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Kolkata Travel Guide

Overview

The city of joy - Kolkata is India’s second-biggest city. Regarded as India’s intellectual & cultural capital, the place has loads to offer to any discerning traveler. It is not only about Tagore, literature and poetic lineages. The city is a mix of urban slums, dynamic new-town suburbs, extensive shopping avenues and the remains of colonial-era architecture. Points of interest amongst travelers have been the Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Eden Gardens (Stadium), Howrah Bridge, Belur Math, Botanical Gardens, Dakshineswar Kali Temple etc. Ferry ride on Hooghly River and a ride in human-pulled rickshaws are different experiences, which one must try. Kolkata is an ideal place for foodies and shopaholics. Bengali cuisine, friendlier culture, safety and cost-effective markets Kolkata better than India’s other metropolises.

How to visit:

By road: The Esplanade Terminus is the main bus terminus of Kolkata, from where the state transport and private buses operates. The city roads and well maintained and are well connected to the other cities.

By rail: Howrah Junction (HWH) and Sealdah (SDAH) are two major train stations in Kolkata, which are connected to all the major and small cities.

By air: Kolkata, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (CCU) is the airport, which is 17kms from the city centre.

Fast Facts

Location - West Bengal, East India

Places of Interest - Fort William, Victoria Memorial, Eden Gardens (Stadium), Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Writer's Building, Nicco Park, Saheed Minar, National Library, Belur Math, Botanical Gardens

Best time to visit - October to April

Language - Hindi, English, Bengali

Festivals - Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Polia Baisakh

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