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Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial was Lord Curzon’s brainchild as a memorial to the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, Queen Victoria, after her death in 1902. The Victoria Memorial was modeled on the Taj Mahal and was commissioned in 1906. Opened to the public in 1921, it was designed by the architects William Emerson and his protege Vincent Esch at the extraordinary cost of Rupees 10.5 million ($262,500), all of which was collected as voluntary donations, mostly from the British and Indian nobility. The memorial holds numerous paintings of the British royal family, miniature paintings of the Mughal School, oil paintings of the Company School. The memorial is set in extensive and beautiful lawns and is lit up at night. A laser audio-visual show is held on the lawns every evening. ‘Nike’, the Greek Goddess of victory, on the top of the museum is said to be haunted and has been prominently featured in many Kolkata stories and novels. It is regarded with pride and joy in Kolkata and colloquially referred to as the “Victoria”. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

Victoria Memorial to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
7 mins | 2.1 km | via Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road

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Indian Museum

The Indian Museum is the largest museum in Asia and the oldest in the Asia – Pacific region (est. 1814 at the location of the Asiatic Society). The Museum shifted to its present sprawling residence in 1875. Situated on Chowringhee Avenue, it houses perhaps the greatest collection of Indian natural history and an Indian Art collection to rival the Smithsonian Institution and the British Museum. Of specific note are the meteorite hall and dinosaur hall in the Natural History and Geology section, the numismatics section and the collections of Gandhara Art, Burmese woodwork, Mughal miniatures and Tibetan banner sections in the Indian Art section. The Anthropological Survey of India headquarters and the Government College of Art and Craft are housed in the same building. The Geological Survey of India headquarters moved from the museum to Bidhan Nagar recently. The Indian Museum has a library of excellent historical value, with a special focus on the Raj and Kolkata. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Indian Museum, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

Indian Museum to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
11 mins | 2.6 km | via Park Street
12 mins | 4.3 km | via Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road

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Marble Palace

The Marble Palace is a privately owned collection of eclectic sculptures, paintings and a small menagerie and aviary off Chittaranjan Avenue in North Kolkata. Built by Raja Rajendra Mullick in 1835, it houses, among other treasures two little publicized Reubens and Joshua Reynolds, not to mention over 50 varieties of marble which grace the interiors of this mansion. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Marble Palace, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

Marble Palace to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
27 mins | 5.9 km | via Central Avenue
31 mins | 6.1 km | via Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G. Road) and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road

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Birla Industrial & Technological Museum

Birla Industrial & Technological Museum on Gurusaday Dutta Road was inaugurated in 1959 as the first popular science museum in Asia. Modeled on the Deutsches Museum, it has interactive popular science exhibits and a significant collection of historical industrial holdings in India. Its collection of old gramophones, sound recorders, telephones, steam engines, road rollers and other industrial machinery of the period 1880 – 1950 is very significant. The museum sports a vintage model of the Rolls-Royce Phantom I make. It also actively organizes summer camps, awareness programs and astronomy observations for school children. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

Birla Industrial & Technological Museum to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
8 mins | 1.6 km | via Gurusaday Dutta Road and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road

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Jorasanko Thakur Bari

The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the Tagore family and was converted into a museum in 1961. The huge sprawling brick mansion was the cultural hub of Kolkata for close to a century and was a major force in the women’s liberation movement. It hosted the first Brahmo wedding and was an important center in the Independence movement. The museum has three large galleries – one on the life and works of Rabindranath, the second about his close relatives such as father Debendranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, and others, and a third gallery on the Bengal Renaissance in general. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.
Jorasanko Thakur Bari to Hotel Casa Fortuna:

30 mins | 6.8 km | via Rabindra Sarani

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National Library of India

National Library of India located in Alipore is India’s leading library and a public library. It was inaugurated in 1836 by the Governor General Lord Metcalfe by transferring 4675 books from the College of Fort William. Public donations were the main source of books for the library and by donations of Rupees 300 from proprietors. Dwarakanath Tagore was the first proprietor of the library. The library was initially only partially public, as poor students could use the library for a limited period of time. The Imperial Library was founded in 1891 by merging several libraries like those of the East India College and East India Board. Governor General Lord Curzon initiated the merger of these two libraries into a single Imperial Library in 1903 at the Metcalfe Hall. The goals of the library were to collect every book written about India at any time. The Assistant Librarian of the British Museum John Macfarlane was the first librarian and was succeeded by the first Indian librarian Harinath De. The library was moved to its present quarters in Belvedere Estate, Alipore and renamed the National Library. It is a fully public library which co-ordinates the activities of all other Indian public libraries. True to its goal, any book published in India today has to send one copy to the National Library in the spirit of the Library of Congress, United States. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near National Library of India, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

National Library to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
11 mins | 3.2 km | via Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road

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Belur Math

Belur Math is essentially the headquarters of the famous Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by the great Swami Vivekananda himself who was a chief disciple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The place is located on the western bank of the Hooghly River in Belur, West Bengal, India. It holds immense significance as an important landmark and religious as well as spiritual institution in Kolkata. The temple still is the crux of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is most notable for its grand architecture that infuses Hindu, Islamic motifs and Christian style of architecture as a symbol of unity of religions. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Belur Math, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

Belur Math to Hotel Casa Fortuna:

54 mins | 13.4 km | via Girish Ghosh Road

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Dakshineswar

Dakshineswar is a rustic neighborhood in Kamarhati, under the North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, India. The place is of immense importance in terms of culture, heritage, and religion. It is the most coveted international pilgrimage center. The Dakshineswar Maa Kali Temple was illustriously built in 1855 by a certain Rani Rashmoni. The temple, since is famous and much visited due to its association with Shri Ramakrishna Dev, a celebrated mystic of 19th Century Bengal. Every year, a large number of people gather at Dakshineswar Temple throughout the year and especially on the very day of Shyama Puja, Bengali New Year’s Day, Shiva Chaturdashi, Akshaya Tritiya and on the 1st of January to celebrate Kalpataru Utsav (the day Shree Ramkrishna attained siddhi or nirvana). Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Dakshineswar, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.
Dakhineswar to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
59 mins | 15.2 km | via Barrackpore Trunk Road/ BT Road and Acharya Prafulla Road

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Kalighat

Kalighat houses the famous Kali Temple which is a Hindu temple situated in West Bengal, India and is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess - Kali. Kalighat was essentially a Ghat, a landing stage that is sacred to Goddess Kali on the course of the Hooghly river, Bhagirathi in the city of Kolkata. The river, however over a period of a long time has moved a little away from the face of the temple. The Kalighat Temple is now situated on the banks of Adi Ganga which connects to the Hoogly. The Adi Ganga, however, was the very original course of the Hooghly river. Hence comes the name, 'Adi' or old Ganga. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Kalighat, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

Kalighat to Hotel Casa Fortuna:
14 mins | 3.4 km | Shyama Prasad Road and Ashutosh Mukherjee Road

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Other popular attractions

The Other popular Kolkata libraries include the Ramakrishna Mission Library, maintained by the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata which has a special children’s section, as well as the large consulate-based libraries of British Council, Kolkata and of the United States Information Service, Kolkata. The Calcutta Club library has a historically significant collection, including the fully furnished and book-stocked reading room of Nirad C. Chaudhuri. The other historically significant libraries are those of Asiatic Society, Indian Museum, Presidency College, Scottish Church College, and St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta. Hotel Casa Fortuna falls under the purview of hotels near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and also in the radar of hotels in Kolkata near Esplanade.

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