Kolkata, which was formerly known as Calcutta and gained its current name in 2001, has been home to many eminent personalities in the history of India. There is a rich pre as well as post-independence history attached to the place. The city started growing in the 19th century as the presidency of British Empire and to this day echoes back the glory of independence of India, the flames of which were once kindled at the very same place. The famous city derived its name from the last village settlements of Kalikata during expansion of British Empire. The city has witnessed a lot of things, from capturing by Nawab to capturing by Britishers, from black hole tragedy to establishment of Supreme Court, from economic growth to drain in wealth. Such wealth of history deserves to be explored in persona where every wall speaks to the wanderer to tell the tales of its past and encourages to make new memories. Its beauty could only be experienced to the fullest and not just by reading. There are literally a lot of places to be explored but here are five of them not necessarily in ranking.
The bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, is located on River Hooghly and connects the city to Howrah Station thus playing the role of gateway to the city. The bridge was made after 7 long years of hard-work and measures around 1500 feet in length. It has been recognized as the fourth busiest cantilever bridge in the world. Fun fact about the bridge: Its construction did not include the use of nuts or bolts. This bridge turned 75 this year and holds to bear lacs of vehicles and pedestrians daily.
The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden is located on the west bank of River Ganges, Shibpur. The garden is home to the ‘The Great Banyan Tree’, which is considered as the biggest Banyan Tree across the globe and forms the second largest canopy in the world and is the star attraction of this place. The beauty this garden holds is truly aesthetic in nature. A must go for a nature lover, to breath-in natural air and relax. Let loose your worries here, the greenery will take it all away and calm you down
Tagore House Museum
The ancestral house of a Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, is now a museum dedicated to his life and works. This place is also known as Jorasanko Thakurbari and has memories of Tagore family as well as the Bengal renaissance. ‘Kavi guru’ was born and breathed his last breath at the same place. The corridors of this museum still echo with certain kind of charisma similar to that held by Tagore sir. The peace this place imparts is truly marvelous, to say the least. Majority of his works were born and brought up here, a place where you can find the artist in you.
Eden Gardens Stadium
This stadium is the largest cricket stadium in India and the second largest across the globe according to its seating capacity and ranks third otherwise. There is saying which roughly translates to “Cricketers’ education is incomplete until they haven’t played in front of a packed Eden Stadium”. The cheers echo through a large area when a match is held here. No team which represents state goes without practicing here. This enormous stadium still roars of the victories witnessed here.
This piece of great architecture took 7 years and INR 700,000 worth of funds raised from public lottery money, The architecture is based on Palladian Doric in style and has a network of small intricate rooms and a grand marble hall, enough to take your breath away. This hall has been used for various purposes throughout the course of history and stands proudly to this day. The proud hall stands proud if its British as well as Indian history and generates a certain sense of royalty within the eyes of the beholder.
Now since you have some insight as to where to begin your exploring in Kolkata, go and let the city do the talking. Find the history of the place, get lost in it and be found, the place can do wonders!