KolkataIndia

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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

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Ballygunge

3/5(5 area reviews)

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

Ballygunge
It's a one of the  heritage place of Kolkata. 
Peoples comes here to find some memories.
And in bengal it's call feluda's cemetery..
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Park Street

3.5/5Good!(26 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Park Street for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Park Street Cemetery and Asiatic Society. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Park Street Station.

Park Street
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Tangra

4/5Very Good!(17 area reviews)

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

Tangra
Eco Tourism Park showing a lake or waterhole and boating

New Town

3.5/5Good!(35 area reviews)

New Town is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Eco Urban Village and City Centre 2.

New Town
Kolkata which includes 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 the city at Kavi Nazrul Station or Shahid Khudiram Station.

Garia
Kolkata featuring religious elements and interior views as well as a large group of people

Sealdah

4/5Very Good!(3 area 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 the city at Central Station or Chandni Chowk Station.

Sealdah

Top Hotels in Kolkata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Swissotel Kolkata
Swissotel Kolkata
5 out of 5
City Center New Town, Action Area 2D, Plot No. 11/5, Kolkata, West Bengal
$67
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Nicco Park, Salt Lake Stadium, and Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Science City and Howrah Bridge ...

4.4/5Excellent! (276 reviews)

"I highly recommend Swissotel, the staff the friendliness. The breakfast buffet has many vegetarian and vegan options also lunch. They have free dinner included with the executive suit. And the jetted tub was great. Great service, we will definitely be regular customers."…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

Swissotel Kolkata
Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
3.5 out of 5
CB 218 Action Area 1C New Town, Kolkata, West Bengal
$46
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in New Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rabindra Tirtha and Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Axis Mall and Mother's Wax Museum are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"The property at the excellent location. Close to the airport"…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
5 out of 5
JA 1, Sector 3, Kolkata, West Bengal
$79
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

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! (269 reviews)

"Old, need better up-keep. Caulking around the bathroom and water drainage in the shower...."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2019

Hyatt Regency Kolkata

Popular things to do in Kolkata

New Market
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New Market

4/5(37 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(10 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.

Victoria Memorial
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Victoria Memorial

4.5/5(43 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

4.5/5(22 reviews)

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

Howrah Bridge
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Howrah Bridge

4/5(32 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

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Find out about the history of Belur Math, a well-known monument 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

$28
Per adult
Small Group Kolkata Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour
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Small Group Kolkata Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

100% of travellers recommend
$49
Per adult
Small Group Old Delhi 12-Taster Food Tour
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Small Group Old Delhi 12-Taster Food Tour

$49
Per adult
Kolkata Private Half-Day Tour
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Kolkata Private Half-Day Tour

$48
Per adult
Private Full-Day Tour to GangaSagar Island with transfers
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Private Full-Day Tour to GangaSagar Island with transfers

$114
Per adult
Budget Tour - Kolkata Sightseeing
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Budget Tour - Kolkata Sightseeing

$19
Per adult

Reviews of Kolkata

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
24
5 - Excellent 28.91566265060241%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.144578313253014%
3 - Okay
19
3 - Okay 22.89156626506024%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 12.048192771084338%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Old city but i love it. Great for shopping!

5/5 - Excellent

KartikS

Jan 10, 2020

Timeless city with so much going on culturally.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

No complaints. Too crowded. Too polluted. But that’s what it is

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

Airport at Kolkata is difficult to navigate through. Long lines and wait times at baggage claim. Allow yourself plenty of time to make things easier.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 11, 2019

Kolkata being my Hometown will always be close to heart

2/5 - Disappointing

AJ

Mar 27, 2019

Not a place for relaxation and sight seeing.

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