Kolkata’s many historic and large railway stations are rewarding destinations for crossing paths with plenty of interesting people. The Howrah Junction Railway Station, the oldest and one of the largest in the country, welcomes 2 million commuters every day. Across the Hooghly river from Kolkata at Howrah, the station opened in 1853 and is one of the busiest in the country today. Commuters from all walks of life, along with railway porters and vendors trying to sell to passengers, blend together to give you much to observe.
Kumortoli is a famous potter’s colony in northern Kolkata. The streets are lined with numerous potters’ shops where you can catch workers absorbed in sculpting idols, usually of Hindu gods and goddesses. Kumortoli is the only remaining neighbourhood of its kind in an area that was once filled with artisan communities.