Monday, June 2, 2014

Lost in Delhi

Delhi - National capital territory of India, one of the largest metropolitan city. 300+ Heritage Monuments, 15 Dynasties & 100+ Rulers, comprising of 15 Historic cities and 1 Delhi stands with a glorious history of 3000 years.

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Zareee Zarree Mein Usi Ka Noor Hai; Jhak Khud Mein Woh Na Tujhse Door Hai ..
Ishq Hai Usse To Sab Se Ishq Kar; Is Ibadat Ka Yehi Dastoor Hai ..
(From Movie Delhi 6)

"You will find him everywhere, he isn't away from you
If in case you love him, you need to love everyone
That's the only way you can fall in love "

I have just made an attempt to cover certain places in Delhi, some are lesser known monuments and some are popular among the traveler. Lesser known monuments like Raziya Sultan Tomb are the places where it has become difficult to reach, narrow passage, rampant despoliation, encroachment, urbanization and neglect.



Mirza Ghalib Ki haveli :

Mirza Ghalib born Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan on 27 December 1797 – died 15 February 1869) Ghalib ki Haveli was his residence after 1860's and is now a heritage site  located in the Gali Qasim Jan, Ballimaran, near Chandani Chowk Old Delhi.









Ghalib lived in this Haveli for a long period of his life after he came fromAgra. While staying at this Haveli, he wrote his Urdu and Persian ‘diwans’. Many a year after Ghalib's death the place housed shops inside it until the year of 1999 after which the govt. acquired a portion of it and renovated it bringing back its old world Mughal magnificence & splendour. It was given a special touch with the use of Mughal Lakhori bricks, sandstone & a wooden entrance gate to obtain that feeling of the 19th century period



Fatehpuri Masid :
Fatehpuri Masjid was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan's wives. The mosque is built with red sandstone on a large scale and is surmounted by a single dome. This mosque is a beautiful specimen of the magnificence of Mughal architecture and stands as a silent spectator, witnessing all historical events right from the Mughal and British periods till date. Flanked by towering minarets, the mosque has a traditional design with the prayer hall having seven-arched openings. Among the seven arches, the central arch is the highest.

In the video you have seen people offering prayer to Allah. Namaz is the Urdu word for Prayer, Namaz is the form of Worship of Allah performed by Muslims. Namaz has been made compulsory for Muslims 5 times daily :
Fajr: Early morning just before sunrise.
Zuhar: Afternoon paryers post the period of Zawaal (when sun is perpendicularto earth).
Asar: Post afternoon and before Sunset
Maghrib: Just after Sunset
Isha: Late evening after the Sunset

Praying Namaz requires one to be clean in all respects, be it’s the physical self, the surroundings or the intent, also advisable to lay out a clean piece of cloth called the Musalla (Prayer mat), on which to pray rather than on bare ground. Another important requirement in preparation for Namaz is the Wuzu (ablution) which requires one to clean his mouth, nose face, hands, head, neck and feet with running water to purify oneself physically. No matter how hard a person prays or for how long he lies in prostration (Sajda), unless his intention are clean and motives selfless, the Namaz will not be accepted by Allah.

Namaz is basically to purify oneself, seek forgiveness for the sins we commit intentionally and unintentionally, and pledge not to repeat it. It teaches one to have his feet on the ground and submit to the Will of the Almighty, before Him all are helpless. Namaz makes us compassionate and believe in the equality  of mankind. It gives a message that when the Jamaat (congregation) stands before Allah for observing Namaz, there is no distinction between the prince and the pauper. All will stand alongside each other and pray in a similar way and recite the same verses from the same Holy Qur’an.

Masjid Fatehpuri has three gates, one is right in front of the Red Fort at Chandni Chowk and the other two are in the north and the south. Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Azha is celebrated in a grand way in the Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi. The place is on the heart of the city , Khari Baoli Road, Chandni Chowk, Fatehpuri so it can be reached very easily. The different parts of the mosque are beautifully decorated and are a visual pleasure.

Tomb of Razia Sultan (1240 AD) :
Tomb of Razia SultanRazia sultan was the first lady ruler, who ruled Delhi between 1236 to 1240 and was killed under Conspiracy. This tomb was built by her brother, Moyuddin Bharam Shah in 1240 A.D. on the bank of river Jamuna in solitary jungle. However later this tomb was merged in City Shahjahanabad near
Turkman gate. There is one more grave in this tomb which is believed to be of Sajia Begam the sister of Razia Begam. Today there is only one narrow lane left  to reach this tomb near Turkman gate in the area known as Bullbulli Khana.

Razia Sultan's Tomb Chamber is in Old delhi, in Bul Bulli Khana Chowk, Sitaram Bazar, Chandani Chowk. Perhaps the most less visited place. There is no dome or any crowd here. Little has she got the acceptance of being first woman ruler of Delhi

Despite being the torch bearer for women, she finds very little space in history. Today she rests in her grave at Mohalla Bulbuli Khana near Turkman Gate in Old Delhi along with her sister Sajia. Although unknown to most people living in Delhi, the residents of the Walled City know about it a little.


Jama Masjid :
The Masjid-i Jahan-Numa  commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India, Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. It lies at the beginning of the Chawri Bazar Road, a very busy central street of Old Delhi. The later name, Jama Masjid, refers to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done in a mosque, the "congregational mosque" or "jama masjid". The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin.

The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 5,000 workers, over a period of seven years. Use of white marble, wide stair cases and arched gateways are the hallmark of this popular mosque. The mosque has a vast paved rectangular courtyard, which is nearly 75 m by 66 m. Its courtyard has the capacity to hold nearly 25,000 worshipers. The central courtyard is accessible from the East.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Darkest fear



What is your darkest fear??

When someone asks me this question, I sometimes do not tell them the real thing, because not every time you get to meet people who can understand you, who can make sure that you will never have to face this fear of yours.

Anyways, my deepest fear is to be left alone, to have no one around me.




I was off for a photo walk lately, i saw this old man sitting away from a group of people who were playing cards and were pretty much happy. However, this old man was sitting alone, thinking something, like something was bothering him. It felt like he was left from his group, his people with whom he has spent his whole life.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mesmerised Kolkatta or say Calcutta!!


Lately I gave up on IT.

Just to tell you I was an IT professional till last month. But then i just gave up on IT and gave a serious thought to do what i enjoyed the most, Photography.  I thought what would be better than travelling to some places and steel some moments of that place in my camera through my eyes. So i planned for one day trip to Kolkata

Kolkata, also known as Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly river, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port as well as its sole major riverine port
I took a train from Pune to Kolkata

I reached Kolkata early morning around 4:30 AM, that was too early for me to be in a city about which i don’t know anything, I googled some stuff though. So now I am going to K Y road to take a cheap stay, where I plan to dump my bags, take a shower and go for a city tour.

I choose K Y road, because most of the places i wanted to go was nearby like bada bazaar, new market, and flower market 

 Maulana Azad College, near to my hotel 

 Old lady sitting beside the college

 Early morning, street view of KY Road

 Yellow Ambasadors (Taxi's) of Calcutta

 Street side view 

 Guy cutting leaves of some type to make so called Cheni Kheni, kind of tobacco 

 Early morning, sellers getting ready for the busy day 

 Cart puller, popular in Calcutta and cheap mode of travel

 Hogg Market

 Inside view of Hogg market

 Park Street 

 two friends sitting at road side, enjoying early morning conversation

 Maidan

 Hogg Market 

  Park street view

 Flower market

 Flower market

 Mention at Park street

Flower market

I also visited St Paul’s cathedral, great place to be. However it was not allowed to click photos there.

St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India - a united church which is part of the Anglican Communion - in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta, and the incumbent bishop is the Rt. Revd. Ashoke Biswas.

