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Kolkata
Travel Guide

New Market featuring a city and street scenes

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

ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
5 out of 5
JBS Haldene Avenue, (Opp. Science City), Kolkata, West Bengal
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $58 per night from May 4 to May 5
Located in Tangra, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Victoria Memorial, Alipore Zoo, and South City Mall. Eden Gardens and Biswa Bangla Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (154 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, great stay. The only down side is that there isn't much close by."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
5 out of 5
1 JBS Haldane Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from May 4 to May 5
Located in Tangra, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Victoria Memorial, Alipore Zoo, and South City Mall. Eden Gardens and New Market are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (31 reviews)
"Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 out of 10 ****************************"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is $73 per night from May 1 to May 2
This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Netaji Indoor Stadium and Victoria ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (484 reviews)
Celebrated grandeur of life at The Oberoi Grand
"In connection with my work and personal desire, I have traveled to many places and stayed in many big hotels in India and internationally. No doubt this personal trip at The Oberoi Grand was the best amongst them all. We enjoyed the stay in king class hospitality. The management gave us a free upgrade ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
OYO 14632 Himalaya Guest House
OYO 14632 Himalaya Guest House
2.5 out of 5
Mb 698 Major Arterial Rd S-E Mahisbathan, Beside Sectorv Breeze Connector, Kolkata, West Bengal
Located in Sector V, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Axis Mall, Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, and Salt Lake City Centre Mall. Nicco Park and ...
OYO 14632 Himalaya Guest House
Kakinara , Mullick Garden House, 24, AB Road, Bhatpara, West Bengal ,india, .
Kakinara , Mullick Garden House, 24, AB Road, Bhatpara, West Bengal ,india, .
Barakpur, West Bengal
Situated in Barakpur, this vacation home is within 25 mi (40 km) of Aqua Marina, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and Ratan Babu Ghat. Belur Math and Howrah Bridge ...
Kakinara , Mullick Garden House, 24, AB Road, Bhatpara, West Bengal ,india, .
A 3 bed Room Apartment on two Levels With a big Living & Dining Area
A 3 bed Room Apartment on two Levels With a big Living & Dining Area
Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is $130 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Situated in Kolkata, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Eco Urban Village, Ecospace Business Park, and Mother's Wax Museum. City Centre 2 and ...
A 3 bed Room Apartment on two Levels With a big Living & Dining Area
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kolkata

3.8

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4 - Good 36.7816091954023%
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3 - Okay 24.137931034482758%
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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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