About Auckland (AKL)
Situated on a narrow strip of land that joins the Northland peninsula to the rest of the North Island, Auckland is the largest city and main transport hub of New Zealand. The city oozes with a large number of yachts which huddle at Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, and thus is known as 'City of Sails'. Auckland is generally built on a giant volcanic field which comprises of 48 volcanoes that impart grace to the land, and due to this, it is also known as 'City of Extinct Volcanoes'. Owing to the city's landscape with seamless beauty, giant harbor and innumerable islands, the place presents to its visitors a mix of urban fun and country like soothing joy. The city is quite famous for its water activities. You can enjoy a grand cruise on a yacht or launch, that travels from central Auckland. Here Auckland's Dolphin Explorer provides you marine mammal eco-safaris that surf in Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to show you bottlenose dolphins, Brydes whales and orca. For the sake of fun of yacht racing you can participate in the yacht races that are periodically launched in the waters. Ferries across to Devonport are available that take you for a delicious lunch or a shopping spree.
The multitude islands of Hauraki Gulf which is situated on the entrance into Auckland City, are the major source of enjoyment and exploration. An half hour ferry ride from city centre takes you to Waiheke Island to enjoy drinks and beachcombing. Nature lovers can explore the wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi where you can photograph the flora and fauna. Similarly pleasurable nature visits can be undertaken on Great Barrier Island where you can peek at historic kauri dams, and take a dip in natural hot springs. Not only natural activities, but there is a peculiar urban sophistication also about this city. Have spectacular views from Sky Tower, where you can indulge in Sky walk or Sky jump.
Auckland is such a heavenly place where not only dark and dense woods await for being explored, but also urban charms are ready to enchant you with its man made constructions. Be it a family trip, friends' outing or a honeymoon trip, the city of Auckland is a pleasure hunt in itself. Don't know how to organize the trip without making a hole in your pocket? Log onto MakeMyTrip.com, and go for online booking. Being India's leading travel portal, you can book your online flight tickets, scroll through the accommodation options and buy cheap travel packages. MakeMyTrip is always ready to organize your travel package with cheapest rates, and affordability in all things.
About Kolkata (CCU)
Kolkata is one of the oldest cities in India which is known for its deep rooted culture and rich historical backdrops. Placed on the banks of Hooghly River, this ancient city was earlier called as 'Calcutta'. Due to its historical past, the city is awarded as ‘Cultural Capital of India’, 'the City of Processions' and 'City of Joy'. Kolkata is the capital city of Indian state of West Bengal and has also served as the capital of the country until 1911. The metropolis is known for two major things, one is 'Communist stronghold' and other is the madness for cricket. Kolkata is famous as the birthplace of many famous personalities like Rabindranath Tagore (the noblest) and Satyajit Ray (the Bharat Ratan). The city also has deep values for Catholics and other communities as Mother Teresa took her last breath here. Moving in and around the city, you will get a glimpse of India's past and present through its architectural buildings.
To add more memorable moments in your life, Kolkata has many beautiful and breathtaking places in the way of Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Eden Gardens (Stadium), Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Writer's Building, Nicco Park, Saheed Minar and National Library. Beside its attractions, Kolkata is also famous for its variety of lip smacking foods and warm hospitality. If you are a shopping freak, then, you can find number of markets to buy some traditional things. The fish market near the beautiful Hooghly River is quite famous not just in India but also throughout the world. A visit to the city during Durga Puja will enhance your enjoyment. The months from October to March are considered as the best period to visit the city as during this time, the climate remains pleasant. Being one of the largest cities in India, Kolkata is well connected to different parts of world.
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