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Kolkata is the amazing capital of West Bengal with incredible historical attractions, cultural centres, colonial buildings, temples, Buddhist monasteries and churches. This cosmopolitan city, famous as the City of Joy served as the capital city of India in the pre-independence era. There is so much to enjoy here; you can take a holy dip in the Ganges River, stroll around Park Street to explore various entertainment and dining venues, enjoy thrilling rides in Nicco Park - one of Kolkata’s largest amusement parks, walk across the iconic Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River to witness alluring views and step inside the famous Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity to discover Mother Teresa’s personal belongings. You could also take a day trip to the iconic Sundarban National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest mangrove forest to get up close with lots of exotic animal species, including Royal Bengal tigers, olive ridley turtles and Ganges River dolphins. Brightsun Travel offers an excellent selection of Kolkata holiday packages, allowing you to make your travel dreams come true.
Kolkata has many spectacular landmarks which make for memorable sightseeing opportunities and backdrop photos. You could start off by visiting the Victoria Memorial, a magnificent marble structure built in the memory of Queen Victoria, which is now a museum with an interesting collection of Indian paintings, portraits, rare photographs and manuscripts. A particularly prominent landmark in the city is St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the country’s largest churches which was designed by English architect Major W. N. Forbes. This magnificent structure features Gothic Revival architecture and has pictures depicting scenes from Saint Paul’s life. You can also visit the Birla Mandir which features Rajasthani architecture, impressive statues of gods and stone engravings depicting verses from the Bhagavad Gita. Finally, you must take time to visit the Hsuan Tsang Monastery to learn about Chinese Buddhist cultures. This monastery was founded by Chien Wu in 1968 with a pagoda style gate, incredible façade and beautifully ornate carvings. Book Kolkata tour packages with Brightsun Travel and look forward to lots of exploration and sightseeing in this eclectic city.