Four hours in Kolkata : must see hightlights

#1 Dec 1st, 2005, 21:47
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We'll be reaching Howrah station at 1 pm (if everything goes well) and leave a few hours later .

Leave the bags at the left luggage and .... a few hours in front of us.

What to see in such a short time, where to go?

The bridge, botanical garden to have a look on the huge banyan or ????

Try to meet Samit to buy his book "The Great Indian Railway Atlas"

what are your suggestions?

Thank you,
#2 Dec 3rd, 2005, 21:37
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four hours is too short a time. suggest have your lunch in the biryani stall, leave the station, take a ferry to the other bank, have a cursory look at the people and return via the howrah bridge - you could walk or take a cab.

if you are arriving on a sunday or a holiday - you will not see the crowds.
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#3 Dec 3rd, 2005, 22:53
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I'd suggest Belur Math, home of the Ramakrishna Mission. It's actually on the Howrah side of the river, a short bus ride from the station. It has neat temples, one small ghat on the river, and a museum.
#4 Dec 3rd, 2005, 23:00
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The Pareshnath Jain Temple, beautiful temple amidst an almost Japamese type garden!!
Easy to find......... "buy the postcard" (available all over) and show it to the taxi driver, this is I reckon a wonderful "hidden gem" in a visit to Calcutta!

#5 Dec 4th, 2005, 01:28
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It just depends what you like, of course. I personally found the Belur Math rather aseptic and boring. Photos not allowed, either. My favourite thing in Kolkata was riding the river ferries. I also enjoyed the Indian Museum on the Maidan(one of the world's best), the buildings around the GPO, and the Flower Market next to the Howrah Bridge, on the east bank of the Hugli. The Victoria Memorial is also well worth a look, and the nearby St Paul's Cathedral.
All these are in the same general area, so you won't have to travel very far.

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#6 Dec 4th, 2005, 14:49
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My thanks to all of you!

Yes I know it is a -too - short time : just a few hours between 2 trains.
We'll skip the lunch to have more time.
#7 Dec 5th, 2005, 14:29
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Originally Posted by kailash35 My thanks to all of you!

Yes I know it is a -too - short time : just a few hours between 2 trains.
We'll skip the lunch to have more time.
better if u have lunch in monginis food court at station itself and then have the ferry to crogg the river to kolkata.
roam around the river side park and have a walk/ cab to victoria memorial. then take another cab to princep ghat....see the 2ng hoogly bridge (only cable strain bridge in India)...have ice cream at SCOOPS and then take another taxi (cab) to howrah station.
it will take 2-3 hours.

#8 Dec 5th, 2005, 15:18
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I second Babu's suggestion. You have too short a time so dont venture much farther in the city, a traffic jam can cause you a lot of tension. Stick to the ferry & a bit of taxing around & return well in time for your train, you will need some time to retrieve your baggage from the cloak room.

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