Kolkata is the city of joy, a cocktail of cultures where the revolution of arts and literature took place during the early stages of Indian independence movement. Situated at the eastern bank of Hooghly River Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal is the city of many spiritual destinations of different religions. From the Nawabs to the British, Kolkata captured the different touches of different rulers. The blend of many cultures and architects makes this city stand out from others. Kolkata is a dream city for the food lovers as well as the shopaholics. Kolkata is a city for every religious person, art lovers and bookworms.
Here is a quick guide to places to visit in Kolkata:
The spiritual destinations
For the religious people Kolkata offers plenty of places to get in peace with your soul and devote oneself in a spiritual expedition. Places such as Dakshineshwar Kali Mandir,Kalighat, Birla Mandir, Thanthania Kalibari are must see for every Bengali. Apart from these in Kolkata, one can visit the Pareshnath Jain Temple, one of the very few Jain Temples of this country. The St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Missionaries of Charity , founded by Mother Teresa, ISCKON Temple, St. John’s Church one of the ancient churches of India, are one of the main places to see.
An evening with the nature
The Hooghly River is the spirit of the city. The 6th largest cantilever bridge of the world The Howrah Bridge connects the city with Howrah. Two very special places, the Princep Ghat and the Babu Ghat in Kolkata can give you an experience of a lifetime. Just get out of your hotel or your home and sit on the bank of the holy river with your loved ones in peace, the calmness of the environment and the beauty of the city from the river banks will take you to a whole new journey. The Ghats come to live as the night progresses and the river takes you in an eternal journey with your soul.
For the love of art, science and history
Want to take your children for an education tour in the city? The number of places to visit is at large, but the most important ones are such as The Indian Museum one of the largest as well as the oldest museums of this country, built in 1814. It is the home of many artifacts, antiquities, paintings and many more historical items. Science City is the largest science center in the Indian subcontinent, opened in 1997, it is the best place to take a time out from your busy life and take your children to the world of science. Jorasanko Thakurbari is the birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore, now Rabindra Bharati University which houses many articles and creations of Tagore as well as important artifacts. The Marble Palace Mansion is the place for the lovers of architectures. It houses various antique pieces of paintings and furniture, the architecture of this palace itself is a pleasure to the eye.
Places for the sports fanatics
Eden Gardens is the Mecca of Indian cricket, one of the most iconic grounds of the game it is the destination for many cricket fans around the world. The city also houses the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, one of the largest football stadiums. Also there is the famous Kolkata racecourse, the oldest horse racecourse of the country for the race lovers to experience.
Why wait for a Book fair?
College Street is the never-ending book fair of this city. It is the perfect place for the book lovers as well as students. From various authors and publications to rare and old copies of historical writings, you will find it all. It is also the place for the students to get books of different sectors on cheap rates.
A place for the shopaholics
Gariahat is the destination for many, be it for their wardrobe collection or festive shopping. Cheap rates, variety of fashion items, local products, handcrafted fashion accessories, Bengali Sarees and traditional wears as well as many other home décors set this place apart from every other places of this country.
For the love of food
Indulge in a gastronomical experience like never before; Kolkata is the city for the foodmads. From traditional Bengali foods to different continental dishes, from street snacks to Bengali sweets, from phuchka to misti doi Kolkata gives you all.
One of the most desired places for the tourists in this city is The Maureen, a three star hotel about fifteen minutes drive away from the airport and located in one of the most traffic friendly places of this city. A very nice place to stay which also houses its own restaurant and bar, The Maureen is one of the very few quality places you can get near the airport and enjoy your stay in the city. One of the many specialties of this place is its hospitality and the location which allows you to roam around the city conveniently and also be near to the airport.