16 Incredible Photos of Kolkata, India

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Howrah Bridge in the Background

I’ve been in India now for about 5 weeks, and let me tell you, it’s been an incredible adventure so far!

Some things in India are frustrating and challenging, but nearly everything in India is amusing and entertaining.

I first flew from Bangkok to Kolkata (Calcutta), the third largest city in India. It’s a seriously vibrant, colorful, chaotic, and delicious city. Spending 10 days in Kolkata (Calcutta), I had a fantastic time wandering the streets, searching for food, and sampling nearly everything I saw.

I really enjoyed my time in Kolkata and after searching through the 1000’s of photos I took, here are just 16 – just a sampling of the many (many more to come). Hope you enjoy them too!

1. Howrah Bridge

The first photo, pictured above is taken from the riverside under the Howrah bridge near Kolkata’s flower market. The bridge happens to be one of the busiest pedestrian bridges in the world. It’s quite a sight!

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SS Hogg Market

2. SS Hogg Market

Sir Stuart Hogg Market, also known as Kolkata’s New Market, is one of busiest shopping areas of town. Here’s a photo of a boy chasing bubbles.

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Ghugni Chaat

3. Ghugni Chaat

I went a little crazy sampling Kolkata street food (many more articles and videos to come). Ghugni chaat, a simmering sculpture of dry yellow peas, was an awesome snack.

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Mullik Ghat Flower Market

4. Mullik Ghat Flower Market

Just below the Howrah Bridge is the Mullik Ghat Flower Market, a bedazzling display of color and action in Kolkata.

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Man at the Flower Market

5. Man at the Flower Market

This was just a quick blind click photo from my waist – and though I wasn’t sure if it would turn out, I really like it. He’s lifting his transport basket above the pedestrian traffic with the Howrah bridge in the background.

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Mother Teresa Shrine

6. Mother Teresa Shrine

I actually was in Kolkata for Christmas, and this shrine was set up just outside the Mother Teresa house.

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Foot Powered Transport

7. Foot Powered Transport

Kolkata is one of the only major cities in the world where man foot powered rickshaws are still in use – sure there are many cities that have bicycle rickshaws – but these guys simply walk or run with their rickshaws (and many of them are barefoot).

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Victoria Memorial Hall

8. Victoria Memorial Hall

Victoria Memorial Hall is one of the most iconic things to see in Kolkata.

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Morning Terreti Bazar

9. Morning Terreti Bazar

As I discovered after the first few mornings in Kolkata, not much opens early in the morning – restaurants don’t really get going until noon.

But there is one market that’s bustling with food and things to eat in the morning: Terreti Bazar (more on this market later). I loved the way these ladies were hanging out, waiting to sell their seafood.

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Street-side Haircut

10. Street-side Haircut

Just like in all of India, things are done on the street… and in the background are a few of the ever present yellow Kolkata taxi cabs – true classics!

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Colors outside Kalighat Temple

11. Colors outside Kalighat Kali Temple

Pictured is blindingly bright colored powder just outside the Kalighat Kali Temple, one of the most sacred Hinde temples in Kolkata.

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Zooming Bus

12. Zooming Bus

There’s no shortage of traffic in Kolkata, and transportation zooms past with no mercy. This bus came frighteningly close to hitting the guy standing on the street in front of me.

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Fruit Stands

13. Fruit Stands

I’m a major fan of fruit, and purchasing fruit in Kolkata is really cheap!

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Chicken and Chai

14. Chicken and Chai

Bicycles are the choice transportation for the morning fresh chicken run. On the right side, a man serves a cup of chai, nearly always served in clay cups which are disposed of after finishing.

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Boats outside Dakshineswar Kali Temple

15. Boats outside Dakshineswar Kali Temple

One the banks of the Hooghly River is the massive Dakshineswar Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. Here, boatmen wait to take passengers across the river and to other temples in the area.

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Pani Puri

16. Pani Puri

Kolkata street food is famous, and I was able to sample a wide variety of insanely delicious things. Here’s a pani puri, a little hollow chip filled with spiced potatoes and dunked in sour tamarind water. It’s a one bite explosion of deliciousness!

So there’s just a quick roundup of a few of my favorite Kolkata photos. I’m looking forward to sharing tons more photos, videos, and articles about “incredible !ndia” with you soon (it really is incredible)!

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  1. says

    Hey Mark,
    Got here from Twitter.

    Amaxing set of pictures.
    I had lost all the pictures I had clicked in Kolkata.
    Ended up deleting them accidentally! Ugh!

    Anyways … it was a treat going thru the pictures.
    It is nice to see that you are experimenting with the street food, which BTW is fab in Kolkata.
    Pani Puri is my wive’s all time favorite – she grew up eating that in Mumbai.

    I have seen Gugni Chaat often, but never ended up tasting it (yet).
    You have inspired me to try it out.

    Not sure if you are still in Kolkata.
    If you are then do check out Bhojohori Manna – really good Bengali Cuisine.
    They have a couple of branches spread across the city.

    Anyways … take care and safe Travels!

