7 Days History tour itinerary for Calcutta: Gain A Spiritual Experience In Kolkata
Visit one of the world's friendliest cities, often called The City of Joy having a deep print of the British Raj reflected in the Victoria Memorial, Fort Williams, Churches and Cathedrals. It is the headquarters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity and of Ramkrishna Mission at Belur Math. Savour specialities in Park Street, which has some of India's best restaurants.
After breakfast, begin your excursion of the City of Joy and visit the MotherHouse with your Kolkata tour guide. The Tomb of Mother Teresa is maintained by her missionaries and followers who have continued to promote her legacy.
Visit St.Paul's Cathedral, built in the overseas territory of the British Empire.It is an Anglican cathedral.
Next, reach Birla Mandir, a lovely temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha and Jorasanko Thakur Bari.
Take a walking tour of Chowingee and return to your hotel for an Ayurvedic massage, buffet dinner and overnight.
Visit Botanical Gardens, founded by Robert Kyd in 1787. Protected by the Botanical Survey of India, it stretches over 109 hectares. A Banyan tree in the garden of more than 330 m circumferences, known as The Great Banyan, is the largest tree in the world. They were later renamed Acharya Jagadish Chandra Indian Botanic Garden.
Next, reach Nakhoda Mosque, placed in the Chitpur area in the Burrabaazar business district. It is one of the busiest Mosques of Kolkata and dates back almost a century. The prayer hall has a seating capacity of 10000, and the domes and minarets have been constructed in keeping with the Fatehpur Sikri style of architecture.
Enjoy in Alipore Zoo, also known as the Calcutta Zoo or the Zoological Garden of Alipore. It is the oldest zoological park to have been established in India and is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata. It attracts tourists from all across the world.
Proceed to Sabarna Sangrahashala, designed, developed and maintained by Sabarrna Roy Choudhary Paribar Parishad to preserve and display the heritage of one of the well known families of Bengal- The Sabarna Roy Choudhary family.
Visit Eco-Tourism Park, an expansive urban park designed to promote eco-tourism in the city. It is the biggest urban park in India and occupies over 475 acres of land. The beauty of the location increases ten folds because of a water body that surrounds the park and forms an island in the middle.
After a leisurely breakfast with your local guide, visit:
Calcutta Jain Temple: Pareshnath Jain Temple is a temple complex dedicated to four Jain Tirthankaras. The complex is a beautiful arrangement of shrines and draws tourists from all over the world. The architecture of the temple consists of intricately carved marbles and glasswork.
Nicco Park: It is an amusement park visited for entertainment and recreational purposes. It is also called in the "Disney Land of West Bengal''. The park uses solar energy extensively.
Prinsep Ghat: It is located on the banks of River Hooghly, is a majestic structure famous for its Greek/ Gothic inlays. With the magnificent Howrah Bridge in the background, watch the sunset and take a long walk on the banks.
Park Street: It is a major access route in Kolkata, also officially known as Mother Teresa Sarani. The street begins at Chowringhee Road or JL Nehru road and stretches till Park Circus crossing. It is said that Park Street never sleeps and is always bustling with activities. It is one of the major hangouts in the city as it has a number of pubs and restaurants.
Enjoy dinner here. Overnight at a hotel.
Chowringhee: Known as Kolkatta's melting pot, it has top-end boutiques, hotels, malls, shops and restaurants. Spend a memorable
time discovering its extraordinary charm.
ISKCON Radha Krishna Temple: It is a highly spiritual place for the devotees focusing on spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. It is not restricted to any one particular religion as such and welcomes enthusiasts or people interested in learning about these teachings with open arms. The temple is a serene complex that houses beautifully ornamented idols of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna.
South Park Street Cemetery: An 18th-century non-church cemetery, it is one of the earliest in the world. It is one of the largest burial grounds and a heritage site in Kolkata and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Most of the tombs in the South Park Street Cemetery are aesthetically beautiful and very attractive.
Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage before your buffet dinner and overnight stay in your hotel.
