Calcutta is not for everyone.
You want your city clean and green, stick to Delhi.
You want your city rich and impersonal, go to Bombay.
You want them hi-tech and full of draught beer, Bangalore’s your place.
But if you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta
- Vir Sanghvi
Kolkata; the city of joy! The city is replete with the emotions and hues of Indian living. Famous for its intellectual and cultural centre, Kolkata has a plateful of beauty to offer. Tucked in its cobbled streets and Victorian style buildings is the true essence of diversity. The influence of various cultures has made Kolkata, a city of bliss. And this blend of various cultures can be best rectified in the food of the city.
We are totally swayed with the city’s magnificent structures, mind-boggling literature and the swinging between the various time periods the city lives in and we can’t just get enough of the delectable food it proffers!
How about mixing the city’s beautiful landscape, exploring its magnetism and binging on its scrumptious food? Sounds interesting?
So here’s a totally doable Kolkata itinerary for foodies:
7.00 am: Early Morning Power Jogging In Maidan
Popular as the heart of the city, this lush green bounty is spread over 400 hectares and is also known as Brigade Parade Ground. Locals gather here every morning to jog; you can watch toddlers playing and elders sharing a hearty laugh with morning news!
07.30 am: A Hot Start At Gangaur
After a morning exercise, a reward awaits you! Gangaur offers a nice spread of hot snacks. The Club Kachori with Sabji or Bake Beans puff is just mouth-wateringly yummy. Finish it off with a plateful of crispy Jalebi and your morning will brighten up instantly!
Address: 2, Anandilal Poddar Street, Russel Street, Kolkata
Must-try: Saag Kachori and Kesariya Tea
Timings: 7 am to 10.30 pm
Cost for Two: 600 INR
9.00 am: Experience The Cricket Craze At Eden Gardens
A pilgrimage for cricket fans, early morning is the perfect time to be here! You can observe the future Tendulkars and Gangulys in making! The stadium dates back to 1864 and has experienced the spectacular history of Indian cricket visible through its collection of historical photographs and cricket trivia!
10.30 am: Breakfast Binge At One Way Cafe
Featured for its breakfasts, One Way Cafe is known for its lip-smacking sandwiches and omelettes. Be here before 11 am and you can order for the corporate breakfast spread and you’ll be more than happy!
Their smoked salmon and spicy sausages are sinfully good. Finish it off with a glassful of fresh fruit juice and you’ll know your day is be going to be perfect!
Address: 50, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Near Birla Planetarium, Chowringhee, Kolkata 700071
Must Try: Crabmeat Omelette
Timings: 8 am to 10 pm
Cost for Two: 1000 INR
12.00 pm: Reliving The British Era at Victoria Memorial
This white striking beauty is a salient reminder of the colonial past of the city and entices with its unblemished structure. The gallery within the memorial features paintings and illustrations of Victoria and Prince Albert, and the memorabilia of the British raj. The new section dedicated to the history of Kolkata is worth taking a tour!
02.00 pm: Kebab Lunch at Peter Cat
Known for its continental and North Indian menu, Peter Cat is the eatery that introduced Kolkata to the world of Chelo kebabs. A place that’s always full of foodies, Peter Cat is your best pick for a soothing, leisurely lunch after a tiresome walk at the Victoria Memorial. The burst of flavours in your mouth after the first bite will tell you what the hype is all about!
Address: 18A, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata
Must Try: Chelo Kebab and Fish Makhmali Kebab
Timings: 11 am to 11.15 pm
Cost for Two: 1000 INR
04.30 pm: Sense and Spirituality at Dakshineshwar
A stop for a spiritual sojourn, Dakshineshwar temple is dedicated to Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, who is known for her powers to liberate humans from materialism. Famous for its association with Ramkrishna- an Indian yogi of the 19th century, the temple fills you with an aura of peace and sanity on your visit!
06.00 pm: Walk Down The Memory Lane on The Howrah Bridge
The famous icon of Kolkata, this bridge is one of the most recognisable structures of the city. This bridge on the Hoogli River is one of the busiest cantilever bridges in the world and is also featured in numerous films. You can either take a walk on the bridge or a ride in one of Kolkata’s cabs on the bridge. The views are amazing, especially around sunset.
08.00 pm: A Dinner To Remember At Amber
A legendary eat-out located right in the heart of Esplanade, Amber has a reputation of serving top-notch North Indian cuisine to its patrons. Drop in for some lip-smacking preparations of Kali Dal, Butter chicken, Mutton gravies, Brain curry and its wholesome flatbreads- Nans and Kuchas. The perfectly fried, crispy golden fried prawns are to die for!
Address: 11, Waterloo Street, Esplanade, Kolkata
Must-try: Golden Fried Prawns and anything with Nan!
Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm (closed between 3 pm to 7 pm)
Cost for Two: 1100 INR
A day in Kolkata will exhaust you, entice you, and yet, will pack you with a bunch of reminiscences that will make you come back, over and over again. You’ll want to return for one more plateful of experiences and the city will always welcome you with a warm smile and will exclaim 'Abar Dekha Hobe'
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