The city of Kolkata, once the capital of India during the Raj, is a charming concoction of the West and the East. Settled on the banks of the Hooghly River, a distributary of the Ganges, Kolkata is the largest metropolis in eastern India and is also known as the cultural capital of the country. The “City of Joy” has been a home to the likes of Tagore and Mother Theresa, to Amartya Sen and Leander Paes. The longstanding British architecture combined with the resplendence of Bengali heritage, food, and people definitely make this a city you have to experience at least once in your lifetime!
With a day in hand, you can definitely get to experience the best of what Kolkata has on offer!
Getting in and around:
Like the city itself, Kolkata has a variety of newer mass rapid transport options, as well as older modes of transport. The city is connected to the rest of India by National Highways and railway networks (Howrah and Sealdah being the two main stations). The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport operates both domestic and international flights.
For traveling around the city, you can use the Kolkata Metro (fun fact: Kolkata was the first city in South Asia to have an underground railway network), government-run buses, the famous yellow Ambassador taxis (running by meter), auto-rickshaws, human-pulled rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, water ferries, and the tram (the only city in India to have a running tram system).