The City Of Joy – KOLKATA
By Archana Singh
Kolkata, the 350 years old second largest metropolis of India, manifests itself differently from other metros. Being the former capital of British India, Kolkata still has the bearings of colonial-era in the form of trams and architecture. The city has always been regarded as India’s intellectual, artistic and cultural capital. No wonder it has produced several Nobel Laureates like Rabindranath Tagore, C.V. Raman and Amartaya Sen among others. Friendlier than India’s other metropolises, this is a city you ‘feel’ than simply visit. Whether you are visiting for work or leisure, the city of joy will enthrall you with its laidback character and specialties that you can only get in Kolkata.
10 Must Visit Places In Kolkata Dakshineswar Kali Temple Located on the banks of the Hooghly River, this temple is revered by religious as well as spiritual followers. The Bengali spiritual leader, Ramakrishna Paramhans, started his remarkable spiritual journey from this important Hindu pilgrimage site, which is dedicated to goddess Kali. The periphery of the temple courtyard has a string of shrines dedicated to Hindu god Shiva.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
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Belur Math Set amidst palms and manicured lawns in Howrah on the banks of Hooghly River, this large religious centre serves as the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission. A mission that follows the philosophy of the 19th-century Indian sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,
who preached the unity of all religions. And, the same unity is visible in the temple architecture, which is a wonderful blend of Hindu, Christian and Islamic architectural styles symbolizing the unity of all religions. Howrah Bridge The iconic landmark bridge spans through the Hooghly River connecting the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata. This sixthlongest beam bridge in the world is truly a piece of engineering marvel – it does not have nuts and bolts and was created by riveting the whole structure. Mullick Flower Market Near the south-east end of the Howrah bridge a flight of stairs take you to the colourful world of flowers. The 130 years old Mullick Ghat flower market is one of the largest flower markets in Asia. And, the interesting part is, unlike other flower markets in the