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There is something about Kolkata that gives it the aura of being India’s most cultural city. Known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals, Kolkata is a city that must be visited just for its ambiance. Founded in 1698, the city was earlier known as Calcutta. It is located on the banks of the Hooghly river and is surrounded by some great getaways. Also Read - West Bengal: Cyclone Amphan Damages World's Largest Banyan Tree in Howrah Botanical Garden



What Kolkata is most famous for though is the Durga puja celebrations that are held here annually. The celebrations are characterized by stunning pandals with innovative themes and the huge number of visiting devotees. However, there are several other aspects of Kolkata that are alluring enough for you to want to visit it. Marvellous buildings like the Victoria Memorial Hall and St. Paul’s Cathedral are a delight for architecture lovers. The food in this city is unlike any other in the country and makes for a great culinary experience. To give you a better picture of life in this city, here are some amazing Kolkata photos that show why the City of Joy is worth your time. Also Read - Cyclone Amphan: Anushka Sharma, Arjun Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Bhumi Pednekar, Others Extend Prayers For Victims

View of St. Paul’s Cathedral on a rainy day in Kolkata. The Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Kolkata, noted for its Gothic architecture

Kolkata - st paul cathedral



Just a regular day on a Kolkata street with many private cars, yellow cabs and public buses

Kolkata - city

Howrah bridge – The historic cantilever bridge on the river Hooghly with twilight sky

Howrah bridge

Parama Island flyover, popularly known as Ma or Maa flyover is a 4.5-kilometre-long flyover in Kolkata that connects Alipore to E.M. Bypass of Kolkata

Kolkata - flyover

Beautiful panoramic image of Victoria Memorial, a historical monument built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 25 years reign in India

Kolkata - Victoria Memorial panorama

Heritage hand-pulled rickshaw on Kolkata city street with the Metropolitan building at the background

Kolkata - rickshaw Victoria Memorial

Trams operated by the Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) in Kolkata

Tram in Kolkata

Scenic sunset over Vidyasagar bridge with wooden boats on Hooghly river

Kolkata - Vidyasagar bridge

Heritage Kolkata tram passing the front entrance of historic and Gothic architectural Governor house near Dalhousie Chowringhee area

Kolkata - tram

The iconic yellow taxi and hand-pulled rickshaw of Kolkata!

Kolkata - taxi

So, when are you booking your tickets for the Joy ride?