Towards the east of
India lies the capital of West Bengal - Kolkata. Formerly known
as Calcutta, Kolkata has an approx population of 11 million. Rightly
known as the Intellectual city of India,
Kolkata has given birth to some of the most well known and renowned
poets, film makers, writers and thinkers including Rabindra Nath
Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee etc.
City of Kolkata is home to people from many parts
of the country and the world, just as any metropolitan city. It
also has a unique mix of the very rich and the very poor. Kolkata
is perhaps the only big city of India where you can still see the
hand rickshaw still in use as one of the means of transportation.
The busy traffic and congested roads of Kolkata are quite well known
of interest & sightseeing:
- Victoria Memorial
- Belur Math
- Howrah Bridge
- Birla Planetarium
- Botanical Gardens
- Jain Temple
- Academy of
- Royal Calcutta
- Birla Industrial
& Technological Museum
- Eden Gardens
in Kolkata: Here
you will find a mix of Indian and western with some of the biggest
shopping malls carrying the most well known labels and crowded street
markets to grab good bargains.
is famous for its beautiful range of Sarees - Saris! Shopping
for Bengali Saris can be a whole lot of fun thanks to the innumerable
choices available here.
of the popular markets & Shopping places in Kolkata include
Katha work home furnishings,
handicraft items of Kolkata are extremely well known.
Food & Culture: The people of Kolkata are known to
have very good sweet voices. We wonder if this is due to the marvellous
range of Bengali Mithais that they have access to?
The sweets available
in Kolkata (Bengali Mithais) are popular all over the country.
Some of the most irresistible Bengali sweets include Rasgullas,
Sandesh, Cham Cham. Other bengali delicacies include Fish Chop,
Fish & Rice, Radha Ballavi, Mughlai Paranthas, & Biryani
Food lovers can
have a difficult time deciding what to eat and where to eat. There
are a host of Restaurants to choose from including Flurys, Bijoli
Grill, Nizams, Cookie Jar etc.
Festivals: Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of zeal
by Bengalis not only in Kolkata but also by those settled elsewhere.
Preparations begin many months in advance. The people of Kolkata
have a mix of traditional and modern beliefs.
Prospects: Many MNC's have their headquarters in Kolkata.
This city offers plenty of job opportunities to the qualified and
Weather: Kolkata experiences very hot and humid summers
while winters are usually cool.
Main languages spoken here include Bengali, Hindi and English.
time to visit: October - March
Author: Team of travel writers @ contentwriter.in