Kolkata, officially known as Calcutta, is the 2nd biggest city of India and capital of Indian state, west Bengal. Regarded as India’s intellectual and cultural capital, the city is home town of several prominent poets, writers and stage performers. As the former capital of British India, Kolkata still retains the feast of colonial-era architecture, admitting much in a photogenic state. Though, poverty is certainly at face, Kolkata continues to have classy Bengali gentry with their grand old clubs, horse race-tracks and India’s finest golf course. Kolkata is the ideal place to experience the mild climate, resonant aroma of Bengali cuisine and western standards of living which compel you to stay in Kolkata. It is the friendlier and lovable city than India’s other metropolises and I am going to enlighten you of some of Kolkata’s fabulous places, after which you will acknowledge this is more than just a city.
Kolkata has been famous for its stunning places and due to its numerous grand buildings and lively and friendly people, making the city worth visiting. The improbable Victoria Memorial, is the most beautiful and scenic architectural masterpiece of Kolkata, where the festival of white marble is celebrated every year. The building is considered one of the India’s greatest, resembling somehow like Taj Mahal.
When you enter the first hallway of this magnificent building, first you will see the statue of King George and his wife Mary, then to the left there is a splendor Gallery with unique paintings and prints, making the whole chamber an excellent and impressive one. Even if you do not go inside, the construction is still worth admiring from afar, with a photogenic view across reflecting ponds, you can enter into the large, well-trended park. The entry is allowed from north and south gates with tickets at daytime, whereas, you can use only east gate for exiting.
Sundarbans Tiger Reserve
Sundarbans tiger reserve is home to one of the largest concentration of Royal Bengal Tigers, covering an area of 2585 sq. Km. Around 300 tigers are present in a dense forest near river delta. The best time to visit this reserve is between November and March as the entry is restricted during monsoon months. You can navigate this harsh and complex landscape with an organized tour only, providing all necessary permits, paperwork, and travel guiding.
Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali Scholar who reshaped Bengali Literature and music with contextual modernism in the late 19th century. In the memory of Tagore, his family mansion has become a shrine-like museum now. His personal belongings might not inspire you but some of his quotations might affect your interest in Tagore’s philosophy. An imperial gallery of paintings is contributed by his family and peers in the museum and an exhibition is also organized at the place every year. It would take an hour to see everything in the museum if you are an art lover but for casual visitors a brief glance is enough.
Though, this is small journey to India’s largest city that changed its face from water to land and from river to sea, but developed itself as city of commerce, transport and manufacture. With a rich cultural heritage, Kolkata is a dominant urban center and a worth visiting city in eastern India.