Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, is famous for its culture, tradition and a vibrant city life. It has a majority of Bengali speaking population. The folks here are well read and enjoy music, dance, theatre, art and reading books. This city attracts every tourist to it because of its charm and hospitality. From sightseeing destinations to eateries to malls, this place spoils one for choice. A few attractions in Kolkata is unique only to this city
Howrah Bridge is a unique piece of architecture which you can spot as soon as you leave the railway station. It is jam packed with taxis and buses during peak hours. This structure was erected during the British era and is still very strong and sturdy. On the Independence and the Republic day it is illuminated and casts its reflection on the Hooghly River.
The underground metro was first operated in Kolkata. It is only now that other major cities have underground metro rails. Kolkata’s underground metro rail retains its old charm. Enjoy the crowd and madness of Kolkata during rush hours. The metros are full of office goers and students during peak hours.
The festival of Durga puja is when Kolkata is at its liveliest. People eagerly wait for the pujas throughout the year. The pomp and show starts a few days before the puja. Sweet shops and clothes stores are queued up with people doing the Durga puja shopping. Various pandals are set up in the city. They are mostly themed and a great work of art which truly calls for appreciation. The Durga puja is a must see in Kolkata to know the culture and tradition of this city and also to savour some lip smacking bhogs.
Experience the trams in Kolkata. It moves so slowly that you could tread along. You can spot these trams with the strange ringing bell through which a conductor asks you to give way to the tram. The tickets are very reasonably priced and you would have to buy one from the ticket counter. Overall it’s a lovely experience and definitely a must try.
A morning breakfast of rosogulla and singhada can be found in no other city but Kolkata. Bengalis love their favourite sweet rosogulla and savour it with the hot and spicy samosa, popularly known as singhada in Kolkata. One should definitely try this platter on a trip to Kolkata.
Visit Kolkata and take back with you some precious memories of this beautiful city which you will cherish for a lifetime.