St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata

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


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.





Victoria Memorial Kolkata

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


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.








Rabindra Sarobar Lake

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


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.







BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Kolkata

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple in Kolkata, India.


BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha) is religious organisation within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Bhasa opened to the public in 2014.

There is a sacred footprint in the courtyard leading up to the temple. The white marble footprints are designed with the 16 spiritual signs of the Devine. The footprints recognise spiritual leader Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s presence on Earth (1781 – 1830)

Darshan is closed daily from 10.15 am to 11.15 am and 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm during the offering of Bhagwan’s daily Thal (Bhog).

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located at Bhasa 14 No., Diamond Harbour Rd, Dist. 24 Parganas (South), Kolkata.






Mother House Kolkata

Missionaries of Charity Mother House in Kolkata, India is home to the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. It is where Mother Teresa lived and worked, and is her final resting place.


Mother Teresa was buried on the ground floor of the Mother House on 13th September, 1997.

Photography is only permitted at Mother Teresa’s Tomb and by her statue. There is a small museum with information about Mother Teresa’s life and work. Many of Mother Teresa’s possessions are on display, such as her crucifix, dinner bowl, rosary, sandals, and sari.

Upstairs you can see the simple room in which she slept and worked from 1953 until her passing in 1997.

Mother House is open every day except Thursdays from 8am to 12 noon and 3pm to 6pm. It is closed on 22 August, Easter Monday and 26 December.

The Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity is located at 54A, A.J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta.





Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is a 22 hectare (55 acre) private floral display garden in Brentwood Bay, near Victoria on Vancouver Island.


In 1904 Robert Pim Butchart established a limestone quarry. After the quarry was exhausted his wife Jennie decided to turn the quarry into a sunken garden, which was completed in 1921.

The Butcharts gifted the gardens to their grandson Ian Ross on his 21st birthday. He was involved with the gardens until his death in 1997. The Butchart’s great-granddaughter Robin-Lee Clark has been the managing director since 2001.

As well as the sunken garden, themed gardens include a concert lawn, rose garden, Japanese garden, Italian garden, and Mediterranean garden.

There are also two restaurants, coffee shop and a seed and gift store.

During the summer months on Saturday nights there is a fireworks display choreographed to music.

The gardens are located at 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.







Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


The museum, which was founded in 1886, has three permanent galleries – natural history, modern history, and First Nations’ history.

There are over 7 million items in the museum’s collection.

The Royal BC Museum is located at 675 Belleville St, Victoria.

Below are some photos from the First Nations’ exhibit.