4/5 - Good
Verified travelerDec 15, 2019
Nice to see crumbling colonial buildings. Friendly people. Tasty food.
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.
4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)
Restaurants and shopping are notable features of Ballygunge. You might consider a stop by Quest Mall while you're exploring the neighbourhood.
4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area 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.
4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)
New Town is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Eco Urban Village and Rabindra Tirtha.
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Visitors to Tangra enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Milan Mela is worth a stop.
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.
3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)
When in Sealdah and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like New Market or Eden Gardens and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Central Station or Chandni Chowk Station.
Reviewed on 19 Jan 2020
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019
See photographs and paintings charting Kolkata’s history at this marble palace dedicated to England’s Queen Victoria, the former Empress of India.
Admire architectural beauty and see important religious icons at this sacred temple complex on the banks of the Hooghly River.
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.
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.
Set foot on or glide under a famous Kolkata landmark, a colossal engineering feat that’s inspired many movie-makers.
Learn about the history of Belur Math, one of the top monuments in Howrah. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the monuments in this culturally rich area.
Verified travelerSep 2, 2019
I found it to be a unique city with a lot of character and I was very impressed with the new developments