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Kolkata (Calcutta) Travel Guide

Plan Your Kolkata (Calcutta) Vacation

Nothing can prepare you for Kolkata. As the birthplace of an empire and the home of the late Mother Teresa, as a playground for the rich and a haven for the destitute, as a wellspring of creative energy and a center for Marxist agitation, Kolkata dares people to make sense of it. Whether it shocks you or seduces you, Kolkata will impress itself upon you. To understand and learn from

India today, a trip to Kolkata is vital. (Although the name was officially changed from Calcutta in 2001, both names are used more or less interchangeably.)

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Eclectic Architecture The city is packed with gorgeous temples, mosques, universities, and colonial mansions and monuments.
  2. Walking City Kolkata is best seen on foot take a walk across the Howrah Bridge or go for a wander through the giant Maidan park.
  3. Cultural Capital Catch a locally-produced English-language movie or play; for astonishing art, head to the Indian Museum, considered the country's best.
  4. Foodie's Paradise Kolkatans are proud of their food—especially their seafood–and for good reason. This is also the place to try Indian-Chinese food, originated a century ago by Chinese immigrants.
  5. Book Bargains You might just find a gem at one of the many bookstalls on College Street. Kolkata's book fair, in winter, is one of the largest in the world.

When To Go

When to Go

The hottest weather arrives in April and grows increasingly stifling through June, when the monsoon season begins. This runs through mid-September ...

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