The winter chill is all set in and the passionate Kolkata tour operators have already started planning for memorable Walking Tours in Kolkata for the tourists coming to the city from different parts of the country as well as the world to discover its heritage and culture. Most of these tours emphasize on photography and ways so you can get the most out of your camera. Many of such tours are meant for Kolkata-lovers who want to explore the city of joy on a deeper level.
Let’s find some of such core things that can make your Kolkata tour a fascinating and unforgettable one. It is like a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss during your visit to the city.
- Sampling Kolkata’s authentic street food – Kolkata walking tour is mostly about the street life of the city people. And during your walk, you will surely experience how street life plays out. You will find vendors to sell roasted peanuts in sand adding special flavour while others brew chai (tea) and serve the tea in typical earthenware bhand (cups). Don’t miss tele bhaja (fried snacks), the specialty of Kolkata. If you start early in the morning, savoring the Chinese breakfast at Territy Bazar must be in the list. Well, don’t skip trying hot Jalebi that you can find at any traditional sweet shop, in the morning.
- Bow Barracks and Bhisti – A Kolkata walking tour is likely to get off to the remarkable beginning with the encounter of a bhisti (water carrier) filling the masak (bag made from goat skin) with water. In today’s Kolkata, this is really rare, but not impossible. There was a time when these water carriers were simply inevitable to supply drinking water to the British people. But the demand for such a service started dwindling with the widespread introduction of plumbing. Nevertheless, some of them can be still spotted in Bow Barracks area that comprises apartment blocks with coloured shutters. These apartments were used by the military officers during World War I. But after independence, these barracks were mostly taken over by the veteran Anglo Indians (people of British origin to marry Indians). This is the place that still keeps the tradition of the typical Christmas celebration alive and intact. Walking Tours in Kolkata is literally incomplete without a visit to this century-old place.
- Communal harmony – Kolkata is globally acclaimed for its communal diversity. People of different communities, cultures and religions stay here in a brotherhood. So it is obvious that any Kolkata walking tour will include visits to the places of worship of a different group of people. A Parsi Fire Temple with the sacred flame burning since ages, Aga Khan Jamatkhana, a nice Portuguese Catholic Church, Bengal Buddhist Association, Megan David Synagogue (a Jewish synagogue), St. Paul’s Cathedral Church, Kalighat Temple and a lot more that strengthen your view regarding the communal diversity of the city.
Walking tours in Kolkata don’t cost you a lot. They typically last for about 2 to 3 hours. You can request the operator to pick you up from the hotel against a nominal additional charge. Start early in the morning to get the best lighting and the superb ambience.