The Best Inn

1B Sushil Sen Road, (formerly The Westin), Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, 700025, India
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Travel Wise

by figaro7

Hi! What is the best way to travel from Jaipur to Calcatta, bus/ train/ flight?
I plan to go to CALCATTA in November, is the weather pleasant? At what time is the sunset/ sunrise?
Is it safe to travel around India, alone?

Re: Travel Wise

by Anjan123

ry a train connection or else come down to delhi to catch a flight which takes 2 hrs. November is good. YES It is safe to travel aronud India but you need to take basic precautions which you will take anywhere else in the world including Singapore.

Re: Travel Wise

by neilash

1) best way is to take a flight - about 2 hrs flight

2) next option by train - about 30+ hours

3) Nov weather in Kolkata (Calcutta - as it is now known) is fine

4) During Nov Sunrise: 5:45, sunset: 5:30

5) Yes, it is safe unless you take basic precaution - like not venturing alone in the middle of the night, avoiding shady places.

6) I am from Kolkata. If you need any further help you can email me

Re: Travel Wise

by shoma

hello from jaipur,

well, there are trains daily from jaipur to kolkata and the 2nd class ac fare is about 1300 indian rupees, 1st class ac fare is about 1900 rupees and it takes 27 hrs to reach there..the train starts at 11 pm at night. bookings can be done at the indian rail website.

we also have direct flights from jaipur to kolkata--kingfisher airlines and the fare is about 5600 rupees.

kolkata will be hot but not sultry in nov. its best in dec or jan though.

you musy see the victoria memorial there and take a boat ride on the ganges at sunset....

enjoy the city of joy after the pink city.....

Re: Travel Wise

by goutammitra

Neilash & Shoma have already guided you. Perhaps Kolkata is the most safe cities among all the cities of India. It is cheap too. In case you are interested to afford then Air Travel is the answer! But train journey in India is quite pleasant incase you mix and enjoy with us. You may find enjoyable though smelly. That's a bonus in a hot country with population explosion, but here people are warm and smiling despite all adversity in life.

Re: Travel Wise

by ashisharyan

Well the best way to travel to calcutta would be taking up an flight or an train( if u wuld like to invest 30 hours on a train)....well travelling at any place around the world u have to take some precautions well in calcutta it is far much better..and if u are here in calcutta if u wuld like then i can help u find place to live here...and show u the city and life here...

Travel Tips for Kolkata (Calcutta)

Saraswati Puja in Bengal.

by goutammitra

Saraswati Puja or the worship Godess of learning is a great affair in Bengal. It is mostly celebrated by the students and young boys and girls. Saraswati Puja is organised in almost all pace of learning or associated with learning. This is also the begining of Spring festival. Though it is one day festival but people carry forward it to 2/3 days. It is also called "Basant Panchami". It is celebrated normally in the Month of february or end january as per Hindu Calender.
During saraswati puja, the students dress in colourful attaire ( girls wear Sari & Boys Kurta Pajama than their popular dress like Jeans and T shirt) and throng at their school, observe fast, worship the Goddess with Vedic Mantras, worship their books and the toddlers also are Christened to the Devi,for going to the School for the first time.
They also organise Common feast at their school. Recently it has also emerged as Valentine's Day of Bengal.

Serampore, former Danish trading settlement.

by sachara

Serampore, the former Danish trading settlement is 30 Km north from Cacutta.
Serampore was orginally called Fredic-nagore. Serampore College is founded in 1818 and has rare Sanskrit and Tibetan manuscripts. You can see some in the museum of Carey.

Calcutta's airport is served...

by subrata

Calcutta's airport is served by a few international airlines which provide connections to Europe and South East Asia. Domestic airlines link Calcutta to other Indian cities. Howrah and Sealdah are well connected by the railways to all major Indian cities and towns.
Bus services to nearby places are also available. For any kind of long distance travel, reservation in advance is always a good idea. Local transport includes buses, taxis, rickshaws (auto, hand pulled, cycle), ferry boats, an underground railway and an extensive suburban railway system. Public transport is generally crowded and traffic jams can be frustrating. Walking is sometimes a good alternative (provided the heat is bearable) because the core city is not very large.

The best kebabs this side of Delhi

by jrober37 about Flame and Grill

Went to the South City Mall for some grocery shopping at Spencer and found this marvelous restaurant on the top floor. Endless courses of kebabs that rival the best I've ever had - old Sahib Singh's in Delhi. Individual braziers in the center of each table. Very good selection of beer and wines as well. A very pleasant discovery. The sausage kebabs.

Tangra Special

by goutammitra about Kim Ling of Tangra.

We had our anniversary dinner on 23rd November at Kim Ling of Tangra, China Town, Kolkata. We had our anniversary on 18th November, but since I was away to Madhya Pradesh for training, we went out for dinner on 23rd, accompanied by Rakhi's parents who had come to our place for Rakhi's operation.

Well, Kim Ling is also one of the 30 Chinese eating house of Tangra run by the Chinese families of kolkata. They serve authentic and genuine Chinese food at a very resonable price and give good quantity. Quality and quantity wise no cheating. That's why Kim Ling is always full and the waiting time is about one hour on wekends. They have two sections one exclusively for couples and family and the other open for anybody. The house has a full fledged bar also.
All the food offered and ordered are of excellent quality one is guaranteed to get satisfaction. We had hot & sweet soup, Cantonese fried chicken, American Chopsuey and mixed fried rice and Beer.

Their Cantonese fried chicken is superb!! No one can eat just one....!!!!


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Address: 1B Sushil Sen Road, (formerly The Westin), Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, 700025, India