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Kolkata Tourism

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The city of Joy undoubtedly. This is one of the most lively city i have ever visited. From local food to shopping. Its an ultimate destination hub.Lot of sight seeing option. I especially loved that place Princep Ghat. its so serene and beautiful that i can't explain in words. Park Street is so lively and has the best of restaurants.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: For food, do visit Peter Cat its in Park street and famous for sizzlers and Chelo kababs. Also Poddar court is famous for momo's. For shopping do visit Esplanade and Garihata. You get real good stuffs there at a very reasonable price. Do bargain for best deals.

Activities & things to do: If you are a party animal Kolkata is a place to be.Loads of Pubs and lounge where you can chill.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nothing special just have an enjoyable trip. Don't forget to take a tram ride in the city. You will def enjoy it. :)
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Abhay Agarwal
  • Abhay Agarwal
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 2 Reviews

"Kolkata is affordable" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I visited Kolkata for the first time. We went to zoo then went to see Eden garden and saw Victoria. I just loved the place its so beautiful. We also went to different malls and had food at different restaurant. Really liked the fishes cooked in Kolkata.
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Anjushree Sarkar
  • Anjushree Sarkar
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 4 Reviews

"City of Joy-Kolkata" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kolkata is now the capital city of West Bengal. But it was the capital of whole India during the British reign. Therefore there are a lot of ancient historical palaces here and there in Kolkata. The Victoria Memorial, the National Library, the Monument are some of them.There are also some different tourist places like Alipore Zoo, Birla Planetoriam, Science City, Botanical Garden and most of all the river Ganga.
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Kunal Adhikary
  • Kunal Adhikary
  • 1 Review

"Kolkata, the city of travel" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Last year I went to Kolkata with my family. That was a great experience to me. The first day we visited Victoria Memorial Hall. Then we visited Alipur zoo. There are all many types of crocodiles, tigers, snakes, monkeys, gorillas, birds and many more animals. We visited Science city. They have a space theater, 3D hall, mirror magic and etc. The biryani and rasgulla is very much famous of Kolkata. Really this was a awesome travel in my life.
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Rishabh Jain
  • Rishabh Jain
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  • 1 Review

"It is a good place to visit" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Yes it is a good place for visitors, there are different kind of things one can do there depending on his interest can visit National museum, Victoria, zoo, marble palace and many more but the only thing that ruins it all is that all these and most places in Kolkata closes early that's around 5-6 or 7 pm so you need to visit in the day time. If you are visiting in winters than its OK otherwise you have to face the heat and people there are really great helpful and polite. So a must visit city if in Bengal or somewhere around with a great history to see.
And yea should have 2-3 days with you as most places close early
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Tom Kumar
  • Tom Kumar
  • 1 Review

"A place with many attractions" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is a wonderful place. The famous place is the Howrah Bridge. This bridge does not have any pillar which makes it wonderful. There are many places to visit like Science City and Tara Mandal. It was great tour for me and a memorable one.
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Mukesh Sharma
  • Mukesh Sharma
  • Lives in Siliguri
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  • 1 Review

"Wonderful lifestyle and nightlife" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its was an awesome experience in Kolkata. Very nice people and nice locations to visit such as Chandi Chowk, museums and malls. Wonderful lifestyle. The food was very delicious. There were night clubs and pubs so it has a cool nightlife to enjoy. There are many options to visit various places. The best among them are taxis which could roam you around anywhere.
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Tuhin Das
  • Tuhin Das
  • 2 Reviews

"Good places and good food" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a nice city to visit with family. Must visit places were Kalighat Temple, Victoria Memorial, Nicco Park and Eco Point. Try to avoid visiting during summer season as the weather is too hot. You will find all kind of food here like South and North Indian, Chinese and Continental.You should try Kolkatas special Misti Dahi too.
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Anirban Mukherjee
  • Anirban Mukherjee
  • 1 Review

"The cheapest metro across the country" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kolkata is often called as the City of Joy. I like the ambiance of Kolkata, especially places like College Street and Coffee House where I can enjoy the old Kolkata. It is one of the cheapest metro across country. You can eat lots of rossogollas and gulab jamuns at a reasonable price. People here are extremely huge. Durga Puja is celebrated at its best here.
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Anil Kumar
  • Anil Kumar
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Colorful City" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A fun place to go. People are real friendly. A lot of places to see including Victoria Museum, etc. The food is real good, of course the fish is up to the expectation. Don't forget to go to karims for Biryani. The hotels are good, will be better if you book online & would be even better if you get a good deal on hotel booking.
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Dannie Banik
  • Dannie Banik
  • Lives in Noida
  • 1 Review

"A city with rich culture" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Land of best "phuchkas" and "rosogollas",the city life adds spice to life. You won't experience Kolkata till you ride the "heritage" tram across the lush Maidan. Victoria & Zoo are the must visit places! Kolkata is full of Temple and gardens. Culture is again is a topic to be discussed here without observing Bengali Culture personally journey is not fulfilled. You must carry a camera because there is a long list of places to visit where you must take pictures.
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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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