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Kolkata, the city that rests on the east bank of Hooghly river is a place where culture resides in heart and soul. Kolkata is most popular in the country for its peculiar sweets and fish and rice. Kolkata is a culturally rich city with eccentric colonial architecture and sweetest residents to live in the city. Kolkata is one of the four metropolitan cities in the country that provides a home to people from various castes and classes in its heart.

Kolkata served as the capital of British Raj in India for about 140 years as the traders, East India Co. Ltd had its headquarters located in the city with most of its operations carrying out from the Port of Kolkata; the oldest functioning port in the country today.

Kolkata is a perfect place for a family vacation or a solo trip who adore culture, good food, and historic architecture. For art lovers, Kolkata is a paradise with numerous art galleries and cultural festivals that portray various kinds of arts like sculpturing, paintings, poetry recitations and more. Kolkata is often referred to as the Cultural Capital of the country, it has everything that a culture lover could ask for.

Being one of the metropolitan cities, Kolkata has a lot to offer to its citizens and tourists. A city where the language is as sweet as Rosogolla; the tourism never fails to give everything it owns. Known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is known for being the city with a soul! A hub of culture, birthplace of famous Bengali sweets like Rasgulla and Sandesh – Kolkata with its tram lines running across the old city in the north and the modernity in the south is a bundle of joy.

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Best Places to Visit in Kolkata


1. Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge is the roadway commute between the city of Kolkata and Howrah. An iconic piece of infrastructure in the city that is an old-world charm. The bridge is constructed using the suspended span technology that depicts modern architecture techniques for the later stages of the Industrial Revolution in India. The bridge is 705 meters in length that serve as one of the busiest connections between Kolkata and Howrah.

The Howrah Bridge is an iconic infrastructure as it resembles the city of Kolkata in pop culture. A must-visit in Kolkata.

2. Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial is a monument in Kolkata and is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata with girlfriend. The construction took approximately 15 years using white marble. The monument was built in the memory of Queen Victoria which now serves as a museum and tourist attraction.

The design of this gigantic monument is Indo-Saracenic which consists of elements and inspirations from Egyptian, Deccani and Islamic architecture. Every year thousands of tourists visit this museum to observe the collection of rich cultural history that still holds the old-world charm.

3. Writers' Building

A significant monument designed by architect Luke Thomas in 1777, Writers’ Building used to serve as a workplace for the writers of East India Co. Limited, hence, the name. Currently, this monument serves as the secretariat building of the State Government of West Bengal. Writers’ Building is built on the Lal Dighi, a waterfront covering the lakes entire northern stretch.

The design of the monument was influenced by various styles which include Roman, Greek, British and Indian. The building stretches on the 128-foot long veranda which provides a wide serene of Lal Dighi. A sheer pleasure to visit this place, nature, man-made beauty, and peace of mind, everything can be experienced to the fullest.

4. Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat is situated on the banks of the Hooghly river and is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for couples. A beautiful serene which is an eye-catcher for all the tourists in Kolkata. Prinsep Ghat was built in 1841. The European styled, Palladian porch gives a serene unlike any other. Prinsep Ghat offers an old-world boating experience, a rower rows the boat while singing soulful melodies of yesteryears. An experience worth gathering.

5. Indian Museum

Among best places to travel in Kolkata, a museum built in 1814 by English during the British Raj, is a famous tourist spot in the City of Joy. Indian Museum or Imperial Museum is the largest and oldest museum in India. This museum holds the widest collection of rare antics, arms, ammunition, armours and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies and iconic Mughal paintings as well.

With a collection of over 100,000 antiques and artifacts, a good, 3-4 hours tour is required in this museum.

Fun Fact – Indian Museum is the largest museum in the Asia – Pacific region.

Things To Do in Kolkata


Being a metropolitan city, there are many fun-filled activities in the city on a wider scale. There are numerous activities to enjoy locally.

