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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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Krupasindh Satapathy

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  • Lives in Bhadrak
  • 21 Reviews
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"A good city to have fun" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went with my family and enjoyed the Kolkata city and also enjoyed many temples and many more. I got to eat many new foods. We were mesmerized by beauty of temple and ganga. We stayed their for 5 years and enjoy everyhing in Kolkata, I advice all travellers to visit Kolkata and have fun.
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Kumar Kumar

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A fabulous city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went to Kolkata for a couple of months ago, and in the meantime I fell in love with this city. There are many things to explore in this city and the people were so humble and helpful and nice gesture by them. One should not miss science city, Victoria memorial, Nicco park, Eden Gardens, Howrah bridge.
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Ejaz Ahmed

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"Very good place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is best for foodies. Be it Mughlai, Chinese or any other. Roshogolla is the most famous sweet of Kolkata. Foods here are cheap and best. Street foods are a delight.

Places to visit are Science City, Victoria Memorial, Quest Mall etc. Howrah bridge need not a mention.

Travelling here is also very cheap. Taxi, Tram, Auto or bus whatever you choose.

People here are friendly and helpful. In Spite of being modern they are grounded and have traditional values. It is known as the cultural capital of India.

Many of them understand Hindi, so language will not be a problem.

The only drawback here is rainfall which is more than average.
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Nabin Kc

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  • Lives in Kakinada
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"A place with good climate" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was amazing place with many older building. I took many selfies and pic with my friends while I was in Kolkata, we enjoyed a lot. I spend lot of time time at howrah bridge, visited eden garden and international play ground. Had fun and also I loved the climate.
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Abhishek  Sharma

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"A city of joy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to kolkata for a couple of days, and in the meantime I fell in love with this city. There are many things to explore around in this city. A few examples are : science city, Victoria memorial, Nicco park, Eden Gardens, etc. And I would recommend science city and Victoria memorial as a must visit. There are many things to explore around in science city. Many scientific gadget are there for time pass and gaining knowledge.

As well as Victoria memorial for the nice and peaceful environment. The Howrah bridge was really a wonder to see. A nice sip of British engineering. The local food is very good and I would suggest the tea of Kolkata. Yes, tea of Kolkata is very famous and you should taste it once. I went to Kolkata for watching a match between Mumbai and Chennai and I loved that eden gardens stadium. I would advise everyone to once visit Kolkata in their life. Believe me, it is a very nice place and worth visiting.
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Maswood Alam

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"The city was very good and clean" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to Kolkata for tour. I went to science city to observe scientific things. Then I went to watch IPL live match Mumbai vs Chennai, finally Mumbai won the match. The city was very good and clean. There are many five star hotels and beautiful restaurant. There was no problem.
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Suman Singh

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  • Lives in Bokaro Steel City
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"A place worth visiting more than once" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A well planned city with all facilities and a number of sightseeing places and markets and monuments. The city has bus metro tram and taxi facilities to connect to various places. The city is less polluted and is a cleaner one. The restaurants and hotels are very good. A place worth visiting more than once.
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Rusty James

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"The city of joy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Just visit this city. And I bet you would love to visit again and again. This city is really the city of joy. The food, the culture, the maidan, Prinsep Ghat, howrah bridge, the biryani of aminia, the mutton of gol bari, well there are many. Do visit the city once and see how it is, it will give you some good vibration for sure.
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Somenath Pati

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"Awesome place I have ever seen" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I love Kolkata. I love mishti dahi. I Love rosogolla. Awesome city, I spent 4 days. And I never forgot to visit Victoria. Its a nice place. Park street, nicco park, Ohh what a place. Bengali culture its very nice. If possible I will surely visit again because I love Kolkata too much.
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"Perfect city for foodies and hookah lovers"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a family function come vacation trip.

Day 1: The new flyover from the airport to VIP road is a relief as it has reduced traffic by 50% and we reached our residence around 5 pm. The weather was the worst possible though as it started raining incessantly around 6 pm but we somehow managed to wade our way through waterlogged lanes and get into the car around 7 pm and left for 22, Camac St. , one of the more posh areas in Calcutta. We went to a new place named The Factory Outlet (TFO) which is a cool pub offering delicious food like peri-peri fries, nachos, etc. And amazing cocktails. Post our drinks session, we went to the restaurant next door, Ivory Kitchen which is owned by the famous chef Sanjeev Kapoor. It's a must visit place if you like North Indian food and you have to try the dish named Shaam Savera. We ended the day with some lip-smacking coffee and good hookah at Aqua Java in Elgin Road.

Day 2: We went for lunch to a new cafe in Elgin Road named the Biker's Cafe which is themed on (obviously) bikes. Had great Hookah (I was intent on having Hookah everyday as Calcutta is one of the few cities in India where it is not banned) and some really tasty pasta and wood-burn thin crust pizza. Followed it up with coffee at Au Bon Pain in Park Street.

Day 3: Morning was spent attending the family function at Rangoli banquet while evening was spent having hookah ;) at De Fresco in AJC Bose Road and reasonable yet tasty Chinese cuisine at Hotel Lytton near Park St. (warning: super slow service)

Well it was a short trip so that's all I did but if you have a longer trip planned and have never visited Calcutta before, make sure to try a tram journey, visit Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetarium, Science City, Nicco Park and Eden Gardens, take a ferry ride from Babughat to Princep Ghat, have jhaal muri and phuchka on Russell street, have rosogolla and sondesh in the local Bengali shops, try the underground metro if you are not from Delhi, shop at New Market, try biryani and maacher jhol, and the list goes on and on.
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