Today, explore Kolkata, the City of Joy.
The historic Howrah Bridge lies like a gigantic arc over the Hooghly River, linking the industrial town of Howrah to the main city of Kolkata. Join the throng of daily commuters, railway porters, tea vendors, fruit sellers etc. on this spectacular bridge.
Kolkata’s famous Flower Market is at the southeast end of Howrah Bridge. Flowers are integral to the city, bought for temples, weddings, festivals, and other events. Walking through the bustling wholesale market is to experience a riot of colours and fragrances, especially in the evenings when you can also enjoy sunset views of the Howrah Bridge.
Renamed B B D Bagh, Dalhousie Square is the oldest square in the city. Some of Kolkata’s earliest and grandest buildings, the enduring legacy of its British heritage and now its prized landmarks, are located in this Square.
The headquarters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, NirmalHridaya is where the Nobel Prize winner lived and worked from 1953-1997, and is now interred.
The legendary 19th century Kali Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Kali, is in the sacred spot of the centuries-old Kalighat (after which, it is said, Kolkata was named) and is a great pilgrimage centre.
Overnight in Kolkata.