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National Library, located at Alipore is one of the largest libraries of India. The brilliant white structure set against lush green gardens of the picturesque Belvedere Estate, is truly a magnificent sight. The collection of books within the library accumulated from libraries like Calcutta Public Library, Imperial Library and so on that were amalgamated over a period of time, is as exquisite as the scenery surrounding it. Books in local and foreign languages, research journals, official documents, historical manuscripts, maps and the list is endless. Pre-independence agreements of the East India Company, maps from the 17th Century undivided India, publications of United Nations and other materials are of utmost importance and beneficial to the students of history and political science. In 1988, with foray into computers, this library archived books published back in 1667, thereby preserving classics for the future generations. Spread over a vast area of approximately 62000 square meters, with over 24,02,579 books, National Library, is a must visit attraction, while in Kolkata.
The Sree Guruvayurappan Temple is a unique landmark in Kolkata's Kalighat neighborhood. Constructed in black stones brought all the way from the river banks of Kerala, the temple is the seat of five Hindu idols - Sree Guruvayurappan , Lord Ganesh , Lord Ayyappa , Goddess Bhagawathi and Lord Hanuman. The temple conducts daily pujas & rituals as per the guidance of the Tantris and the drummers specially appointed from Kerala, and sees a large number of devotees join in.
The Agri Horticultural Society of India was established in 1920, with the aim to promote and further the concept of horticulture in India. Also, the society introduces and implements modern techniques in the field of agriculture, thereby blending the traditional methods with state-of-art machinery. It hosts variety of events like 'House Plants Expo', 'Mango Mahotsva' and regular winter and annual flower shows, to get commoners interested in nature. As a part of these endeavors, the Agri Horticultural Garden was raised in Alipore. Every garden of the society is planned in such a manner, that apart from being beautiful, it is also 'easier to visit'. The garden has specific segments, that divides the plants on its type, making it easier for the visitor to take his pick. You are bound for a visual treat here with an abundant collection of rare trees, medicinal plants and flowers. It also has green house, library, research laboratory, nurseries and Tissue Culture Laboratory. Surely, with a scientific approach right from the blue-print of the garden to the segregation of flora and fauna, the Agri Horticultural Garden, is one of the best landmarks in Kolkata.
The city of Kolkata is full of tourist attractions and Rabindra Sarovar Lake is one among them. It is an artificial lake located in south Kolkata that was earlier known as Dhakuria Lake. It is a perfect place for a family outing or a romantic date. It is very well connected by the metro and also the suburban railways. In the vicinity there is the children’s park, natural forest, gardens and an auditorium. The nearby forest is more than 100 years old. During winters, thousands of birds migrate to this region and it is mesmerizing to watch them and listen to their voices. Overall, the place is very soothing and calm, thus making it ideal to spend an evening with loved ones.
Emami Chisel Art is home to a numerous collection of fabulous works by renowned artists from across the country. Focused on traditional Indian artwork, the walls of this gallery are lined with fascinating portraits depicting various aspects of Indian culture and traditions. Boasting works by artists such as Amit Ambalal, Sushanta Mondal and Madhubanti Chatterjee, this gallery exhibits some of the finest pieces of art in the country. Regular workshops and exhibitions offer budding artists a platform to showcase their talent as well as enables interaction between art enthusiasts and established artists.
The Janus Art Gallery is one of the best art galleries in Kolkata and also in India. It has numerous collections of contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and illustrations. It has a committee of senior artists who help in getting authentication of works. This art gallery presents four exhibitions every year. It is primarily concerned with presenting visual art but sometimes hosts other activities as well. This art gallery takes a lot of pride in encouraging budding artists in order to get quicker recognition of their works. Visitors are also allowed to buy any of the art piece. They have a variety of options to choose from such as fine art, abstract art, landscape art, fantasy art and wall art.