Kolkata

Description

Kolkata (Calcutta) is a city often overlooked by tourists when visiting India, yet we think you will find it to be one of the most authentic and fascinating places you’ll experience.


India’s second largest city, also known as the City of Joy, Kolkata has been described as a daily festival of human existence. Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll definitely experience ‘real’ India at the fascinating wholesale flower and vegetable markets, the atmospheric holy Hooghly ghats and the pottery making district at Kumartuli.


As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of colonial-era architecture including the impressive Victoria Memorial and ornate Writers Building. There’s plenty of history to explore too – visit St. John’s Church where the future of India was planned in a small annex room.
Locally, Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual and cultural capital. Dapper Bengali gentry continue to frequent grand old gentlemen’s clubs, back horses at the Calcutta Racetrack and tee off at some of India’s finest golf courses. Kolkata is also the ideal place to experience the mild, fruity tang of Bengali cuisine.

Highlights

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Belur Math

Located on the west bank of the Hooghly River, this peaceful leafy complex is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna religious movement.
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple

This old and very popular Hindu temple, dedicated to Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, was founded in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni. It is situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River.
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Howrah Bridge

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Indian Museum

Perhaps one of the finest museums in Asia, with an excellent collection of art, as well as fossils and meteorites.
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Kalighat Temple

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Kumartuli

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Mother House

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Mullik Ghat Flower Market

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New Market

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Park Street

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South Park Cemetery

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Victoria Memorial

Hotels

Discover the wonderful variety of places to stay in India; including some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, intimate boutique hotels bursting with local character, charming homestays where you’ll have a chance to interact with local families, converted forts & palaces, fabulous lodges and heritage havelis.

Fern Residency

Glenburn the penthouse

Hyatt Regency

Oberoi grand - kolkata

Tours

Below are a selection of our favourite sample itineraries that we have created based on our experiences of travelling extensively throughout India. As with all our tours, every aspect can be tailor-made to your individual requirements.

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