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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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Chandan

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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 8 Reviews
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"An excellent experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
My experience is good to visit, I really enjoyed there. If you are looking for special destination you can take this option. There environment is good, weather is always good. There are lots of temple like kalighat, dakshineswar etc, and most of the ancient place buildings you can visit. You can also enjoy the water park and enjoy their street food like egg roll, paratha and biryani in Bara Bazar.
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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Not that pleasant" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It was good not that pleasant but was above average. This trip was purely for a business purposes therefore I cannot recommend anything about the tourism related things. But the people are good and helpful so you will have a great experience in the city.
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Siddhart Sanket

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews
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"An awesome place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Kolkata is really a good place where no one will sleep in hunger. Food is very tasty and at cheap rate. Full Kolkata peoples depends on metro, bus and local train. Always people stay busy with their work. One must visit this place at the month of October-November.
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Sai Kiran

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Kolkata - a joyful experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have stayed here for 2 months, the crowd and heritage is what makes Kolkata one of the most adorable places. Sightseeing and shopping: Heritages of Kolkata are many and are a must visit. There are many historic places to visit and metro here is very good.
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Vijith Varius

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"An outstanding experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kolkata is developed metro city. In Kolkata the population is good. The Kolkata sightseeing spots are wonderful. The people were smart. They gave importance for politics, centre state of the Kolkata is the most important. The city protect president of India. Kolkata is one of the most developed city of India.
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Avinash Unos

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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have visited the following places at Kolkata:
1) Victoria memorial
2) Science city
3) Eden garden stadium
4) Malls
5) Nicco park
6) Aquatica
Of all these places, I liked mostly Nicco park
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Ashifur Rahaman

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"City of Joy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kolkata is India's second largest city and is among one of the four metropolitan cities of India. It is the state capital of West Bengal. Kolkata was earlier known as Calcutta. It is a city made by the British Empire; it was the capital of British India from 1773 to 1911.

Kolkata is also nick named as the “City of Joy". One can experience and explore all the colours of life in this city; it has variety of things to offers from different modes of transfer to different tourist spots to wide variety of foods. Kolkata has something to offer for everyone.
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Saurabh Joshi

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"Kolkata review of tourist spot" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I have visited the following places at Kolkata:
1)Victoria memorial
2)science city
3)Eden garden stadium
4)malls
5)nicco park
6)aquatica

Of all these places, I liked mostly nicco park because it was an amusement park with lots of water rides, swimming pools, adventure rides, scary houses for fun, cable car, train ride, games to play, bull game, water splash and much more. It was a lot of fun out there. And I got a coupon from my friend for 50% off. So me and my girlfriend, we both have our passes at 275 each. It will take a full day at nicco park to spend if you want to enjoy entirely.

Among the other places, I liked Victoria, salt lake city, s planet etc. Victoria is having a huge park outside the main house. So it's a great place to stressed out. Also there are some lovers point like millennium park, city center. Science city is a great place for those who are genuinely interested. For others, who are just going as tourist, it might be a little boring for them.
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Bhanu pratap Sant

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"Amazing place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolkata is a city of joy. We experienced the Joy of Bengali sweet, Bengali food, Bengali culture, society and uniform material, Bengali spirituality and mixture of old and modern society. Shopping experience is great a leather jacket was bargain down from Rs. 2500 to simply Rs 1200 by the hawkers nearby the Chowringhee metro station streets.

Street vendors make crowd and shout for their marketing activities. Wine is well accepted liquor for the VIP'S just before the star hotel foods. Art, culture and craft make Kolkata distinguished from other metro towns of the country.
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Atul Sharma

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"Good destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Everyone wants to visit Kolkata once, since the place is very good. There are many places to visit in Kolkata. Victoria memorial is a good place to visit and all people must go there if you have a trip to Kolkata. The metro of Kolkata is also very fine, we all travelled through it. Overall, I had a good experience.
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