The beautiful city of Kolkata is unlike any other city in the world. The charm of its strong colonial past, cobbled streets and stunning architecture is truly unmatched. The culture is rich, the people are simple, the food is delicious and the city has a soul that speaks. Here are the 4 top things you should explore in Kolkata to understand why it’s called the city of joy:
Kolkata and good food go hand in hand. The Bengali capital is home to a wide variety of delicious sweets, seafood, biryani and so much more. This is where the delicious Kathi rolls (meat stuffed parathas) were born alongside Kabiraji (fish or chicken fillet fried in crispy egg batter), Mishti Doi (sweet curd), Doi Maach (fish cooked with curd), Daab Chingri (prawns with coconut shells), Calcutta Biryani and other delicacies. Kolkata is also home to Puchka – a mouth-watering street dish, directly in competition to Pani-Puri from Mumbai and Gol Gappe from Delhi. Puchka primarily consists of a hollow, fried crisp puri made from wheat that is filled with a mixture of potato and chickpeas and served with tangy flavoured water. Apart from street food, one must also try out fine-dine restaurants in Kolkata, known for a wide variety of local and international delicacies.
Kolkata isn’t called India’s cultural capital without good reason. Associated with cultural stalwarts such as Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen and other famous artists and intellectuals, the city has long been a hotspot for cultural exchange. You will find young children proficient in singing, dancing and other cultural activities. As you walk down a neighbourhood – big or small – you’re bound to hear melodious Rabindra Sangeet through the windows, filling your heart with joy.
Kolkata is a metropolitan but it isn’t as fast paced as other cities. People here believe in enjoying each day as it comes. They’re content with the little joys of life, celebrating its smallest victories with enthusiasm and gusto. The Kolkata way of life is simple – it doesn’t take a lot to be happy. Good food, great company, soothing music and pleasant weather are more than enough.
The entire city of Kolkata is a piece of art. Every nook and corner tells its own story in the form of distinct architecture and history. From Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral to Writer’s building, Race Course and Howrah Bridge, there’s so much for you to see and be awe-inspired by. The city has maintained its old-world colonial grandeur in the form of its classic buildings and architecture.
Experience Kolkata during monsoon when it is truly at its joyous best. With the Exclusive Monsoon Experience offer at The LaLiT Hotel Kolkata, enjoy options of a tour of the select best places, with complimentary meals, discounts on laundry, spa and a lot more. The exciting offer includes complimentary buffet breakfast at Alfresco, free Wi-Fi, 15 percent off on laundry services and 15 percent off on food and soft beverages. Hurry! Plan your retreat to the city of joy before 31st July 2018 to avail these Monsoon special benefits.