Kolkata the City of Joy of West Bengal is the most apt place for the eager visitants as places of interest in Kolkata are numerous. This eventful city with its many marvels has truly a lot to offer. It is one the most sought after destinations for the tourists from all over the globe. The British Raj-era architectural gems, sprawling gardens and historical colleges, universities, with museums, National Library, Auditoriums, Theater Halls, Art galleries, markets, The Festivals, sports stadium, Gangar ghats are of great attractions. It has many places of great pilgrimage.
Howrah Bridge is a balanced cantilever bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the cities of Howrah and Kolkata. The bridge is one of four on the Hooghly River and is an iconic landmark of Kolkata and West Bengal. It carries a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it one of busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The bridge has an over-all length of 2150 feet with a single span of 1500 feet. The new Howrah Bridge was designed by M/s. Rendell, Palmer and Tritton, consulting Engineers. It took around 8 years to complete the bridge and 26,500 tons of steel including 18,200 tons of high tensile quality
Popularly also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge , Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India built over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. With a length of 458 m and 115 m wide, this was originally built to reduce the traffic on Howrah Bridge. This bridge was named after Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was an educationist reformer and a key contributor to the Bengal Renaissance. The bridge carries the Kona Expressway or NH 117 and connects Howrah to Kolkata. The mesmerizing view of this bridge from the Hooghly River has resulted in a lot of movie shootings with the bridge as a backdrop.
Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata is regarded as the holiest Shaktipeeth or pith of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India, where the various parts of Sati s body are said to have fallen, during Shiva s Rudra Tandava. The original temple was built by Raja Basanta Roy, who was the uncle of Pratapaditya and the King of Jessore Bangladesh . In the past days, traders used to take stop at Kalighat to pay their obeisance to Goddess Kali. Situated on the banks of Adi Ganga, the temple has a sanctum sanctorum in the company of a huge hall by the name of Nat Mandir. In the north-east of this sanctum, there is a Shiva Temple. There is one more shrine dedicated to Radha Krishna. The main attraction of this temple lies in the idol of Goddess Kali that bears a long-protruded tongue made from gold.