Top 5 Things to Do in Kolkata
The province of art, education and rich culture, Kolkata is the third highly populous metropolitan city of Eastern India. We list out the 5 most important cultural sites to see and activities to do, when in this city of Indian artistic heritage.
#1. See the Howrah Bridge
It is one of the most important places to visit in Kolkata. Howrah Bridge is among the busiest bridges worldwide and also the third longest cantilever bridge globally. It links Howrah and Kolkata. On a trip to Kolkata, drive across the Howrah Bridge which lies over the Hooghly River and wonder at how the bridge gives the illusion of a masterfully cut diamond. Fascinatingly constructed simply without any nuts and bolts,
this commendable feat of engineering in Kolkata must not be skipped.
#2. Hop on a Tram
Having always read about trams in Kolkata as a child, it’s your time to actually hop on one when you are here. The sight is delightful when traversing through these ancient dainty trams. The old one’s are charmingly authentic and rusty. Though there are new trams, they infallibly maintain that vintage essence which makes them Kolkata’s signature icon in the first place.
#3. Pay homage at Mother Teresa’s house
Take a closer look to how Mother Teresa lived and worked her act of kindness that made a worldwide impact. Besides her tomb is a museum that displays the drape and the sandals she wore along with the bowl she ate in. It also consists of her room display left in the same state when she was alive.
#4. Do not miss Wildlife Trek in Sundarbans
The best treat for travellers who love wildlife and seek adventure, the Sundarban National Park is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also the largest mangrove belt globally. Aptly named as Sunderbans which means ‘beautiful forest’ in Bengali, visitors here get to witness the fascinating wonders of local flora and fauna. These include the world famous royal white Bengal tigers and salt-water crocodiles along with colourful breed of exotic birds and reptiles. You could also spot endangered species that have made these thick Forests their home. This natural habitat of the untamed is a mandate when in Kolkata.
#5. Visit the marvellous Marble house
Built by a Bengali merchant by the name Raja Rajendra Mullick in a Neoclassical style, this gorgeous white marble house still has its descendants living here. Crafted with 26 different varieties of Italian marble this mansion is one of the most incredible and elegant ancient houses in Kolkata. The interior of the Marble Palace has Victorian furniture and western modifications but the exterior decor symbolizes original Bengali art. It is designed with open courtyards of traditional style and a place of worship open for family members solely. Apart from the palace, visitors can enjoy the wide gardens with lawns, which also has a lake and a small zoo.
Experience these must-do activities whilst visiting the city of culture that will not only take you back in time but also leave you truly mesmerised!