Kolkata (Calcutta)

Experimenter is a relatively small contemporary art gallery, but its avant-garde exhibitions are about as cutting edge as anything you'll find in Kolkata. It's tucked behind a sari boutique called Kanishka, on Hindustan Rd just off busy Gariahat Rd.

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1. Birla Mandir

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A graceful 20th-century structure built in cream-coloured sandstone, this temple is consecrated to the Hindu gods Narayan (Vishnu) and his wife Lakshmi…

2. Birla Academy of Art & Culture

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This multistorey gallery displays frequently changing exhibitions from contemporary Indian and international artists. There's also an auditorium to the…

3. Rabindra Sarovar

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5. Birla Industrial & Technological Museum

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6. Kalighat Temple

1.37 MILES

This ancient Kali temple is Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus, and possibly the source of the city’s name. Today’s version is the 1809 rebuild, with…

7. Kalighat Idol-makers


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8. Nirmal Hriday

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