Heritage and History
Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta is a heritage city. Before independence, British ruled so the city has a lot of British Victorian architecture around the city. There are still old buildings,monuments,offices,churches,etc all in victorian design. The city is famous for its yellow ambassador taxi’s as well. There are still old trams seen today running in selective parts of the city with a very cheap fare. Hand pulling rickshaws are also found in Kolkata. There are so many streets which are named with Victorian/British names and personalities. For example, Sir Stuart Hogg Market, Charlie Chaplin Road,etc. Kolkata has the biggest race course.
Fort William is a must visit tourist attraction place of Kolkata. Situated at the banks of river Hooghly, it was named after King William III of England. Fort William of Kolkata, India, was established during the tenure of British Raj in 1696.
This beautiful white marble structure is the first place you must visit in Kolkata. It was designed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 1901 diamond jubilee. It holds some treasures of the colonial era. Even if you are not into history, this picturesque place has a wonderful exterior and is a must visit for every tourist in Kolkata.
Howrah Bridge, located over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India, is said to be the busiest bridge of the world. It got its name owing to the fact that it connects the city of Howrah to Kolkata. Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, India, also known by the name ‘Rabindra Setu’, was set up in 1874. Howrah bridge has got two sister bridges also, namely, Vidyasagar Setu and the Vivekananda Setu that are situated at different points over the hoogly river.
A beautiful ghat on the banks of Hooghly, it is perfect place to go at dusk. Take a ride on the boat under the Vidyasagar Setu. See the majestic Hooghly river flow by and see the time stop still. It is a joy to be when the lights in the city are lit and the entire river reflects the twinkling city lights while you sit on the banks and have cup of tea.
Park Street (Official name is Mother Teresa Sarani) is best recreation zone in Kolkata since the British era as it having a lot of restaurants and nightclubs. It always remains the place of dinning. It is often known as “Food Street”.
Kali Ghat/Dakshineshwar Temple
For the religious side of you, both these temples are a must visit. Kali Ghat and Dakshineshwar are one of the most beautiful temples in the country. While the architecture is exquisite, these temples are also considered quite holy. Kali Ghat is considered as a Shakti Peeth and is a highly revered site.
Boi Para – College street
For book lovers this place is a paradise. College street has books from all over the world – and if you can wait a day or two many shopkeepers would be able to get you quite rare books too. Second hand books are also available here in abundance. You can easily find first editions of some old English literature in the shopkeepers’ hidden treasure. You have to just look for them taking breaks at the coffee house for a long chat, chai and kobiraji cutlet.
Delicacies of Kolkata
Famous Bengali dishes are Luchi Torkaari,Radha bolovi (Breakfast dishes -Poori and Vegetable curry), Prawn Malai curry,Fish Cutlets,Moori Ghonto,Mustard seed Fish Curry,etc. Kolkata will never disappoint the food lovers.
Festivities of Kolkata
There is a famous proverb among us Bengalis that is, : “Baro Maashe, Tero Parbon” which means that in 12 months we have 13(rather, much more than 12) celebrations.
Kolkata is the place to be when it comes to its festivities.
From the autumns welcoming Ma Durga to the Christmassy winter nights, Kolkata celebrates all its festivals with great pomp and gaiety.
Besides, the major festivals, Diwali, Holi, Saraswati Puja, Laxmi Puja are much widely celebrated here and the whole city is decked up with decorations and lights.
Kolkata- the former capital of India will embrace you like none other and it’s taken that after being here you will take a bit of Kolkata with you where ever you go. You are sure to fall in love with this place. For a soul-refreshing visit Kolkata is the place for you!!!!!
Walks of Kolkata
Walks of Kolkata hopes to help people re-discover Kolkata – through walking tours and day trips for people from all parts of the world. It is a good way of intimately looking at a city, enjoying its vibes and engaging with its people, arts, culture and entertainment by walking through some special parts of the city.
With each walk, a Fascinating Story of the City is shared and the tourists visualize the city as it grew to its present stage and share our dreams for Kolkata, which we call “Tilottama” or “The Beautiful Lady”.
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Calcutta Photo Tours
A vivid city rendered in elegantly striking contrasts, Calcutta is a treat to the travelling soul and a fresh canvas to photographer’s eye.
Calcutta Photo Tours is a unique travel company that has been formed with the spirit of celebrating the variegated flavors of a centuries-old city. We are here to bring out the city before you as never before, in all its tastes and colors, striking all chords of life that churn up in the city.
We believe that the beauty of Calcutta lies in its complexity that exudes unforgettable warmth and a raw charm, which can be best appreciated by a trained eye. This city is more prone to the lens than most people believe it to be, and so we are here to share with you the Calcutta experience, to enable you to be more responsive towards the powerhouse of emotions that Calcutta is.
