Maha Bodhi Society of India

Maha Bodhi Society of India temple in Kolkata is a temple of the South Asian Buddhist society.

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The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded in 1891 by Sri Lankan Buddhist Anagarika Dharmapala and British poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold.

The Maha Bodhi Society of India Headquarters and temple in Kolkata are located at 4A, Bankim Chatterjee StreetCollege Square.

Next door to the headquarters is a Buddhist temple instantly recognisable from the street by its yellow exterior. Inside the walls and ceilings in the temple are painted with bright colourful murals depicting the life of Buddha.

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Flurys Kolkata

Flurys is an elegant historic tearoom and pastry shop in Kolkata, India.

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Joseph and Freida Flury, a Swiss expatriate couple, opened the tearoom and confectionary shop in Park Street in 1927. Flurys has been owned by the Apeejay Surrendra Group since 1965.

For more than 90 years Flurys has served a variety of equisite cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolates and savories.

Flurys is located at 18A Park Street, Kolkata.

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Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat is located on the banks of the Hooghly River (tributary of River Ganges) in Kolkata, India.

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It is named in the memory of scholar and antiquarian James Prinsep, who passed away in 1840 aged 41.

The Palladian porch memorial, which features Ionian columns that hold up a 40 foot white painted roof, was designed by W. Fitzgerald and constructed in 1843. It was restored in 2001 and has been well maintained since.

Prinsep Ghat is near Strand Road, alongside the banks of the Hooghly River, and is a population recreation area.

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National Library of India

The National Library of India in Kolkata is the largest library in India and is the nation’s library of public record.

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The National Library of India, which is located within the 30-acre (12 hectare) Belvedere Estate opened on 1 February 1953.

Prior to this it was known as the Imperial Library, which formed in 1891. In 1903 the Imperial Library amalgamated with the Calcutta Public Library (formed 1836) and opened at Metcalfe Hall. After the independence the Imperial Library become the National Library of India and moved to the Belvedere Estate.

Belvedere House was the former palace for the Viceroy of India, and later the Governor of Bengal.

The library has a collection containing over 2.2 million books, over 86,000 maps, and over 3,200 manuscripts. Its shelf space stretches over 45 kilometres.

The National Library is located on Belvedere Road, Block A, Alipore, Kolkata.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the Church of North India of Anglican faith in Kolkata.

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The cathedral was built to replace St. John’s Church, which was becoming too small for Kolkata’s growing congregation. The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Daniel Wilson in 1839. The church was completed and consecrated in 1847.

The church was refurbished following an earthquake in 1887. An earthquake in 1934 destroyed the original spire. The tower was rebuilt in the style of the central Bell Harry tower of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England.

St. Paul’s is located at 1A, Cathedral Road, Kolkata.

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Victoria Memorial Kolkata

Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata, India, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria.

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The building, which which was designed by architect William Emerson, was built between 1906 and 1921. The foundation stone was laid by The Prince of Wales (later King George V) on January 4th 1906.

The Victoria Memorial, like the Taj Mahal, is built of white Makrana marble. The building is 103 metres (338 ft) by 69 metres (228 ft), with a height of 56 metres (184 ft).

The gardens, which cover 57 acres, were designed by Lord Redesdale and David Prain. 21 gardeners work to maintain the gardens.

The Victoria Memorial is home to 25 galleries. I did not visit the the galleries. If you have been inside let me know in the comments below what you thought.

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Rabindra Sarobar Lake

Rabindra Sarobar Lake is a man-made lake in south Kolkata, India.

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The Calcutta Improvement Trust acquired 192 acres of marshy jungle to develop for residential use. The lake, which covers approximately 72 acres of the park space, was originally named Dhakuria Lake. In 1958, it was renamed after the writer and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. There is a statue of Tagore at southern entrance to the park.

Some of the trees and shrubs surrounding the lake are over 100 years old.

There has been issues in recent years with pollutions levels in the lake but it is still a nice walk.

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