What to see in Kolkata
Dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, the Victoria Memorial is a sheer elegant blend of different architectural styles. Howrah Bridge is a mesmerizing engineering marvel, especially at night when the bridge is lit up. The Dakshineswar Kali Temple is one of the largest temples of Kolkata and is also known for its Navaratna style architecture.
The aura of the Belur Math evokes feelings of peace and serenity and is a place of pilgrimage for various religions and faiths. Featuring around 126 varieties of marble, the Marble Palace is a mansion with marble walls, floors and sculptures.
What to do in Kolkata
There are plenty of tourist places to visit in Kolkata. Kolkata is home to the largest science center in India, called Science City. It is a dome-shaped museum that ensures the most fun way to learn about science with interactive exhibits, 3D vision theater, motion simulators and a science park. You can also take a safari through the Sundarbans National Park and witness the magnificence of over a hundred Bengal tigers.
The Indian Museum, which is the largest museum in India, houses some of the finest paintings, antiques, relics, sculptures and Egyptian mummies. Mother Teresa House is the house where Mother Teresa lived and worked from. The house also serves as her tomb where she was laid to rest.
Where to eat in Kolkata
Kolkata serves up dollops of flavours that will satiate any and every taste bud. Head over to 8th Day Café & Bakery, Indian Coffee House, Hope Café or Artsy Coffee & Culture to bite into some light snacks. Give in to your sea food cravings at Santa's Fantasea, Ocean Grill, Ecstasea, Fish Fish and The Coastal Macha.
You can enjoy some succulent local cuisine at Eden Pavilion, 6 Ballygunge Place, Oh! Calcutta, The Square and JW Kitchen. A trip to the city of joy will be incomplete without satisfying your sweet tooth. Indulge in some guilty pleasures at The Bakery at the Lalit Great Eastern, Flurys, Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick, K. C. Das Grandson Pvt. Ltd and Bangla Misti Hub.
Where to shop in Kolkata
The New Market, or Hogg Market has over 2000 stalls that sell everything from clothing, to utensils to flowers, and is especially great to pick up some of the famous Bengali sarees too. Dakshinapan Shopping Center is best known for selling handicrafts at very reasonable prices.
Hatibagan Market is also a very popular market for street shopping of clothing, accessories and also cotton sarees at very reasonable prices. College Street is heaven for book lovers that sells all kinds of books, even rare and old books, at very affordable prices, earning its name as the largest second-hand book market in the world.
Getting around Kolkata
Kolkata has many modes of transportation. For on road transportation, there’s several public transport options such as auto rickshaws, buses, and taxis. There are also many car rental options that can be hired on an hourly basis. Packages offered by travel companies include drivers to chauffeur passengers around the city.
Rail transportation includes the Kolkata metro, which has a very good frequency of trains and is a good option to avoid traffic. To get the best of both modes, there’s always the tram that is a single carriage rail transport operating on the roads throughout the city.