Kolkata, British India’s first capital, city of joy, power house of art and culture. We recently got a chance to visit Kolkata for one of my cousins wedding. I am a Bengali born and brought up in Mumbai (Probashi Bengali) so this was time for me to revisit my roots. Also it was a great opportunity to introduce my North Indian better half (Gaurav) to this city and Bengali culture.
We reached Howrah station after 36 hours of train journey from Mumbai. I know 36 hours is lot but it's obvious when you are travelling from one corner of India to another ( West: Mumbai to East :West Bengal ). We travelled almost 2000 km passing through states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. I used this time to list down places and must do things in Kolkata.
Finally late afternoon we arrived at Howrah station. Just outside the station we saw the iconic Howrah bridge and felt we have finally arrived. Next we needed a taxi to explore this heritage city. UBER service to hire a personal taxi is available just outside the station, but we decided to explore the city in iconic Yellow taxi. And our Journey started from the magnanimous Howrah Bridge. This suspended bridge connects Kolkata and Howrah on either sides of River Hoogly, with no pillar supporting it, interesting isn't it . This bridge has been part of history, literature, art and culture.