In 1690 Job Charnock a British administrator of East India Company took lease (jagirdari) of three villages namely Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kolikata and the city Kolkata was born. It is said Kolkata’s name derived from Kali khetra (Place of Kali). Kolkata is located in the east bank of River Hoogly (Ganga). It was also the first capital of British colonial India before it was shifted to Delhi. Kolkata has very rich history; every road has some story to tell.
Kolkata was built by British over a period of time. Old Kolkata still carrying out their presence in terms of buildings, monuments, cemeteries etc. There are lot to see and it will take almost two three days’ time to cover whole city. Below are the few spots which can be covered in one day.
We’ll start with the blessings of Maa Kali from Dakhineswar which is located at north Kolkata on the banks of river Ganga.
1. Dakhineshwar Kali Mandir & Belurmath:
This is the place where thakur Ramkrishna & Swami Vivekanda spent most of their lives. Come early morning here for offering prayer. There are lot of stalls available for flowers & other puja items across the temple. Belurmath is just at opposite bank of Ganga, this was established by Swami Vivekananda and headquarter of Ramkrishna Mission. Motor boats are available for whole day for ferry.
After prayers come back to Dakhineshwar, visit nearby eatery shops to have breakfast – Hot Hing (Asafoetida) Kachori & Cholar Daal – its awesome.