Kolkata is the cultural capital of India where rich cultural heritage can be experienced in daily life. Tourists especially visit this city to experience its unique and lively culture. It is the birthplace of renowned poets and philosophers. Appreciation of art and literature is in the blood of the people here. Aptly called the ‘City of Furious’, Kolkata is ideally located on the bank of the Hooghly River in West Bengal. This city is well known for the massive colonial architecture and art galleries. Also known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata surely offers various astonishing attractions to fall in love with.
The marvelous Dalhousie Square, Burra Bazar and the enchanting Esplanade are the famous places of the city. Kumartuli is the home to extremely talented potters who carve resplendent idols out of clay.
Ghats and Bridges
Kolkata is quite famous for the lovely ghats of Princep and Outram. The magnificent Howrah Bridge which is synonymous with Kolkata, connecting Howrah to Kolkata and the Vidyasagar Setu are the splendid attractions to visit.
The fascinating places include Victoria memorial, Town hall, Marble Palace, Jorashanko Thakobari, and Writers Building. No trip to Kolkata is complete without witnessing the Durga Puja at Shovabazar Rajbari.
The magnificent museums such as Gurusaday Museum, Asiatic society, Indian Museum, National Llibrary and Nehru Children’s Museum display the rich history of the city.
Sunderbans (102 km from Kolkata), consisting of the largest mangrove forest in the world, is a place where one can see the wildlife at its best. Other places like Digha, Mandarmani and Chandanagar are worth visiting.
To feel the essence of Kolkata one can try the different local dishes including luchi, cholaar dal and chop-cutlet. Its yummy sweets like sandesh, misti doi and rosogolla are famous around the country.
The mesmeric Terracotta products, subtle Sarees, jute craft items and shining bangles of Kolkata surely allure one to shop more.
How to reach
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international airport in Kolkata connects it to the major cities of India. It is also linked to other parts of the country by rail and roads.
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