Historical Places to Visit in Kolkata

Kolkata, the City of Joy, is more than just bustling streets and aromatic street food. Beneath the vibrant chaos lies a treasure trove of history, waiting to be unearthed by curious minds. Buckle up as we explore some of the best historical places that have withstood the test of time.

Victoria Memorial

Standing tall like a sentinel of time, the Victoria Memorial is probably the first that comes to your mind of all the historical places to visit in Kolkata. This Indo-Saracenic marvel, built in 1906, is a love letter to Queen Victoria, but it's so much more than just a monument. Its elegant arches, intricate gardens, and vast halls house a museum brimming with artefacts, paintings, and stories that transport you back to the British Raj. The memorial's purpose has evolved from a symbol of imperial pride to a museum preserving India's historical artefacts.

Exterior view of the Victorial Memorial
Boating near the Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

Next on our historical sojourn is the Howrah Bridge, an engineering marvel that has stood tall since 1943. Connecting Kolkata to Howrah, this cantilever bridge is not just a river-crossing structure; it's a symbol of the city's resilience and progress. Walking across the bridge, you can almost feel the echoes of a bygone era when trams rattled along its surface, carrying the stories of a bustling city.

Indian Museum

No exploration of historical places in Kolkata is complete without a visit to the Indian Museum. Established in 1814, it's the oldest and largest museum in India. This treasure trove houses artifacts from across the subcontinent, spanning centuries and civilizations. From ancient Indus Valley seals to Mughal miniatures, Rajput armour to Buddhist relics, the museum is a kaleidoscope of cultures and eras. You can also marvel at the Gandhara sculptures and witness the grandeur of the Mughal throne. it will almost seem like the entire history of our country flashing before your eyes making you wonder about those times.

Exterior of the Indian Museum in Kolkata
Building with many windows

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Step into the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali polymath who penned the national anthem of India. Jorasanko Thakur Bari, a sprawling mansion, now a museum, is a treasure trove of Tagore's life and work. Explore the rooms where he wrote his masterpieces, and feel the creative energy that once pulsed through these walls. Immerse yourself in the vibrant paintings and artefacts that tell the story of a man who shaped not just Bengali literature but Indian culture as a whole.

Belur Math

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, and of all the historical places in Kolkata, Be;ur Math this one feels more devotional. This magnificent temple, constructed from white marble and devoted to Ramakrishna with its founding disciple Vivekananda, is a marvel of Neo-Hindu architecture. A distinct energy permeates the air upon crossing the Hooghly River and entering the temple premises. The purpose was to encapsulate the spirit of unity in diversity. Elaborate carvings, vibrant murals and melodic chants contribute to an atmosphere of peace and contemplation.

View of belur math temple from a boat

After a day of exploring Kolkata's rich history, you deserve a retreat that's as special as the city itself. Polo Floatel Kolkata, moored on the Hooghly River, offers just that. Positioned conveniently near major attractions, we ensure you're at the heart of Kolkata's historical and cultural heritage. We're here to make you feel special, just as the city does, making you wonder about both luxury and history!

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