
Pareshnath Temple Kolkata Timings
The Pareshnath Temple opening timings are 6.00 am to11.00 am and from 3.00 pm to7.00 pm for all the days.
How to reach Pareshnath Temple
Take bus or auto from VK road and get down to Hatibagan, after change an auto and reach Gouribari, its 5 munites from there. You can come from Sealdah / Ultadanga/ Shyambazar or Sovabazar, nearest stoppage is Bangiya Sahitya Parishad. Nearest metro is Sovabazar or Shyambazar.
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