Why is Kolkata the BEST city in the world?
Indian journalist Vir Sanghvi once said, "You want your city clean and green, stick to Delhi. You want your city rich and impersonal, go to Bombay. You want them high-tech and full of draught beer, Bangalore's your place. But if you want a city with a soul, come to Kolkata."
“No matter wherever you go, a part of Calcutta always goes with you”
If you ever visit Kolkata, for whatever span maybe, you are bound to find out that public transport is the lifeline of the city. They are effective and fast, offering the best connectivity. From autos to buses, there are a wide number of options which you can avail. If you want to travel back in time, then you can definitely opt for tram, as Kolkata is one of the few cities in the entire world to have this mode of transport.
There is a beauty in every step in Kolkata, only if you feel it!
Poverty still remains in a objectionable amount in Kolkata and it has often been termed as a poor man's metro. Also known as the city of joy, Kolkata is home to a huge population of migrant workers, especially to manual laborers who move into the city for better prospects. As mentioned before, straight from the horse's mouth, Kolkata is hard to love at first sight but it's distinction from the rest of the country can be felt from the very beginning. Beauty in Kolkata is scattered at every step with nearly every sight, sound and smell in spite of the broken, faded façade, it's grandeur is apparent and undeniable.
The lifestyle of Kolkata is very easy and low-cost unlike the other metro-cities of India. The morning "adda" is the local tea stall with the morning tea, is a popular thing here. The topics of all those chats compromise of every other things happening in this world.
Be it morning walk along Victoria Memorial or be-it the betting on the turf or be it the traffic jams of Howrah bridge, people of Kolkata find a way of happiness.
Availability of food at only 10 to 20 rupees makes living easier for the poor and unemployed.
People here, have somehow found happiness in living the moments despite the possible uncertainty of life.
Since Kolkata and intellectualism have a long story, it's only obvious to point out the National Library of India is the largest public library of the world. And then there is college street, the second largest second-hand book market in the world. It is believed that if you don't find a book in here, it probably never existed.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT "KOLKATA"
1- The Great Banyan Tree located in B-Garden in Kolkata is over 250 years old.
2- Science City in Kolkata is the largest science center in India.
3- Kolkata is the only city in South Asia to have trams. It has been operating since 1902.
4- Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the first golf club situated outside the UK.
5- Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata is the second-largest football stadium in the world.
6- Calcutta Polo Club is the first polo club in the world.
7- Eden Gardens is the second-largest cricket stadium of the world in terms of seating capacity.
8- Kolkata Book Fair is Asia's largest book fair.
9- Birla Planetarium of Kolkata is the largest one in Asia and the second-largest in the world.
10- National Library of Kolkata is the largest public library of India.
11- Indian Museum in Kolkata is the oldest one in India.
12- Howrah Bridge is the 6th largest cantilever bridge in the world.
14- Kolkata is the only city in India with hand-pulled rickshaws.
15- First underground metro railway system of India was started in Kolkata from 1984. It was inaugurated by the late former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
16- Indian-Chinese cuisine was originated at Territy Bazar in Kolkata during the 18th century by a Chinese businessman Tom Achew.
When talking about Kolkata, if food doesn't if food doesn't come into the picture, it makes any conversation about Kolkata incomplete. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, mishti doi and rosogulla have been winning hearts for ages. Talking about street food, Kolkata will make you smile bright with a higher dose of puchka, churmur, bhel puri, kachuri, jalebi, hot piping momos and what not. The people are sweet here, that's the most amazing part of it, if you haven't visited Kolkata yet, you have reasons galore to come here and lock some amazing memories in your heart.