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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

Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
4 out of 5
CB 218 Action Area 1C New Town, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs2,600 per night from 21 Aug to 21 Aug
Located in New Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rabindra Tirtha and Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Axis Mall and Mother's Wax Museum are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"A nice property. Good location, easy to locate from even a distance. Room was nice and clean, though little small and noisy. I had to listen to my next room conversation till late evening, and they were not screaming. Bed was comfortable. Services and staffs are excellent. Food is no good."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs5,535 per night from 19 Aug to 19 Aug
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! (493 reviews)
"Considered a heritage site"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences Hotel
Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences Hotel
5 out of 5
CF11 Action Area 1C, New Town Rajarhat, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs3,360 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Axis Mall and Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Mother's Wax Museum and Ecospace ...
4.1/5Very Good! (137 reviews)
"Novotel is Awesome. specially the hospitality of Ms. Chandrani (DM Novotel) is exceptionally great. She went above and beyond to help me & family to address our concern and, ensure a pleasant stay for us. The Executive rooms / Suites are great. The food, Staff service all are wonderful. I would def. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2021

Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences Hotel
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