Famous the world over as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata presents a fascinating blend of contrasts to its visitors. It is perhaps the only city where one can see hand-pulled rickshaws moving alongside trams & metros – something you don’t get to see anywhere in the world.
Tourist Spots in Kolkata
Kolkata being the erstwhile capital of the British Raj has a rich cultural heritage which is best evident in its historical monuments, forts, palaces and old-style buildings that detail the story of a long-gone era. Some of them which tourists should include in their itinerary are listed below:-
- Belur Math
- Botanical Gardens
- Gurusaday Museum
- Howrah Bridge
- Indian Museum
- Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Marble Palace
- Victoria Memorial
- St.Paul Cathedral
- Victoria Memorial
Shopping Attractions in Kolkata
Shopping in Kolkata is a delightful experience as the city offers a real ‘value-for-money experience’ to shoppers in its numerous marketplaces and shopping centres. Prominent among them include the Dakshinapan Shopping Center, Oxford Bookstore, The Forum Mall, Chowringhee Road and the New Market.
Eating Out in Kolkata
Kolkata’s denizens are famous for their passion for food and you can savour the best of food, wine and entertainment in the following places:-
- Someplace Else
- Silver Sand Bar & Restaurant
- Tuscan Verve
Hotels in Kolkata
Visitors to the city can choose to stay in any one of the following star class hotels that offer the best of comforts and conveniences to tourists:-
- Taj Bengal
- The Oberoi Grand
- Heera International
- LandMark Hotel
- ITC Hotel Sonar Bangla Sheraton and Towers
The city does not disappoint those on a budget travel to Kolkata who would prefer to stay in moderately priced full service hotels.
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Airports in Kolkata
The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata is one of the busiest airports in the country and has two runways, one being used by incoming and outgoing aircrafts for landing and take-offs while the shorter runway is used as a taxiway.
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Best time to Visit Kolkata
Kolkata has a very hot and humid climate and it is impossible for tourists to explore this city during summers. Monsoons are no better and the incessant rainfall which the city experiences is quite inhospitable for tourists. The best time however to visit Kolkata is during the months of October to February when there is minimum humidity and the weather is quite pleasant.
Transport in Kolkata
Being a metropolitan city, Kolkata has virtually all types of transport one can think of be it trams, buses, rickshaws, metered taxis, minibuses and the underground METRO However, the best part about Kolkata’s transportation system are its ‘TRAMS’ that have been plying in the city since 1902 .