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Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial -Kolkata

The Victoria Memorial, located in Kolkata, India is a memorial of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom who also carried the title of Empress of India. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineshwar in Hooghly district is known for its Kaali temple built on the banks of Ganges, north east of Calcutta. The station is on the Sealdah-Dankuni section.

Belur Math

Bel?r Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta.

Tarakeswar

Tarakeswar (Bengali: ) is a town and a municipality in Hooghly District in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a police station in Chandannagar subdivision.Tarakeswar is a renowned place of pilgrimage and the greatest centre of the Shiva sect in West Bengal. 58 km away from Kolkata, Tarakeswar can be reached conveniently by train.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling (Nepali: About this sound ) is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of Darjeeling district, in the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,982 ft (2,128 m).

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for spectacular sunrise show over the Himalaya. Leveling out at 8,500 ft (2,600 m), Tiger Hill is the highest hill in the immediate surroundings. It is 11 km from town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta.

Sikkim

Sikkim (Limbu: About this sound Sikkim, Tibetan:'bras ljongs; Denzong) is a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. It is the least populous state in India and the second-smallest in area after Goa.

Kalimpong

Kalimpong: is a hill station in the Mahabharat Range (or Lesser Himalaya) in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres (4,101 ft). The town is the headquarters of the Kalimpong subdivision, a part of the district of Darjeeling. The Indian Army's 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the town.

Sundarbans

The Sundarbans (Bengali: Shundorbôn) is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world.[1] The name Sundarban can be literally translated as "beautiful jungle" or "beautiful forest" in the Bengali language (Sundar, "beautiful" and ban, "forest" or "jungle").

Santiniketan

Santiniketan (Bangla: Shantiniketôn) is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India

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Kolkata (Calcutta), the capital of West Bengal and India’s largest city, traces its origin to 1690, when Job Charnock came to the bank of the river Hooghly and took lease of the three villages - Sutanuti, Govindapur and Kolikata (Kolkata) as a trading post of British East India Company. The city shot into fame when Siraj-Ud-Dawlah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, captured Calcutta in 1756. The British, under Robert Clive regained power in 1757 and the city was made the seat of the supreme courts of justice and supreme revenue administration by Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India. Calcutta became the capital of British Indian in 1772 and the 1800 it has grown into a busy and flourishing town.

Today, this fascinating metro reflects the cultural, political and economic life of Bengal. Called the ‘City of Palaces’, Kolkata has a number of places of tourist interest. Important among them are Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, St. Pauls Cathedral, Zoological Garden, Indian Museum, Birla Planetarium, Birla Industrial Museum, the famous Kali Temple, Jain Temple, Nakhoda Mosque, Jorasanko, Marble Palace, Bidyasagar Setu, High Court, Outram Ghat, Eden Gardens, etc.

Belur Math This tranquil monument, sprawling over several acres of land on the western banks of Hooghly, was built by Swami Vivekananda. Apart from the main monastery, the Math includes the Headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission and several temples. One of the most peaceful prayer halls in Kolkata is found here.

Belur can be approached by EMU trains from Howrah.

Dakshineshwar in Hooghly district is known for its Kaali temple built on the banks of Ganges, north east of Calcutta. The station is on the Sealdah-Dankuni section.

With a cluster of towers, a central dome towering above the rest, a two layered roof, four domes in four corners, a corridor with a curvilinear roof in between each pair of domes, the temple is representative of the Bangla temple architecture.

A renowned place of pilgrimage, it is here that Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the renowned spiritual personality and the guru of Swami Lord Vivekananda, had worshipped Kali, the Divine Mother, and did his sadhana at the Panchavati Garden adjacent to the temple.

Nabadwip An important pilgrimage center for the Hindus, Nabadwip is the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya, the founder of Vaisnava sect. Located at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi rivers, this place is knows as the Varanasi of Bengal. This center for the traditional Sanskrit schools served as the capital of the ancient Bengal.

Tarakeswar The place is famous for the Siva Temple, built in the 18th century. With a four sided porch in front of the sanctum, the temple is typical of Bengali Temples. Tarakeswar is on the terminating station on the Seoraphuli-Tarakeswar section. Mondays are considered auspicious for a visit. Among the important celebrations are Shivratri and Chaitra Sankranti or Bengali New Year celebrations.

Located near Serampore near Kolkata, Tarakeswar is a terminating station on the Seoraphuli-Tarakeswar section.

Murshidabad Famous for beautiful palaces, mosques and monuments, Murshidabad was the capital of Bengal during Nawab Siraj-ud-daulla’s reign. The place is also well known for beautiful handloom silks and handicraft. The Hazarduari Palace ( Palace with thousand doors) is famous for its oil painting, statues, antique chandeliers and decorative items.

The station is on the Sealdah-Lalgola section

Shantiniketan Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore started this open-air school. It is a centre for oriental education and culture. Famous for the Viswa Bharati University, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Dr. Amartya Sen received his early education in Shantiniketan.

On the Sahibganj loop, Shantiniketan can be reached by trains and buses. One can come up to Bolpur by train and hire a rickshaw or an autorickshaw to reach Shantiniketan.

Baidyanath Dham Famous for the Siva temple, this religious place attracts lakhs of devotees from all over India, through out the year. The station is on the Jasidih-Baidyanath Dham




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