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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Nitin Gupta

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  • Nitin Gupta
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 3 Reviews
  •  25 readers

"Good hotel" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Hello all.
This is a good hotel well located in the heart of the city of joy.
Thought the parking is not enough. But it is well located.
Many places to visit just a walk away.
It was a business trip. So we sepnd less time at the hotel.
Happy staying.
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Suraj Mundra

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  • Suraj Mundra
  • 2 Reviews
  •  108 readers

"Holiday iq" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Its a good for trip. This app us awesome and dreedful I preferred this for every one and get a maximum discount. I just tell about a girl that who came in Kolkata. Kolkata is just a unknown place for her. One day she asked a boy where is queen Victoria palace. Then
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Sandeep .

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  • Sandeep .
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  235 readers

"Amazingly Awesome" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was Durya Puja time and if could never be better to witness the grand celebrations of Durga Puja all across Kolkata.
Food was amazing. It's too crowded but people are very friendly. Loved the place.
Its the shopping destination. If you are a foodie, there is no better place than Kolkata to try some fish and other curries.
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Celestina Fredrick

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  • Celestina Fredrick
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
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"My Kolkata Diary" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wowww ... Tats exactly I can start this. Being in Kolkata during the durga pooja is there best I could experience ... Being far away from home and crossing the south Indian borders for the first time was something new ... But this trip is worth coming this far ... I found the colonial architecture to be fascinating ... Thats not something that we get to see down south ... The roads and the monsoons ... Its was all green everywhere ... And that finding places like these in the centre of the city was surprising ... I've visited the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Prinsep Ghat, Vidhyasagar Bridge and so much more ... Regarding the transport here .. I could say that it way cheaper than Chennai ... Its like so cheap that I don't mind giving away two or firve rs extra ... But people here don't do that ... They don't wanna give away even a single penny extra ... Getting to ride the rickshaws was super ... And the metro ... F jam packed ... The local buses were like a roaler coaster ride ... Yellow taxis are a treat to watch ... I don't kno wat why I even say that ... But yes yellow taxis ... And the people over here are so much hyper ... They get excited just by seeing the crowd in each pandals ... Panda hopping was fun ... It was sumthn new and you need a lot patience to deal with the amount of crowd over there. People here a big time foodies and so I had wonderful time trying out all the best dishes and street foods (all type of rolls, beguni, and chai in the mutka cup, gol gappas, fried fish, and so many varieties of mishtis ... F more and more of rasgulla's at KC dass and haldirams ). Trying to understand Bengali is tuff for a south Indian ... But yayyy get to learn a few words and ull find yourself in a state to learn more and more ...
And overall my stay in Kolkata was super fun and durga pooja the best time to visit ... Overall Aami toh Kolkata koob balo laagi che :D
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Jayanta Chaudhuri

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  • Jayanta Chaudhuri
  • 1 Review
  •  440 readers

"Never tavel through MAKE MY TRIP" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Never book any travel packages through make my trip website, there is no guaranty that you will get the promised travel iternary but you will see they have charged your cards. Worst experience of customer care team ever had any where. I must have to give out of 10 based on my experience.
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
  •  1843 helpful votes
  •  387767 readers

"City of street food"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  893 readers

"Kolkata visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  892 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
  •  917 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
  •  959 readers

"Really something special about the city of joy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 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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