Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) is a city of contrasts and extremes — rich and poor, elegant and unpolished — but above all it's a place of colour and character. Immerse yourself in the culture, food and people of the second-largest city in India. Get to India by travelling on cheap flights to Calcutta and spend some time in this fascinating location.
Kolkata is famous for its buildings, both those constructed in the colonial style and local temples devoted to worship. The magnificent Victoria Memorial, which took nearly 20 years to build, is a beautiful blend of India and Europe. View the exquisitely colored Dakshineshwar Kali Temple and the pure white Birla Mandir, two Hindu temples situated near Kolkata. Howrah Bridge is best viewed from the Hooghly River or from a distance at night; it's considered the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. For a complete change, go to Mother Teresa's Motherhouse to view her tomb, her simple belongings and the room where she lived.
Shopping and Eating
For a true Kolkata experience, shop at the New Market, or Hogg's Market, a sprawling area that is the oldest market in the city; a huge variety of stalls form the market, but be prepared for the crowds and be willing to bargain. For fantastic photo opportunities and heady scents of blossoms, visit the Mullik Ghat Flower Market, the wholesale hub for flower sellers all over the state of West Bengal and beyond. Support women and children from the slums by shopping for fabric and leather goods as well as greeting cards at Ankur Kala. Bengali food predominates in Kolkata and restaurants serving authentic fare include 6 Ballygunge Place, Bhoj Company, Kasturi and Oh! Calcutta.
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