Kolkata is so massive that you can’t possibly explore the entire city unless you’re on a multi-year sabbatical. If you only have a few days, pick a few parts of the city to focus on and find Kolkata accommodation in that area to save time. If you find yourself in Central Kolkata, consider a visit to Eden Gardens, a name you will know well if you’re a fan of the sticky wicket. Central Kolkata is also home to the Victoria Memorial, a marble architectural masterpiece and one of the most famous landmarks in the country.
Head to Northern Kolkata to shop the huge marketplaces and grab a hot brew at the immortal College St. Coffee Shop. If you consider yourself a bibliophile, then the hunt is on at the college street book market for out-of-print treasures.
Don’t forget to splurge on a boat cruise along the Googhly or to pamper your belly with delicious Bengali cuisine. Sweets like rasagolla, pantua and rosomali are particularly popular with the locals, so give them a try and let us know what you think.
Jet into Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) and flag a taxi to take you into the city and most Kolkata hotels. You can nearly always find a yellow ambassador taxi to take you around the city…but why not be adventurous and try an auto-rickshaw?
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Hotels in Kolkata start at AU$66 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.