With rich history, striking architecture, iconic cultural institutions and bustling flea markets, Kolkata is surely one of the enigmatic cities of India. Packed with colonial mansions, beautiful mosques and age-old monuments, the place spoils even the solo travellers visiting this City Of Joy for the first time. From exploring the city’s most defining monuments to taking a stroll across the famous Howrah Bridge; shopping at the vibrant flea markets to savouring delectable Kolkata delicacies- there is a lot that one can do in the cultural capital of India. If you are travelling alone, here is our guide on ‘what to visit’, ‘what to eat’ and ‘where to stay’ when exploring the delightful city of Kolkata.
1- What to Visit- the city is full of scenic sites and sounds that tell traces of its rich, colonial past. From regal mansions to age-old monuments, you will find a feast of dramatic historic architecture here. So make sure you walk through the most defining landmarks at least. Do visit the gleaming Victoria Memorial, the charming Howrah Bridge, the majestic Fort William and the finest example of Indo gothic fusion, St Paul’s Catherdral. After exploring the cultural hotspots, head to the vibrant street markets to get a glimpse of Kolkata’s shopping places. From shops selling traditional woven textiles to artefacts, terracotta wares and affordable souvenirs, these bustling flee markets will offer an experience in themselves. Do visit the ‘New Market’ which has over 1500 shops and is truly a paradise for all those looking for good bargain. When travelling between historic places and markets, use the Calcutta Tramways, which is the oldest surviving electric tram network of Asia.
2- What to Eat– when it comes to lip smacking delicacies, they are best eaten on the streets of Kolkata. Whether you want to have quick bites or wish to relish a ginormous meal, you can enjoy all gastronomic delights in the streets. The very popular kathi roll from Nizam’s, Ghugni chaat, bhel puri, puchka are the iconic street eats that you just cannot miss on your trip to Kolkata. If you have booked your stay in any of the top hotels in Central Kolkata, the likes of The LaLiT Great Eastern, don’t miss to relish a gourmet meal at restaurants like the Alfresco, the Tea Lounge, and The Legacy Grill. The perfect ambience and unmatched hospitality at these top restaurants will make your dining experience in Kolkata a one to remember.
3- Where to Stay– from budget to mid-range and luxury hotels, the ‘City of Joy’ offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all solo travellers. However, if you want to experience luxury in the City of Joy, its best to book your stay in one of the top hotels like The LaLiT Great Eastern, which is also among the top corporate hotels in Kolkata. These luxury hotels will ensure that you enjoy the best of comfort and leisure. The unmatched services and finest ambience will make sure that you have a stress- free and unforgettable stay in Kolkata.
Follow the above guide to make the most of your solo trip to Kolkata. Book your tickets today!