A city tour is being organized on the 17th of December, 1999. The tour will include visits to the places of historical interest in Calcutta. The following is a brief description of the places we plan to visit. The list is tentative and may change based on participants' interests.


Asiatic Society

Sir William Jones founded this institute in 1784. Warren Hastings, the first Governor General of colonial India under the British rule, was the first patron of the society. The Institute is a famous center of Indology, Literature and Scientific research. The library of the institute houses more than 20,000 volumes of priceless literature which comprise more than 8,000 Sanskrit, Hindi and Arabic manuscripts.


Indian Museum

The museum houses a prized collection of antiques, armaments, paintings of the Mughal era, regal dresses, mummies and a lot more.


Botanical Gardens

This is the oldest and the largest botanical garden of its kind in the country. It was laid out in 1787. A 250-year old Banyan tree, with a circumference of 382 meters and more than 600 aerial roots, is one of the prime attractions for the tourists. The visual treat offered at the garden includes plant life encompassing more than 30,000 varieties.


Belur Math

This place is of immense religious significance in the country. Swami Vivekananda, anIndian yogi of renowned fame, and one of his disciples founded the Math. It is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission. The center is situated just outside the city, overlooking the scenic beauty on the banks of the river Hooghly.


Victoria Memorial

Built between 1906 and 1921, this architectural masterpiece is a memoir of Queen Victoria. It houses ancient paintings and manuscripts in its museum and art gallery. The audio-visual shows in the evenings are a tourist attraction.


Tour Itinerary

We will start from the Taj Bengal at 9 AM. The visits to the Asiatic society and the Indian Museum will be followed by a river cruise. The guests will be treated to a sumptuous lunch while we are on the river cruise. We will halt briefly at the Botanical Gardens at 2 PM. Thereafter, we get back to the waters of the Hooghly and cruise to the Belur Math. We will visit Victoria Memorial en-route to the Taj Bengal. We plan to conclude the tour by around 8 PM.

The tour will cost approximately Rs 600 (US $15) per person and the bookings will be made on a first-come first-serve basis. The fees includes the cost of lunch and refreshments. Please email your name, affiliation and contact address to to get registered for the tour.
Please register before the 15th of November, 1999.