A Comprehensive Tour Guide on Kolkata, The City of Joy

A Comprehensive Tour Guide on Kolkata, The City of Joy
A Comprehensive Tour Guide on Kolkata, The City of Joy

A Comprehensive Tour Guide on Kolkata, The City of Joy

Kolkata, formerly called Calcutta is the capital of the state of West Bengal. It is the pioneer in the field of literature, arts, dramas, and theatre and is known as the centre of intellectual, commercial and culture of Eastern India. Famously called as 'City of Joy' has been the centre of attraction due to its colonial architecture, galleries, and in the terms of festivals celebrations.

Places to Visit in Kolkata

Fort William

Fort William is situated on the eastern bank of Hooghly River in the capital city and was founded in 1696. This fort is named after King William the third and served as the first stronghold of the Britishers in the colony. This covers an area of 70.9 acres and is surrounded by lush greenery and enriched with more than a hundred arched windows.

Once it was the educational structure for preparing the civil servants to serve colonial India and now has been acquired by Indian Army and it houses more than 10,000 army personnel and also serves as a headquarter of eastern command. It is one of the earliest British structures which was built in the Victorian style of architecture.

Calcutta in the age of British India can be recognised as a golden land in the terms of architectural structures and Fort William is the foremost among them.

Science City

Science City is located at the crossing of the Eastern Bypass and the JBS Halder Avenue in Kolkata and was founded in 1997. It is one of its kind in the country and also credited as the largest science centre in India and also recognised as one of the largest and finest science museums in the world.

It was intended to popularize science among the masses through the formation of Science City. It offers so much to learn and so much fun to enjoy, a perfect combination of fun and learning. You can visit here with your family and friends to have an exciting experience.

Mirror Dimension, Tornado, Quicksand, The Energy Ball, Ocean Waves and Aquatic World are the must-visit spots to make your trip memorable and one of the major highlights is the Time Machine which will offer you a chance to go back to Dinosaur Era. It is a must-visit location in Kolkata.

Indian Museum of Kolkata

Indian Museum of Kolkata is the largest museum in India and also known as the ninth oldest museum in the world. It came into existence in 1814 and as of now, the museum displays 35 galleries divided into 6 categories namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany.

It showcases the ancient sculptures, exquisite collection of ornaments, antique armours, fossils, skeletons, Mughal paintings, Egyptian mummies, the finest collection of contemporary paintings and relics of Buddha. This place provides the whole pack of knowledge about the Indian past and reflects the different developments that occurred in the subcontinent throughout the years.

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Victoria Memorial is residing in the heart of the city of joy and was dedicated to Queen Victoria and her rule of 25 years over India it was built as a replica of the Victoria Memorial in London. This huge Palace covers an area of 64 acres and is located amidst the lush greenery and beautiful garden and decorated with numbers of statues and sculptures.

At a top of the memorial, a sixteen-foot-long bronze statue of victory was set up and looks beautiful on the white marble building like a jewel in the crown. This memorial gives you a wider sense of the Victorian style of architecture and every detail is well expressed.

The sound and light show in the evening along with its wonderful evening view of the illuminated memorial is just an outstanding experience. You can visit here with your family and friends to sense the Victorian age.

Howrah Bridge or Rabindra Setu is an identity of Kolkata, an enormous steel bridge built over the Hooghly River which connects Howrah and Kolkata. It is credited to be included in the longest cantilever bridges in the world with the sixth rank.

The entire bridge is built up without the use of a nut and bolt and is held together by rivets. Along with its usage to carries a daily traffic of over 100,000 vehicles it serves as one of the most amazing views of the bridge and the city in the evening when the bridge is lit up and people do take the ferry at Launch Ghat which travels between Howrah and Kolkata especially to enjoy the breath-taking view of the city. A perfect romantic place to spend some time with your loved ones.

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Best Time to Travel in Kolkata

The Winter Season in Kolkata stays from October to March and Kolkata’s temperature ranges around 9 degrees Celsius to 11 degrees Celsius. In this season Kolkata offers you the cool and pleasant weather that is perfect for some sightseeing but due to the comfortable and low temperature, this location is congested in this season.

Kolkata is very famous among the tourists because of its joyous celebration of festivals and fortunately, it is the season when you can be witnessed the best Durga Pooja Celebration of India and it is also one of the major highlights of Indian festivals and just after the Durga Pooja celebration you can enjoy the celebration of Kali Pooja festival and the famous festival of lights, Diwali which gives you the positive vibes and an entire city is decorated with lights included Howrah Bridge which looks mind-blowing.

