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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  • Vickykr
  • 1 Review
  •  46 readers

"It was amazing !! Awesome it was" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This trip will be remembered always !! So nice room and room service !! Always on time and all it was so much love foods there they respect customer and we are so happy you will give us best deal. I will always do on this app only. This is so adorable amazing trip ever
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  • Deb prasad Choudhury
  • Avid tripper
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  2008 readers

"Our original urban conglomerate" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
You should always remain wary of traffic hazards, pickpockets and fleecing taxi-drivers. Part of the city is old, laid-back and relaxed while the other part is fast and hazardous and is particularly unsuitable for elderly travellers. Always keep a couple of hours of time extra for eventual traffic jams and diversions resulting from protest-processions. Most of the ordinary people on road are sincere and ready to lend a helping hand. Food is good and reasonably priced.
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  • Sanket
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  144 readers

"Awesome blossom" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Must visit place. You can make out two different cultures as old Kolkata and new Kolkata. City has its own joy where you basically won't need any company. Streets and all are just made colourful and happening which doesn't let stop starring out of windows. As I was for wedding in Kolkata that turned out to be awesome experience to attend Bengali wedding.
Farakka barrage, Victoria palace, science city, the Howrah Bridge, Dakshineswar Kali mandir places made my visit memorable. Rest part of city were too good.
Suggestion must try all the sweets and all the type of transportation (started with Plane, train, trump, rickshaw, Yellow Taxi, metro, Cycle rickshaw, cycle Van ... Everything has its own charm.
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Pankti mehta

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  • Pankti mehta
  • 2 Reviews
  •  421 readers

"Good city to explore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is a friendly and safe city. Delicious food, good music and beautiful art make this place very attractive. Park street is the most happening place here with a royal touch of old British feel. If you visit in January don't forget to eat the jaggery based sweets
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Arnab Biswas

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  • Arnab Biswas
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  • Lives in Guwahati
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  • 23 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Really the City of Joy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is one of my favorite destination especially during the xmas & new year. Kolkata really is the City of Joy in every term. The area around Park Street, Esplanade, Camay Street etc wears a festive look during this period which is quite unmatched.
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Umar Faizan

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  • Umar Faizan
  • Lives in Tinsukia
  • 36 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1825 readers

"Full on masti"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The city is full of happiness. The people are also very friendly, every area has its own uniqueness. OMG the city of joy 'KOLKATA'. The Howrah bridge, nicco park, Victoria memorial, park street, city centre and the number of malls will make your every moment breathtaking
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Jagamohan Mohapatra

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  • Jagamohan Mohapatra
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 73 photos
  • 30 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
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"Ancient India yaaa this is what Kolkata in my eyes"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had time of 10 days and was roaming around the city of joy ... Kolkata and the best part, it was a solo trip. So, here is what I have experienced in those 10 days. I couldn't take more photos as I was travelling like a local and was eating like a local from any place.
The places I traveled is like Kolkata zoo, Victoria memorial hall, science park, babu ghat, Howrah bridge and there is another new age bridge and of course the ancient streets of Kolkata and many other local places that I don't have any idea.
The moment I landed in Kolkata, it was mixed experience and yes it started growing on me as I spend some time with the place.
Tram, double decker bus, daily boat ride for office business and other works.
**** good sweets, cheap food, fighting people, crowd like anything, mostly women vegetable seller.
The only thing I missed is, I couldn't experience any festivals
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Ajay chakraborty

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  • Ajay chakraborty
  • 5 Reviews
  •  785 readers

"International trade fair E M Bypass, Kolkata"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In science city Kolkata there is an excellent international trade fair. There are lots of amazing handicrafts and household items from Pakistan, Bhutan, Thailand and of course from all states across India. The Indian stall has excellent jute items and Pakistani handiwork on kurtas. Mind blowing marble and wood furniture items are on sale. Sarees dresses ornaments and handicrafts. Wooden furniture is really cheap and very good quality pure wood. Lots of food items and kitchen equipment is on sale. Great place for housewives. A must visit. Prices are reasonable. Location is E M Bypass near Gateway Hotel. Nice place to spend half a day with family with amazing shipping options.

Must visit before it's closed.

Govt should keep this in all cities.

Must visit is stall from Pakistan.
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Amit kumar sharma

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  • Amit kumar sharma
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1001 readers

"Good stay. Very near to the important places."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice hotel with in the city premises and very near to all business areas and attractions.
Room size is OK if you compare other hotels in Kolkata. It is converted from residential building in to the hotel it seems. Hence situated in residential area. No Restaurant and bar but room service is nice and food was tasty. Breakfast needs to be improved. Should be added with some more varieties. Otherwise every thing was OK.
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Phani medisetty

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  • Phani medisetty
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1205 readers

"City with no parking for vehicles"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
In 2 days we can cover the places who visits first time don't plan for self /own driving because there are many traffic restrictions (one way) for 15 km it will l take 2hrs time so don't plan for self driving. Zoom in car the worst car they provided us. Hotels are cheap and not suggest able through 3rd party sites because they are costly through sites. Food non veg fish was good and suggestble other than all
Worst things I found zoom in car, kali ghat temple(full of money no money no darshanam they demands Dhanddha.
Local car driver is suggestble for site seeing
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