No conversation about modes of transport in Kolkata would be complete without mentioning the metro. Kolkata was the first city in India to have a rapid transit system. The foundation stone for the first metro station was laid by Indira Gandhi in 1972 and it became operational in 1984. The initial service covered an area of just over 3 km which has evolved to over 31 km in March 2022. It currently consists of two lines - blue and green, there are plans to add 4 more lines - purple, yellow, orange and pink; the former three are expected to begin operations by 2024.
If you've been to Kolkata before, you have noticed the tram service running on ground level alongside automobiles. The first horse-operated tram began operations in 1873 but was quickly replaced by the electric tram in 1902. It is the oldest operational tram in India. Dwindling profits due to lack of users may spell disaster for this icon of local transport in Kolkata so go experience it before it's too late.
And if you're visiting Victoria Memorial, arguably the most famous landmark in Kolkata, do not forget to indulge in the Tanga(horse-driven carriage) rides. Kolkata has a lot of stories to tell about its rich and varied heritage. Now that you know how to navigate around the city of joy, come stay at Polo Floatel and go searching for those stories.