West Bengal’s capital city Kolkata (earlier Calcutta) is laidback, easy, delightful, full of slow nostalgia, and surprising. Here is where the past, present… and perhaps future…co-exist happily. Kolkata grew on the banks of the River Hooghly from three sleepy villages into the very heart of the British Empire on the subcontinent in 1772.
Across the River, spanned by the iconic Howrah Bridge and its gleaming younger version the Vidyasagar Setu (the largest cable-stayed bridge in the world) is Kolkata’s twin city Howrah, near three erstwhile Dutch settlements. As the hub of the 19th and early 20th century Bengal Renaissance, Kolkata was – and still is – a cultural melting pot of literature, poetry, art, music, dance, and theatre. Kolkata’s cityscape is dotted with heritage buildings, streets, parks, promenades, churches, and settlements – prized landmarks that stand testament not only to the city’s strong Raj heritage and imperial grandeur but also showcase its unique multi-cultural legacy.
Travellers popularly visit The Jorasanko Thakurbari (1758) (the family mansion of the renowned Tagore family of Bengal), The Botanical Gardens (1786) (home to a 200-year old giant banyan tree), The Marble Palace (1835) (a European-style mansion with an antique collection), Mother House (Home of Mother Teresa), Kumartuli (where potters create magnificent idols out of straw and clay) and The Flower Market. Kolkata is a popular arrival point for International travellers and gateway into other destinations of East India. International travellers popularly transit in Kolkata before heading to other destinations.
Enjoy Kolkata’s diverse cuisines and fantastic food traditions; ride its grand old trams, go on heritage walks or cycle around; find lovely souvenirs and eat great food in the 19th century New Market or experience the magic of the grand Durga Puja celebrations. Because this truly is the ‘City of Joy’.
Holxo Tours in Kolkata