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Visit Kolkata

The former capital of the British Raj is a friendly city blessed with architectural diversity, festivals and an eclectic cuisine.

Once the capital of British India, Kolkata is the bustling capital of West Bengal and often referred to as the cultural heart of India. Colonial landmarks battle for space with colorful temples and lively markets present a sensory overload. Public gardens offer a respite from this hot and crowded, yet ultimately rewarding destination.

Many attractions are in and around the Maidan, a huge public park where locals relax and play cricket or soccer. Marvel at the marble Victoria Memorial before tracing Kolkata’s colonial-era history at the Calcutta Gallery. Visit British-built monuments such as Fort William and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Find archaeological relics, including centuries-old Hindu sculptures, at the Indian Museum.

Walk or take a rickshaw to the BBD Bagh district, or Dalhousie Square, to see more examples of the city’s past, such as the Raj Bhavan and the neo-Gothic High Court. Watch a cricket match at the Eden Gardens and sample street food cooked by vendors at nearby Fairlie Place.

Take a taxi or rickshaw across the River Hooghly via the impressive Howrah Bridge. Visit the flower market at Mullick Ghat and see devotees offer prayers at shrines. Admire giant lilies and a centuries-old banyan tree at the picturesque Indian Botanic Garden, a 15-minute drive from Howrah Bridge.

Shop and bargain for fabrics and leather goods in New Market. Explore the chaotic streets of Barabazar Market while browsing textile shops and spotting religious sights. Stroll down Phears Lane in Old Chinatown, famous for sweetshops, teahouses and kebab stores. Along Park Street, elegant restaurants present Kolkata’s tangy Bengali cuisine.

Kolkata proudly showcases Bengali and Hindu art, dance and music. A popular festival is the 5-day Durga Puja, a flamboyant event with music, parades and performances at pop-up temples.

Kolkata is close to the border with Bangladesh and you can reach it via India’s excellent network of long-distance buses and trains. The city’s international airport has connections to major destinations around the world.

Where to stay in Kolkata

Ballygunge, Kolkata, India
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Ballygunge

4/5Very Good!(10 reviews)

Restaurants and shopping are notable features of Ballygunge. You might consider a stop by Quest Mall while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Ballygunge
Park Street, Kolkata, India
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Park Street

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 reviews)

Take time in Park Street to visit attractions like Park Street Cemetery and Asiatic Society. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Park Street Station to see more of the city.

Park Street
Kolkata featuring night scenes

New Town

4/5Very Good!(32 reviews)

New Town is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Eco Urban Village and Rabindra Tirtha.

New Town
Tangra, Kolkata, India
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Tangra

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 reviews)

Visitors to Tangra enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Milan Mela is worth a stop.

Tangra
Kolkata showing night scenes

Garia

When in Garia and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like South City Mall or Kalighat Kali Temple and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Kavi Nazrul Station or Shahid Khudiram Station.

Garia
Kolkata which includes interior views and religious aspects as well as a large group of people

Sealdah

3.5/5Good!(4 reviews)

When in Sealdah and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like New Market or Eden Gardens and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Central Station or Chandni Chowk Station.

Sealdah

Top hotels in Kolkata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
5 out of 5
JA 1, Sector 3, Kolkata, West Bengal
£64
per night
26 Dec-27 Dec

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of New Market, Howrah Bridge and Alipore Zoo. South City Mall and Victoria Memorial ...

4.3/5Excellent! (257 reviews)

"SITUATION NEAR BIG GROUND, GOOD GREEN FOOT BALL AND CRICET GROUND,"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

Hyatt Regency Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
£114
per night
3 Jan-4 Jan

This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (416 reviews)

"Wonderful staff, very helpful in getting my train tickets and all reservations even though I was late in obtaining everything."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Swissotel Kolkata
Swissotel Kolkata
5 out of 5
City Center New Town, Action Area 2D, Plot No. 11/5, Kolkata, West Bengal
£68
per night
27 Dec-28 Dec

Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Nicco Park, Salt Lake Stadium and Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Science City and Howrah Bridge ...

