Kolkata - The City of Joy

Kolkata one of the 4 metro cities in India is also nicknamed as the 'City of Joy'. Kolkata is famous for its culture and was long known as the cultural capital of India with generations of poets, writers, film directors and Nobel Prize winners.

There are several sites containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings. I choose to jot down few of the must visit places in Kolkata.

Historical buildings, Museums and Temples
1. Victoria Memorial
2. Birla Planetarium
3. Maidan
4. Calcutta Zoo
5. Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) - The largest museum in India
6. Howrah Bridge
7. Fort William
8. Kalighat
9. Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Belur Math
10.St. Paul's Cathedral Church
11.Marble Palace or Mallick bari
12.Botanical Garden, Howrah
13.Shaheed Minar or "Tower of the Martyrs"
14.Jorasankho Takhurbari - House of Rabindranath Tagore

Amusement Parks
1. Science City
2. Nicco Park
3. Aquatica
4. Nalban Boating Complex

A walk along the Ganges with the "ghats" or piers such as Princep Ghat, Outram Ghat, Millennium Park and the 2 bridges up and down - Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu, enchants the mind. One can go on a boat ride as well.

Vidyasagar Setu

Foodies can go to China Town at Tangra which is the home to the Largest Chinese Community in India.

Bookworm's must visit College street. It is the largest second-hand book market in the world and largest book market in India and collectively boasts of a collection of almost any title ever sold at Kolkata. One can buy rare books at throw-away prices and extensive bargaining take place.

If you have a few more days to spare, you can also check out the Places around Kolkata.