Kolkata has always been a favourite place on the bucket list of many travellers. This city of joy stands true to its meaning wether its celebrations, food, tradition and culture or city life you can enjoy it all in this city.
Kolkata is a chaotic city though it is not as big as Mumbai, New Delhi but the city is very rich in terms of past tradition, culture and its people. It is 300 old year city and carries importance since British era. City was also the first capital of the country before New Delhi.
Follow this guide to enjoy the unique side of this joy city
When to travel Kolkata
October to March is the best season to visit Kolkata, as the weather is pleasant and city show its true charming features in this season. Also this time of the year is very special for this city as Durga Pooja celebration take place and city show its true vibrant colours.
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How to reach Kolkata
Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport situated in Dumdum which is about 17km from the heart of Kolkata city. The airport has good connectivity and is connected to major cities of India as well for the foreign internationals too.
Kolkata has efficient network of railways in the entire country. Superfast trains such as Rajasthani Express or Shatabadi Express connects Kolkata from Delhi and other metro cities. The city has two major stations Howrah and Sealdh.
By road Kolkata is well connected to various cities. NH 2 and 6 connect the city with other cities and states in India.
Where to stay in Kolkata
Being the capital and most important city of West Bengal, you can find lots of staying options. Types of accommodation ranges from Luxury villas, suites different ratings of hotels as well many budget options include hostels, homestays or rented apartments.
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List of Top things to do in Kolkata
Visit Malik Ghat Flower market
Situated on the banks of Hoogly River, this market sets up in early morning hours. Flowers are bought in bulk from here and sold in small amount in small scale market. This is the best place to capture the local Indian life of the city. Yellow and Orange marigold flowers are the true attractions of this market. To enjoy exploring to market head to Howrah bridge and capture the beautiful moments.
Feel proud at the grandeur of the Victoria Memorial
In days of British era the city was the capital of the country. The influence of British is spread throughout and can be even seen today in this memorial. The memorial is the best example of British Architecture, after these whole years memorial stands till. Inside the museum you can find various paintings and artifacts related to olden times.
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Witness making of god in Kumartuli District
As Durga Puja is the important festival of this city, this is the place where the actual idols of Goddess Durga is crafted and painted. If you want to know the history and process of making the idol head right way to this district. The small narrow lanes are the true attraction and key points to visit this district.
Ride around town in classic yellow cab
This joy city is not only known for joy but for its colours and among these colours one of the important and the colour which symbolises the city is the colour of yellow and too of classic yellow cabs of the city. Riding in these cabs is the must do activity while exploring the city. Sit inside this yellow Ambassador car and achieve a lifetime memories in it.
Meet the Locals
The most important thing of this city is its people who populate. Not only the culture but the people of kolkata are charming too whether its about celebration or showcasing the hospitality while welcoming the guests the people of this city never disappoints anyone. Interact with the localities, hear stories from them build relationships with them and cherish it for lifetime!
Plan your trip to the capital city of West Bengal and you never know what surprises you while exploring it.
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