Kolkata is the land of the Goddess Kali, and this journey through a region of temples and spirituality will open your eyes to the sanctity of the local worship and prayer rituals of the culture. Your day tour will take you to a large blend of sacred places located throughout the city, as an English speaking guide tells you of their history and shows you the majesty of the architecture. It begins with a visit to the Kalighat, a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Kalighat is located on the old area of the Hooghly River and is considered sacred to the goddess. So much that the city's name is said to be derived from it. Following this, you head to the Jain Temples. As you explore the complex of four temples, you'll see a sacred lamp that has burned inside the sanctum sanctorum continuously since the initiation of the temple since 1867. The most revered Dakshineswar Temple, one of the most sacred of the region's temples in Kolkata, is the next stop, and you'll learn of its history of being where Rama Krishna Paramhamsa attained his spiritual vision. The tour rounds out with a crossing over the Hooghly River, one of the most sacred to the Hindus, down which holy water flows. Should you opt for it at your own expense, you can enjoy some authentic local food for lunch before getting dropped off back at the hotel to end your tour.
When it comes to great local finds and big bargains, India will always come to mind. Go on a street shopping adventure in the streets and markets of Kolkata. Meet with your guide outside the Rabindra Sarovar station and off you'll go to the numerous shopping destinations in Kolkata. This half-day tour consists of a trip to Spice Market where you'll find India's many food spices, college street where you can find books of plenty! Explore the Burrabazar, one of the biggest and cheapest shopping destination in Kolkata, and in India as well. Here you'll find wholesales of stationery, décor, electronic goods, textiles, household items, hardware items, cards, spices, medicines, cosmetics and many more! And for your last stop, you'll head to Kumortuli, an area in Kolkata where they make statues of their dieties. It's also known as a Land of God Makers. This tour could be a shopaholic's dream come true. Don't forget to ask your guide for some tips on how to shop and bargain for the best deals!