The city of Joy is a great deal that must be visited atleast once in a lifetime. It is a reservoir of rich culture, history, art, heritage and colonial influence which is evident as Kolkata was the first capital of British India. The city really lives up to its slogan and there is everything here for every kind of tourist. It doesn't matter if your purpose of the visit is work or holiday; you will find something here to have a memorable experience. The city is one of the busiest in the whole of India and has a significant colonial presence in the form of buildings that are still used as schools or important govt. offices.

The city of Joy is really difficult to forget and provides an experience that cannot be possible anywhere else. The city has few of the heritage landmarks like the Victoria Memorial, which is popular among tourist here. There are also many big churches and temples around Kolkata which also attracts the devotees from around Bengal to come here for prayers. Adventure here would be possible at the Sunderban Tiger Reserve which is also home to the famous Bengal Tiger and its Mangrove forests. The nightlife here is also popular and The Tantra and Roxy are some of the best clubs where you can have a wonderful time.

Best time to visit

The summer can be really pleasant here and it stays from March and ends around the month of May. The skies will be clear and it's a perfect season to visit Kalimpong. Though it doesn't snow here, the winters last from December to February and the special celebration of Christmas and New Year makes it a happening hotspot during the winter.

HOW TO REACH

The city of joy enjoys a chilled out winter from November to February. The lowest it can get here could be between 9 and 11 degree Celsius. This may be the best time of visit, to the city of joy with some hoodies on. It cannot get better.

PLACES TO SEE

Swami Vivekananda Ancestral House

If you are fascinated by historical places and history, this is the best place that you shouldn't probably miss. It is the birthplace of Swami Vivekananda and there stood his ancestral home once which is now transformed and renovated into a magnificent building by the Ramakrishna Mission and is now a cultural museum too. The museum sees not just national but attracts International tourists also.

Bandel

It is another section of Kolkata which is extremely popular for its peaceful ambiance and is known for its churches and the Portuguese influence that settled here in the past. It is a small suburban area in the Chinsurah district of Hooghly district. There are many attractions here too besides its religious inclination. It takes around 2 hours to reach Bandel from the main central Kolkata but the travel is really worth it.

Kalighat Kali Temple

The Hindu population of Kolkata is blessed to have 1 of the 51 Shakti Peethas in their city. The Kalighat Temple is also named after the Goddess that is worshipped here. It is one of the most sacred sites in Kolkata is mostly crowded with devotees each day of the week. The temple is about 200 years old and it is believed that the right toe of Sati had fallen on this very grounds which was also the reason behind the construction of Kalighat Kali temple.

Tangra Chinatown

Forget China, Kolkata lets you have a taste of China without any flight ticket or VISA. The Tangra area is also known as Chinatown due to its heavy Chinese settlement who have lived here for more than 50 years now. WHats more amazing is that the population celebrates their festivities in full glory and the people of Kolkata also take part in their festivals with the same enthusiasm. You can also enjoy some of the best Chinese cuisines here at Tangra.

Tagore House

The Tagore House is the birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore which is popularly known as ‘Jorasanko Thakurbari'. Tagore was the Nobel Laureate for Literature and his works were all piece of art. The house was built by his grandfather but now it's famous as Tagore's house where he also took his last breath. The house is also a museum now and was inaugurated in the year 1962 during Tagore's birth centenary.

TOUR PACKAGES FOR YOU

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Excursion to Dalhousie Square

Day Tour
  • Raj Bhawan
  •  Treasury Building
  • St. John’s Church
  • Secretariat Offices
  • Kolkata GPO
  • Postal Museum
  • Collectorate Building
  • Writers Building
  • St. Andrew’s Church
  • Old Currency Building
  • Central Telegraph Office
  • Great Eastern Hotel.

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