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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the different activities one can do in Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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One thing goes without saying is that a holiday in this land of fervour and celebration, of learning and desperation is indeed a busy one. Not only is the life and energy of Kolkata legendary, it is something which you are bound to get infected with. Strap up and get set for the myriad activities that await you in the city of poetry and drama.


  • Macher Jhol

    Macher Jhol is a traditional Bengali marinated fish in curry dish served with steamed rice. This delicately flavoured spicy curry is cooked in mustard oil and spiced with salt and turmeric. While this seafood haven has a lot of variants of fish curry (the awesome Chingri Malai Curry, for example) this one outshines them all in terms of taste!  A local favourite, you can easily try this dish at the small eateries that dot the vibrant streets of Kolkata.

  • Rasgulla

    When the city’s name is synonymous with a food specialty from there, you know you can expect something superlative and still be surprised. Rasgullas, (Rossogulla to our lovely Bong people) is a sweet dish of cottage cheese balls floating in thick sugar syrup. Don’t be beguiled by this simple description, this basic dish is a favourite of the city and our country (without doubt!) and is perhaps the secret ingredient behind the sweet speech and song of Bengal. Let your teeth sink into this one and feel the rush of liquid sugar greeting your taste buds with the first bite, and you will know what I am talking about!


  • Kalighat

    One of the major points of pilgrimage for devotees of Maa Kali and Lord Shiva, Kalighat is also one of the oldest areas in Kolkata. Legend has it that when Goddess Parvati’s body was destroyed, her right toe fell here. The shrine at the main temple here depicts Goddess Kali with a long golden tongue and is different from her usual descriptions. Not only does this place figure on the tourist’s map in Kolkata, it is also one place where you can pick up the famous Kalighat Pata Painting as well.
    A word of caution though, you might find priests and touts here tailing you and asking (almost forcing, at times) you to buy pooja items or make donations. It is best to steer clear of these people as dealing with them tends to get rude and dirty. Also, this place can be crowded at times of Pooja, so if you are with your family and want to enjoy the
    aarti, make sure you keep your kids close.

  • St Paul’s Cathedral

    A church that took close to 10 years for its construction has to be a marvel, right? Visit the St Paul’s Church in the city of Kolkata and find out! With its grecian pillars and Indo- Gothic architecture, this place mesmerises each person it welcomes to its warm embrace. Stained glass windows, artistically carved pews and chairs, walls decked in intricate mural paintings and an equally breathtaking facade describe this church which houses peace and tranquility in every nook and corner. Avoid visiting the place in the afternoon though, it remains closed between noon and 3pm everyday.


  • Victoria Memorial

    An attempt of the British to create a replica of Taj Mahal in the honour of the Queen, the Victoria Memorial is an imposing monument of glittering white marble in an oasis of green. Recognized as the symbol of Kolkata, this monument houses a museum displaying British memorabilia and knick knacks from the time of the Raj. Enjoy a momentous sunrise at the sprawling gardens here or witness a romantic sunset with a loved one or simply come here with your family to enjoy a Light and Sound Show in the evenings! Don’t forget to take your camera along for awesome pictures by the Lord Curzon statue, King Edward Statue and Queen Victoria Statue.

  • Birla Planetarium

    A planetarium with one of the largest domes in the world deserves your visit this holiday, doesn’t it? Come to the Birla Planetarium to understand the facts and functioning of our universe in an interactive and fun way! Enjoyable for both adults and children, the place successfully drives home points about our solar system, galaxy, stars and other heavenly bodies by means of twinkling lights, colourful models and painting displays. Daily programmes are organised here in  a variety of languages, from Gujarati, Oriya and Tamil to Hindi, English and Bengali. Astronomers love this place, thanks to the stargazing they can do here by means of the Celestron C-14 Telescope.


If the busy schedule of your city life allows you little time for some sporty fun, catch up with your love for sports on your holiday in Kolkata!

  • Horse Riding

    Isn’t the idea of learning a cool new sport on a vacation simply mindboggling? Grow out of the speed rush of motorbikes and cars as you race horses while in Kolkata! Check out one of India’s largest race courses, the Kolkata Race Course. Built in 1820 the place continues to hold thrilling and momentous races and also organises riding classes for the interested. Most races are held between July and March, and you can check out their website (http://www.rctconline.com/) for detailed schedules and reliable information. I wouldn’t miss this one for any cost when in Kolkata!

  • Golf

    An important part of what the British romance with Kolkata left behind, the Golf lawns here were the first ones laid in the world after the courses of United Kingdom. It has been said that if you haven’t had a shot at Golfing when in the city of artists and intellectuals, you have missed out on a big deal in Kolkata. Experience the glory of this serene game and have an amazing time scoring the holes at Tollygunge Club, Fort William and Royal Calcutta Golf Club. When at it, score an eagle or two in my name as well!

With all these host of activities that lure you to Kolkata, you can always turn to this place for a vacation of understanding history, thrilling adventure, religious soul searching, heady parties, exotic food and a completely unforgettable experience.

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