Kolkata derived its name from Kalighat, so where better to start your journey in the city than in Kalighat Kali Temple? The temple is believed to have stood since the 15th century, although the present structure is a reconstruction dating back to the early 1800s. The temple attracts snaking queues of visitors every day, so arrive early to avoid the rush. Another temple worth visiting is the 19th-century Dakshineswar Kali Temple, located along the eastern bank of the Hooghly River.
Sightseers from across the globe to Kolkata to visit Sundarbans Tiger Reserve. At 2,585 square kilometres, it is the largest of its kind in the world, supporting an exceptional biodiversity. The reserve is home to a wide variety of fauna, including royal Bengal tigers, estuarine crocodiles, Indian pythons, Irrawaddy dolphins and more than 200 bird species. You can take a cruise along the sanctuary’s waterways, through the mangrove swamps, for a perfect escape from the urban chaos.
Chowringhee Road, where the British citadel at Fort William is located, is a great place to start your exploration of Kolkata. Also worth a visit is the Victoria Memorial, a white marble monument dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. Opened in 1921, it is now a tourist attraction and museum, housing a collection of rare colonial memorabilia.