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Shopping in Kolkata
Kolkata has always been a virtual paradise for shoppers offering them a wide range of products. A must in any shopper's guide is the New Market where you can buy anything from a needle to an elephant. Some of the other traditional markets are the Sealdah Market, Gariahat Market and Jaggu Babu Bazaar. They draw huge crowds.
The most fascinating shopping district is the Burra Bazaar. This includes Mahatma GandhiRoad, BurraRoad, Chitpore, RajaBazaar, China bazaar. Textiles, saries, readymade, cosmetics, hosiery, crockery are available at the best prices in the town. Near the Howrah Bridge and Mahatma Gandhi Road is the famous Flower Market which is worth a visit.
Chandanpore (37 Km):
It is earlier known as Chandernagore a French colony from 1637 to 1952.The French legacy remains in the riverside benches that line the pleasant promenade and an imposing building on the river -side which was once the residence of the administrator Dupleix and is now the Institut de Chandernagor.It has a library and a museum with an interesting collection of artefacts and documents. Another beautiful site is the Eglise du Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart Church) which has a Lordes grotto and a statue of Joan of Arc.Chandannagar is best reached from Kolkata by local train from Howrah station.
It is about a half-hour by train from Howrah and was a Danish settlement till 1845.Its other claim to fame is the first Baptist missionary in India William Carey set up the earliest printing press in 1799 and translated the Bible into several Indian languages including Bengali.Carey also founded the Serampore College in 1805.Danish heritage survives in St Olaf's Church. The other interesting sites are the Carey Museum and the Serampore College of weaving.
Diamond harbour (48 Km):
It is a scenic spot on the banks of the River Hooghly which is quite popular with the tourists. The activities include riverside walks and boat trips by country boats. One can go for a day trip or a longer stay.
It has number of temples and is near Nabadwip, the birthplace of Lord Chaitanya.Mayapur is also the international headquarters of the Krishna Consciousness. The Chandraodaya temple built by ISKCON is a massive modern complex. It is set in spacious grounds and worth a visit for the tourists.