Kolkata is known for its literary, artistic, and revolutionary heritage; as the former capital of India, it was the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought. Kolkata has been called the “City of Furious, Creative Energy” as well as the “cultural capital of India”. There are plenty of place to explore within a day in the city, some of which includes –
Fort William is a fort in Kolkata, built during the early years of the Bengal Presidency of British India. It sits on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly, the major distributary of the River Ganges. One of Kolkata’s most enduring Raj-era edifices, it extends over an area of 70.9 hectares. The fort was named after King William III. In front of the Fort is the Maidan, the largest park in the city.
location: 3.7 km from The Elgin Fairlawn Hotel
Timing: Opened every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Indian Museum in Kolkata is the ninth oldest museum in the world. The museum has rare collections of antiques, armor and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies and Mughal paintings. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata, in 1814. It has six sections comprising thirty-five galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts namely Indian art, archaeology, anthropology, geology, zoology, and economic botany.
location: About a half km from The Elgin Fairlawn Hotel
Timing: Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Sundarban National Park
The Sundarban National Park is a national park, tiger reserve, and biosphere reserve in West Bengal, India. It is part of the Sundarbans on the Ganges Delta, and adjacent to the Sundarban Reserve Forest in Bangladesh. The delta is densely covered by mangrove forests and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile.
location: 12 km from The Elgin Fairlawn Hotel
Timing: Boat Safari – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (available on all days)
Botanical Garden, is a sprawling garden spanning a total area of 273 acres that is located in Shibpur, Howrah, near Kolkata. The garden was originally founded in 1786 by Colonel Kyd, containing about 12,000 living plants and over two and half million dried plant specimens in the herbarium collected from all over the world. The vibrant garden is considered to be one of the most astonishing landscaped gardens in the entire country.
location: 9 km from The Elgin Fairlawn Hotel
Timing: Tuesday to Saturday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM )