Long being known for its artistic, literary and revolutionary heritage, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India. Formerly known as Calcutta, the name changed to Kolkata since 2001. It is hard to find a description for the city. Though youngest of India’s four great cities, Kolkata still retains its good old charm. Kolkata was the capital of India during the British period. However, now the city is well-developed and it has well-maintained its heritages. The city including the suburbs is a home to over 15 million people.
This vibrant city is passionate about Maach (fish), Mishti (sweets), football, politics, Rabindranath Sangeet and, of course, the Durga Pujo. Kolkata proudly knows how to shares its sweetness. All these are world-famous. Kolkata is a beautiful destination to spend a quality time with your family, friends or alone. People often get attracted with its unusual pace of life. The city offers some wonderful array of spots to enjoy. There are several cheap hotels in Kolkata scattered around the city. Especially near the airport and south Kolkata.
It is better to start your journey right from the very famous Howrah Bridge. Howrah Bridge is one of the finest cantilever bridge in the world. Once a floating Pontoon bridge is now an important link between two districts of West Bengal. Being one of the busiest bridges of the world, Howrah bridge is a heritage of the city. As soon as you cross the bridge, you enter the well-known BurraBazaar. The market place which is now frequented with Marwari and Bihari traders primary sell everything. It is also a residential complex of the merchants where South Indian community is also present. A very much cluttered place, it is one of the oldest places of the city. Well, you can take a straight road along the Hooghly river and reach Princep Ghat and Kidderpore dock or slowly move towards central and witness the famous Writer’s Building, Eden Garden, Fort William, the very famous Park Street, Asiatic Society of India and the Indian Museum Kolkata. Founded by Asiatic Society of Bengal, it is the largest and oldest museum of the country. Besides, some rare collections of prehistoric items it houses a 4000 years old Mummy. After this if you turn slightly right you will stand in front of the Victoria Memorial and gradually you will pass St Paul’s Cathedral and Nandan. The best part is the major attractions are all in the vicinity.
Gariahat and Esplanade are the two big market places. They are the apt places for the shopaholics. Restaurants, Cinema halls and the malls are mostly scattered between the central and South Kolkata. Well, the northern part offers alluring old essence than the modern South. However, if you are visiting during Durga Pujo, Pandals are placed in every corner of the city. Even, the Mishti shops are also scattered throughout Kolkata.
Reaching the City of Joy is not a difficult task. It is well-connected with all parts of the country by railways, airways and roadways. If you are travelling from North India, browse through the time-table for information, such as 13005 train running status, and plan your journey accordingly.