Kolkata (Calcutta) Travel Guide

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Things to Do

  • Holi in Kolkata!

    Holi in Kolkata is wild. Holi in Kolkata is locally know as "Dol Yatra" utsav.UTSAV means Festival. During the Holi day (Which sounds holiday), old and young embrace the excitement and colors of springtime by spraying colored water or throwing handfuls of pigment on each other. Best Holi is celebrated in Shantiniketan. Shantiniketan is lil far from...

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  • Dakshineswar Kali Temple

    I wrote a long description of this temple and its import in the life and biography of Vivekananda and poof! it vanished from Virtual Tourist. Don't know if I somehow posted it outside my own pages, or if it just doesn't display. I know you are happy with your re-do of the site - but I find it difficult to use. Just going to post the photo. You need...

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  • Park Street Cemetery or South Park...

    Those interested in Kolkata's history - this is a graveyard where various figures from the Raj era are buried. Among them are: Colonel Kyd who founded Kolkata's Botanical Gardens, William Jones who founded the Asiatic Society, Charles Hindoo Stuart, Henry Louis Derozio, a teacher who was one of the participants in the Bengali Renaissace, Rose...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Restaurants

  • Heavenly Brew- 'Chai'!

    If imbibing tea is your favourite pastime, welcome to 'Sharma Tea House', a nondescript tea stall in the heart of Kolkata. The brew served here is heavenly. The long line of cars and customers at any given time of the day or late into the night, attest to this fact.As you approach the place, a waiter springs out of nowhere and asks how many cups....

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  • Come Hungry Leave Happy

    India Restaurant is a well known name among the best restaurants in Kolkata. Specialized in various non vegetarian cuisines, it is one of the most famous non vegetarian restaurants in Kolkata. Every dish they serve carries the deep, complex flavors that are the hallmark of Indian cuisine; each curry's spices are so distinct that you can tell them...

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  • Try their Mutton Pasinda

    On last Sunday evening ( 19.05.2013), it was raining heavily, we decided to have Biryani for dinner, so we decided to try a new place. We have been listening about Chhote Nawab for sometime so we sailed for it. We found that they have stopped Hyderabadi Biryanis due to summer as it contains more spices. Then we ordered their Mughlai Biryani, Butter...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Nightlife

  • Sunday birthday bash on a boat !

    House party> naa too small.... Roof party> too common.... Disco??? > we go there every saturday!! Boat party?? hell Ya ! I contacted my friend in Kolkata Boat Party > Expencive? I would say yes ! around Rs 1500 per person > Worth it? More than that, my frnz still talk about my brithday, it was more like a day out for them, >...

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  • Dark and Gloomy

    After dinner I don't just head to any pub, I head to Super Pub, which is located nearby (Mizra Ghalib street). Its an old style pub, with all waiters dressed in formal attire. A 650ml Kingfisher 'super heavy beer' is only 95 rupees and the air-con is heavenly. It is dimly lit inside, without even a window, but all of this is welcome after slogging...

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  • For wild partying

    Calcutta night party goers have a special liking for this place. It is located in the Park Hotel at Park Street in Kolkata. Nice music, huge dance floor, great Bar with wide selectable variety of drinks makes this place the right choice for party goers. None

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Transportation

  • Kolkata's Yellow Taxis

    I love that in India as you go from city to city the taxis and rickshaws are different colors. In Kolkata the taxis are painted yellow (there are some rumblings that may change soon and I hope it's not true!). The taxis are mostly Ambassadors manufactured by Hindustan Motors.The good news is that the drivers we encountered actually used the meters...

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  • Kolkata Airport

    Kolkata's airport - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) - serves both domestic and international fights. The aiport's new (and much needed) terminal was recently opened which enables the airport to handle 5 times as many passengers as previously. Although only about 18 kms. northeast of the city be prepared for an hour drive to...

