Kolkata is a city with many faces. It is actually a city of surprises that overwhelms its tourists and business travelers. Some people find it to be dirty, crowded, and noisy. Butb the charm of this greatest colonial city never dies out and that is what makes it the Indian 'City of Joy'. It ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Take a tour to Kolkata with Apollo Tours and feel the lifestyle and culture of Kolkata in intimacy.
Kolkata has been the capital city of India, in the times of British Raj for quite long period. Kolkata is also refereed to as the intellectual capital of the country. Some of the best-built buildings in India are the colonial buildings in Kolkata. This makes Kolkata, unlike any other city of India, a unique hub of culture and heritage. There are many monuments dating to the period of British Raj that are landmarks of Kolkata today and also give the city pride. From a mere village in the 17th century, Kolkata is not an ancient city like Delhi. Like Mumbai and Chennai, it originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj.
While your holiday in Calcutta, the best way to travel around the city is by using the extensive public transport facilities. Kolkata has many transport options, Local buses, underground Metro system that is noiseless and comfortable and takes you to almost all prominent parts of the city, local trams and even the hard pulled rickshaws.
Have an ultimate shopping experience. Kolkata is called a shopper's paradise. New Market is Kolkata's oldest and renowned municipal market that offers one of the best souvenirs available in the city. You can buy leather goods, plastic toys, fancy silverware, jewelry, garments, fabric, confectionery, clothing, dry fruits, poultry products, fish, meat, flowers, etc from Bertram Street market. Other other popular shopping outlets within the city are; Shakespeare Sarani Market, Bagri Market, Bowbazar at B. B. Ganguly Street, Chandni Market, China Bazaar, College Street, Dakshinapan Market and Lake Market.
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