Kolkata is very famous for its Indian sweets. A particularly famous landmark is the Howrah bridge.
Most tourist attractions are clustered around the Maidan and Esplanade area in central Kolkata. North of these areas is the Hooghly river, with the town of Howrah on the other bank. South of the centre are the posher districts, including Ballygunge, with the famous Birla Mandir. The airport (CCU) is 15 km north east from the city.
Most attractions are in the city centre, consisting of Esplanade and Maidan districts. Through the centre runs Park St, one of the major thoroughfares of the centre, with many shops and restaurants. Among them is the popular Flurys, which is by large a bakery. It can be immensely crowded, and you may have to wait outside.
|Park St on Christmas Eve|
The western end of the street is at the large park called Maidan.
Nearby is the Victoria Memorial, a beautiful piece of colonial architecture. It was built between 1906 and 1921. Expect loads of crowds on holidays and weekends.
|Victoria Memorial with the massive crowds on Christmas Day|
|St Paul's Cathedral|
|Old Howrah Bridge|
|Howrah Railway Station|
In south Kolkata, the primary attraction is the Birla Temple. Photography is not permitted inside.
|Birla Temple in Ballygunge|
|A tram runs past Birla Temple|