College Street stretches from Bowbazar to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing in North Kolkata. College Street houses a number of renowned academic institutions like Calcutta University, Presidency College, Scottish Church College, Medical College, Vidyasagar College, Hindu School, Sanskrit College, Bethune College, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management and Hare School. It houses the renowned Indian Coffee House that has attracted the intelligentsia of the city, for decades. The book market of College Street is the largest book market of India and the largest second-hand book market of the world.
This is the centre of sports and recreation in this sport crazy city. Eden Gardens Cricket stadium is one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world in terms of capacity. Its also home to the Kolkata Knight Riders team of Indian Premier League. One can catch a cricket or football match in the stadium or adjacent grounds.
It is the ultimate fun and entertainment destination for kids as well as adults. It draws huge crowds on weekends, as it serves as the perfect place for relaxing mind, body and soul. It provides wide choices of fun rides to choose from. To name a few, we have the Toy Train, Cable Car, Tilt-a-Whirl, Water Chute, Water Coaster, Flying Saucer, Pirate Ship and Moonraker. It is truly a feast for the eyes. Its main highlights include the beautiful rose garden and the food park, where you can enjoy the mouthwatering yummy dishes.
Located to the west of the Victoria Memorial, the Race Course is regarded as one of the best in India. Horse racing started in 1819 in the city, under the aegis of the Royal Turf Club. Apart from races, the ground is also used for playing polo. The racing season commences in July and continues till September. It starts again in November and concludes in March. Although generally held on Saturdays, important holidays and some special occasions are also race days in Kolkata.
The Ganges is a very important and revered river in India and taking a cruise through it lets you explore the serene water body and its wonderful surroundings.
The running stitch intricate embroidery can be found on dhotis, sarees, dupattas, bedding, etc. in Kolkata and is one of the must buy souvenirs from the city. This embroidery is usually done on silk and cotton fabrics. Bengali silk and cotton sarees are a must have for their intricate and subtle beauty. You can also buy linen with beautiful cutwork embroidery, all done by hand.
A recent addition to the citys destinations, this multi-cultural plaza is a place of rare beauty. With numerous ethnic shops displaying handicrafts from all regions of India and a unique food court for cuisines from the four corners of the country, this place serves as a window to the folk traditions of India. An open auditorium with frequent cultural performances is an added attraction.
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