KOLKATA AT FIRST AND SECOND GLANCE
When you first arrive at Kolkata the gateway to Bengal and North East India, at first glance it can seem overwhelming, massive and chaotic. Cars, taxis, carts, people you name it to fill the streets. If you are willing to give it a chance Kolkata is not what you first think it is. You will find it to be a cultural capital of India, a city brimming with Bengali soul and spirit. It is a city that even though it is poor and dirty in places it is full of happiness and a place that smiles back at you. The city is full of museums, local colleges, university buildings, galleries, theatres, and cinemas. If you are lucky enough you can time your visit during one of the concerts of classical Indian music and cultural festivals that are held in the city.
THINGS TO DO IN KOLKATA:
Mother Teresa Mission and Motherhouse
When we think of Kolkata we think of Mother Teresa. The Kolkata nun founded a charity that fed and took care of thousands of the needy, poor and oppressed and led a determined struggle against the discrimination of the lower castes.
Address: 54a AJC Bose Rd Chowringhee
The largest museum in Kolkata and arguably the best in Kolkata displaying items of history, art, and archaeology
Address: 1 Park Street
Tagore, revered poet and Nobel laureate lived in Kolkata and you can visit his family mansion built in 1784
Address: 246D Rabindra Sarani BBD Bagh Rabindra Bharati University.
Kalighat Kali Temple
A major pilgrim site attracting around 20,000 visitors a day and Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus. Goddess Kali represents the destructive side of Shiva and to appease her anger an animal sacrifice takes place every day.
Address: Kali Temple, Kalighat, Kolkata
The Hooghly River is a distributary of the Ganges and where the Bay of Bengal spills 80km east of the city. You can rest by its banks in Central Park in Kolkata
Address: Salt Lake Kolkata 700095
Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden
One of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in India. It is home to the famous Banyan tree that is 200 years old and it is considered to be the second-largest in the world.
Address: Shibpur, Kolkata 711 103
Maiden Park and Victoria Memorial
The Maiden is a large open field and at its’ southern end is the Victoria Memorial one of the most impressive and symbolic buildings in Kolkata. The white marble monument built-in 1921 is in colonial style and currently serves as a museum.
Address: 1 Queen’s Way, Kolkata
It opened in 1943 and crosses the Hooghly River. It is considered one of the world’s busiest bridges. Go there to traffic watch and you will see the sheer volume of traffic and is an eye-opener
The central square once known as Dalhousie Square holds the most important government buildings: Government House, Central Post Office, a branch of the stock market and government offices of the Bank
Address: Central Kolkata, south of Howrah Bridge, and north of Jawaharlal Nehru Rd
Kolkata backpacker area is full of restaurants and hostels and a place of departure to areas like Darjeeling, Bhutan, and Sikkim.