Travel to Kolkata, India (with a local) ► Hey Curious Nation! We are once again coming to India but instead of Mumbai (West India), which we visited in Episode 14, we are now travelling to Kolkata, in the East of India. Soumen has some curiosities to share with us, in addition to his contagious laugh. We also find out why Kolkata changed its name, and discover the street food that is typical of this region. Join us for Episode 17 of the Curious Pavel Podcast Sessions.
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- Kolkata is well connected with flights. From the airport, you can use OLA & UBER for transportation.
- Kolkata was known as Calcutta until 2011.
- It is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, located on the Eastern bank of Hooghly river.
- Howrah Bridge: Officially opened in 1943 the bridge crosses Hooghly river to link Kolkata with twin city Howrah. The bridge has a single span without any pylons connecting it to the river bed & it’s one of the largest bridges of its type.
- The Indian Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums of the world, boasting some of the most exquisite collections of ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armors, mummies, and stunning Mughal paintings.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral: an Anglican (Church of England) cathedral, said to be the first cathedral built in the overseas territory of the British Empire. The church was completed in 1847.
- The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building, which is considered to be the pride of Kolkata. Built between 1906 and 1921, it is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. Now, it is a museum and a popular tourist spot under the Ministry of Culture.
- Fort William is a fort built in Kolkata on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly, the major distributary of the Ganges, during the early years of the Bengal Presidency in British India. It was named after King William III of England.
- Ledikeni or Lady Kenny is a popular Indian sweet from West Bengal, India. It is a light fried reddish-brown sweet ball made of Chhena and flour and soaked in sugar syrup. Ledikeni is named after Lady Canning, the wife of Charles Canning, the Governor-General of India during 1856-62.
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