Kolkata- the city of joy is one of the oldest metropolitan city to be discovered in India. The city still has some antique buildings and heritage sites which gives it a homely feel. Bengal , the hub of the British Raj, is famous for bongs, music, trams and heritage sites. Here are 5 places to explore for sure if you're here!!
1. Victoria MemorialThe famous Victoria Memorial is one of the oldest buildings and monument to be built in Kolkata. The building was dedicated to Queen Victoria, who reigned the erstwhile British Raj in India. It was later converted into a museum. It is a beautiful structure with gardens and lake all around it. It is justifiably called as Kolkata's pride.
2. Indian MuseumThe national museum of India situated in Kolkata has a wide range of old fossils , stones and gives you the ancient feels. Museums are rarely visited these days, with the advent of shopping malls and cafés. However, this museum is worth visiting once a while. Bonus - the mummy!!!
3. Eden GardensThere are 2 famous personalities of Kolkata- Dada (Sourav Ganguly) and Didi (Mamata Banerjee). Eden Gardens, the abode of Dada, is the largest cricket ground in India. It is a historical ground as it witnessed many great cricket events and achievements. It is the dream of so many cricketers to play here. The fact that Rohit Sharma scores great runs here tells a lot about the magic of this place. It definitely enlists itself in the must visit places of Kolkata.
4. Dakshineshwar TempleBengal is famous for female dieties like Maa Durga and Maa Kali, and this temple is devoted to Goddess Kali. One of the biggest temples of Kolkata. It is located near the river Hooghly. It was created by Rani Rashmoni, who was a devotee of Kali. Apart from that, various film shoots have also taken place here. Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, and Arjun Kapoor danced in front of this temple for their film, Gunday. It is not merely a temple, but essentially a tourist spot which boosts the Kolkata tourism all the more.
5. Howrah BridgeLast, but definitely not the least, comes the Howrah Bridge. The extremely well-known cantilever bridge constructed by the British, still stands out as a prominent place to visit in the city. The bridge was termed as the busiest place as it is always filled with people on the sidewalks, and transport vehicles on the road. The whole city can be viewed from the bridge which is a mesmerising feeling. The river below also adds to the look.
So, pack your bags today and travel to the city of joy. Also, check out the Durga Puja, trams, the Indian Coffee House and the Park Street cemetery. The city has a soul to it which exhibits a sense of warmth to it's visitors. Also, do not forget to indulge in sweet delicacies like Mishti doi, and Rosogulla and the Bengali cuisine- fish,fish and fish!!!. You are sure to like it, ami shotti bolchi (I am telling the truth!)