Calcutta or Kolkata had been the capital of India in the British Era. Thus, it has a rich and illustrious history to boast of. The fascinating architecture, the enticing art and the declamatory literature of the city bear testimony to its rich past. The city is dotted with many colonial walls and heritage buildings that speak of a lingering British impact upon the city. The literary legacy and vibrant culture of Kolkata also makes it fit into another metaphor that the city has to its credit; that of being the country’s intellectual and cultural capital. Furthermore, Kolkata is often referred to as the ‘city of joy’ aptly exuding the warmth and typical hospitality of the Bengalis who live here. The city is famous for many things among which there are things like ‘the Tant Sarees’, ‘the Rosogollas’, ‘the Durga Puja’, ‘the trams’ to name a few. The typical Bong culture that you get to see here is actually the culture of people who are in love with music, fine arts, food and literature. If you wish to explore this unique city with uncountable temptations, make sure to avail our 2 Nights / 3 Days Calcutta sightseeing tour package. Read on to learn more.
Day 01: Arrive Kolkata & Sightseeing
Upon arriving at Howrah railway station, our representative will pick you and then take you at your pre-booked hotel. After check-in take a short break to freshen-up and get ready for the sightseeing of the day. The places we visit on this Day 1 of the sightseeing trip are: Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetarium, Fort William, Howrah Bridge, Writer’s Building and Shaheed Minar. We begin our city tour with Victoria Memorial; a white marble museum built in the year 1921 in honor of Queen Victoria. The museum stands amid a lush green landscaped garden sprawling across an area of more than 57 acres and showcases marvelous architecture and a vast array of artifacts, paintings, manuscripts, lithographs, stamps, sculptures etc. dating back to British era. Next, we visit the Birla Planetarium. This is a stupa-shaped planetarium set up in the year 1963 by Jawaharlal Nehru. The planetarium presents amazing sky shows to generate awareness about the science of astronomy. After Planetarium, we visit Fort William, a magnificent monument of historic importance built in the year 1781. Fort William comes with an impressive Colonial architecture and had been a witness to a multitude of historic battles associated with India’s struggle for freedom. Today it serves as the Eastern Zone Army Command’s Headquarters. After Fort William we proceed to visit the Howrah Bridge; an iconic landmark of the city of Kolkata. This robust bridge, also referred to as the ‘Harbor Bridge of India’ is one of the busiest cantilever bridges in the whole of the country. It is built across River Hooghly and connects the two most significant cities, that of Kolkata & Howrah. You could get the most mesmerizing views of the bridge from the midst of the Hooghly River. Next, we move towards Writer’s Building, another very significant landmark of historic importance. The building comes with an amazing Greco-Roman architecture that reminds one of the colonial eras. This building that had served as the servants’ quarter during the British period now serves as West Bengal Government’s Secretariat building. Lastly we visit the Shaheed Minar. This pristine white towering monument rising to a height of 158 ft has been dedicated to the martyrs who lost their lives fighting for freedom against the Britishers. After the sightseeing we will return to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing & Shopping
Next day post breakfast we set out for the remaining part of the Calcutta sightseeing trip and visit places like National Library and Nicco Park. Post sightseeing we return to hotel for lunch and rest. First of all we visit the National Library; one of the prestigious and iconic landmarks in the city of Kolkata. It is the largest among all other libraries that our country has and boasts of having a vast and rare collection of books. Next, we visit Nicco Park; a renowned amusement park of Eastern India, also known as ‘Disney Land of West Bengal’. It comes with a vast array of enjoyable rides that keep you thoroughly entertained. In the evening we set out on a shopping spree visiting places like New Market and Barabazar. Both New Market and Barabazar are absolute paradises for the shopaholics with a vast array of shops & stalls selling almost anything under the sun. After shopping to our heart’s fill in two of the most renowned markets of the city, it’s time to return to hotel, have dinner and stay at night.
Day 03: Kolkata Departure
Post breakfast, we check out of hotel and proceed to visit the last of our sightseeing destinations; The Marble Palace. The Marble Palace is a luxurious mansion built in 1835 by a wealthy merchant known by the name of Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur. The mansion is one of the most well preserved 19th-century mansions made in marble with intricately adorned walls as well as pillars. After the Palace visit you’ll be dropped at Howrah station where our representative bids you good bye as you proceed for your onward journey back home with lots of amazing memories of the trip.