There’s hardly any city that captures old-world charm as beautifully and effortlessly as Kolkata. Find out how to experience the city’s best in 24 hours. By Sushmita Srivastav
6.00 am – Watch Sunrise At Jagannath Ghat
Start your day by witnessing a surreal sunrise at the Jagannath Ghat. Take a boat ride in River Hooghly that stretches as far as the eye can see, with the adjacent flower market scenting the morning air, and the Old Howrah Bridge soaring high in the backdrop.
8.00 am – Grab Breakfast At The Iconic Flurys
Equally popular among both the locals and travellers, Flurys has been serving European breakfast spreads—from asparagus rolls to cube pastries and peach melbas—for close to a century. Despite a wave of new restaurants, the quaint tearoom on Park Street sees its loyalists queuing up at its door every morning.
10.00 am – Trace The City’s Colonial Lineage
No trip to the City of Joy is complete without visiting the imposing Victoria Memorial. Take a morning stroll in the lush lawns, trace the city’s colonial history at the Indo-Saracenic galleries, or simply sit by the ponds, admiring the marble marvel.
12.00 pm – Shop For Gifts And Souvenirs
Next, head to the sprawling New Market to buy souvenirs for friends back home. The massive Gothic-style bazaar, with over 2,000 stalls and 27 entrances under one roof, is famous for its signature shops selling sari, chunky jewellery, and handicrafts. Also check out the Chowringhee Road market to shop terracotta wares.
2.00 pm – Dig Into Kolkata Biryani
Make reservations for lunch at Arsalan—the tallest name in the city to indulge in Kolkata biryani. The historic restaurant has many branches, but people vouch for the original outlet in Park Circus.
4.00 pm – Explore College Street
Pick classic books from India’s largest book market at College Street. Dotted with hundreds of bookstores, and publishing houses, the street is frequented by the city’s literati. Drop by Indian Coffee House to enjoy a conversation with locals over a cup of coffee.
5.00 pm – Tour Tagore’s Ancestral Home
Visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari, the beautiful ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore. The stately 1784 family mansion has now been converted into a museum, with an impressive collection of portraits, paintings, and family photographs.
6.00 pm – Give Your Taste Buds A Treat
Vardaan Market on Russell Street serves the most mouthwatering puchkas the city has to offer. The fried puff pastry balls filled with spiced mashed potato, spiced water, and tamarind juice, will be your fondest memory from Kolkata.
8.00 pm – Dine At Park Street
The epitome of Kolkata’s cosmopolitan culture, Park Street is where you’ll find yourself exploring the city’s fine dining scene. Have a feast at the retro-styled Mocambo with some crab cakes, prawn cocktails, and baked Alaskas; or try the famous chello kebab at Peter Cat.
9.30 pm – Go Pub Hopping