This morning after breakfast in the hotel,you will proceed with our 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.
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.
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. Evening free for leisure.O/N in Hotel.
Day 3 : Kolkata - Chandannagar - Bandel - Bansberia
Chandan Nagar - Located in the Hooghly district of West Bengal is famous for its French connection, its historical buildings, and the Ghats on River Ganges (locally called River Hooghly). Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673 and still today it holds a French flavour in the architecture of its famous Sacred Heart Church and collection of French antiques in the local museum.
Bandel - Bandel Church, Hanseshwari Mandir(Temple) & Imambara. In 1579 AD the Portuguese built a port along the river Ganges(Hoogly-here).The Portuguese word Bander, became Bandel someday. With the Portuguese settlement the old church was built in 1599.It was attacked and burnt by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632.The Portuguese rebuilt the church in 1640AD.This is perhaps the oldest Church in Bengal.It has got the honor of a Basillica in 1988.
There is a mosque only 2 kms away (Imambara) built in 1861 in honour of 12 imams.It has a huge clock.
There is also Hanseswari Temple at Bansberia only 10kms away.This temple was built between 1801-1814AD..The Temple has a octagonal base with 13 minars (Or peaks) perhaps the only such temple in Bengal or India.It is built on the principles of hindu Tantra.The deity is a four armed goddess seated on a beautiful lotus with shiva laying below her. v
Bansberia - The tourist attractions of Banshberia are the Hangeshwari and Ananta Vasudeva temples comprising intricate terracotta works. The five-storied Hangseshwari temple is built in a unique architectural style, comprising thirteen lotus bud-shaped minars and inner layout following human anatomy. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The construction of the temple was started by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay and was completed by his wife, Rani Sankari in 1814.
The Ananta Vasudeva temple was built in the traditional ‘ekaratna’ style with an octagonal tower, triple arched entrance and curved cornices. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is famous for the terracotta works on the walls of the temple that depicts love, war scenes, gods and glimpses of everyday life. It is situated in the temple complex of Hangeshwari temple and was built in 1649 by Raja Rameshwar Datta, an ardent follower of Vaishnavism. Its decorative scheme is similar to that of the terracotta temples, situated in Bishnupur.
The ruins of Dattaroy Palace are situated next to the temple and all that remain of the structure are the broken walls and fragments of arches.Dinner and Overnight – Kolkata
This morning after breakfast in the hotel,you will proceed for an orientation tour of the city, including the following places:
Belur Math - It is located on the banks of the river Hooghly in West Bengal. It was built in 1988. Belur Math is well known for its tranquil beauty. Belur Math is the international headquarter of the Ramakrishna Mission which was established by Swami Vivekananda in loving memory of his teacher Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa who preached for unity of all religions.
Dakshineshwar Temple - Dakshineshwar Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is 20 kilometers north of Kolkata city and was established in 1847 by Rani Rasmoni. Evening return back to hotel.O/N at hotel.
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