Ah! Kolkata, India’s ‘City of Joy’- what a wonderful place to explore. With its world renowned history and culture, what possible ‘secret’ could still exist in this mega-city? But we here at Travel Secrets find joy in re-discovering a place you thought you knew like the back of your hand. And here’s what TS intern Megha Uppal found for you;
Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) House: History buffs can check out this century-old palatial building complex where Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was imprisoned by the British in 1857. The complex now houses the Eastern Railway Headquarters along with several other Railway offices and residences.
Where to eat:
The vintage aficionados must try the breakfast at Flury’s in 18, Park Street.
For a unique experience, head to the Floatel Hotel and dine-in-style aboard a ship.
Visit Park Street’s old sweet shops for their chocolate Sandesh and if that’s not enough to soothe your sweet tooth, stop by at the ice-cream sundae pioneer – Rollick Ice Cream Parlour at the Indian Hobby Centre on Russell Street, which still serves you the most innovative sundae combos.
Where to relax:
Where to shop:
Gariahat in South Kolkata has authentic handloom Bengali sarees. Handicrafts and cottage industry products can be found at the Swabhumi complex opposite Subas Sarobar on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. And if you really want to lose some of that wallet-weight, buy beautiful hand-crafted silver jewellery at the Eina Ahluwalia showroom.