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Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata was the first British-era capital of the subcontinent. It is considered to be the country’s most cultured city, with a stellar literary and artistic heritage. Colonial architecture shares space with a diverse mix of local experiences here.

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Victoria Memorial
Open :10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Built in memory of Queen Victoria and fashioned out of white marble, this grand structure counts among the most marvellous buildings in India and is rich in architectural detail. The museum within is worth exploring, while the surrounding gardens offer photogenic views across mirror-like ponds.
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Take Home Bengali Sweets
Kolkata is most popular for its range of sweet treats Pick from the famous rossogollas and sandesh to the healthier mishti doi and enjoy them fresh. You might find yourself so addicted to them that might want to take back a pound or two for sweet memories.
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Kalighat Temple
Open :5:00 AM-10:30 PM
The magnificent Kalighat Temple is Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus. One of the Shakti Peethas, a site of worship devoted to the Goddess Shakti, this temple is built at the site at which the toes of Sati are believed to have fallen during the course of Lord Shiva’s Rudra Tandava.
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Barabazar
Barabazar exemplifies Kolkata’s diverse heritage, with the Armenian Church of Nazareth, the imposing Holy Rosary Cathedral and some soulful synagogues in its midst. These vibrant alleys teem with traders, rickshaw couriers and baggage-wallahs. Look out for the lovely perfumery on Ezra Street.
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Wander through the Botanical Gardens
Open :10:00 am-5:00 pm
Founded in 1786 with a serpentine lake, rare tree breeds and indigenous flora, Kolkata’s lovely 109-hectare botanical gardens are a great place to escape the city.
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Discover local food
Savour Kolkata’s legendary street food. Bite into a delightful puchka – a unique gastronomical experience. Epicureans will enjoy the kati rolls, a melange of flavours. The momos, too, are nothing short of divine.
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Absorb Some Learning
Open :10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Indian Museum is India’s oldest and largest museum, built around a graceful, cloistered courtyard. Browse the sections, from archaeology and art to natural history and industry, or simply stroll through a lovely, almost secret garden that you will find here.
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Gaze At The Largest Tree In The World
Open :10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The highlight of a visit to this peaceful garden is the Great Banyan, an enormous tree that is said to be the largest in the world. The Botanical Gardens were founded by an officer of the British East India Company to help identify plants that could have commercial value, and to grow spices.
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Offer prayers at the Kalighat Temple
Open :5.00 am-10.30 pm
The city derives its name from the word ‘Kalighat’, a ghat sacred to the Goddess Kali on the old course of the Hooghly River. Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in South Kolkata, the temple is considered one of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas, the seats of the Goddess Kali.
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Visit the oldest museum in India
Open :12:00 am-5:00 pm
Spend some time in the oldest and largest museum in the country. The Indian Museum has a significant collection of fossils, mummies, armour, ornaments, Mughal paintings and anthropological artefacts, and you could spend a few hours wandering through the rooms of this beautiful old building.
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Dig Into Some Local Food
Kolkata’s street food is legendary, and the delightful puchka is a unique gastronomic experience. Epicureans will enjoy a variety of street foods like kati rolls, which are kebabs wrapped in a paratha, invented for ease of eating. Calcutta momos, too, are nothing short of divine.
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Make A Difference
Open :10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
The blink-and-miss-it Ankur Kala on Meher Ali Road sells gorgeous batik and tie-dye handicrafts, as well as beautiful leather and embroidered goods. Not only will you find pretty little trinkets, you will also be contributing to the livelihood and employment of women from the city’s slums.
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Shop At The Local Landmark
Open :10:00 AM -7:00 PM
Among the city’s most venerable shops selling musical instruments, NN Mondal and Sons is a must-visit for its beautifully-crafted sitars and violins. Run by the Mondal family since the 1850s, the store counts the legendary violinist, the late Yehudi Menuhin, among its satisfied customers.
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Taj Bengal

Taj Bengal

34-B, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata 34-B, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata
22.9km from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
Explore Kolkata from its very heart at Taj Bengal in Alipore. Modern, with old-world charm and lush greenery, the hotel reflects the essence of the City of Joy. A centrally located haven, we are your ideal choice for a fulfilling visit.
Located in the Heart of the City
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International, Authentic Indian, Bengali, Mediterranean & Chinese Cuisine
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