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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
The capital of West Bengal and cultural capital of India - Kolkata is the gateway to the mountains of the northeast and marshlands of Sunderbans. Situated on the banks of River Hooghly, it is the heart and soul of the Bengali ‘bhadralokh’ intelligentsia.

History
Kolkata traces its roots to three villages - Sutanuti, Govindapur & Kolkata -  founded by Job Charnock. The city was the seat of the British Empire and capital of India till 1911. Even today, Kolkata boasts of numerous landmarks, reminiscent of the colonial era.

People & Culture
Bengalis are food lovers. Fish and rice form their staple diet. They enjoy evening chitchats over tea and ‘jhalmuri’. Theatre and music, especially Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti, form an integral part of recreation.

Things to Do
Kolkata has a number of sights and sounds travellers can explore. Begin your Kolkata ‘darshan’ with a walk along River Hooghly near Eden Garden or a visit to Millennium Park. The city has a vibrant cultural scene.  Travellers must visit the Kolkata Book Fair held every year in January or February. To add to it, a visit to Nadan and Rabindra Sadan and a tram ride on Red Road should be experienced. Football fans must watch the football derby between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal Club.

Of the many sights and sounds of Kolkata, attractions that every traveller must experience include Howrah Bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu and the longest cantilever bridge in the world, Vidyasagar Setu, Writers’ Building and Victoria Memorial, which houses a fantastic collection of rare memorabilia brought to Kolkata by the British. Botanical Gardens where the main attraction is a 200-year-old Banyan Tree, Dakshineswar Temple on the banks of Hooghly, Belur Math, Kalighat - 0ne of the 51 Shakti Peeth,  where, according to a legend, one of Sati’s fingers fell - and St Paul’s Cathedral built in Gothic style with stained glass windows and two Florentine frescoes are also great places to explore.

For geeks or history lovers, must-visit sightseeing places in Kolkata are Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum, which houses a varied collection of unique fossils, Buddhist Gandhara art and an Egyptian mummy, Tagore House at Jorasanko and Science City. In Science City, travellers must see the time machine, space theatre and the space flight simulator.  

Food & shopping
Kolkata is renowned for its variety of street food and snacks. Right from the alur chop, samosa and beguni’s, to the mughlai paratha, egg, mutton, chicken rolls and fish kobiraji, these dishes will definitely tantalise any travellers’ taste buds. Dalhousie and Esplanade in Central Kolkata are dotted with many such roadside stalls.

Jhalmuri and fuchka are two other must-try snacks. Fuchka, the Kolkata avatar of paani-puri, has a potato stuffing and tasty tamarind water to go with it. A trip to Kolkata will be incomplete without dipping into roshogolla, roshomalai, langcha, sondesh and misti doi at K.C. Das, Bhim Nag, Sen Mahasoy or Gangurams. For fine dining, Esplanade and Park Street offer a wide choice of multi cuisine restaurants. Flury’s, Peter Cat and Moulin Rouge are some noteworthy addresses in Park Street. Mughlai dishes can be tried at Nizam's in New Market and Aminiya opposite Kolkata Corporation. For authentic Bengali cuisine, travellers can try 6 Ballygunge Place, Bhojohori Manna, Bhooter Raja DiloBor or Aaheli at Peerless Inn that offers exquisite Bengali dishes. China Town in Tangra off EM Bypass offers authentic Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices.

A stay in Kolkata is incomplete without a trip to local markets for buying handicrafts produced in Bengal - teracotta horse of Bankura, Shantiniketan sarees and earthen artifacts from Krishnagar. Gariahat, Dakhsinapan and College Street market have a wide array of shops to buy cotton, tant and silk sarees. The New Market has a fantastic collection of all types of clothing and toys. However, travellers need to haggle to get the best price. 

Travelling to Kolkata

Kolkata has three train stations – Howrah, Sealdah, Chitpur and is well connected to all major cities. All major national and international carriers fly to NSC Bose International airport, Kolkata. October to March is the best time to visit the city. Kolkata is very pleasant during winter.

Travelling within Kolkata
For travelling within the city, options are plenty – Metro rail, suburban trains, circular rail, private and public buses (including AC Volvos on some routes), trams, auto rickshaws, hand-pulled rickshaws, taxis and ferry services on the river front.

​  Contributed by: Smita, HolidayIQ.com Traveller
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Kirit Kapadia
  • Kirit Kapadia
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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 25 Reviews

"A nice place to cherish sweets" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I was on Business trip and might be on the wrong side of the city as this was my first visit to Kolkata. Poor old Tram and Poor old Ambassador taxis still alive with Hand Held Rickshaws which is still there in Kolkata. I enjoyed the Bengali sweets specially gud ka RASGULLA and chum chum is a must with Jalmood which is hot n spicy and if ur luck permit have Hot Lemon tea the best lemon masala tea I had so far.

