A Little Light on Kolkata, Asansol, and Digha

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Published: 03rd August 2012
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A Kolkata trip treats you to an abundance of charms that ‘The City of Joy’ is known for. The city is a foodie’s paradise and also packs in lots of wonderful sightseeing attractions. Be it a leisure vacation or a pilgrim tour, a trip to Kolkata emerges as a highly satiating experience. Those looking for some solitude in this sometimes overwhelming city can escape to nearby Asansol or Digha. A look at this Kolkata travel guide will give you some basic insight into these two destinations as well as the attractions in Kolkata such as Kalighat Kali Temple, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Belur Math, Victoria Memorial, and Botanical Gardens.

Religious Trip to Kalighat Kali Temple

The Kalighat Kali temple is definitely one of the not to be missed places to see in Kolkata, especially for those who get a high from religion. The temple counts amongst the 51 Shakti Peethas in India, i.e., one of the sites where a part of Sati’s body fell during Lord Shiva’s Rudra Tandava.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Belur Math

Separated by a stretch of the River Hooghly, these two places are also esteemed religious Kolkata attractions. This temple largely became famous due to its association with the famous godman Sri RamKrishna. Belur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. The temple’s architecture here is a fusion of Hindu, Islamic, and Christian styles to express the solidarity of all faiths.

Visit to Victoria Memorial

Perhaps, the most well known of Kolkata tourist places, the Victoria Memorial is a grand monument modelled on the Buckingham Palace. This stunning building in gleaming white marble stands amidst marvellous sprawling gardens. Victoria Memorial came up in 1921 and remains one of the grandest reminders from the days of the Raj in Kolkata. Make sure, that you include a visit to this place in your Kolkata travel planner.

Nature Travel at Botanical Gardens

Fanning out over an area of some 273 acres, the awe inspiring Botanical Gardens has done its bit for Kolkata tourism. With some 12,000 living perennial plants as well as countless dried out plants sourced from across the world, this place counts amongst India’s largest and oldest botanical gardens. The Botanical Gardens is a riot of colours with its dozens of varieties of flowers. The biggest crowd puller here is gigantic banyan tree, which is over two centuries old and supposedly has second largest canopy on the planet. Naturally, a visit to the Botanical Gardens is part of most visitors’ travel planner for Kolkata.

Places to Visit near Kolkata

Like any other destination, it is important to know about the places to visit near Kolkata. Well, there are dozens of fine places to choose from such as Asansol and Digha to name just two. Here is some information that will come in handy when you plan your tour to Kolkata.

A Trip to Asansol

The Kolkata to Asansol distance is some 210 km. Some of the most happening attractions here include Nehru Park on the banks of the River Damodar, the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s birthplace at Churulia village, and the nearly 500 year old sacred pilgrimage site of Kalyaneswari Temple. One can travel from Kolkata to Asansol by road or by train. While a bus from Kolkata to Asansol usually takes a little over three hours, a train journey takes some two and a half hours.

About Digha Travel

Like Asansol, you can travel from Kolkata to Digha both by road and train. Some of the main attractions at Digha are ‘The Science Centre’, Lankeshwari Temple, and Chandipur. A Kolkata to Digha bus will take you some three to four hours. Alternately, you may try a Kolkata Digha train, which will take about three hours to reach the destination.

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