If you’ve never heard of Kolkata, that’s all right; the city formerly known as Calcutta is full of surprises. The capital of West Bengal is a beehive of energy, innovation and promise. It is a major commercial and financial hub in India and regularly produces famous poets, film producers and writers. With heaps of stunning architecture, delicious food at every street market and beautiful public gardens, Kolkata has come a long way since the British Raj days. You’ll never run out of things to do and sights to see during your holiday, so reel in big savings on Kolkata packages with Wotif.
Things to Do in Kolkata
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.
Getting to & Around Kolkata
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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