    • says

      Hey Madhu, thanks a lot for checking out my photos. Yes, I ate at Bhojohori Manna and it was incredible, one of my favorite meals so far – I’ll be posting about it in the future!

  2. says

    Stunning captures indeed!
    Vivid emotions and the colors of India!!
    PS – Pani Puri is called as Puchka in Kolkata :)
    Have a wonderful day Mark :)

      • says

        Tell you what Mark, it is probably the only dish which is known by so many different names in one country. It is also known as Gol Gappa, Bathashe, Pakodi, Pani Puri, Puchka. Each region or city has its own name for this delicious snack :) And these are the names that I am personally aware of, it might be called something else in our such a vast country!!! Have a happy day Mark :)

      • Manoj says

        I am sad Mark!! :-( you missed the Classical Pongal Festival of south and Jallikattu (South Indian Bull Fight) + Great food (mostly vegetarian) from South…

        Manoj – Chennai

      • says

        We actually didn’t make it to the south either! We spent all our time between Delhi/Agra, Varanasi, Khajuraho, and the rest in Rajasthan. It was more than enough for 6 weeks. Always nice to have plans for a future trip. . .

        • says

          Hey Tamara, India is such a huge country and there’s so much to see and do. I’m here for about 2 months and only going to about 5 – 6 places. So much food to eat!

  3. Nash says

    Hello My friend, I have been to Kolkota about 3-4 times and found it invigorating, you can feel the excitement in the air. True enough it is surely one of the filthiest cities I have been to, and chaotic, no trip is complete without a ride in the infamous yellow taxi’s.
    Yes the street food is good, but watch out for the one shop where you will run to the nearest clinic from E coli or other food poisoning.

  4. says

    Mark those photos are epic! I’d really like to visit India but my wife isn’t too keen because of the in your face poverty and less than sanitary conditions. I didn’t see too many public toilets in your photo’s and I think I’d always want to be within running distance of one just in case.

    • says

      Hey Eugene, thanks a lot. India indeed has some challenges, toilets can be hard to come by, but so far we haven’t had a problem. I’m here with my fiance, but one thing we do to keep safer is almost always return to our hotel / guest house by dark – haven’t gone out much at night.

  5. Donna says

    Love the photos – makes me want to go back. We traveled via train to Agra and back – what a wonderful experience. My husband tried the food people sold on the train – said it was great – I was not so brave as I get sick easily

  6. Jack says

    Food looks great, but are you sure it’s safe?…I imagine pretty much any person from the west will get sick eating from these places. You must have a strong stomach! What can us prospective travellers do to prevent from getting sick eating street food from India?

    • says

      Hey Jack, I’m hoping to write some tips articles on this in the future, but yes it all depends on your personal stomach and it’s true that some of these street foods aren’t overly clean. I try to only go to stalls that are busy with customers, meaning they probably serve constantly fresh food. The pani puri is probably best avoided on the street, but you can also find it at more sit down restaurants where they claim to use filtered water. If really concerned, I’d stick with food that’s hot and cooked, nothing raw or watery.

  7. David says

    Thank you for your robust intro into the complex and endearing world that is Kolkata. I travel there regularly with university students, so have come to count my Kolkata friends as “family” and Kolkata as a welcoming and wondrous place!
    I have a question regarding street vendor food- how do you pull off eating so heartily without becoming ill? My students have repeatedly become ill after eating on the streets, so now don’t I allow them to eat anything that isn’t fried and hot off the fire (though I sneak treats myself, and never have been sorry!). Any tips for increasing our chances of being able to eat without being sorry!?

    • David says

      Sorry- I just saw an earlier post answering my question!
      Perhaps I’ll ask another question-
      Were you allowed to enter the temples? On my most recent trip, we were not allowed to stand near or approach the temple entrances- this was a new experience for me- what was your experience?

      • says

        Hey David, glad you saw an earlier response. But yah, I do tend to stick with hot fresh food and eat at places that are busy. However, I also just take risks too, and perhaps I’ve been lucky. Yes, I was allowed inside the temples in Kolkata, though due to long lines, I didn’t enter all the way in, but I think I would have had no problems entering. Glad you enjoy Kolkata as well!

  8. Smurti says

    Hi Mark,

    I really love your expressions when you like the food. You have traveled extensively in Asia. What would you say is your favorite cuisine ?


    • says

      Hey Smurti, thank you very much for your kind words. I’m a huge fan of Thai food, especially southern Thai food, but really I like the food from all over Asia. India and Malaysia are also incredible.

  9. says

    I just booked a flight for Kolkata in December – and having read through most of your posts I am so so excited. These pictures are wonderful! Also ready for that amazing street food, and trying to dream up strategies to fortify my stomach in preparation! :) Thank you for so many wonderful suggestions and inspiration!


  1. […] Located directly under the Howrah Bridge is the bustling Mullik Ghat flower market. The market, which is open all hours of the day, is a lively scene of bright yellow and orange flowers. Vendors and porters continually walk and run up and down the market, auctioning off their stock. Makes a great place to take photos. […]

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