Kolkata once served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages and a growing nationalism in Bengal led to the shift of the capital to New Delhi. Vibrant and ideal, modern yet traditional, today Kolkata is regarded as India's intellectual, artistic and cultural capital. In the heart of the city, The Elgin Fairlawn was built approximately 200 years ago. The hotel provides the ultimate convenience, within easy walking distance of the best tourist attractions in the historic city. Discover the fascinating history of Victoria Memorial, which is situated near or visit the Indian Museum, just round the corner.
Unarguably the first location on every tourist's itinerary when visiting Kolkata. As the name suggests, the colossal memorial is dedicated to Queen Victoria, the British monarch under whose reign the Indian territories of the British East India "trading" company had lapsed into the hands of the British government. The memorial boasts of an impressive collection of paintings dating back to the colonial era. The lush gardens flanking the memorial are adorned with many sculptures and statues. This majestic memorial is located 3kms away from the hotel. The opening hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, all days except Monday and National holidays.
The iconic landmark of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is a massive steel structure which is considered as one of the longest cantilever bridges of its type in the world. Also called as Rabindra Setu, it extends across the Hooghly River and connects Howrah and Kolkata. It is also regarded as one of the busiest ones among them as it carries a daily traffic of over 100,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians. For those who wish to see the grandeur of the bridge, you are recommended an excellent ride in the ferry services between Kolkata and Howrah, offered from Launch Ghat. The view of the city from the ferry, especially in the night, is priceless, to say the least.
The ninth oldest museum of the world and largest in India, the Indian Museum is located in the old city of Kolkata. The foundation stone of the Indian Museum was laid down in the year 1814 and has been a centre of multidisciplinary activities ever since. Popularly known as 'Jadughar', it exhibits some of the finest collection of historical importance ranging from contemporary paintings and a sacred relic of Buddha to Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. In addition to these, the Indian Museum boasts of some of the most exquisite collections of ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armours, and stunning Mughal paintings. It is just a 5 minute walk away from the hotel.
Primarily built to accommodate the ever-increasing Christian community in Calcutta, it has now become a major tourist attraction of the city and a much-loved destination too. The building follows what historical architects refer to as Indo-Gothic style and its structure is complete with a cascading white edifice, towering spire and colourful tinted windows. Inside, it has a huge nave, majestic altar and chancel, along with carvings and paintings depicting great moments and events of Christian history. Distance from the hotel is 3 kms.
The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, better known as the Botanical Garden, is a sprawling garden spanning a total area of 273 acres that is located in Shibpur, Howrah, near Kolkata. The gardens were established in the year 1787 and were commonly known as the Company Garden in that time. The highlight of the garden is the Great Banyan Tree, which is renowned for having the world's largest canopy. In addition to living plants, there are more than two and half million dried plant specimens collected from different corners of the world. You will be amazed to know that the tea grown in Assam and Darjeeling was first developed in these gardens. Here, you can find some of the rare trees that are indigenous to Nepal, Java, Brazil, Penang and Sumatra, so, make sure you do not forget to carry your camera! Distance from the hotel is 10 kms.
The Alipore Zoo, also known as the Calcutta Zoo or the Zoological Garden of Alipore, is the oldest zoological park to have been established in India and is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata. The Alipore Zoo attracts tourists from all across the nation who visit the zoo to explore the wildlife that happily thrives here and to enjoy themselves. Spread over an area of 46.5 acres, the zoo has been operating since 1876, when it was first opened to the general public. The zoo is perhaps the most known for being the home of the expired Aldabra giant tortoise 'Adwaita', a tortoise who had lived for over 250 years before he died in the year 2006. The place is a must visit for nature enthusiasts, or for families with children, to explore the abundant and plentiful wildlife of the country at its best. Distance from the hotel is 5 kms.
It is one of the finest and the largest science museums in the world and provides a fun way of learning science. Under the National Council of Science Museums, the Science City in Kolkata is the largest science centre in the entire Indian Subcontinent. It is a governmental organization under the Ministry of Culture and the main motto of the Science City was the popularization of science. Among many attractions, Tornado, the energy ball, ocean waves and quicksand are a must watch. Time Machine is a common favourite amongst all the visitors. It gives one the opportunity to travel to outer space from where you can travel back in time and enter the age of dinosaurs by being a part of the artificial Jurassic Park. You can try the ropeway as well and get a bird's eye view of the city. The Science City in Kolkata remains open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on all days of the week. (Except holi). Distance from the hotel is 7 kms.
Sunderbans national park is located at the South Eastern tip of the 24 Paraganas district in the state of West Bengal. It got its name from one of the mangrove plants known as Sundari (Heritiera Minor). The Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. The park is surrounded by a buffer zone of 885 square kilometers. This also mainly consists of mangrove forests. The core area of the park has it's own natural boundaries with the river Matla on it's West, the river Haribhanga on it's East, with Netidhopani and Gosba in the North. The best time to visit Sunderbans is during winters between December and February.although the park is open for longer from September to March. This is the period when the maximum migratory birds are also present here. Distance from the hotel is 100 kms.
Built in the year 1696, the fort gets its name from King William III and was the first stronghold of the British in the country. The magnificence of the building is aptly complemented by its expansive area, which is spread over 70.9 acres. The imposing structure of Fort William is embellished with hundreds of archlike windows and overlook lush green gardens. Meticulous stonework adorns the surface of the building and took as long as took ten years to reach completion. However, it was soon realized that the building had a few loopholes, and a new octagonal building was constructed whose foundation was laid by Sir Robert Clive.
Mother House or Missionaries of Charity is a religious congregation that was established by Mother Teresa in 1950. It is a Latin Church or a Roman Catholic religious congregation known as Saint Teresa of Kolkata. The members of the Mother House provide free services to the ones stricken by poverty. The house has about 4,500 members of the congregation, commonly known as Sisters who have selflessly devoted their lives to serve the poor and the needy ones. They adhere to the vows of obedience, poverty, chastity and to selflessly and wholeheartedly help to the ones who have been affected by poverty. Their service and kindness have won many a hearts, and today several branches are running all over the world serving the ones who are in need.