Visit Belur Math with a private guide on a half-day tour from Kolkata that includes hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees at the riverside shrine. Enjoy the flexibility and personal experience of a private tour, as you explore the headquarters of the International Rama Krishna Mission, where you’ll find temples, religious devotees, and a Sri Ramakrishna Museum.
Begin with 8am pickup at your hotel in Kolkata, then travel to Belur Math, which is roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Kolkata, on the western bank of Hooghly River. Enter the main gate and take in the Rama Krishna temple: depending on the angle and perspective, the temple resembles a church, mosque or temple. Learn about the building’s unique architecture and non-sectarian significance, then enter the temple, where you may see the devotees who line up outside the President’s residence waiting for blessings. Some of the notable sights within Belur Math include the Sri Ramakrishna Temple, which is designed to celebrate the diversity of Indian religions, the marble statue of Sri Ramakrishna, and the Swami Vivekananda Temple that was built on the spot where the Swami was cremated. You’ll also find temples to the Holy Mother and Swami Brahmananda, and if desired, you’ll have time to see the Sri Ramakrishna Museum, set up with the assistance of the National Council of Science Museum. This 4-hour tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel in Kolkata.