“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
– John Steinbeck
Kolkata was famous for having the best restaurants long before Indians in other cities learned to eat out. Many of the restaurants that line the streets in the Esplanade area have been around for more than a hundred years. On Park Street, English bakery was once considered the best in all of the Asia and you can almost imagine Joe Stilwell and Lord Mountbatten arguing over who had command over the allied forces in Burma while enjoying tea, scones, and clotted cream!
Kolkata is also the economic hub of eastern India and with a vast hinterland, it bustles with economic activities. Kolkata creates a huge number of employment and supports many migrants from neighboring states and other parts of the country. The landscape of the city is also fast changing with flyovers, gardens and several new commercial establishments. Kolkata city itself has expanded into its suburbs, with the Greater Kolkata stretching from Kalyani (in Nadia District) in North to Diamond Harbour in South.
Kolkata is home to many industrial units, of large Indian corporations, whose product range is varied and includes – engineering products, electronics, electrical equipment, cables, steel, leather, textiles, jewelry, frigates, automobiles, railway coaches, and wagons.
If your trip only allows for a visit of one or two of India’s metropolitan cities, then definitely consider placing Kolkata on your itinerary. Love it or hate it, you definitely won’t forget the city on the Hooghly.