Birla Mand ir Lakshmi Narayan Temple built in the usual temple style from marble and granite is a huge structure, brightly illuminated and cool when the evening breeze make it a pleasant time to visit.
Birla Planetarium One of the most technically advanced in the world, the Birla Planetarium is close to the crossing of Theatre Road and Chowringhee Road. Daily shows are held in English, Hindi and Bengali as the planetarium's gigantic projector recreates the night sky. The Planetarium also has an astronomical library and art gallery.
Belur Math The Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, situated 6 km north of Kolkata. The Ramakrishna Temple ; which looks like a church, mosque or temple; depending from where it is viewed, is a building of unique architecture that symbolizes the unique faith of its c ongregation. On the other bank of the river is the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple where Ramakrishna received his spiritual vision after meditation. There are also 12 Siva temples here.
Botanical Gardens 20 km from the heart of town is the oldest botanical garden in India and a haven for nature lovers. Spread over 273 acres, it contains over 30,000 varieties of trees and plants. The garden's main attraction is the world's largest banyan tree, 200 years old with over 600 aerial roots.
Dalhousie Square Renamed Binoy Badal D inesh Bagh (also BBD Bagh), is the hub of West Bengal/'s administration and commerce. This is the site of all the important government institutions of the state and the place that houses the now famous Writer's Building (clerks were known as writers in the British India) and the old Fort William.
Dakshineswar Temple On the banks of the Ganges near Bally bridge you can find one temple of goddess Kali & 12 temples of God Shiva worth a photo.
Eden Gardens are laid out with ornamental trees, shrubs, winding foliage, sparkling fountains and a beautiful Burmese pagoda. Well equipped with all the latest facilities, (the cricket stadium is located here) it is a popular place for relaxation as well as cricket.
Howrah Bridge is a spectacular construction, the third largest cantilever bridge in the world and was opened in 1943. The 71 ft wide bridge can accommodate eight lanes of traffic and is flanked by two wide footpaths.
Hastings House Situated along the Judges' Court Road and shrouded in an aura of legend and mystery was built in 1774 by Warren Hastings as his residence.
High Court A panoramic view of the city can be obtained from the corner turrets of the building of Judicature with a tower 54 meter high and was built in 1872 in Gothic Style.
Missionaries of Charity is a new order formed in 1950 by Mother Teresa. Their vow ?to give wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor' was put into action with the setting up of several homes. Visit Mother Teresa's tomb at the Mother House and witness the generosity of her spirit at Nirmal Hriday (home for the dying), Shanti Nagar (for lepers) and Nirmala Shishu Bhavan (the children's home). For voluntary work with the Mission, in India, you may contact the London branch of the Missionaries of Charity, 41 Villiers Road, Southall , Middlesex , UK, or write in to the "Mother House", 54A, Lower Circular Road , Kolkata 700014.
Nakhoda Mosque At the junction of Rabindra Sarani and Zakaria Street, is the biggest Muslim mosque in the city. Modelled on Akbar's tomb at Sikandra near Agra, the mosque has a prayer hall that can accommodate a congregation of ten thousand at a tim e and is well worth visiting, if not to worship, to view the architecture.
National Library Built in Italian Renaissance style, the Belvedere was once the residence of Warren Hastings. Then known as the Imperial Library and later National Library after Independence, it is the largest in the country and is said to contain more than 2 million books and manuscripts.
Netaji Indoor Stadium Situated at the Eden Gardens, this stadium hosts indoor games and sports like table tennis, basket ball, volley ball and badminton.
Nicco Park If you are visiting with kids in tow then this is a must do place to spend at least a few hours while here. Your kids (and their mums and dads) will love the funky joy rides and numerous food stalls selling mouth-watering nibbles too.
Rabindra Sarobar is more a recreation spot, but it secrets a few attractions such as a Buddhist temple, a public swimming pool and a sports stadium.
Raj Bhavan This, the Governor's residence, is the finest example of Georgian architecture in India. It was the official residence of the British Governors during the pre independence period. The Throne Room contains Tipu Sultan's throne and its ballroom has the finest polished dance floor in India.
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture Established by the Ramakrishna Mission it commemorates the birth centenary of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Religious discourses and cultural exchanges, among international scholars, are held here. The Institute has a magnificent library, museum, prayer hall, meditation room and guest house. Salt Lake Stadium found here, also known as the Yuba Bharati Kriragan, is elliptical in shape with a sitting capacity of 125,000 people.