Kolkata Tourism

Kolkata Tourism

Kolkata Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 2 m
  • Pincode: 700001
  • District: Kolkata
  • Language: Bengali,Hindi
  • STD code: 033
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 35°C, Winter 14 to 30°C

History of  Kolkata

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal was formerly known as Calcutta. It was once the capital city of British India and was established as East India Company trading post.

Kolkata (Calcutta) served as the capital city of British Raj from 1773-1911. Later, this city became the main centre point of Indian Independent Movement. Even after that Kolkata remained to be the centre of education, culture and other important fields of Independent India.

People and Culture of Kolkata

Known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata has often been termed as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’. The city is also famous for its art galleries, cultural festivities, rich heritage and its imposing colonial architecture. It is also home to several big companies and educational institutes. Many people from adjoining villages come here in search of work and students come here for education. Apart from Bengalis, Kolkata has people from all communities namely Christian, Parsee, Anglo Indian, Muslim, Marwari and lot other cultures. Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of dedication and pomp and show but Kolkata also has a good cosmopolitan mix in terms of population and culture, celebrating Hindu, Muslim and Christian festivals.

Things to Do in Kolkata

Kolkata is brimming with historical sites and other places to visit in Kolkata. Victoria Memorial is one of the major tourist attractions of Kolkata. With a beautiful architecture, museum and well maintained garden, this monument is indeed one of the must places to see in Kolkata.

From the list of sightseeing in Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is another popular destination in the city. The Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge that is built over Hooghly River and connects Kolkata to Howrah. One can have a beautiful view from this bridge. Dakshineswar Temple is another must visit Kolkata attractions. Located on the banks of River Hooghly, this temple is dedicated to Bhavatarini, an aspect of Goddess Kali. For those who are looking for fun things to do in Kolkata, can visit Nicco Park which is an amusement park. One can even visit the Eden Garden, one of the largest stadiums in India.

Food and Shopping in Kolkata

Kolkata is famous for its street food and mouth watering Bengali sweets. One must stop and slurp the street food outside Vardaan Market. Food stalls in New Market and Burra Bazaar should not be missed. Tiwari Brothers in Burra Bazaar serves the best chai and samosas. One can also take Kolkata tour and prefer to eat in any sweet parlour for a taste of the yummy Bengali sweets. Park Street also has a swarm of both posh and pocket-friendly restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines from Chinese, Indian, Continental, Mediterranean and even Thai!

The city is also famous for shopping. New Market, Burra Bazaar and Gariahat are the main shopping areas.

Apart from shopping and Kolkata sightseeing one can even indulge in other entertainments. Club hopping, cultural stage plays and theatre plays are some things that you must certainly not miss.

Accommodation in Kolkata

People who are wondering how to reach Kolkata can choose from different transport options like bus, train, flight and by road. Kolkata also has various options for accommodations. From resorts to serviced apartments to budget hotels to luxury hotels, Kolkata has it all. There are various hotels in Kolkata that are located next to the popular Kolkata tourist places. Make a list of Kolkata places to visit, plan an itinerary and take a trip to the City of Joy!

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Kolkata Traveller Reviews

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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  97653 readers

"City of street food" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's my 3rd review and first on Kolkata. First of all I would like to say about this city that is, in this city everywhere you found Street food such like puchka, samosa, Jamal mudhi, etc. But main dish is rosogulla. You like rosogulla so much they called it by another name that is sandesh.
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Shyamala venkatesh

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  • Shyamala venkatesh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  438 readers

"Kolkata visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Self and my husband are senior citizens and trip was primarily for visiting Kali temple, Dakshineshwar, Belur mutt and also to visit Pri Jagannath.
We stayed OYO rooms in Ballygunge.
We did not find Kolkata streets clean especially Hazra Road. A lot of people in streets and hence surroundings become dirty and foot paths are not free for walk. Having lived in places like Baroda and Bangalore we felt Mr Modi's swatch Bharat Abhyan is not being followed here.
We also did not find decent eating places for snacks coffee etc In and around Hazra Road, Kalighat etc. Approach to Dakshineshwar temple is extremely dirty and stinking. Motor launch facility saved us from walking back on that road. We found Belur mutt and surroundings excellent and clean.
Or experience in Howrah station to travel to and fro to Puri was good.
Governament and Civic body in Kolkata should pay attention to clean up the city.
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Simrandeep singh palia

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  • Simrandeep singh palia
  • 2 Reviews
  •  439 readers

