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.

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700 013
The price is Rs6,750 per night from 7 Sep to 8 Sep
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! (553 reviews)
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"An Amazing Place, with Rich History, Thai Restaurant is one of the best"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 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 Rs7,500 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (79 reviews)
"Property was really good but they didn’t have any facilities or amenity as everything was closed for Covid. Which makes it staying here not worth it to be honest. Also had to call a few times regarding construction noise in my room."

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2022

ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
Taj Bengal
Taj Bengal
5 out of 5
34 B Belvedere Road Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700 027
The price is Rs7,500 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kolkata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (243 reviews)
Great hotel and service
"Great room and service. Breakfast was a good spread. 5min drive from Victoria Memorial and a short walk to the zoo (not really worth the visit to be honest)."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

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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, 700003
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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
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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, 700156
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OYO 14632 Himalaya Guest House
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