KOLKATA SERIES 2: Places you must see in Kolkata

I hope you have enjoyed the Series 1 of the Kolkata Series that I had posted. It is time for the Series 2 of the beautiful Kolkata and it’s another five must visit places. I’ll take you on a joy ride in the next five beautiful places in the City of Joy. As I had mentioned in my earlier post being my roots planted in the city of Kolkata I wanted to share the beautiful places of interest in the beautiful city. So sit back and enjoy this joyride to the next set of places of interest in Kolkata.

Shahid Minar: This is monument in Kolkata that was erected in 1828 in memory of Major-general Sir David Ochterlony who was a commander in the British East India Company. It was earlier known as Ochterlony Monument. This monument was erected as a part of commemorating two incidents – one was Sir David Ochterlony’s successful defense of Delhi in 1804 against the Marathas and second one was the victory of the British army against the Gurkhas during the Anglo-Nepalese War. Even though the tower gives you a bird’s eye view of the city of Kolkata it is not freely accessible to general public. If one wishes to climb the tower it is mandatory to submit address and photo ID proof at the Lalbazar Police Headquarters because a tourist jumped off the lower balcony of the monument in 1997.


Victoria Memorial: It is a large marble building constructed in the city between 1906 and 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria. The architecture of the building was done by William Emerson. It is now converted to a tourist destination in the city and a museum. The memorial is situated near Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Victoria Memorial is one of the popular places of interest in Kolkata and is open for public every day from 10 AM. You need to buy ticket at the entrance for getting entry to the premises.


Jorasanko Thakur Bari: The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the famous Tagore family. At present the Jorasanko Thakur Bari is located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus. This house is the birth place of the famous Bengali poet and first non-European Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The house is currently restored as a museum to reflect the old times when the Tagore’s were living there. The museum is open for public on Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM. The museum is closed on Monday.

Entrance


Inside Thakur Bari


Kolkata Metro Rail: One of the most visited places or you can call it a ride in the city is Kolkata Metro Rail. It has become the 17th zone of the Indian Railways network system that is operating under the Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India. The network currently operates from Noapara to Kavi Subhash with 27.2 km range and others lines are getting constructed at different phases. Kolkata Metro Rail is the first metro rail in India started its commercial services from the year 1984.


Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium: The largest cricket stadium in India and second-largest in the world, Eden Gardens, is the paradise not only for the cricket lovers watching the game here but also for the cricket players across the world. Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium was established in 1864 and is one of the beautiful attractions when you are visiting Kolkata. Some of the great cricket records are being made at this ground.

View inside Eden Gardens

Match in progress under the floodlights


Here I’ll conclude Series 2 of the Kolkata journey. I hope you will like this and the post would be able to add some value to your journey list. I’ll be back again with the third post in the series soon. Keep reading!!

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KOLKATA SERIES 1: Places you must see in Kolkata

Kolkata, the City of Joy, is the place that you cannot miss to explore if you are a travel lover. The rich culture and heritage of the city in the eastern India state of West Bengal is one of the most cherished places. Whether it is the lip-smacking street food in Dalhousie and Esplanade or spending time in the lap of nature in Botanical Garden or visiting the Victoria Memorial Hall and Indian Museum to relive the history – every bite would give you the feeling of satisfaction and completeness. When you are visiting Kolkata you must explore the City of Joy and to be honest it will add up a highly rich experience to your travel spree.
 

I tried exploring some of the very interesting and must visit places in Kolkata in this post. My roots are connected to the beautiful city and I tried covering the lovely city in few series as I felt covering everything in just one would become lengthy and would not serve the purpose of the article. This is the first one in that series.

Howrah Station: It is the gateway to the beautiful city of Kolkata. Howrah Station is India’s largest railway complex that houses 23 platforms – most number of platforms in the entire railway system of India – in two different complexes (Old and New). This is one of the busiest railway stations in India that was opened in 1854. If you are travelling to Kolkata by train you will be entering the city through this huge railway station.


Howrah Bridge: The Bridge is otherwise known as Rabindra Setu, named after the renowned Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. However, it is popularly known as Howrah Bridge. It is a propped cantilever bridge that is suspended above the Hooghly River connecting Howrah and Kolkata. The bridge was commissioned in 1943 and its renaming was done on 14 June 1965. While entering the City of Joy you need to cross this massive architecture.


Vidyasagar Setu: This is the 2ndHooghly Bridge erected above the Hooghly River to ease out the traffic on the Rabindra Setu. This bridge is named after the famous Bengali educationist reformer Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. This is a toll-bridge and is the longest cable–stayed bridge in India. It was opened for public on 10 October 1992.


Birla Planetarium: It is one of the most popular places of interest in Kolkata. The planetarium is popularly termed as Birla taramandal among the city locals and was established on 2 July 1963. It is the second largest planetarium in the world and largest one in Asia. The planetarium is open from 12 noon to 7 in the evening with its first show at 12:30 PM and last one is at 6:30 PM. It conducts daily shows in English, Hindi and Bengali languages.

 


Indian Museum: You can’t miss visiting Indian Museum when you are in Kolkata. It is the oldest and largest museum in India that houses many rare collections of skeletons, fossils, antiques, mummies, ornaments & armours and Mughal paintings. The museum was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1814 and is located on Jawaharlal Nehru Road near Esplanade area. The museum is closed on Monday and opens for public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.


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SEO in a New Avatar

For SEO, keywords available on the web pages are important along with the text embedded in the link. However, the search engines now looking for the branding of the website, behavior of the visitors and also the social interaction. This concept is named as SEO in its new Avatar. Google has introduced a new feature called Panda update, which includes the branding as well as the visitor behavior when they are searching for any content. Though the new Panda feature is included, it may tend to miss assessing the data sometimes. But there is Google’s main algorithm that takes care of it. Hence branding, behavior and social collectively forms the new Avatar of SEO.

Let’s have a look at these three aspects in little more detail.

Website Branding
There are sayings that search engines generally does not look for branding. However, eminent personalities in the search engine arena seem to disagree with that. As per their thinking there is nothing harm in branding. In fact branding is a solution rather than a problem. There are few factors, which are as follows, that involves in branding:
  • Mentioning the brand and links of the sites in social media
  • Mentioning the brand and links in high profile trusted websites
  • Direct brand or the domain name searches

When you are talking about big brands, it should be relative to the market as well as the keyword. Sometimes big brands are not big ones in smaller markets.

Visitors’ Behavior
Behavior of the users is one the important factor for the success of SEO marketing strategy. The user data can be measured with various medium embedded in a search engine and also the data from its main server. The factors in this area are as follows:
  • Time spent by the visitor in the website, especially when they are entering via SERP
  • The bounce rate
  • Time spent by the visitor in the website
  • If the visitors are returning back to the website

When a visitor is entering the website, the time they spend and the trend of site navigation plays a vital role in measuring the visitor behavior.

Social Aspects

Social aspects include the presence of the search item keywords in the social media websites. This includes the comments that people make in the social sites, tweets and retweets, like and unlike in the social media site play a vital role in the SEO strategy. These activities also determine the future revisits and also new visits to the website. When it comes to the presence in the social media, it is always a question if that will add any significant value. The answer here is “Yes”. Statistics say Facebook, the social networking site, is one of the most visited websites. Hence if you have the link on this website it will spread like a wildfire.

This is about the SEO strategy in its new Avatar. With this new avatar you will get a competitive edge in the market and a step ahead of your competitors.

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