‘The City of Joy’ which Kolkata is popularly known as has earned its name for being one of the most vibrant and interesting cities not only in India but the world over. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal in India and is also known as the cultural capital of India. The most striking feature of this is its passion and love for life. There is passion in the people regarding their city, food, culture, art, politics and of course football.Kolkata is the colonial capital of the British Empire in India nad also a major metro .hence you will find both the ancient and the modern in Kolkata.
If you are in Kolkata you will be spoilt for choice. This city is home to numerous colonial buildings and traces of British architecture can be found throughout the city. The most prominent landmark of Kolkata is the Howrah Bridge. It is also called the Gateway to Kolkata and is built on the river Hooghly. It connects Howrah with Kolkata. Another prominent bridge in Kolkata is the Vidyasagar Setu.Kolkata is steeped in heritage and is home to many famous monuments like the Victoria memorial. This marvel in marble and situated in Maidan in Kolkata is a monument to Queen Victoria. Another important building is the Indian Museum on J.N. road. This is the largest museum in Asia and houses countless artifacts from the glorious past of India. The Birla Planetarium which is near the museum is another place which forms an integral part of Kolkata.Other important buildings of historical importance are the national museum and the Raj Bhawan.A very interesting place to visit in Kolkata is also the Jawaharlal Nehru Children Museum .This unique museum houses dolls from various parts of the globe and is a big dram among locals and tourists. The Jorasanko Thakur Bari, which is the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore, the family home of Swami Vivekanada and Subhash Chandra Bose is places worth visiting in Kolkata.
The presiding deity of Kolkata and also most of Bengal is Kali. Dakshineshwar Kali temple and Kalighat are world renowned temples of Kali and are important places of pilgrimage for Hindus. The Birla temple is another beautiful temple in Kolkata. The Loknath temple at Teghoria in Baguihati is a place that thousands of devotees of Baba Loknath visit it daily.Adyapeeth also occupies an important position in the list of temples in Kolkata. The grand St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Nakhoda Mosque and the Tipu Sultan mosque can also form an integral part of your itinerary. While in Kolkata you can also visit the Eden Gardens, the Yuva Bharti Krirangan in salt Lake and the Netaji indoor stadium. This apart a visit to the famous club houses of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting will let you get a feel of why football is life in Kolkata.
Kolkata is a shopper’s paradise. You can begin by visiting the old and historical New Market and then move on to Park Street which has a presence of all major brands.Kolkata is home to many famous malls .The Forum, The South City Mall, Westside and the City Center in salt lake are not only mega malls but can serve as an entertainment venue for the entire family.Kolkata is crazy about food and the proof of this is found in the many restaurants in the city. The city offers choices for all types of palates and cuisines. Also a must in Kolkata is the amazing sweets and street food of the city. Kolkata is the birthplace of the rosogolla and it can be found in any sweet shop in Kolkata. Mishti Doi is another eternal favorite sweet of the city.
India has more than 200 wildlife sanctuaries and about 100 of them are classified as National Parks. Here is a list of national parks of India. The names of the national parks are organized according to the state in which they belong to. Some of the national parks are speared over many states and only one state in listed in such cases. You can see the same list of national parks in India here arranged in the alphabetical order of their names.