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Kolkata or “The city of joy” is a bustling, colorful metropolis with a treasured history and a rich heritage evident in the way the city still retains the glory of its age old culture in its Victorian book stores, century old auction houses, unchanged clubs, the charming trams and the passion in its people, be it for life, mishti doi or cricket. Promoted by the rich and the intellectual, Kolkata has become a focal point for culture and cuisine.
If you are interested in picking up antiques for your house Kolkata is the place to pick them up. Antiques and period-style furniture can be bought at Saroj at Camac Street and Nu-Bilt at Park Street. Doing the rounds of Sunday auctions at Chowringhee Sales, Victor Brothers on Park Street, Russell Exchange and Dalhousie Exchange on Russell Street may lead to the discovery of rare curios.
Kolkata is full of surprises, there are many things to do here from visiting the Calcutta club to witnessing a Baul recital, and their music speaks of celestial love. Bauls are a group of mystic musicians whose music is inspired by the Hindu tantrics. You must also ride on the Tramcar; the trams are the last of the kind in India and are a charming way to see the city. The Coffee House has seen Kolkata’s metamorphosis, from Satyajit Ray who wrote in this very coffee shop to the British officers, the coffee shop has seen it all. It still remains the meeting place for the academicians of Kolkata.

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