The City of Joy

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Bengali, Hindi, English

4 Days

October-February

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
17℃ to 32℃

Kolkata Tourism

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal state, is located within the lower Ganges Delta in the eastern part of Indian sub-continent at the bank of River Hooghly. Commonly known as the "City of Joy", Kolkata is undoubtedly a place of enjoyment for tourist. Kolkata offers a wide scope of choices for visitors, ranging from sightseeing, adventurous activities, food, and culture. Differed excellent architecture from the provincial period, which introduces a convincing difference to the innovation of this metropolitan city, is something that one must experience once in his/her lifetime. It is believed that Kolkata was named after the name of Hindu Goddess Kali which later progressed toward becoming Calcutta. However, in 2001, the city was renamed as Kolkata. Kolkata gloats of many fascinating tourist places that takes into account a wide range of interests. From authentic buildings, art exhibitions, ancient temples, colonial churches, gardens, stadium, shopping markets, and restaurants, there are many astonishing spots to see in Kolkata. Architecture seekers will be entranced with the structural beauty of Victoria Memorial, Raj Bhavan, and Writers’ Building etc. For sports fans, a visit to Salt Lake Stadium/Yuba Bharati Krirangan and Eden Garden is a must. For shopping, places like Bara Bazaar, College Street, Gariahat and new market are impeccable. The city is religiously significant too. Alongside Kalighat Kali Temple, there are numerous other noticeable ancient temples in the city that merit visiting. For example, Birla Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Belur Math, Dakshineshwar Temple, and so forth. Alongside all these, other well-known tourist places to visit in Kolkata are Rabindra Sarobar, Howrah Bridge, Fort William, Indian Museum, Marble Palace, South Park Street Cemetery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tipu Sultan Mosque, Shaheed Minar, Alipore Zoological Gardens, Aquatica Water Park and Nicco Amusement Park. The best time to visit Kolkata is during the pleasant weather and festivity times, which starts from October to February.

Attractions

Belur Math

1.Belur Math

7 kilometres from city centre

The 40-acre of land grounds of the Belur Math on the banks of the Hooghly incorporates sanctuaries devoted to Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi and Swami Vi...

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St. Paul's Cathedral

2.St. Paul's Cathedral

4 kilometres from city centre

St. Paul's Cathedral is a ‘Church of North India' Cathedral of Anglican foundation in Kolkata, mostly known for its Gothic engineering and architec...

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Nakhoda Mosque

3.Nakhoda Mosque

1 kilometres from city centre

The Nakhoda Mosque was worked as an impersonation of the catacomb of Fouzaan who was a Mughal Emperor at Sikandra, Agra by Kutchi Memon Jamat. The ...

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Mother House

4.Mother House

2 kilometres from city centre

The Missionaries of Charity's Mother House is a blessed spot of journey and worship for the individuals who are scanning for an increasingly signif...

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Eden Gardens

5.Eden Gardens

2 kilometres from city centre

Eden Gardens is frequently viewed as India's home of cricket. The ground has been alluded to as "cricket's response to the Colosseum," and is broad...

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Birla Mandir

6.Birla Mandir

1182 kilometres from city centre

Birla Mandir in Kolkata, India, is a Hindu sanctuary on Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, constructed and created by the industrialist family ...

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Jorasanko Thakur Bari

7.Jorasanko Thakur Bari

1 kilometres from city centre

Jorasanko Thakur Bari is presently situated on the Rabindra Bharati University campus at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane, Jorasanko, in Kolkata. It was...

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Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

8.Birla Industrial and Technological Museum

4 kilometres from city centre

The historical center of Birla Industrial and Technological Museum portrays chiefly the ventures and business endeavors of the Birlas. In order to ...

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Victoria Memorial

9.Victoria Memorial

4 kilometres from city centre

Victoria Memorial is committed to the memory of Queen Victoria and is currently a historical center and an attraction spot, for tourists under the ...

