KolkataIndia

The former capital of the British Raj is a friendly city blessed with architectural diversity, festivals and an eclectic cuisine.

Once the capital of British India, Kolkata is the bustling capital of West Bengal and often referred to as the cultural heart of India. Colonial landmarks battle for space with colorful temples and lively markets present a sensory overload. Public gardens offer a respite from this hot and crowded, yet ultimately rewarding destination.

Many attractions are in and around the Maidan, a huge public park where locals relax and play cricket or soccer. Marvel at the marble Victoria Memorial before tracing Kolkata’s colonial-era history at the Calcutta Gallery. Visit British-built monuments such as Fort William and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Find archaeological relics, including centuries-old Hindu sculptures, at the Indian Museum.

Walk or take a rickshaw to the BBD Bagh district, or Dalhousie Square, to see more examples of the city’s past, such as the Raj Bhavan and the neo-Gothic High Court. Watch a cricket match at the Eden Gardens and sample street food cooked by vendors at nearby Fairlie Place.

Take a taxi or rickshaw across the River Hooghly via the impressive Howrah Bridge. Visit the flower market at Mullick Ghat and see devotees offer prayers at shrines. Admire giant lilies and a centuries-old banyan tree at the picturesque Indian Botanic Garden, a 15-minute drive from Howrah Bridge.

Shop and bargain for fabrics and leather goods in New Market. Explore the chaotic streets of Barabazar Market while browsing textile shops and spotting religious sights. Stroll down Phears Lane in Old Chinatown, famous for sweetshops, teahouses and kebab stores. Along Park Street, elegant restaurants present Kolkata’s tangy Bengali cuisine.

Kolkata proudly showcases Bengali and Hindu art, dance and music. A popular festival is the 5-day Durga Puja, a flamboyant event with music, parades and performances at pop-up temples.

Kolkata is close to the border with Bangladesh and you can reach it via India’s excellent network of long-distance buses and trains. The city’s international airport has connections to major destinations around the world.

Where to stay in Kolkata

Top Hotels in Kolkata

Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport
Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport
4 out of 5
Biswa Bangla Sarani, Near City Centre 2, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is ¥3,629 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in New Town, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from City Centre 2 and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Mother's Wax Museum. Nicco Park and Howrah Bridge are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (112 reviews)

"Very nice staff.Loved the amenities and breakfast options were great👍"…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport
Step in Stays CC117
Step in Stays CC117
3 out of 5
CC 117, Street Number 229, New Town, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is ¥1,843 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in New Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rabindra Tirtha and Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Axis Mall and Mother's Wax Museum are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Great place for long stay, stayed for 8 days, the staff, food everything was perfect"…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Step in Stays CC117
ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
4.5 out of 5
1 JBS Haldane Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is ¥8,508 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Tangra, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Milan Mela and Science City. Quest Mall is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (30 reviews)
A 5 star experience in Kolkata

"A truly 5 star hotel in Kolkata. I had an enjoyable stay at this hotel. The rooms and restaurant was excellent. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

ITC Royal Bengal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kolkata
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kolkata

1. BF Block - Flat4day Vacation Rental
1. BF Block - Flat4day Vacation Rental
Kolkata, West Bengal

Located in Sector 1, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salt Lake Central Park and Salt Lake City Centre Mall. Nicco Park and Salt Lake Stadium ...

1. BF Block - Flat4day Vacation Rental
3 Bedroom Villa In Vedic Village
3 Bedroom Villa In Vedic Village
Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is ¥517,750 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in New Town, this villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of City Centre 2, Eco Urban Village, and Mother's Wax Museum. Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and Rabindra ...

3 Bedroom Villa In Vedic Village
Dr. Anu’s Stay  NEAR TO I.S.I. ITS 15-20 MIn DRIVE FROM NSCBI AIRPORT.
Dr. Anu’s Stay NEAR TO I.S.I. ITS 15-20 MIn DRIVE FROM NSCBI AIRPORT.
Kolkata, West Bengal
The price is ¥1,139 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in Baranagar, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bally Bridge, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and Ratan Babu Ghat. Belur Math and Kumartuli ...

Dr. Anu’s Stay NEAR TO I.S.I. ITS 15-20 MIn DRIVE FROM NSCBI AIRPORT.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kolkata

3.8

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 27.586206896551722%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.7816091954023%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 24.137931034482758%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 11.494252873563218%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Old city but i love it. Great for shopping!

5/5 - Excellent

KartikS

Jan 10, 2020

Timeless city with so much going on culturally.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

No complaints. Too crowded. Too polluted. But that’s what it is

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

Airport at Kolkata is difficult to navigate through. Long lines and wait times at baggage claim. Allow yourself plenty of time to make things easier.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 11, 2019

Kolkata being my Hometown will always be close to heart

2/5 - Disappointing

AJ

Mar 27, 2019

Not a place for relaxation and sight seeing.

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