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Full day Kolkata city tour

Explore two worlds, two eras and two continents in one day with this awe-inspiring tour of Kolkata. Visit symbols of the British Raj such as the Victoria Memorial and Belvedere House, and then visit two outstanding Hindu temples, symbols themselves of the pervasiveness of Bengali culture in the face of foreign control, before enjoying stunning views of the city from the emblematic Howrah Bridge. The imposing white marble Victoria Memorial was built by the British in 1921 and was modelled on the Taj Mahal, though it is a masterpiece in its own right. Built in the Mughal-Gothic style so beloved of the late Raj, it offers tree-lined walks in splendid parks with plenty of statues and graceful reflections on ponds. Just a few hundred metres to the east is St Paul’s Cathedral, which is a glistening example of Gothic revival architecture. Continue to the National Library of India, which is located in the beautiful Belvedere House, the onetime residence of the lieutenant governor of Bengal. It houses the largest collection of books in the country, across six sections. Afterwards visit the riverside Dakshineswar Kali Temple and the architecturally significant Belur Math, which combines the features of a church, a temple and a mosque, and embodies the spirit of religious fraternity. Finish your tour with a dramatic photo-stop at the Howrah Bridge, also known as the gateway of Kolkata. This stunning steel structure spans the Hooghly River and has been one of the symbols of Kolkata since it was built. Explore two worlds, two eras and two continents in one day with this awe-inspiring tour of Kolkata. Visit symbols of the British Raj such as the Victoria Memorial and Belvedere House, and then visit two outstanding Hindu temples, symbols themselves of the pervasiveness of Bengali culture in the face of foreign control, before enjoying stunning views of the city from the emblematic Howrah Bridge. Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from hotel. Start/opening time: From 8.30am to 9pm. End/closing time: 4pm. Languages: English.