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Howrah Bridge

10.Howrah Bridge

2 kilometres from city centre

The Howrah Bridge is a scaffold with a suspended range over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. The extension is one of the four bridges on th...

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Indian Museum

11.Indian Museum

2 kilometres from city centre

The Indian Museum in Kolkata additionally alluded to as the Imperial Museum at Calcutta in the period writings of British India, is the biggest and...

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Rabindra Sarovar

12.Rabindra Sarovar

7 kilometres from city centre

Rabindra Sarobar is a counterfeit artificial lake in south Kolkata of West Bengal. Various individuals seek a stroll around the lake in the morning...

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Birla Planetarium

13.Birla Planetarium

3 kilometres from city centre

The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is a solitary storeyed, round structure planned in the regular Indian style, whose design is ...

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Marble Palace Mansion

14.Marble Palace Mansion

1 kilometres from city centre

Marble Palace is a palatial nineteenth-century chateau in North Kolkata. It is a standout amongst the best-protected and most exquisite places of n...

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Science city

15.Science city

5 kilometres from city centre

Created by the National Council of Science Museums, the Science City of Kolkata is one of the biggest and best on the planet, exhibiting science an...

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Sabarna Sangrahashala

16.Sabarna Sangrahashala

12 kilometres from city centre

Sabarna Sangrahashala in Kolkata is a gallery dedicated to the family of Sabarna Roy Choudhury, and Kolkata. The Museum displays uncommon articles ...

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Kalighat Temple

17.Kalighat Temple

6 kilometres from city centre

Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu temple in West Bengal, India. It is committed to the Hindu goddess Kali. The name Calcutta is said to have originat...

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Shobhabajar Rajbari

18.Shobhabajar Rajbari

10 kilometres from city centre

Shobhabazar Rajbari is the royal residence of the Shobhabazar regal family situated in the city of Kolkata. Albeit initially, it was a seven-storey...

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Botanical Gardens

19.Botanical Gardens

630 kilometres from city centre

The Botanical Gardens were established in 1786 by Colonel Robert Kyd, a military officer of the British East India Company, basically to identify n...

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Fort William

20.Fort William

3 kilometres from city centre

Fort William is a post in Kolkata, worked amid the early long stretches of the Bengal Presidency of British India. The stronghold was named subsequ...

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Culture

The mixing of Western and Eastern culture impacting throughout the hundreds of years has animated the production of various and differing associations that add to Kolkata's cultural heritage. ‘Paras’ in Kolkata imply an area with a solid feeling of network and are typically strongly characterized based on loyalties. Ordinarily, every para has its very own local club, with a club room, and frequently a playing field.

More prominent Kolkata has in excess of 30 exhibition halls, which spread through a wide assortment of fields. The Indian Museum, established in 1814, is the oldest heritage in India; the antiquarianism and numismatic segments contain significant accumulations. The city saw the beginning of the mid-nineteenth century artistic development that started a social renaissance all through India. The best pioneer of this development was Rabindranath Tagore, award holder of the Nobel Prize for Literature of 1913, whose striking imagination in verse, music, show, and painting keeps on improving the social existence of the city.

An excess of 200 stops, squares, and open spaces are kept up by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. In spite of that, almost no open space is available in the over conspicuous city of Kolkata. Since this city is grasped by various religious, locals are found to be celebrating numerous festivities. Among that, Durga Puja is one of the most well-known festivals. The vast majority of the travelers come here to commend this celebration with drumbeats. Kali Puja, Poila Baisakh, and Nabobarsho are also one of the fine celebrations in this city.

How to reach

Being the capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata is very well-connected to all the means of transport. A tourist can easily opt for flight, train or bus to reach Kolkata, as it has its own Airport and Railway Station which connects it to all the major cities of India.

How to Reach by Flight

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport of Kolkata is both a Domestic and International Airports having access to all the national and international flights. It is situated within the center point of the city, hence various cabs and taxis are available at your service.

