To see Kolkata at its best, check out our suggested top spots for capturing panoramic views of the city and its magnificent architecture.
This historic monument, built in 1828, is situated by the vast, green Shaheed Minar Maidan or the Brigade Ground. Shahid Minar is 158 feet (48 metres) high and it takes 223 steps to get to the top. But climbers are rewarded with a stunning view of the surrounding historical neighbourhoods.
There’s no place offering a better view of the Howrah Bridge than the Hooghly river above which it stands. As one of the busiest bridges in the world, Howrah is a stunning sight that shouldn’t be missed. Take a ferry from the Howrah Junction Railway Station at Howrah across to Kolkata or check out the Floatel, a hotel situated on the river itself, for some fantastic views of the area.
Blue and Beyond Rooftop Restropub
If you like to relax with some food and drink while enjoying a view of the City of Joy, then this rooftop venue in the heart of town is for you. Offering stunning views of the historic New Market area against the backdrop of the Hooghly river and the Howrah Bridge, Blue and Beyond is one of the best places to watch the sun go down in Kolkata.
This water feature in the middle of B.B.D. Bagh and the surrounding gardens are the perfect frame for the many historical buildings located in the area. The buildings include the home of the State Government of West Bengal, the 200-year-old Writers Building, the General Post Office and the Reserve Bank of India Building.
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