Kolkata has a subtropical climate. Even in winter visitors to Kolkata need only pack shorts, light clothing and footwear. Long trousers and shirts might come in useful for evening wear. The wet weather in Kolkata during the monsoon season necessitates carrying an umbrella as protection from sudden downpours. The males usually wear western garments like pants and shirts, rather than the traditional dhoti and kurtas. Females are usually seen in traditional Sarees and Salwar-Kameezs. Females are also gradually taking up more and more Western-wear, with jeans and skirts predominating in the college campuses, as well as in the streets. English is becoming more and more popular as a conversational language for the teenagers.
Itís common for people in India to associate Kolkata cuisine to fish. Itís the first thing that pops up in their minds. And they are not to blame. It is the staple food there. And be assured that you will get the best fish you will ever eat in your life here. You will be able to eat fish in every nook and corner of the city.
But Kolkata is not only about fish. There is a whole lot more you can indulge into. Kolkata will never disappoint food lovers. In Bengal, Chinese cuisine is in demand. North Indian and south Indian food can be found virtually in any restaurant. Other cuisines that Bengalis are fond of include Continental, Thai, Tibetan and Anglo-Indian. If you wish to savor the taste of these cuisines, you can visit some eating-houses in and around Chowringhee and Park Street. When it comes to the cooking specialty of Kolkata, Kathi rolls (kebabs wrapped in dough) truly deserve a special mention.
Bengali sweet dishes are famous all over India. Bengal boasts off its cottage cheese based sweets like sandesh, rosogolla and chanar payesh. Other must try delicacies consist of Misti doi (sweetened curd) and Patali gur confectionery (date palm jaggery).
Street food in Kolkata is probably one of the main reasons why we love the City of Joy so much. From yummy delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds to all the flavours and spices that will cast a spell on your tongue, this mega city has all and more. Some of the street food dishes you must try in Kolkata are Macher Jhol, Jhalmuri, Rassogolla, Sandesh, Kathi Rolls, Misthi Doi and the famous Puchka.