Four Must Visit Sites in Kolkata

Kolkata, also known as Calcutta is a must-visit city if you want to tour India well. It is in the West Bengal state. You will realize that Calcutta is larger than you may have imagined. The streets are full of life with hundreds of rickshaws horning monotonously, street food hawkers demanding your attention and cows disrupting traffic on the roads. If you can find your way unaided in Calcutta, you can not be lost in any other city. Calcutta is known as a city of joy. Find this joy as you visit the following memorable places.

1.  The Mother Teresa House

You might not know this, but Mother Teresa was not born in India. She was an Albanian who migrated to India after she had a vision to help poor Indians. You might be interested in visiting the houses she formed and where she lived. Her home is now a tourist attraction, and it is known as the Motherhouse. This house hosts her remains. There is a small museum in the Motherhouse where you can see some of her belongings. You can also go upstairs and find the room she used to write and pray. The Motherhouse is known by Catholics all over the world. You will not pay anything to enter this house.

2. The Kalighat Kali Temple

The most visited and sacred temple in Calcutta is the Kalighat Kali Temple. You will find the devotee of the Hindu goddess of Kali busy worshipping in in this temple any time of the day. Arrive early because this temple attracts over 1000 devotees daily. The main attraction here might not be the temple or the goddess, but the sheer number of devotees. You probably will not get a chance to see the statue of the goddess because of the unbelievably long queue of people waiting to enter. If you must enter, remember to remove your shoes. You will not pay anything to enter this temple.

3. The Sir Stuart Hogg Market

The sir Stuart Hogg market commonly known as the New Market is a place you need to visit before you leave Calcutta. Here, you can buy almost anything you need: books; clothes; electronics and even money changers are here. The more exciting attraction is not the market itself but what surrounds it. If you had never been to a chaotic place, Sir Hogg market would devastate you. The streets are full of busy people, arrogant push cart transporters, constant horning and the like. But why would you do this? Because it feels so nice to be part of Calcutta inhabitants.

4.  The Victorian Memorial Hall

What will surprise you about the Victorian Memorial Hall is the contrast it brings up between Indian buildings and those in Europe. The hall was built in honor of Queen Victoria and has all the characteristics of Western architecture.


To understand the culture of the Indian people, you should start by understanding their religion. Calcutta people are known for their great devotion to religious ideologies. There are many religious monuments for you to visit in this Indian city. This city will teach you that you cannot separate man from his beliefs.