The building itself stands on the "island of attractions" in Kolkata - beside the Victoria Memorial, Nandan, Rabindra Sadan theatre complex, and the Birla Planetariu






Sharing couple of detail I found online:
NAME
ADDRESS
TEL_NO
DESCP
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
2,Cathedral Road,Near Rabindra Sadan,Kolkata-71
2223-4302
This is an important centre of cultural activities. There is one auditorium and several art galleries. An art studio is also there for working artists.It is open from 12 noon to 8 P.M. and is closed for Monday
ACADEMY OF INDIAN COINS & HISTORY
361/B,Rabindra Sarani

Visiting Hours: 11 A.M.-1 P.M.,It has a gallery of ancient indian coins.
AGRI HORTICULTURAL GARDEN
South of National Library,Alipore
2479-1713/0834
This garden is managed by a society founded in 1820.Convayence is by bus No.31,35.It is open from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M. & 1.30 P.M. to 5 P.M.,Closed on Wednesday upto 11 A.M. & on Thursday,Office is open from 9 A.M. to 1.30 P.M.
ALIPORE OBSERVATORY
D.H. Road,Calcutta
2247-2782/2245-3167
It is a Meteorological office Conveyance Tram: 31,35 Bus:3,3A,13,17,37,40,75,77,77A,83
AQUATICA(CALCUTTA'S ONLY WATER THEME PARK)
Kochpukur,15 minutes drive from Nicco Park
2221-3626/9830228617 (Mob.)
Plunge into Aquatica where an ocean of undiluted excitement awaits you.Dive into Tornado,heart stooping 100 ft.tunnel journey.Go wild on Mountain River,a thrilling ride through wilderness.Get into the swim of things with Aqua Dance,Island cafe and more.
ARTS ACRE
Gopalpur, 24 Parganas (N).
2331-1372(City Office)
It is a village for the visual arts with art gallery,artists in residence and artists at work.
ASHUTOSH MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART
Centenary Building,College St,Calcutta University Premises
2241-0071-78/4984-90
It is the country's first University Museum exhibiting Indian Art & Antiques. Visiting hours: 10.30 a.m.- 5 p.m.,Sunday Closed.
ASIATIC SOCIETY
1,Park Street,Calcutta-16
2249-0355
It is a leading centre of Indological studies in the world,it is not very far from Esplanade and easily connected by several bus routes.It is open from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. The Museum is closed on weekends
BANA BITHI (MONOHAR DAS TANK)
At the crossing of Queen's way & Jawaharlal Nehru Road

Banabithi is another beautification project of CMDA inaugurated on 5/12/2000. One will enjoy the charm of greenery in the midst of fountains and murals.
BANGIYA SAHITYA PARISHAD
243/1,A.P.C.Road,Calcutta-6
2350-3743
In South Calcutta with a unique library from personal collection of Vidyasagar and several other pioneers of Bengal and rare collection of Tibetan Buddhist Commentary. Open from 1 P.m. to 7 P.m.,Thursday is closed,Conveyance:Bus(3D/1,230,235,78)
BANGLA ACADEMY
1/1,A.J.C.Bose Road,Kolkata-20
2223-9978/0956/1985
It is an Academy of Bengali Literature with a very dependable library. There is also one Seminar Hall. Conveyance: Bus(T-4,S-22,S-23,230,3D/1,235,47A,41B)
BELUR MATH
10,K.m. from Calcutta,3 K.m. from Dakshineswar,Howrah
2665-5391
Situated at the bank of river Ganga, it is the headquarters of Ramkrishna Math and Mission which controls over 100 centres in Indian and abroad. Open from 6.30 to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
BENOY-BADAL-DINESH BAG(B.B.D.BAG)
B.B.D.Bag,Dalhousie,Calcutta

