Top 10 Things to Do in Kolkata

It may be hard to find one single reason for why Kolkata is called the ‘City of Joy’. A city that blends an enticing heritage and beauty of modern trends, Kolkata has a long history on the banks of river Hooghly. From the snail-paced trams to the first underground metro rails of India, and from hand-pulled rikshaws to the most modern shopping malls of Salt Lake, Kolkata is a city of cheerful contrasts. Though with well established traditions in film and theater industry, the city is still the safest among the metropolis of India to live in. Here is a list of 10 things to do in Kolkata when you are on a trip to this city of vibrant colors.

1. A Walk on the Howrah Bridge

My First Journey to Kolkata | Top 10 things to do in Kolkata

Sounds crazy? Of course it is crazy, but try it out, you will surely enjoy the thrill. Howrah bridge is a small extreme of the city that never sleeps with honking traffic and busy humans. Walk the stretch over the famed Howrah bridge and enjoy the calmness of river Hooghly flows lull through the middle of all the mishaps around. By the way, do not miss the Mullik Ghat’s flower market that is located right under the bridge.

Cost involved in this activity: $0 (Free)

2. A Walk in the South Park Street Cemetery

South Park Street Cemetery - Top 10 Things to Do in Kolkata

Another crazy thing to do? Not really; but may be a bit spooky among the top 10 things to do in Kolkata. The tranquility in this place cannot be judged by the busy and noisy Park Street. A walk in this 250+ years old cemetery can help you explore at least a few among the 1600+ tombs. When you are in a loud city like Kolkata, finding some solitude among the centuries old tress covered in moss is priceless.

Cost involved in this activity: $0 (Free) Can ask for a donation

3. Take a Ferry From Dakshineswar to Belur Math

Top 10 Things to Do in Kolkata | Dakshineswar

Another crazy thing to do? Not really; but may be a bit spooky among the top 10 things to do in Kolkata. The tranquility in this place cannot be judged by the busy and noisy Park Street. A walk in this 250+ years old cemetery can help you explore at least a few among the 1600+ tombs. When you are in a loud city like Kolkata, finding some solitude among the centuries old tress covered in moss is priceless.

Cost involved in this activity: Entry Fee $0 (Free); Ferry charges is $0.16 (Rs. 10/-)

4. Spend an Evening at Victoria Memorial

Top 10 Things to Do in Kolkata | Victoria Memorial

The huge marble construct of Kolkata is its pride and a beauty to watch. Built between 1906 and 1921, Victoria Memorial stands in the memory of Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901). This 103 meters long, 69 meters wide, and 56 meters high architectural excellence is dominantly European with a touch of Mughal designs. Spending an evening on the lawns of Victoria memorial gardens and experiencing the architectural beauty is a must among the top things to do in Kolkata.

Cost involved in this activity: Gallery $0.32 (Rs. 20/-); Gardens $0.16 (Rs. 10/-)

5. Explore the Indian Museum at Kolkata

Indian Museum

You can’t miss out this one. The Indian Museum of Kolkata is India’s first to be founded and one of the most significant in the country. Explore the vast collection of art, geology, archaeology, and many more. Do not forget to take a notebook to scribble your findings there.

Cost involved in this activity: Indians $0.32 (Rs. 20/-); Foreigners $8.00 (Rs. 500/-)

6. Take Lunch with a Local Friend

Bengali Lunch

No travel is complete without tasting the local cuisine and so it is in Kolkata. And the best way to enjoy local food is by visiting a friend’s home for lunch. Let me tell you that a classic Bengali lunch starts with a bitter course (usually made with bitter melon) called Shukto. This will be followed with leafy vegetables, then any other vegetables. The vegetables will be followed by a non-vegetarian dish which can be egg, fish, or meat. Bengal is also famous for their sweet desserts including Mishti Dhoi (sweet yogurt) and Rasagolla. My suggestion is not to miss an opportunity to taste Ilish Macher Jhol (Indian Shad Fish Curry).

Cost involved in this activity: $0 – $8 (Rs. 0 – Rs. 500/-)

7. Experience a Lazy Trip on One of the City Trams

Kolkata Tram

A lot is speculated about Kolkata’s abating traffic system and antiquated trams. There were even debates on taking away the trams from the face of Kolkata. Trams are still plying on the crowded streets of Kolkata and measures have been taken to rekindle the 130+ years old  Calcutta Tramways Company. Now you can enjoy a relaxing city tour at the slowest possible pace on an AC Tram.

Cost involved in this activity: Depends on the distance and the type of tram

8. Never Miss the Mother Teresa House

Mother Teresa House

Remember her words, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”. she lived a life of sacrifice and submission to spread love and humanity. Thousands come here from all around the world, inspired by her life,  to spread love and to return with heart full of happiness. The tomb of Mother Teresa and the adjacent museum will surely help you learn her ideologies.

Cost involved in this activity: Free

9. Kumortuli

Kumortuli

The art and cultural neighborhood of Kolkata has a long history of idol making. During the festive season of Durga Pooja, the creations of this Kumortuli artisans snatch the attention of the entire city for several days. Take a walk on the streets of this artisan district of Kolkata learn about the various Hindu gods and goddesses from those clay made sculptures. Deep rooted in the cultural history of Kolkata, this cultural village of Kolkata surely gains a place in our ‘top 10 things to do in Kolkata’.

Cost involved in this activity: Free

10. Don’t Miss the Flavors of Kolkata Street

Street Food Kolkata

Mouthwatering street food is another reason for why people call Kolkata – the city of joy. Just walk on the streets of Kolkata and you are sure stop over several street stalls selling Kolkata’s famous flavors in different colors and different tastes.

Cost involved in this activity: Depends

When you travel next time to Kolkata, do not forget to consider our top 10 things to do in Kolkata and share your experience with us.

Author: E Jey

Just a passionate traveler who loves scribbling his expeditions @ www.jauntmonkey.com, www.outonroads.com, and www.blogthatall.com

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