Climate: Sub-tropical; Average yearly temperature 26°C
Language: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English
For most of you, your first thought of Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, would be the place of the good works of Mother Teresa. However, this city full of contrasts is so much more, rich in British colonial history Kolkata is filled with long standing British influenced architecture and a history of Christian religion. Kolkata is the commercial city of Bengal and is known widely as the ‘city of joy’, well known for being a city of festivals which also adds to the charm of this old city. Set on the Ganges River, Kolkata draws tourists from all over the world. With landmarks such as the Marble Palace, Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge, there is plenty for you to discover. Kolkata is a vibrant, busy and culturally diverse city and its British history is still quite evident, there are a multitude of things to see from museums, science centres, the zoo, parks, churches, temples and theme parks, Kolkata definitely makes an interesting and colourful place for you to explore.
What to See:
Kolkata is a wonderful blend of east meets west due to its British colonial history. Throughout Kolkata you will find evidence of the British rule by its architecture, Marble Palace and Victoria Memorial Hall being the most prominent. Whilst in Kolkata be sure to do some shopping, with many well-known brands at much cheaper prices. Kolkata has a vibrant and rich culture of artistic activities with arts, music, dance, writing and theatres making this a creative centre of India, whilst visiting this city have a look at the Academy of Fine Arts. Visit Eden Gardens the home of the Kolkata Night Riders IPL team, this is a cultural experience as much as a sporting venue as cricket in India is a national sport and as important to most Indians as religion. Kolkata’s one must see, to put on the top of your list is the Howrah Bridge, known as the busiest bridge in the world, this site is sure to fascinate you with over 4 million people crossing the bridge every day. With museums, parks, temples, the zoo and a multitude of theme parks you will always find something to entertain, enrich and fill your holiday with endless memories.
Where to Stay:
After the hectic and busy streets of Kolkata you will need somewhere soft and welcoming to retreat to. Kolkata offers a wide range of accommodation options ranging from the five star luxurious hotels to the cheap budget hostels. For easy access to landmarks and sites it is best to stay around Park Street and Sudder Street located in the city centre, here you will find such hotels as the Grand Oberoi and The Hyatt. For the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets head for The Vedic Village Resort and Spa, offering the very best in luxury accommodation. Follow the link for some great accommodation options.
A few Must See Destinations:
Mother Teresa’s homes
St. Pauls Cathedral
Victoria Memorial Hall
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