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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Phani medisetty

  • Tourist
  • Phani medisetty
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  204 readers

"City with no parking for vehicles" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
In 2 days we can cover the places who visits first time don't plan for self /own driving because there are many traffic restrictions (one way) for 15 km it will l take 2hrs time so don't plan for self driving. Zoom in car the worst car they provided us. Hotels are cheap and not suggest able through 3rd party sites because they are costly through sites. Food non veg fish was good and suggestble other than all
Worst things I found zoom in car, kali ghat temple(full of money no money no darshanam they demands Dhanddha.
Local car driver is suggestble for site seeing
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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 787 photos
  • 261 Reviews
  •  2572 helpful votes
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"Old and new city" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kolkata 2 decades ago was old, dirty and big with old men pulling rickshaws. Now it is old dirty exterior houses with washed cloths hanging all over. Thanks to government for introducing electric powered rickshaws. Though there is clean metros running, still the tram is on the roads.
The yellow Ambassador taxis add to traffic jams. Modern apartment complexes have come up - probably over a lake - salt lake. The bridges over Ganga are nice to look at - Howrah bridge is delight. Though science city and water park have come up, Kali temple and Belur math attracted me
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Jaydeep Banerjee

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  • Jaydeep Banerjee
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 23 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"City of Prayers" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Poojo (the original pronunciation, notwithstanding the Anglicisation of names by Bengalis) signifies the homecoming of the victorious Goddess Durga along with her children after she wins over the evil forces. Remnants of her last enemy can be seen in every installation, dangling from her legs as the lion attacks and the goddess pierces the Asura's chest with the Trident.

The whole city rejoices in her homecoming with beating cymbals; lights and flowers decorating every street and homes with cries of elation abounding on the street. Every nook and cranny has a massive idol of Goddess Durga and smaller idols of her children--Laxmi, Ganesh, Saraswati and Kartik accompanied by their special vehicles--Lion for the Goddess and Owl, Rat, Swan and Peacock for the others respectively.

People take to streets in their best finery oblivious to the temperature and oppressive humidity and make a beeline as they hop from one Panda to the other, often not arriving at the planned destination, pushed by the wave of humanity walking in another direction, but all in tandem without a single casualty. In any other country of the world this would taken a superhuman effort (perhaps the army) to organise a city wide human wave - few million people are out on the roads at the same time.

The whole city wears an air of joyous camaraderie as people irrespective of religion and ethnicity - Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, European, Chinese, Indians, Bangladeshis mingle together to gorge on delicacies and rub shoulders with some of the most beautiful women on this planet.

The competition (adjudged by a committee) amongst idol makers and Panda decorators bring out the best in the most creative minds with metals and materials as diverse as paper, Thermocol (Polystyrene), aluminium, flowers and cement used to create and decorate.

A special mention for all our civic and police officials who toil day and night to maintain peace and quiet as the traffic flows smoothly despite the overwhelming odds with especially as they leave their families at home.

A simple formula for a joyous Pooja in Kolkata is to suspend judgements, shed inhibitions to mix and mingle in the heat, humidity, and love and joy of the Hoi Polloi.
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Nitin Gupta

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  • Nitin Gupta
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Good hotel"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hello all.
This is a good hotel well located in the heart of the city of joy.
Thought the parking is not enough. But it is well located.
Many places to visit just a walk away.
It was a business trip. So we sepnd less time at the hotel.
Happy staying.
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Suraj Mundra

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  • Suraj Mundra
  • 2 Reviews
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"Holiday iq"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its a good for trip. This app us awesome and dreedful I preferred this for every one and get a maximum discount. I just tell about a girl that who came in Kolkata. Kolkata is just a unknown place for her. One day she asked a boy where is queen Victoria palace. Then
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Sandeep .

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  • Sandeep .
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Amazingly Awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was Durya Puja time and if could never be better to witness the grand celebrations of Durga Puja all across Kolkata.
Food was amazing. It's too crowded but people are very friendly. Loved the place.
Its the shopping destination. If you are a foodie, there is no better place than Kolkata to try some fish and other curries.
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Celestina Fredrick

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  • Celestina Fredrick
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  850 readers

"My Kolkata Diary"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wowww ... Tats exactly I can start this. Being in Kolkata during the durga pooja is there best I could experience ... Being far away from home and crossing the south Indian borders for the first time was something new ... But this trip is worth coming this far ... I found the colonial architecture to be fascinating ... Thats not something that we get to see down south ... The roads and the monsoons ... Its was all green everywhere ... And that finding places like these in the centre of the city was surprising ... I've visited the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Prinsep Ghat, Vidhyasagar Bridge and so much more ... Regarding the transport here .. I could say that it way cheaper than Chennai ... Its like so cheap that I don't mind giving away two or firve rs extra ... But people here don't do that ... They don't wanna give away even a single penny extra ... Getting to ride the rickshaws was super ... And the metro ... F jam packed ... The local buses were like a roaler coaster ride ... Yellow taxis are a treat to watch ... I don't kno wat why I even say that ... But yes yellow taxis ... And the people over here are so much hyper ... They get excited just by seeing the crowd in each pandals ... Panda hopping was fun ... It was sumthn new and you need a lot patience to deal with the amount of crowd over there. People here a big time foodies and so I had wonderful time trying out all the best dishes and street foods (all type of rolls, beguni, and chai in the mutka cup, gol gappas, fried fish, and so many varieties of mishtis ... F more and more of rasgulla's at KC dass and haldirams ). Trying to understand Bengali is tuff for a south Indian ... But yayyy get to learn a few words and ull find yourself in a state to learn more and more ...
And overall my stay in Kolkata was super fun and durga pooja the best time to visit ... Overall Aami toh Kolkata koob balo laagi che :D
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Jayanta Chaudhuri

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  • Jayanta Chaudhuri
  • 1 Review
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"Never tavel through MAKE MY TRIP"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Never book any travel packages through make my trip website, there is no guaranty that you will get the promised travel iternary but you will see they have charged your cards. Worst experience of customer care team ever had any where. I must have to give out of 10 based on my experience.
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
  •  1846 helpful votes
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"City of street food"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's my 3rd review and first on Kolkata. First of all I would like to say about this city that is, in this city everywhere you found Street food such like puchka, samosa, Jamal mudhi, etc. But main dish is rosogulla. You like rosogulla so much they called it by another name that is sandesh.
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Shyamala venkatesh

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  • Shyamala venkatesh
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"Kolkata visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 16, 2016
Self and my husband are senior citizens and trip was primarily for visiting Kali temple, Dakshineshwar, Belur mutt and also to visit Pri Jagannath.
We stayed OYO rooms in Ballygunge.
We did not find Kolkata streets clean especially Hazra Road. A lot of people in streets and hence surroundings become dirty and foot paths are not free for walk. Having lived in places like Baroda and Bangalore we felt Mr Modi's swatch Bharat Abhyan is not being followed here.
We also did not find decent eating places for snacks coffee etc In and around Hazra Road, Kalighat etc. Approach to Dakshineshwar temple is extremely dirty and stinking. Motor launch facility saved us from walking back on that road. We found Belur mutt and surroundings excellent and clean.
Or experience in Howrah station to travel to and fro to Puri was good.
Governament and Civic body in Kolkata should pay attention to clean up the city.
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