Densely populated, Kalighat is one of the oldest localities in South Kolkata that is home to the iconic Kali Temple, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. Considered as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, legend has it that the toe of Dakshayani fell on the spot where this temple now stands. Another important landmark in Kalighat is ‘Nirmal Hriday,’ an establishment started by Saint Teresa (Mother Teresa) that takes care of the dying and destitute of the city. An important locality in South Kolkata, Kalighat is around 27 km away from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport and about 11 km from the Howrah Junction. The Esplanade Bus Terminal is around 8 km away while the Kalighat Metro Station is just 40 metres away. A popular tourist destination, there are a number of guest houses and budget hotels in and around Kalighat that provide rather basic accommodation at rather reasonable rates. Given the surge in tourist footfall, a number of 2-star and 3-star rated hotels have sprung up in Kalighat that provide decent and comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. In addition to this, you should book a Treebo hotel in Kalighat if quality is what you desire while going easy on your pocket. A popular locality in itself, Kalighat is close to Hazra, Rashbehari Avenue, Ballygunge, Ballygunge, Exide, Chowringhee and Park Street. Famous tourist destinations nearby include the Rabindra Sarovar Lake, National Library, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club, Fancy Market, Strand Road (Babu Ghat), Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Musical Fountain near Elliot Park. Habib’s, Apanjan, Saathi, Bachan’s Dhaba, and Hotel Abhinandan are some local restaurants around Kalighat that serve delicious food.
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