Kolkata - Place To See Around| July 30, 2012
Santiniketan: About 163 km from Kolkata, Shantiniketan is famous for its association with Rabindranath Tagore and the Vishwa Bharati university. Started as a school, the university is based on Tagore’s principles that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. The school was started by Tagore from the money he received along with the Nobel Prize. Eminent people like Amartya Sen, Satyajit Ray and Indira Gandhi are alumni of the University. Kala Bhavan the art school of Shanti Niketan is considered one of the best fine arts institutions in the country.
Tarakeshwar: Tarkeshwar temple is among the 12 jyotirlings in India and a famous pilgrimage site. Tarakeshwar is 40 km from Kolkata.
Sunderbans: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sunderbans is the largest delta in the world. Famous as the home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sunderbans is also a natural habitat to a large number of wildlife species including Olive Ridley turtles. Sunderbans is 112 km from Kolkata.
Bardhaman: Founded in the 6th century BC, the town has a medieval charm. Famous for Curzon Gate and its Jain temples, Bardhaman is 104 km from Kolkata. Bardhaman is also famous for rose garden.
Murshidabad: Murshidabad served as the capital of Bengal during the rule of the Mughals. Located 205 km, the town is famous for its gardens, palaces, mosques and tombs. Hazarduari Palace (Palace with 1000 doors), Madina mosque, Nizamudin Imambara are some of the most popular spots in Murshidabad.
Chandannagar: Formerly known as Chandannagore, it is located on the banks of Ganga River. Located 44 km from Kolkata, Chandannagar was a former French colony. Famous for Chandannagar Strand, the small town also houses various other magnificent tourist and pilgrim sites like temples, churches, parks, etc.