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Kolkata is India's largest metropolis -- overcrowded, vibrant, volatile, exciting and charming. It used to be said, What Bengal thinks today, India will think tomorrow and of course what Bengal thinks today, Kolkata already thought yesterday! The bastion of Bengali bhadralok, the city of the bespectacled jhola slung intellectual is India's cultural capital. Today's Kolkata is a little tired, overwhelmed by the burden of too many people and not enough civic infrastructure. However it is the nerve centre of trade and industry in eastern India, and the most important city in the region.
 
Facts At A Glance
Built In Kolkata is 300 years old.
Main Languages Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English.
Area 1,380 sq. km
Population -884901888
STD Code The area dialing code for Kolkata is 33.
Airport Code CCU
Description
Despite being densely populated and polluted, Kolkata has its own beauty and charm. Kolkata is called the cultural capital of India. The type of Government in Kolkata is Marxist and also Kolkata has been the place of entry for the refugees of Bangla Desh and this effected the economy of West Bengal immensely. The Farakka Barrage, which is 250km north of Kolkata, has been the matter of dispute for Bangladesh and India because it affects flowof Ganges through Bangladesh.

The people of Kolkata are very aware and they are well known for this attitude, throughout the country. They raise their voice against any wrong doings. Kolkata has been the birth place of poets and artists including Rabindranath Tagore the famous "Bengali Poet", the novelist William Thackrey and famous actress Merle Oberon the actress of the film" The Scarlet Pinpernel.

Like Mumbai there are also many movie makers here but they are fewer. The History of Kolkata is not so old like Chennai and Mumbai and the development of Kolkata actually took place in 17th century when European expansion rooted here. Indias first under ground Metro Rail System started in Kolkata in 1984.

Kolkata is full of splendid beauties including Victoria Memorial, Maidan and the beautiful Hooghly River .One very important attraction is the worth of Mother Teresa for the helpless class .In fact Kolkata is the result of the combinations of many big personalities and beauties natural and artificial.
 
Location
The capital of West Bengal, Calcutta, renamed recently as Kolkata, lies on the Hoogly, distributaries of the Ganges. Its close proximity to the river and sea developed it as a major commercial center.
Kolkata has a typical tropical climate, humid and hot for the most of the time of the year. Kolkata however receives a moderate rainfall and light woolens are needed during the peak winters of December and January.
 
Best time to visit
Talking about Kolkata peak travel time, it can be said that period between October-march is the best time to visit Calcutta. This is the perfect time to savor the autumn season that is in its full bloom. Not only the weather is pleasant, but also, it is the time of festivities. Durga puja is a festival that is celebrated with great pomp and show. Laxmi puja and Diwali follow it. January-February is the period that witnesses the conduct of Calcutta book fair that acts as a platform for bringing people from all over the world together under one roof. Thus, if you have an option to choose the time period, then plan out your tour during October-March, as it is the ideal time to visit Calcutta.
 
How To Get There
By Air:
It is completely accessible by air. There are a number of domestic airlines that connect Kolkata with other major cities of India like Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Port Blair.

By Rail:
Kolkata is well linked to other parts of the country by railways. There are super fast trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express that join Calcutta from Delhi and other nearby places. Calcutta consists of two major railway stations; one is located in Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

By Road:
The city of joy is well linked with almost all the cities of India by road. The Esplanade Terminus is the main bus terminus that lies in the heart of the city. The latest development is the starting of Dhaka-Calcutta buses, which are fully air-conditioned and also very comfortable.
 
Attractions
Some of the important places worth visiting in Kolkata are listed below.

The Victoria Memorial was built by Lord Curzon in memory of Queen Victoria and is a fine huge white-marble structure. It is now a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia from the days of the Raj.

The Howrah Bridge is a 450 m long bridge without any pylon in the river and has the distinction of being the busiest bridge in the world catering to around 100,000 vehicles and innumerable pedestrians. It is an excellent example of engineering techniques of the early 20th century.

Eden Garden is a small and pleasantly laid-out garden that was once the gathering place of the social elite. It today houses the renowned cricket ground by the same name.

Also known as Kalighat, the Kali Mandir is dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of destruction and is a frequented tourist destination.

Fort William was constructed in 1781 and is still in use. The large patch of green around the fort is known as the Maidan (ground), or the lung of Kolkata. It stretches for a distance of 3 km and is 1 km wide.

The Birla Planetarium is a single-storied circular structure that is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Its central dome is an imitation of the Buddhist stupa at Sanchi.

