Kolkata is the second-largest city in India and is also one of the most famous metro city among others. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. It is the city of joy and is known for its culture, human existence, luxurious hotels, marvelous architecture, beautiful arts, and many more. Kolkata is the most famous city which is founded by the East India company post. This city is a beautiful place to spend your holidays with your affectionate ones. There are so many places to visit in Kolkata which gives an unforgettable experience and also helps to know about the rich culture and history of India. Kolkata’s streets are so vibrant, hectic, chaotic and yet packed with beauty and creativity.

Kolkata is the city where you can enjoy your holidays in peace and a relaxing environment. There are countless markets and places to visit for tourists. If you really want to travel a city with soul and nature then this is the perfect destination for you. As there are many places to visit here but some of them are the most famous and you seriously can’t afford to miss them. So, let’s take a small tour of the places where you should visit in Kolkata.

1. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge is the iconic landmark in Kolkata. It is the biggest steel bridge that is constructed on the Hoogly River. This bridge is also named as Rabindra Setu on the name of Rabindra Nath Tagore on 14th June 1965 and was constructed in the year 1943. It carries an infinite number of vehicles over it and has massive traffic as well because it connects Howrah and Kolkata. Howrah Bridge is the world’s 6th largest Bridge of its type and one of the busiest bridges as well. It spreads over 1500 ft over the Hoogly River and is approx 71 ft wide. There is a total of 8 lanes of strains on the road for vehicles and bicycles. The interesting thing about this bridge is that it is constructed without a single nut or bolt, this longest bridge is built by rivets only.

Timing- Open All Time
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

2. Floating Market

The city of joy has the first floating market in India. This famous floating market was founded in the year 2018. This market is famous for here fruits, vegetables, fishes and other eateries. It is very close to Shahid Khudiram metro station and Kavi Subhas metro station and by auto/bus, it takes about the ride of 2-3 mins from these stations. It is the perfect place for photography or food bloggers. So if you are one of them then, you seriously can’t afford to miss this place. Moreover, Patuli lake is also the nearest place form the floating market which is also a perfect destination for a photoshoot in Kolkata and to spend valuable time with your loved ones. 

Timing- 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

3. Eco Park

Eco-park is the most expansive urban park in the city and was built to promote eco-tourism in the city. It was inaugurated on 29th December 2012 and occupies of about 475 acres of land in the city. It is surrounded by the water bodies which enhances the charm of the park and gives a blissful experience of a small island in the city. Eco Prak has 21 different types of Thematic Areas and 12 Activities games zone where you can enjoy and refresh your mood. It is the perfect place for nature lovers and for those who want to enjoy with their family and friends. It is also a perfect gateway from your busy schedule. The unique thing about this park is that it was designed in such a way which decreases pollution and gives fresh air and a clean environment in the area. Thus, it is a must-visit place.

Eco Park closed on Monday.

Park entry and Ticket counter close at 7:30 P.M.
Entry Fee is Rs 30 Per Person.

Summer Season: (1 March to 31 October)
Tuesday to Saturday – 2:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Sunday & Holidays – 12 Noon. to 8:30 P.M.

Winter Season: (1 November to 28 February)
Tuesday to Saturday – 12 Noon. to 7:30 P.M.
Sunday & Holidays – 11 AM. to 7:30 P.M.

4. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is located in Dakshineshwar and it is the famous Hindu temple in the city of joy. This temple has 12 Shiva temples, 1 temple of Radhakrishna, and 1 Main Temple of Goddess Kali. The architectural view of the temple attracts many of the tourists towards it. Dakshuneshwar Kali Temple was built by Rani Rashmoni who is a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali. This temple is also famous for Ramakrishna Paramahansa who comes in this temple as a priest in the year 1855. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple has a different spot in the history of Kolkata that makes this place must visit place for every tourist. Visit here once too!

Timing- 6:AM To 12 Noon and 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

5. Victoria Memorial Hall

Victoria memoria is another place of British Raj in India which is located in the heart of Kolkata. Now, it is one of the famous monument in the city of joy. This place was built in the memory of Queen Victoria after her death in the year 1901. It is totally made up of white marble and is surrounded by the lush greenery which enhances the charm of the place. The iconic structure and a marvelous architectural view attract many of the tourists towards it. It also has a well-maintained garden and this monument is spread over 65 acres of land of the city. There are also various sculptures and statues which look so elegant and have their own interesting historical stories too. It also has a sixteen-foot long bronze statue over the top of the monument that enhances the grandeur of the place. The beauty of the victoria memorial is so appealing and even at night, it looks more beautiful after illuminating LED lights. Here you can also enjoy the sound and light show at night. Trust me, it is the perfect place to spend your time with loved ones in a fresh and peaceful environment. It is also a perfect gateway from your hectic or busy schedule. So, if you are planning your trip to Kolkata then don’t forget to visit here.

Timings of Victoria Memorial-
Garden- 5:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Gallery- 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
But closed on Monday and National Holidays

Entry Fee-
Garden- INR 10
Museum- INR 20 for Indians and INR 200 Foreigners

6. Eden Garden

Eden Garden is not only the garden it is also the home of cricket. It is India’s second-biggest cricket stadium with a capacity of 64000 audiences. It is situated near the State secretariate and the Kolkata’s High Court and was established in the year 1864, laid by the government of Auckland. They are the ones who have named it is Eden garden after the name of his sisters Emily and Fanny Eden. This cricket stadium is spread over 50 acres of land in the city of joy. Recently in the year, 2011 it is redesigned and reduced its capacity from 1 lakh to 64 thousand. Many of the national and international matches are hosted here like Eng vs WI final world cup was played in the year 2016. If you are a cricket lover then this place is just for you.

