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Millennium Park - Excellent place to visit

Millennium Park - Excellent place to visit  Video Review

Millenium Park

Arvind Kumar
2nd Dec 16

Millennium Park

Millennium Park  Video Review

Millenium Park

Arvind Kumar
2nd Dec 16

Well Equipped Airport

Well Equipped Airport  Video Review

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport(Kolkata Airport)

Manoj Menon
21st Jun 17

Well Kept Airport

Well Kept Airport  Video Review

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

Victoria Memorial

Sania Chakraborty
29th Dec 17

Princep Ghat, Kolkata

Princep Ghat, Kolkata  Video Review

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

St. Paul's Cathedral

Anshul taran
5th Feb 17

One of the most popular

One of the most popular  Video Review

City Centre Salt Lake

24th Jan 17

Babu ghat

Babu ghat  Video Review

Princep Ghat

Sandeep Kunwar
7th Jan 18

The best mall in Kolkata - Quest Mall

The best mall in Kolkata - Quest Mall  Video Review

Quest Mall

11th Sep 17

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Reasons to go to Kolkata

1The Colorful Mullik Ghat Flower Market, Kolkata
The Colorful Mullik Ghat Flower Market, Kolkata

Near the southeast end of Howrah Bridge, the flower market is colourful virtually 24 hours a day. This market had a red, yellow and orange sea of marigolds. It’s a market like no other and the photographs speak for themselves.

HolidayIQ Traveller Thulaseedharan Achary shares, "I visited Kolkata during October 2013. Among the attractions, the gigantic flower market under Howrah bridge attracted me a lot. It was a wonderful flower market with an approximate 500 m of circular area equipped with flowers and buds. Flowers in various stages, fully blossomed, semi blossomed and buds were arranged. Various types of flowers of India, especially rare ones from Himalayas were available there which were very beautiful and charming and the merchants were ready for sales. I recommend everyone to visit this paradise during visit to Kolkata.


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2Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival
Sufi Sutra International Sufi Music Festival

This Sufi Music Festival features top sufi and traditional folk musicians from Denmark, Iran, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Music workshops are held all day and free concerts all evening, as well as an exhibition.

When: February 5-7, 2016
Where: Kolkata

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3Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

A walk along the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, chasing sunset and instagramming from there is sure to make your ‘instagram followers’ ‘double tap’ on that shot right away! The view from the bridge, of the sunset on one side and the yellow cabs zooming their way on the other, is extravagant beauty, a true Instagrammer would not afford to miss it. HolidayIQ Traveller Sailesh Sarmah shares, "You have to see or drive through the Howrah Bridge for a great view. It's sure to be a photographers delight in the evenings."


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4Gunday - Jashn-E-Ishqa - Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
Gunday - Jashn-E-Ishqa - Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

It's a bond of love and friendship that takes shape in the Kolkata of the 80's. And what defines this iconic city best is the iconic symbol of grandiose — the Howrah Bridge. HolidayIQ Traveller Ananya Ray says, “Try biriyani's of aminia, park street barbq, and bhajahari manna. Also eat all the street food you can. Go visit victoria gardens, new market is worth a visit. Walk from maidan to princep ghat, get into a tram, try to use metro for travelling across kolkata. Visit college street area. Golpark lake is lovely.”


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5The Namesake - Kolkata
The Namesake - Kolkata

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhishek says, "I went to kolkata for a couple of days, and in the meantime I fell in love with this city. There are many things to explore around in this city. A few examples are : science city, Victoria memorial, Nicco park, Eden Gardens, etc. And I would recommend science city and Victoria memorial as a must visit. There are many things to explore around in science city. Many scientific gadget are there for time pass and gaining knowledge. "


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Jishnu chakraborty

Jishnu chakraborty5.0/5

1 review


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


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.

1 day


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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