Saketh Supraz shares his travel diaries from a recent trip to Kolkata with Yo! Vizag.
Why Visit Kolkata
Have you ever planned a trip to Kolkata? Or does it not really interest you to (re)visit this city again ? A couple of months ago, I was in a similar dilemma till I revisited Kolkata; only to realise how amazing this city could get and how beautiful the simplest of things here are. Flying away from a busy city, one would want peace, beaches and more instead of dealing with hustle bustle elsewhere for a holiday or a pleasure weekend. But when I chose Kolkata, my driving factor was my girlfriend who had moved there.
The first thing one would notice are the old architectural beauties that are still evidently present, which is such a treat to see in the modern times. Walking into a subway leading to one of India’s oldest metros, it makes you wonder how such an effective system of metro was set up in a busy city of this sort.
Another thing I really admire are the trams on the main roads which date back to the 90’s. But the beauty that lies within these trams – the old fashioned fans, windows and operating systems – is unmatched. You know you can travel in the cheapest way possible when you’re in Kolkata because you have so many options from the rickshaw puller to metros.
The food, oh my god! Kolkata indeed serves a lot of your favourites with the best of taste and in the most economical way possible. Just to name a few – the renowned Flurys that serves European and Indian desserts and more, biryani at Arslan, street food outside Vardhan market, the pancakes at Piccadily Square and not to forget, the famous Sandesh and Mishti doi are surely a must try if you’ve never had these delicacies and lastly to all the non-vegetarians, please don’t forget to try the Bengal famous ‘Maach’ (Fish).
Sights to See
Coming to the tourist attractions, my personal favourite being the mighty Howrah Bridge, the beauty of which never fades away, just like the beautiful Victoria Memorial. A sight I missed previously was the Prinsep Ghat, which proved to be serene. One would fall in love with this place, especially if visited in the early mornings.
Things to Do
Walking through the busy streets of Kolkata has a completely different experience. In the case of street shopping, one would be amazed with the kind of stuff available, I literally have no words. Shopping here should surely be on your to-do list. Bars are another thing you wouldn’t want to miss. You’re aren’t holidaying in a hill-station, but a metro city, so make the best of the weekend nights while you’re in Kolkata. The city has fantastic pubs, which will you surely give you the much needed vibes for partying.
The unpredictable climate in Kolkata, never fails to amuse you. One never knows when it will start to shower, but when it does, enjoy it with an old fashioned matka chai and some street samosas that are absolutely delicious!
Apart from all of these beautiful things, do not miss out on the people of Bengal. They are – yes, unique in their own way, it’s beautiful to watch and know about people who lead different lifestyles in this culturally diverse nation of India. Lastly, let’s not forget the famous Kalighat Kali temple, which is a must visit (exceptions to be made for the crowd) no matter what, to complete your journey with the blessings of the goddess.
To Sum It Up
Kolkata is an amazing place, no matter what people have to say. At the end of this holiday, I can surely say it is one hell of a place!
P.S: Thumb rule of travelling – always travel with good company or get ready to travel alone.
P.P.S: For all those folks who love watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S , Kolkata has a cafe just like Central Perk, a must visit for all of you.