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Kolkata
Travel Guide

New Market showing 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

JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata
JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata
5 out of 5
4A, J.B.S. Haldane Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs6,000 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in Tangra, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Science City, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Salt Lake Stadium and Nicco Park. Acropolis Mall and New ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (126 reviews)
"Excellent personal touch in all interaction. Always tried to serve extra mile."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2021

JW Marriott Hotel 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
The price is Rs4,350 per night from 7 May to 7 May
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 Centre ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (155 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, great stay. The only down side is that there isn't much close by."

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

ITC Sonar, 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 Rs6,000 per night from 8 May to 8 May
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! (486 reviews)
Royal stay
"The stay was comfortable, and the hotel was like a royal palace and the food was good . The room was neat and clean and the view of the room was very good. One thing I didn’t like about it is the Network and WiFi connectivity was very poor. But it’s overall good."

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2021

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 miles (5 km) of Axis Mall, Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and Salt Lake City Centre Mall. Nicco Park ...
OYO 14632 Himalaya Guest House
OYO Flagship 19290 Bag Bazaar
OYO Flagship 19290 Bag Bazaar
3 out of 5
Arham Guest House, Nayan Krishna Shah Lane Bagh Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal
Situated in Kolkata, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1 km) from Kumartuli Ghat and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ratan Babu Ghat and Howrah Bridge. Marble Palace ...
OYO Flagship 19290 Bag Bazaar
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

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 24.705882352941178%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.35294117647059%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 27.058823529411764%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 4.705882352941177%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.1764705882352942%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

Felt very safe. Very busy city do not go expecting peace and quiet. Bustling and not touristy. We loved wandering and walking and seeing the street life. The Victoria monument is stunning and we highly recommend a wander around the sculptures area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

It is my birthplace, my root to the city is deep. It makes me nostalgic.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Feb 2020

Okay. People are oddly rude. Not all but some especially taxi drivers.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Nothing in particular.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

Narrow crowded roads it take a lot of time to cover small distances. Comparatively more congested and not a clean city.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

I had last visited Kolkata in 2013 and my wife had visited in 2000. A lot has changed but for the worse.The streets were choked with hawkers particularly, the central areas. Processions and sloganeering were the favorite pastime, it seemed.

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