Busy locality full of Govt. offices surrounding a pond, named Laldighi. Most important part of Calcutta.
BIRLA ACADEMY OF ART & CULTURE
108 & 109 Dr. Meghnad Saha Sarani(Southern Avenue),Cal-29
2466-2843/6802
A well maintained state gallery with exhibits depicting the artistic and cultural heritage of India and a permanent exhibition of Indian contemporary art. There are also some archaeological specimens there. Open from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.
BIRLA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM
19A,Gurusaday Road,Kolkata-19
2247-7241-43,2281-2654,
Visiting Hrs: 10 A.M.-5 P.M,Monday Closed; A permanent exhibition of scientific and technological exhibits which are conceived,designed and fabricated by the museum itself
BIRLA MANDIR
Vishwa Mangal Trust,29 Ashutosh Choudhury Avenue,Calcutta-19

Located on Asutosh Chowdhury Avenue, it is the latest addition to the places of visit in Calcutta. Built over twenty- two years of painstaking labour, it is an all marble structure with very high quality Rajasthani engravings.
BIRLA PLANETORIUM
96,Jawaharlal Nehru Road,Kolkata-71
2223-1516/6610
Regular astronomical shows are presented here with commentaries in different languages. Show time:11.30 A.M. to 8.30 P.M.,Closed on Mondays
BOSE INSTITUTE
Side of University college of Science,A.P.C.Road

It is a centre for research work on Plants. It was established by Late Sir,Jagadish Chandra Bose. Conveyance: Tram(12,13),Bus(4B,8B,30B,79B,47A,30D,12,33,47)
BOTANICAL GARDENS
In Shibpur,Howrah,9 Km. from Cal. across the Hooghly river
2668-5096/0554
The Great Banyan Tree with 600 aerial roots is a great attraction.Country's largest and oldest botanical garden. Land out in 1787 over 30,000 varieties of plants and trees.Saturday & Sunday closed.
CALCUTTA INFORMATION CENTRE
1/1,A.J.C.Bose Road,Calcutta-20
2223-2451/4214
A centre for several types of information regarding Calcutta and West Bengal and also a cultural centre with one Auditorium(Sisir Mancha) and one Exhibition Hall(Gaganendra Pradarshashala).
CALCUTTA MAIDAN
Near Esplanade

It is a place of Migrants,travelling performers and trades people who exhibit their skills.From here there is an excellent view of sports club,Red Road,Sahid Minar,Victorial Memorial etc. Also one may find dancing bears and fortune telling parrots here.
CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY
College Street
2241-0071-78/4984-90
This University was started in 1857 and has the largest number of students in the world with several facilities.
CENTRES OF INTERNATIONAL MODERN ART(CIMA)
On Asutosh Chowdhury Avenue,Near Birla Temple

An Visiting Hours: 2 P.M.-8 P.M.; Internationally renowned gallery of Indian contemporary art
CHITTESWARI TEMPLE
Chitpur Road

It is a temple from which Chitpur is often held to take its name.It is believed to date back to the early 17th century.
COFFEE HOUSE
College Street

It is the heart of College Street where politicians,writers,students and artists spend hours in Adda over a cup of coffee,formerly known as Albert Hall connected with many historical meetings and seminars.
DAKSHINESWAR TEMPLE
Opposite Belur Math,across Ganga,Dakhineswar,Calcutta-35
2553-2222
Build by Rani Rashmoni in the 19th century. A place of pilgrimage where Ramkrishna Parmhansa Deva worshipped Goddess Kali. Conveyance: Bus(32,32A,34 and a special bus on Sundays from Esplanade)
DESHBANDHU MEMORIAL
North of Keoratala Ghat,Kalighat

A mausoleum dedicated to the memory of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das
DIAMOND HARBOUR
48 Km. South of Calcutta.

