Heera Holiday Inn

51 Elliot Road, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, 700016, India

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  • A tourist's nightmare

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    It is certainly an unsafe, unclean and unhygenic place to stay.
    Majority of the room attendants are not helpful and seek tips all the time.
    At times, there are two or three room attendants voluntarily entering your room and unnecesarily wait till the time you give them some tips. Sometimes you end up giving tips even when they have not performed any duty or helped you in any which ways because they don't budge unless you do so.
    Very unsafe especially for ladies as the staff googles all the time at them. Toiltes are unclean, beds are shabby and the blankets smell like dead carcass of a dog. Very unclean hotel. Rooms are small.
    A strict NO-NO for travellers looking for safety and comfort.

    Unique Quality: Nothing about this hotel was pleasant.

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Kolkata in a day

by srinidhi555

Hi Friends,

Please give me some suggestions to spend a day in Kolkata.I will be in arriving at Kolkata on Sept 12th (Dum Dum airport)at 10 AM.and have darjeeling mail from sealdah at 10 PM.

Please help me in organising my itinenary for this 12 hrs time in Kolkata .I am alone and cannot speak Hindi.
It would be very helpful if you give some best tips so taht I can cover Kalighat temple

Thanks
Srinidhi

Re: Kolkata in a day

by ashmib

Hi Srinidhi,

Kolkata is a place full of life and considering you're gonna spend such less time there, there are a few destinations which you may want to try in your one day's trip.
You can take a taxi from Dum Dum Airport and head straight to Park Street and its surrounding areas if you want to try out some good cuisine. Start your day with British breakfast at Flury's. Their confectionaries have been famous since times of the British Raj. Then head to Free School street if you are a music lover and pick rare music CDs. You can make a short trip to New Market and pick junk jellery from Chamba Lamba. Then take the metro from there(Esplanade) to (Kalighat) and visit Kalighat temple to seek the blessings of God. Then move to Gariahat to do lil bit of saree or roadside shopping. If you happen to feel hungry you can munch on street side rolls at Bedoin. Take a a bus/taxi to Park Circus, where you have a variety of restaurants to try Mughal cusine like Biriyani and chaap at either Arsalan (Park Street), or Shiraz (Park street). Take a taxi to Rabindra Sadan and visit Victoria Memorial, Rabindra Sadan, Academy of Fine arts, the famous church out there. If you still have time then visit Outram Ghaat (The Ganges river side) and try paao bhaaji/ice cream at Scoop. Finally from there you can take a taxi to Sealdah to board your train (if you have time you can try food at Park Street Waldorf/Barbeque/Peter Cat). College Street close to Sealdah is a book lovers haven, so you can try that too if you can squeeze in some time for it. Try Coffee at old coffee house if you go to College Street.

Hope all this helps.

Ashmi

Re: Kolkata in a day

by lynnehamman

Well......having myself been to Kolkata a few times- I would first of all warn you.Kolkata traffic is CHAOTIC. Donot try and pack in too much, because your travelling time around the city will chew up time.
I do recommend that you stroll along Park Street, have a meal, browse some shops, take a taxi to Queen Victoria Memorial, then step across the road to the Maidan.Always something interesting to see there.
I honestly don't think that you will have enough time to see the temples and other places. Kolkata is not an easy city to navigate, and its quite confrontational. Have a look at my VT page on Kolkata for more ideas, and our opinion of the city.

Re: Kolkata in a day

by samitbabu

If you do not have much luggage, then book a taxi from Kolkata airport to DumDum Metro Station. ( charge should be around 110 rs)
Buy a ticket to Rashbehari station . From there take a autorickshaw to Kalighat (shared option available).
Once your puja is done, you can take a bus/ taxi straight to Sealdah.
or again take the Metro to Esplanade and then Bus taxi to Sealdah.
All the best.
Samit

Travel Tips for Kolkata (Calcutta)

KOLKATA' LUNGS.

by goutammitra

Many cities in the world lack the breathing space. Calcutta is more polluted than its' European/ American or even southeast Asian counter parts. However, Kolkata was built by the British on the bank of river Ganges on the pattern of London as exact replica but over the years, the city has grown leaps and bounds creating more problem and pollution. While govt. regulates and regularly fines the cars with EUROIII emission even at the slightest fault. It has never really done anything the monoxide emitting buses (both govt. & private) and the diesel taxis. So by evening Calcutta air become highly polluted. People from the city flock in the maidan and near the Ganges for fresh air and for nostalgia. It is almost a regular feature of Kolkata, try this to visit near the Victoria in the evening, you will realize why. The Maidan area , Victoria memorial, the fort William, the Baboo Ghat, Outram Jetty the Eden gardens, the princep jetty and the lawn itself are enough to bring nostalgia to Bengalis and non - Bengalis. The serenity, the people, the culture is unique in nature and found nowhere in the country. Ask any young or old who has lived in Kolkata, will share the same experience. The famous Nandan, the art gallery, the Ravindra Sadan, Indian Museum all located in the same area.

