With chilling breeze arrived in the city of Joy, Kolkata has all new glamour with new year happiness. A steaming Kullad chai can make your day with hand in hand roaming around on the roads of Park Street. Kolkata winter has some sort or nostalgia of its own and whether you notice it or not, there is a pinch of romance in the air. Being a diehard fan of Kolkata, there are five must have things you should experience while living in the city.

A Steaming Cup of Tea

Walking around the city and admiring the landscape of Victoria and Maidan, you can take a sip of the famous Balwant Singh Dhaba. If you’re a tea aficionado, then Dolly’s Tea Shop is the right place for you.  This place serves a plethora of different varieties of tea ranging from Makaibari Silver tips to Nilgiri, Uttranchal and what not! A walk on a bright winter morning will not only warm you up but also give you glimpses of life in Kolkata.

Boating on River Ganga

Take a boat ride on the River Ganga also known as Hooghly to breathe in the fresh morning air and soak in the warmth of the beaming sun. There is boat ferry available between the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and the Belur Math, two prime tourist places on opposite sides of the river. It is a beautiful part of a wintry day in the City of Joy.

Bitting Nolen Gurer Sondesh!

The first thing to do in Kolkata during winter is to have a plateful of nolen gurer sandesh and rosogolla. Bhim Chandra Nag, Bow Bazar is the ultimate destination to have some mouthwatering Sandesh in the winter. Needless to say, Sandesh and Rosogolla are the staple sweets of Bengal and available throughout the year. But these sweets made of date palm jaggery instead of sugar are winter specials. The taste of nolen gurer sandesh and rosogolla is so delicious that you will go gaga over it. Evidently, you must have them in Kolkata during winter.

Romancing with books

If you are heading out to Kolkata in the most recent week of January, Kolkata International Book Fair is an unquestionable requirement visit. Various cultural programs and panel discussions among eminent invitees including authors and artists are held on the fairground.

The fair is a window to the merchandise of books from distinguished publishers from across the world. It is a good time to catch a few glimpses of Bengali culture during the book fair. The ambiance of the fairground is musical with the live performance by noted regional artists.

Victoria and Zoo

The journey wouldn’t be complete if you won’t visit the Victoria Memorial and Alipore Zoological Gardens. The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata, which was built between 1906 and 1921. The museum is the ultimate attraction for the winter season and doesn’t forget to visit the Zoo. It remains one of the most popular winter tourist’s attractions in Kolkata. The zoo displays a large number of crowd-pulling megafauna, including the royal Bengal tiger, African lion, Asiatic lion, jaguar, great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, hippopotamus, reticulated giraffe, Grant’s zebra, emu, and Indian elephant. Previously, another megafauna like the Panther hybrids and the giant eland were present.

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