City of Joy
Rightfully called the “City of Joy” or maximum city, Kolkata is truly a city of immense character. There is so much to explore, starting from the people, culture, food, festivities, to just about everything. The remnants of the British Raj are visible in its architecture, but Kolkata has a lot of history before that which can be seen everywhere.
The Victoria Memorial, the trams, the Indian Museum with the only mummy in India, the street food, Aurobindo Ashram, Eden Gardens, Belur Math, Durga Pujo, Hawrah Bridge, Nicco Park – all give a uniqueness to this majestic city.
Labeled as the ‘City of Joy’, the ‘Cultural capital of India’, Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian style architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place.
Many a photographers and videographers are forever trying to catch the colours of this lively place. Nightlife in the city is centered on restaurants, pubs and discotheques where the young crowd of the city gather.
How to Reach
Kolkata by Flight
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport connects Kolkata to Southeast Asia and some countries of Europe. The domestic terminal is one of the best in the country and is connected to all the major towns and cities. Prepaid taxis are available from the airport to the city, which is located at a distance of 20km. There is also a rail link connecting the airport to the Circular rail station in Dum Dum, though very trains operate on this line presently.
Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)
Kolkata by Road
There are regular bus services for Kolkata from almost any part of India. From Delhi, via NH 19, it takes almost a day to reach Kolkata. Buses are also available from nearby cities like Kharagpur, Haldia etc. You can also alternatively hire taxis for the same, although the fares would be a bit cumbersome. Alternatively, you can also pick up cabs or shared taxis, although the fares might be a bit cumbersome, to begin with.
Kolkata by Train
Kolkata has two main railway stations- Howrah and Sealdah. It is connected to all the big stations in India and is a gateway to NorthEastern India. If you are coming to Kolkata via Sealdah, you can take a prepaid taxi to travel to the city. Ferries are available from the Howrah to get you to the other side of the river at Babu Ghat or Fairlie Place from where you can take a taxi, bus or autorickshaw to all the parts of the city.
Kolkata by Waterways
The river Hooghly that runs through the west part of the city is one of the less crowded but slow-medium of traffic. There are several points from where you can board several regular ferry services. These services are a good way of avoiding the traffic snarl if you are travelling without luggage. It offers a spectacular view of the Howrah Bridge as it passes beneath it.