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Visit Kolkata

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

Ballygunge
Ballygunge, Kolkata, India
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Ballygunge

Known for Friendly People, Swimming, Bars

3.5/5(9 reviews)

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

Park Street
Park Street, Kolkata, India
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Park Street

Known for Universities, Monuments, Luxury

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Take time in Park Street to visit attractions like Park Street Cemetery and Asiatic Society. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Park Street Station to see more of the city.

New Town
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New Town

Known for Friendly People, Culture, Opera Houses

4/5(31 reviews)

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

Tangra
Tangra, Kolkata, India
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Tangra

Known for Dining, Friendly People, Luxury

4.5/5(7 reviews)

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

Taltala
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Taltala

3.5/5(2 reviews)

While you're in Taltala, take in top sights like New Market and jump on the metro at Esplanade Station to see more of the city.

Garia
Kolkata showing 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 of the city at Kavi Nazrul Station or Shahid Khudiram Station.

Top hotels in Kolkata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
5 out of 5
JA 1, Sector 3, Kolkata, West Bengal
Rs4,785
per night
1 Jan-2 Jan

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! (257 reviews)

"SITUATION NEAR BIG GROUND, GOOD GREEN FOOT BALL AND CRICET GROUND,"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

Hyatt Regency Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
Rs9,250
per night
3 Jan-4 Jan

This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (413 reviews)

"The best hotel, we (me and my wife) ever experienced in our life. We traveled all around the world but we have received the best-personalized service from this place, without any ask. The entire team is amazing. They made our stay very special, making our room super special decoration without any ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Swissotel Kolkata
Swissotel Kolkata
5 out of 5
City Center New Town, Action Area 2D, Plot No. 11/5, Kolkata, West Bengal
Rs5,822
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

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 are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (263 reviews)

"Service is good ,staff are very helpful .I enjoyed my stay at this hotel"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Swissotel Kolkata

Popular things to do in Kolkata

Victoria Memorial
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Victoria Memorial

4.5/5(24 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(12 reviews)

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

New Market
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New Market

4/5(19 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(13 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.

Howrah Bridge
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Howrah Bridge

4/5(23 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(9 reviews)

Belur Math is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Howrah. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the monuments in this culturally rich area.

Reviews of Kolkata

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
14
5 - Excellent 22.950819672131146%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.90163934426229%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 29.508196721311474%
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.639344262295082%

3/5 - Okay

KS

16 Nov 2019

Dirty, congested

3/5 - Okay

ANISA

8 Nov 2019

LETS HOPE IT WILL BE CLEAN CITY

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Sep 2019

Homely place, friendly people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

I found it to be a unique city with a lot of character and I was very impressed with the new developments

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Aug 2019

An old historic city, full of culture, good food and life that the b@stard politicians of all descriptions have over the years destroyed but the warm people have kept alive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jul 2019

The city of joy!

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