7 Kolkata Landmarks To Add To Your Travel Itinerary

Monuments Of Kolkata

Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta and reverently called the ‘City Of Joy’, is a cultural, business and educational hub for the eastern part of our country. The city has always been an epicentre of drama, arts and literature of India and is also home to several Noble laureates. If you are visiting the city for the first time, one thing is certain – you will garner an experience unlike any other. From bustling street markets to iconic landmarks, libraries and more, Kolkata is full of attractions inherently reflective of the city’s rich history and traditions.

While all the monuments of Kolkata are equally revered by residents and tourists alike, there are a few destinations that should not be missed by any traveller. Here is a list of the famous monuments of Kolkata that should be a priority on your itinerary.

7 Famous Monuments Of Kolkata

1. Victoria Memorial Hall

Victoria Memorial Hall

A remnant of the British Raj in India, Victoria Memorial Hall was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s rule over India over 25 years. It is constructed similarly to its namesake in London. The opulent white structure is now a museum exhibiting rare paintings, photographs and more and is surrounded by 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens which serve as a home to several sculptures. After you have explored the details of history present here and spent some time in the gardens, you can enjoy the light and sound show that takes place daily at Victoria Memorial Hall. The building becomes even more alive at night and especially during the show. 

  • Entry Fee: Gallery – INR 30 (Indians) & Between INR 100 to INR 500 (Foreigners)
  • Gardens – INR 20
  • Timings: Gallery – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM 
  • Gardens – 6:00 AM to 6: 00 PM

2. Fort William

Fort William
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Located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, Fort William was built in 1969, one of the earlier buildings indicative of British rule in India. Over the course of many centuries, the fort has served various purposes, including that of a prison and was therefore called the ‘black hole of Kolkata’. Currently, it is the Indian Army’s headquarters for the Eastern Command and has restricted entry. However, while there, you can explore the magnificent architecture of the building, which comprises numerous arched windows overlooking the landscaped gardens. 

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM 

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3. Marble Palace

Marble Palace
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One of the most iconic historical places in Kolkata, Marble Palace, was built by a merchant named Raja Rajendra Mullick. The structure comprises 126 varieties of marble sourced from different countries in a neoclassical style. It is home to a famous art collection featuring paintings from artists including Rembrandt, Reynolds and Van Gogh. The merchant’s family still resides here, and some areas are restricted for the same reason. However, the building is the most well-preserved house in Kolkata and has outdoor decor that is true to its Bengali heritage. The palace also has several gardens, a zoo and even a small lake for you to explore.

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM 

4. Indian Museum

Indian Museum

With its foundation laid in 1814, Indian Museum is the 9th oldest museum in the world and the largest in India. Comprised of 35 galleries, the museum exhibits numerous historically significant artefacts, including skeletons, fossils, Egyptian mummies, Mughal paintings and more. Indian Museum is categorically divided into six departments and is a paradise for history enthusiasts, complete with a library and a book shop. The museum also houses sacred relics of the Buddha and is one of the most exciting and unique places to visit in the City of Joy!

  • Entry Fee: INR 50 (Indians) & INR 500 (Foreigners) 
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

5. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

The most iconic landmark synonymous with the city of Calcutta, Howrah Bridge is constructed over the Hooghly River and is one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world. While the bridge accommodates more than 1 lakh vehicles and numerous pedestrians daily, you can also revel in its beauty by taking a ferry ride between Kolkata and Howrah from the launch gate. The bridge lights up every night and is truly a sight to behold. Renamed as the Rabindra Setu, visiting these historical landmarks should surely be on your vacation to-do list. 

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: Open all day

6. Town Hall

Town Hall
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A Roman-Doric building, Town Hall was built in 1813 by the architect Colonal John Garston. The imposing structure is where the British rulers conducted their various social gatherings. It is open to the public to explore the museum depicting the city’s history called Kolkata Panorama, the library and the venue where educational seminars and other events are held. If you are looking forward to discerning information about the history of Kolkata, then Town Hall is the place to be. 

  • Entry Fee: INR 10 
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

7. St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral
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Located in the heart of the city, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the first churches built by the British in India and is a colossal structure that is truly a sight to behold. Featuring an indo-gothic architectural style, the cathedral has a white edifice, tinted windows, and a majestic altar. The building also has several carvings and paintings that depict Christian history and lights up for Christmas celebrations, complete with a special midnight mass and toast. 

  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Make the most of your trip to Kolkata by taking a deep dive into the rich history and culture of the city. The places listed above help you do just that and even more, so make sure to add them to your vacation plans.

January 5, 2023

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