The Marble Palace exhibits art forms of Italy, the Netherlands, England and other European nations. The interiors of the palace-the floors, walls, and tabletops-are all made of marble.

The Indian Museum is the oldest museum in India, which was built in 1874. The entrance to the museum has an original Lion Capitol, the national symbol of India and the museum itself is home to a rare collection of artefacts.

Dalhousie Square, which was renamed Binoy Badal Dinesh Bagh (also BBD Bagh), is the hub of West Bengal's administration and commerce. All important government institutions of the state are located here.
 
Travel Tips
Basic precautions:

Keep your money and travel documents close to your body (perhaps in a pouch slung around your neck, tucked out of sight under your shirt),

Keep several photocopies of your passport, insurance, travellers' cheques etc. scattered through your luggage,

Do not use a waist pouch, it may as well be a transparent plastic bag: it's that fragile and that obvious!

Do not put all your money in one place,

Be extremely alert in the dark. The multitudes who are around in the day, disappear into their homes at night, and you go from having a huge thick safety quilt to a flimsy sheet! Try your best to be in a familiar area when it gets dark. If you are not, at least know how you can get to that area from wherever it is that you happen to be.

Many women travellers wear the long tunic and loose pyjama dress of Indian women called the salwar-kameez and find that it substantially dissuades unwanted male attention.

If you are travelling alone, do not advertise it.

If you lose your passport, lodge a First Information Report at the local police station and contact your embassy.
 
History
Unlike Delhi which is a historic city dating back to many centuries, Kolkata or Calcutta is a relatively new city just some three hundred years old. It is largely a British creation and was the capital of British India till the beginning of the 20th century. In 1686, the British abandoned their trading post in Hooghly as the Mughals permitted the East India company to set up a base downriver at Sutanati, Govindpur and Kalikata, all small villages. Old Fort William was built there in 1696. The city slowly gained ground and importance till 1756 when Siraj-ud-daulah Nawab of Murshidabad attacked the town. Most of the British fled the city but the unfortunate ones became prey to what came to be later known as the Black Hole of Calcutta. Clive made peace next year, but the Nawab had other plans and sided with the French against the British. This led to his crushing defeat at the Battle of Plassey. The British made most of the lasting developments between 1780 and 1820. After that Kolkata became the hotbed of Indian nationalism. 1905 saw lot of unrest due to Lord Curzon's division of Bengal, this was the reason why the capital had to be shifted to Delhi in 1911.

The independence of India and the end of the 20th century saw a positive change in Kolkata - from power to transport to telephones, a lot of the once crumbling infrastructure has now improved. There is a buoyancy in the air and this augers well for new industrial investment. However this city is a living urban horror with its teeming millions incremented by the influx of refugees during partition, during Bangladesh liberation and India's own post independence population explosion.
 
Getting Around
Buses
There is a complete chaos in buses and therefore the ride is not very relaxing. A better alternative is the slow moving trundling tram that circles the city. It covers the stops at Park Circus, Sealdah Railway Station and Howrah. They charge nominal fares starting from Rs 3. They provide services from 4 am till 11 pm.

Metros
Metro system was initialized in Calcutta in 1984. It has helped a great deal in sharing some congestion on the streets. There is one track that covers the entire city from Dum Dum train station (north) to Tollygunge (south). On the metro station, TV screens keep the commuters busy.

Taxis
Taxis provide a 24 hour service and the best thing about Taxi drivers in Kolkata is that, they are very honest and always put on the meter.

Ferries
Ferries cover short distances across the river Hooghly and they run every few minutes.

Rickshaws and Auto-rickshaws
Rickshaws and auto rickshaws can be more commonly spotted around the market areas.
 
Food & Resturants
Bengali
Aaheli
Aaheli is situated in the hotel Peerless Inn, traditional Bengali delicatessen are served in charming, traditional style and mother like care to bring you the refreshing experience.

http://www.peerlesshotels.com

12, J. L. Nehru Road
Kolkata - 700 013

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2228 0301, 2228 0302
Fax:+(91)-(33)-2228 1270, 2228 6650
Kewpies
Kewpies restaurant is very famous for its delicious thalis, they offer both vegetarian and non vegetarian. They served food in a typical Bengali style on cut banana leaves. Reservations essential. No credit cards.