A place of scenic beauty on the bank of the Hooghly
EDEN GARDENS
On Strand Road,facing Hooghly river

An open air stadium by this name with International repute having nearly lacks of seats. It is the largest stadium of the world.
ENERGY PARK
Opposite to Science City & by the side of E.M.Bye Pass

It is a joint venture of WEBREDA,Science Technology & Renewable Energy Dept.,Govt.of W.B.Opened for public from 02.02.2000.Time:10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
FORT WILLIAM
On Maidan,Near Red Road

Named after King William III of England,it is the Head quarter of Eastern Army Command.Conveyance : Tram(31,35,36),Bus(3A,11,12,12A,12B,12C,13,17,43,75,83)
GANDHI GHAT
Barrackpore

People come to Barrackpore to pay homage to the Father of the Nation,Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Ghat where his ashes were also immersed in the river.Conveyance: Bus(78,L20,L20A,S11),By train from Sealdah
GANDHI SMARAK SANGRAHALAY
Barrackpore

This smarak sangrahalaya holds a library and Museum on the life of the Mahatma,situated on the bank of river where one may observe a beautiful panoramic view on the other parts of the river. Conveyance: Bus(85,81,78)
GIRISH MANCHA
76/1,Bagh Bazar Street,Calcutta-3

This Auditorium is under Information & Cultural Affairs Department and has been named after the great actor of Bengal,Girish Ghosh. It provides 909 seates with Air-Cooling System.
GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF ART & CRAFTS
28,J.L.Nehru Road,Calcutta-71
2249-2027
This is the almamater of many artists and sculptors of national and international fame. In winter, the students sometimes mount their artwork on the iron railings outside.
GURUSADAY MUSEUM
At Bratacharigram ,Joka, South 24 Pargs.
2467-6048
About 15 K.m. from Calcutta on Diamond Harbour Road,this museum contains a small but rich collection of the folk arts and crafts of undivided Bengal. Seminars and demonstrations on folk arts are held in the annexe and the grounds of the museum.
HASTINGS HOUSE
On Judges Court Road,Alipur

Currently is the Women's Teachers Training College
HIGH COURT
B.B.D.Bag

High Court(1872) is an exact replica of the Stand Hans in Ypres,Belgium. It is recorded that when the original burnt down, a blue print of Granville's Calcutta High Court had to be consulted before rebuilding it.
HORTICULTURE GARDEN
Adjacent to Alipore Zoo, Calcutta.

Founded by William Carey in 1820.It has collection of botanical varieties and promotes gardening & flower shows. An important location for film shooting.
HOWRAH BRIDGE(RABINDRA SETU)
Over Hooghly river.
2248-9770/4425/6692
Acrossing the river Hooghly this is a fine specimen of hanging structural workmanship. The bridge was completed in the year 1941 connecting both the sister city after replacing the old pottoon bridge. The length of the Bridge is 645 meter.
INDIAN MUSEUM
'Maidan' of Calcutta,J.L.Nehru Road,Kolkata-72
2249-5699/9902,Fax:2249-5696
It is the largest museum in the country and has rare collections of antiques,armour & ormanents,fossils,skeletons,mummies,Mughal paintings etc. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.(march-Nov),10 a.m.-4.30 p.m.(Dec-Feb)
JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY
Jadavpur
2473-0399/4044/4495/4643/5799
The university has an international repute,having several modern subjects with science and arts streams. It was established at Jadavpur in Post Independence time for strengthening the modern educaiton system.
JAIN TEMPLE
Badridas Temple Street,Calcutta-6

In North Calcutta on Badridas Temple Street it is a Jain temple built with marble.Conveyance: Tram(12,13),Bus(3,3A,3B,11,11A,15,33,34C,47-A,79,79B)
JAPANESE BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Dhakuria Lake,South Calcutta


JOB CHARNOCK'S MAUSOLEUM
Hastings Street,Old Council House Street

The tombs in the St. John's Churchyard have historical interest with octagonal shaped Charnock's mausoleum is said to be the oldest masoury in the city.
JORASANKO THAKURBARI
286,Rabindra Sarani,North Calcutta
2239-5242
The home of branch of the Tagore family and the birth place of our National Poet Rabindra Nath Tagore,is now the premises of Rabindra Bharati University and a museum of Tagore memorabilia. Conveyance: Tram(3,4,7,8,9,10),Bus(3,11A,43,4B)
KUMARTULI
Between Central Avenue & river Ganga

