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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.

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Karun Kumar

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"An awesome cultural place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Visiting Kolkata is a lifetime experience. The culture, street foods, museums, malls, temples, colleges, bridges and many more is caring the memories of the past history with modern day civilization. Its like staying here for a piece of time and relive all the ins and outs of the times.
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Pamela Mukherjee

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  • Pamela Mukherjee
  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"City of Life-Kolkata" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Last I was in Kolkata in January. The city always brings fresh air and full of life. Foodies paradise, with loads of malls, shopping places like esplanade, sham bazaar and gariahat etc. Best time to visit winter. Lots of places to visit like Museum, Science City, Victoria memorial, Zoo etc. Very good for the family as well group travel purpose. But be careful of pickpockets.
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Subham Dutta

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  • Subham Dutta
  • Lives in Suri
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place to go!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Howrah Bridge is the best place. I am my friends visited Kolkata for vocational training of my course. I was surprised by seeing the bridge and ride in launch, we all went to see Victoria Memorial, its very beautiful. There weather is also very good.
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Shubham

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  • Shubham
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"Science city-Kolkata" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is awesome to be here. We can get knowledge from here. So much existing things are present here to watch. You should come at least once to increase your knowledge.
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Utsav Jangid

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  • Utsav Jangid
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"Kolkat is paradise of india" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hey guys, are you finding a place to spend holidays. I recommend you to go Kolkata and spend holidays on Kolkata, because I saw the scenes of the city that amazing wonderful and very big Mahal named Victoria memorial was wonderful so and rickshaws of Kolkata much much beautiful the trams are rounding the all over city and the temple Maa Kali devi mandir you have a feeling to spend the life do worship in kali mandir and most popular Kolkata's Howrah bridge so go to jannat Kolkata and taste the sweets of West Bengal you will lick your fingers so go to Kolkata, I mean jannat.
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Ami Kothari

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  • Ami Kothari
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Visit for the Biryanis and Tagore" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kolkata is a place of culture with love of Tagore in its lane. You have a feel of the old British era in the architecture of the city. It is vibrantly cultural city, with its mix of British and Indian architecture. You can either explore of your own or can can take city tour buses like ac bus or non ac bus according to your preference. We saw historic, modern, European, and Asian sights, China Town all together in one city. The mix of new and old, will keep you constantly engaged in this fascinating city.
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Rabi Banik

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  • Rabi Banik
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  3 helpful votes
  •  127 readers

"Journey to City of Joy" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Day 1 : 20th Dec 2015(Sunday): We started our journey on 20th Dec 2015(Sunday) around 3 am from Silkboard (Bangalore). We were two people in our car. We went via NH5. We reached Tirupathi (200 km) at 6 am and took some tea and snacks. We got NH5 around 9 am and saw the first signage of Kolkata. It was 1588 km away from. The road is very good but that time lots of flyover work were going on. We reached Vijayawada around 3 pm we started again after completed our lunch. We will stay Vizag at night that was our plan. We reached Vizag around 9:30 pm and hired a road side guest house for one night.

Day 2 : 21th Dec 2015(Monday): We left the room at 6 o'clock from Vizag. We took our breakfast at Palasha and were going to Bhubaneswar. There is awesome road and u can enjoy sight scene. We reached Bhubaneswar by crossing a series of flyover. After took a tea break we were going to Bengal now we got long stretches of straight concrete road. The road was little bit of dificult because of no of cycle and bikes were coming the wrong way along the side. We did not know the main problem was waiting for us. We got stuck in front of Bengal border because of they were checking truck one by one. When It took time to clear up almost 2 hours. We entered in Bengal after crossing the gate then again the road was good.

Fillings was good because of we were so close to our destination. Finally We entered in Kolkata via Dunlop after 3 hours. The time was around 9 o'clock.
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Rohit Rai

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  • Rohit Rai
  • Lives in Gopalganj
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"Mind blowing place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very good place to spend holidays. Too much fun. I went with my family and i enjoyed very much. Specially the worship done by Bengali were so charming and so realistic. The metro trains are also the centre of attraction. Also the Bengali food recipe are also very very good and tasty.
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Subhankar Kundu

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  • Subhankar Kundu
  • Lives in Tarakeswar
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"Nice place to go!" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited Kolkata in January 2016. Nice place. I visit Victoria memorial, Museum, science city. In science city there is many interesting thing time machine. Road cycle. 3D hall. Really interesting. Anybody come to this season. Very good time to visit. Evaluation park is good.
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D.p. Pandey

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  • D.p. Pandey
  • Lives in Pratapgarh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  66 readers

"Good place for picnic" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have travelled over here in September 2013, first I have visited to Asansol, it is also a good but small city with Damodar river. Then I visited Kolkata. One of the metro city of India among the four cities. Very good environment and climate.
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