A Day Out in Kolkata

by Emma

The mouthwatering Roshogolla and rich culture are probably the two things which come instantly to our minds when we think of Kolkata. The land of music and culture with delicious treats and Durga Puja is what Kolkata is famous for. Formerly known as Calcutta, this place was the capital of India under the British Raj until 1911 glimpses of which are still found. The rich architecture, monuments, the colorful festivals are why Kolkata is in list today as a popular tourist destination. Read on to know what makes this place special-

Here are some of the most interesting spots you got to visit in Kolkata.

Kalighat Kali Temple- one of my personal favorite, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in India. The temple has a history of its origin dating back somewhere in the 1500 and is hugely packed by devotees. The idol of Goddess Kali here is magnificent and the place is worth a visit.

Victoria Memorial Hall- this beautiful white marble monument is dedicated to Queen Victoria of United Kingdom at the time when she was referred to as the Empress of India. Situated in the banks of Hoogly River, the monument reflects a fusion of British, Mughal, Venetian, Egyptian architectural impact.

Howrah Bridge- how can we skip this? Built over the Hoogly River with no bolts or nuts used in its construction, this bridge is the 6th longest bridge in the world of its type. A symbol of Kolkata, the night view of the bridge is mesmerizing.

Indian Museum- the first museum of India, with 6 cultural and scientific sections including archaeology, art, anthropology, zoology, botany and geology and several other galleries signed under these categories. The interesting fact is this is one of the oldest museums of the world. Now, this is something you got to see.

Mother’s Wax Museum- located in New Town one of the fastest growing areas of Kolkata, the Mother’s Wax Museum is based on the popular Madame Tussauds museum and is first of its kind in India. The museum is named after Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa House-former home and charity floor of Mother Teresa is now what is called as the Mother Teresa House where you can find her tomb resting. There is a small museum exhibiting the personal belongings of the pious soul. This place is where Mother Teresa lived and worked for the needy.

South Park Street Cemetry- well a cemetery is not a good idea for many but trust me this one is worth a try for those with an iron heart. This place has a repute of one of the most haunted places in India and is a must visit for anyone looking of adventure that thrills. What is most fascinating about this place is the architecture here are a replica of the Gothic era and is a home to several notable tombs including Walter Landor Dickens.

Among some other places of interest are Belur Math, Mullick Ghat Flower Market, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, New Market.

Never Miss These Foods-

Sweets and tasty food is what Kolkata is famous for. Here are list of food you should dare not to miss while in Kolkata.

  1. Roshogolla- what we popularly call Rasgulla is what exactly is Roshogolla in Kolkata and trust me this isn’t the same you have been eating all your life. To know the difference you must try!
  2. Phuchka- again what we call panipuri is phuchka in Kolkata. The spicy, hot and sour in taste with fillings that is so delicious would bring water in your mouth from the very moment they are being prepared till they reach your mouth.
  3. Macher Jhol- or fish curry is one hot favorite of the Bengalis and is the most popular food item in the region.
  4. Jhalmuri- originated in Kolkata and now a popular treat nationwide, jhalmuri is puffed rice mixed with sliced onions, masalas, sprinkled lemon juice, peanuts and coriander is something you just cannot resist.
  5. Misti Doi- is sweet yogurt which is simple so toothsome that my praise won’t suffice unless you try a spoonful and mark my words you can’t stop but end up devouring all and still asking for more.
  6. Ghugni- a must try indeed is commonly a street food generally but is simply awesome. Made with chickpeas and spices in a not so dry consistency is what is an all-time hit.

When to Visit?

The time from October to March is favorable to visit Kolkata because the weather is pleasant and also it’s the festive time as Durga Puja is being celebrated with grandeur.

Kolkata is one of the most beautiful cities in India and culturally rich. Do plan your trip to the place one and indulge into the city of joy!

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