Take prepaid or metered taxi available in plenty in Kolkata and avoid winter as it becomes dark by 5 pm in the evening.
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Pramod  Kumar
  • Pramod Kumar
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 3 Reviews

"Overall, a good city to have fun"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is a good city to have fun. The zoo, victoria memorial is very good, kali mandir temple were good. Dharmatala maidan & race course was fantastic.
Howrah bridge is beautiful. Ramkrishna ashram is good. Metro is underground and was good. Tram is also good.
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Apoorv Gupta
  • Apoorv Gupta
  • 3 Reviews

"A great place to visit specially at the time of pooja"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Special about kolkata is the culture at the time of pooja. You can't find such pooja festival anywhere in India. Must visit places are kali mandir, value math(Religious), aquatica(waterpark), quest mall misti dahi And rasgulla must sweet dishes. Please dont miss to buy a Kolkata cotton saree for your love, mom from naya market (esplanade) Bada Bazar etc
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David Z
  • David Z
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"City with history and culture"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
During the period from March to September, it is hot and humid, pleasant in other months. It is steeped in history and culture but lacks upkeep and progress. Benagali food is wonderful and the people polite and helpful. Hoogly river cruise by night and a visit to Ecco Park, the Alipore Zoo, Lake Park and the Victoria Memorial are recommended. Laws seem to be bypassed as pavements are overrun by squatters and traffic is chaotic. Services are intermittent, late and of poor quality. Progress however, seems to have given the city a miss. Fresh blood and capital is badly needed to revive the city.
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Anirban Mandal
  • Anirban Mandal
  • 2 Reviews

"The old fashinod city with lovely people"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There are two different looks of Kolkata. Say, south Kolkata and North Kolkata. South Kolkata is modern. On the other side north Kolkata is old aged with old buildings. Park street is at the centre of those two. Say, from park street towards college street is north Kolkata. Where from park street to jadavpur is south Kolkata. Once it was the capital of India. So, it has many famous infrastructures, including Victoria memorial, hastings house, Birla planetarium, National museum, Indian coffee house, symmetry etc. There are many famous traditional educational institutes in Kolkata. Say, Calcutta medical college, presidency college, St. Xavier's college, Jadavpur university, Calcutta university, indian statistical institute etc. There are many hotels available in all range. You can go to Kolkata by private car, bus, train or, even by plane. And don't forget to get a ride of tram, hand carried rickshaw, 'tanga at victoria'. And have a taste of rasgulla and sweet curd.
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Trijit Sadhu
  • Trijit Sadhu
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to roam around with family"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Had a great day at Kolkata visiting the south city mall, city centre 1 and city centre 2, along with the Avani riverside mall. It is a great place to roam about with family mainly in the pleasant winter mornings. The food at Kolkata is quite cheap and is available in varieties in all the main possible locations. The people are also quite co-operative.
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Ankita Sinha
  • Ankita Sinha
  • 3 Reviews

"Good stay, nice shopping experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good stay we had there. Kolkata has great shopping hubs, it is best for them. Cheap and best, in most aspects. Must visit- Dakshinshwar, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial and new market in Esplanade. The street foods are amazing, mouth-watering, and the best. Just the weather is very humid, so be careful of that.
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Zeeshan Ahmad
  • Zeeshan Ahmad
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 1 Review

"The place where you can find every thing"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its a wonderful place to visit, Its quite amazing from Taxi to Luxury cars, from dhaba to Big Malls everything can be found there. The best place to visit there is the victoria memorial its quite amazing monument. The local foods was delicious and the rosogolla are quite famous, which were amazing too.
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Anil Kumar
  • Anil Kumar
  • 1 Review

"Great place to visit and relax"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a wonderful place to visit. One shouldn't forget that it is one of best place where you can have fun without much pinch on your wallet. If you feel that you have some spare time to enjoy or add spices in your life this is a perfect place to visit. Here there a many places for sightseeing and temples. Even malls are worth a look.
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Ajit Kumar agrawal
  • Ajit Kumar agrawal
  • Lives in Balangir
  • 1 Review

"You will find every thing in this city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
From rich to poor, from football to cricket, from taxi to rikshaw, you will get everything in Kolkata. The best place to visit here are, the victoria memorial, the howrah bridge, the nicco park, the aquatica and the birla planetarium.
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