Kolkata, which was formerly known as Calcutta is a city that has a long and rich history, remnants of which can still be seen in the city in the form of architecture. Under the British colonial period, Kolkata was the capital of India. It is one of the most quaint and beautiful locations in the country with grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals. Kolkata is also home to the charity house that was founded by Mother Teresa. Kolkata is, without a doubt, a very vibrant city that will embrace you with love. There are so many things to do and places to visit that you will keep asking for more. Being a safe city, traveling alone is not a problem. Some of the places that you must visit here include Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, and Indian Museum. Check out some of Kolkata’s 5-star hotels and hotels with early check-in. So, pack your bags and get on that plane. You are going to be welcomed gracefully and magically. Read on to find some of the best things to do alone in Kolkata, India.
1. Explore Bodhi Tree Monastery of Art
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Are you somebody who appreciates art and find it quite relaxing? In that case, this is an ideal retreat for people who enjoy art from local artisans and foreign artists. It is not just a place for art collectors; anybody who appreciates art will enjoy the grand splendor of this place. You can ask anyone about this place and they will be happy to guide you.
Bodhi Tree Monastery of Art
Address: 48/44 Swiss Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700033
Website: Bodhi Tree Monastery of Art
Opening hours: 11am - 6pm (daily)
2. Stroll along Rabindra Sarobar
This is one place in Kolkata that sees the maximum footfall every day. It is quite a relaxing place and maybe that is the reason so many people come here to clear their mind and leave peacefully and happily. You can feel the happy vibes when you sit by the lake and enjoy the gentle breeze that brushes your face. It is an overall peaceful place that you must absolutely visit.
Address: Southern Avenue, Golpark, Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Lake Gardens, Kolkata 700029, India
Tip from our local expert
There are a number of activities that take place at Rabindra Sarobar. This recreation park turns into a joggers park early in the morning. If you want to loosen your limbs or stretch out a little, this is where you can do it safely. Here you can birdwatch, simply rest on one of the many benches and read a book, indulge in a random chat with a regular, participate in the laughing club sessions, or simply break into Salsa with your partner early on Sunday mornings. You can also watch live performances at different spots inside the recreational area. Most activities are free of cost and you are more than welcome to join in and enjoy.
3. Visit Alipore Zoo
This is one of the happiest and the most visited places in Kolkata. It is one of the oldest zoological parks in Kolkata. Watch the animals while your heart leaps with joy as you walk on the lanes watching them. You must visit this place at least once. We agree that it can be disheartening to see the animals caged. But, we should be happy they are not being hunted.
Address: 2, Alipore Rd, Alipur Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700027
Website: Alipore Zoo
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: Around 1 USD
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4. Hire a boat at Princep Ghat
Princep Ghat is one of the wonders of Kolkata. A lot of effort has been put by the government to make this place as picture-book ready as possible. This is a relaxing place that lets you unwind and get the calm that you have been looking for. So hire a boat and watch the sun slowly disappear behind the horizon. Capture the moments in photographs, if you wish. If not, keep the moment in your mind forever.
Address: Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
Opening hours: 8am - 10:43pm (daily)
5. Admire nature at South Park Street Cemetery
Are you looking for something spooky to do? You must try visiting the South Park Street Cemetery. Built in 1767, it has around 1,600 tombs. Even though the street right off it is quite busy and loud, you will be surprised at how quiet the cemetery is. The quiet lanes and moss-covered tombs will surely give you quite a chill. If that is not enough for you, the occasional squawk of a crow will definitely bring those goosebumps. At the cemetery, you will be asked for an official donation. You can pay as little or as much as you like.
South Park Street Cemetery
Address: 52, Park Street, Opp Assembly Of God Church, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
Website: South Park Street Cemetery
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)
6. Hang out at Maidan
Maidan, when translated, means field. This field in Kolkata is meant for various purposes. It is one of the oldest hangout places that is still very popular amongst the people of Kolkata. Apart from a regular hangout location, Maidan is also used as a football ground. You will find football and sports enthusiasts making the most of the space here. Another great thing about this place is that you can admire the grandeur and beauty of the Victoria Memorial from here. Isn’t it a win-win situation?
Address: Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal
7. Relax in the Eden Garden Park
This is a quiet place that not many know about. This park is built in 50 acres (20.2 hectares) of land. You will find a picturesque pagoda here that is perfect for those Instagram shots. Talking about old things, this park is also home to 150-year-old mahogany trees that enhance the beauty and charm of the park.
Eden Garden Park
Address: Eden Garden Road, B B D Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (daily)
8. Tour the Mother Teresa House (from USD 133.0)
This is an excellent tour that takes you through all the major locations of the city. Visit memorable places such as St. Andrews Church, which is also known as the Kirk. It is the only Scottish church in Kolkata, making it one of the most famous ones in the city. You will also visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is the first Episcopal Church in the eastern part of the world. One of the major attractions of this tour is the stop to South Park Cemetery which has about 1,600 graves belonging to the British and high officials of the East India Company. Lastly, breathe in some tranquility at the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity. This is the house of the mother who spent her entire life taking care of the underprivileged. This is quite an uplifting place that teaches you how good it feels to take care of others.
Visit Mother Teresa's house and Churches of Kolkata
Duration: 7 hours
9. Worship at Kalighat Kali Temple
This temple is dedicated to the Indian God, Kali. It is one of the most sacred sites in Kolkata and sees a large number of devotees and pilgrims every day. You may have to face a long queue to see the statue of Goddess Kali on some days. The street that leads to the temple is a very lively one. You will see shops selling religious items on both sides of the street. You must remove the shoes before you enter the temple. If you wish not to do so, you can just visit the area outside the actual temple. When you visit, be wary of the scams that happen. Just avoid anybody who comes around asking for donations for the temple. These are usually people who fake it and pressure you to donate.
Kalighat Kali Temple
Address: Anami Sangha, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026
Website: Kalighat Kali Temple
10. Taste an authentic Bengali meal (from USD 46.0)
Kolkata is a city of culinary delights that will tingle all your food buds and will leave you wanting for more. On this two-hour tour, you will experience this delight in the host’s private home where she will give you a firsthand tour. Enjoy the preparation of delicious Bengali dishes such as pulao (saffron rice), chingri malai curry (coconut prawns), and other items, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. After the dishes are prepared, settle down to enjoy these wonderful dishes. Meals with drinks and dessert are included.
Tip from our local expert
A number of restaurants in Kolkata that serve authentic Bengali cuisine. Some that are worth mentioning are '6 Ballygunge Place' and 'Koshe Kosha'. At '6 Ballygunge Place' do try their signature dish 'daab chingri' (prawn in mustard and coconut gravy cooked and served in a tender green coconut shell). If you prefer meat to fish, then I suggest you go for the delicious 'kosha mangsho' (traditional dark mutton gravy) or 'goshoraj mansho' (juicy pieces of mutton cooked and served in flavourful kaffir lime gravy) at Koshe Kosha. Both the restaurants have multiple branches across the city, so swing by the ones that are closest to your accommodation.
Kolkata 2-Hour Traditional Bengali Meal in a Private Home
Duration: 2 hours
Go solo in Kolkata
Solo tripping is not a bad idea anymore. Kolkata has a plethora of fun places to visit including Nicco Park. There are also lots of items and souvenirs to get if you’re wondering what to buy in Kolkata. Now that you know of all these places in Kolkata where you can travel alone, why not pack that bag and go on this epic adventure?
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