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In & Around
The city of Kolkata, with its modern as well as historical significance, is home to several landmarks of varying interests with distinct appeals. Some of the ‘must visit’ destinations, without which a trip to Kolkata is next to incomplete, include:-
Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial – The most familiar architectural spectacle of the city and dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, this structure lies at a distance of x km. It currently serves as a museum and a major tourist attraction.
Indian Museum
Indian Museum – It is the largest museum in India and was founded in 1814. It is situated on Jawaharlal Nehru Road at a distance of x kms.
Birla Planetarium
Birla Planetarium – Standing approximately next to the Victoria Memorial campus, it is the biggest planetarium in Asia and its circular dome is yet another easily recognizable part of the city’s skyline. Located x km from The Red Carpet, it regularly conducts various multi-lingual celestial programs round the clock.
Science City
Science City – The Science City, Kolkata is the leading science center in the Indian subcontinent. Located x kms away, it is deemed to be the most fascinating milestone in the city in recent times.
Festivities
Among the cities in India, Kolkata is probably the most recognized for its variety of festivals which are not only religious, but also of social and cultural significance. With its cosmopolitan hues, the city is known to celebrate every occasion with fervor and enthusiasm but the ones listed below, perhaps truly reveal Kolkata’s true colors as far as celebrations are concerned.
Durga Puja
Durga Puja –An annual Hindu festival that essentially observes the triumph of good over evil in a religious context, the excitement and craze surrounding the five day festival has long broken ethnic and religious barriers. In Kolkata alone, more than 2000 pandals are set up and the mad rush of visitors round the clock in a city adorned with lights has resulted in the appropriate moniker of ‘Rio Carnival of Eastern Hemisphere'.
Kolkata Book Fair
Kolkata Book Fair –Started in 1976, this winter fair’s uniqueness is manifold. With an overall footfall of over 2 million people, it is by far the world's largest book fair in terms of attendance. Moreover, it is also the world's largest non-trade book fair; i.e. the fair is primarily for the general public rather than whole-sale distributors. The typical carnivalesque experience with the presence of picnickers, musicians and artisans, and candy floss vendors on the fair premises is also a cherished aspect of the event.
Kolkata International Film Festival
Kolkata International Film Festival –Held from 10 to 17 November every year, the Kolkata International Film Festival began in 1995. It is the second oldest film festival in India and features films from multiple genres and sections and countries. The overwhelming participation of the general cinephillic crowd of the city results in a fête like atmosphere around the different venues.
Weekend getaways
Among the cities in India, Kolkata is probably the most recognized for its variety of festivals which are not only religious, but also of social and cultural significance. With its cosmopolitan hues, the city is known to celebrate every occasion with fervor and enthusiasm but the ones listed below, perhaps truly reveal Kolkata’s true colors as far as celebrations are concerned.
Darjeeling
Darjeeling –Located on the Lesser Himalayan Range at an average elevation of 2,045 mts, it is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The speckled customs of the town reflects its assorted demographic setting consisting of Nepalese, Tibetan, Bengali and other ethno-linguistic groups. It lies about 650 km from Kolkata and can be reached through an overnight train journey to Siliguri and then a few hours drive.
Sundarbans
Sundarbans –Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans is the largest singular mass of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta. One of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger, Sundarbans lies about 100 km from the city.
Mandarmani / Tajpur
Mandarmani / Tajpur –Mandarmani and Tajpur are twin sea side resort villages located within 10 km of each other at a distance of 170-180 km from Kolkata. The Mandarmani beach is apparently the longest driveable beach in India. Furthermore, the red crabs and the formation of neo dunes are additional tourist attractions.