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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

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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Ayush

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  • Ayush
  • 1 Review
  •  145 readers

"An excellent place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Kolkata has various places of tourist interest. There are temples like kalighat, dakshineswar temple, etc. The city also has the picturesque Howrah Bridge on Ganga River. I also visited places of historical interest like Indian Museum, Victoria memorial, etc. Thus kolkata is worth to be visited once.
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Kushal Kamra

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  • Kushal Kamra
  • Lives in Mysore
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  1844 readers

"Perfect Amalgamation of Old World Charm and New Zeal" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a wonderful experience visiting the city of Joy.

Yellow taxis, affluent streets, local delicacies, historical monuments, transport, everything was so charming and yet you get the comfort and luxury and night-life of contemporary India. Just perfect.
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Rahul Singh

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  • Rahul Singh
  • Lives in Sultanpur
  • 18 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1771 readers

"Ancient state" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kolkata Rasgulla - City is also like sweet as rasgulla, local people behavior are friendly. I was there in the month of November 2014. Kolkata is a very cheap city means there travel expenses, food, lodging etc are very cheap. There are many things to do and many places to see. There are many kinds of delicious street foods and they are not so expensive. My trip is for only 3 days that's why I didn't see many things. But I am planning again in winter.
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Amit parsuramka

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  • Amit parsuramka
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  412 readers

"Great place to visit especially for street food" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is a great city simply because of it's uniqueness. A place where you find time moving at its own pace as compared to Mumbai or Bangalore or Pune. Lot of warmth, you can feel it when you interact with people around you, their helpful nature and sweet dialect really bowls you over. The best part of Kolkata is its street food, you must not miss the Phuchka, Jhal Muri, double egg rolls, kulfi, luchi tarkari and the samosas and jalebis.
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Biswajeet Mishra

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  • Biswajeet Mishra
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 122 photos
  • 21 Reviews
  •  34111 readers

"Beautiful Kolkata"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is a city of crowd and here every people are busy at their own work a day long. You can visit many places such as Chandni Chowk, New Market, Kalighat, Dakshineswar Kali, Belur math, Howrah bridge etc and for shopping Kolkata is the cheapest market.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 28 photos
  • 57 Reviews
  •  47 helpful votes
  •  30090 readers

"Unique Kolkata, worth visiting again"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Known for fish-rice combo Kolkata is land of brilliant minds and shining black crowns. Culturally rich Kolkata is famous for cricket-love too. Got all comforts except extremely hot weather and mosquitoes music and bites. I loved to sleep under mosquito net and brought one for home too. My visit to Belur Math is unforgettable. The sacred place of relics of Sri Ramakrishna vibrant with spiritual energy. One can feel the presence of Maa Sharda. The tiny room reminds us that living at spiritual level may be more significant than luxurious living without goal. Walking through lanes and sipping tea from small cup made my day. And evenings were fulfilling with cultural and musical evenings. Kolkata is worth visiting time and again.
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Balaji santosh

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  • Balaji santosh
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  461 readers

"Nothing much to see"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Kolkata as my wife was found of touring cities. But when I took my family to Kolkata, I could not get anything much to see. The Only attractions were, the Tram, Victoria Memorial, India's first Underground Metro, Hand pulled Rickshaws, Trams, Great Banyan Tree, Eden gardens/Maidan. Rest of the attractions like amusement parks, park circus, etc. Are found in other cities too.
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Amal kumar Chatterjee

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  • Amal kumar Chatterjee
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  769 readers

"Amazing Kolkata"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is an old City mainly developed by British, Victoria Memorial is masterpiece of attraction in the heart of the city. One should also visit Kolkata museum to see many historical items. Similarly Science City is another grand attraction. A visit to Alipur Zoo is must to find out different kind of animals and Birds. Visit to Dakshineshwar Temple, Belur Math and Adya pith Temple is also a must see. Shopping at Dharmatala and New Market is a great experience.
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Kamal Dahiya

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  • Kamal Dahiya
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  • 54 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Historic city"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This year I visited Kolkata with my friend to watch India vs Pakistan match. Then we decided to explore this city and we found it quite amazing. Kolkata has many places to visit, most popular is Victoria Memorial, which is dedicated to queen Victoria. This place has its beauty than beyond. You can visit Belur Math, Dakshineswar Temple, St. Paul's church, Howrah Bridge, and if you have more time then you should visit Gangasagar and Sundarbans.
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Asis nandi

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  • Asis nandi
  • 2 Reviews
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"A city of dream"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I liked that no drivers are breaking the traffic signals. About social security - Kolkata is safe what I feel. Even at 10. 30 PM while we were taking a stroll in the surroundings, no one toned us like Delhi or Noida. Taxi drivers are very cooperative and honest. They are not cheater, I like their attitude. Throughout the Police Booth are manned during day and night. Overall people at Kolkata are warmly and honest. My original house at Baruipur, 24 Pgs (South). After 34 years I came to stay at Floatel with beloved.
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