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To Bengalis Kolkata is the proud intellectual capital of India, with an outstanding contribution to the arts, services, medicine and social reform in its past, and a rich contemporary cultural life. As the former imperial capital, Kolkata retains some of the country's most striking colonial buildings, yet at the same time its is truly an Indian city. Unique in India in retaining trams, and the only place in the world to still have hand pulled rickshaws, you take your life in your hands each time you cross Kolkata's streets.
Eden Gardens pan is a cricket ground in Kolkata, India. It is the home of the Bengal cricket team and the IPL's Kolkata Knight Riders, as well as being a venue for Test, ODI and T20I matches. With a seating capacity of 66,000, it is the largest cricket stadium in India, and the second-largest cricket stadium in the world behind the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Eden Gardens has been called "cricket's answer to the Colosseum" and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world.
The two Eden sisters of Lord Auckland, Governer- General of India, laid out these public gardens in 1835. Adjoining a large artificial lake is a Burmese-style pagoda of exquisite design which was transported to Kolkata from Myanmar (Burma) and reconstructed in the garden.
All India Radio Station, the Ranji cricket stadium and the Netaji Indoor stadium are inside the gardens. The Ranji stadium, which can hold a record of 95000 spectators, is the largest in Asia and the 4th in the world. The Pavilion was built in 1871 and the first first – class match played in the season of 1911-12
The Indian Museum is the largest and oldest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1814. The founder curator was Dr Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist.
Built in 1875 in Italian architecture, this museum is the largest in India and the oldest in Asia. There are 40 major galleries in 6 different sections: art, archaeology, anthropology, geology, zoology and industry. The prehistoric Gallery houses the original bones of Buddha. The big draw for visitors is the ‘mummy’.
The Maidan also referred as Brigade Parade Ground is the largest urban park in Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a vast stretch of field and home to numerous play grounds, including the famous cricketing venue Eden Gardens, several football stadia, and Kolkata Race Course. The Maidan is dotted with statues and pieces of architecture, most notable being the Victoria Memorial. Due to the freshness and greenery it provides to the metropolis, it has been referred to as the "lungs of Kolkata".
The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum and tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River, near Jawaharlal Nehru road.
All monuments of this memorial were designed in Italian Renaissance-Mughal style and build of white marble from Rajasthan. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his lately departed Queen Empress, required a suitable monument to her memory. It took 20 years to build at a cost of 10 million rupees. The Prince of Wales formally inaugurated it in 1921.
St. Paul's Cathedral is a Anglican cathedral in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, noted for its Gothic architecture. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta. The cornerstone was laid in 1839; the building was completed in 1847. It is said to be the largest cathedral in Kolkata and the first Episcopal Church in Asia. It was also the first cathedral built in the overseas territory of the British Empire. The edifice stands on Cathedral Road on the "island of attractions" to provide for more space for the growing population of the European community in Calcutta in the 1800s.
College Street is a ~1.5 km long street in central Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal. It stretches (approximately) from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar area to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing. Its name derives from the presence of many colleges, housing many centres of intellectual activity especially the Indian Coffee House, a café that has attracted the city's intelligentsia for decades.
The Mother House, where Mother Theresa set up her Missionaries of Charity in 1950. It was here that she worked for nearly half a century caring for the ill and the destitute of Kolkata.
Missionaries of Charity is a Roman Catholic religious order established in 1950 by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which consists of over 4,500 nuns and is active in 133 countries. Members of the order designate their affiliation using the order's initials, "MC." Member nuns must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor”.
In 1952, their first centre Nirmal Hriday in Kalighat came up – a home for dying destitute. It is open to anyone who needs help and, most significantly, the building has no door. A children’s home, Shishu Bhavan, was opened in 1957 for UN - wanted new born babies. At Titaghar is the Home for Lepers, where a large number of Leprosy patients are attended to by nuns trained especially for this kind of work.
The Indian Botanical Gardens are most famous for the Great Banyan Tree,which boasts of having the largest canopy in the world.
The Botanical Gardens laid out in 1787 are the biggest of its kind in India and the second largest in the word. Over 50,000 different species of plants from all over the world are found here. The main attraction is the 250 year old Great Banyan tree which is the largest in the world.
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