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KOLKATA

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, and you’ll definitely want to make the most of it you’re seeking to see every side of what India has to offer. Whether you’re exploring the country extensively or want to stop off here as part of your Ganges River Cruise, you’ll find Kokata has plenty to offer, and you can find out everything you need to know below.

Impressive example of Kolkata’s archaeologyImpressive example of Kolkata’s archaeology

An Introduction to Kolkata

Kolkata is known as a cultural centre in India, and it brings an elegance and sophistication that other cities are lacking. It has some of the country’s finest and most impressive Raj-era architecture and you won’t want to miss out on that. There are stunning market places, beautiful temples and impressive civic statues and monuments.

It’s associated with some of the finest artists to come out of India, and that link to cinema, literature and music is still very much alive to this day. It’s a city that’s had problems with poverty going back a long way, but the people are friendly and welcoming, making it a popular destination for visitors.

Kolkata’s Top Attractions and Things to See

If you want to see the best of Kolkata, these are the attractions and the key things to see that you should focus on while you’re there.

Victoria Memorial

This stunning white, colonial building was built to commemorate Queen Victoria of England. It’s a key part of the history of Kolkata and you should take the time to visit it.

Mullik Ghat Flower Market

The vibrant and chaotic colours on display at the Mullik Ghat Flower Market is something you won’t want to miss. Head there and see this 125-year-old market for yourself; you won’t regret it.

The amazing Kolkata flower marketThe amazing Kolkata flower market

Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge crosses the Hooghly River and connects Kolkata with Howrah. It’s an impressive engineering feat and the pedestrian bridge is definitely worth a walk.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

This Hindu temple is one of the most beautiful buildings you’ll find in Kolkata and maybe one of the most impressive in all of India. It’s the kind of place that you definitely need to visit when you’re nearby so you can experience it first-hand.

Belur Math

Belur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda. You won’t want to miss out on it, and it’s best experience when the sun is setting and the aarti ceremony is taking place.

What Kolkata is Most Famous For

One of the things that Kolkata is known for is being home to India’s greatest filmmaker and one of the country’s greatest artists Satyajit Ray. That cultural sector thrives in Kolkata like nowhere else in India and the theatre scene is also very vibrant to this day. It’s an intellectual and educational powerhouse, as well as being a key commercial centre in India.

Kolkata is a wonderful part of India, and if you want to explore the country and get a real feel for it, this is definitely a place you’ll want to visit as part of your experience. Be sure to make the most of the above information and tips for places to visit if you do eventually head to Kolkata.

River Cruises visiting Kolkata

 

River Cruise itinerary for The Upper Ganges River

The Upper Ganges River

Kolkata - Varanasi

No Single Supplement on selected dates

14 nights

from US$6,138
members from US$4,910.40

River Cruise itinerary for The Upper Ganges River
River Cruise itinerary for The Lower Ganges River

The Lower Ganges River

Kolkata - Baranagar - Kolkata

No Single Supplement on selected dates

7 nights

from US$3,410
members from US$2,728

River Cruise itinerary for The Lower Ganges River
River Cruise itinerary for Ganges & Brahmaputra

Ganges & Brahmaputra

Kolkata - Guwahati - Silghat - Guwahati

No Single Supplement on selected dates

14 nights

from US$6,639
members from US$5,311.20

River Cruise itinerary for Ganges & Brahmaputra
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