India's Cultural Capital, Kolkata is truly a traveller's delight. Known for its rich culture, tradition, literature, food, music and art, the City Of Joy is home to some of the oldest museums in India, colonial styled architecture, ancient forts and numerous other interesting places. The majestic Howrah Bridge is the face of the city, and remains a must visit for all. Offering a glimpse into the traditional Bengali customs and practices, Durga Puja is the most widely celebrated festival in Kolkata and West Bengal. Preserving a major chunk of royal history and traditional values as well keeping up with progressive ideas, Kolkata promises a wonderful trip, packed with memories and unique experiences. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is the city's key airport handling flights from all over the world.
Top Attractions in KolkataVictoria Memorial (a large marble building dedicated to Queen Victoria), Writer's Building (former office of the writer's of the East India Company), India Museum (largest and oldest museum in India), National Library (largest library in India), Fort William, Belur Math, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple (Hindu temple) and Shaheed Minar are some of the top rated attractions in the area. Of course, the architectural marvel and the cityâ€™s iconic landmark, Howrah Bridge remains the most prominent attraction in Kolkata.
Shopping in KolkataWhether it's traditional textiles, ancient novels, handloom sarees, terracotta wares, antiques or artefacts, Kolkata offers it all. From vibrant street shops to traditional markets to modern style shopping malls, the shopping options in this city are too many. College Street, New Market, Swabhumi, Hatibagan Market, Chowringhee Road and Gariahat Market are some of the best places to splurge some cash. To buy big brands and luxury labels, South City Mall, Quest Mall and Acropolis Mall are the places to be.
Eating Out in KolkataFrom rashogolla (syrupy dessert) to sondesh (Bengali dessert created with milk and sugar) and from kosha mangsho (Indian curry dish that is prepared from mutton and vegetables) to Mughai Parotha (soft fried bread enhanced by a stuffing of keema, egg, onions and pepper) and ghugni (Black gram or dried yellow peas or dried white peas is cooked with gravy), there are plenty of culinary delights to enjoy in the city. Macher Jhol (spicy fish stew), jhalmuri (puffed rice which is prepared with many spices), and mishit doi (sweet curd) are other top dishes available here. Vivekananda Park, Fairlie Place and Stock Exchange, Dacre Street, China town, S.P Mukherjee Road and College Street are the best spots to enjoy these lip smacking dishes in the city.
Best Time to visit KolkataWeather-wise, the best time to visit Kolkata is between October and March. During this time the weather is mild, pleasant and perfect to enjoy the sightseeing in the city. Also, the famous â€˜Durga Pujaâ€™ is celebrated during this time. April and May are the hottest months in the city while from June to September, Kolkata experiences heavy rainfall.