Kolkata – An exotic city of West Bengal

Have you ever visited Kolkata? In this article, I will be telling you about this 'city of joy' which is located on the east bank of Hooghly river. Famous for its architectural buildings, temples and food, this city was a major trading hub for Britishers. Let's find more about Kolkata through this article.

Located on bank of Hooghly river, this place has its own historic significance. Calcutta (Kolkata) was the capital of British India till 1912 after which the capital shifted to New Delhi. It was one of the major trading hubs during British era outside London. This city has given some of the notable people to the world like Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, famous auteur Satyajit Ray, Mother Teresa and many more.

Points of Interest in Kolkata:

Howrah Bridge

This historic giant bridge is located just beside Howrah railway station and it is the very first architecture that you will notice whenever you visit Kolkata. It connects Howrah to Kolkata. Inaugurated on 3 February 1943, this bridge is officially called as Rabindra Setu. Though the expansion of the bridge is limited to 705 m only but still it is one of the remarkable structure of engineering. On daily basis, approximately 100,000 vehicles pass through this bridge.

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Victoria Memorial

Built in the honour of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), this memorial is visited by every Kolkata visitor. It was constructed in the year 1921, when Kolkata was no more capital of British India. At present, the memorial has been converted into a Museum which is open for the public.

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Belur Math

Belur Math is a religious temple or you can call it as headquarters of Ramkrishna Mission. Ramkrishna Paramhansa was an Indian mystic and yogi who was also guru of 'Swami Vivekananda'. Just beside Belur Math, Swami Vivekananda temple is also constructed.

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dedicated to 'Bhavatarini Kali', this temple is located on the bank of Hooghly river. Rani Rashmoni laid the foundation of this temple in the year 1855. To reach here, you can board a ferry from Belur Math Ferry depot.

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Science City

A must-visit place for students who are interested in Science and Technology. Here, you can see shows like 'Science on a Sphere', 'Space Theatre', '3D Theater', 'Time Machine' that run inside the park on regular basis. This Science was built in 1997 and still it is the largest Science Park in entire Indian subcontinent.

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Nicco Park

Located near Science city, this park attracts kids and family people who use to spend their weekend with lot of entertainment. Numerous rides are present here like Toy Train, Family Carousal, Cable Car, Roller Coaster, River Cave, Paddle Boat, Sky Diver Ride, Water Chute, Pirate Ship, Flying Saucer, etc.

Zoological Garden Alipore

Kolkata Zoo is considered as one of the largest zoo in India. It contains nearly 1266 animals of 108 species having a large variety of flora and fauna. This zoo is spread over 46.5 acres of area and counted among the oldest zoos of India.

Some of the famous dishes of Kolkata that you must try:

  • Phuchka
  • Kathi Rolls
  • Luchi and Alu Dom
  • Ghugni
  • Moghlai Paranthas

Some of the top rated food points for visitors:

  • Dum Pukht
  • Oh! Calcutta
  • Peshawri
  • Baan Thai
  • Kusum Rolls
  • Blue Sky Cafe
  • Raj Spanish Cafe
  • Wow momo kolkata
  • Barbeque Nation
  • Bar-B-Q

A perfect stay for Kolkata lovers:

There is a big range of hotels in Kolkata, you can choose your hotel according to your budget.
  • Swissotel, Kolkata
  • The Oberoi Grand
  • Taj Bengal Kolkata
  • ITC Sonar
  • The Gateway Hotel EM Bypass
  • The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
  • Senses Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Kolkata

How to reach Kolkata:

Howrah railway station is the major railway station of Kolkata that connects the metropolitan city with all major railway stations of India. Metro Trains also run within the city that connects different points of the area.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is established few kilometres away from the city and regular flights are available to major national and international airports.

WBSTC and CSTC Buses have a awesome connectivity with all the major locations in West Bengal and nearby states including AC/NON-AC buses. Additionally, Kolkata is the only city in our nation that has all kind of transport modes prevailing in the city. Trains, planes, Buses, Trams, Hand-pulled carts, Ferry, Metro, Taxis, Cabs, Local Trains are among the transport modes that are running smoothly in this mega city.

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Author: Prasanna05 Feb 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

I heard lot about the city and love to visit. You have articulate the glory of the Kolkata. You show me the Kolkata city vicariously the reference images has made my imagination clear that how will the Kolkata when I will visit it. Thank you for you wonderful article.

Author: Partha K.14 Feb 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 15

The author has visited Kolkata, i.e. the City of Joy. The article is good and has the capability to attract tourists to Kolkata. However, it must be mentioned that the soul of Kolkata cannot be touched merely visiting the city for even a week. The flavour of Kolkata can be understood only by living there for a considerable period of time. However let us mention some unique features which Kolkata provides to the tourists.

1. The Salt Lake Stadium is the second largest football stadium of the world.
2. Kolkata Football League is the second oldest football league of the world.
3. Kolkata Museum is the biggest museum of India.
4. Howrah Station: Maximum number of trains (in India) departs from Howrah Station.
5. Botanical Garden: Shivpur Botanical Garden is located in the neighboring Howrah district of Kolkata. It is one of the biggest Botanical Garden in the world. The old banyan tree is still a tourist attraction.
6. Trams: This is the only place in South Asia where trams still ply.
7. Zoological Garden: Alipur Zoo is the oldest and biggest zoo of India.
8. Hand-pulled rickshaw: Kolkata is the only city of India where hand rickshaw puller can be seen even today.
9. Birla Planetarium: It is the biggest planetarium of Asia and second biggest planetarium in the world.
10. National library: National Library located at Alipur is the biggest library of India.
11. College street book market: It is the biggest book market in Asia and the third biggest book market of the world.
12. Eden Gardens: It is the second largest cricket stadium of the world.
13. Howrah Bridge: It is the most busiest cantilever bridge of the world.
14. Metro Rail: Kolkata Metro rail is the oldest metro network in India. It started in 1984.
15. Kolkata book fair is the world’s third largest book fair.
16. Kolkata Medical College is the oldest medical college (Modern Medicine) in Asia.
16. Kolkata is the only city of Asia where five nobel laureates used to live and work. They are Sir Ronald Ross, Rabindra Nath Tagore, C.V. Raman, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen.
17. Kolkata Polo Club is the oldest polo club of the world.

In addition, the author has mentioned some good food joints. However, the traditional Bengalis prefer Aminia, Nizam, Anadi and other famous food-joints and avoid these new and modern food-joints.

The author has also mentioned some good hotels where foreign tourists can stay. I would like to add the Guest House of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Gol Park in this list.

Concluding my response, I congratulate the author for visiting this beautiful city and writing a good article on it.

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