A city of love and warmth, sorrow and despair, dreams and hopes, poverty and squalor, grandeur and glory. Calcutta is compelling , effervescent, teeming with life and traditions - a medley of moods, styles, cultures, politics, industry and commerce.More than 300 years ago, Job Charnock, an English tradesman set up a trading post on the banks of the Ganga along the three-village nucleus. Gradually Europeans started setting up business and trade establishments, the moneyed class taking interest in banking and usury. The East India Company steadily encroached into matters of state.The fate of the Nawabi rule was sealed in the Battle of Plassey and the English went ahead to seize power, a grip which loosened only 250 years later when power was transferred from the British Empire to the Indians.
Pick up from hotel lobby in Kolkata at 9:00am & with the Jain Temple also known as the "Jewel Box Temple of Calcutta". It is situated in the northeast of the city. This temple of exquisite design and construction is dedicated to the 10th of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras and is an ornate mass of mirrors, colored stones and glass mosaics. After this we move to see Kumartolli (place where craftsman make idols). Kolkata is famous for its festivals (PUJAS) round the year and this is the place where the idols are made. It is very interesting to see the craftsman making idols without using any machinery. Finally we move to Marble Palace (closed on Monday & Thursday), situated in north Calcutta, it has a , Reynolds. It is a private museum owned by the Mullicks (Zamidars during the British period). We than move to College Street (one of asia's largest book market – closed on Sunday & other holidays), have a cup of coffee at the famous "Coffee Shop" where one can see the young turks gossiping and feel the pulse of the culture.
After lunch (at own expense) at 1:30 pm proceed to further sightseeing to Park Street Cemetry one of the oldest cemetery of the country. Next we visit Mother Teresa House (closed on Thursday); here lies the mother’s tomb, a photo gallery on Mother Teresa and her works. Finally we visit Kali Temple. It is a great pilgrimage center of the Hindus and is situated at Kalighat. The original temple was built some 350 years ago. A legend goes that when the corpse of sati, wife of lord Shiva was cut into pieces by the Sudarshan Chakra, one of her fingers fell here.
At the end of your journey at 5.30pm , sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Kolkata
Visit Jain Temple , Kumartoli , Marble Palace,College Street , Park Street Cemetry , Mother Teresa House, Kali Temple
Duration : 8 Hrs / Full Day