Kolkata (formerly Calcutta)– the city of joy, city of Rabindranath, city of Satyajit Ray, city of intellectuals, city of football, city of procession, city of political movements, city of arts and culture (cultural capital of India), city of festivals and at last but not the least it is also known as city of best sweets and cuisine. Here is a glimpses of the city:
Kolkata is the Capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the eastern part of India on the east bank the river Hoogly. The city has a population of about 5 million
and it is the 4th largest city in India.
Land mark of Kolkata, the Howrah Bridge, 2,150 feet long a engineering marvel. Construction of the bridge was completed in the year 1942, and it was opened for public in February, 1943.
In 1690, Job Charnok, an agent of the East India Company landed on the eastern bank of river Hoogly for British trade settlement and he purchased the three large villages along the
eastern bank of Hoogly, namely Sutanuti, Gobindapur & Kalikata. Gradually, over the years, the “village Kalikata” was developed into a city “Calcutta” by the British.
Calcutta served as the capital of India during the British Rule until 1911. Once the city Calcutta was centre of modern education, science, culture and political movements in India. The Bengal as a whole was much developed those days in all sectors including politics, which gave birth of a proverb – “what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow”.
Kolkata is also a key junction for those planning to travel through the eastern regions of India. Connected by flights, railways and buses, it serves as the ideal base for an eastern
There are many things to see and do in Kolkata. We are pleased to assist you by suggesting the best ways to visit the best places in which to travel and also save your valued time, should you choose to travel around the city.
Meanwhile, here’s a listing of some remarkable places in and around the city.
As already mentioned about Kolkata that it is a city of best sweets and cuisines. Food and sweet are the two greatest indulgence of Kolkata [Indulgence to Foods & Sweets] people.
Kolkatans love to eat and also they’re great hosts. Every meal, ends with choicest sweets and Misty Doi (sweetened curd). The unique range, quality, taste, variety and cheap rates
of sweets can leave you amazed. The Kolkata sweets are best sweets in India and unparalleled in quality. Rosogolla, Misty Doi (sweetened curd) and confectionery of PataliGur
(date palm jaggery) are three delicacies of Bengal.
Besides Mughlai (tandoori, kebabs, biriyani etc.), Continental, Thai, Tibetian cuisines, Chinese cuisines are also very popular in Kolkata. Authentic quality Chinese cuisine is available in the eating houses/ Restaurants in Our Hotels and also in Old China Town run by the Chinese people. Kolkata is also having varieties of junk foods. The quality of these foods is also too good. The quality and varieties of these foods too are not available outside Bengal.
The places of interest in Kolkata city are as diverse as its population. The city is the plinth for great architectural and constructional feats. These places presents a definite epoch, an important figure or faith, presents the historical account of the bygone days. The impressions embedded throughout the city are still fresh and not more than 300 years old. Unlike other places of attractions the city has not been gifted by any ruler or dynasty. The places of interest as such encompass diverse fields and faculties.
Botanical Garden Botanical Garden (AgriHorticultural Garden) is situated in Alipore and was founded by William Carey in 1820. This garden has a significant collection of botanical varieties with facilities for gardeners and plant/flower lovers. The pleasant and quiet garden is ideal for a walk. There is state-of-the-art greenhouse in the garden which was donated by the royal family of Darbhanga. The botanical garden of Kolkata is perhaps the most important gardens in India. This garden has a well classified and categorized variety of Flora and Fauna. The 250 year old Banyan tree is a special attraction. It is said that the tree has spread its area so much that it is difficult to say which one is the original trunk. The circumference of the tree is around 400 meter.
Belur Math This magnificent temple located on the bank of river Ganges is the head quarter of the Ramakrishna Mission. It was conceptualized by Swami Vivekananda, the illustrious disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The construction took four years and was completed on 1899. The temple building is one of the finest specimen of temple architecture in India. The display includes Swami Vivekananda’s room, meditation bed, belongings etc. From the temple, one can have a panoramic view of the holy river Ganges.
Victoria Memorial Victoria Memorial was built between 1906 and 1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria. It’s foundation stone was laid by Prince of Wales(George V) on January 4th, 1906, and was inaugurated by Prince of Wales(King Edward VIII) on 28 December 1921. This majestic while marble palace is located in southern part of the Maidan. The area comprises of 64 acres of land with gardens, pool and walk trails. The building covers 338 feet by 228 feet of land and the highest point is about 184 feet above the ground with a black bronze angel holding a bugle in her hand. The statue is about five meters tall, weighs 3,500 kg and rotates when the wind speed is high enough. Currently the memorial building serves as a museum. The building has galleries with paintings, portraits of eminent personalities, documents witnessing the city’s history during the British period.
Writers’ Building Also known as ‘Mahakaran’ in Bengali, this building houses the State Secretariat and is the official address of the Chief Minister of West Bengal. The Writers Building got it’s name for being the dwelling place of the junior servants (who were also called as writers) of the East India Company during the early British era; since late 19th century the building started hosting the office of the Bengal Secretariat. The original building was constructed in 1779; the current red brick style structure was completed during the time of Lt. Governor Ashley Eden in 1882. The total area consists of 10 acres of land and thirteen four storied buildings. The building epitomizes the political revolution of Bengal.