A Guide to Kolkata


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Important Landmarks of Kolkata: Major Railway Stations: Howrah(HWH), Sealdah(SDAH), Kolkata(KOAA), Santragachi(SRC) and Shalimar(SHM).
Major Bus Stands: Esplanade(Dharmatola), Howrah Railway Station.
Airport: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.

Top 20 Attractions of Kolkata

Victoria Memorial, Fort Williams, Maidan, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum, Alipur Zoo, Princep Ghat, Millenium Park, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace(needs permision), Rabindra Sarovar Lake, Botanical Garden, Parasnath Jain Temple (Belgachia Road), Eco Park, Mother’s Wax Museum, Nalban Food Park, Kalighat Temple, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Belur Math.

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WBTDCL Conducted Tours

WBTDCL organises conducted city sightseeing tours around Kolkata to important tourist attractions. However, they do not include food and entry fees. You can choose from and book with them here. Download their app from here which is of great use to know more about places to visit all over Bengal.

Also see Resorts around Kolkata for weekend Hangout.

Public Transportation in Kolkata

  • Yellow and white taxis are available all over city to take you anywhere. You can also download Ola app from here and Uber app from here for pick-up-from-your-location and hassle free journey. Prepaid Taxi counters are available at major railway stations and airport.
  • Private buses and govt. buses run by WBTC ply throughout the city. You can download the PATHADISHA app from here or CHALO app from here for live bus location tracking, you can give your existing location and select your destination, it’ll show the available routes. You can also book your tickets even before boarding the bus for some selective routes through these apps. Night Service is run by WBTC on selective city routes mostly from Howrah Railway Station. You can get the schedule here and timings from PATHADISHA app.
  • The Kolkata Metro runs from Noapara in north to Garia in south and passes through or from near most of the tourist attractions in Kolkata. You can avail a tourist smart card to avoid congestion to buy tickets every single time in the counters. The rates are Rs. 250 for one day and Rs. 550 for three days with a refundable security deposit of Rs. 60.
  • Local suburban trains serve the city as well along with suburban areas with Howrah and Sealdah as main terminals. The Circular Railway from Dum Dum Jn. to Majherhat passes through the Hoogly river bank and passes from under Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Bridge and is quiet scenic. Princep Ghat and Millenium Park are easily accessible from this train route. You can get down at BBD Bag station to avail ferry service to cross over Hoogly River to reach Howrah station.
  • The ferry service between Kolkata and Howrah district is run by WBTC and private corporations. Some important routes includes Howrah Station to Fairlie Ghat(BBD Bag), Chadpal(Babughat), Ahiritola, Bagbazar, Armenian Ghat, Dakshineshwar to Belur Math, etc.
  • The city has the only tram network still running in the country. Once upon a time it used to have dedicated path through the middle of the roads serving as divider to the road and used to be a major public transportation for commuters. However, in the past few years, the network has been broken down intensively citing metro projects, traffic jams, etc. with future plans of the govt. to shut down the system fully. So, grab a ride in the British era trams before the service gets suspended forever.
  • You can also bicycle across the Newtown township to commute short distances. . Just download Zoomcar app from here, go to PEDL, register yourself, on your location, pick your bicycle from your nearest station and unlock it with the QR code. There are dedicated bicycling lanes in some streets in Newtown though not properly utilized.

Also see Bus Timings from Kolkata to tourist destinations around West Bengal.

Top Shopping Destinations

  • New Market
  • Gariahat
  • Hatibagan
  • Burrabazar
  • College Street(For books)
  • Chandni Chowk(For electronics)

Bengali Food

Bengal is very famous for its varieties of sweet dishes or desserts. Bengali breakfasts include Luchi or Kachuri with Alur dom or Cholar Dal or Ghugni. Lunch usually consists of a plate full of rice accompanied with dal and other small side dishes. Dinners consists of rotis accompanied with other side dishes. I’d suggest some must try places to taste the pure essence of food in Kolkata.

  • Chinese food at Territi Baazar
  • Bengali style biriyani at Aminia Restaurants and Arsalan Restaurants
  • Breakfast at Haridas Modak in Shyambazar, Kachori and Lancha of Shree Hari in Hazra
  • Fine dining restaurants in Park Street and Camac Street.
  • Sharbat/Shakes in Paramount in College Street
  • Street Food at Deckers Lane and Zakaria Street
  • Chinese restaurants in Kolkata’s China Town in Tangra.

Restaurants to try out in Kolkata

  • The Corner Courtyard, Sarat Bose Road Ph.No.: 033 40610145/6, +91 9903999567
  • The Monkey Bar, Camac Street Ph.No.: 033 4060 6446
  • 6 Ballygunge Place(Bengali cuisine)
  • Blue & Beyond Rooftop RestoBar, New Market
  • Splash, Swissotel
  • The Blue Poppy(Tibetan & Chinese Restaurant), Park Street area
  • Ozora, Acropolis Mall, Kasba
  • Level Seven, Topsia

Kolkata Nightlife

Park Street and Camac Street are the most happening places of Kolkata with the best nightlife to offer.

  • Roxy, The Park Hotel, Park Street
  • Tantra, Park Street
  • Aqua, Park Street
  • M Bar Kitchen, Park Street
  • Nocturne, Theatre Road
  • Hard Rock Cafe, Park Street
  • One Bottle Down, Camac Street

Hostels & Homestays in Kolkata

  • Backpackers Park, Park Street
  • Offbeat CCU Bunkers

There are a lot of homestays in Kolkata offering cheap homely accommodations, so to avoid expensive city hotels can try out homestays. You can search for homestays in Kolkata below.

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