– Always Serving Its Best
offers more than rossogolla, misti doi and macher jhol. Be
it art and culture, handicrafts, music, cuisine or cinema,
the city greets its visitors with fanfare
last month a friend of ours came down from Delhi to attend
a conference the city hosted. This was her first trip to Kolkata,
the city whose cuisine she had heard much about. She could
not wait to try the Macher Jhol (typical Bengali fish curry),
the Misti Doi (Bengali dessert), and the Rossogolla made famous
worldwide by K. C. Das & Grandsons.
So she skipped the lunch at the conference which was being
hosted at a luxury hotel in the city and insisted that I take
her out to savour these delicacies. We had a sumptuous lunch
at an authentic Bengali restaurant of a star-hotel at Esplanade
in central Kolkata. When asked whether the fare had been up
to her expectations, she replied in one word. Overwhelming.
Besides the cuisine what had impressed her was the hospitality
extended by the hotel staff. Later, after picking up tins
of rossogolla and misti doi from the nearby K C Dass
shop to take back home, on her way to the airport, she lamented
about not being able to take some Macher Jhol.
And, she added, given a chance she would also have wanted
to take the Bengali hospitality home!
Kolkata, or for that matter Bengal, offers more than rossogolla,
misti doi and macher jhol. Be it art and culture, handicrafts,
music, cuisine, cinema, Kolkata greets its visitors with fanfare.
the worldover cherish their tryst with the city
and its warm, friendly and hospitable people. To the traveller
visiting the city to crack a business deal, or just as a tourist,
the city offers a host of dining and shopping experience.
Kolkata is considered as the Gateway to the East.
It is one of the biggest wholesale and retail markets of the
eastern region. Business worth several crores of rupees is
transacted in the dingy lanes and bylanes of Burrabazar, the
biggest wholesale market of the region.
The city has several air-conditioned markets with swanky exteriors
and exquisitely crafted interiors for those who can afford
it and for the less fortunate the markets at Gariahat and
Shyambazar offer an array of shopping options.
But to cap them all is the New Market, which still remains
the biggest draw of the tourists. From cucumbers
to cargos and from shoe-strings to sarees
everything is available under one roof at this century-old
market. New Market offers the ultimate shopping experience
for the people of the city. During the annual Durga
Puja, the area in and around New Market wears a festive
look. People from different parts of the state and even neighbouring
states come to shop here.
can pick up traditional Bengali sarees from different shops
dotting the city. Right from College Street and Bidhan Sarani
in the north, down to Gariahat and Dakshinapan Shopping Complex
in the south, the choicest of sarees are on display at the
shops. Hundreds of jewellery shops in Bowbazar and Bhowanipore
are also a must-see for the womenfolk.
Park Street, the fashion street of the city and the arterial
roads, JL Nehru Road, Shakespeare Sarani, Camac Street and
Russel Street area are other happening spots of the city.
Spacious shopping malls, food joints, music stores, bookstores
and a host of multi-cuisine restaurants are situated here.
You can shop till you drop and chill out at the restaurants
or the coffee pubs.
other city offers a dining experience as varied as Kolkata.
Right from the restaurants at the five-star hotels to the
roadside eateries, the city has everything from Indian to
Chinese, and from Continental to Mughlai and of course authentic
Tea has been a favourite pastime of the Bengalis
for ages. They believe that anytime is tea time and enjoy
tea in any form offered. The typical Bengali adda
(gathering) is incomplete without a brewing cup of tea. So
you would be finding a tea stall in every nook and corner
of the city. But if you want to enjoy a cup of authentic Darjeeling
tea then drive down to Dollys Tea Shop at the Dakshinapan
Shopping Complex in Dhakuria.
The city has always been regarded as the Cultural hub
of the country. In music, art and culture, plays, literature,
Kolkata has reigned supreme. The cultural activities of the
city revolve round the Nandan-Rabindra Sadan complex at the
heart of the city. Plays are enacted at the adjoining Academy
of Fine Arts and cultural programmes are regularly organised
at Rabindra Sadan. Nadan, the latest hotspot of the city hosts
national and international film festivals.
The city offers wholesome entertainment facilities for the
NexGen crowd too. The discotheques of the city
hotels and clubs cater to their entertainment needs.
So if you have not still checked out the experience called
Kolkata make sure you do it at the earliest. We
promise you that after returning home, you too will clamour
yeh dil maange more, just as our friend from Delhi