Almost like a colonial matriarch nurturing her heritage roots, the city of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, holds culture and tradition close to its heart. While it would give any Indian metropolis a run for its money with its grand structures, bustling markets, vibrant culinary scene, exquisite crafts and cultural sites, its historical legacy reigns supreme. Once the capital of British-India, Kolkata's colonial charm blends with its modern culture.

From slow-moving trams (the oldest in Asia) meandering around the city, racing iconic black and yellow cabs, women dressed in handwoven cotton sarees, antique tea and coffee houses hosting lengthy sessions of adda (discussions on various subjects like politics and society), legendary football clubs and old markets spilling over with products, the bustling metropolis has the laid-back soul of a quaint town. The city of joy, as Kolkata is fondly called, throbs with liveliness and festivities, which can be enjoyed throughout the year. Be it the opulent Durga Puja pandals strewn across the city or the humbly sweet Christmas celebrations at Bow Barracks or the colourful Chinese New Year festivities at Chinatown, festivals make the city a joy to visit.
To get a taste of the times gone by, visitors can sign on to heritage walks that take you through history, spirituality and colonial treks of the city. Gaze in awe at the sprawling Victoria Memorial, a pristine white beauty, as it sits proudly amidst neatly manicured lawns or take a tour of the ancestral home of poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, there are many interesting tidbits to mine from the heritage gold of Kolkata.
Don't forget to take the culinary trails that will introduce you to some of the most unique dishes you will ever sample. From sweet and spongy rosogolla (a cottage cheese dessert), spicy and sweet water-filled puchka (a savouy) and the delicious daab chingri (prawns cooked in green coconut) to ilish paturi (a type of steamed fish) and kosha mangsho (dry mutton curry), there's a lot to savour from the Bengali cuisine in the city. Also sample delicious cakes, a legacy of the British era, traditional Chinese dishes at Chinatown and several iconic Anglo-Indian spreads here.
Known as the cultural capital of India, Kolkata continues to spawn award-winning poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners.

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Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial

One of the landmarks of Kolkata, Victoria Memorial is a grand...

Shaheed Minar

Shaheed Minar

Popularly known as Monument, Shaheed Minar is dedicated to the...

Star Theatre

Star Theatre

One of the first institutions of commercial Bengali theatre, Star...

Race Course

Race Course

Set amidst picturesque surroundings and verdant gardens, Race Course...

Sovabazar Rajbari

Sovabazar Rajbari

One of the oldest royal houses in the city, Sovabazar (Shobhabazar)...

Raj Bhavan

Raj Bhavan

A monumental structure that was once the seat of British imperial...

Writers Building

Writers Building

A prominent heritage site on the tourist circuit of the city, Writers...

Vidyasagar Setu

Vidyasagar Setu

Built over River Hooghly, Vidyasagar Setu holds the record for being...

Belur Math

Belur Math

Sprawled along the western banks of River Hooghly, Belur Math is a...

Armenian Church

Armenian Church

One of the most prominent stopovers of Kolkata, Armenian Church is...

Nabadwip

Nabadwip

Soaked in historical charm, the 11th-century town of Nabadwip lies...

Academy of Fine Arts

Academy of Fine Arts

An ideal stopover for art connoisseurs, the Academy of Fine Arts...

Alipore Zoological Garden

Alipore Zoological Garden

India's oldest formally stated zoological park, this heritage zoo is...

Asutosh Museum of Indian Art

Asutosh Museum of Indian Art

A premier museum of national importance, Asutosh Museum of Indian Art...

Bankura

Bankura

Beautiful terracotta temples, lush forests, scenic views as well as...

Bikna

Bikna

Located about 200 km from Kolkata, the quaint village of Bikna is the...

Kumartoli

Kumartoli

A unique neighbourhood in Kolkata, Kumartoli is renowned for its...

Mayapur

Mayapur

Situated at the meeting point of the River Ganga and River Jalangi,...

Netaji Bhawan

Netaji Bhawan

A visit to the ancestral home of freedom fighter, Netaji Subhash...

Nandan

Nandan

This government-sponsored cultural centre was inaugurated by...

Murshidabad

Murshidabad

Located about 200 km from Kolkata, Murshidabad boasts a rich culture...

Mahajati Sadan

Mahajati Sadan

A landmark heritage building, Mahajati Sadan houses a splendid...

Lal Dighi

Lal Dighi

Lal Dighi is an artificial water tank that is said to have been built...

Kolkata Town Hall

Kolkata Town Hall

A majestic pristine white structure, Town Hall is one of the most...

ISKCON Kolkata

ISKCON Kolkata

Considered as one of the most sacred sites in the city, the ISKCON...

General Post Office

General Post Office

Being the central post office of Kolkata, the General Post Office is...

Kalighat Temple

Kalighat Temple

One of the most prominent temples in the city, Kalighat Temple,...

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

The ancestral home of poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's...

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Lying on the banks of the gushing Hooghly river, Millennium Park near...

Nicco Park

Nicco Park

Popular as West Bengal's Disneyland, Nicco Park is located in Salt...

Outram Ghat

Outram Ghat

Counted among the best entertainment spots on the riverside in...

Missionaries of Charity or Mother House

Missionaries of Charity or Mother House

Established by Saint Mother Teresa, Missionaries of Charity or the...

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge

A landmark of the city, Howrah Bridge, constructed over the Hooghly...

National Library

National Library

The largest library of the country by volume, the National Library...

Indian Coffee House

Indian Coffee House

The hub of students and alumni of Presidency College (and other...

Esplanade

Esplanade

Lying in the vicinity of the New Market area, Esplanade is said to be...

Flower Market of Kolkata/Mallick Ghat

Flower Market of Kolkata/Mallick Ghat

If one looks below the Howrah Bridge, at Mallick Ghat on the banks of...

Birla Academy of Art and Culture

Birla Academy of Art and Culture

A hub of fine arts, Birla Academy of Art and Culture is home to a...

Bow Barracks

Bow Barracks

A cluster of red brick buildings tucked away in the city of Kolkata,...

College Street

College Street

The largest book market of the country, College Street, offers an...

Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens

The largest cricket stadium in India and the second-largest in the...

Dakshineswar Temple

Dakshineswar Temple

One of the most prominent shrines in the city, Dakshineswar Kali...

Chinatown Kolkata

Chinatown Kolkata

One of the largest settlements of Chinese migrants in the country,...

Gangasagar

Gangasagar

Located around 100 km from Kolkata, the beautiful island of...

Chandannagar

Chandannagar

Situated on the banks of River Ganga, Chandannagar is a serene spot...

Eco Park

Eco Park

The biggest ecological and urban park in India, Eco Park is spread...

Princep Ghat

Princep Ghat

Located on the banks of the Hooghly river, Princep Ghat is a majestic...

Park Street Cemetery

Park Street Cemetery

One of the oldest cemeteries of the city, Park Street Cemetery has...

Park Street

Park Street

A street that never sleeps and is always bustling with excitement and...

Rabindra Sadan

Rabindra Sadan

Made in the memory of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindra...

Pareshnath Jain Temple

Pareshnath Jain Temple

Dedicated to Pareshnath, the 23rd Jain tirthankar (saint), Pareshnath...

Sundarbans National Park

Sundarbans National Park

Home to the unique royal Bengal tiger, the Sundarbans is a UNESCO...

Bishnupur

Bishnupur

Steeped in history, the city of Bishnupur, in West Bengal, is a...