Kolkata – The City of Joy and the Gateway to the North-East

Mumbai is also called the city that never sleeps. Well, there does not seem to be anything surprising here since there is much to do in this magnificent city. Whether it’s watching the beautiful sunset on Marine Drive, or hanging out with a bunch of friends for a quick snack at 2 AM, Mumbai has everything to offer. Mumbai is the financial capital of India. It boasts of two airports, one international and one domestic. There are many structures and tourist hotspots in the city that you will definitely crave to visit. Anybody visiting here could have whatever they want – let it be a peak into the city’s cosmopolitan culture, or the city’s music and pomp, you will get everything here.

Let’s shift our focus into another city in India, which very much like Mumbai, is a tourist hub and an important city to the economy of India. Kolkata is well-connected to all major towns and cities of the country and some international destinations. If you are travelling from Mumbai, you should look up the Mumbai to Kolkata flights schedule and make your bookings accordingly. Some of the many places that you could visit in Kolkata are as follows:

  • Victoria Memorial

Often considered to be the pride of Kolkata, this white marble structure built to honour the memory of the Queen Victoria is certainly a treat to watch and admire. The Victoria Memorial was built sometime between 1906 and 1921. This magnificent piece of architecture is governed by the Ministry of Culture; it also acts as a museum.

  • Fort William

Built on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly, the fort is named after the King William II of Scotland and after the King William III of Britain. It was built in the early years of the Bengal Presidency during the British Rule. Do visit this place and witness some of Britain’s architecture here in India.

  • Howrah Bridge

Perhaps the busiest bridge in West Bengal situated over the Hooghly River, the Howrah Bridge or the Rabindra Setu connects Kolkata to Howrah. When the lighting of the bridge is on during the night, it is a spectacle to watch.

  • The Belur Mutt

Established by Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Mutt is headquartered at the Belur Mutt in Kolkata. It is one of the significant institutions of Kolkata. People from across the globe visit the Mutt irrespective of caste and religion. The temple gives out an aura of quietude and peacefulness that you just cannot miss. People generally spend about 3 hours in the site, appreciating the positive nature it offers.

  • Eden Gardens

The Eden Gardens is the largest cricket stadium in India. It can seat up to 66,000 spectators making it the second largest in the world. In case there is a cricket match going on here during your time of visit, do make it a point to visit the stadium. You could also visit the stadium if there is no match to explore all parts of the wonderful piece of architecture.

Kolkata has a lot of other places that you should not miss; the above mentioned ones are just the tip of the iceberg.