The city of Joy
Fondly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the actual capital of the state of West Bengal. The city was once divided into three villages and governed by the Nawab of Bengal during the time of the Mughals in the 17th century. It is now a popular tourist hub for domestic as well as international travelers who travel to the city to view museums and buildings from the colonial era. Travelers can also experience the rich influence of Bengali culture in the city during times of festivity.
The Rich Cultural Heritage of Kolkata
Also known as ‘Calcutta’; Kolkata is positioned on the east side of the Hooghly river. It has the majestic Howrah Bridge offering connectivity to the Western side of the Ganges. The birthplace of the esteemed Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, to this day has a rich appreciation for Rabindrasangeet. The city is also home to many structures festooned with Indo-Islamic and Indo-Saracenic architectural themes.
Tourism in Kolkata
Travelers can head to the Marble Palace; an archetypal European mansion, as well as The Victoria Memorial museum in Calcutta. Science City is another major attraction for tourists to visit as they grab the opportunity to sample Bengali delicacies like roshogolla and sandesh.
Visiting in the months of September–October will give tourists a chance to behold the much-awaited annual Durga Puja festival. It is at this time that the city bears witness to fascinating celebrations by Bengalis clad in traditional wear as they pray to the Godess Durga.