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High Court

High Court

The Calcutta High Court is the oldest High Court in India. It was established as the High Court of Judicature at Fort William on 1 July 1862 under the High Courts Act, 1861. It has jurisdiction over the state of West Bengal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was preceded by the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William. The High Court building is an exact replica of the Cloth Hall, Ypres, in Belgium. It is recorded that when the original Cloth Hall burnt down, a blue print of Granville’s Calcutta High Court had to be consulted before rebuilding it.

The court has sanctioned judge strength of 63. Despite the name of the city having officially changed from Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001, the old name is retained by the court as it is an institution.

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Town Hall

Town Hall

The majestic Town Hall is an important heritage building of Kolkata. This majestic and historic structure stands stands witness to some historical gatherings that took place within its walls. The construction of this building was completed in 1814. It is a fine structure built in the Doric style of architecture with steps leading to a grand portico in front. The carriage entrance is at the back under a lofty covered portico. The building is two stoned and was originally used for public meetings, receptions, balls and concerts that generally took place on the upper floor, which is boarded with teak with a thirty feet high ceiling.

The Town Hall has also been one of the most important buildings of the Government since the British era and has nested many Government offices for many years that include the Municipal Magistrate’s Office, Offices of the Municipal Service Commission and the West Bengal Public Service Commission.

After independence, the Town Hall fell in to disuse. A unique step was taken to create a fund for restoration. Through an auction of famous painting and outside support, a trust fund was created. On April 14, 1998, the restored Town Hall was handed over to Kolkata Corporation. On August 15, 1998, the Town Hall was opened to public with an exhibition of paintings.

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The Governors House

The Governors House

General Post Office:

GPO or the General Post Office of Kolkata is the central post office of this metropolitan city and it is also the major post office of West Bengal. The post office manages majority of the outbound and inbound mail and parcels of the city. GPO is one of the most prominent landmarks of Kolkata. The construction process of this imposing structure was initiated in the year 1864 and it was finally completed in 1868 at a cost of Rs. 6,30,510. Walter B. Grenvile designed this marvel of architecture. The star feature of the grand structure of Calcutta GPO is the towering Ionic- Corinthian pillars.

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Writers Building

Writers Building

The Writers’ Building , often shortened to just Writers ’, is the secretariat building of the State Government of West Bengal in India.[1] It is located in West Bengal’s capital city of Kolkata. It housed the office of the Chief Minister of West Bengal till 4 October 2013. Now most of the departments has moved out to another building named Nabanna in Howrah on a temporary basis for facilitating renovation of the Writers’.

The Writers’ Building originally served as the office for writers of the British East India Company, hence the name. Designed by Thomas Lyon in 1777, the Writers’ Building has gone through several extensions over the years.

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St Johns Church

St Johns Church

St Johns Church – the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata built in 1756 by Lt. Colonel James Agg and contains the oldest functioning pipe organ in India as well as a painting of the Last Supper by German artist Johann Zoffany. On the grounds we’ll view several tombs of British Generals who lost their lives during the seize of Kolkata in 1756 by Nawab Shriaj Ud Daula.

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Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge (Rabindra Setu) is an iconic landmark of the city of Kolkata. On River Hooghly, the bridge plays the role of the gateway to Kolkata, as it connects the city to the Howrah Station, the most important railway station of Kolkata. It took around 7 long years to build the Howrah Bridge. Howrah Bridge boasts a length of 1528 feet and a width of 62 feet. On both sides of the bridge, there are pavements of 7 feet width. It is a cantilever bridge and its construction amazingly did not include the use of nuts and bolts. It is the fourth busiest Cantilever bridge across the globe. Howrah Bridge takes the load of around 90,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians daily. The bridge is famously called Rabindra Setu.

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Mullik Ghat Flower Market

Mullik Ghat Flower Market

Mullik Ghat flower market is a sensory overload of sights and smells that’s very photogenic. This 125 year-old flower market is the biggest in East India. About 3000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come daily to sell their goods.

Garlands of marigolds in bright yellow and orange carrier on arms, heads and piled into heaps on the ground, women stringing flowers, and men unloading trucks and unpacking gazillion bags and boxes of flowers. Once laden, baskets of a dizzying size were carried with extraordinary poise back up the steps and on to Howrah Bridge, while, beneath the bridge, men, women and children wash, play, pray, work, eat and carry on with their daily lives in and around the river.

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The Victoria Memorial Hall

Victoria Memorial Hall can be seen rising majestically through the smog, a monument to colonialism that has endured where many haven’t. Built in memory of Queen Victoria, Empress of India, in the early twentieth century by Sir William Emerson, it’s a perfect example of Indo-gothic architecture, incorporating Mughal elements, and filled with Victorian memorabilia, British Raj paintings, and hundreds of other curiosities. It’s surrounded by 64 acres of immaculately kept gardens, and it would be easy to spend a whole afternoon immersed in its splendour.

This is Kolkata’s vast green space inhabited by goats and their herders, cows, cricketers, footballers, horse riders, hawkers, picnickers, and all manner of other street life – this was evidently where every man, woman and child in Kolkata came to escape the hectic streets.

This monument is closed on all Mondays of the year.

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The Mother Teresa House and Tomb

The Mother Teresa House and Tomb

Mother Teresa who started the Missionary of Charity in 1952 in Kolkata lived here until her death in 1997. The visit includes the permanent exhibition on her life story and work in Kolkata, tomb located within and opportunity to view her personal room she occupied until her death. Still an active charity the administrative offices remain within the home.

This monument is closed on all Thursdays of the year.

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Pareshnath Jain Temple  “Jewel Box Temple of Calcutta”

Pareshnath Jain Temple “Jewel Box Temple of Calcutta”

The Pareshnath Jain temple of Kolkata is one of the most revered and holy shrines of the Jains in Kolkata. The temple is known not only for its enthralling beauty but also for its spiritual atmosphere that attracts a lot of faithful devotees. Along with the interiors, the temple premise is also very scenic with a beautiful garden decorated with blocks of glass mosaics and silver European-styled statues. The garden is surrounded with a huge variety of flowers. There are also many fountains that look brilliant when wates gushes out of them in perfect harmonization. A well- maintained reservoir, adds up to the surrounding beauty with colorful fish swimming the surface of glistening water. The whole environment of the temple radiates much peace and serenity that has a very calming effect on the mind, body and spirit.

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