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 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

Holiday Inn Express Kolkata Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Kolkata Airport, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
28 Jessore Road, NSCBI Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs2,484 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located near the airport, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from City Centre 2, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mother's Wax Museum and Biswa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (19 reviews)
"This hotel building is surrounded by a wonderful walkway, outdoor sitting area and conveniently located near the airport. Reception, corridor, restaurant are nicely decorated. Hotel room is smaller than expected. Access to the cable box for watching TV is restricted."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2021

Holiday Inn Express Kolkata Airport, an IHG Hotel
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is Rs6,650 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Indian Museum and New Market. St. Xavier's College and Nakhoda ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (507 reviews)
"safe"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 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
The price is Rs6,750 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Located in Tangra, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of New Market, Howrah Bridge and Eden Gardens. South City Mall and Victoria Memorial are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (51 reviews)
"its really good hotel, big room. but they need to setup lock door im bathroom. its not safe. overall its really good hotel. but need to clean bathroom and shower hand regular. best wisishess."

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2021

ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
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.
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
Situated in Kolkata, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1 km) from Kumartuli Ghat and within 3 miles (5 km) of Howrah Bridge and Nakhoda Masjid. Marble Palace ...
OYO Flagship 19290 Bag Bazaar
Rosa Manor House Kolkata
Rosa Manor House Kolkata
19 Dover Rd, Kolkata, WB
Located in Ballygunge, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Deshapriya Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Xavier's College and Jodhpur Park. Victoria Memorial ...
Rosa Manor House 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
Located in Sector 1, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Salt Lake City Centre Mall and Salt Lake Central Park. Columbia Asia Hospital and Nicco Park ...
OYO 71524 Be 302
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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