I think its true to say that Kolkata has it all. Still known to many as Calcutta, its the 2nd biggest city in India and has everything you’d expect from one of the most populous countries in the world, as well as a whole lot more to experience. You’ll find everything here from palaces and colonial buildings to a thriving modern city filled with cutting edge businesses and fantastic art communities.
What to see
Firstly there’s some beautiful architecture here that should definitely be on your itinerary. The Marble Palace is one of the best preserved royal buildings in India and positively shines in the tropical sunlight. Belur Math is also worth a visit with its perfectly manicured grounds and surprisingly modern (by Indian standards) cathedral like “Ramakrishna Mandir” built in 1938 as a symbol of worship for all religions together. For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city head to the ample botanical gardens.
Where to eat
I adore Indian cuisine and of course thee’s no end to the culinary luxuries on offer in Kolkata. Kewpie’s Kitchen resembles a traditional Bengali home and you can expect traditional home-cooked dishes too. One of the best places for an authentic local meal. For something a little more extravagant check out Oh! Calcutta, a very colourful restaurant serving some of the finest local dishes with some unusual twists. For street food head to Decker’s Lane where you’ll find every kind of Indian delicacy you could ever wish to try, all at incredible prices. Be sure to try as many as you can!
Where to stay
As you’d expect from India’s 2nd largest city there’s plenty of accommodation options. Check out the Park Kolkata for a great mid range option. Its perfectly located close to the Victoria Memorial and features no less than 8 dining options so if you’re just looking to relax after a long day of sight seeing its perfect. The friendly staff there can also help point you in the right direction for the most efficient itinerary exploring the city.
How to get there
Flying internationally usually involves a connecting flight via Delhi and there’s plenty of competition to keep prices low. You can expect to pay around £500-600 from London with a flight time of around 10 hours total. Once you’re there its super easy to get to your hotel. The Park Kolkata run a shuttle service or there’s plenty of taxis. The Park hotel is just 9 miles from the airport too so you’ll soon be ready to grab you camera and take to the streets of this exciting Indian metropolis!