2 Elgin Lane
Kolkata - 700 029

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2475 9880


Mughlai
Saffron
Saffron restaurant in situated in the Park Hotel, the menu includes Asparagus Khas, Vilayati fish kebab, a platter with Indian salmon and pesto, Mumbai bekti and Creole spices and Kolkata bekti and black olives etc.

http://calcutta.theparkhotels.com/

17 Park Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2249 9000
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2249 4000
The Marble Room
The Marble Room is situated in the hotel The Kenilworth, the seating capacity of this restaurant is 70. Traditional Indian fare is served in a princely ambience. It host a royal party at the Marble Room. Timings: 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

http://www.kenilworthhotels.com

1&2, Little Russel Street
Kolkata - 700 071

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2282 3939, 2282 3940
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2282 5136
Shiraj
Shiraj is situated in Central Kolkata, the restaurant is very famous for its mughalai food, they serve the best and the most authentic mughalai cuisine. Its a must place for all mughalai food lover, Biriyani of this restaurant is very famous.


56, Park Street
Kolkata - 700 017

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2287 7702, 2280 5006

Rahamania
Rahamania restaurant is situated in the heart of Kolkata, very famous for its mughalai food. Timings: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Average meal for two: 350 Rs.


56, Park Street
Kolkata - 700 017

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2281 2683, 2358 8001


North Indian
Sonargaon
Sonargaon is situated in the Taj Bengal Hotel, the restaurant serve delicious food with traditional Indian music which makes authentic ambience for rich and flavor full Indian cuisine. Timings: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.(Lunch), 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.(Dinner)

http://www.tajhotels.com

34-B Belvedere Road, Alipore
Kolkata - 700 027

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2223 3939
Fax:+(91)-(33)-22231766, 2223 8805
Guchhi
Guchhi is situated inside the Hyatt Regency Kolkata. It is a Indian restaurant offers tandoor, kadhai and Bengali cuisine is the specialities of this restaurant. Timings: 12:00 noon to 3 p.m.(lunch), 7p.m. to 11:30 p.m.(dinner).

http://www.kolkata.regency.hyatt.com

JA-1 Sector III, Salt Lake
Kolkata - 700 098

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2335 1234
Fax:+(91)-(33)-2335 1235
Teej
Teej is located Adjacent to Bengal Club and opposite Russel Exchange, they serve some authentic Rajasthani vegetarian as well as north Indian cuisine. Timings: 12 noon to 11 p.m. Average meal for two: Rs. 600.


2, Russel Street
Kolkata - 700 071

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2217 0730, 2226 4191

Amber
Amber restaurant is ideally located in Central Kolkata, Esplanade. They serve Tandoori, Mughalai, Continetal and North Indian cuisines. They accept Master, Amex and Visa Credit Cards. Timings: 11 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.


11 Waterloo Street, Esplanade
Kolkata - 700 069

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2248 3018, 2248 6746

Mirch Masala
Mirch Masala is situated in South Kolkata, the restaurant offer delicious cooked food with the best of ingredients and spiced up with mirch masala. Average meal for two: 600 Rs.


49/2 Gariahat Road, Ballygunge
Kolkata - 700 019

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2481 8900


South Indian
Raj Restaurant
Raj Restaurant is a pure vegetarian restaurant, they serve South Indian food made of freshest ingredients made by some of the finest and experienced chefs.

http://www.rajrestaurant.com

Forum Mall Branch
10/3 Elgin Road, 5th Floor
Kolkata - 700 026

Tel:+(91)-(33) 3093 1846
Fax:+(91)-(33)-2475 8468
Malgudi Jn
It is a one of the oldest restaurant in Kolkata, the restaurant offers a great South Indian food. Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Average meal for two: Rs. 300.


24, Camac Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 3028 4764


North West Frontier
Kalash
Kalash serves authentic Indian cuisine, situated inside the Hindustan International Hotel. You can enjoy light music and ghazals while having your food it makes your food more delicious then ever.


235/1, AJC Bose Road
Kolkata - 700 073

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2283 0505

Peshawari
Peshawari is situated inside the ITC Hotel Sonar Bengla Sheraton & Towers, they serve acclaimed cuisine from the rugged north west frontier. The restaurant is set on the charming ambience. Timings: 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.(lunch), 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.(dinner)

http://www.itcwelcomgroup.in

1, Haldane Avenue
Kolkata - 700 046

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2345 4545
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2345 4455

Punjabi
Honey Da Dhaba
Honey Da Dhaba is situated opposite to E.S.I Hospital, they serve both vegetarian and non vegetarian Punjabi food with music and outdoor catering. Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Average meal for two: 500 Rs.


P-54, V.I.P. Road, C.I.T. Scheme
VII-M, Kankurgachi
Kolkata - 700 054

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2355 6801


Thai
Baan Thai
Baan Thai restaurant is situated inside the Oberoi Hotel, the restaurant is recognized as a premier Thai restaurant in the city. They offer authentic taste of Thailand. Average meal for two: 1500 Rs.

http://www.oberoikolkata.com

15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata - 700 013

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2249 2323
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2249 1217
Dynasty
It is a highly rated Thai food restaurant situated in the Hotel Lytton. Pepper chicken, Chicken with spring onions, tangra-style chilli pork are the specialities of this great Thai restaurant.

http://www.lyttonhotelindia.com


14 & 14/1, Sudder Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2249 1872, 3022 3023
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2249 1747, 2217 4730

Chinese
China Valley
China Valley is counted in one of the famous Chinese restaurant in the area of Sarat Bose Road, the price range between 300Rs to 400Rs. The ambience is also fine in this restaurant.

Ideal Plaza, 11/1 , Sarat Bose Road
Kolkata - 700 020

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2283 1864, 2283 1896

Chinoiserie
Chinoiserie is situated inside the Taj Hotel, in this restaurant the seating arrangement is ideal for Cantonese and Szechwan delicacies. Peking Duck and Scallops are the signature dishes of this restaurant.

http://www.tajhotels.com


34B, Belvedere Road Alipore
Kolkata - 700 027

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2223 3939
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2223 1766
Pan Asian
Pan Asian is situated inside the ITC Hotel Sonar Bengla Sheraton Hotel, at Pan Asia you can have dedicated flavors of China and Japan. Timings: 12:30 p,m, to 2:45 p.m.(lunch), 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.(dinner). Average meal for two: 2000 Rs.

http://www.itcwelcomgroup.in


1, Haldane Avenue
Kolkata - 700 046

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2345 4545
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2345 4455
Mainland China
Mainland China is a Chinese restaurant where you can taste a variety of Chinese food cooked by the well trained and experienced chefs. Average meal for two: 900 Rs.

http://www.mainlandchinaindia.com


Uniworth House, 3-A, Gurusaday Road
Kolkata - 700 019

Tel:+(91)-(33) 3251 1257, 2283 7964

Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Red Hot Chilli Pepper restaurant is situated in South Kolkata, it is a Chinese restaurant serve hot and spicy food. Average meal for two: 800 Rs.


26/2, Ballygunge Circular Road
Kolkata - 700 019

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2455 9560

Waldorf Restaurant
The restaurant is situated near Park Street, they serve Chinese and Thai cuisine. You can taste a number of hot and spicy Chinese dishes at Waldorf. Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


13D, Russell Street
Kolkata - 700 071

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2227 1131


Continental
La Cucina
La Cucina is situated in Hyatt Regency Hotel, it is a Italian kitchens and Bar. It is a great dining venue with a warm and contemporary ambience offering a wide variety of wine and authentic Italian cuisine.

http://www.kolkata.regency.hyatt.com


JA-I Sector III, Salt Lake
Kolkata - 700 098

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2335 1234
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2335 1235
West View Bar & Grill
It is an exclusive Bar and interactive grill, situated inside the ITC Hotel Sonar Bengla Sheraton & Tower. The restaurant features the finest section of single malts and cognacs, they offer the best continental food with the finest possible section of new and old wines.

http://www.itcwelcomgroup.in


1, Haldane Avenue
Kolkata - 700 046

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2345 4545
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2345 4455
La Terasse
La Terasse is situated inside the The Oberoi Grand Hotel, the restaurant offers a range of international cuisine. They offer all the dishes at any time in the day.

http://www.oberoihotels.com/


15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata - 700 013

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2249 2323
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2249 1217
Bichitra
Bichitra is situated in Peerless Inn, the restaurant offer you a wide range of variety of food according to your taste with a well managed seating arrangement. Average meal for two: 600 Rs.

http://www.peerlesshotels.com


12, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata - 700 013

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2228 0301
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2228 6650
Barbeque
Barbeque offers grilled dishes and exotic sea food, situated inside the Taj Hotel. Indian and Continental barbecue are the specialities of this restaurant. Timings: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

http://www.tajhotels.com


34B, Belvedere Road Alipore
Kolkata - 700 027

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2223 3939
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2223 1766

Italian
The Hub
The Hubsituated inside the Taj Hotel, this restaurant opens 24 hours. The Hub serve superb Italian dishes like pizzas, pasta, pennies and focaccia and signature standouts.

