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In the late 17th century, the three villages that predated Kolkata were ruled by the Nawab of Bengal under Mughal suzerainty. After the Nawab granted the East India Company a trading licence in 1690, [13] the area was developed by the Company into an increasingly fortified mercantile base. Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah retook Kolkata in 1756 after the Company started evading taxes and due to increasing militarisation of the fort. 

The East India Company retook it in the following year and assumed full sovereignty. 

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Victoria Memorial Hall

Planned and designed by Sir William Emerson, President of the British Institute of Architects, the Calcutta Victoria memorial hall is a fabulous museum that was established in the year 1921. Today, Victoria memorial is one of the finest art museums in Kolkata.

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Victoria Memorial Hall

Planned and designed by Sir William Emerson, President of the British Institute of Architects, the Calcutta Victoria memorial hall is a fabulous museum that was established in the year 1921. Today, Victoria memorial is one of the finest art museums in Kolkata.

A 184 ft tall edifice – the Victoria Memorial Hall is constructed on a 64 acre of land housing a group of mind-blowing figures above the north porch that epitomize prudence, learning and motherhood. Open all days of the week except Mondays from 05:30 to 06:15, the entry charges for visiting this masterpiece is 20 Rs per Indian and 200 Rs per foreign national.

Sunderbans tiger reserve

Home to one of the largest concentrations of tigers on the planet, this 2585-sq-km reserve is a network of semi submerged mangroves and channels that are part of the world’s largest river delta. Inhabiting Royal Bengal tigers, this reserve depicts how important the wildlife and the animals living in it are

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Sunderbans tiger reserve

Home to one of the largest concentrations of tigers on the planet, this 2585-sq-km reserve is a network of semi submerged mangroves and channels that are part of the world’s largest river delta. Inhabiting Royal Bengal tigers, this reserve depicts how important the wildlife and the animals living in it are.

Termed among the world’s biggest mangrove forest and watching wildlife, the reserve is a world away from Kolkata’s chaos where many wildlife animals apart from tigers can be traced including deers and birds.

Kalighat Temple

This ancient Kali temple is Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus and possibly the source of the city’s name. Today’s version is an 1809 rebuild with floral- and peacock-motif tiles that look more Victorian than Indian. More interesting than the architecture are the jostling pilgrim queues that snake into the main hall to fling hibiscus flowers at a crowned, three-eyed Kali image

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Kalighat Temple

This ancient Kali temple is Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus and possibly the source of the city’s name. Today’s version is an 1809 rebuild with floral- and peacock-motif tiles that look more Victorian than Indian. More interesting than the architecture are the jostling pilgrim queues that snake into the main hall to fling hibiscus flowers at a crowned, three-eyed Kali image.

To the direct east is a pea-green ‘holy pond’ and by the sanctuary's north perimeter, a ‘tree of fertility’. Open all days 5 to 10:30, no entry fees

Birla Planetarium

Birla planetarium of Kolkata, is one of the largest museums in Asia to have come into existence in the year 1962. Situated at the Eastern metropolitan bypass of Calcutta, the credit for establishing this wonderful center of science, communication & environment goes to Birla Education Trust

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Birla Planetarium

Birla planetarium of Kolkata, is one of the largest museums in Asia to have come into existence in the year 1962. Situated at the Eastern metropolitan bypass of Calcutta, the credit for establishing this wonderful center of science, communication & environment goes to Birla Education Trust.

Providing a parlance where astronomical presentations take place, the planetarium is a useful piece of information about our solar system, galaxies, planets and other heavenly bodies. Designed in the typical Indian style, the entry fee to visit the single storied circular edifice is Rs 40, and it can be visited from 12:00 pm to 06:30 pm.

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