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  • Bus to the airport

    Bus VS 1 goes from Esplanade bus terminal (near the Buthan bus ticket office) to the airport, 1 to 1,5 hours, 40 Rupies, last bus around 8 pm. VS 2 goes from Howra trainstation, it stops between platform 8 and 9. V 1 goes from Tollygunge Metro station, last bus around 9 pm. At the airport they stop between national and international terminal, the...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Shopping

  • Indian clothing and textiles

    FabIndia goes back to the 1960s. People say the clothing is well-made and won't lose their color. Great range of ladies and men's traditional clothing. I also saw packages of tea, muesli (German & Swiss breakfast food) and other stuff up front. Beautiful saris and kurtas in long and short sleeves with pajama pants or the stretchy type pants,...

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  • New Market

    The New Market is a cluster of shops in the dowtown area. You can bargain & therefore need someone with you who can speak Bengali (Hindi & Urdu also spoken by some). If you bargain, you can get very good deals for ladies or men's clothing, crafts, gifts. etc. The Market seems to date back to the British period; one landmark (where you could meet a...

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  • Find all your Musics of the world

    This is the shop you have been looking for all your music needs in Kolkata! The shop is about 100 years old selling CDs, VCDs, DVDs of choicest quality for generations. In earlier days they used to sell Radios, Transistors, Record, Radiograms etc. With times changing they too changed their business but the service remains the same, very courteous...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Local Customs

  • Kolkata -- Detour!

    Here I am sharing some pics from the daily life of Kolkata, which might surprise you but are common sights to a Kolkatian (including me). Kindly be informed that Kolkata is the largest city in India and one of the largest cities in the world, which is located in eastern India and suffers from poverty, pollution and overcrowding.

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  • Beggars

    I make my way to Chittarangan Avenue, which although even more crowded than other areas of the city, suffers less beggars and litter. I find the aptly named 'Bon Appetit,' which is a small stall specializing in Mughali snacks, alongside Chinese food and Kolkata staples. A 'veg roll,' which is like a pancake stuffed with potato curry is good value...

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  • Traffic

    Every vehicle, and there are many, makes a sound. It would appear upon first impression that the devices emitting sound, are the most looked after aspect of any engine. From the ringing bells of the rickshaw-wallah, the ever present and always different bicycle horns, to the incessant blare of the city's taxicabs. This place is noisy.I find a...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Warnings and Dangers

  • Money Matters

    1. Double-check all hotel and restaurant bills for errors.2. Don't leave cash and valuables in your hotel room. Use room safes where available.3. Keep daily cash in separate pockets.4. Don't flash jewelry or large sums of money.5. Never pay for anything upfront - including drivers.6. Avoid touts!7. Don't exchange money on the black market.8. Get a...

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  • Traveling with Infants/Toddlers

    Indians adore children and you will see (and hear) children all over - at all times - of the day and night. So your children will be welcomed warmly. But if your infant/toddler is new to travelling or is not a good traveler, India may not be the best place to visit. As difficult as India may be for some first time visitors, it will be much more so...

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  • Mischievous Monkeys...

    You will come across monkeys in many places in India - everywhere from temples to forts to jungles. The monkeys in the jungles are not used to interaction with humans and there is less chance they will bother you.The monkeys that have been fed by humans are more likely to become aggressive - especially when they want more food. While the monkeys...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Tourist Traps

  • New Market scammers..

    My next stop is to The New Market, famous in Kolkata. I arrive by rickshaw, spotting people bathing in stagnant puddles of mud and slush out front of the complex. To wander through the maze of shops and outlets is an experience in itself. Everything you could possibly imagine is available, but the self-appointed guides who badger tourists at the...

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  • Cybercafes in Kolkata

    India is a developed country when it comes to computer technology, and Kolkata has several cybercafes. But the bureaucracy is terrible. I was refused to use a computer because I didn't bring my passport. So I had to go back to the hotel and get it, then sign a receipt with passport number, name, birth date, hotel name and my signature. Bring you...

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  • "Volunteer Work" in India...

