Kolkata is one of the most beloved cities of India that is well known for being home to remnants of classic Victorian architecture, rich literature, heritage and art. Fondly known as the City of Joy as well as the Cultural Capital of India, a visit to Kolkata will certainly give you an experience like never before.
The city has been home to innumerable famous artists, philosophers, writers, etc. Historically, the city that was ruled by Nawabs of Bengal and of course, the British, is now one of the most sought-after places to tour as well as be a part of. So here's your guide to what you can do at this fascinating city when all you have is 24 hours on hand.
Head To The Terreti Morning Market
Kolkata refuses to wake up early in the morning, especially during winter. Being a traveller, this might hinder with your breakfast plans. But fret not, because Terreti Market comes to your rescue! This market is one of the hidden jewels of Kolkata that remains open early in the morning.
It is Kolkata's mini China Town because here you will find the best of momos, noodles, prawns and other such delicious Chinese food.
Witness Victoria Memorial
A visit to Kolkata is simply incomplete without visiting the famed monument of Victoria Memorial. This huge marble building was constructed by the Hooghly river in honour of Queen Victoria between 1906-1921. Now this beautiful monument has been turned into a museum.
Visiting all the iconic places of Kolkata might not be entirely possible within a day. But if you think you can squeeze them all, then head to places like the Aurobindo Ashram, Belur Math Temple, Eden Garden, Nicco Park, etc.
Pay Respects At The Kalighat Kali Temple
This Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is one of the most revered temples in West Bengal and happens to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. In fact, the name Calcutta (former name of Kolkata) is said to have been derived from Kalighat.
The temple remains particularly crowded during Diwali since West Bengal celebrates Kali Pooja during this time. It remains open from 5 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10.30 pm everyday.
Try The Lip-smacking Flavours Of Kolkata
Right from sweet dishes to spicy ones, Kolkata is a pioneer at having a delicious cuisine. You cannot miss out on their classic sweets, like rosogolla, mishti doi, sondesh, etc., from popular places or local street shops. Also stop to try out delicious chaat like puchka, ghugni and of course, the famous macher jhol or fish curry.
Travel Through The Howrah Bridge
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The first thing that comes to anyone's mind at the mention of Kolkata is the brilliant Howrah Bridge. It shows up in every movie, documentary and story that has ever been written about the beautiful city. It was built in 1943 across the beautiful river Hooghly.
It is also the sixth longest bridge of its kind in the world that bears over 100,000 vehicles on a daily basis! Witness this glorious bridge while taking a ride through it.
Stroll Through South Park Street Cemetery
South Park Street Cemetery, as the name suggests, is a cemetery as well as a pleasant, beautiful park where many citizens love taking a stroll. Although it is a little strange that a burial ground has been used as a park, it is a beautiful place nonetheless.
The cemetery was in fact built in 1767 and used to have about 1600 tombs. Though the park offers a pleasant break from the city's hustle-bustle, there have been quite a few spooky stories tagged to the park!
Stop Till You Drop At Bara Bazaar
For a typical Indian market shopping experience, head to Bara Bazaar. Right from textiles or clothes till spices, Bara Bazaar has it all. Shop for absolutely anything like cosmetics, toys, handicrafts and more at Bara Bazaar. According to your convenience, you may even shop at other popular spots in Kolkata like Sudder Street, New Market, College Street, etc.