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Places to Visit

St. John’s Church:

Built in 1787, it was the first masonry building in Kolkata. The octagonal mausoleum of Job Charnok, founder of Kolkatta, is here, as well a monument to the Black Hole tragedy.

The Marble Palace:

The magnificent marble halls and landscaped surrounding gardens provide a perfect setting for important paintings and sculptures by the likes of Rubens, Titian and Gainsborough.
Opening Times: 10am-4pm. Mondays and Thursdays closed.

Mother House:

Centre for Mother Teresa’s charitable work and the headquarters of The Missionaries of Charity. Visitors can pay homage at the tomb of Mother Teresa, witness the room in which she stayed and also visit the small museum. The Missionaries of Charity also take up volunteers.
Opening hours: 8am-12am, 3.30pm-6.00pm. Thursdays closed.

Victoria Memorial:

Commissioned by Lord Curzon and designed by Sir William Emerson, this impressive combination of European and Mughal architecture was completed in 1921.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm. Mondays closed.

Howrah Bridge:

Opened in February 1943, this 450m bridge bears more than a passing resemblance to Sydney Harbour Bridge. Constructed from 26,500 tones of steel it is reputed to be the busiest bridge in the world.

Vidyasagar Setu:

A 457m long suspension bridge built in 1992.


An artisans’ quarter.

The High Court:

Completed in 1872, its Gothic architectural style is similar to the Staad of Belgium or Clopth Hall.

The Town Hall:

Built in 1811 and designed by Colonel John Garstim.
Opening Times: 11am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Raj Bhavan (Governor House):

Built in 1803, the residence of the Governor of West Bengal was designed by Charles Wyatt and inspired by Kedleston Hall in England. It has one of the world’s largest ballrooms and is home to Tipu’s throne.

The Indian Museum:

Home to about 26,000 paintings, Mughal miniatures and folk art.
Opening Times: March to November: 10am-5pm. December to February: 10am-4:30pm Mondays closed.

St. Paul’s Cathedral:

An imposing gothic building completed in 1847 and famed for its stained glass West window.
Opening Times: 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm.



a sea fish which comes to the river Hoogly to breed.


A spongy desert in sweet syrup.