At Kumartuli clay images of Gods and Goddesses are fashioned by potters. It is a place of Art and Craftsmanship of Bengal School of Art heritage.
LAL DIGHI
Dalhousie Square

The Dalhousie Square Tank as named Lal Dighi to elderly Calcuttans is fed by natural springs,survives as the central feature of the town plan of Calcutta. It has a picturesque beauty surrounded by Writers' Buildings,Reserve Bank,G.P.O.,Telephone Bhavan.
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY BUILDING
Near High Court,Dalhousie

Near High court the Legislative Asssembly Building beneath the large copper plated dome,the elected representatives of the State meet. The annual flower show in the grounds is an anticipated winter event.
LORETO HOUSE
Park Street

The ambience of the house where Vansitart,Governor of Bengal would live,was changed overnight when a group of young Irish Loret nuns landed at Chandpal Ghat in 1841.The house turned for their residence and named as Loreto House.
LOWER CIRCULAR ROAD CEMETERY
A.J.C.Bose Road,Lower Circular Road

It was opened in 1840 for Christians of all denominations. Conveyance: Bus(230,3D/1,T-4,235,T-4,S-22)
MANGAL PANDEY PARK
Barrack road,Barrackpore

In Barrackpore where Sepoy Mangal Panday's act of definace set the country afire in 1857 and Pandey was hanged and is remembered in this Park on the river bank.It is a beautiful Picnic spot. Conveyance: By train from Sealdah,Bus(78,L20,S11)
MARBLE PALACE
46,Muktaram Babu Street,Off C.R.Avenue,Calcutta-7
2239-3310
It is famous for marble wall & floors,antiques,paintings of Ruben,Curios,Marble statues,floor to ceiling mirrors and collection of rare birds. Visiting hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday/Thursday Closed.Permission to be obtained from Govt. Tourist Office.
METCALFE HALL
Strand Road

It is an imperial Library with one hall. Its thirty column rising 3 feet, and resembling the 'Tower of Winds' in Athens,honours Sir Charles Metcalfe's efforts towards a free press.
METRO RAILWAY
Dum Dum through Tollygunge

India's first and only Metro Rail service plies between Dum Dum and Tollygunge Stations,a 33 K.M. route covered in 33 minutes. It runs from 7-20 a.m. to 21-20 p.m. and from Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m.
MILITARY CEMENTRY
Bhowanipore

It was known as the 'Padre's Godown'. The cross of Sacrifice marks the area of World War-II graves in the cemetery by Uniform headstones in flower beds.
MILLENNIUM PARK
On the Strand Road near Babughat and opposite to Koilaghat
2210-7282
It is a millennium gift from CMDA inaugurated on 26/12/99.Come with your family & friends and enjoy the ecstasy of the fresh cool river wind on your face.It will remain open for all afternoons from 1 to 7 p.m.Tickets Rs 2 for children & 3/-for adults.
MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY
54-A,A.J.C.Bose Road,Near Moulali,Calcutta-17
2244-7115
It is a Missionary that carries out charity work throughout the world.The noble work was started by Mother Teresa which gave her fame and she won the Noble Peace Prize.Her dead body was burried in the same building after her death in 1997.
NAKHODA MOSQUE
On Rabindra Sarani, Calcutta

The Mosque was built in 1926 by Abdur Rahim,a merchant from Kutch. The model was like the emperor Akbar's tomb in Sikandra. It can accomodate 10,000 persons at a time.
NALBAN BOATING COMPLEX
Sector-IV,Salt Lake City,near Nicco Park.Bus C-8 from Tollg.
2357-2888/3548
It is a beutiful picnic spot for families who would want to spend a few hours in the quite greenery tucked away from the hussle and bustle of the City life.The few attractions are the Paddle boats,Shikaras and the newly installed Hovercraft.
NANDAN
1/1,A.J.C.Bose Road,Calcutta-20
2223-1210/0970,Fax:223-5744
A cultural complex with multiple film theatres and The Satyajit Ray Film Archieve.
NATIONAL LIBRARY
Belvedere Road,Alipore,Calcutta-27
2479-1381
The largest library in India and its collection is in excess of one million books. Before independence,it was the official residence of Lt. Governor of Bengal.Visiting Hours: 12 p.m-8 p.m.,Monday Closed.
NATURE STUDY PARK

