A city vibrant with culture and art, Kolkata is modernity combined with old British hubs that speckle the city. The City of Joy with its Fun, Food and Festivity can never leave you disheartened. The real heart of the city lies in its people. This city is a place for tourists since it is excellent in hospitality. As a tourist there are so many places to visit and explore.
Heritage and History
Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta is a heritage city. Before independence, British ruled so the city has a lot of British Victorian architecture around the city. There are still old buildings,monuments,offices,churches,etc all in victorian design. The city is famous for its yellow ambassador taxi’s as well. There are still old trams seen today running in selective parts of the city with a very cheap fare. Hand pulling rickshaws are also found in Kolkata. There are so many streets which are named with Victorian/British names and personalities. For example, Sir Stuart Hogg Market, Charlie Chaplin Road,etc. Kolkata has the biggest race course.
Places to Visit
Fort William is a must visit tourist attraction place of Kolkata. Situated at the banks of river Hooghly, it was named after King William III of England. Fort William of Kolkata, India, was established during the tenure of British Raj in 1696.
This beautiful white marble structure is the first place you must visit in Kolkata. It was designed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 1901 diamond jubilee. It holds some treasures of the colonial era. Even if you are not into history, this picturesque place has a wonderful exterior and is a must visit for every tourist in Kolkata.
Howrah Bridge, located over the Hoogli River in West Bengal, India, is said to be the busiest bridge of the world. It got its name owing to the fact that it connects the city of Howrah to Kolkata. Hawrah Bridge in Kolkata, India, also known by the name ‘Rabindra Setu’, was set up in 1874. Howrah bridge has got two sister bridges also, namely, Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekananda Setu that are situated at different points over the hoogly river.
A beautiful ghat on the banks of Hoogly, it is perfect place to go at dusk. Take a ride on the boat under the Vidyasagar Setu. See the majestic Hoogly river flow by and see the time stop still. It is a a joy to be when the lights in the city are lit and the entire river reflects the twinkling city lights while you sit on the banks and have cups of tea.
Whether you want to visit the swanky ‘Tantra’ or relax at ‘OlyPub’, Park street is the place to be. ‘Flurry’s’ cakes at the end of the road are to die for so is the music at ‘Someplace else’. Dine at Mocambo or brunch on the signature ‘Chello Kebab’ at Peter Cat or walk down the chic street to watch others enjoy – Park street is perfect to spend your evenings at.
For the religious side of you, both these temples are a must visit. Kali Ghat and Dakshineshwar are one of the most beautiful temples in the country. While the architecture is exquisite, these temples are also considered quite holy. Kali Ghat is considered as a Shakti Peeth and is a highly revered site.
Boi Para – College street
For book lovers this place is a paradise. College street has books from all over the world – and if you can wait a day or two many shopkeepers would be able to get you quite rare books too. Second hand books are also available here in abundance. You can easily find first editions of some old English literature in the shopkeepers’ hidden treasure. You have to just look for them taking breaks at the coffee house for a long chat, chai and kobiraji cutlet.
Delicacies of Kolkata
Kolkata will never disappoint food lovers. In Bengal, Chinese cuisine is in demand. If you want to try authentic Chinese food then visit Tangra China town. This place serves Indian chinese and is famous for authentic Chinese restaurants like Bigg Boss and Beijing.
Other Famous Bengali dishes are Luchi Torkaari,Radha bolovi (Breakfast dishes -Poori and Vegetable curry), Prawn Malai curry,Fish Cutlets,Moori Ghonto,Mustard seed Fish Curry,etc.For authentic Bengali Cusine “Bhojohari Manna” is the place to be.
Every corner in Kolkata has a fast food centre. Kolkata is famous for its Street Food starting from yummy Bhel Puris and Papri Chats to the sumptuous “Puchkas”. Normally the simple lunch is Yellow Dal (lentils), Fish and aaloo bhaja (Potato fries).
North Indian and south Indian food can be found virtually in any restaurant. Other cuisines that Bengalis are fond of include Continental, Thai, Tibetian and Anglo-Indian. If you wish to savor the taste of these cuisines, you can visit some eating-houses in and around Chowringhee and Park Street.
Bengali sweet dishes are famous all over India. Bengal boasts off its cottage cheese based sweets like sandesh, rosogolla and chanar payesh. Other must try delicacies consist of Misti doi (sweetened curd) and Patali gur confectionery (date palm jaggery).
