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Kolkata Tourist Attractions - Marble Palace, Kalighat, Dakhineswar Temple

Published: 29/10/2012

Marble Palace

A huge spacious mansionof the 19th century, located in north Kolkata,the Marble Palace derives its name from the marble walls and floors.Built by Rajendra Mullik in 1835,the house contains an exclusive collection of paintings,statues of both western and Indian sculptures,Victorian furnitures,Italian chandeliers,antique clocks,ceiling mirrors and many more.The house itself is a work of art built in the Neoclassical style with a lot of Bengali influence.Adjacent to the house is the Marble Palace Zoo containing an aviary and a few types of monkeys and deer.Since some parts of the mansion still continues to be a part of the private residence of the descendents of the Raja,entry to the mansion museum needs a prior permission of the Tourism Department,Kolkata. Marble Palace is open every day from 10 am to 4pm except on Mondays and Thursdays. Here is a full list of Hotels in Kolkata for you next trip.

Kalighat Kali Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the famous Kalighat Kali temple is located on the banks of river Hooghly.Infact, it is said that Kolkata derives its name from this temple!

Dakhineswar Temple

Built by the queen Rasmani of Janbazar, dedicated to th Goddess Kali, the Dakhineswar Kali temple is located on the banks of the Ganges, north of Belur Math in Kolkata; the Dakhineswar temple is a spacious structure covering an area of about 25 acres. The famous spiritual leader, Rama Krushna Paramhansa is associated with this temple. It was here that he had worshipped the Goddess and attained his divine power. The Dakhineswar temple is a popular religious tourist attraction for all Hindus. (Hotels in Kolkata near Dakhineswar Temple)

Academy of Fine Arts

Set up in the year 1933, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta houses one of the finest collection of contemporary work, and works of the Nobel Laurete Rabindra Nath Tagore,. Some priceless collection of textile, sculpture and paintings are housed here. A huge auditorium that encourages performing arts is also a part of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden

Located in this Botanic Garden is the 250 year Old Great Banyan tree. It looks more like a forest with its large number of aerial roots covering an area of about one Km. The main tree had to be removed as it was decayed due to a fungus attack in 1925.


Nandan is a movie theatre complx housing three large screens in three separate cinema halls.Inaugurated by ,the doyen of the bengali cinema ,Satyajit Ray,in 1985,Nandan is popular for hosting the Kolkata Film Festival every year in November. There is a special Satyajit Ray Archive that provides interesting insights into the great man himself. Some of Ray’s memorable films,scripts and commentaries are also on display.Another interesting feature of Nandan is a well stocked library with a rare collection of books and journals on Indian cinema.
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