http://www.tajhotels.com


34B, Belvedere Road Alipore
Kolkata - 700 027

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2223 3939
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2223 1766

Fast Food
Subway
Subway is a well known fast food joint having their stores all over the world. Subway menu high lights a section of low fat sandwiches.

http://world.subway.com


Sector V, Salt Lake Bengal Intelligent Park
Kolkata - 700 091

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2357 5555

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut is known for their delicious pizza which are famous all over the world, this food joint menu contains beverages, pasta, appetizers, soups and salads, desserts and a wide range of variety in pizzas.

http://www.pizzahut.co.in/


22 Camac Stree
Kolkata - 700 017

Domino's
Yet another food joint globally famous for its pizzas, the restaurant offers Veg. and Non Veg. pizzas with your choice of crusts and your choice of toppings.

http://www.dominos.co.in


Sector V, Salt Lake Bengal Intelligent Park
Kolkata - 700 091

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2357 5555


Multi Cuisine
Dum Pukht
Dum Pukht is situated in ITC Hotel Sonar Bengla Sheraton & Tower, it is a Indian fine dine restaurant offers a mix flavor of Awadhi, Luckhnawi and traditional Indian cuisine. Timings: 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

http://www.itcwelcomgroup.in


1, Haldane Avenue
Kolkata - 700 046

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2345 4545
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2345 4455
Sourav's Food Pavillion
It is a multi cuisine restaurant in the name of former cricket captain Sourav Gangualy. The restaurant is well decorated and having good seating capacity. Average meal for two: 1000 Rs. only.

http://www.souravs.co.in


20, G Park Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2227 4646
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2227 5600
Orbit
Orbit is situated in the The Senator Hotel, it is a multi cuisine restaurant offers plush interior and exotic environment with light music. The restaurant specialized in continental, Chinese and Indian food.

http://www.thesenatorhotel.com


15 Camac Street
Kolkata - 700 017

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2289 3000
Fax:+(91)-(33) 2281 3093
Ashoka Restaurant
Located in the heart of Kolkata, the restaurant serves a variety of delicious Indian, Tandoori and Chinese food without putting a strain on your pocket. It offers one a fully air-conditioned & comfortable ambience to dine in. Also has an exclusive dining hall for private parties and conferences.


3B Chowringhee Road
Kolkata - 700 013

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2228 2248

Charnock's
Welcome to the highest watering hole in town. Nine floors high, it is the perfect place for the exclusive Bengali, Continental, Tandoori and North Indian cuisine. It also has a 120 seater A/c banqueting and a special roof top barbeque with a capacity of 100 for parties. Enjoy a cool & frothy nip or a soothing sundowner after a long day.


Charnock City KB-26 Sector III, Salt Lake
Kolkata - 700 064

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2335 1349

Grain Of Salt
India's largest varied cuisine restaurant covering 25000 sqft with bar, banqueting & allied services. It has a 150-seater a/c banquet plus an open-air banquet facility with a capacity of 500 for parties over looking Camac Street. An interactive kitchen, buffet luncheons & a-la-carte dining are an integral part of the restaurant.


Block D, 5th Floor, 22, Camac Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2281 1313

Oasis Restaurant
First one located in the midst of Park Street and the other one near New Market, serves delicious Indian, Tandoor, Chinese, Continental & Sizzlers. Fish and chips, club sandwiches, cutlets are also very popular.


33 Park Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2229 9033, 2252 6424

Trincas
Located below Park Hotel, this is a landmark in food and entertainment. Trincas serves excellent Tandoori, Indian, Chinese, limited Thai and continental food. This multi cuisine restaurant offers incredible value & quality. A new menu everyday of the week.


17-B Park Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2249 7825

Marco Polo
This restaurant serve a variety of Indian, Mediterranean and Continental cuisines, Braised Lamb Rack and Chicken Stick are the specialities of this restaurant.

24 Park Street
Kolkata - 700 016

Tel:+(91)-(33) 2227 3939

Chacha's Hotel
Chacha's Hotel is one of the oldest restaurant available in Kolkata, this place provides excellent vegetarian and non vegetarian food with a variety of Parathas.


