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Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

From the execution of Mangal Pandey in suburban Barrackpore to the first tram service in Asia, Calcutta now Kolkata has many stories to tell.From the famous Howrah Bridge to the Indian coffee house, from Mother Teresa to Ravindranath Tagore and from Roshogolla to Fish curry Calcutta has gifted India a lot.
The city has also produced some of the greatest singers and composers in the Indian music industry starting from the legendary Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, Kumar Shaanu, Abhijit, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal many others. The local language is Bengali which is very soft and sweet spoken language.
The city is colorful and has a rich heritage which is evident from the hackneyed buildings, the architecture, the colonial libraries, the time-worn trams and the spirit of people here.So here are top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

1.Howrah Bridge

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

If anyone mentions Kolkata, the first place that comes to the mind is Howrah Bridge. During my college days, fishermen.I use to come here and sit by the river Hoogly to see early morning prayers performed by fishermen.The Howrah Bridge of Kolkata is the busiest bridge in the India. The bridge caters to about 1,00,000 vehicles and uncountable pedestrians.On June 14th, 1965, the bridge was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. However, it is still popularly known as Howrah Bridge.It has featured in numerous Indian movies like Yuva, Barfi, Love Aaj Kal, Tamil film{Aadhavan}, Malayalam Film {Calcutta News} etc.

This is one of the top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

2.Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

Dakshineshwar temple

No visit to Kolkata would be complete without visiting the Goddess Kali temple.In my case, i decided to go to the Dakshineshwar temple.It is located along the banks of river Hoogly. The main deity of the temple is Bhavatarini who is a form of Devi Kali. It is believed that the person who worships Devi Bhavatarini will overcome all their sorrows and problems.Visitors should not be missing any chance of tasting the mouth watering snacks such as puchkas, churmur, sandesh and masala lemon tea, pedas and Jalebis sold in these tiny shops in not so clean environment around the temple area.

3.Victoria Memorial

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial is the classical style blend of Mughal and British architecture built right in the heart of the city.It is a museum filled with paintings, coins, and weapons from the British empire. It is more of a picnic place especially on the weekends where local Indian families chill.They play badminton, master the skill of selfies, eat home food and sing their favorite songs.My advice is to come in the evening to get spectacular pictures of the Victoria.

 

4. Mother Teresa House

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

Mother Teresa

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
Mother Teresa
Yes, these are the famous quotes by Mother Teresa.She alone was the epitome of love.She thought the world how important it is to share love.My next stop was visiting mother Teresa’s house a place that’s now referred to throughout the city as the “Motherhouse”. Inside the house is mother Teresa’s tomb.You can also visit her room upstairs but photography is not allowed.Her house was very peaceful and I get to know more about mothers’ work for the society trough the sisters present there.This is pilgrimage place for many who come to Kolkotta and so was for me.I wish I can become even 1% like her.

This surely is one of the top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

5.) South Park Street Cemetery

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

South Park Cemetry

Opened in1767 and closed in 1830, the south park street cemetery lies close to the busy Park Street of Kolkata where lie the men and women from the British community of Bengal in the 18th and 19th century.
Park Street was then called the Burial Ground Road, The cemetery is the final resting place for not just the high and mighty of the society; it also has graves of the commoners – breeders of cattle, jail-keepers, silver-smiths, teachers, postmasters, nd soldiers. It’s creepy even during daytime but I really have a fascination for these old graveyards and somehow I always end there. The entry is free.

6.)Nizam’s Kathi roll

Top 14 Things to do in Kolkata

Nizam”s

Kati roll or Kathi roll is street food originating in the city. The first Kati roll seems to have come out of the kitchen of a very old eatery, Nizam Restaurant in Kolkata. Its original form had a kati kebab enclosed in paratha but over the years it has evolved to a paratha coated with egg and filled with onion, tomatoes, and chicken or mutton or paneer.The popularity of the shop is evident from the crowd that throng outside which consists of students and tourists.

Eating Nizam’s Kathi Roll is one of the Top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

7.) New market

op 14 things to do in Kolkata

New Market

New market of Kolkata continues to attract the old-time shopper, bargain hunter, and culture-hungry tourist.It was built in 1874 for the brits and thakurs as one of the biggest bazaars.Today it serves as meeting point for locals and one can also enjoy some chats and Rolls.It is located at Lindsay street in old Kolkata.When I reached the market, I was kinda lost.Soon I was approached by a man named Shamshudin, he said “Bhaisaab Im a COOLIE”. The word Coolie in India means people who carry your luggage from the train or bus station to your car and vice versa.However, this was neither a bus station nor a railway station.Amused I asked him “kaunsa Coolie”.He said I will take you to the best shops and get you amazing deals and carry all your stuff.I thought of him more like a guide and hired him.He showed me the market and told me tales about it.We went to the best shops and got the best deals.The market has everything from cosmetics, jewelry, clothes, dry fruits, shoes, bags etc.It also has a section for fish, meat, and poultry.By the end of it, i bought stuff more than I planned and had to say goodbye to Shamshudin who by now was already my Facebook friend.