Festivities of Kolkata
There is a famous proverb among us Bengalis that is, : “Baro Maashe, Tero Parbon” which means that in 12 months we have 13(rather, much more than 12) celebrations.
From the autumns welcoming Ma Durga to the Christmassy winter nights, Kolkata celebrates all its festivals with great pomp and gaiety.
Kolkata- the former capital of India will embrace you like none other and it’s taken that after being here you will take a bit of Kolkata with you where ever you go. You are sure to fall in love with this place. For a soul-refreshing visit Kolkata is the place for you!!!!!
Walks of Kolkata
Walks of Kolkata hopes to help people re-discover Kolkata – through walking tours and day trips for people from all parts of the world. It is a good way of intimately looking at a city, enjoying its vibes and engaging with its people, arts, culture and entertainment by walking through some special parts of the city.
With each walk, a Fascinating Story of the City is shared and the tourists visualize the city as it grew to its present stage and share our dreams for Kolkata, which we call “Tilottama” or “The Beautiful Lady”.
To know more about Kolkata Walks’, kindly visit the following links : http://calcuttawalks.com/
Calcutta Photo Tours
A vivid city rendered in elegantly striking contrasts, Calcutta is a treat to the travelling soul and a fresh canvas to photographer’s eye.
Calcutta Photo Tours is a unique travel company that has been formed with the spirit of celebrating the variegated flavours of a centuries old city. We are here to bring out the city before you as never before, in all its tastes and colours, striking all chords of life that churns up in the city.
We believe that the beauty of Calcutta lies in its complexity that exudes unforgettable warmth and a raw charm, which can be best appreciated by a trained eye. This city is more prone to the lens than most people believe it to be, and so we are here to share with you the Calcutta experience, to enable you to be more responsive towards the powerhouse of emotions that Calcutta is.
So, take out the photographer in you and let it loose in the City of Joy.
Calcutta Heritage Walk – Kolkata Magic
What this tour is about: Old Calcutta was divided into a White Town and a Black Town. The White Town was centred around Lal Dighi, a water tank which provided drinking water to the town. The area around the tank (earlier called Dalhousie Square, now renamed B B D Bagh) is the oldest square in the city. Some of the city’s earliest and grandest buildings are located in this square. These beautiful buildings are still in use, providing a glimpse of Calcutta’s living British heritage. A walk through this area tells the story of the growth of Calcutta, from its early years to modern days.
All Guided Kolkata City | Walking Tours and Sightseeing at affordable price
“History with an unlimited appetite for quirky anecdotes, cherished traditions and world famous Bengali Cuisine, Step right this way as you join the Let’s Meet Up Tours in Kolkata”
Kolkata (Calcutta) is a feast for the sanity. It is the cultural capital of India, with a population nearing 15 million people, though this city is loud and sprawling you will be acknowledged at every turn with unfamiliar sights, the heritage buildings, honking cars, man powered rickshaws, trams, fish markets down the corner, we will not let you feel lost in this huge city as you – have a friendly local guide take you on a Kolkata tour that will surprise even the most experienced traveller.
We help you explore this cosmopolitan city of India- a city with Jewish synagogues, Parsi temple, Jain temple, Chinese temples, mosques & mausoleums with the three important land marks; the Kali Ghat, the Howrah Bridge and the Victoria Memorial.
A Guided tour of Kolkata will show you a bustling, ambiguous city – a city where a day- tripper can explore the art while walking through the alleys of Kumartulli (the artist lane), sail under the Howrah bridge enjoying the placid breeze of the River Hoogly, walk through the slums to stumble upon some smiling faces to pose for a click or explore the colonial architecture at Dalhousie(BBD Bag). Sit in the back of a private acon car or hop on a rickshaw with your guide as you explore the City of Joy. For a spiritual faith walk inside the holy Kali Temple, be a local with us to see the authentic Kolkata.
We always focus on making the tour a comfortable and a memorable one for our guests so that they take back an experience of a life time. Our tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Kolkata prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.
WALKS OF KOLKATA-CALCUTTA TOURS,WALKS N TRAVEL PACKAGES | Calcutta Walks
Walks of Kolkata hopes to help people re-discover Kolkata – through walking tours and day trips for people from all parts of the world. We endeavour to show you the city, which is beyond what is found in the travel guides. But, instead, we try to show you the city from the lens of local people. We are all about building connections – one traveller at a time.