Kolkata, though a populated and congested city, is said that you can easily fall in love with the city. The city carries a glorious history and a rich culture, which is often considered as the base of such a strong city structure. People of Kolkata, who are connoted as Bengalis, have a deep passion for food and sweets and truly they cannot stay without these. Starting from early morning news paper delivery to the last local train, the entire phase of the day in Kolkata remains bubby and captivating.
People coming from other states or nations may not always find the charm at the very beginning, but Kolkata ensures to greet you hardheartedly from every corner. Often it’s a challenge for the non-residents to get involved in the lovely acts and actions going around, but as soon you complete reading the article, you will surely realise that you are already tempted to visit this city.
Here is a list of top 25 things you can do in the ‘city of joy’ :
1. Love for street foods
Street foods of Kolkata always come at the first place even though it is prepared on the streets. The rolls, mughlai, phuchka, ghugni, chops and many more are tempting. As soon as the sun plunges on the horizon, people start gathering in front of street food junctions to satiate their taste buds.
2. Sweet passion for desserts
Bengalis have a tremendous passion for sweets, especially rosogolla, pantuas and misti doi (sweet yogurt) and if you step in Kolkata you will automatically love this within some days.
3. Visit to historical sites
The historical monuments like Victoria Memorial, Sahid Minar, Marble Palace, Fort William etc. are the first destinations for people while they are on a day itinerary in Kolkata.
4. An evening at the ghats
The gorgeous Ganga rolls down across the city. During the summer days, spending the evening in one of the calm and less crowded ‘ghats’ can surely relieve you from heat and revive your energy.
5. Shop hopping in the busiest streets
New Market, Gariahat, Elgine Road are some of the busiest streets of Kolkata where you will find people going on shopping spree. You can also give it a try; you would surely love to do shop hopping!
6. A river ride
A steamer or boat ride over the river Ganges is an act worth going for!
7. Tram-train-metro- the slowest and quickest transport
The tram, known as the heritage of the city, while the metro, the fastest communication mode will undoubtedly delight you. The circular rail going through the city will also offer you a wonderful ride. However, it’s always a wise idea to avoid these transports during peak office hours!
8. Kalighat and Dakshineswar
The people of Kolkata show reverence for mother Kali as the form of power. A visit to any of these temples will help you to understand why it is said so.
9. Kumortuli- the potters’ house
Kumortuli is a place in Northern Kolkata where the idols, especially god/goddess idols are prepared. Mostly people from ‘Pal’ caste prepare the idols with passion. In every clumsy and narrow lane inside the area, you will find artists preparing idols with utmost care.
10. Durga puja – the festival of happiness
The 5-day Durga puja (Goddess Durga) is the most exciting and fascinating time the people of Kolkata spend here. Pandal hopping and sindoor khela are major events during this time and you can also take part in it.
The stretched green field just beside the Victoria Memorial hall speaks about the epic in itself.
12. Race course
Horse race has always been a tremendous exciting game in Kolkata from British era. If you can’t see the race, at least take a close look of the track.
13. Keen love for art exhibitions
Kolkata is also known as epitome of art and culture and the art galleries scattered in the city will undeniably leave you speechless.
14. An evening in musical concerts
Musical concerts held in the city will show the class. If you have been to Kolkata during then spend an evening in the musical concerts instead of roaming here and there.
15. Book fair
The biggest book fair of the Eastern region of India is worth visiting for book lovers.
16. Art n Craft Mela
The Art & Craft melas take place in Kolkata. You can try out your shopping passion from these handicraft melas (fair), which mostly exhibit the creation of rural areas of West Bengal as well as India.
17. ‘Natok’- the drama
Drama or Natok has a unique symbolization in Kolkata and once you visit the ‘Natyo Academy’ you can get a clear picture of it.
18. Mother Teresa’s house
The Motherhouse invites people of all religion, all castes and creed to get blessings of Lord Jesus.
19. Howrah bridge
If you haven’t watched the majestic Howrah Bridge over the river Ganga then you have certainly missed the authenticity of Kolkata. The hanging bridge, established during 1935, signifies the beautiful architecture of the British era.
20. Nakhoda Masjid
Nakhoda Masjid in central Kolkata is the prime prayer hall for Muslims, which has an astonishing architecture and design. Among other prime Muslim spots, Tipu Sultan Masjid can be named.
21. 25th night in Park Street
The crowd on 25th night at Park street will confuse you whether it’s day time or mid night. The city stays awake on the 25th and 31st night to celebrate the Christmas and New Year, as people of western countries do.
22. Flower market Mullik Ghat
The flower market under the Howrah Bridge is the biggest and populated flower market in Kolkata. The market stays open almost the entire day where people stay involved in buying and selling colourful flowers.
23. The flavour of China
Right inside the city you can get the authentic flavour of China. In the eastern part of Kolkata the Chinese inhabitants has set up their own territory, where you will get the scope to savour the taste of China.
24. The sports
This is the city of Sourav Ganguly, the former captain of Indian cricket team. If you are in Kolkata then try to book a cricket match in Eden, which is also called Lords of India.
This is a city that drives the youth crazy for football. You can also go for a football match at Salt Lake Stadium, but make sure that the chase is between ‘Mohunbagan and East Bengal’!
25. The fishes!People of Kolkata have the same love for fishes like sweets. Go to a local fish market and see the crowd and commotion. The types and varieties of fishes displayed there will leave you dumbstruck!