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Places of Tourist Interest in Kolkata

 
Belur Math  
Belur Math Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda. It is the heart of the Ramakrishna movement. Situated on the western banks of Hugli river, the temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Islamic and Christian styles. The green lawns and lush growth of trees and bushes everywhere add to the serenity and beauty of the place. This place offers a unique spiritual ambience that has made Belur Math an important and popular place of pilgrimage for people all over the world.
Dakhshineshwar Kali Temple  
Dakhshineshwar Kali Temple Situated on the eastern bank of Hugli river, this temple was built by Rani Rashmoni in 1855.The presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Goddess Kali. The temple is famous for its association with Shri Ramakrishna. The temple represents the contemporary Bengal architecture– the ‘Nava-Ratna’ or the nine spires. The temple compound consists of a courtyard and various rooms along the boundary wall. There are twelve shrines dedicated to Shiva along the riverfront. It is a classic example of contemporary architecture in Hindu temples.
Jorasanko Thakur Bari  
Jorasanko Thakur Bari It is the ancestral home of the famous Tagore Family and was converted to a museum in 1961 Jorasanko Thakur Bari is now part of the Rabindra Bharati Museum. It has been turned into a museum, and has three large galleries- one on the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore, one on other prominent figures of the Tagore family and the last one on Bengali Renaissance.
Victoria Memorial  
Victoria Memorial Originally the brainchild of Lord Curzon, the Victoria Memorial was a memorial to the Queen of UK - Queen Victoria. It was constructed by architect William Emmerson at a cost of Rs 10.5 million. The memorial is set in extensive and beautiful lawns, and is lit up at night. It represents a fusion of British and Mughal architecture.
The Indian Museum  
The Indian Museum The Indian Museum is the largest museum in Asia and the oldest in Asia-Pacific region (estd. in 1814). The museum shifted to its modern sprawling residence in 1875.It houses perhaps the greatest collection in Indian Natural History and Indian Art collection rival to only British Museum.
St Paul's Cathedral  
St Pauls Cathedral It is an Anglican Cathedral of The Church of North India and seat of Diocese of Calcutta. Built in Gothic Revival Style, its construction was complete in 1847. It stands opposite the famous Victoria Memorial and the sprawling green Maidans, known as the 'lungs of the city'. It is located adjacent to various centers for fine arts and theatre, in the cultural hub of the city on a road now called Cathedral Road.
Missionaries of Charity  
Missionaries of Charity Missionaries of charity is a society founded by Mother Teresa in 1950 with the permission of The Vatican.Today it has grown up into an worldwide organisation that promotes humanity and service to mankind. It started as a small community of 12 members in Kolkata, and now has more than 4500 sisters running orphanages and charity centres in various parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, Europe and North America.
 
Tourist Destinations around Kolkata
 
Sundarbans  
Sundabans Sundarbans, located around 100 KM from Kolkata, is the largest delta in the world, consisting of over 10,000 Sq. KM of Mangrove Forests. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sundarbans has extremely rich diversity of aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna. Sundarbans is home to many different species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and fishes. Royal Bengal Tigers and salt water crocodiles are the biggest attractions of the Sundarbans.

Dooars  
Dooars Dooars is the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Located at a distance of around 600 KM from Kolkata, this region is the gateway to the Himalayan hill stations of North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and North East. The dense forests of the region and the abundance of tea plantations make this region one of the most beautiful places of Bengal. Wildlife sanctuaries in the region, like Jaldapara National Park, Buxa National Park and Gorumara National Park are major tourist attractions in this region.
 




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