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Travel Guide by Vinay Chaubey
Kolkata is the largest metropolis
in India, Calcutta is a vibrant city on the move, volatile and unpredictable.
The Gateway to India, till 1912, and the capital of the Raj in India, it
still bears the Victorian imprint on its streets and structures. A city
just about ready to burst at the seams, Calcutta is home to more than 10
million people. The Ganga (called the Hooghly in Calcutta) is still the
inspiration, as it was to Job Charnok, East India Company agent, who reached
the shores in August 1690, to found the city. Calcutta, after London, was
the British Empire's second city.
|Places of Interest in
Only the second of its kind
in the commonwealth and similar to that in London. Regular astronomical
shows are presented here with commentaries in different languages. Shows
are held on all days excluding Mondays.
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Belur Math :
Built in 1847, on the banks
of the Hooghly, north of Calcutta, the temple is associated with Shri Ramakrishna,
the eclectic 19th century saint who revived Hinduism during the British
Raj. Across the river stands Belur Math, headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission.
The Monastery is a haven of peace and religious harmony.
Marble Palace :
Situated in an artistically
laid-out garden, the place is full of rare collection of antiques of immense
artistic and historical value. Wonderful curios, china and a couple of
paintings by Rubens are only a few to mention of the spectrum of attractions
of the palace. The Marble Palace is situated on Muktaram Babu Street, off
Chittaranjan Avenue. Open on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.
Kolkata Fairs & Festivals:
Durga Puja, the most important
and the most popular of all Bengali festivals is the Durga puja. It is
celebrated throughout the state, but with great grandeur in Calcutta. There
are some ancestral houses in Calcutta where Durga puja is being observed
over decades and even over centuries.
Kolkata People & Lifestyle
Calcutta is the home of
the Bengalis - volatile in politics, sports lover, intellectual, romantic
with a unique sensibility. To whom every activity is a commitment of passionate
intensity - be it a religious festival, soccer matches, political demonstrations,
music, art, poetry reading, eating or adda (chat sessions).
|Calcutta breeds culture:
Rabindranath Tagore gave
Bengal new composite music, dance drama and literature. Sitar maestro Pandit
Ravi Shankar internationalized Indian Classical music. Jamini Roy revived
folk painting. Uday Shankar created a new dance form. Indian People's Theatre
Association (IPTA) introduced a new genre of performing arts. Ustad Allauddin
Khan created a new orchestra and famous film maker Satyajit Ray's home
and canvas was Calcutta.
The Bengali fondness for
good food is legendary. Exotic Bengali cuisine is available at selected
restaurants like Suruchi and Aheli (Peerless Inn). To experience the true
taste of traditional cooking, it is best to befriend a Bengali. His hospitality
will definitely include a meal!
Excursions in Kolkata:
Botanical Gardens, located
8 kms from Calcutta on the west bank of Ganga are the famous Botanical
Gardens. The highlight of the Gardens is the 200 year old banyan tree,
said to be the largest in the world. The tree is 26 meters high with a
circumference of approximately 900 feet.
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Regency Hotel, Kolkata
Hyatt Regency Kolkata, set
on 6.5 acres of landscape gardens, is a luxury business hotel in Kolkata
located in the business district of Salt Lake City. Our Hotel in
Kolkata India is an 11 km, 20-minute drive from both the city centre and
Kolkata International Airport. Contemporary design combines Malaysian teak
floors, textured walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows enhancing elegant
interiors including a king bed with plush down duvet, separate work area
with high-speed Internet and Italian marble bath with rain shower. Pampering
amenities include complimentary fruit, mineral water and soft bathrobes
Grand Hotel, Kolkata
A luxury hotel in the heart
of the city well equipped for both the leisure or business traveller. Guests
have a choice of quality restaurants, business centre and meeting spaces
on site, as well as a top fitness centre and spa run by Banyan Tree.
Rooms are decorated in a neutral decor and are equipped with television,
DVD player, direct dial telephone and data port. Rooms are large in size
and in good condition, with views overlooking the city. There is
a French Brassiere restaurant serving international food. Guests can also
visit the Thai speciality restaurant.
The Peerless Inn on Chowringhee
is in Kolkata's choicest city centre location close to both shopping and
business areas. Just 100 metres from the Esplanade Metro Station, the hotel
is a 10 minute walk to Eden Gardens & New Market, and a 15 minute stroll
to the Victoria Memorial. Timeless traditions of Bengali culture
find home in The Peerless Inn, along with modern amenities. The discerning
traveler is left spellbound with our gentle etiquette. The Peerless Inn
is friendly, warm and modern with an aesthetically pleasing ambience.
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