City of Joy- Kolkata(A short visit)!

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Photo of City of Joy- Kolkata(A short visit)! 1/31 by Navaneeth Govind Baliga
About to enter Kolkata city through Vidyasagar Setu.
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View of Kolkata city skyline and Eden gardens- As seen from Vidyasagar Setu.
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Yellow Ambassador cab and its driver. — at Marquis Street.
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Hand pulled rickshaw. — at Marquis Street.
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Scenes from a road intersection. — at Marquis Street.
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A local fruit seller near Park street. — in Kolkata.
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View of Hooghly river and Vidyasagar Setu- As seen from James Princep ghat.
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SBI building at night.
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The famous Chowringhee road.
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A street market at Chowringhee road.
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Kolkata city Tram. — at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road
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Statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.
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A side gully of Kolkata.
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View from my lodge. In the background you can a building- The 42 which is one of the tallest buildings in the city.
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Street food vendor selling Rice, fish and other curries. — at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road
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Street vendor selling Dudh(milk) ki malai(cream).
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A cycle rickshaw.
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Victoria memorial.
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Guardian statues at the entrance to Victoria memorial.
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Outside the iconic Eden gardens.
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The Howrah bridge or Rabindra Setu is a busy bridge bustling with traffic, pedestrians etc..it connects Kolkata city to Howrah city..its currently the 6th longest cantilever suspension bridge in the world
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Dakshineshwar Kali temple as seen from Vivekananda setu.
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Sub temples at Dakshineshwar.
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Vivekananda Setu as seen from Dakshineswar Kali ghat
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At the Dakshineshwar Kali temple.
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Painting of the man himself- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
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Who needs to pay rent for a shop when you can just set it up absolutely free on the street side. A local barber attending to his customer. — at Park Street.
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Early morning scenes from a gully. — at Marquis Street.
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Kolkata Mutton biriyani.
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Bengali veg thalli.
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A selfie shot with my ride — at Vidyasagar Setu.

Kolkata is one of the best cities I have been to and I am so madly in love with it after my first visit. The city is so vibrant and culturally very Indian with a good mix of local Bengalis, floating population, religious diversity etc. It can be stunningly beautiful and modern while at the same time being bit untidy and behind the times. The people are really friendly and hospitable and the local food is really mind blowing.

I got to spend only 1 day in Kolkata and the city has lots to offer all of which is practically impossible to cover in a single day. Some of the places that I had a chance to visit are:- Vidyasagar setu, Marquis street(Rafi Ahmed Kidwai road), James Princep ghat, Chowringhee road, Eden gardens(outside view only), Victoria memorial, Howrah bridge or Rabindranath setu, Belur math, Vivekananda setu and Dakshineshwar Kali temple.

If you are looking for cheap place of stay in Kolkata then you can head to Park Street on the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai road where you have decent lodges. Adjacent to Park Street, you have Marquis Street which is a lane bustling with food joints. A good place to try the slurping Kolkata Mutton Biriyani. You can also experience street food offering the supremely tasty rice and fish curry(usually Rohu- Indian Carp) combo. And visit to this city is incomplete without trying Bengali sweets such as Mishti doi, roshogolla, kalo jam, sandesh etc.

The city also has two unique sights to offer which you wont get to see anywhere else in present day India- Trams and Yellow Ambassador cabs. Trams were introduced by the British in several Indian cities but all of those places except Kolkata has discontinued it. On Kolkata streets, Trams are a regular sight and are a good mode of commuting to short distances within the city(you also get to avoid the hectic traffic). On the other hand, you can witness thousands of yellow Ambassador cabs plying the city carrying fares. A trip on a yellow Ambassador car is a must do when you visit the city.

I can’t wait to get back to this delightful place to explore more but until then Ill cherish the memories from my short visit. Sharing some pics. :) :)

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