Tram in Kolkata

Kolkata is the only city in the country which has a fully operational tram service. A lost gem in the wide field of commute and transportation. The tram services are quite frequent and give an air of nostalgia.

If you have time and want to feel the original essence of Calcutta, then tram ride is a must. However, the speed is slow compared to other forms of transportation in the city.

Hand-Driven Rickshaw in Kolkata

Kolkata still runs on hand-driven rickshaw where a muscular man, pulls the rickshaw with maximum 2 passengers. The rickshaw is useful only for short distances. This experience can be tried when in Kolkata.

Boating at Prinsep Ghat in Kolkata

Prinsep Ghat offers an old-school boating experience where you sit back and relax whilst the rower drives the boat through the beautiful Hooghly River. A must-try soothing experience at the time of sunset and is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata with friends.

Cha Bar at Crossword in Kolkata

One of the most unusual places on the list, yet the perfect location to sip on a cup of tea. This tea-spot is located inside a crossword on Park Street. The electric feeling of sipping on different flavours of tea while sitting in the middle of a room full of books is the happiest place in the world.

Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata

Academy of Fine Arts is a cultural spot in the heart of the city, where various types of cultural and artists portray their work with flair. A must-visit for all the art lovers. Academy of Fine Arts screens cinema, displays dramas, local and international painters, poets and more. A show not to miss as it is one of the unique places to visit in Kolkata.

Shopping in Kolkata


Kolkata is a shopping hub. With various industries having its feet planted on the streets and various markets, the options are limitless.

College Street in Kolkata is the place to find any book in this world, with hundreds of book shops. The lane is heaven for book lovers and readers and is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for youngsters. The dealers don't just sell new books, but also purchase old ones and resell them, making each and every piece of paper a treasure.

New Market in Kolkata is a bazaar which is equivalent to Crawford Market in Mumbai and Karol Bagh in Delhi. Every bit of all the tiny products produced in the world is available in these markets. The quality of the product depends on the shop and the goodwill the name has in the market. Being a local market and not an industry, this market favours the businessman’s name or surname over the business name.

One can say what Colaba Causeway is to Mumbai, Park Street is to Kolkata, shopping, food, and entertainment, this locality has everything locked under its belt. A thoroughfare covering all the aspects a tourist requires in the open air and is one of the places to visit in Kolkata at night.

Gariahat is a delight to shop at with clothes available for as cheap as a hundred bucks.

Food in Kolkata


Kolkata is a place where things to eat has its own place in the people's heart as well as streets with numerous restaurants with private rooms.

Park Street in Kolkata is the hub of food and entertainment; with a vivid choice for different food items and restaurant styles. Park Street has a huge concentration of eating out places where the youth is attracted to along with their parents. There are specifically two eateries which are must-try Barbeque Nation and Peter Cat.

Yes, Barbeque Nation is a restaurant that is available across the entire country. The thing that makes this one a special is the typical Bengali flavours infused in the food along with a modern twist to it. Whereas Peter Cat is a casual-dining in Park Street Area of Kolkata that serves delicious North-Indian and Continental cuisines.

Some of the popular things to eat in Kolkata amongst Kolkataites are Rolls at Kusum Rolls, biryani at Arsalan, puchka (Bengali name for pani-puri), club kachori and kullad wali chai (tea served in a clay cup) that can be found at various locations.

Along with Rosogolla, Kolkata also homes the sweetest delicacy named Sandesh. The best Sandesh is available at Girish Chandra and Nakur Chandra sweet shops, being one of the oldest Halwais in Kolkata, they have mastered the art of Sandesh and other Bengali sweets. During winters, a specialty marks the board, Gud ka Sandesh which has jaggery liquid as its core.

Ever in Kolkata, do not miss out on the Calcutta Meetha Pan, a mouth freshener that has its roots dug deep in the soil of Kolkata. As it’s a local specialty, it can be found at every corner.