8.)Marble palace

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Marble Palace

The Marble palace is one of the best examples of European architecture with an Indian touch.It is a nineteenth-century mansion built by Raja Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy merchant and a renowned zamindar in 1835 and the Mullick family still continues to maintain the palace privately.The palace is situated in north Kolkatta and entry is free.As the name suggests it made of marble wall panels and astonishing marble floors.It actually has a treasure of Art Sculptures and paintings which were collected from different parts of Europe. This is one of the reasons that photography is not allowed inside the palace.Also as soon as you enter the palace, you are accompanied by a guard who will show you around.The palace also has a private zoo.Some say it was the first zoo in India and first private zoo in Asia.The zoo has deer, antelopes, porcupines and exotic species of birds.
In order to visit the house, one must obtain a permit twenty-four hours in advance from the West Bengal Tourism Information Bureau at BBD Bag, Kolkata.

9.)Puchka

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Puchka

Chaats are India’s National Snacks and the king of chaat is Puchka of Calcutta.Puchka is nothing but fried Puris {wafer} filled with mashed potatoes, Tamarind sauce, rock salt, green chilies, mint, coriander leaves and chilly paste.Yes all inside this one small fried ball made of wheat.The flavor is sweet and spicy at the same time. Puchka for me is the solution for all my worries, for my good times and for my morning hangovers.If you are in Calcutta please make sure you have a Puchka.

Surely one of the top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

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10.)The Famous lady

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Shila Ghosh The 86-year-old superwoman who earns her living by selling chips on the streets of Calcutta.I haven’t heard of this name until I met the lady in person in a bus ride.On my bus journey I saw a lot of people coming and talking to her and it was then the conductor told me about her story.
Her life changed in 2010 when she lost her son.Her grandson was jobless and daughter in law was a kidney patient.Once again she took the reins of her family in her hands and decided to work.She started making chips at her home and sold it on one of the street crossings in Calcutta. She ha been in limelight since then and has created an example for all that there is no age limit to retire.
I finally spoke to her and asked her why is she working till now
She said ”In the Gita, it is written, Work is life. Do your work, never think of the result. This has been my source of mental strength.” and she smiled.I touched her feet, took her blessings and helped her get down the bus.
Never give up in  life -BABA

11.)PARK STREET

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Part Street

When it comes to eating and drinking, you need to look no further. Just think of any kind of food and you will find it on this street.It is also called the street that never sleeps, yes I’m talking about the famous park street in Calcutta. The 3 Km street has literally everything on it >hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, beauty salons, studios, bakeries and more. There’s something for everyone. Even the legendary ‘Flury’s’ bakery is present there.It’s a street where festivals of all religions are celebrated like Durga Puja, Diwali, Christmas, New Year or any other festival.

12.)Indian Coffee House.

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Indian Coffee House

The Indian Coffee House has been the Mecca for the Intellectuals, poets, painters, aspiring writers, playwrights, and filmmakers.Located on the college street, this place has been for the last 300 years.It is also referred as ADDA. ADDA in Calcutta means a place where you can hang out and exchange ideas.It came into limelight during the British rule, it was during this time when Indian freedom fighters would secretly meet here and make big decisions of how to revolt against the British.These meetings were then called Swadeshi meetings.Since then the place became an ADDA for everyone.The heritage coffee house has very bohemian feeling with long wooden windows, old oakwood tables, ceilings as high as sky and waiters dressed in those British style uniforms.This is my favorite place to drink a cup of coffee with bread butter and yes write my TRAVEL BLOG.

This one of the top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

13.TRAMS

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Vintage Trams

If there was one reason why I love Calcutta, it surely would be because of my love for trams.Calcutta in India is the only city which still has trams running. Trams for me is old, romantic and charming.They are fascinating for both, one’s who stay in the city and also those outside.Trams are the pride of Calcutta. Come to Calcutta and take a ride in a tram as it transports you to a different era, an era which was quiet, laid-back and more relaxed.It was an era which once existed in India.Calcutta’s trams are the oldest running in Asia since early 19th century.

Sitting in an old Tram is one of the top 14 things to do in Kolkata.

14.)Roshogolla

Top 14 things to do in Kolkata

Roshogolla

Ask any Bengali what is their favorite sweet and the first word to come out of their mouth would be “Roshogolla!”.These are made from balls of China (an Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough, cooked in a sugar syrup.These white colored balls are the best served in handi’s{clay pots}.One of the famous shops in Calcutta is KC DAS for Roshogolla.

Quick Fact; Roshogolla didn’t originate in Bengal.It actually originated in the Indian state of Orissa, a neighbor of Bengal where it is pronounced as Rasagola.

Do you Know that Calcutta was also the capital of India During British Rule?

Airport =Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport

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Calcutta is dirty, crowded, noisy but it is a city with soul.A city which still values its culture, a city where Durga Puja is the most important festival and city where the past and present live together. Calcutta for me is living in history trough present.

 

 

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