Timing- Depend On Matches
Entry Fee- Depend On Matches

7. Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat is located at the bank of the Hoogly river and between Fort William and Water Gate. It is famous for its marvelous architectural structure in the Greek style. The architectural view of the Prinsep Ghat describes not only the beauty of the place but also tells about some historical stuff. During the British rule, it was used by one of the staff of the British royal as a jetty for the loading and unloading of passengers and essential products. But from the recent past years, it has become of the famous place to visit in Kolkata. The magnificent view of the sunset and sunrise with the Howrah bridge background make it more popular. Trust me, you will definitely spend a lovely time with your affectionate ones. Moreover, you can also enjoy delicious food too, as there is numerous kiosk which delivers tasty and delicious food. Visit here once!

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

8. Park Street

Park Street one of the busiest or widely used streets in Kolkata. It is also known by the name of Mother Teresa Sarani. This street starts from Chwringhee Road and ends at Park Circus crossing. Here you can find many of the popular 5-star restaurants, hotels, pubs, night clubs, malls, kiosks, and many more. During festive season like Diwali, Christmas, New Year you will find a massive crowd here, as it is the famous place for the celebration purpose. This street is decorated with colorful lights during the festive season to add more enthusiasm in the celebration of any occasion. Park Street has some famous structures like park mention, queen mention, and Stephan court. This is also a perfect location for photography. In short, it is the perfect destination for youngsters and for those who want unlimited entertainment. Visit here once to spend some valuable and joyful time.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

9. Science City

There are so many places to visit in Kolkata and one of them is Science City. It is located at the crossing of EM Bypass and JBS Halder Avenue in the city of joy & was inaugurated on 1st July 1997 for national and foreign tourists & for the residents of the city too. It is one of the biggest and finest science museums in the World that provides unlimited fun ways to learn science. The main motive of the science museum in the city is the popularisation of science by the government organization under the Ministry Of Culture. It is the perfect place for education with fun. Here you can learn all about the aquatic animals and their lives, even every single minute detail is also mentioned here. There are also some of the optical illusions which look interesting.

There are also various shapes of optical mirrors or a Bhulbhuliya as well, which you have to cross and trust me crossing that mirror path will give you a blissful experience. You will also learn about dinosaurs, wild animals, ocean waves, machines, etc. You will also learn some interesting facts about the time machine and about those things which you have never heard or seen before. Isn’t it interesting? It is the place which is not only liked by the kids, adults also loved this place. You seriously can’t afford to miss this place as it is also the perfect place to spend your time and to get a piece of knowledge with fun. You can also enjoy 3-D VIsion Theater, mirror magic, a small fire station, some interesting tasks, and many more. Thus, don’t forget to miss this place!

Timing- 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 60 for Indians and INR 100 for Foreigners

10. Millennium Park

Millennium Park is the privately owned park which is situated on the Strand Road. It was started on the 26th of December in the year 1999 and spreads over an area of approx 2.5 km on the bank of the Hoogly River. This beautiful park is well-maintained and surrounded by lush greenery. It has fresh air to breathe and also has a relaxing environment where you can spend some valuable time in peace with your loved ones. Moreover, from Millennium Park, you can also get the best view of Howrah bridge in the day time as well as night time but it looks more attractive in the night time because of the illuminating lights and lamps on the street and in the Millennium Park. Trust me, it is also one of the best places to visit in Kolkata. This well-maintained park has sitting arrangements and various swings for kids.

Most of the visitors also come here with their family and friends for picnic purposes and that’ why it is also one of the famous picnic spots in the city of joy. Not only that, if you are looking for a place where you can do photography, then this is the perfect location in Kolkata. Thus, don’t forget to miss this place. Don’t worry! This place will not be going to burn your pocket, as it is in your budget, not that must expensive, costs too lest and under your budget. Hence, don’t forget to miss such a beautiful landscape in the city of joy.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- INR 10 For Indians and INR 50 For Foreigners

11. Central Park

Another famous place to visit in Kolkata is Central Park, also known by the name of Banabitan. It is the second-largest urban park located in Bidhannagar, Kolkata. It was constructed around the expansive lake. This central park also has a rose garden where you will find varieties of domestic and international roses. Central Park is also famous for its butterfly garden where you will find many species of colorful butterflies. The cool breeze and relaxing environment of this place will refresh your mood and able you to spend your precious time with your loved ones.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 5:30 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

12. St. John Church

It is the oldest church in Kolkata which is famous for its architectural view and was built in the region of the British Kingdom. It was constructed in 1847 and in a neoclassical design which reflects the buff of history and culture of the city. This unique feature of this place attracts most travelers towards it. So, if you are in Kolkata then, visiting this spiritual place is a must. Trust me, a walk to the church is truly a blissful experience!

Timing- 8:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

13. Maidan

If you are looking for a peaceful place in the city, then Maidan is one of them. It is the largest urban park in Kolkata which is also known by the name of BBridage Parade Ground. This park consists of an Eden Garden, Race Course and several football stadiums. In short, an ideal location for photography and a picnic spot too.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

14. Aquatica

It is basically a water theme park and resort in the city with umpteen number of thrilling rides, games, adventurous activities and many more. This recreational center is spread over an area of approximately 75000 square feet. Aquatica water park has rides for both, adults and kids. It is not only a water park, this resort has luxurious rooms, 24×7 room service, quality food, and many more. It is truly a perfect place if you are looking for a luxurious hotel in Kolkata. Moreover, with the variety of national and international cuisine, this retro also serves services for birthdays, anniversary and other celebrations too. It is the perfect picnic spot to spend a day with your family and friends.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 6:00 PM (Resort is open 24×7)
Entry Fee- INR 600 Onwards for Water Park 

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