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Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), capital of the Indian State of West Bengal, was India’s capital under the British Raj. Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and an array of cultural festivals. Popularly known as “The City of Joy” Kolkata is in every sense, the artistic, cultural and intellectual capital of the country. Kolkata’s streets are vivid, hectic, chaotic and yet brimming with life and creativity. There are plenty of Ghats all over the city where you can sit and enjoy a sunset sipping on tea or enjoy a cruise on the River Ganges. Kolkata has a wealth of architectural marvels to offer like Victoria Memorial, Mother’s House, Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house, Indian Museum, Kalighat – Temple of Goddess Kali and many more. You can enjoy day trips to Santiniketan - Mayapur – the headquarters of ISKCON, Bishnupur – known for its terracotta temples, the colonial towns of Srerampore, Chandannagar and Bandel.
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It is a lesser known fact that the British were not the only ones to call Bengal their home. Upstream along the quiet banks of the Hooghly river, not very far off from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata, lie a string of dusty towns where much of Europe came to settle. And if you want to experience this European Heritage, then a day trip out of Kolkata to Bengal’s proverbial “Little Europe” is all that you need.
Gangasagar or Sagar Island is an island in the Sunderbans region, in the Ganges Delta on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100kms (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Holy River Ganga. It is a charming tourist destination, with unspoilt beaches with miles of silver sand and clear blue sky, where one would love to spend some time in tranquillity. The Place t attracts both pilgrims and adventure lovers.
Bishnupur is a town in the Bankura district of West Bengal famous for its Teracotta temples and Baluchari Sarees. Bishnupur was the capital of the Malla kings during the 18th and 19th century and was then known as Mallabhum, till their power was weakened by the Mughal dynastry took who took over the kingdom. The Mallas were Vaishnavites, that is followers of Lord Vishnu and the place was thus renamed as Vishnupur in 994 AD.
Situated on the eastern banks of Hooghly River, Dakshineshwar is a Hindu Temple and the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali , meaning “she who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence”. The temple was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna , a mystic of 19th century Bengal. Belur Math, located on the West Bank of the Hooghly River, was founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Santiniketan, located in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, is a small town near Bolpur nearly 3 hours from Kolkata. Established by Maharshi Devendra Nath Tagore, Santiniketan was expanded by his son, the famous Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore whose vision transformed it into a university town, the Visva Bharati University. Founded as an ashram, Santiniketan ( meaning abode of peace) became a spiritual centre where people from all religions were invited to join for meditation and prayers.
Situated at the confluence of the River Ganga and Jalangi, Mayapur is the spiritual capital of the world with the Headquarters of the ISKCON temples being located here. It is believed that Lord Krishna’s incarnate Sri Chaitanya Mahabrabhu was born here in 1486 AD. Mayapur is one of the nine dhams of the 9 holy islands. The 9 islands together look like an eight petalled lotus flower and are called Navadwipa which was the earlier capital of West Bengal. The islands are centred around Antardvipa (Mayapur) and are a part of the Mayapur Township, Navadwipa is a famous temple town with 185 temples..