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10 Things Every Bengali Will Tell You To Do When You Have 24 Hours In Kolkata

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HolidayIQ Travellers have curated a list of things you ought to do, see and explore, if you have 24 hours in Kolkata.

10 Things Every Bengali Will Tell You To Do When You Have 24 Hours In Kolkata:

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1. Spend Your Morning By the Ghats

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Start your day at the colonial ghats situated along the Hooghly. Take a boat ride on the Hooghly passing barges, boats, and old warehouses towards the magnificent Howrah Bridge. HolidayIQ Traveller AS says, “Another attraction is the bank of Hooghly River. I just loved spending time over here. It is clean by the river side, you can go for lovely leisure walk. We also went for boating. At the backdrop is the new bridge which looks just scenic from here.”

2. Skip The Boring Hotel Breakfast & Head To Flury's

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Head to Flury’s on Park Street for a traditional British morning revisit. This Kolkata institution has been serving iconic breakfasts and high teas since 1927 when it was owned by a Swedish family. The smell of fresh bread and pastries, Darjeeling tea, and an unhurried approach characterise Flury’s. HolidayIQ Traveller Vaskar Deka recommends Flurys for pastries. Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Alip, “If you are in Kolkata, enjoy breakfast at Flury’s.”

3. Take A Peek Into History At The Indian Museum

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HolidayIQ Traveller Anil Chopra says, “I visited the Indian Museum, Kolkata. It has a very good collection of many historical items like coins, stone-woodwork. The entry fee for Indian tourist was Rs. 10/- only. Cameras were allowed for a fee of Rs. 50/-. You can go there between 10 am to 5 pm. A must visit if you are in Kolkata.”

4. A Bit Of Bengali Flavour- Cha & Jhal Muri

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Walk to Nandan, a cultural complex, to soak in Bengali ‘aatel’ (intellectual) atmosphere. Have cha and jhal muri and join in a typical Bengali adda – the raison d’etre of Kolkata. HolidayIQ Traveller Rajiv Ghosh says, “Nandan is the cultural hub of Kolkata where exhibitions of various cultural programs and art are held and there is a theater to watch various plays and also digital movies.” HolidayIQ Traveller Priyadarshini says, “Do not miss the chai in the clay bhars.”

5. Take A Memorable Ride On One Of The Oldest Surviving Tramways

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Operating since 1902, the Kolkata tram is one of its kind in India and the oldest running electric tram system in Asia. The tram adds a certain charm pertaining to a bygone era to this city. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjay says, “The only tram in India is there in Kolkata. A tram ride is a must when you are here”

6. Spend The Afternoon In Pathuriaghata

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Once home to the Bengali rich, this place is replete with colonnaded mansions. Also, visit Jorasanko Thakurbari, Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house. A short walk away is Kumartulli, home to generations of idolmakers who sculpt idols for the city’s festivals. HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam says, “Kolkata is a very colourful city with a unique blend of the new and old world.”

7. Go Street Shopping At New Market

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HolidayIQ Traveller Sandhya Joseph says “Shop at New Market. It is a ‘bargainer’s paradise’ offering accessories, clothes and other trinkets. And they are cheap! A traditional Bengali sari is a must-buy. For good quality clothes and reasonable prices, Adi Dhakeswari Bastralaya is the place to go.” Other recommended spots are Burra Bazaar, Satyanarayan AC market and Vardaan Market. Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Apoorv Gupta, “Please dont miss to buy the famous Kolkata cotton saree for your mom from new market (near Esplanade).”

8. Explore The Colorful Mullik Ghat Flower Market & Walk Across The Howrah Bridge

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Near the southeast end of Howrah Bridge, the flower market is fascinatingly colourful virtually 24 hours a day. Many workers live in makeshift shacks, bathing in the river behind from a ghat with sunset views of Howrah Bridge. This market comprises a red, yellow and orange sea of marigolds that seemed to go on forever. It’s a market like no other and the photographs speak for themselves.

9. Take A Baggi Ride At Victoria Memorial

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HolidayIQ Traveller Sunit says, “Victoria Memorial is open from 10 am to 5 pm all days except Mondays.However note that entry is closed at 4.30 pm, so one will need to be sure that they enter before 4.30 pm. Also it is great to view the memorial from outside too, especially I like it in the evenings when the monument is lighted. It is a beautiful sight. You can also take a baggi ride outside the memorial in the evenings.”

10. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At Balaram Mullick & Radharam Mullick

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HolidayIQ Traveller Dinesh Kumar Singh says, “You can enjoy world’s best sweets in the Balaram Malik shop at Bhawanipore.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Velu Kumar, “Ballaram Mallick sweet shop is a delight. We had the baked rosagolla which was really yum.”

11. Go Retro at Park Street

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Wrap up your day back at Park Street, which was the centre of Kolkata’s nightlife in the swinging ’60s. HoldiayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal says, “Park Street is the most happening street in Kolkata. Some of the oldest and most popular restaurants of kolkata are located here. Kwality, Bar-B-Q, Shiraz are to name a few. The popular Flurrys is also located here. It is home to some of the top brand showrooms and hence is a shopper's paradise. Park Street is a must visit during Christmas when the street is decorated with beautiful lights, trees and lined with stalls selling Christmas goodies.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller AS, “This is place is the most happening place of the town, they say this part of Kolkata never sleeps and it remains lively all throughout mainly due to some of the best restaurants and pubs are over here.”

12. Oblige Those Midnight Hunger Pangs at Jai Hind Dhaba

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One of the city’s most favourite late night haunts is a little restaurant on Lansdowne Road called Jai Hind. The food is so popular that it is difficult to get a table at any point during the day or night.

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