This intellectual city also celebrates Saraswati Pooja and the city are decorated with pandals. Tourists are suggested to book their accommodation and travel in advance to avoid the rush.

The Summer Season in Kolkata is marked from April to May and Kolkata's temperature during this season stays 40 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata's weather is hot and humid in this season which is not very ideal to visit the city of Kolkata is one of the high population cities of the country and this season is not very pleasant and seem unbearable.

However, luckily, we celebrate Poila Boishakh, a Bengali New Year, which is marked the first day of the Bengali calendar and you will see the joy of the people of Kolkata regarding this festival, it is also the festival where you can taste the wide variety of mouth-watering Bengali dishes which will just make your day. In this season you will be able to get some good deals on accommodations due to the offseason.

The Monsoon Season in Kolkata stays from June to September and the temperature fluctuates between 28 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius. And Monsoon is like a blessing in Kolkata which gives you some relief from the heat of Summer but the weather is wetter and days are filled with little humidity but the nights are breezy and pleasant to enjoy some sightseeing.

But the monsoon becomes special when the auspicious date of Durga Pooja is held in September and an entire city is filled with joy and is decorated with pandals housing beautiful idols of Goddess Durga, this 10-day celebration brings excitement among people.

Soon this festival is followed by Jamai Shoshti which gives you a glimpse of a strong bond between mother-in-law and son-in-law and a grand gesture is dedicated to son-in-law where he receives gifts and blessings. It is also a good season to visit Kolkata if you are on a low budget.

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How to Reach Kolkata

How to Reach Kolkata by Air- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport or Kolkata Airport at Dumdum is the closest and one of the busiest airports in India that covered an area of 2,460 acres and served as an international airport with 3 terminals, an international terminal, domestic terminal and cargo terminal.

This airport is widely connected to other main capital cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Agartala Patna, Ranchi and Aizwal along with several other international cities like Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore, Colombo, Dhaka and Doha. Numbers of airline carriers operate regular flights to the Kolkata Airport like Air India, Spice Jet, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines. Once you arrive at the airport you can easily take a taxi or hire a bus to go anywhere in the city.

How to Reach Kolkata by Train- Howrah and Sealdah Railway Station are the main railheads serving the capital city Kolkata and both railway stations are well connected to other major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Siliguri and Lucknow and there are plenty of train options are available to Kolkata such as Kalka Mail, Ndls Hwh Express, Hwh Duronto Express, Jsm Hwh SF Express. Tourists can take a bus or hire a cab to reach their destination.

How to Reach Kolkata by Road- Kolkata is vastly connected to other prime cities like Puri at a distance of 495 kilometres and Darjeeling which approximately resides 620 kilometres away via well maintained and smooth road networks.

West Bengal State Buses and Private Buses are also available for travellers to reach Kolkata from any other state. You can also travel via your vehicle and if you are heading from Darjeeling NH-34 and NH-31 will be connected to Kolkata and NH-2 and NH-6 are the routes that connect Kolkata to other cities.

5 Star Accommodation Hotels in Kolkata

The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat is situated in Action Area-2, New Town, Rajarhat and gives you the services of Café, Restaurant, Bar, Night Club, Gym, Spa, Salon, Steam and Sauna, Jacuzzi, Airport Pickup and Drop, Pet Friendly, Concierge and Bellboy Service along with several other basic services.

JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata is residing at Haldane Avenue, Tangra and provides you with the facilities of Bar, Café, Restaurant, Bakery, Currency Exchange, Activity Centre, Gym, Yoga, Reflexology, Night Club, Multilingual Staff, Steam and Sauna, Spa, Couple Friendly and Paid Pickup and Drop with other basic amenities.

ITC Sonar A Luxury Collection Hotel is located at Tangra, Haldane Avenue and offers you the amenities like Bakery, Bar, Café, Restaurant, Currency Exchange, Paid Pickup and Drop, Gym, Meditation Room, Yoga, Steam and Sauna, Spa Multilingual Staff, Couple Friendly, Jacuzzi, Concierge and Coffee Shop. All of these mentioned accommodations options do provide installed sanitisers, gloves and masks due to safety reasons.

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