A daily celebration of life, Kolkata is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic cities in the world. The 330-year-old metropolis is not only India’s third largest city but also the centre for cultural, artistic and intellectual growth. Every dilapidated street here speaks volumes about its rich history and heritage. From being an erstwhile capital under the British era to present day, Kolkata has carefully maintained its invaluable character. It boasts of stunning colonial-era architecture that has seamlessly blended with modern day facilities and new town settlements. Kolkata is unlike any other place you visit – it has a strong personality, an unmissable character and more than anything else, it has life.
The LaLiT Great Eastern
The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata is among the LaLiT Group’s most historically significant properties. It was initially built in 1841 as the “Auckland Hotel” and is interestingly the longest continuously operating luxury hotel in Asia. It has truly stood the test of time with 165 years of operation under its best, until it was renovated in 2006. The architecture features a blend of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary styles – truly embodying the spirit of the grand property. The LaLiT Kolkata is not just another place you stay at; it’s a hotel that stays with you for years to come.
Being a unique confluence of people from all around the world, food in Kolkata has a unique character. It is a beautiful blend of Indian and Oriental culinary styles, with many mouth-watering dishes credited to its name. Some that we can’t go without mentioning include Paturi (boneless fish that is steamed to perfection inside a leaf), Sorshe Mach (fish cooked in oil and mustard) and Luchi with Cholar Dal (deep fried bread aka poori served with lentils). Not to forget the world famous array of delectable desserts including Mishti Doi and Roshogulla.
You must try out the ‘Four Pillars of Bengal’ at Alfresco in The LaLiT Great Eastern. One of the most romantic restaurants in Kolkata, here you can indulge in Anglo – Indian, Tangra Chinese and Nawabi cuisine against the beautiful backdrop of the lily pond and hotel courtyard. Pay a visit to The Bakery, a legendary bakeshop serving confectionery, savories and English breakfast, besides an all day menu and old favourites. End your day with a cocktail or two at The Legacy Tower known for its craft cocktails and splendid ambience.
Apart from its food and architecture, Kolkata owes its lively character to its people. Despite their busy schedules, you’ll often find local people gathered together for a casual chit-chat. These conversations may range from talking about the weather to discussing the latest in Indian politics, usually accompanied with chai and delicious snacks such as peyaji, jhal muri, chap or shingara. With so many friendly faces, it’s no wonder that Kolkata’s called the city of joy!
This is the beauty of Kolkata – no matter which part you’re in or who you talk to, you’ll find yourself faced with the very fabric of being that brings the entire city to life. Among the most notable heritage hotels in Kolkata, The LaLiT Great Eastern offers you the perfect blend of latest amenities and traditional Indian hospitality that is true to the city’s one-of-a-kind character.