With plenty of historic monuments, cultural institutions, and stunning public parks, Kolkata has much to offer to children. Here are our top picks of places you should visit with your kids in the city of joy.
Built between 1906 and 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria following her death in 1901, the Victoria Memorial is among Kolkata’s most known historic monuments. Blending architectural influences from around the world, the stunning building can be a lesson in both history and art appreciation for children. The museum housed in the memorial features an admirable collection of art from India and abroad.
Kolkata is home to Asia’s largest and the world’s second-largest planetarium. Opened in 1963, the Birla Planetarium has over 100 astronomical projects on astronomy, astro-physics, and myths concerning stars and planets.
If book hunting sounds like something that would delight your children, then Kolkata’s iconic stretch of used bookstores—College Street—is every bit worth a visit. The second-largest used-books market of its kind in the world, the street is every book lover’s paradise. College Street’s many historic stores are packed with books from around the world, including many first and rare editions at super affordable prices.
Dotted with various historical monuments, including the iconic Shaheed Minar, the Maidan—Kolkata’s largest urban park—is an excellent spot to visit with children for many reasons. Not only is the vast park a refreshing getaway from the city’s chaos, but it is also home to various sports grounds and a rich historical and cultural past.
The National Library Of India, housed in the Belvedere Estate, is the largest library in the country by volume. Not only does the library feature an impressive collection of rare and valuable books, but the architectural qualities of the centuries-old building it is housed in are also particularly impressive.
If you would like to give your children a break from historical and cultural institutions, then one of Kolkata’s most legendary bakeries is where you should be taking them. Flurys features a delicious range of cakes, pastries, and other delicacies that have Charmed Kolkatans since 1927. With cozy interiors, a rich history, warm service, and wholesome cookies, this place will delight children like few other places can.
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The Howrah Bridge is one of Kolkata’s most stunning offerings, and shouldn’t be missed if you are on a tour of the city. Children may particularly enjoy a view of the bridge from a ferry on Hooghly River. If you choose to explore the bridge by foot, then you can also visit the vibrant Mallick Ghat Flower Market at the end of the bridge in Kolkata.
As the only operating urban electric tram system in India, Kolkata’s historic tram is a unique experience for people of all ages to enjoy. With its unique vintage charm, the tram may delight children in particular. Having started in 1902, this tram network is the oldest in Asia.