There are many reasons to visit Kolkata, there are many visitor attractions whether you are alone, a couple or a large group. This article is not to blow your mind with everything that is going on in Kolkata but share some of our knowledge about what is there. Not unlike other cities, there are good and bad places to visit and if it is the first time you are visiting Kolkata or if you are a seasoned visitor, there is always something new to see or do. It can be wise to set in your mind what you want to do and see, and Kolkata has plenty of interesting experiences that will create many memories.
During your visit in Kolkata there are quite a few places of interest that are certainly worth visiting. The revered West Bengal position of India has visitor attractions which you could know and others which aren't that familiar to non local locals of Kolkata we have put together a Top 10 list to be of help to you:
1. Mother House
2. South Park Street Cemetery
3. Victoria Memorial Hall
4. Belur Math Shrine
5. College Street (Boi Para)
6. Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
7. Howrah Bridge
8. Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
9. St. Paul's Cathedral
10. Marble Palace Kolkata
This collection are just to get you going if you have a good local book or guide you can delve further and if you schedule enough time in Kolkata. You will surely discover an array of interesting locations and attractions in the Kolkata vicinity of India.
Kolkata is a fairly simple location to get around, when you have grasped the layout of the place and know a couple of local landmarks it should become pretty simple. You can cover a lot of the city on foot but ensure not to venture into unknown territory at night. If you wish to traverse greater distances across Kolkata there are a few more options. Kolkata has a Metro system that is 90km in length. It has one line with 24 stations. There is a good, reliable bus network where passes can be bought to cover you for multiple journeys. There is also the option to use Kolkata Taxis, where a knowledgeable driver can offer ideas for places to visit. What ever method you use to explore Kolkata ensure you see as much of it as you can.
If you plan to stay in Kolkata for a great period you will need to find a place to stay. Kolkata offers a broad range of places to stay these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to lower end hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels. If you are travelling on business ensure that the hotel you pick has facilities to suit you and is OK for your needs as the roads in Kolkata may result in problems at certain times. If you are looking for a prestigious hotel to stay at there is a selection of top independent and chain hotels. Kolkata also offers an excellent array of lower star hotel options that provide basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you are visiting on a small budget there is a number of guest houses and hotels in the area which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whatever accommodation type you select in Kolkata ensure you take time to seek out deals that are available on countless travel web sites, often these are out of season or when a home sports team isn't playing a game.
1. The Oberoi Grand
2. Taj Bengal Kolkata
3. ITC Sonar
4. The Gateway Hotel EM Bypass
5. The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
A number of places exist to dine in Kolkata, the place you dine at will reflect your tastes and budget. There are quite a lot of dining venues that offer Indian meals that won't leave you out of pocket. If the restaurant type you are looking for is of the high end these exist in numbers, but be sure to have placed a prior booking also check the dress code. If you just want quick food there are the familiar names like Subway or McDonalds exist in the city, but if you are on the look out for something more authentic you should try asking a local or a taxi driver where they suggest. A fundamental part of enjoying a city is to try it's local food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Kolkata. whether that is a café, a fine restaurant or food from a street vendor. You should try and seek your local vouchers and try something that you have never had before.
1. Baan Thai
3. 6 Ballygunge Place
4. Oh! Calcutta
When getting to grips with a city such as Kolkata it is a good idea to have some good local information. Here are a number that could really help you out.
Region: West Bengal
International Dialing Code: +91-33
Kolkata Coordinates: 22°34'N 88°22'E
Altitude: 9 m (30 ft)
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Kolkata Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
City Population: 4,496,694
Metro Population: 14,112,536
Temperature High In 35.4°C /95.7°F
Temperature Low In 13.8°C /56.8°F
Like the majority of locations Kolkata has positive and negative points, it is key not to be too complacent and you and your travel party will be fine and hold fond memories of this great Indian area. Try and make you’re read your guide book brief to understand the city geography, don't make it obvious you are a novice to the cities geography by carrying an expensive camera around your neck and don't carry your passport and large amounts of cash on you. Stay within populated areas at night and if you should get lost hail a taxi. Just because you might be on holiday, don't switch off. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in Kolkata. As a rule India is a very safe country with warm and friendly residents. A bit of research goes a long way and if you have a picture in your mind of the city you can understand it better.