So, take out the photographer in you and let it loose in the City of Joy.
Calcutta Heritage Walk – Kolkata Magic
What this tour is about: Old Calcutta was divided into a White Town and a Black Town. The White Town was centred around Lal Dighi, a water tank which provided drinking water to the town. The area around the tank (earlier called Dalhousie Square, now renamed B B D Bagh) is the oldest square in the city. Some of the city’s earliest and grandest buildings are located in this square. These beautiful buildings are still in use, providing a glimpse of Calcutta’s living British heritage. A walk through this area tells the story of the growth of Calcutta, from its early years to modern days.
All Guided Kolkata City | Walking Tours and Sightseeing at affordable price
“History with an unlimited appetite for quirky anecdotes, cherished traditions and world famous Bengali Cuisine, Step right this way as you join the Let’s Meet Up Tours in Kolkata”
Kolkata (Calcutta) is a feast for the sanity. It is the cultural capital of India, with a population nearing 15 million people, though this city is loud and sprawling you will be acknowledged at every turn with unfamiliar sights, the heritage buildings, honking cars, man powered rickshaws, trams, fish markets down the corner, we will not let you feel lost in this huge city as you – have a friendly local guide take you on a Kolkata tour that will surprise even the most experienced traveller.
We help you explore this cosmopolitan city of India- a city with Jewish synagogues, Parsi temple, Jain temple, Chinese temples, mosques & mausoleums with the three important land marks; the Kali Ghat, the Howrah Bridge and the Victoria Memorial.
A Guided tour of Kolkata will show you a bustling, ambiguous city – a city where a day- tripper can explore the art while walking through the alleys of Kumartulli (the artist lane), sail under the Howrah bridge enjoying the placid breeze of the River Hoogly, walk through the slums to stumble upon some smiling faces to pose for a click or explore the colonial architecture at Dalhousie(BBD Bag). Sit in the back of a private car or hop on a rickshaw with your guide as you explore the City of Joy. For a spiritual faith walk inside the holy Kali Temple, be a local with us to see the authentic Kolkata.
We always focus on making the tour a comfortable and a memorable one for our guests so that they take back an experience of a life time. Our tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Kolkata prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.
WALKS OF KOLKATA-CALCUTTA TOURS,WALKS N TRAVEL PACKAGES | Calcutta Walks
Walks of Kolkata hopes to help people re-discover Kolkata – through walking tours and day trips for people from all parts of the world. We endeavour to show you the city, which is beyond what is found in the travel guides. But, instead, we try to show you the city from the lens of local people. We are all about building connections – one traveller at a time.
Besides being a business and commercial centre, the popular tourist places and several places of interest that makes Kolkata favourite among the tourists include the Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Eden Gardens, Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridg, Kali Mandir, Belur Math, Fort William, BBD Bagh, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Maidan, Botanical Garden, Tagore House, Church of St John, Marble Palace, Raj Bhawan, Town Hall, Nakhoda Mosque, and St. Paul’s Cathedral and many more.
Bearing the stamps of rich history and culture, Kolkata is the land of many festivals that take place without the barriers of caste, creed and sex. Poila Baisakh, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Eid-ul-Fitr, Saraswati Puja, Shivratri, Muharram, Christmas, Rathayatra, Dol etc are some of the popular festivals in Kolkata, the celebrations of which keeps the city always full of life and joy.
Kolkata enjoys a very well connected, fast and easy accessibility from every corner of the world besides India. With numerous transport facilities, Calcutta is linked through roadways, airways, railways and waterways. While the Netaji Subash Chandra International Airport at Dumdum serves as both the domestic as well as the international airport in Kolkata, the city on the other hand is also connected to different corners of India through large number of trains. Buses, trams, metro railways, ferries, taxis, auto and cycle rickshaws ply within the city to make transport easy and comfortable for the locals and the visitors as well.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, which is about 17 kilometres away from the heart of the city. This airport has good connectivity across major cities in India and abroad. From the airport you can take a taxi or a bus to your final destination. Volvo buses ply on multiple routes so just confirm at the airport the bus you should be taking for your address.
Kolkata has an efficient network of railways and is well linked to cities across the country. Superfast trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connect Kolkata from Delhi and nearby places. There are two major railway stations in the city – one is located in Howrah and the other at Sealdah.
Kolkata is connected with most of the Indian cities by road. The National Highway number 2 and 6 connect the city with other cities and states in India. Kolkata has a broad network of government and private buses. The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) run regulars bus service in the city. The Esplanade Terminus in the heart of the city is the main bus terminus.