Hilsa Festival on the Ganges

by goutammitra

Recently on 4th September, we organised Hilsa Festival for our dealers of Kolkata region. We hired two boats, joined them and sailed for 6 hrs from 3PM to 9PM. Hilsa fish is a favourite dish of Bengalies and generally savoured in monsoon only. There were three preparations of Hilsa fish besides several other dishes. We also organised orchestra for three hours with singers belting out melodious songs and we danced to their tunes ( see video, I am trying to load it for the last several days) It was great event and the singers were superb. One boat has airconditioned conference hall, which we used for product display of our Lakshya Program,( where dealer earns and burns points like air travel or credit card points, which is fully redeemable) and press conference by our Regional Sales Head, Mr.V.K.Agnihotri.
The day was complete with torrential rains and the program was big hit!!!

A FORM OF TRANSPORT TO PLEASE AVOID

by lynnehamman

I may be old fashioned-I may be naive. But I find the sight of another human being-barefoot,undernourished and often elderly, dragging a rickshaw around with more fortunate and prosperous people aboard , quite repulsive and sad. There has been much controversy about this form of transport in India, and I believe that Kolkata is the one city wherin it still flourishes. There are thousands in Kolkata.
I realise that this is a much needed job for thousands of Rickshaw-wallahs, and they are certainly the only form of transport during the monsoon, when Kolkatas streets become rivers.
These men are however, often exploited by the conglomorates that own the rickshaws.They are paid a pittance for a ride, and then have to pay the owners of the rickshaws so much per day for the use of the rickshaw.
I therfeore implore you- if you feel the necessity to use one- give a good tip, and do not wrangle about the cost. Its only a few rupees anyway. It is very hard work to drag people around the streets of Kolkata.

Ferry rides

by Rupanworld

Calcutta Ferry rides are very popular not only with the tourists but also among the local populace. They are cheap, very much typical Kolkatan and takes you for a fresh and scenic beauty across the hooghly river, underneath the Howrah bridge, Vidyasagar setu and Vivekananda setu. The ride is really awesome. Not to be missed

Roadside Eatery of Kolkata!!!!

by goutammitra about Chittada's Cabin at Decres Lane, Dalhousie-

Well we Calcuttans know about this joints, they are more than 70 years old. Can you believe this!! During British days ( Dalhousie is office district) the Indians were not allowed to enter into the Restaurants near Dalhousie as it was Red area. So where the Babus ( the Bengali Clarks/ Junior employe) will eat during lunch period. During early 20th century Toast, Omlette, Stew, Chicken, Mutton cutlet, Fish Fry were totally unknown menu for Bengali Babus. These were available but at posh restaurants like Metropol, Firpos, Great Eastern Hotel where entry was restricted and money was too much for the Babus.
Then came people like Chitta Ranjan Das, who started roadside eatery, without any name just on the footpath, where Babus will come during lunch time to have their dream menu of Chicken Stew, Cutlets, Toast, Omlette and all those Englishmen used to have. Easy on stomach, digestable, great taste. Soon it will be famous like fire and it still is as famous as in pre Independence day! Believe me a very few Westerners know about this but this how it all started. The taste of the food and price both remains very resonable till day. Now the place is run by Chitta Babu's grandsons and his Nephew. It is true that we Bengalies learnt to taste the English dishes thru' people like Chitta Ranjan Das and others. My tribute to them. The all time favourite Mutton and Chicken Stew with toasted pound bread is still very popular and shall remain popular as it has remained for 70 years! Now they have added Chilli chicken, Fried Rice, Cutlets etc to their short menu. It runs only during the day and the crowd is still uncontrolable. They must be serving about 3000 persons during lunch time from 11AM to 4PM( Lunch time?) everyday.

Rakhi took our VT friends from Kathmandu, Urvashi, Husband Dibya and brother Arjun to experience this unsual place. My suggestion to anybody visiting Kolkata, to at least visit this place for once. My guarantee you will remember your day. You may carry your own water. A lifetime experience in itself!!

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