Fly MihinLanka to Kolkata, the City of Joy
Exotic Indiais one of the top emerging countries in the world and is set to become thefastest growing major economy in 2015. It is also forecasted to be the secondhighest in the world in 2023 in terms of GDP. Kolkata (Calcutta), the capitalof the Indian state of West Bengal is the commercial, cultural and educationalhub of East India. Located on the east bank ofthe River Hooghly, or ‘Ganga’ this colonial citywas developed by the BritishEast India Company and thereafter served asthe capital of the British Empire until 1911. Focused on providing its customers withworld-class travel options at an affordable price, Mihin Lanka will commenceoperations to Kolkata from June 2015 onwards.
Mihin Lanka isa leading low-cost airline in South Asia that operates across many destinationsin the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and South East Asia. Since itslaunch in 2007, Mihin Lanka has come a long way, becoming one of the region’smost admired affordable travel brands. Now, Mihin Lanka is offering passengersaffordable and convenient travel options to Kolkata, which is known as the‘City of Joy’, alively metropolis bustling with traffic, shopping areas, restaurants,delectable street food, eye-catchingarchitecture and historical monuments. It also houses the world’s largest collectionof Buddhist artifacts. Boasting of a rich cultural heritage, Kolkata has also been home to eminent names inhistory such as Swami Vivekananda, RabindranathTagore, Mother Teresa and Satyajit Ray .
History and culture
Kolkata is home to a vast array of historicalattractions that offer an enlightening window into the city’s past. Fort William was constructed in 1781 to mark thevictory of Robert Clive over Sir David Ochterlony at Plassey. Today, within the Fort’s premises are achurch, cinema, boxing stadium, market, football ground, post and telegraphoffice, swimming pool and firing range. The Victoria Memorial which is now a museum was built in memory of QueenVictoria. It retains photos and effigies of prominentpersonalities who contributed to the glory of India, taking you back to a pastera.
Eden Gardens is the oldest and finest120,000-capacity cricket stadium in the country where many people havewitnessed many memorable cricket matches. The Howrah Bridge on the Hooghly River is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. It is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the river. It is the busiest bridgein the world. The Marble Palace is famous for its Western sculpture and Victorianfurniture, paintings by European and Indian artists, and other objets d'art. Adjoining thepalace is the MarblePalace Zoo, which is now primarily aviary. The Writers’ Building which now houses the Secretariat of theWest Bengal Government, the Birla Planetarium and the South ParkCemetery are also noteworthy sites to cover if time permits.
One of the manyreasons people love to visit this city steeped in character and history, isbecause it is also an important pilgrimage site. The most visited pilgrimagesite which is Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus is the Kalighat Temple dedicated to theHindu Goddess Kali, whois regarded as the most complex goddess of the Hindu pantheon.Nakhoda Masjid on Chitpur Road is the largest mosque in thecity of Kolkata. Owing to its sheer size and magnificence, around 10,000 devotees can perform their prayersor ‘Namaaz’ in congregation. St. Paul’s Cathedral of unique architectureis another important landmark in Kolkata city. People come from across theglobe just to be mesmerized by the beauty of this church. A Gurdwararepresents the path towards the guru and it is the Sikh community’s place ofworship. The Gurdwara Bari Sanghat in Kolkata is frequented by devoteesin search of peace, all year round. Belur Math, the headquarters of theRamakrishna Mission is situated by the river Ganga and this temple is verypopular with tourists to Kolkata.
Shopping and gastronomy
Whether it’s for business, pleasure or a pilgrimage, no tour toKolkata is complete without a stroll through the markets to pick up a memorablesouvenir, be it for yourself, a loved one or a friend.
NewMarket – also called Hogg’s Market just off Chowringhee Road is a bargainhunter’s delight. Housing over 2,000 stalls, it is Kolkata’s oldest and mostwell-known market. Its wide selection of sarees, eye-catching costume jewelleryand handbags will no doubt make you linger. Chowringhee Road is alsofamous for its pavement vendors selling their terra cotta ware.
For handicrafts and artifacts you have the DakshinapanShopping Centre. Located inGhariahat Road in Dhakuria, it may seem out of the way, but worth a visit if youare looking to buy strictly Indian items at fixed prices. Quest Mall inthe city centre is your place for high end branded products. This seven-levelmall has a diverse mix of stores, including fashion, entertainment, cafes, foodcourt, and fine dining restaurants. There's an INOX six screen multiplex cinemaas well, if you wish to relax after your shopping spree.
Bengali cuisine is known for its subtle – yet sometimes fieryflavours, the emphasis is on fish, vegetables and lentils served with rice as astaple dish. As no meal ends without dessert, Bengal offers a mind-blowingvariety of sweets, and also delightful snacks. For the meat-eater, the Kathi rollis true comfort food. It is a mouthwatering combination of fried egg, spicymeats, onions and chillies, rolled up in a paratha. Other non-vegetarian treatscome in the form of Cutlets and Chop, Dimer Devil and KeemaDoi Bora, all as diverse and intriguing as their names.
The endless variety of vegetarian street food includes Phuchkaand Chumur, Bhelpuri, Telebhaja, Gughni Chat and Jhalmuri, allserved with their very own chutney, tamarind being the most common.
Rasgulla (soft,spongy balls of cottage cheese soaked in chilled sugar syrup), the milk-based Sandeshand Cham Cham, and the delicately flavoured Payesh (ricepudding) are some of the ideal sweet treats enjoyed by the people ofKolkata.
You can now enjoy Mihin Lanka’s warm hospitality and theambience of its Airbus aircraft as you fly to the fascinating city of Kolkata.Mihin Lanka is proud to add yet another Indian destination steeped in cultural,religious and historical value, to its
expanding network. MihinLanka strives to maintain the highest standards and is the only low-costairline, which provides a complimentary on-board meal and a free checked-inbaggage allowance. Focused on delivering the best to its customers, MihinLanka continuously adapts to passenger needs, in order to further fulfill itsmission of being the leading low-cost airline in the region. Formore information visit mihinlanka.com.