42, Bidhan Sarani
Kolkata - 700 006
 
Places To Stay
With the growth of the city, Calcutta-Kolkata provides very good choices in accommodation. Every income group has wide spectrum of accommodation to choose from. The hotels are convenient and provide all the modern facilities. Kolkata offers the most luxurious accommodation in India with world-class services and best ambience. Kolkata has always remained a peaceful city and the same could be found in the neighborhood of the hotels in Kolkata. In order to make the travel tour to Kolkata-Calcutta even more joyful you need to choose just the right kind of accommodation for you and your family or friends in Kolkata-Calcutta. The various hotels packages in Kolkata-Calcutta offer the best of facilities. The well-furnished rooms make excellent place to stay in Kolkata-Calcutta, with most of the comforts at your feet. You may enjoy the luxuries of life on your stay at the Kolkata-Calcutta hotels. You may take your pick from a range of luxury and budget hotels in Kolkata-Calcutta besides the star categorized accommodation hotels around the landmarks of Kolkata-Calcutta offer excellent view of the landmarks through their suites. Most of the places to stay in Kolkata-Calcutta are strategically located in the business centers or near the airport and the railway station.
Five Star Hotels in Calcutta- Kolkata
Airport Ashok
Hindustan International
Oberoi Grand Taj bengal
Four Star Hotels in Calcutta- Kolkata
Kenilworth Best Western
Hotel Peerless Inn
Three Star Hotels in Calcutta- Kolkata
Lytton Hotel
Two Star Hotels in Calcutta- Kolkata
Fairlawn Hotel
 
Tourist Information Centers
Tourist Centre, Govt. of West Bengal

3/2, Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh (E)
Kolkata - 700001
Phone : 033-2248-8271, 2248-8272

Govt. of India Tourist Office

4, Shakespeare Sarani
Kolkata - 700071
Phone : 033-2282-5813

West Bengal Tourist Information Counter

Calcutta Airport (Domestic Lounge)
Phone : 033-2511-6026

Govt. of India Tourist Information Counter

Calcutta Airport
Phone : 033-2511-8299

India Tourism Development Corporation

46C, Chowringhee Rd.
Kolkata - 700071
Phone : 033-2288-0901, 2288-9066

West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation

3/2 BBD Bagh
Kolkata-700001
Phone : 033-2210-3199, 2248-5917

West Bengal Tourist Information Counter

Howrah Station
Phone : 033-2660-2518

Calcutta Information Centre

1/1, A. J. C. Bose Road
Kolkata - 700020
Phone : 033-2223-2451

Assam Tourist Information Centre

8, Russell Street,
Kolkata - 700071
Phone : 033-2229-5094
 
Festivals
To know and understand Calcutta in its eternity, one is invited to the city during Durga Puja-a time when Calcutta becomes unforgettable. Every year, for four days, Calcutta forgets its worries and yields to a paroxysm of celebration and worship. This special time of the year comes just before the full moon in late September or October. This is a special occasion because of the transcendent place Goddess Durga holds in the Bengali imagination.

Saraswati Puja is the celebration of Saraswati, the goddess of learning. The festival is celebrated in Kolkata just before the coming of spring in the months of January or February.

Calcutta Book Fair is the largest in Asia and provides ample opportunities to the bibliophiles to explore the fascinating world of books. The event is held every year in the month of January or February in Calcutta.

Poush Mela is celebrated in the Shanti Niketan usually on the 22nd or 23rd of December. The three-day function marks the foundation of Shanti Niketan near Kolkata.

Other important festivals celebrated in Calcutta are Kali Puja, Diwali, and Holi.
 
Shopping
Here is given a list of some popular shopping centers in Calcutta:
Central cottage industries emporium at Chowringee where exquisite handicrafts are available
Shreeram arcade
Shops on the arcade near Oberoi Grand
City Centre
Treasure island
Forum- multiplex
Though, quite a decent number of malls have sprung up in the hub city of Kolkata, but if you are looking out for places where you can get a good bargain, then below are given a few options:
New Market
AC Market
College Street
Dakshinapan Shopping Complex
 
Excursions
There are several places of interest around Calcutta. These places near by make excellent weekend trip and excursion options.

The most popular place to visit around Calcutta is Shanti Niketan. Situated 136 km northwest of the city, this is the place where Rabindranath Tagore lived and established a university.

Bishnupur, 100 km northwest of Calcutta, is yet another exciting and hitherto unexplored excursion for Kolkata. Bishnupur houses unique terracotta temples, each more beautifully embellished than the other. Bishnupur is renowned for its crafts such as intricate Balucheri saris, the rare ganijifa (circular Indian playing card), delicate carving on shells and bell metal artifacts.

Another place to visit around Calcutta is Chandernagar, 35 km from Kolkata. It is the former French settlement that still abounds in buildings from that period of history. The important places to visit are the Quai Dupleix, Eglise Du Sacre, and image of Joan of Arc.
 
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