Must Do's In the land of yellow taxis and Rosogollas

Tripoto
2nd Dec 2017

Having heard so much about the City of Joy, I was elated when I had an opportunity to visit Kolkota after a lot of planning and contemplation. Being a Bollywood buff, I had seen some part of Kolkata in Piku, Barfi and Kahani, which made this visit even more exciting.

I was visiting Kolkata for the first time for a friend's wedding and I knew I had to make the most of the city in whatever time that was left after the various functions. Kolkata is literally a festival of human existence. It is a city of contrasts and colors. It has a unique old world charm yet there is a certain part which thrives among the millennial residents. For a first time visitor, Kolkata seems mesmerizing and peaceful at the same time. Here is how I made the most of Kolkata in 24 hours:

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Photo of Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Vandita Jadeja

Victoria Memorial: The beautiful structure is made of White Marble which will take you back to the British Era. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest buildings in India which has picturesque views in every direction. The city's history is beautifully exhibited on the inside. It remains closed on Mondays and there is a light and sound show in Winter evenings.

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Photo of Victoria Memorial, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Vandita Jadeja

Howrah Bridge: One of the most iconic structures in Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is a unique sight in itself. Also known as Rabindra Setu, it connects Howrah with Kolkata. If you have time on hand, it is advisable to take a ferry from Kolkata to Howrah, which is offered from Launch Ghat. The view of the city from the ferry is absolutely priceless.

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Photo of Howrah, West Bengal, India by Vandita Jadeja

Princep Ghat: Take my word- do not skip this place. The Princep Ghat is a famous tourist spot with the presence of Hoogly River adjacent to it. It looks absolutely stunning in the night. It will give you the best photo opportunities. You can take a 30 min or a 60 min boat ride on the traditional wooden boat. The charges for the same range between INR 100- 150 per person. There are a number of food stalls and there is a huge open playground as well.

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Photo of Princep Ghat, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Vandita Jadeja

Dakshineswar Kali Temple: The famous temple of Goddess Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali is located on the Eastern Bank of Hoogly River. It has a traditional Bengali architecture and is closely associated with Ramakrishna. It is one of the largest temples near Kolkata and has a height of more than 100 feet. Another must visit when in Kolkata.

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Photo of Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Vandita Jadeja

Park Street: This is for all the foodies and the shopaholics, Park Street is very famous in the city of Kolkata. It has noteable landmarks, showrooms and buildings. The street is always bustling with activities even in the night. You can shop your heart out and relish mouthwatering delicacies here. It extends from Chowringhee Road up till Park Circus. There are a number of shops, restaurants and nightclubs here. You can purchase the famous Bengali Sarees from one of the many shops located here.

Apart from these, you should make a visit to the old Kolkata which will take you back in time. Though nothing can beat the life of the city during Durga Puja, Kolkata will never fail to charm you throughout the year.

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