Kolkata (Calcutta) via Instagram

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I recently got my first smart phone. It’s my first phone with a camera, too. I know, I’m a little late when it comes to these things. I thought it would be fun give you an idea of what life is like on the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta) via Instagram.


The city is quickly becoming my favorite in India. Maybe it’s the Bengali food and culture that I’m attracted to, maybe it’s just the busy life out on the streets and the decaying colonial facades. Maybe it’s a combination of everything.


Part of the reason I travel is to break down misconceptions and see for myself what places are all about. And yes, overcrowding and poverty are a big part of Kolkata, but the city is so much more than that. Although I only had two days, I wanted to see as much as possible.


The thing I love most about kolkata is that there is something interesting everywhere you turn: from the human-pulled rickshaws (that I presumed when extinct decades ago), to the vast amount of food being prepared and sold on the street.


My Instagram journey starts at Howrah Station, leading me across the epic trestle bridge of the same name. From there, I explore the rest of the city. If you’re on Instagram, you’ll find me here: Bohemian Traveler on Instagram


Kolkatta via Instagram

Crossing Howrah bridge in the early morning.

Early morning traffic crossing Kolkata’s Howrah bridge.

Selling flowers in Calcutta.

Selling flowers at the Kolkata Flower market.

At the flower market in Kolkata (Calcutta).

At the flower market.

Drying jeans in the back streets of Calcutta.

Drying jeans in the back streets of Kolkata.

Drinking a coconut is a good way to start the day.

Drinking a coconut is a great way to start the day.

Cab in Calcutta.

Kolkata’s famous yellow cabs.

Rickshaw man in Calcutta.

A rickshaw man resting before his next haul.

Calcutta rickshaws.

Parked rickshaws.

As seen in downtown Kolkata (Calcutta).

Sheep herded in downtown Kolkata.

Nothing like a morning stroll through a spooky cemetery. (South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata)

The eerie South Park Street Cemetery.

Loving the yellow cabs here in Kolkata (Calcutta).

More yellow cabs, stopped at a red light.

Kolkata (Calcutta) architecture.

Grand architecture of Kolkata.

Yes, this form of transport still exsits.

Human-pulled rickshaws are still a common form of transportation in Kolkata.

Writer's Building, Kolkata (Calcutta).

The colonial Writer’s Building dates from 1777.

At the Motherhouse.

At Mother Teresa’s Motherhouse.

Pedestrian commuters crossing Howrah Bridge, the busiest in the world.

Late afternoon rush hour pedestrian traffic heading west over Howrah Bridge.

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Some SUPERB photos, keep em coming!

  2. Stephen Bugno says:

    Thanks Colleen! Instagram is fun…hope to keep posting them. (Although the image quality looks better on the phone that at full size on the blog!)

  3. Stephen Bugno says:

    Thanks Bethany!! Means a LOT coming from a photo pro like yourself. Glad to inspire you to travel to India. The subjects in this country are just incredible, there is no denying that.

  4. Stephen Bugno says:

    Thanks Mike! It was a fun day out Instagraming. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

  5. Mike B says:

    These pictures are AWESOME!

  6. Bethany says:

    I Love your instagrams! You make me want to go to India NOW. 🙂

  7. Stephen Bugno says:

    Hey Angela, Thanks. It’s just a cheapie Samsung. If I could afford something better, I’d get it. But it seems to be working fine so far for me.

  8. Angela says:

    How are you liking the phone? Best thing you ever owned or still getting used to it?
    I love the picture of the jeans drying!

  9. rebecca says:

    these are great! really getting me excited for my trip to India

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