Curzon Mansion

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Directly south of the zoo's entrance, the access road to the National Library loops around the very regal Curzon Mansion, once the colonial viceroy's residence.

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1. National Library

0.12 MILES

Located directly south of the entrance to the zoo is the (private) access road to the National Library, which houses India’s biggest archival collection…

2. Alipore Zoo

0.21 MILES

Kolkata’s 16-hectare zoo opened its doors in 1875 as one of British India's showpiece zoological gardens, but has gradually dropped in stature and…

3. Horticultural Gardens

0.39 MILES

A hidden island of tranquillity in the heart of Kolkata, this delightful garden complex offers visitors an opportunity to acquaint themselves with…

4. VM South Gate

0.79 MILES

Day-time entry tickets to the park and Victoria Memorial museum are sold here, but there's no access to the sound and light show.

5. Kalighat Idol-makers


There's a fascinating group of idol-makers' workshops where Kalighat Rd curves north from Hazra Rd. Figurines sculpted here are much smaller than those in…

6. Victoria Memorial

0.97 MILES

The incredible Victoria Memorial is a vast, beautifully proportioned festival of white marble: think US Capitol meets Taj Mahal. Had it been built for a…

7. Academy of Fine Arts

0.99 MILES

Several bright, ground-floor gallery rooms in this 1933 building feature changing exhibitions by local artists. It's a good place to check out young-and…

8. Ahuja Museum for Arts

1.02 MILES

More a private gallery than a museum, this smallish place has changing exhibitions that mostly feature excellent 21st-century works by Bengali artists, as…