4.4/5Excellent! (264 reviews)

"Service is good ,staff are very helpful .I enjoyed my stay at this hotel"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Swissotel Kolkata

Popular things to do in Kolkata

Victoria Memorial
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Victoria Memorial

4.5/5(24 reviews)

See photographs and paintings charting Kolkata’s history at this marble palace dedicated to England’s Queen Victoria, the former Empress of India.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple

4/5(13 reviews)

Admire architectural beauty and see important religious icons at this sacred temple complex on the banks of the Hooghly River.

New Market
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New Market

4/5(19 reviews)

Hunt for bargains at one of Kolkata’s oldest markets, an indoor arcade with food, clothing and handicraft stalls that’s been serving the city for over 135 years.

New Town Eco Park
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New Town Eco Park

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Known for its diverse ecological landscapes, man-made lake, children’s play area and musical fountain show, this ecological park is fun for all the family.

Howrah Bridge
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Howrah Bridge

4/5(23 reviews)

Set foot on or glide under a famous Kolkata landmark, a colossal engineering feat that’s inspired many movie-makers.

Belur Math
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Belur Math

4/5(9 reviews)

Belur Math is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Howrah. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the monuments in this culturally rich area.

Top activities in Kolkata

Mother Teresa House Private Half-Day Tour
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Mother Teresa House Private Half-Day Tour

£22

Pay respects to the incredible humanitarian work that Mother Teresa dedicated her whole life to on this visit to her home and place of work. With a private guide accompanying you, learn all about the historical significance of her impact and the many lives that she touched.

Small Group Kolkata Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour
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Small Group Kolkata Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

£38

Greet your guide outside Esplanade metro station at 5:00pm and catch the train up to a district little visited by foreigners and known for its cuisine.

Small Group Old Delhi 12-Taster Food Tour
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Small Group Old Delhi 12-Taster Food Tour

£38

The tour kicks off 12:00pm from outside Chandni Chowk Metro Gate 5 where you'll be greeted by your foodie guide. You can't do anything without a blessing, so the first stop at a Hindu temple gets you set for the day.

2 Nights in Royal Bengal Tiger's Kingdom Sundarban
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2 Nights in Royal Bengal Tiger's Kingdom Sundarban

£135

Morning: Car Transportation towards Godkhali by Luxury Car (Quails/Winger). Pick-up Point : Kolkata Drop-in Point : Kolkata 12.00 A.M.

Kolkata Private Half-Day Tour
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Kolkata Private Half-Day Tour

£37

Pick up at 0900hrs from hotel in Kolkata to take you to a journey through the annals of Kolkata’s rich history, from ancient artifacts and colonial monuments to modern-day sporting venues.

One-Way Private Drop To Santiniketan From Kolkata with Private Transportation
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One-Way Private Drop To Santiniketan From Kolkata with Private Transportation

£77

One-Way Private Drop To Santiniketan From Kolkata with Private Transportation Transfer Trip Plan: Meet Car and Driver at any Location as per Customer Wish of Location and Timing and Start Reaching Destination in an Air-Conditioned Private Transportation with English Speaking Car Driver for your Transfer Trip.

Reviews of Kolkata

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 22.580645161290324%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 46.774193548387096%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 29.032258064516128%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.6129032258064515%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Dec 2019

Great city. full of charm and culture.

3/5 - Okay

KS

16 Nov 2019

Dirty, congested

3/5 - Okay

ANISA

8 Nov 2019

LETS HOPE IT WILL BE CLEAN CITY

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Sep 2019

Homely place, friendly people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

I found it to be a unique city with a lot of character and I was very impressed with the new developments

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Aug 2019

An old historic city, full of culture, good food and life that the b@stard politicians of all descriptions have over the years destroyed but the warm people have kept alive.

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