Kolkata: The city of Joy
What’s special: Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, and St. Paul’s Cathedral are the most prominent tourist places in Kolkata.
For a walk through the city’s culture: Writers’ Building, Marble Palace, National Library, Fort William, and Shaheed Minar are some of the other places to visit in Kolkata that speak volumes about the city’s rich culture & heritage. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Birla Mandir, and Belur Mutt are some of the other religious places in Kolkata. The city is also the home to Academy of Fine Arts – the oldest art gallery of India – that is one of the finest collections of paintings in the country.
Food in Kolkata: There’s something about the local food that Kolkatans can’t stop boasting about. Here are the must-try dishes in Kolkata:
Best dishes: Mughlai parantha, aakher josh, kosha mangsho, chicken kabiraji, macher jhol, Kolkata biryani, hinger kochuri, Shukto, aloo posto, mochha, and chholar daal are some of the best Bengali dishes.
Sweets: Sondesh, roshogolla, and pitha are some of the most popular sweets in Kolkata.
Street food: Phuchka, churmur, ghugni chaat, jhalmuri, keemar doi bora, chhanar jilipi, and telebhaja are some of the best dishes of the street food in Kolkata.
How to reach
By air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport situated at Dumdum, 17 km from the heart of the city, is well-connected to several Indian and international cities.
By rail: An extensive railway network connects Kolkata to other Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
By road: Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC), and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) regular bus services within the city and from other cities of West Bengal. The Esplanade Terminus is the main bus terminus in Kolkata.