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Located right opposite Priya Cinema, this is one of the many maidans or parks that are found all over Kolkata. Although aesthetically it is not of any particular prominence, it remains an important venue for Durga Puja (Bengali festival) held every October. During the festival, the park is transformed into a colorful abode, where a pandal (makeshift temple) is constructed to carry the idol of the Indian goddess Durga. The park is also the grounds for local cricket and football practice. The large trees inside are quite comforting as a respite from the harsh Kolkata sun.
When you stand in front of the building, you are bound to wonder why the academy needs such a high-storied structure to operate from. But once you step inside, any such questions are rightfully and aesthetically, laid to rest. Established in 1967, the Birla Academy of Art & Culture has been a staunch proponent of the arts in Kolkata. The museum within the academy has a number of collections including Indian, international and contemporary paintings as well as sculptures. However, most of its eleven floors are usually occupied by interesting temporary exhibitions and fairs. The library is well-equipped with a number of resources on various forms of art and culture. Apart from this, the academy also frequently organizes cultural events as well as educational lectures, seminars and summer classes on art. An annually held event called Kala Mela is aimed at showcasing upcoming local artists. Located right next to Lake Kalibari, you will always find something that piques your interest at this art hub!
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.
Belur Math is an architectural beauty situated on the western banks of the Hooghly River. Marked by several domes placed in aesthetic harmony, Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. The two institutions are dedicated to 'Vedanta', a Hindu philosophical sect, and strongly promote harmony across religions and boundaries. Ramakrishna Math, a monastic organization and Ramakrishna Mission, a society dedicated to philanthropic activities, together have 171 branches spread across India and other parts of the world. Inside Belur Math, temples honouring Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda can be found, all melodiously reflecting different architectural styles and religious details. Swami Vivekananda, who oversaw the construction of the temple complex, used symbols from Christianity, Islam as well as Hinduism as reminders of Ramakrishna’s message. The 40-acre complex also houses the Ramakrishna Museum and a book store. Built-in 1938, Belur Math is the most important pilgrimage destinations in Kolkata and is usually visited along with Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Path Bari and Kancher Mandir. You can visit all of these by using the Jetty service available outside Belur Math.
Kishore Bharti Krirangan locally known as Jadavpur stadium is one of the popular multipurpose stadiums in Kolkata. The stadium is host to regional football matches and has also hosted the Kolkata Premier Division fixtures, which features football teams from all over Kolkata. Besides, it is also used by the local cricket team as a practice ground, and has a separate conference area, a swimming pool, and more.
State Archaeological Gallery; established in 1962 is located in Kolkata. The museum has a diverse collection of various artifacts excavated from various sites in and around the country. They have collections from the Gupta period, Maurya period, Shagna period, Medieval ages, Late stone age, etc. They also have wooden sculptures, terracotta and bronze artifacts, manuscripts, stone inscriptions, etc on display.