Planning A Short Trip to Kolkata? Here’s What to Do, Eat and See

Kolkata, the cultural capital of India, is a city where art, history and food intermingle on every street corner. Plan a trip here and it will surely be an enriching and exhilarating experience.


Whether it is marvelling at the colonial architecture, appreciating the literary heritage of the city or enjoying the delectable sweets, there is a lot to do and see in Kolkata.

So if you are planning a short trip here, read on to know how you can make the most of your time in the city.

Day 1:

Begin your day with a visit to the Dakshineswar Kali Temple or the Kalighat Kali Temple, both are well-known spiritual sites that offer a tranquil retreat from the city’s bustle.

Then treat yourself with a hearty breakfast at any of the multi cuisine restaurants in Kolkata. Post breakfast, go for a leisurely walk around the iconic Victoria Memorial which is surrounded by lush gardens. The museum inside will give you a glimpse into the city’s colonial past.

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A visit to College Street, known as ‘Boi Para’, is a must for book lovers. The aroma of old paper from the second-hand book stalls and the historic Coffee House will transport you to a bygone era.

As the sun sets, take a tram ride, the only one of its kind in India, to see the city in its evening glow. Spend some time at the cultural district around Rabindra Sadan to explore galleries or catch a play.  

Don’t forget to snack on street food favourites like ‘Phuchka’ and ‘Kathi Rolls’ followed by sweet delights like ‘Rasgulla’ or ‘Sandesh’ that would just be the best way to end your day on a sweet note.

Day 2:

Start your day early at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, a riot of colours and fragrances under the Howrah Bridge. It’s a photographer’s delight and a must visit spot in Kolkata.

For breakfast, you can have ‘Kachori’ and ‘Cholar Dal’ which will just be perfect to energise you for the day ahead. Then go for a ferry ride on the Hooghly River.

It’s not just a means of transportation but a way to see the city from a different perspective. For lunch, choose any of the top 5 star restaurants in Kolkata where you can savour lip-smacking food in a luxury setting.           

If you have an interest in art, the best way to spend your evening would be by visiting the contemporary art galleries in the Kolkata Centre for Creativity or the traditional artisan’s colony at Kumartuli.

Here you would get a chance to see artisans handcrafting beautiful idols and sculptures. End your day at Princep Ghat, with a view of the Vidyasagar Setu bending over the twilight-tinted river.

It’s a peaceful spot for reflection and a perfect backdrop to capture some good photographs in your camera.

While a short trip to Kolkata might not be enough to explore everything, these experiences will surely give you a taste of its essence.

You’ll find that every moment spent in this city will be etched in your heart forever. So plan your itinerary and be ready to be captivated by the charm of Kolkata.

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