The ‘City of Joy’ Kolkata is one of the most popular places to visit in India. The capital of the East Indian state of West Bengal is seen as the land of the intellectuals. The cultural legacy of the city is matchless and one of the best experiences in the country. Here, India is mixed with a little bit of the British colonial days and there are interesting specimens of architecture, artistic and cultural scene. The city is famously known as the Land of Mother Teresa and Rabindra Nath Tagore, but in the heart of the 300-year old city is the real feel of India. Kolkata tours offers an insight into the historic and cultural legacy of India. Beyond its tourist attractions, it serves as the gateway to the East and the North East India.
The third largest metropolitan in the country, Kolkata was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position. Kolkata developed from a fishermens' village to become one of the largest cities in the world. The city symbolises creativity and vibrance with all the modern amenities available. Kolkata has adapted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm of its heydays. Kolkata has the country's first Metro railway and some of its buildings are more than a hundred years old. While Kolkata is a city of enduring charm.
Places to visit in Kolkata include the Victoria Memorial, the Eden Gardens, the Howrah Bridge and the Raj Bhawan. It is also possible, to take river cruises down the Hooghly River. The monuments reminisce of the past. The sprawling Victoria Memorial is an iconic landmark. The city museum is one of the must-visit sites. For some charming experiences, a visit to the Kumaratuli is a must. The idol makers bring to life figurines from Indian mythology. Watch the artisans in action. To come in touch with your spiritual side, Belur Math is the place where you must go.
Besides sightseeing, the food is definitely worth trying. The delightful sweets, scrumptious seafood and others are a treat for your taste buds. Shopping is also an interesting past-time, the markets are full of amazing fabrics and handlooms. Shop for books is also a must as the cultural capital is book- lovers haven. Nightlife in the city has options of cultural performances of dance, music, drama, poetry and more. To witness the actual colourful spirit of Kolkata, the annual festival of Durga Puja is an unforgettable pleasure.
How To Get There
Kolkata is well connected by air to domestic destinations as well as international destinations. The major airlines of India have frequent flights from the major cities of India. Kolkata also serves as an international gateway. A number of international airlines like British Airways, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Air India operate direct flights to and fro Kolkata.
Kolkata is the most important city in Eastern India, therefore widely connected on the Indian Railways map. The city is easily accessible by super-fast trains to almost all parts of North, East and Southern India. The two major railway stations are at Howrah and the other at Sealdah.
The most important city in east India is accessible by a wide network of roads. The charming metropolis is accessible by road.