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 colourful 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

Holiday Inn Express Kolkata Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Kolkata Airport, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
28 Jessore Road, NSCBI Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700052
The price is ₹4,048 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
₹4,048
per night
18 Dec - 19 Dec
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Kolkata. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions City Centre 2 and Eco Urban Village ...
4/5 Very Good! (51 reviews)
"It’s exactly what you expect it to be for a quality/clean airport hotel intended for business people. Not the best for couples (we only got one towel, smallish room, interesting/weird combo bathroom/shower that shares a door. Good breakfast, not very many amenities. The area has none of the charm ..."

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2022

Holiday Inn Express Kolkata Airport, an IHG Hotel
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700 013
The price is ₹10,000 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec
₹10,000
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kolkata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (579 reviews)
"Hospitality was great. Best place to stay in Old Kolkata."

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2022

The Oberoi Grand, 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, 700046
The price is ₹8,000 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
₹8,000
per night
10 Dec - 11 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kolkata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (93 reviews)
"I would give the ITC Royal Bengal 5/5 stars! The service, the room cleanliness and amenities, the hotel ambience, and food/drink service was excellent. It was our first time in Kolkata, India, and the ITC Royal Bengal made the experience an excellent one! We look forward to staying again!"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2022

ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, 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.
Amã Stays & Trails 25 Farm House
Amã Stays & Trails 25 Farm House
5 out of 5
Vedic Village Plot No.25A, Mouza Chandpur Chapagachi, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700135
Stay at this 5-star luxury country house in Kolkata. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Ecospace Business Park and Eco Urban ...
Amã Stays & Trails 25 Farm House
OYO 71524 Be 302
OYO 71524 Be 302
2.5 out of 5
BE 302 BE 302 BE Block Sector 1, Bidhannagar annagar, Kolkata,, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700064
Stay at this holiday home in Kolkata. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a kitchen. Popular attractions Salt Lake City Centre Mall and Salt Lake Central ...
OYO 71524 Be 302
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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