Steeped in history, culture and politics, Kolkata is a place of eclectic beliefs, imaginations and people. Do not make the mistake of brushing off this place as being “old school.”
Let us tell you about few places which you must never fail to visit with your BFF for some hearty adda sessions.
1. Start with a Breakfast at Tiretta Bazaar
How can one start talking about Kolkata without taking a sneak peak at one of the oldest Bazaars around?
It’s a centuries old breakfast bazaar that the Kolkatans are really proud of. But if you want to savor the old world charm of this place, be sure you reach well before 7AM.
Yummy Food Everywhere! | Image Credits: Anup1981 (Creative Commons)
2. Take a Nice Stroll from Ahiritola Ghat to Kumortuli
This quaint riverside walk may not be as great as some other routes in the city; nevertheless, the old world charm of Kolkata can be soaked in the most perfect way through this route. And, the mammoth building showcasing quintessential Indo-European architectural patterns is really to look out for.
Kumartuli, The Artisans Abode | Image Credits: 18parkstreet.com
3. Watch Idol Makers in Action at Kumortuli and Sip Tea at Bag Bazar
You may be wowed by the Durga and Kali idols of Kolkata, but how ‘bout watching them being made? It’s a one-time experience which you surely don’t wanna miss. And, at the end of your foray into the potua para, don’t forget to sip hot, spicy tea at the Bag Bazar ghat.
Bag Bazaar – Stop By for a Tea Here | Image Credits: P.K.Niyogi (Creative Commons)
4. Watch a play at the Minerva Theatre
You should never forget to do this if you’re in love with art and literature!
5. Explore Rabindranath Tagore’s Abode, Jorashanko Thakurbari
Do you wanna know why the Bengalis simply worship Rabindranath Tagore?
If yes, then spending a day at the Jorashanko Thakurbari is must for you!
6. Play Football at Maidan
This is so Kolkata! Put on your shorts, open your boots and jump into the Maidan to play football.
And, if it’s the monsoon season, then the fun gets doubled. After all, dil toh baccha hain ji!
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7. Watch a Match at the Historical Eden Gardens
Do we really need to furnish you any reasons for the same? THE Eden Gardens—the name is itself enough!
8. Ride onto a Tram through the Maidan
Board a tram from Esplanade to any South Kolkata stop early in the morning.
Travelling in a tram in Kolkata is one of the best heritage experiences that you will get | Image Credits – Rajarshi Roychowdhury (Creative Commons)
You shall be ushered through the gallant meadows of Kolkata with the Victoria Memorial in the background and loose horses running gleefully across it. Sheer visual paradise it is!
9. Bargain with the Hawkers at New Market
You really didn’t do anything in Kolkata if you hadn’t bargained for that wonderful piece of something at the historical New Market.
Next, go for a pocket-friendly sweet treat at the Nahoum’s !
Correct us if we’re mistaking.
10. Watch a Movie at the Star Theatre
Let history meet pleasure at the Star Theatre.
11. Engross in a Hearty Chat at Fairlawns over Mugs of Beer
Now, this is one open air restaurant where you’re served only beer among the liquors. And, if you’re a beeraholic, then missing out on this place is simply blasphemous!
12. Say Cheers at Oly Pub and Feast over Delicious Beef Steak
One of the oldest pubs in the country, Oly Pub is still one of those most crowded places in Kolkata.
With a laid back ambience and an even more laid back staff, this place is perfect for those endless hours of chitchats over alcohol and steak!
13. Savor Delicious Pao Bhaji at Outram Ghat
We can proudly call this place as the Juhu Beach of Mumbai! And, the boat ride over the Ganges post that is simply so much fulfilling. Ah, Bliss!
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14. Hop onto the Circular Riverside Railways From Bagbajar to Princep Ghat
This is by far one of the most enjoyable rides here in Kolkata.
While the lovers ride the tongas near the Victoria Memorial, the BFFs can instill a bit of adventure and hustle along the Ganges in rhythmic beats!
15. Explore the Flower Market At Burrabazar and Cross the Howrah Bridge on Foot
The flower market near the Mullick Ghat is one of the oldest and biggest in the country, and it’s a sheer miss if you forget to keep this in your bucket list.
And, post that, cross the “hanging” Howrah Bridge over foot. It’s an experience which cannot be described in words!
16. Engross in Knowing the Unknown at the South Park Street Cemetery
One of the oldest cemeteries in Kolkata, the South Park Street Cemetery is an architectural paradise and worth a visit if you both are lovers of history, art and architecture.
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17. Explore College Street, and Sip onto Sherbet at Paramount
If you both love books, yesteryear’s architecture and a hustling-bustling Kolkata, then roaming around College Street and bargaining for books must simply be in your bucket list.
And, post that, don’t forget to sip in exotic sherbet at Paramount.
Go, have fun! See, taste and experience the best of Kolkata.