Kolkata Vacation Packages
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.
Accommodation in Kolkata
When a destination is as high in demand as Kolkata, it's not surprising that there's a huge range of room and apartment options to choose from. You'll find 173 Kolkata hotels on Expedia's convenient website.
Travelers keen on booking lodgings at the luxury end of the scale will be delighted, Kolkata offers a number of upmarket places, such as The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, at 15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, and the Taj Bengal, at 34 B Belvedere Road Alipore. If those don't appeal, check out the ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata, at JBS Haldene Avenue, (Opp. Science City), and the Hyatt Regency Kolkata, at JA 1, Sector 3, two more budget-friendly options.
The Victoria Memorial is on the to-do list for almost every visitor to Kolkata. If you'd prefer to stay in the vicinity of this iconic attraction, The Park Kolkata and the Golden Parkk are both good picks.