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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Kolkata Traveller Reviews

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Narendra Mali

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  • Narendra Mali
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  135 readers

"Indigo is the worst airline" new review

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I booked a return journey by indigo airlines.
Both sides flight were delayed by at least an hour.
They didn't compensated for the delay or the inconvenience since my flight reached Mumbai at 11:30PM.
Kolkata as a destination is really nice ... No issues there
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 photos
  • 52 Reviews
  •  119 helpful votes
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"Kolkata .. City of Joy, friendship, food, culture, and above all affordable for all." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Whatever you can think of you get in Kolkata. Uploading a picture of Princep Ghat which has a special place in my life. Went there with my friends to give farewell to one of my colleagues. The whole place has been renovated by the local authorities. Beautification was speechless. The Memorial of James Princep was as good as it was in 1999 when we used to roam around after school hours. Friends always try to visit the following when in Kolkata-
1) Howrah Station- with maximum no of platforms in India (23).
2) Victoria Memorial.
3) Birla Planetarium.
4) Indian Museum.
5) Science City.
6) Kali Temple or Kali Ghat.
7) Park Street.
8) Dakhineswar Temple along with Belur Math.
9) The Great Botanical Garden.
10) Aquatica.
11) Nicco Park.
12) The Ganga Ghats starting from Princep to Babughat.
13) Esplanade.
14) Coffee House on College Street.
The aforesaid places consists of places with rich cultural heritage, religion, fun, knowledge, eateries, shopping areas, romantically influenced area. Take help of any locals if unable to find connectivity of two spots. Kolkata is ever ready to help.
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Kallol das

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  • Kallol das
  • 3 Reviews
  •  241 readers

"Kolkata - City of joy" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the places to lay back and relax for vacation. Take a ride in the tram through the lush green Maidan or go for a boat ride across Highly River. You will get a lot of sweets and delicacies to dig yourself in. The lodges are cheap too for a short stay.
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Vikas gupta

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  • Vikas gupta
  • 27 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Kolkata In June"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I always love visiting Kolkata. Like many other towns in India one must time his visits to a city according to the weather conditions. I was prepared to face hot and humid days for three days but to my surprise monsoon was knocking the door at the right time. Days were comfortable rather romantic because of no cloudy overcast conditions with mild to moderate rains. Still the best time to visit Kolkata is during and After Pooja. One of the better things in Kolkata over Delhi and Mumbai is its variety of Public transport. As per your need you can choose from a lot of options at your disposal from metro, bus, trim, auto, taxi etc.
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Rohith Namboothiri

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  • Rohith Namboothiri
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  705 readers

"Historically important places were kept clean"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Don't know about the all places of Kolkata, but the places worth visiting are kept clean and the importance are maintained properly. The New Howrah Bridge across the Googly river is worth seeing, its size and height. Victoria Mahala still reminds the British rule in India. There is a big garden in the middle of the city and is very clean and worth visiting in the evening. I felt sad for not getting chance to enter the Tram in Kolkata, even it is not a wonderful thing, since it was started by British and is only seen in Kolkata, I wish I entered on that too.
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Arif mohammad

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  • Arif mohammad
  • 1 Review
  •  493 readers

"City of Joy - Kolkata"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This city has joy and foodie. Delicacy of this city is awesome.

Lot of places, you can visit here, like - Victoria Palace, BabuGhat - Ride of Small old Boats (Oo Manjhi Ray kinds).

Mughlai, Chinese and Bengali food - Just one word - Superb.

Dada Boudi Biriyani is very famous, though I haven't visited.

You must go to Marco Polo Restaurant in DeshaPriya Park Area - Ilish-Bhapa (Hilsa Fish Dish) - Majorly only.

Near by Places - Mayapur - Iskcon Temple.
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Paramita Goswami

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  • Paramita Goswami
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  508 readers

"A nice city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Excellent city. Metro, ola cabs make travel very smooth. Though the climate is little hot but with frequent rains it was pleasant during my stay. Food is really nice with a wide variety. Veg and non veg, muglai, Chinese, Lebanese, Bhutanese and of course Bengali. Wide range of sweeets and street food.

People are cordial and helpful. Great experience!!
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Swakhar  Pachal

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  • Swakhar Pachal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 20 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  5499 readers

"A city with golden heart & rich culture"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kolkata is one of the most popular metro cities in India. It situated on the east bank of Highly river, in eastern part of India. It was the capital of India till 1911 and now it is the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata is also popularly known as "The City of Joy", but it is not only the city of Joy, it is also a city of Passion, Love, Culture & Art. It is the place of Rabindranath Tagore, Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Satyajit Ray. It is broadly connected by air, railways and roads with all over the India. It has three major railway stations namely Kolkata, Sealdah & Howrah (the largest terminal of India). First Metro Railway founded in Kolkata. It added a crown to the beauty of Kolkata.

It has a lot of Tourist spots. Some of them are must have if you visit Kolkata first time. These are Kolkata alipore zoo (oldest zoo of India), Science city (largest science centre of India), Victoria memorial hall, Indian Museum, Nazrul Tirtha ( Ecological Park), Nicco park, Dakshineswar temple, kalighat, belur math, Eden gardens, Howrah bridge, A. J. C Bose Botanical Garden.

Best time to visit in Kolkata is during October to January.

Durga Puja, the greatest festival of West Bengal is held in the month of October every year. Feel the excitement of durga puja, go for hopping pandals till midnight, enjoy the artistry of pandals and "durga pratimas", experience the Bengali culture and taste various Bengali Cuisine.

December is the month of picnic & outing. In this month weather is very moderate here. When you are in Kolkata enjoy a ride into Tram, India's only city which Can have hold the traditional Tram for its commuters. Go to visit Victoria memorial and take a tanga (horse pulled cart) ride and roam around the memorial. In evening strolling along the Princep ghat, Millennium park and hiring a boat to float on the Highly river and being the witness of the majestic sunset over the river can be your favourite leisure.
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Nilesh Jain

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  • Nilesh Jain
  • Lives in Varanasi
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  • 25 Reviews
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"Most ancient modern city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kolkata has an ancient look with modern thinking this is the city where tram is still working, man driven rickshaws are also in operation, it is the city which has biggest markets with bunch of facilities for tourist to enjoy. A must visit place for everyone.
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  • Ayush
  • 1 Review
  •  1034 readers

"An excellent place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kolkata has various places of tourist interest. There are temples like kalighat, dakshineswar temple, etc. The city also has the picturesque Howrah Bridge on Ganga River. I also visited places of historical interest like Indian Museum, Victoria memorial, etc. Thus kolkata is worth to be visited once.
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