2469-5555/5674
Concern for Calcutta,a Citizen Action Group,took over a park and a tank on Loudon Street and made it into a Nature Study Park,where children learn to identify plants with environmental studies.
NEHRU CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
94/1,J.L.Nehru Road,Kolkata-20
2223-6878/3517/1551
It is a centre for children's activity,collection of puppets depicting the Ramayana & the Mahabharata,toys & dolls and a huge library for children. Visiting Hours: 12 P.m-8 p.m.,Monday closed
NETAJI RESEARCH BUREAU
Elgin Road,Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani
2475-6139
This bureau was established in 1961 at the Bose family house on Elgin Road and holds the Netaji Subhas Ch. Bose archieval material including Freedom Library and his personal effects,Opens from 12 noon to 4 P.M.
NICCO PARKS & RESORTS LTD
Salt Lake,Sector IV,Jheel Meel,Calcutta-91
2357-8101-05, Fax:2357-2116
It is the Calcutta's first amusement Park opened in 1991.A toy train takes passengers all around the park and a cable car gives a birds eye view. One may have fun rides like Water Chutes and Striking Cars. Timings: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on all days.
RABINDARA SAROBAR
On Southern Avenue in South Calcutta

It is an artificial lake comprising of rowing clubs,safari garden,children's park,swimming clubs,an open air theatre (Nazrul Mancha) etc.
RABINDRA BHARATI MUSEUM
Near Girish Park on C.R.Avenue
2269-6610
It is a museum the exhibits of which relates to Bengal Renaissance in the 19th century. A major section deals with the life and works of the poet Rabindranath Tagore.
RABINDRA SADAN
Cathedral Road,Calcutta-20
2223-9936/9917
Rabindra Sadan is the seat of Bengali-culture where in every evenings drama cultural programmes & exhibitions are held.
RAJ BHAVAN
B.B.D.Bag

It is the Government house and was built in pre-Independence times(1803).It is the residence of Rajyapal.Residences and offices of some ministries have benn constructed within its boundries.
RAMKRISHNA MISSION INSTITUTE OF CULTURE
Near Golpark,Calcutta-29
2464-1303/1304/1305/1306
The Building is having a very good Auditorium with a very good Library which contains very rare books on Philosophy,Anthropolozy,History,Religion etc.
ROYAL CALCUTTA TURF CLUB
On A.J.C.Bose,oppisite Victoria Memorial

Country's one of the oldest and largest horse racing turfs. Famous horse racing events take place regularly here.
SAHID MINAR
On Maidan at Esplanade

A 48.16 metre monument in the style of Qutab Minar of Delhi. Connected with a famous Black Hole Tragedy. Place of important public(political)meeting.Previously known as Octerlony Monument,it renamed after the martyrs in 1969.
SCIENCE CITY
On E.M.Bypass,J.B.S.Halden Avenue,Kolkata-46
2285-2607/4343,Fax:2285-9895
It is a place of entertainment and education for persons of all ages.It remains open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Entry fee:Rs.10;for Time Machine:10/-;for Astrovision Show:30/-;for Planetorium Show:30/-;Bus route:E-2,S-19,S-21,S-23,S-24,GL-3,MD-13,ST-5,C1,C1,C8
SEARAMPORE COLLEGE
Searampore,Hooghly

It was founded by William Carey in the year 1805. It was the first theological college in the East.It has a Big Library and a Museum.
SHOVA BAZAR THAKURBARI
Shovabazar Street

It is the oldest Temple in this area and is still used on religious and social occasions. It was built by Raja Nabakrishna Deb in 1757 for the Clive Lord for his celebration of Victory at Palassey.
ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH


This is the only Air-Conditioned Church in the city of Calcutta.
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH
K.S.Roy Road Crossing and Council House in B.B.D.Bag area.