    "VOLUNTEERING" (for which i paid a hefty sum) was done through a UK-based company (who shall go un-named) However, the Organization within India (SANLAAP) is essentially geared toward protecting the children of/and working prostitutes, to give them a chance to see that there are other options & to assist in providing them with education &...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) What to Pack

  • Ear plugs

    Forget your wife, your husband, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother or any other travelling companion. These little things will be your best friend throughout your whole time in India. Look after them, nurture them, feed them , water them and by all means don't lose them!

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  • Local dress

    As soon as you arrive in India, as a woman you should buy a local dress, a Sari or a Punjabi dress. It seems, that people don't hassle you as much, when you wear local dress.

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Off The Beaten Path

  • Unknown facts about Kolkata!!!

    Kolkata is the only city in South Asia and India with Trams.Kolkata, before Known as Calcutta, was once the British capital of India, and was considered the second most important city in the British Empire after London.Salt-lake stadium in Kolkata is the Football stadium with second Highest seating capacity in world.College street in Kolkata is the...

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  • Maulana Azad Museum (and Institute)

    Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a Muslim scholar and leader of India's independence movement. He supported the Caliphal movement (and jihad against the British) but then he strongly preached non-violence. As I learned from Mushiral Hasan who has written & spoke about him at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, partition broke his...

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  • Dating with Khangchendzonga @ Sandakphu

    Sandakphu is the highest point of West Bengal . You can reach there by trekking route or by Land rover. Our trek route was Kolkata->Maney Bhanja->Tumling(Nepal) ->Kaliphokri(Nepal)->Sandakphu->Samanding ->Srikhola ->NJP. Most interesting part for this trek route is you will visit India and Nepal simultaneously. Tumling is a...

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Sports & Outdoors

  • Horse Racing at Royal Calcutta Turf Club...

    I have never touched this grand activity of the city, I just don't know why! May be I don't gamble, that's why! The Kolkata has two centuries old Royal Calcutta Turf Club, here in the heart of the city where Horse Racing and Derby takes place. The whole winter season is famous for Derby races.However, on 1st January'2013 , we went there and had a...

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  • Hilsa Festival on the Ganges-II

    It was great day with action packed fun filled program. We gave them presentation on our web based Lakshya Program and as well as complete range of products available on Lakshya Redeemption was displayed in adjoining boat airconditioned hall. The product range was from Laptop, Cameras, LCD TV, Sony Handicam, washing machines, Gold Coins, jewellery...

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  • Hilsa Festival on The Ganges-III

    It was a great event with Senior Vice President ( Regional Sales Head) Mr.Agnihotri participating amongst us and the dealer and spent full 6 hours with our team. It was a great gesture from Mr.Agnihotri, who took out time only to participate in our event and encourage us to do better!

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Kolkata (Calcutta) Favorites

  • World’s second largest Stadium!

    Opened in 1984 and home ground of East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan Athletic Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club, Salt Lake Stadium, in Kolkata (India) is the second biggest stadium in the world with a capacity of 120,000 seats.It is also called as Yuva Bharati Krirangan.More here : http://soccerlens.com/largest-football-stadiums/36427/ It is the...

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  • Shud try while in Kolkata!!

    Well...in my homepage,I said tht I miss Rasogolla when I am far from Kolkata...n maybe u people r in confusion tht WHT IS THT?So guys I'll tell u wht is rasogolla.It's an indian dessert made from paneer (soft cow's milk cheese), formed into balls, soaked in a cardamom-spiced sugar syrup, and served cold with the syrup and a touch of rosewater, and...

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  • "Kolkata (Calcutta)~~Important No.s"

    Country Code: +91 State Capital: Kolkata STD Code: 033Police Control Room 100Lalbazar Control Room 22350230, 22155000-01West Bengal Police 22215415, 22215486G.R.P. Sealdah 23503940G.R.P. Howrah 26602508Roadways Information (Long Distance):Calcutta State Transport Corporation 22481916North Bengal State Transport Corporation 23561687, 22430736South...

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