48 Hours in Kolkata: Day One

48 Hours in Kolkata: Day One, Kolkata, India (B)

Kolkata was my first port of call in West Bengal, a start to an eleven-day trip covering Kolkata, Darjeeling and Gangtok. I arrived from Kuala Lumpur close to midnight and woke up the next morning to catch the tail end of the Durga Puja festival. In between the festivities, my host Amrita and I planned our activities for the next two days, after which I would head off to Darjeeling.

Kolkata is a densely populated city of 14 million, thus there are numerous places to visit and things to do. I’m a heritage buff, so the first thing I always look out for in a city is anything related to history, heritage and architecture. Since I had only 48 hours in the city, I’d thought I share with you what I did during my stay, and perhaps that could help you too when you plan for a trip to Kolkata.

The first thing we did was to visit one of the famous landmarks of Kolkata – Victoria Memorial. Made of Rajasthani white marble, the Victoria Memorial is a grand, imposing building with a museum and gardens. The building was constructed in honour of Queen Victoria, an idea envisaged by the former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon who, after the death of the Queen, wanted a stately memorial dedicated in her memory. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 48 Hours in Kolkata: Day One
Guide Location: India » Kolkata
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Kathleen Poon
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.katpegimana.com/destinations/india/48-hours-in-kolkata-day-one/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Victoria Memorial
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Suruchi
  • Magen David Synagogue
  • New Market – Nahoum’s
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Indian Coffee House