visit to the city of Kolkata (Formerly Calcutta), capital of the state of
West Bengal, can turn out to be one of the richest experiences on earth.
English street names, Victorian architecture, English and in the midst of it
all the exotic Bengali culture It's a city that compels. A city with
a soul! Kolkata has given birth to some of the world renowned personalities
like Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. Take a stroll through its
streets, visit the art galleries and museums, spend time at a coffee house
and enjoy a blend of the classic and the contemporary. But, don't forget to
capture the moments in your cameras.
Climate & Best Time
Kolkata experiences a subtropical climate with hot summers and cold
winters. During summers, temperature ranges between 41.7 degrees and 38.1
degrees centigrade. Monsoons extend from June till August, with the average
rainfall of 158 cm. Winters can record a minimum temperature of 9 degrees
centigrade. The ideal time for travellers to make a trip here is between
October and March.
Places to Visit
The city of Kolkata offers a variety of experiences for tourists. You will
truly be overwhelmed to pay a visit to the city over and again, once you are
here and amid it all.
» Victoria Memorial
Erected to commemorate Queen Victoria, the grand edifice showcases a
brilliant amalgamation of the European styles of architecture and Mughal
motifs. The building also houses a number of historical artifacts belonging
to the past.
» Howrah Bridge
You must have seen a glimpse of it in numerous Hindi films. The
cantilevered bridge has the eminence of being the third largest in the
world. The bridge extends over the Hooghly river and links Howrah with
of the most famous in the city, the temple stands in dedication of goddess
Kali. You would see swarms of visitors and pilgrims here. The mystical aura
that surrounds the place is worth experiencing.
» Birla Planetarium
At first sight, it may seem to you a Buddhist stupa. But, don't be
mistaken, it's one of the largest planetariums in Asia. Shows are organised
at different hours to acquaint you of the planetary motions.
Kolkata has hotels ranging from the most luxurious to the very economic.
Famous five star deluxe hotels include Hotel Taj Bengal, Hotel The Park and
Hotel The Oberoi Grand. Hotel Kenilworth and Hotel Peerless Inn fall into
the 4 star category. There are numerous other options to choose from.
The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata is 17 km
northeast of citycentre. From here, tourists can avail of regular flights to
Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Chennai, Varanasi and Lucknow among others. Howrah and
Sealdah are the major railheads in the city. Regular mail and express trains
from these stations connect the city with all the key destinations of the
country. The Esplanade Terminus has regular buses reaching different parts
of the city.