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Millennium Park - Excellent place to visit

Millennium Park - Excellent place to visit  Video Review
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Millenium Park

Arvind Kumar
2nd Dec 16

Millennium Park

Millennium Park  Video Review
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Millenium Park

Arvind Kumar
2nd Dec 16

Well Equipped Airport

Well Equipped Airport  Video Review
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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport(Kolkata Airport)

Manoj Menon
21st Jun 17

Well Kept Airport

Well Kept Airport  Video Review
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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport(Kolkata Airport)

Manoj Menon
21st Jun 17

One of the finest epitomes of cultural heritage

One of the finest epitomes of cultural heritage  Video Review
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Victoria Memorial

Sania Chakraborty
29th Dec 17

Princep Ghat, Kolkata

Princep Ghat, Kolkata  Video Review
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Princep Ghat

Bose Susanta
13th Aug 17

Do visit here whenever you come to Kolkata

Do visit here whenever you come to Kolkata  Video Review
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St. Paul's Cathedral

Anshul taran
5th Feb 17

One of the most popular

One of the most popular  Video Review
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City Centre Salt Lake

Anubhav
24th Jan 17

Babu ghat

Babu ghat  Video Review
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Princep Ghat

Sandeep Kunwar
7th Jan 18

The best mall in Kolkata - Quest Mall

The best mall in Kolkata - Quest Mall  Video Review
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Quest Mall

Aman
11th Sep 17

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Reasons to go to Kolkata

1Watch The Beautiful Handcrafted Idols Being Made at Kumartuli
Watch The Beautiful Handcrafted Idols Being Made at Kumartuli

If you are an ardent art lover, you’ll forget your discomfort and awe at the stupendous creations. Kumortuli, or the potter's' town, is the place where the beautiful idols are handcrafted, hued and adorned. This is not a fancy place at all. In fact, be prepared for narrow and muddy lanes. And if you look around there are idols everywhere, some as small as your palm, others as tall as 15 feet! The idols are supplied in places all over Kolkata and even abroad. There are other shops too, which sell the weapons and other accessories needed to decorate the idols. Photography is allowed, but not without a fee. Try visiting this place on the day of choku daan', which is the most intense moment for the artisan. They paint the eye of the Goddess and places the eyeballs in them, infusing the divine look. HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj Gupta shares, “If you want to see the greatest and festival of India where full city is celebrate this with lots of joy and happiness then you have to come to kolkata in season of durga puja. In this festival the full city is decorated like a carnival and you can see thousands of murti/pratima in whole city. So please come to kolkata at least one time to experience it.”

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2Go Pandal Hopping
Go Pandal Hopping

Durga Puja in Kolkata is synonymous with pandal hopping but it can get a bit overwhelming. The easiest way to go pandal-hopping in Kolkata is to surrender oneself to the crowd. The best pandals of the city exists in clusters. If you are visiting the famed Ahiritola Sarbojanin puja in north Kolkata , you can easily walk to Beniatola, Kumartuli Sarbojanin and Chaltabagan Lohapatty pujas.Walk towards Hatibagan, check out the Hatibagan Sarbojanin and the Nalin Sarkar Street pujas. HolidayIQ Traveller Binit Diwakar shares, “The best place to visit kolkata is at time of durga puja. The awesome ambiance and the religious aura, all can take you to a divine world of the real bengal. Besides there are many places to visit in kolkata including the puja pandals.”

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3Durga Puja
Durga Puja

For five days, Durga Puja, bathes every city it is celebrated in splendour. Marked by pandals, ornate idols, mouthwatering sweet and savoury dishes, music and merrymaking, the festival is a rendition of traditional Bengali customs. To soak in traditional Durga Puja festivities, tourists can head to Kolkata, the epicentre of celebrations. To see where the beautiful idols of Goddess Durga are made, visit Kumartuli in Kolkata where the divine is created out of clay. The craftsmen here have been involved in this art since the last three centuries. The ideal time to visit the locality is a week before the puja when the artisans are busy giving final touches to their creations. HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj Gupta shares, “If you want to see the greatest and festival of India where full city is celebrate this with lots of joy and happiness then you have to come to kolkata in season of durga puja. In this festival the full city is decorated like a carnival and you can see thousands of murthy/pratima in whole city. So please come to kolkata at least one time to experience it.”

When: October 18 – October 23
Where: Kolkata, West Bengal

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4Durga Puja In Kolkata
Durga Puja In Kolkata

HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj Gupta shares, “If you want to see the greatest and festival of India where full city is celebrate this with lots of joy and happiness then you have to come to kolkata in season of durga puja. In this festival the full city is decorated like a carnival and you can see thousands of murthy/pratima in whole city. So please come to kolkata at least one time to experience it.”

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5Sip on some classy cocktails at the retro club Roxy
Sip on some classy cocktails at the retro club Roxy

HolidayIQ Reviewer Prerna Kabra shares, “Park Street - New York of India during Christmas time Park Street is the best place in Kolkata to go if you wanna chill with your friends or family.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ami Kothari shares, “There are many clubs and hotel on the street.

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Reviews (678)

Jishnu chakraborty

Jishnu chakraborty5.0/5

1 review

Kolkata

It was nice and very beautiful in staying, it's really a feel at home, we enjoyed the Panda hopping of Goddess Kali for which Barasat is famous for, nice decorations with 'diyas', candles and lights and an enjoyable night life . . Food and Shopping: There we found large market place and many shopping malls where one can get the local handy crafts products to world class branded articles and garments too . Highlight of the trip: An enjoyable night out during Diwali (Kalipuja I. E. Worshiping of Mother Kali)

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Vinaya pandey

Vinaya pandey5.0/5

6 reviews

Kolkata

Weather was pleasant. We did not do any sightseeing as we stayed only for one night . Food and Shopping: Shopping and food were awesome. Bar be Q server great Chinese food. Vedam in Theatre road is excellent for ethnic wear . Highlight of the trip: Shopping for clothes and spending quality time with family.

Recommended Duration in Kolkata

Number of days to spend in Kolkata as recommended by our travellers.

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Kolkata Overview

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 an East India Company trading post.

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 institutions. 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 a lot of other cultures. Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of dedication, 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. Victoria Memorial is one of the major tourist attractions of Kolkata. With beautiful architecture, museum and well-maintained gardens, this monument is indeed one of the must visit places in Kolkata. From the list of sightseeing attractions in Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is another popular place in the city. The Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge that is built over the Hooghly River and connects Kolkata and Howrah. One can witness a beautiful view from this bridge. Dakshineswar Temple is another must visit Kolkata attraction. 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, one 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.

Photos of Kolkata

Kolkata, West Bengal

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Roshan Kumar

Kolkata, West Bengal
Kolkata, West Bengal

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Jai mishra

Nice trip overall
Kolkata, West Bengal

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Jai mishra

Nice trip overall
Kolkata, West Bengal

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Ravi sharma

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