Kolkata - Sonajuri Forest - Jhargram - Kolkata
After breakfast, take a full-day tour of the lovely attractions of the city and its surrounding:
Sonajuri Forest: Considered to be one of the cleanest forests in India, Sonajhuri Forest is a great retreat to be close to nature. It is replete with lush green trees that has blooming flowers. This place is picturesque with quite a number of mesmerizing places to see and explore.
St John's Church: It is one of the oldest churches in Kolkata, that was built during the reign of the British Kingdom when the city was the capital of British India. It is a splendidly well-maintained structure that draws history and architecture buffs for its uniqueness and ancient feature.
Jhargram: It is a small city located in the state of West Bengal with a rich historical and cultural background. Surrounded by dense forests, this place is mystical. A perfect place to spend a few days in the lap of nature surrounded by friendly tribal population, you are bound to be mesmerized not only by its picturesque beauty but by the gregarious people who inhabit it.
Babur Haat: It is the perfect weekend destination for you and your loved ones if you wish to take a break from the hectic city life and spend some time close to rustic Bengali rural life. Dominated by natural fishing lakes or bheris, responsible for producing some of the tastiest fish in West Bengal, Babur Haat is a nature paradise. Long stretched rice farmlands, vegetable orchards, mango groves, palm groves and rural homes and temples make a wonderful scenic landscape. Fishing is one of the more popular activities in Babur Haat. You can also go on a short picnic trip to the nearby local village grounds, open spaces of which also allow for outdoor games like badminton and cricket to be played. Malancha villages, famous for its fish markets is only 15 km from Babur Haat. You can also opt for country boating, by crossing the river to visit Chaital village. Greenery, fresh air and open spaces will definitely leave your spirits rejuvenated.
Arrive at a cluster of small villages in Kamarpukur, nestled between Vishnupur and Tarakeshwar. Birthplace of a pious and sagacious saint, Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa, this village is perfect getaway from the pell-mell of the cities. In this village, you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of simple rural life.
Reach very picturesque Hooghly Riverfront is situated along two banks of River Hooghly in West Bengal- Kolkata in the East and Howrah on the West. The mighty river offers mesmerising sunrise and sunset views.
Maidan: Also known as the Brigade Parade Ground, Maidan is the largest urban park in Kolkata. The humongous stretch of land includes the famous Eden Gardens, several football stadiums and the Race Course Kolkata.
Visit the Central Park, known as Banabitan is the second largest urban park after Maidan, situated in Bidhannagar, Kolkata. Built around an expansive lake, the park also has a rose garden, which has umpteen varieties of domestic and imported roses. Another attraction in Central Park is its beautiful butterfly garden, which is home to several species of colourful butterflies.
Proceed to Millennium Park, spread over an area of 2.5 km on the banks of River Hooghly in Kolkata. It is a privately owned park situated on the Strand Road.
Kolkatta - Sunderbans
Visit The Sundarbans, a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal.It spans from the Hooghly River in India's state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.Drive 103 km after an early breakfast and see some of the world's finest natural beauty.
Enjoy lunch and return to Kolkatta by late evening for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, leave your hotel for the airport to board your flight out of it.
END OF SERVICES IN THE CITY OFTEN CALLED LOVINGLY THE CITY OF JOY!
AC car or coach transfers from Kolkatta airport to hotel on arrival and hotel to the airport on the conclusion of tour on 7th day.
AC car or coach with an English-speaking driver throughout. Local guides for all days.
AC accommodation in 3.5 - 4 * hotel.
Buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners,
Mineral water, snacks, fruit and juices on excursions.
All activities fees.
All entrance fees.
Flights, lunches and insurance.
Please arrive possibly a day earlier as your tour will begin at 8:00 AM. Take a flight to Kolkatta from New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities of India. Fly out from Kolkatta on the conclusion of your tour. You will be received and seen off with our compliments.
Please bring soft shoes for walks.
Babur Haat is located at a distance of about 50 km from Kolkata. You can also choose to avail the bus services from Kolkata to Malancha village via Babur Haat.
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