Best for a visit between October and March, the 'City of Joy', as it is sometimes referred to, Kolkata has a rich cultural history and offers tonnes of attractions and landmarks worthy of a visit.
First and foremost is the Victoria Palace with its characteristically British architecture, the monument serves as a testament of the British rule and its special relation to Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta which was their first capital.
The oldest museum in the country is also said to belong here in Kolkata. Named The Indian Museum it is said to harbor India's one and only mummy.
Another remarkable landscape to which the city has an undisputed claim is the Eden Garden stadium. Not only is it the largest stadium in India, it has also witnessed several historic records being made as can be attested by avid cricket fans.
For the nature lover, there are several pristine locations that tempt one with their becalming natural landscape and pristine state. These include Princep Ghat, Eco Tourism Park and Rabindra Ghat, just to name a few.
When it comes to some truly phenomenal feats of mega-architecture, Kolkata surely leads the pack of Indian cities. The two engineering achievements being the Howrah Bridge built in 1943 and the Kolkata metro which became operational 18 years before the Delhi Metro, in the year 1984.
This short glimpse of the culture capital of India would be incomplete without mentioning its famous street food. The Chaurangi Lane kathi rolls are a gastro delight not to be missed out on. Apart from that, the city's favourites are momos, jhal muri, Puchka, ghugni chat and bhel puri. The aroma of spices and the minty freshness of chutney is sure to set your mouth watering.