Kolkata
A culturally vibrant destination, don't let the laziness in the humid air, the hand pulled rickshaws or old crumbling buildings deceive you. Right from the old markets, to food joints and monuments, Kolkata will keep you on your toes for days.

Location

A political and intellectual hot-seat of the country, Kolkata is the gateway to the Eastern states of India. A culturally vibrant destination, don’t let the laziness in the humid air, the hand pulled rickshaws or old crumbling buildings deceive you. Still ‘Calcutta’ to many, this destination will consume your senses. With many a books written on the city, the cobbled streets, Howrah bridge, a part Chinese lineage, ‘Tagorean’ intellect in daily life and the food can occupy you for weeks. With sports, architecture, history, culinary experiences all in one city, this is bound to be an enriching experience.

History

Kolkata’s modern history is deeply interwoven with the British East Indian Company and its fray in India in 1690. Once the capital of the British occupied Eastern region, Kolkata became the business, commercial and financial hub of this part of the nation. Job Charnock was said to be the founder of the city having created three villages - Sutanuti, Govindapur & Kolkata. Stepping further back in time, it is said that Kolkata was the settlement around the ancient Kali temple and Kalighat.

Cuisine

Kolkata’s cuisine is going to take you on gastronomical whirlwind. So leave caution and calories to the wind and jump right into the local food scene trying all the fish, meat, chorchori, ghonto, jhaal and the wonderful sweets. Luchis with alur dom, cholar dal and sondesh are a great combination. Try these iconic shops for a variety of picks to taste – Senmahashay, Bhim Nag, K C Das, Girish & Nakur, Amrita and Santosh. For your fix of high tea, try Flurrys on Park Street after a filling lunch of sea food at Mogambos.

Language

Bengali and English are widely spoken in the city. The Chinese part of town still has families staying for over a century. You can hear some authentic Mandarin and Cantonese here. Kolkata being a metro city, one will find enough people to guide you in English.

Attractions

Right from the old markets, to food joints and monuments, Kolkata will keep you on your toes for days. The city itself maybe slow paced but there is enough to do here. Infact, it’s difficult not to want more days in Kolkata as you always feel like you could have spent more time. An impressive list of old areas carries plenty of inspiration for writers and photographers. Read more
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