Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Family Fun
    • Language

      Bengali, English
    • Altitude

      at Sea Level
    • Time zone

      IST (UTC+5.5 hours)
    • Theme

      Beach, Heritage

From the colonial glory of Victoria Memorial to the echoes of the Bay of Bengal at Howrah Bridge; welcome to India’s cradle of culture, literature, and lip-smacking food, welcome to the City of Joy.

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  • History

    The first capital of the British East India Company, Kolkata has a wealth of history engrained in its many monuments and landmarks, such as the Victoria Memorial.

  • Food

    Kolkata boasts of some of the best seafood, street food and sweet options. You would love the different preparations of fish, rolls and sandesh.

  • Art and Culture

    The centre of the Bengal Renaissance, Kolkata has always been a hotbed of literature, theatre, art and poetry.

  • Shopping

    Home to traditional craftsmen and weavers, you can buy beautiful Calcutta sarees at very reasonable prices.

Be prepared

  • Traffic

    The yellow taxis dotting the streets along with other cars, auto-rickshaws, buses and lots of pedestrians can make Kolkata roads quite chaotic.

Describing It

A crucible of rich culture, history, literature and art; the first capital of British India, the birthplace of Nobel Prize winning writer-thinker Rabindranath Tagore, and a paradise for food lovers – Kolkata is a city you’re unlikely to forget.

The streets bear symbols of a vibrant past that’s somewhere stuck in the present. The iconic landmark of Victoria Memorial with its grand colonial architecture is a reminder of the city’s indelible link with the British East India Company; while Kalighat’s ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is a marker of Kolkata’s deep-rooted faith in the female power. Cultural chronicles aside, Kolkata is also known for the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, home to the famous Bengal Tiger.

Another defining feature of Kolkata is its people. An otherwise lazy city, its people are unanimously passionate about their regional art and literature and enjoy indulging in endless debates about Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry, Satyajit Ray’s cinema, the country’s politics and the delicacies of Bengali cuisine.

A mecca for foodies, especially fish lovers, Kolkata’s street food is a thing of gastronomical legends. If you want to get a taste of upscale Kolkata, head to the posh Park Street for its many restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

A colourful city full of character, it will never fail to surprise you with soul stirring sights, sounds and conversations.