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Visit architecturally beautiful and historically significant places of worship on this full-day tour of Kolkata that will surely be a feast for both your eyes and mind. Learn about the importance of Hinduism and Islam in India on visits to five different temples as well as Mother House, where Mother Teresa's tomb is located. Visit two cathedrals and the Victoria Memorial to learn about the architectural and cultural nuances the British brought to this region. Your private guide will ensure an educational and enlightening experience.
After pickup from your hotel in Kolkata, embark on your private tour of places of worship in Kolkata. Head to Belur Math, an architectural beauty that houses the volunteer organization Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Walk around and be in awe of the intricate architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of the unity of all religions.
Then, enjoy a 20- to 30-minute boat cruise on the Hooghly River to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple built in the traditional nava-ratna, or nine-spires, style of Bengal architecture. Next, drive to the Kalighat Kali Temple, where several pilgrims often go to pay their respects to Kali. Walk inside the temple with your guide and learn about how the temple’s image of the goddess differs from how she is depicted elsewhere.
Afterward, you’ll be driven to the Jain Temple, where you’ll find beautiful interior decor such as pillars inlaid with mirrors and intricate stained-glass windows. Stop at a popular restaurant carefully chosen by your guide for a traditional Indian meal.
Then head to the Nakhoda Mosque, the principal Islamic mosque of the city that rises impressively in the midst of a bustling commercial district.
The rest of the day will show you England’s extensive influence on this region. At the Victoria Memorial, a memorial complex dedicated to Queen Victoria, marvel at the structure’s architectural style, which fuses both Islamic and European architecture. Inside the hall, see paintings and memorials depicting the queen’s reign.
Visit St John’s Church, a neoclassical structure featuring a distinctive tall stone spire with a giant clock. Walk along the church’s blue-gray marble floors up to the altar. Then, visit at St Paul’s Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican church built in Gothic Revival style. While the exterior's design is exquisite, the tranquil interior will leave you even more impressed, with its beautifully carved wooden pews, striking stained-glass windows and marvelous Florentine frescoes.
Finally, visit Mother Teresa’s Mission and Mother House, or simply Mother House, where Mother Teresa’s large tomb is located. Here, experience the serenity of the place and learn about Mother Teresa’s important religious work throughout the 20th century. Relax in your air-conditioned vehicle on the ride back to your hotel in the early evening.