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Welcome to Marble Palace

Marble Palace

One of Kolkata's most unusual sites, this palace was built by a local member of the 19th-century gentry in a marvelous patchwork of classical architectural styles. Lavish use is made of Italian marble, and the lawns contain an eclectic pantheon of statues including Christopher Columbus and the Buddha. The Marble Palace is a place of drama and dilapidation - and unsurprisingly, has frequently been used as a movie set. It remains a private residence, however, so you'll have to arrange a permit to view the interior (a worthwhile activity, if only to gawk at the impressive art lining the walls). Next to the palace, you'll find the Marble Palace Zoo - the first zoo opened in India, it is now primarily an aviary, housing peacocks, hornbills, pelicans, storks and cranes.

Information & Facts

46 Muktaram Basu Street (off Chittaranjan Avenue)
Free, but visitors must obtain a prior permit from the West Bengal Tourism Information Bureau. These offices are located at 3/2 Benoy Badal Dinesh Bagh (East), Kolkata.
Although English is generally used for official and business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by about 40 percent of the population. Urdu is the language common with the Muslim demographic. India has a total of 22 official languages

The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is impossible to obtain rupees outside India, but no matter what time you arrive in India there will be an exchange office open at the airport. It is illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs are not generally available.

Opening Times
Open from 10am to 4pm (daily except Mondays and Thursdays)
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