Kolkata Tourist Spots

Located on the bank of Hooghly River, shaped like a melted AK 47, Kolkata is the second largest city of India. This city is heavily equipped with raw history and rich ancient culture of too many fallen dynasties. If you are attracted to history then this is one of the cities you cannot miss which had been centre of innumerable revelations, zealous revolutions, mysterious myths, soul shattering tragedies, unshakable principle and courage over many centuries.

February is the best month to visit Kolkata. The winter starts from late October and lasts until April. The coldest months are December and January when temperature drops as low as 9 degree Celsius. The monsoon and summer seasons are hot, humid and full of rainfalls, thunderstorms, storms and occasional floods and trust me you don’t want to stuck in a flood affected Kolkata. The city is not very famous for its infrastructures, roads, highways or swage lines.

Hotel prices are not that high here. Average cost of a five star hotel is $90 and three star hotel $50. Many cheap places can be found in Sudder Street or Howrah Rail station area. The luxurious hotels are in Science City area. One bizarre thing about the hotels in this city is the cheap hotels remain closed during night and you will need a prior reservation for easy entry. Otherwise you might need to haggle your way in.

The city has a horrible traffic situation, but the methods of travelling are quite a few. You can travel by metro rail, trams, taxies and hand pulled rickshaws. These hand pulled rickshaws might seem like an odd and harsh practice but it is quite exciting and widely enjoyed. The authority has started to discourage this kind of vehicular support. You can hire a car, but if you are not an unbelievably good driver do not try to get into Kolkata streets.

The residents of Kolkata are Bengali and that would allow you to taste some unique and distinctive Bengali cuisine which you won’t be able to get anywhere else. In recent past a huge influence of Chinese cuisine is visible though. You can find various attractive street food shops and restaurants filled with delicious dishes in a very inexpensive price. Be careful about the water they offer and keep an eye on the overall hygiene situation. You can have great budget breakfast, lunch and supper within $10 per day per person. And do not forget to taste some legendary deserts and sweet items which you would never find anywhere else in the world.

Tourist spots of Kolkata

1

Victoria Memorial

The influence of Taj Mahal’s architecture is quite visible in this magnificent museum. This is considered one of the greatest historical museums in the whole country. It is open every day from 10 Am to 5 Pm. Ticket costs 150 Rs for foreigners. For more information: http://www.victoriamemorial-cal.org/ From Shudder Street it is around 3 Km away. You can get a rickshaw, taxi or public transport to get here.
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Marble Palace

This is a splendid piece of architectural aptitude with a strong historical and cultural significance. The Palace contains some authentic artworks and sculptures from various famous European artists like Murillo, Joshua Reynolds and Ruben. This is a privately owned property and photography is prohibited. Entry is free but a prior permit needs to be collected from West Bengal Tourism or India Tourism. If you are traveling by MG Road metro, then after getting out walk north and then turn left at the first traffic light at 171 Chittaranjan Avenue. Coming from the east, the Palace is on the lane that leaves Rabindra Sarani between 198 and 200.
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Jorasako Thakur Bari

Home of famous Noble Laurite and the greatest poet of Bengali literature Rabindranath Tagore is a top attraction of the city and the country. This place contains number of his belongings and some his photographs with some other famous personalities like Albert Einstein. Unfortunately the medal of his Nobel Prize got stolen from here few years ago. The place just beside the Marble Palace. For more information: http://www.rbu.ac.in/museum
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Bhojohori Manna

This is a traditional and famous restaurant that would give you the taste of some authentic Bengali Cuisine of great taste and flavor. It is actually a chain restaurant and they are spread around the whole city. For more information: http://www.bhojohorimanna.com/
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5

College Street

If you are a book enthusiast this place will blow your mind. The whole street is filled with hundreds or books and they are really very cheap. The street is only a mile away from the Marble Palace.
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