Kolkata, more fondly known as, the “City of Joy,” welcomes you with more warmth than you could have ever asked for. The city has remained a cultural and tourism hub for over eternity and still maintains the vintage charm. The Victoria Memorial’s classic architecture as well as the out-of-the-world quaint tram ride through the green Maidan- the city knows how to please you. Without further ado, let’s check out the 10 awesome things to do in Kolkata.
A Visit to Victoria Memorial
One of the few monumental relics of the British Raj is situated just at the heart of the city. Victoria Memorial has found its aura and garnered countless eyeballs for its size and the elements it offers. Located at Maidan, Victoria Memorial is, an architectural marvel by its standards, and the entire complex is built with precious marble. With over 25 priceless galleries displaying the journey of the heritage of Calcutta, there is no better pick than Victoria Memorial for any history-loving soul. To top it off, the sprawling gardens with rich and colourful flora have become a major draw and this just fits to give the place a ‘bride-like’ look.
Exploring the Divine Ganga Ghats
One of the last cities that the river Hooghly traverses before touching the confluence at the Bay of Bengal is Kolkata. A visit to some popular Ghats, including the likes of Babughat, Princep Ghat, and Baghbazar Ghat is sure to give you a vibe you haven’t experienced before. The best time to visit would be after the sunset and each of these Ghats would sparkle like a jewel along the Hooghly with the mighty Howrah Bridge and 2nd Hooghly Bridge on the forefront.
A visit to Dakshineshwar and a boat ride to Belur Math
Dakshineshwar is a renowned temple in the Northern fringes of the city, just beside Vivekananda Setu, over the River Hooghly. The temple premises with the river flowing beside can even calm the most restless mind. Following this up is a beautiful boat ride to Belur Math, a magnificent “math” or prayer hall founded by Swami Vivekananda in the early 20th century.
Awaken the Edison in you and experience Science in Science City
There is no dearth in a variety of spots in Kolkata and even Science-lovers have a great place to have fun and learn. Science City is one spot in the city that pulls youngsters and elders with the same string and blends up with an amusement park based on science. A trip in the well-known “Time Machine” here is among the popular must-do activity.
Shopping Spree at New Market Area
Central Kolkata is a bustling marketplace for everything, from clothes to accessories to even anything under the sun. Anybody visiting Kolkata would not want to miss the colossal collections of trendy and branded garments from New Market and all the adjacent shops. The entire area is a well-known commercial hub, allowing travellers to enjoy every single moment across the vicinity and shop according to their desires.
Satisfying Culinary Delight
Kolkata is among India’s famous destinations for gastronomical delicacies. No traveller should miss Classic Bengali Thali from popular eateries such as Bhojohori Manna, Kasturi, and 6 Ballygunj Place. For Biriyani lovers, Bengal has created its legacy and Kolkata Biriyani is sitting right at the pinnacle. A visit to spots such as Arsalan and Aminia can leave fill both hearts and bellies of Biriyani lovers.
Check out Interstellar activity at Birla Planetarium
If you are keen on knowing more about Interstellar activities and the movements of planets, MP Birla Planetarium can be your dream destination. The multilingual explanation of different planetary aspects with detailed visuals can make even the casual audiences intrigued by the mind-blowing stuff.
Ride the Kolkata Tram
Perhaps the only Indian city of the 21st century with operational Tramways, Kolkata, for its recognition, has a running tram network, which binds in a great connection with the charm of this Colonial city. The ride in a tram, especially around the Maidan area feels charming and breathtaking. No leisure trip to Kolkata is complete without a ride in this magnificent vehicle.
Shining Marble Palace and Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Kolkata is blessed to have stalwarts such as Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Rabindranath Tagore. Both of these stalwarts have their residences here which have now become a destination for those seeking a glimpse into their intellectual excellence. Marble Palace is where Raja Ram Mohan Roy used to reside and this palatial wonder is built in neo-classical style has a charm of its own. Although the descendants of Raja Ram Mohan Roy still reside here, the mansion is a clear indication of the rich culture inside. To obtain an entry, one needs to visit the WB Tourism Department office in BBD Bag and collect the pass. On the same area, located in the palatial residence of Tagore’s or the Jorasanko Thakur Bari. The architectural marvel and works of Rabindranath Thakur bear a wonderful testimony.
Experience New Kolkata with a visit to Wax Museum and Eco-Park
On the contrary to what you have seen across the Old City, a visit to the New Town area in the Northern fringes showcases the modern city. Eco Park provides visitors with massive green meadows, backed with lakes, trees, and lush gardens all around. A visit to the Garden would mean a nearly full day’s worth of activities. These are backed with thematic experience, making this a must-visit place in the New Town area. Just on the other side of the Park, lies the beautiful Mother’s Wax Museum. This is Kolkata’s sweet reply to Madame Tussauds in London. A stunning place to roam around, when you are visiting New Town. Both these places have entry fees and every penny you pay is worth it comprehensively.
These were among the 10 awesome things to do in Kolkata. Live your dream and fulfil a great time hopping around these iconic locations without much hassle. Although there are abundant options for shopping bees, the true charm of the city lies in these iconic spots. Enjoy every single moment and frame boundless memories in your home walls as a true tribute to the city.
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