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 an East India Company trading post.

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 institutions. 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 a lot of other cultures. Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of dedication, 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. Victoria Memorial is one of the major tourist attractions of Kolkata. With beautiful architecture, museum and well-maintained gardens, this monument is indeed one of the must visit places in Kolkata. From the list of sightseeing attractions in Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is another popular place in the city. The Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge that is built over the Hooghly River and connects Kolkata and Howrah. One can witness a beautiful view from this bridge. Dakshineswar Temple is another must visit Kolkata attraction. 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, one 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.

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Subhashis dutta

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  • Subhashis dutta
  • 4 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  116 readers

"Great place to visit but not on monsoon" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A crowded metropolis with mixed culture and a rich variety of food and religious places. Super beaches and hills in the outskirts of main land Kolkata.
Victoria memorial .. Nostalgic tram .. And. Many more there to enjoy and visit. The food is something special to mention, great nonveg and veg quick bite and main course. Fantastic mughlai food which is influenced by awadi crusines. Not to forget the Bengali delicacies and sweets, mouth watering.
Wildlife lovers can enjoy the sunderban tour which is Asia's biggest swamp and famous for Royal Bengal TIger.
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Ranarahmankhan

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  • Ranarahmankhan
  • 1 Review
  •  205 readers

"Kolkatata rocks" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is very good and I would like to say you that you should try it once I hope you would like it a lot. And also give so good review. It's me Rana and I am finishing my review writing here. But the red signal are still there. Expecting to remove it will be removed.
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Syed hardik Manzar

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  • Syed hardik Manzar
  • Lives in Sibsagar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1075 readers

"First experience in Kolkata"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Still here, So far so good, Accommodation, rents and transportation are cheap, food are cheap as well, people are hospitable and helpful, the hotels are cheap and services are good, they are clean and respond to you on time, my stay in Delhi as compared to Kolkata waw far worse
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Ak panda

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  • Ak panda
  • 5 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1079 readers

"Nice Hotel"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice Hotel with outstanding service, simply great. Staff are CO-OPERATIVE, food quality is very good. Location is perfect for a visitor, a familiar, a Corporate and a tourist. Afterall thanks to MAKE MY TRIP to give me a chance to stay here. I will definitely recommend this hotel who visited in HOLIDAY IQ.
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Md aminul islam

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  • Md aminul islam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1128 readers

"How I feel the City Kolkatta"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Bangladeshi is my country, I got my passport on 1999, Indian visa is the first seal on my passport and Kolkatta is my first visited city abroad on 2002, I have visited lot of countries - cities but Kolkatta is yet Kolkatta to me and will be, once I get 1 - 2 days free always plan to Kolkatta to sleep, eat, shop & enjoy Bollywood movies, repeatedly we visit Singapore, Bangkok and Guangzhou for business purpose but naver ever I can compare those with Kolkatta although those are much rich and organised cities, so very simply Kolkatta is Kolkatta to me and will remain.
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Chandan das

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  • Chandan das
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1141 readers

"Too hot and sweaty during summer"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have visited Kolkata many times before. People are good, place is good too. But this is not the season to visit the place. Because of my official work I had visited. But when I visit the place with family all enjoy. Shopping, food, places all are nice to visit the place again and again.
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Ravikumar

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  • Ravikumar
  • 2 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  1635 readers

"Super stay"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2017
Nice place to see and explore. Hotel stay of was awesome. Hotel staff was supportive and friendly. It was only 2 days, but enjoyed staying and roaming in Kolkata. Kolkata and hotel 233 Park Street are super. Nice place to stay. Went to Birla mandir and Howrah bridge and Kalighat kali temple.
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Santanu Deo

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  • Santanu Deo
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 12 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  6137 readers

"City of joy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2017
Never think will find friends in Kolkata. Kolkata city tour not just offer a tour package but the service is the best from them. You can find tour packages from any travel agency but ... Caring, good personally and understanding only can find in Kolkata City Tour. Always wish all the best for Kolkata City Tour ...
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Kamles patel

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  • Kamles patel
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4073 readers

"Too dirty city .."

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017
Liked some of the attractions here .. Like Victoria memorial, outline of Howrah bridge from the second highly bridge, Eden gardens stadium from outside .. Stayed at the majestic suites .. Nice stay .. Saw the tram service in operation .. However I feel the city needs a serious face lift as far as neatness is concerned .. There's dirt all around .. Also lot of old buildings which are maintained very shabbily ..
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Anuj Chopra

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  • Anuj Chopra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2115 readers

"Nice but crowdy"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2017
The place is very crowdy but the people are very helpful. And the food variety is great with lots of choice of sweets. Overall a good place whether for leisure or relaxing holiday because the city is not much happening but laid back. There are a couple of places to visit and enjoy in and around Kolkata.
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