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KolkataIndia

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

Top hotels in Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs6,000 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

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! (477 reviews)

"Serenity in the heart of the city. Beautifully manicured lawns and very well kept facility. The staff were so welcoming, respectful and attentive. A must-stay, bucket list spot when visiting Kolkata."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2020

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 Rs3,149 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec

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! (130 reviews)

"The hotel was a very nice hotel. There were a few issues with the maintenance (the light in the closet would not turn off all night, the blinds were jammed) but it was a very nice place."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences Hotel
Taj Bengal
Taj Bengal
5 out of 5
34 B Belvedere Road Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs5,000 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Alipur, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of National Library and Victoria Memorial. Kalighat Kali Temple and Alipore Zoo are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (198 reviews)

"Great stay and hospitality"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Taj Bengal
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Top Holiday Rentals in Kolkata

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
The price is Rs1,515 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Located in Sector 1, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salt Lake Central Park and Salt Lake City Centre Mall. Nicco Park and Columbia Asia Hospital ...

OYO 71524 Be 302
LBD Resorts & Hotels
LBD Resorts & Hotels
3.5 out of 5
31/1, N.C. Chowdhury Road, Kasba, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs4,000 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

Located in Gariahat, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture and within 3 miles (5 km) of South City Mall and Quest ...

LBD Resorts & Hotels
OYO 6736 Salt Lake
OYO 6736 Salt Lake
2.5 out of 5
Plot No. DL 39,Salt Lake Sector 2, Kolkata

Located in Sector II, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Salt Lake Central Park and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Salt Lake City Centre Mall. Nicco Park ...

OYO 6736 Salt Lake
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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