Kolkata is famous for traditional Bengali food which majorly consists of fish and rice. This cuisine can be found in many places across the city, however, one of the best is Bhojohori Manna.

Best Time to Visit Kolkata


The best time to visit Kolkata is during the festive season. Kolkata is considered as the Cultural Capital of the country, where major festivals are celebrated with intense devotion and heartfulness. Major festivals celebrated are Durga Puja and Christmas in Kolkata.

Among the best places to visit in kolkata during Christmas, midnight mass at the St. Peter's Church is a must-go. A week-long carnival is set up on the roadside at Par Street.

Durga Puja in Kolkata is the most vividly celebrated festival in Kolkata, the streets are filled with people, lights are always shining bright and the eateries are open throughout the night. The best thing to do during Durga Puja is to go pandal-hopping to experience various themes and fascinate-vie decors.

The weather around February is pleasantly cold with moderately sunny mornings and cozy cool nights. Take a walk around the historic parts of the city, go on food tours and photography tours in Kolkata and discover the city of joy.

How To Reach Kolkata

  • Kolkata has all the sorts of communication facilities, an international airport within the metropolitan area, multiple railway stations are built to make the transport easier. Kolkata serves as the headquarters of Eastern Railways of Indian Railways.
  • For the local commute, Kolkata has many forms of transportations like trams, metros, government buses and cab service. The cab service is the most iconic in the country as it still uses the classic, Ambassador. Along with local and government authorized transportations, cab services like Ola and Uber are widely used.
  • Kolkata is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral Roadways Project which connects the four metropolitan cities of India, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. So, the extensive roadway connection caters to commercial as well as non-commercial vehicles.

Where to Stay in Kolkata


There are infinite hotels and motels in Kolkata. However, if you are planning to travel during the festive season, it is highly recommended to pre-book.

These were the basic details about Kolkata, for more, you actually need to get up from your chair, book the tickets and travel. See the rest for yourself.
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19 comments:

  1. Sounds like Kolkata has a lot to offer its tourists ;)

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  2. That sounds like an amazing place. I can't believe I've never heard of it before.

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  3. wow so much information. Will def have to go on a food tour when I visit

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  4. I never thought I would consider this place but I think I have to change my mind, how many beautiful things to visit!

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  5. Thank you so much! I love good travel tips and tricks, they really come in handy!

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  6. One day I will have to visit; there seems like so much and more to do there; awesome info!

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  7. the place looks beautiful! I would love to visit it one day. Great guide, very detailed and complete

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  8. I've never been to Kolkata but have so many places on my travel bucket list- I'd love to visit! It sounds like there's so much to do there and I love that you've mentioned Christmas as a good time to go, I love being away from home at Christmas strangely haha
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  9. Sounds like there is a lot to do! I'd love to visit the Writer's Museum and the Indian Museum - I love spending hours around a museum, I hate it when you just go in and out as there's so little to see.

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  10. I have never been to Kolkato so this is so informative and details as it has include the top attractions and the food too.

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  11. While reading your wonderful write up I recall my visit to Kolkata. Relished its rich cultural heritage immensely.

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  12. I've never been to Kolkato yet but I'd love to visit someday! Saving this guide for the future travels!!

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  13. good tour guide the sounds like a lot of things in this city that are interesting to keep you busy on your holiday

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  14. I’ve never been to Kolkata, but have read so many nice comments about it. You’ve given some great tips on places to visit.

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  15. wow this is a very in depth post about Kolkata! This is definitely a place on my travel bucket list!

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  16. Everything sounds wonderful, though I've never heard of Kolkato before. I'd love to see more pictures.

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  17. I bet the Victoria Memorial is just stunning! Marble is such a gorgeous stone, I can only imagine!

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  18. Looks like a great place to visit. I'll definitely go here one day with my family. Will be saving this! Next trip to Kolkata.

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  19. I have never been to this place but I always wanted to visit. Such a wonderful place. This is truly a bucket lists material.

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