India's most curious metropolis
April 3, 2020
Exploring the underrated splendors of Kolkata, including some of the busiest streets located in East India, is making sure you understand and pay homage to its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, history and countless cultural festivals. Formerly known as Calcutta, It is called the "CITY OF JOY" because of the food, festivals and hospitality that can never leave you disheartened. Kolkata was India’s first truly cosmopolitan city and it remains a living encyclopedia of lost worlds, cultural cast-offs, hand-me-downs from faraway lands. Its multiculturalism is most visible in the Bowbazar area, the distilled essence of the city, Calcutta’s Calcutta.
Partly re-posted from Cond Nast Traveller (Steve King)
With over 2,000 stalls, the New Market is a one stop destination for all your needs, including fresh fish. Built by the British in 1874, the market was formerly known as Sir Stuart Hogg Market and was bustling with the upper class British. Now, in the 21st century, the market has adapted to the classic Indian routine. Even though the market closes around 8 pm, don’t restrict yourself, the tranquility of the brightly light street lights and stalls serving delicious tea and snacks is a sight that will soothe your soul!
It is only known for alluring beauty and for its spiritual ambiance, attracting a lot of devotees. We are not forgetting the Howrah bridge, over looking the Mallick Ghat flower market. The fourth busiest Cantilever bridge in the world – Howrah Bridge is probably the first suggestion you will get when you ask about the best places to visit in Kolkata. The celebrated landmark built upon River Hooghly acts as a gateway to Kolkata and connects the eastern Bank of Howrah to the western banks of Kolkata