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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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Ravikumar

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  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 readers

"Super stay" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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
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  • 15 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1752 readers

"City of joy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • 8 Reviews
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"Too dirty city .."

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  472 readers

"Nice but crowdy"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Fonseka Daimen

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  • Fonseka Daimen
  • Lives in Palacole
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Truly the city of joy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Was in Kolkata due to a medical conference. During the schedule we had the opportunity to visit Victoria memorial, vidya sagar bridge, Howrah station, babughat, new market, KC DAS, Bhojori manna etc ... The people here are very friendly and active. Though the city is not that neat and clean the heritage buildings and the trams are truly a jewel to the city .. Would definitely like to come again and visit the reaming city ..
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Mohammad hossain

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  • Mohammad hossain
  • 3 Reviews
  •  119 readers

"Room was very dirty"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Room was very dirty, wall was scrubs, bathroom was very dirty, room door was not secure, blanket was not comfortable, pillow was dirty, we can't start the AC, hotel management people was not cooperative,
Please cheek the rooms 205, only location was good
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Vickykr

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  • Vickykr
  • 1 Review
  •  196 readers

"It was amazing !! Awesome it was"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Our original urban conglomerate"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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

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  • Sanket
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome blossom"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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"Good city to explore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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