The cultural city of Kolkata Kolkata, the place where the first telephone of India rang, the place where the tram train was first installed, the place that was graced by the first Nobel Laureate of India is indeed one of the best cities of India. Located on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata the second largest city of India is the cultural and the educational hub of India. Kolkata is also known as ‘Calcutta’ and is inhabited by Bengalis. Kolkata is the place where the britishers first established their power. It has a rich cultural heritage and a glorious past. Kolkata has given India many scholars, poets, musicians, artists, directors like Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Ritwik Ghatak, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Satyajit Ray, Rabindranath Tagore, Mrinal Sen, etc. Kolkata is a commercial and an industrial center, hence, Kolkata is well connected by road, rail and air. Cheap tickets of flights to Kolkata can be booked using online travel portals. Flights from Kolkata are also available in plenty.
The best time to visit Kolkata is during the Durga Pujo i.e. the Navratri festival. During the Durga Pujo, Kolkata is decked in its best and the festival is celebrated in the grandest manner. The epic Ramlila play depicting the fable Ramayana is held during the nine days and it is indeed a play, which you ought to watch. If you are a foodie, then Kolkata is a good place for you as the spicy Kolkata cuisine will leave your taste buds tingling. Don’t miss out the mouthwatering biryani’s, pulao and chicken of Kolkata. If you are a patron of Rabindranath Tagore, then visit Shantiniketan, which is located at a distance of 180 kilometers form Kolkata. Rabindranath Tagore founded Shanti Niketan (Visva-Bharati University) and it is also the place where Tagore composed many of his famous literary works.
If you are a nature lover then visit the famed Sunderbans national park, which is located at an approximate distance of 130 kilometers from Kolkata. The Sunderbans is the largest mangrove forest of the world and it has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Sunderbans is the home of many rare species of plants, animals, birds, reptiles, etc. One can spot the Royal Bengal Tiger at its best here. One can go for 2-3 day cruises on the Sunderbans and have a peaceful plus a quiet time. The Sunderbans tiger reserve also holds special tiger tours. There are flights from Kolkata to most of the important destinations across the globe. Kolkata is indeed a popular tourist destination. The Howrah bridge of Kolkata is a well-known bridge as it is the sixth longest bridge in the world of its type. Apart from the Howrah Bridge, Kolkata is also known for the Eden gardens, Victoria memorial, Parsi Fire temple, Kali Temple, Birla Temple, Tagore House, Fort William, Marble palace, etc. Hence, a visit to the city of Kolkata is a must. Kolkata is easily accessible by all means of transport. Being a commercial center, the frequency of flights to Kolkata is high from anywhere across the country. Hence, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be off to discover the beauty of Kolkata.