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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

1Durga 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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2Bad Day? It Is The Ultimate Comfort Food! India’s Hobby Centre, Kolkata
Bad Day? It Is The Ultimate Comfort Food! India’s Hobby Centre, Kolkata

It is located at 1A Russell Street Kolkata, it is known as one of the oldest ice cream shop in the city. It has a huge selection of ice cream and pastries. It is known for being easy on the pocket and a comfortable ambiance. Popular items include tutty fruity, banana sundae and everything in between to make you happy. It is surely worth a try. You will not be disappointed.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjit says, “Street food is very popular in Kolkata. Park Street is a popular places for the food lover.”

Where: 1A Russell Street Kolkata

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3The 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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4Sufi 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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5Tranquility and serenity going hand in hand
Tranquility and serenity going hand in hand

HolidayIQ Reviewer Archita Banerjee shares, “Dakhineshwar- the spiritual abode Located on the outskirts of Kolkata, Dakshineswar used to be a small village. Dating back to the 19th century, when British ruled India, the Dakshineshwar Temple was built by the reverent and fearless queen of Kolkata, Rani Rashmoni, as a fulfillment of her dream. ”  


HolidayIQ Reviewer Ramesh Bhat shares, “Kali-Bhavataraini-Who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence. Dakshineswar Kali Temple is built in the traditional 'Nava-Ratna' or nine spires style of Bengal architecture. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a devotee of Kali in 1855. ”  

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Reviews (454)

Sumit roy

Sumit roy4.3/5

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Hatke Kolkata

Many beautiful places nearby Kolkata. I will enlist, "Hatke". Visit sea beach at Bakkhali. Fearsome beauty of Sunderban. Gadiara, the confluence. Murshidabad, the historical and the ferocity of Padma river wiping out towns and many more .
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murlidhar

murlidhar5.0/5

1 review

Not recommended

Unprofessional behaviour by staff despite our courteous approach. Deal was including price for Breakfast, but staff treated us as Refugees. Unprofessionalism in behaviour was hard to understand. Beds with bugs and unhygienic restrooms. STRICTLY NOT RECOMMENDED.

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.

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Kolkata, West Bengal

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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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