Explore the Spirituality and the Streets of Kolkata through these Tours

Kolkata

The city of Kolkata is the second largest metropolis in India. Locals also call the place the City of Joy. The city is a great place to go to if you want to discover more about India and Great Britain’s shared heritage. Get to know more about India’s religious traditions as well as its street culture. Kolkata is an interesting place and is most suitable for Muslim couples looking for a halal restaurant or Muslim friendly activities, friends, and families with adult children.

Explore the spirituality and street culture of Kolkata through these three guided tours.

Guided tours in Kolkata in India

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Kolkata Temple and Spiritual Day Tour

Discover more about Indians’ devotion to the Goddess Kali by going on this guided tour. It starts with a visit to the Kalighat Temple, a sacred place near the Hooghly River. Then you’ll head to the Jain Temples, a complex of four temples full of artifacts including a holy lamp that has been burning bright for more than a century. Afterward, you’ll head to the Dakshineswar Temple, another temple which locals bow in deep reverence not just to goddess¬†Kali but also Rama Krishna Paramhasa. The tour ends with a short cruise along the Hooghly River. Hindus believe that holy water flows from here.

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Mallick Ghat Flower Market Morning Walk Tour

Begin your day with this colorful and energetic tour at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, which is the biggest flower market in Asia. One of the things that define Hindu religious culture is their use of colorful flowers in worship services and rituals. During the tour, you’ll get to see locals flock to the market and partake in frenzied buying of beautiful flora in vibrant colors. Even if you’re not Hindu, you’ll appreciate the tour for its celebration of culture and beauty of nature – even if you’re in the city and away from gardens and forests. Afterward, you’ll head to the Howrah Bridge where you can have some Masala Chai Tea while enjoying the view of the skyline. Other highlights of this tour include visits to St. Cathedral Church and Victoria Palace.

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Santiniketan Experience from Kolkata

Learn more about Kolkata’s literary history by visiting the town of Santiniketan in West Bengal. This place is the hometown of Nobel Prizewinning writer, poet, and polymath Rabindranath Tagore. Begin the tour with a visit to Visva-Bharati University that the Tagore family built for the poor. You’ll also tour around the different places which served as inspiration for his writing. These include his ashram, his five residences, Kala Bhavan visual arts faculty institution in Visva-Bharati and the Rabindra Bhaban Museum.

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