North Kolkata is the older area of Kolkata, a fascinating district dominated by narrow little lanes and hundreds of century-old buildings.
Includes Chitpur, Bagbazar, Belgachhia,Shyambazar, Shobhabazar, Maniktala, Jora Sanko and the famous College Street area. Also situated here are the Sealdah station, one of the largest train hubs in India, and the newly built Kolkata station. Dum Dum being the prime communication hub of Kolkata having International Airport, Metro Rail, Circular Rail, Ground Rail.
The Northern part of Kolkata houses the old buildings belonging to the Zamindars (Landlords), other rich Bengalis who used to trade with the British. It preserves the cultural heritage of Kolkata. The building structures give an impression of the royal people who stayed there. The area is generally crowded and has some interesting markets including the famous Posta, Burrabazar whole sale markets, College Street Book market where you can trace many out of print books with a little patience. While in College Street a visit to the College St Coffee House is a must. Also around the area are the Calcutta Medical College, the Presidency College and Calcutta University.
- Parashnath Jain Temple, (near the Belgachia metro station). Entry is officially restricted to Jains only since 2012 by order of management. edit
- Parashnath Jain Temple, (at Gouribari, reachable from the Sovabazar Metro station (take an auto rickshaw)). less visited edit
- Marble Palace, (close to metro station M.G. Road). The marble palace was the private mansion of Zamindar (Land owner) Raja Rajendro Mullick, who had built this palace in 1835. It is situated on the Muktaram Babu Street in a congested part of the city. A real garden, of may be an acre with a Palladian Mansion set square in the centre. Today this place has an incongruous collection of statues and paintings. There is also a private zoo housing a collection of birds from different corners of the world. edit
- Rabindra Bharati Museum ('Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Tagore Family residence)), 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane, Kolkata-700007 (close to the Marble Palast), ☎ 033-22181744 ([email protected]), . 10.30AM - 5.00PM (Monday closed). The former residence of the famous poet now is a museum showing rooms as well as many paintings. Only the basic information about Tagore's life is not vast if you do not know much about him yet. Rs. 50; students Rs. 25. edit
- The Howrah Bridge spans the Hooghly River linking Howrah to Kolkata. It is said to be the busiest bridge in the world. On the bridge you are not allowed to take any pictures for the sake of national security.
- Dakshineswar (Kali temple), North of the city on the banks of the river. Temple. Belur Math, another temple, is just over the river. You can take a ferry to have a look at that one also. edit
- Star Theater, (Near Hatibagan crossing). edit
- Terracotta Products
- Jute Craft Items
- Mitra Cafe, (Diagonally opposite Sovabazar Sutanuti Metro Station). Famous for its Brain Chop. Also go for the various chops, cutlets or Afgani. edit
- Allen Kitchen, (Near Sovabazar Sutanuti Metro Station (40/1, Jatindra Mohan Avenue)). Famous for its Prawn Cutlet. One of the oldest restaurants of Calcutta, founded in late 19th century. edit
- Chinese Breakfast, 10 Sun Yat Sen St (Follow the Chinese people). early before 8:30 when things start wrapping up. A delicious Kolkata experience, where Chinese fish can dumping come steamed, fried or in soup. Follow the Chinese people congregating on the bazaar. all snacks under Rs30. edit
- Chinese Breakfast, Sun Yat Sen St, Rabindra Sarani (Follow the Chinese people). Cultural breakfast of steamed fish cake dumplings. all serves under Rs30. edit
- kapila ashram, vivekananda road (near swami vivekananda's house beside oriental bank). any time of the day. it is the oldest sherbet shop in kolkata where many great sons of bengal has quenched their thirst in past rs 20-25. edit
- paramount, college square (adjacent to university hall). after 6p.m. a refreshing shop for sherbet 20-70. edit