Kolkata, known as the City of Joy, boasts a perfect blend of traditional cultures and contemporary lifestyles. This cosmopolitan city was India’s capital during the British Rule, famous for its historical sites and colonial buildings. The main attraction of Kolkata is the Victoria Memorial, a large marble building built in the memory of Queen Victoria. The Shaheed Minar is another iconic monument, known as the ‘cloud-kissing monument’ and constructed in the memory of the Indian freedom fighters. Whilst in Kolkata, make sure you take a stroll on the spectacular Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River and visit the Dakshineswar Temple, which was constructed with Navaratna architecture; here you can take a dip in the holy Ganga River which flows by the temple. Other prominent spots of Kolkata include the Birla Mandir, Nam Soon Church, Kalighat Kali Temple, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Armenian Church, one of Kolkata’s oldest churches. Brightsun Travel offers cheap flights to Kolkata all year round, so get planning now and look forward to exploring some of India’s best historic landmarks.
Being a prominent centre of Indian arts and culture, Kolkata is home to several state-of-the-art museums and groundbreaking art galleries. There is so much to explore in this treasure trove… Step inside the Indian Museum, India’s largest and oldest museum that boasts over 60 galleries. Here you can explore an excellent collection of Mughal paintings, ornaments, antiques, carpets, pottery, and the 4000-year-old Egyptian mummy. Visit the Birla Academy of Art & Culture to admire archaeological manuscripts, metal statues, textiles and earthenware, as well as ancient and contemporary artworks conducted by Indian and international artists. You can also head towards the Genesis Art Gallery that not only focuses on screening the works of established artists, but also discovers and promotes new artistic talents. Then there is the Experimenter Art Gallery, famous for displaying a range of experimental and contemporary artworks from South Asian artists. Other famous art galleries in Kolkata include the Academy of Fine Arts, Chitrakoot Art Gallery and Harrington Street Arts Centre. You can book cheap air tickets to Kolkata to discover this paradise of rich cultural heritage and colourful art.