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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.

Top Hotels in Kolkata

Hyatt Regency Kolkata
Hyatt Regency Kolkata
5 out of 5
JA 1, Sector 3, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is CA $85 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Howrah Bridge, New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Alipore Zoo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (290 reviews)

"Its amazing!!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2020

Hyatt Regency Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
5 out of 5
15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is CA $95 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (476 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 Jun. 20, 2020

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Hotel Park Victoria
Hotel Park Victoria
3 out of 5
55B Mirza Ghalib St, Kolkata, WB
The price is CA $22 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Taltala, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km). Park Street ...

3.9/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"Everything is good"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2020

Hotel Park Victoria
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Vacation Rentals in Kolkata

LBD Resorts & Hotels
LBD Resorts & Hotels
3.5 out of 5
31/1, N.C. Chowdhury Road, Kasba, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is CA $36 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated in Kolkata, 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
Full 1 BHK Apartment Near Deshapriya Park - Free Wifi
Full 1 BHK Apartment Near Deshapriya Park - Free Wifi
63A Mahanirban Rd, 3A, Kolkata, West Bengal

Located in Ballygunge, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fortis Hospital, Kalighat Kali Temple and Quest Mall. South City Mall and Victoria ...

Full 1 BHK Apartment Near Deshapriya Park - Free Wifi
Holiday Homet in Tollyguange Kolkata
Holiday Homet in Tollyguange Kolkata
18 Russa Rd South 1st Lane, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is CA $13 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Located in Tollygunge, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rabrindra Sarovar and South City Mall. Kalighat Kali Temple is 1.8 mi (3 km) away. Mahanayak ...

Holiday Homet in Tollyguange 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.

Popular places to visit in Kolkata

New Market
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New Market

4/5(2 reviews)

Hunt for bargains at one of Kolkata’s oldest markets, an indoor arcade with food, clothing and handicraft stalls that’s been serving the city for over 135 years.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Admire architectural beauty and see important religious icons at this sacred temple complex on the banks of the Hooghly River.

New Town Eco Park
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New Town Eco Park

3/5(1 review)

Known for its diverse ecological landscapes, man-made lake, children’s play area and musical fountain show, this ecological park is fun for all the family.

Howrah Bridge
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Howrah Bridge

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Set foot on or glide under a famous Kolkata landmark, a colossal engineering feat that’s inspired many movie-makers.

Victoria Memorial
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Victoria Memorial

4.5/5(4 reviews)

See photographs and paintings charting Kolkata’s history at this marble palace dedicated to England’s Queen Victoria, the former Empress of India.

Nicco Park
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Nicco Park

4/5(1 review)

High-speed thrill rides, snow slides and a range of family attractions make this theme park one of Kolkata’s most exhilarating destinations. 

Top things to do in Kolkata

Small Group Kolkata Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour
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Small Group Kolkata Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

CA $67
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Explore the History And Culture Of Kolkata
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Explore the History And Culture Of Kolkata

CA $53
Per adult
Kolkata Private Half-Day Tour
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Kolkata Private Half-Day Tour

CA $171
Per adult

Reviews of Kolkata

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Jan 29, 2020

Indeed city of joy !

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

May 14, 2019

I didn't really find too much things to do in Kolkata. It's just basically a large city. I don't really think it is a tourist destination.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2019

Many to Kolkata many times over 30 years. I like it

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