This morning after breakfast in the hotel,you will proceed with our E.S.G for an orientation tour of the city, including the following places:
Flower market - eastern India's largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people sitting on the ground. Around 2,000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come to sell their flowers and garlands and during the wedding a numberd festive season probably double that number.
Howrah Bridge - This is one of four on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. The Howrah Bridge is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.
Dalhousie Square (BBD Bagh), the heart of Kolkata and many famous buildings, housing, important businesses and banks are located here. The tour covers Writers Building, today it houses the office of the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Victoria Memorial (Monday closed) Kolkata's imposing white marble dream inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1921. It is a huge white-marble structure and the most enduring of remains of the British Raj in India. Built by Lord Curzon in memory of the popular monarch, Queen Victoria, it is a wonderful example of the Western style of architecture. It has been now converted in a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia from the days of Raj. The manuscripts, paintings and sculptures here are outstanding.
St. Paul's Cathedral Church - Constructed between 1839 and 1847 in Gothic style with stained glass windows and two Florentine frescoes, the cathedral is the largest in the city. St Paul’s was consecrated in 1874.
Artisana - Later this afternoon visit Artisana, an NGO managed by the Crafts Council of West Bengal, to promote the revival and preservation of the arts and crafts of eastern India, including the exquisite and historic satgaon embroidery. The 1000 square foot showroom opened in July 2003 and is run by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers. Tucked away in one of southern Kolkata's inner lanes, they stock some of the most exquisite Bengali crafts including jute bags, colourful terracotta sculptures, silk stoles, linen scarves, silver filigree jewellery, wooden and paper mache masks. Evening free for leisure.O/N in Hotel.
This morning after breakfast we visit the following places:
Gurusaday Museum - This Museum is a national treasure of Indian heritage, to see its rich collection of very fine folk arts and crafts. These include a large collection kantha embroideries and other Bengali handicrafts and amply reflect the vigour and vitality of Bengal as well as India in general.The Gurusaday Museum began with a collection, including several heirlooms, assembled by Shri Gurusaday Dutta; none of these exquisite objects are duplicated in any museums in the world. They include a large group of clay objects, dolls and toys, paintings, woodwork, terracotta and masks. However their collection of 210 kanthas, which were made in the early 19th to early 20th century by Bengali women, is the most significant of the museum's collections and is referred to by people from all over the world.
Kumar Tuli - Nestled in the lap of Kolkata, India's only potter's town, Kumartuli, is furiously churning out over 12,300 clay dieties every year Starting a half century ago, this potter's town of about 250 "Kumar" (makers of clay images) families began shipping idols overseas - initially 129 Durga idols to a handful of foreign countries, primarily England and USA. Some of these "Kumars" trace their family history before Job Charnock, the agent of British East India Company, who founded Kolkata.
Emerging virtually as an independent international brand of Durga-image makers, Kumartuli continues to remain an exclusive exporter of the idols of the goddess to NRIs settled in different nooks and corners of the globe during the Durga Puja held annually. The potter's town popularized the puja of Durga in clay images some four centuries ago.
Mother House & museum(Thursday Closed) - Mother House is also known as Missionaries of Charity, Established in 1950 by Mother Teresa, is a Roman Catholic.Mother Teresa spends her crucial 17-years in Darjeeling of Bengal. Kolkata is the center of Mother's humanitarian activities. The first ever home of her was “Nirmal Hriday” for the dying & sick peoples. She established “Sishu Bhavan” for those who are orphaned, disables and mentally retarded. “Shanti Nagar” was established by her for AIDS hospices and Lepers.
MARBLE PALACE - It is an exquisitely engineered palatial mansion that was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur, who was one of the wealthiest landlords of Bengal in the year 1835. It's sheer magnificence and scintillating artistry will surely captivate you in a state of trance.
This architectural masterpiece is made from the extensive use of Italian marble. The lush green lawn in front of it is clad with statues of Hindu Gods, The Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the great explorer Christopher Columbus, Lord Buddha and some lions.
Indian Museum (Monday Closed) - Founded in 1814 at the cradle of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (at the present building of the Asiatic Society, 1 Park Street, Kolkata), Indian Museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose Museum not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Asia-Pacific region of the world.
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