Crossing Culture

Top Spot

Footloose in Kolkata

The City of Joy, or how Kolkata is known, is unique in its own right. It’s not fast-paced like Mumbai or prudish like Delhi. It has its own charm, with some of its pockets coming across as sleepy hamlets while others remind you of an era gone by. The city is full of people eager to help and guide you in the right direction, while you take in the sights of the city. Kolkata is a city that has embraced its past and hasn’t let go. From food that makes your mouth water to the magnificent Victoria Memorial, which portrays what royalty felt like, Kolkata is a traveller’s delight and attacks all five of your senses. Planned tours are helpful and aid you to take in as many sights as you can in a stipulated period. But walking the off-beaten path has its own charm and splendour and lets you explore the city in a way that would never be mentioned in guidebooks or itineraries. Kolkata with its narrow bylanes has many hidden gems and is a delight for those looking to explore. Here’s how to experience Kolkata the local way: