On the last day we had our flights back in the evening. Given that we only had half a day with us, we decided to visit the historic monuments across the city. Afterall Kolkata has been the capital of British India and is a famous hub (adda) for Culture, Music, Poetry etc.
Last four days at Kolkata was well spent - we go back with a handful of colourful memories that will last for a lifetime!
1. Take an accomodation near Park Street as it is more or less at the centre of the city and easily accessible from all parts of the city. Also metro, local cabs, Uber and city buses ply from this place to all across the city making it an ideal spot. Not to forget the famous eateries spotting around both sides of Park Street.
2. Stay options: Airbnb, Backpackers hostel( Mostly crowded) or Hotels like The Park
3. Start late for Pandal hopping, maybe around 9PM to avoid the heat and crowds of Kolkata
4. Pre-plan your pandals and cover in a sequence to avoid lot of walking. Rental cars are okay as long as your driver is patient. Else you can easily commute between pandals using local cabs, share Autos or buses - Ask locals they will guide you.
5. Get a contact/VIP pass if you can - will help if there are long queues :)
6. Suggested restaurants in Kolkata: Kwality, Bar-B-Q (Chineese), Mocambo and Flurys for desserts all in Park Street. Loads of other options also available here. Bengali food: Tero Parbon in South Kolkata, 6 Ballygunge, Bhojori Manna and Koshe Kosha across Kol.
7. Rush at all restaurants begins from 1.30PM and waiting can go upto 1.5 hrs! So try and plan to reach your restaurant latest by 1.30 pm.
8. Kolkata is humid and when the sun is up it can be really scorching. So keep a hat with you all the time and keep yourselves hydrated.
9. Stay back for last day of Visarjan(Idol immersion) also if possible to get a glimpse of the famous Dhunuchi dance and Sindoor khela.