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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Kolkata (Calcutta)?

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When you have limited time to experience and explore a city as vast as Kolkata, no amount of planning is enough. However, trying never hurts so refer to the following itinerary to plan your Kolkata dream in the best way possible:

  • Day 1

    Start your holiday in Kolkata with a visit to the Howrah Bridge which is an icon for the City of Lights. An early morning visit to the place where you can see the sun rising over the Hooghly river, enjoy a Dinghy ride or simply see people offer prayers and offerings makes for an enchanting experience. On your way back stop at the fascinating flower market, but you really have to be the early bird for this one as the market wraps up by 8 am. Cross the bridge and reach the Belur Math Shrine and once you have paid your respects here, move onto the Dakshineswar Temple.  

    Make your way to the Marble Palace then, and if your urge for sightseeing is still not satiated, head to Rabindranath Tagore Museum to see curios from the life of a writer all of Bengal revers. Spend your evening browsing through books and curios at College Street.

  • Day 2

    Pay your respects at the famous Kalighat Temple first thing in the morning and proceed to Mother House from there. Next stop is the National Library, which is the biggest library in Kolkata and the birthplace of most intellectuals in the city. When the sun starts to set, make your way to Chowringhee Lane and get a true feel of Kolkata. Check out Maidan next, followed by Fort William and Victoria Memorial. Feast on Puchkas and Jhalmuri in the evening and watch the spectacular musical fountain here. Close your day with a bite of Kolkata’s famous street food and rest peacefully at your lodging for the night. If you are the night bird and your energy levels continue to soar high, you can also get a taste of Kolkata’s happening nightlife.

  • Day 3

    Spend your day out with your family at the Nicco Park and enjoy quality time with your kids. If you are artistically inclined, you can also drop by at the numerous art galleries and museums and understand the vibrant colourful fabric of Kolkata. Close your day with some shopping at the New Market or enjoy a cultural programme at Rabindra Sadan. If you wish, you can also ride back to Howrah to enjoy the lovely night time views of the city, which will make for memories you will cherish for a lifetime.


If your desire for Bengal still isn’t satiated, head to the places surrounding Kolkata like Digha and Darjeeling, to give yourself a sweet excuse to extend your
bhaalo vacation!


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