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Kolkata Race Course Timings
|Monday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
|Tuesday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
|Wedesday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
|Thursday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
|Friday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
|Saturday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
|Sunday||12:00 am – 12:00 am|
Races are conducted during November-March & July-September on Saturdays and public holidaysLinks: Website | Map
The Kolkata Race Course in Kolkata, West Bengal is one of the largest and best horse racing grounds in India. The race course is maintained by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club and is a must visit destination for people visiting Kolkata. Here, visitors get the taste of elite and royal side of the city. There is also a huge polo ground just adjacent to the race course which is considered to be the best in the country.
Like other heritage landmarks of Kolkata, the racecourse too, plays a perfect reminder to the colonial era and opulence of the bygone times. Since Calcutta was the first base where British empire laid its power in India, it went on to become the first modern city of the empire outside of London. The race course is easily accessible from all parts of the city due to its strategic location in the heart of the city. Visitors can reach here using all modes of transport.
Location of Kolkata Race Course
The race course is located in the south-west part of Maidan and the Victoria memorial lies in western corner of the race course.
History of Kolkata Race Course
While Calcutta served as the seat of British empire till 1911, the city gained its privilege of housing several destinations of amusements for art and sports. Kolkata race course was built with the intention to promote horse riding and is one of the largest race courses in the country.
The Kolkata Race Course was established in 1820 for the elites to gather for amusements and sports. Being only accessible to its members, the race course was opened for public viewing in 1880 and public viewing stands were built. The race course is famous for some of the most prestigious racing events that have been held here.
The Royal Calcutta Turf Club was built or rather is a result of conversion of a house that belonged to the erstwhile Apcar Family, a prominent Armenian merchant family who had originally immigrated to India from Persia during the late 1770s. The club building is a double storey Palladian style structure with marble floorings and teakwood doors with wooden staircase.
Image Gallery of Kolkata Race Course
The Derby Season in Kolkata Race Course
The horse racing sport is seasonal and happens twice a year. The season begins in July and stretches till September whereas the second season starts from November and extends till March. The races are organized on every Saturdays of these months.
Huge number of spectators from across the country throng to Kolkata during the seasonal matches. Public holidays and special occasions also add up to being days when horse races are organized.
During the off season, polo matches are organized by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club. The race course also has a beautifully manicured lawn and gardens and is well maintained by RCTC.
How to Reach Kolkata Race Course
The nearest metro station is Rabindra Sadan Metro Station. The Royal Calcutta Turf Club is around 1 km from the metro station and can be reached by walking.
Alternatively, one may also hire cab from top car rental companies in Kolkata to reach the turf club from any part of the city.
Both Sealdah and Howrah junctions are nearest train stations. One may hire a cab from either of the places to reach the race course.
Local buses also ply from both Sealdah and Howrah. Board a bus that goes towards Rabindra Sadan.
Places to visit near Kolkata Race Course
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