How to Reach by Train

If you are traveling from New Delhi to Kolkata, you can easily book a ticket in the Express trains such as Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express. Kolkata has two major Railway stations, and frequent bus services are available from these stations to your drop point.

How to Reach by Bus

There exists the facility of regular bus services in Kolkata, both private and government. The Calcutta State Transport Corporation and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation have access to all the major bus stops across the city. Thus, you can tour the entire city of Kolkata using these bus services at a minimal price without any difficulty.

How to Reach by Road

Major cities across India are connected to Kolkata by the NH 2 and NH 3 highways. If you are thinking of traveling to Kolkata via your own car, you can do it while enjoying the breathtaking view throughout the journey.

How to travel within

You can tour the entire city of Kolkata via the local bus services available, or by booking a cab or taxi. Apart from that several auto rickshaws and tongas are available on demand.

Cuisine

With an accentuation on fish, vegetables and lentils presented with rice are a staple eating regimen for the people of Kolkata. Bengali cooking is known for its unobtrusive and red hot flavors, just as the spread of its candy stores and sweets. Bengali cooking can be subdivided into four unique kinds of dishes, charbya, or dish that is bitten and chewed, for example, rice or fish, meat; choṣya, or nourishment that is sucked, for example, ambal and tak; lehya, or sustenance that are intended to be licked, as chuttney; and peya, which incorporates drinks, principally milk, juice, etc. Bengali food has advanced with the impact of Mughal cooking, Anglo-Indian cooking, and Chinese cooking among others. Additionally, the utilization of various flavors has added to the flavor and taste of Bengali cuisine.

Some of the most prominent dishes of Kolkata are the Macher Jhol, which is served with fried rice or boiled rice. Mishti Doi marks as the most important dessert for the Bengali people which is a must-have. Apart from that, some other dishes are Kosha Mangsho, a spicy preparation of meat; Alur Torkari, Lucchi, Cholar dal, Shukto, Chomchom, Sandesh,  Rasgullas, and much more.

You can find all these varieties of dishes in the following listed top restaurants of Kolkata:

Kolkata Itinerary

Day 1: Reaching Kolkata Airport in a space of a few hours, you can directly hire a cab from the entrance of the airport and leave for your destined hotel and get checked- in. Freshen up and rest for a few hours after lunch, then head towards your first destination to visit the Birla Planetarium to watch the fascinating show they provide along with visiting the Museum situated there. Later from there, you can visit the fascinating Birla Mandir and end your night by shopping in the interesting backstreet of Dharamtala, while eating the tantalizing local Bengali cuisine.

Day 2: Finish Breakfast, and kick start your first morning of Kolkata by visiting the renowned ominous temple of Kalighat. Seeking blessing at the temple, head to the mesmerizing Belur Math, for rejuvenating your soul with the peaceful environment found there. Along with it, you can also pay your respect by visiting the Jorasanko Thakur Bari of Rabindranath Tagore to see his epic works. Have lunch in any of the numerous restaurants that the city offers and rest a bit in your room. Spend the evening by traveling to Howrah Bridge and watch the breathtaking sunset standing in this historical place.

Day 3: Start your third day of the trip by visiting the renowned Victoria memorial to explore this glorious monument with intricate works in its tapestries and architecture. Spending a few hours there head to the famous Botanical Gardens to see some rare species of old Indian Plants and shrubs. Finish Lunch, then head up to visit Eden Garden, where many sports history has been made. While finishing the day, visit Fort William to explore the styles of British India.

Day 4: Since it will be the last day of your Kolkata trip, spend the first half of your day by visiting the Nakhoda Mosque, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Shobhabajar Rajbari. Have lunch, and visit the Indian Museum along with Mother House, to get the glimpse of historical relevant peoples that has resided in Kolkata. Spend your last night in Kolkata while shopping in the famous streets of Bara Bazaar, getting artifacts and memorials for your family and friends back home. Stay overnight, and take a flight back the next day from Kolkata airport to go home.

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