Kolkata Tourism
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Kolkata Tourism

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2534 Ratings & 1331 Reviews

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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Surendra kumar agarwal
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  • 4 Reviews

"Nothing Great About Kolkata" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The city is crowded with poor infrastructure. There are various tourist attractions worth visiting. The food and markets with various things to buy make this city worth visiting despite its poor infrastructure. The roads are good in patches....... More
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A S
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews

"Dont miss the street food here!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is my favourite city of India for many reasons best food, best sweets, sweet language, sweet people and the most I love about this town is it's fascination for art music, dance, painting, acting etc. I love roaming through bada bazar and....... More
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Anil
  • Anil
  • 2 Reviews

"Visit this city for food experience!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kolkata is an unique colourful Metropolitan. A wide population makes it different from other cities. Lots of historical place with beautiful park makes this city wonderful. Eden Garden gives the city the "The Eden". You all has to visit this....... More
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Manish
  • Manish
  • 2 Reviews

"City of Joy Has Leaves An Everlasting Memory"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The city is good and if you are coming from the airport you will find lots of newly constructed buildings and wide roads. But as you enter the city the roads seem to become narrow. There are yellow coloured cabs in the city, that's the....... More
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Able Johnson
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  • 1 Review

"Life in Kolkata - City of Joy"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been in kolkata for four months. I was working in an IT company in the salt lake city. Kolkata is one of the oldest city in India.This place is very rich in culture. Food: At the beginning of my Kolkata life I struggled a lot,....... More
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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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