It was constructed in 1784. Job Charnok's tomb is located in the Churchyard.
ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
On Cathedral Road,Opposite to Victoria Memorial.

65 meter high Anglican Cathedral built in 1847.
TAGORE CASTLE
Prasanna Kumar Tagore Street

It is a Castle of Prasanna Kumar Tagore and is now used for a Girls School. Prasanna Kumar was a social reformer,Journalist,Legal expert and one of the founder of Calcutta University.
THACKERAYS HOUSE
Free School Street.

It was the birth place of William Makpeace Thakeray,the renowned novelist who was born on July 18,1810.
TIPU SULTAN MOSQUE
Besides Statesman House

This mosque was built by Prince Golam Mohammed,One of the most successful of Tipu Sultan's sons.
TOWN HALL
4, Esplanade Row (W), Kolkata-1,
2248-3085/6165,2213-1098
This building was founded by a lottery and was established in 1813.It was designed by the Colonel John Garstin,the then Chief Engineer of Bengal. It remains open 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. everyday except Mondays. E-mail : townhall@cal2.vsnl.net.in
UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE HALL
7,Bankim Chatterjee Street,Calcutta-12
2241-6214
This hall is under the Information & Cultural Affairs Department. It is having a 910 seats and a Air Cooling System.
VICTORIA MEMORIAL
Facing Maidan.
2223-1890-91/0953,F:2223-5142
Visiting Hours: 10 Am.-5 Am.(March-October) A majestic and symmetrical construction of white marble in the middle of a sprolling garden.Build between 1906-1921 in the Stayle of the Taj and the Memory of Queen Victoria.
VIDYASAGAR SETU,(2ND HOOGHLY BRIDGE)
On the river Hooghly, Near Babughat
220-0413(CPT C.E.)
This Bridge is the longest one of its kind in India and the major cable stayed bridges in the world. The total length of the bridge is 822.96m. The lowest part of the bridge is 33.87 to 34.38 meters high from the highest water level of the river Hooghly.
VIVEKANANDA BRIDGE
Over Hooghly River at Bally

Formerly known as Willingdon Bridge over Hooghly River,was opened in 1931.It comprises of seven spans of 105m. and has a doble Rail track and a 5.4m. up and down roadway for vehicles and 2.4m. up and down pathway for the Pedestrians.
WRITERS' BUILDINGS
B.B.D.Bag
2235-5601,235-3371
Presently the seat of State Secretariate. It was built during the days of the East India Company to provide shelter to the writers(clerks) of the company. An edifice of great political significance and memories of Indian freedom movement.
YUBA BHARATI KRIRANGAN
E.M.Byepass,Salt Lake City

This open air Stadium was opened in 1985.It is the biggest Stadium in Asia and one of the ten biggest in the World. It acquires a 45 acres of land and have a capacity of 1,200,000 spectators. Conveyance: Bus(T-4,S-22),popularly know as Salt Lake Stadium.
ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
Alipore,opposite Taj Bengal Hotel & National Library
2479-1275/1150
Opened to Public in 1870. One of the largest and finest zoos in India and a venue for large number of emigrant birds. It houses a children zoo and has a spearate aquarium across the street. Visiting hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry Fees-Rs. 3
SWABHUMI (THE HERITAGE PARK)
E.M. Bypass, Narkeldanga Main Road, Kolkata-54
2321-5486,2334-3906 (Fax)
Fax: 334-3906, Mail: swabhumi@ vsnl.com. It remains open from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. Holidays from 10 a.m. Entry fee Rs. 20/- It is a joint enterprise of Ambuja Cement & The CMC.
FUNCITY (FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PARK)
Bakrahat Road, Near Thakurpukur P.S.
2495-0992, 700-0394/95
It is a family entertainment park. Open from Monday to Friday 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 7-30 p.m.Mobile contact nos: 98311-89987/89988
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