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The City of Joy
There is never a dull moment in this vibrant and very populated city. The spirit of the place has been moulded by its jostling crowds, colonial buildings, street food, art and literary activities. People of Kolkata are also known to love their 'addas' (leisurely chats and armchair-philosophizing amongst small groups of individuals on no topic in particular).
Quick Facts
  • Kolkata is home to Eden Gardens, one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world
  • The city is located on the bank of the river Hooghly, and once served as the capital of British India
Popular Attractions
  • Victoria Memorial houses memorabilia from the British era and the independence movement. It is an elegant, white structure in the midst of a beautiful green garden
  • The Marble Palace is a large mansion dating back to the 19th century. It continues to be home to the descendants of the wealthy merchant who built it, but is better known for its collection of arteifacts and pictures from a past era
  • Rabindra Bharti Museum has a collection of items and paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate and one of the most eminent personalities of Kolkata. It also has exhibits paintings of other artists and hosts a sound and light show in the evenings
  • The Academy of Fine Arts has shows a collection of miniature paintings, sculpture, textiles and weapons
The ‘’India Travellers’’ Experience
  • Kolkata is a delight for the cultural aficionado , and has many art galleries and auditoriums hosting poetry and book readings and many other cultural events
  • The city is famous for rasogolla, a Bengali sweet dish, and ‘macher jhol, a type of fish curry containing a lot of mustard
  • ‘Durga Puja’ the festival of goddess Durga which takes place around the months of September/October is celebrated with much pomp and splendour in Kolkata
  • Take a Sunderban Cruise
 
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