Durga Pooja, trams, a never-ending love for art and rosogollas are a couple of things that are synonymous with Kolkata. The capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is a city of intellectuals - poets, authors, film producers and Nobel Prize winners. During your visit to the city, you will see many buildings that date back to the British Raj era.
Central Kolkata is famous for tourist attractions like the Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Calcutta Racecourse and Chowringhee. Southern Kolkata is more modern in nature with places to see like the Tollygunge Club, the Rabindra Sarovar, the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kalighat Kali Temple, Tollywood etc.
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Kolkata, earlier Calcutta is rightly called the Cultural Capital of India. This capital city of West Bengal charms every visitor to this city with its richness of hospitality. Dotted with crumbling British Raj-era gems, historical structures, sprawling gardens and bustling marketplaces Kolkata continues to father generations of artistic personages including poets, film producers, writers, musicians, singers, theatre artists, painters, dancers and Nobel Prize winners. Vivid, chaotic, hectic, and yet, brimming with life and creativity are the streets Kolkata Love it or leave it, one who travels here won't forget this city on Hooghly, ever. The city is driven by the staunch spirit of the “self-made middle class” and it has maintained an admirable connection with the old colonial-era charm. Your journey here will take you through flourishing art scene in the city, rewarding gastronomical explorations, countless hustling & bustling bazaars or just a peaceful sunset moment sitting by the banks of the Hooghly. It is rightly said, “Kolkata is soaked in uncountable layers of heritage and culture” and unveiling each layer will be a rewarding experience of lifetime. Kolkata is truly a city with a soul.
The history of Kolkata dates back to 300 years ago, when it was established by the British. This city was the capital of British India in 1960. Most of the essential developments of this city took place in the 17th and 18th century and in the 19th century, it become one of the central point of India’s freedom struggle. British shifted their capital to Delhi in 1911, but the cultural richness of Kolkata made it the new cultural capital of India.
Home to Rabindranath Tagore's Kolkata has innumerable touristy places that travelers love to explore. Once such is the ancestral house of Rabindranath Tagore, which is now a museum and houses a wonerful collection of paintings and family portraits. The city has so many ghats (river banks) to sit, relax and enjoy a sunset with the company of a cup of tea. , The Prinsep Ghat, is one such beautiful place with stunning views of the Vidyasagar Setu. Places that are popular amongst tourist in Central Kolkata include the huge open parkland known as Maidan, Eden Gardens stadium, Akashwani Bhavan, Indoor Stadium, Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Calcutta Racecourse, and Chowringee. Similarly in Northern Kolkata, Posta, Burra bazar, College Street Book market, Calcutta Medical College, the Presidency college and Calcutta University, Nakhoda Mosque, Shobhabajar Rajbari, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Parashnath Jain Temple, Marble Palace, Howrah Bridge, Kali temple of Dakshineswar are popular laces. The building & structures here in North Kolkata are a beautiful fusion of Victorian and Bengali Architecture. The Southern ide of the city is less congested and places like Tollygunge Club, Rabindra Sarovar lake and park, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Maulana Azad Museum, Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Tollywood, Ramakrishna Mission Institute, Birla Temple, National Library of India The South City Mall, Kalighat Kali Temple, China Town, and Gariahat the biggest shopping district of Kolkata, are must see places.
Nightlife is very lively here in Kolkata and the entire alley along Park Street is now brimming with bars, night clubs and pubs to party the night away. Street food here is famous all across the country, and the city has eateries and food stalls at every corner to savor local flavors. Not to miss, Kolkata is any shopaholic’s paradise.
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