"Best place for Foodies"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are foodie, Kolkata is the best place to explore. Provides varieties of rolls, street food, local traditional dishes, including puchka, balram's mishti dohi, biryani, Bengali thali and if you love Chicken, then Mughlai from Ghalib's street is the best.
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Mohsin qasim

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  • Mohsin qasim
  • 2 Reviews
  •  468 readers

"Yup this is a quite good city I like this city very much ..."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I recommend that at least visit Kolkata ones I loved the city and the most important this the people of Kolkata is very loving and friendly, means they always want to helping you if you in any mess, so the Kolkata is the city of love, the Malls, and the ghats near hoopla rivers is very fabulous I enjoyed my trip very much I recommend all the readers that visit Kolkata ones it will be awesome trip for you. Thank ..
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Anamay bidwai

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  • Anamay bidwai
  • 5 Reviews
  •  513 readers

"Really something special about the city of joy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I always wondered why Kolkata was called city of joy, but there is definitely something in the air of that place that relaxes you. No one is in hurry, in peak hour traffic people patiently wait at traffic signals with out honking all the time. People are friendly and warm, for example if you ask some for directions, the person will stop and make sure you get correct directions.
Must try: the street food, you must eat the panipuri on the park street, at every 50 meters there is a panipuri wala, they serve the best panipuri I ever had, and if you come out of Kolkata with out eating Jhalmuri then it is a crime. Same thing, there is Jhalmuri wala every 50-100 meters on all main streets.
In general eat out scene is good and prices are reasonable. Vegetarian have limited choices, but the quality of food is good.
It is a city that walks leisurely yet with grace.
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Narendra Mali

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  • Narendra Mali
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  972 readers

"Indigo is the worst airline"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I booked a return journey by indigo airlines.
Both sides flight were delayed by at least an hour.
They didn't compensated for the delay or the inconvenience since my flight reached Mumbai at 11:30PM.
Kolkata as a destination is really nice ... No issues there
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 19 photos
  • 87 Reviews
  •  122 helpful votes
  •  39488 readers

"Kolkata .. City of Joy, friendship, food, culture, and above all affordable for all."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Whatever you can think of you get in Kolkata. Uploading a picture of Princep Ghat which has a special place in my life. Went there with my friends to give farewell to one of my colleagues. The whole place has been renovated by the local authorities. Beautification was speechless. The Memorial of James Princep was as good as it was in 1999 when we used to roam around after school hours. Friends always try to visit the following when in Kolkata-
1) Howrah Station- with maximum no of platforms in India (23).
2) Victoria Memorial.
3) Birla Planetarium.
4) Indian Museum.
5) Science City.
6) Kali Temple or Kali Ghat.
7) Park Street.
8) Dakhineswar Temple along with Belur Math.
9) The Great Botanical Garden.
10) Aquatica.
11) Nicco Park.
12) The Ganga Ghats starting from Princep to Babughat.
13) Esplanade.
14) Coffee House on College Street.
The aforesaid places consists of places with rich cultural heritage, religion, fun, knowledge, eateries, shopping areas, romantically influenced area. Take help of any locals if unable to find connectivity of two spots. Kolkata is ever ready to help.
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Kallol das

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  • Kallol das
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1328 readers

"Kolkata - City of joy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the places to lay back and relax for vacation. Take a ride in the tram through the lush green Maidan or go for a boat ride across Highly River. You will get a lot of sweets and delicacies to dig yourself in. The lodges are cheap too for a short stay.
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Vikas gupta

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  • Vikas gupta
  • 33 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2657 readers

"Kolkata In June"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I always love visiting Kolkata. Like many other towns in India one must time his visits to a city according to the weather conditions. I was prepared to face hot and humid days for three days but to my surprise monsoon was knocking the door at the right time. Days were comfortable rather romantic because of no cloudy overcast conditions with mild to moderate rains. Still the best time to visit Kolkata is during and After Pooja. One of the better things in Kolkata over Delhi and Mumbai is its variety of Public transport. As per your need you can choose from a lot of options at your disposal from metro, bus, trim, auto, taxi etc.
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Rohith Namboothiri

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  • Rohith Namboothiri
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1560 readers

"Historically important places were kept clean"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 7, 2016
Don't know about the all places of Kolkata, but the places worth visiting are kept clean and the importance are maintained properly. The New Howrah Bridge across the Googly river is worth seeing, its size and height. Victoria Mahala still reminds the British rule in India. There is a big garden in the middle of the city and is very clean and worth visiting in the evening. I felt sad for not getting chance to enter the Tram in Kolkata, even it is not a wonderful thing, since it was started by British and is only seen in Kolkata, I wish I entered on that too.
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