Kolkata Tourism & Travel Guide

Kolkata, or Calcutta (also Cal), is a kaleidoscopic melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. There's quite possibly no Indian festival that the city doesn't celebrate with glorious hoopla. Each month sees small festive marquees popping up at every corner of the street and come October, throngs of women enwrapped in silk sarees and red bindis convene around the city, undeterred by the ever-present rains. This celebration alone is reason enough to travel to Kolkata. From the glut of vibrant attractions, the city also holds a rich vehicular heritage ranging from the big yellow taxi that floods both parts of the city (Calcutta and Howrah) divided by the reticent river Hoogly, to the hand-pulled rickshaws and rickety trams meandering the roads. Tourists will hardly ever run out of things to do in Kolkata. Starting from Kumartuli, a traditional potters’ quarter, famed for its sculpted idols of gods and demons, to the architectural spectacle, that is the Howrah Bridge, Kolkata city will engulf you with its sights, sounds and scents. Calcutta’s biggest, most prismatic wholesale flower market on Mullick Ghat, Victoria Memorial, the old Chinatown Tiretta Bazaar, the magnificent Nakhoda Masjid and Jorasankho (Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home) are few of the most picturesque places to visit in Kolkata.
Best time to visit

October to March is the best time to visit the city. October sees the beginning of autumn in Kolkata, which apart from ushering in the festival season, makes for pleasant weather. In winters, temperatures drop to as low as 9°C, and there’s occasional rainfall too.

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Budget
For Budget Travellers: INR 800 - 1200 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

 

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Trips and Itineraries for Kolkata

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Top Places To Visit in Kolkata 409 Spots

1 Queen's Way, Kolkata (Calcutta)
The Marble Memorial is a popular attraction in the whole world and people who come to Kolkata make sure they visit this place. The beautiful marble marble monument is built in Indo- Saracenic style with a blend of Mughal style opf architecture. This is also a symbol of British victory in India. The foundation was laid down in 1906 by the Prince of Wales and the building was built in the memory of Queen Victoria and also named after her. The memorial houses a beautiful museum which is also one of the most prominent if you want to know about the British Era. The whole complex covers a huge area and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which is also a popular picnic destination. Inside the museum you find photographs of people who had contributed in some way or the other towards the development of the state as well as the country. There are also a number of ancient artworks and weapons inside the museum. The light and sound show in the evenings is nerve wrecking as the sound of the British armies walking past behind you thrills you and the light work is done inside the memorial. It is like a time travel and is a place where people of all ages can enjoy.
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Howrah Railway Station, Howrah, West Bengal, India
This is the oldest as well as largest railway station of India and is the second busiest of the country as well. It has 23 platforms andalso one of the largest traffic per day. It is one of the intercity railway stations of India, the others being the Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and the Kolkata Station. The railway station looks awesome from outside with a typical Church style of design with a huge clock on top. This is on the West Bank of the Hooghly River and is connected by the famous air suspended bridge known as the Second Hooghly Setu or simply the Hooghly or Howrah Bridge. The station was started in the year 1824. All the railway authorities have their trains linked from here to other parts of the country and the local authority is no doubt the Eastern Railway.
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Weekend Getaways from Kolkata  

Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
The largest and the busiest city in Bangladesh, Dhaka may seem like a regular, commercial city to you in the first glance but it's much more. It's a place that grows on you with time, and when it does, it's difficult to forget its many experiences. If this is your first visit here, you can choose among the many Dhaka day tours. The tours will help you see the city in its entirety and one can also choose customised tours according to individual preferences. Lal Bagh Fort, Liberation War Museum and Ahsan Manzil are some of the must-visit spots in Dhaka. Do include Baitul Mukarram Mosque in your itinerary. It is the 10th largest mosque in the world and is a sight to behold. Sonargaon is another wonderful place to include in your itinerary. An erstwhile administrative centre of Bengal, the site makes for an interesting visit outside Dhaka. Sitara Mosque is named so because it is decorated with a million stars and is a delight to explore. There are a number of options to stay in Dhaka and you can choose one according to your budget or preference.

Best Time to Visit Kolkata

Peak Season: October to March is the best time to visit the city. October sees the beginning of autumn in Kolkata, which apart from ushering in the festival season, makes for pleasant weather. In winters, temperatures drop to as low as 9°C, and there’s occasional rainfall too.

Shoulder Season: June to September are the months when the monsoons hit Kolkata, rendering the city into lush green haven. For travellers who don’t mind the rain, this is when the city is at its most beautiful.

Off-season: April to May is the time when Kolkata is scorching hot, but after sundown, the heat is bearable. Hotel prices and air fares drop during these months, and so does the tourist population.

 

 


Budget for Kolkata

For Budget Travellers: INR 800 - 1200 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic fan rooms in guesthouses: INR 350-700
  • Food in local shops and street eateries: INR 100-200
  • Public Transport in metro and buses: INR 5 - 100
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets & shows): INR 10 - 200 (INR 500 and upwards for foreign nationals)

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays with air-conditioning and TV sets: INR 1000 - 2500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 300 - 500
  • Local transport in auto-rickshaws and yellow taxis: INR 100 - 300
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 10 - 1000 (INR 500 and upwards for foreign nationals)

For Luxury Travellers: INR 7500 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 5000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 350 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 1000 and upwards


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